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Great Practice Course
Pros: -- Logical flow from hole to hole
- All holes have baskets now - in the past, some holes would play to light poles
- Tee signs clearly marking each hole
- Well manicured grass and trees, with several species of trees to keep things interesting
- Several alternate tees provide plenty of Safari Options
- Grippy Rubber Tee pads on most holes; some holes tee off from the sidewalk
- Clean Bathrooms and Drinking Fountains
- Exercise course provides additional fitness opportunities
- Rarely crowded
- Night Golf! There are lights on most of the course. # 3 is pretty dark though.
- Putting circle with numbered stones on Hole # 5 offers even more options for play and practice
Cons: - Cars come into play on a few holes and sometimes do get hit (Holes 5, 6, 7)
- Backyards and roofs come into play (Holes 5 and 6)
- Schoolkids on weekdays use the park during P.E. for Racquetball and Tennis (watch out on Holes 3 and 4)
- Tee and pin positions do not change
- Can sometimes be wet and muddy
Other Thoughts: The Deerfield course in Irvine recently underwent a design change (in 2009) and is now a full 9 hole course with baskets on every hole. The flow of the course now stealthily weaves around the volleyball courts and playground, instead of making these OB areas as was the case with the previous 18 hole layout.
It is apparently clear that this piece of land is more suited to a 9 hole layout - the flow of the course is much easier now, and makes for more elegant planning of angles and basket placements. The previous course had 1 hole that went directly through the volleyball area, and another one that went directly through the playground. Since this is a mixed use area, it was decided those angles were not appropriate. The result worked out better for everyone in the end.
Although a bit short in length, this is a challenge of a course and a great place to brush up on your mid range and putting game. Quite a few holes can be driven with just a mid range disc and a putter, and there are plenty of Ace opportunities to be had (although I haven't had one yet). Great lunchtime course - 9 holes can easily be played in 30 minutes or sometimes less.
This is one of my favorite courses to tune my game up at, and it is well maintained by the city of Irvine. There is plenty of opportunity for additional safari play as well, and I am listing my additional 6 Safari Holes below that seem to be the "most played". Some are even better than anything on the "Standard" course.
Standard Hole Breakdown:
Hole 1 - Between several trees with slight elevation change down then up. Pin Sits on a small hill in front of a large tree.
Hole 2 - Begs you to choose a line. Fairway is split by a large exotic tree with a thick Ash tree on the right and several smaller trees on the left. The basket is also hidden by a large palm with reaching branches. Some hyzer it, but the ash tree is thick with lots of branches and eats most shots
Hole 3 - Short RHBH hyzer behind some thick trees. Bonus: Tennis courts and racquetball courts act as a backstop and are only 8 feet behind the basket.
Hole 4 - Short RHBH hyzer with a few trees on the left. Great Ace opportunity. Don't go in a backyard here, the fence is at 250 ft.
Hole 5 - 2 Huge trees 60 feet from the tee eat most shots. If you make it through, a gradual hill goes up about 6 feet in elevation and the pin is at about 286 feet on an ever so slight hill. The putting circle with the numbered stones is on this hill.
Hole 6 - Slight elevation change down a hill, with several palms and other trees on the fairway. Great turnover shot with the basket on a well manicured slight hill in a sparse grove of palms.
Hole 7 - 2 Huge trees are 60 ft down the fairway on this hole. This one also begs you to choose a line - both Right and Left angles exist.
Hole 8 - Short one across an open meadow, with the basket protected by 3 huge trees. Good Ace opportunity.
Hole 9 - Wide open field shot that is about 280 - 300 ft. Big RHBH hyzer shot. This is really one to test your strength and accuracy.
Here's my additional 6 Safari holes that I have found to be the most popular:
Hole 3 alternate tee - The hill adjacent to the portables at the school, playing down to the basket
Hole 9 Alternate tee - The hill between the Rec Center and the final Exercise station (the horse) down to the # 9 basket.
Safari 3 - Lightpole that was "Old # 2 pin" next to the volleyball court, adjacent to the tee for # 4. Shoot over the volleyball court and to the # 1 basket. I am pretty sure this is the "Old Number 3".
Safari # 6 Long - From the # 6 tee to the # 7 Basket
Safari # 9 Long - From the # 8 tee to the # 9 Basket
Safari # 10 Long - From the # 9 Tee to the # 1 Basket
Update: Found another popular local alternate tee. On # 2 instead of teeing off from the sidewalk climb the hill directly behind the tee and trash can, next to the Balance beam. There is a worn spot of grass there underneath the hanging tree. Tee off from here and you get about 20' of elevation drop and 50' or so more out of the hole.
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