8 Helpful / 0 Not
My home course
Pros: Course layout is well designed for beginners as well as being challenging enough for experienced players.
Alot of trees to throw around, under, and over.
Some slight elevation changes on some holes.
Hole number 12 sometimes plays in the 700 feet plus position; good for big arm players.
Concrete Tee pads are large enough for a decent X step approach.
Grass is kept well trimmed, which is good for rollers.
Very few Non Disc Golf players on the course itself.
Holes are relocated on a frequent basis to give you some variety, and are far enough to make it a challenge, but still close enough to give most players a good chance for birdies.
Pro-shop with restroom.
Locals are very nice and helpful, and I am frequently approached by solo players to join in when I play solo.
Cons: Hole number ones Tee pad plays right behind a walkway where there are frequent people walking by. Should have put the Tee pad in front of the walkway. Also, hole 1 plays too close to parked cars in the parking lot.
Too many straight line shots; would be nice to have more holes that require big hyzers or anhyzers, or maybe a dog-leg hole.
No lights. Would be nice to have lights for night play.
No out of bounds marked anywhere, only a few mandatories.
Other Thoughts: Here are the hole descriptions on the course, and some recommended throws for right handed backhand throwers.
Hole one plays with trees to the front and right, and the OB parking lot to the left. The trees overhang pretty low, and there is a mandatory that requires you to keep to the left of the trees. Depending on the hole position, you may have to throw straight and low for a short distance, a low turnover shot for an average distance, or a longer low turnover shot.
Hole two plays with a tree that is near the front of the Tee pad, then a clearing in front, then some more trees past the clearing that run in front and to the left. The library sits to the left. When the hole is situated to the left position, an average distance hyzer shot is required. When it is located straight ahead, an average distance straight flat shot is required.
Hole three plays through a few small trees scattered along the flight path. The hole is placed on a very slight uphill, and then drops off behind the hole. OB street is to the left. A low short slight hyzer skip shot works good with this hole.
Hole four is a straight average distance low tunnel shot with over hanging trees playing to the left and right of the hole.
Hole five plays over a tiny hill with a tree to the right of the Tee pad and a tree to the left further up the flight path. Depending on the hole position this shot can play blind or partially in view. When it is in view, I usually throw a slight hyzer with skip towards the hole. When it is blind, I usually thrown a flex shot over the hill.
Hole six plays with a brick bunker to the right, and some big tree trunks to the left, making a small opening to get to the hole which is located amongst some more trees.OB street to the left. A straight flat shot works with this hole. Or you can throw a hyzer over the brick bunker.
Hole seven plays with a large clearing in front of the Tee pad, then a whole bunch of low overhanging trees scattered in front of the hole. There is a mandatory which requires you to keep to the right. A good roller is recommended on this hole. Or you can throw a long low straight flat shot. Or a very high flex shot over the trees.
Hole eight plays on a slight downhill with low hanging trees scattered in front of the hole. Depending on the hole placement you may have to throw a long roller, a long flex shot over the trees, or an average distance low flat tunnel shot.
Hole nine plays in the direction where hole one Tee pad is. There are trees to the right and left of this hole, and an OB walkway to the left. The trees are pretty high so you can just throw a long straight shot, or flex shot to this hole.
Hole ten tees off right in front of the Pro-shop. There are tall trees to the right and left, with a large clear opening down the middle. OB walkway to the left and behind the hole. Depending on the hole placement, it will either be an average distance straight or flex shot, or an average distance shot with a slight fade to the left.
Hole eleven tees off right next to the tennis courts, and plays pretty much across an open field with only one tree located in the field. Depending on the hole placement, this will be a straight shot, or a very slight hyzer shot around the tree to the hole.
Hole 12 plays to the right alongside the asphalt walkway, and is pretty much a clear shot. The hole can either be placed on the other side of the walkway to the left a good distance, or it can be placed straight ahead 700 plus feet past a few large trees next to the golf course. Throw whatever shot gives you the most distance. A hyzer flip gets me the most distance.
Hole thirteen tees off atop a small hill with the hole located down that hill back in the direction of hole twelves Tee pad. There are large trees located in front of this hole with a mandatory which requires you to keep to the right. Depending on the hole placement, you may have to throw a short shot with a fade to the left or right depending on which side of the trees you throw towards, or an average distance straight shot with a left or right fade.
Hole fourteen tees off alongside the northside of the tennis courts. The tennis court is OB. The hole can either be placed behind a bunch of tall trees on the side of a small hill, or it can be amongst the trunks of the tall trees. Just throw a long straight shot towards the basket.
Hole fifteen plays over a small wide hill, and is blind no matter which position the hole is in. The hole can either be an average distance slightly to the right, or a longer distance straight in front. There is a small bush located in front of the Tee pad along the flight line. A big flex shot over the hill works here.
Hole sixteen plays atop a small hill, and back in the direction where you tee'd off for hole fifteen. There is a narrow mandatory to the left and right marked on the two tree trunks directly in front. Depending on the hole placement, this can either be a straight shot, or will be a straight turnover shot when the hole is located towards the right.
Hole seventeen plays alongside the eastside of the tennis courts. The tennis courts are OB. This hole can play blind when located to the left behind the hill, or can be located straight in front. There is a mandatory that requires you to keep to the right. When the hole is blind a straight shot over the hill will work, or you can throw a slight hyzer skip shot around the hill. When the hole is in front, just a straight shot is good.
Hole eighteen plays alongside the southside of the tennis courts. Again, the tennis courts are OB. There are some large trees directly to the right of the tee pad, and then a large clear area in front. The hole is located straight ahead behind some tall trees. A long straight shot to the right or left of the trees with a fade towards the hole at the end is good.
There is also a hole nineteen which the locals made up for this course. You tee off on the walkway which is located in front of hole eighteen. It is marked with spray paint. Throw in an Northward direction towards the practice basket located to the left of the walkway. A slight hyzer skip off the walkway towards the basket is recommended.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: After playing several other courses in Southern California, I finally decided to make it down to Long Beach and play El Dorado after hearing all the good reviews from other players. I was not disappointed. This is a very nice course and well worth the extra driving time. The course is in a scenic park and plays over grass throughout. Predominantly flat course with subtle elevation changes here and there. The challenge with this course are the trees that seem to have been strategically planted to present obstacles just for this course. The designers did a good job of setting up the teepads and pin placements. The key to being successful here is being consistent with flat controlled throws or very good rollers. There are several holes that are 300' plus and big arm is very helpful. I found myself with a lot long birdie attempts and made at least par on every hole. Moving from hole to hole was relatively easy - especially if you pick up a map from the pro shop. The locals were very friendly with pointing me in the right direction. Also, the course was very easy to get to right off the 605 freeway. I will be coming back again for sure.
Cons: The only negative thing I can say is that I would have liked to seen more elevation changes and out of bounds hazards. Aside from a few holes that have mandatories, a player can pretty much wind up and throw without much fear of a penalty. The only thing that keeps you in check is the trees. I would suggest more mandatories or designate out of bounds more clearly.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Not As Tough As You Might Think
Pros: This course is in a nice park with lots of other activities near by. The course is well maintained with a lot of difference in varying pin locations. There are plenty of tees to hit with your discs. This is a great course to be able to throw a good roller. There seems to be a strong local playing community. This is a great park course that is not super difficult.
Cons: There are just a few places where it is difficult to find the next tee pad or know which basket you should be shooting at. While there are signs at every hole, I found that they are not entirely accurate. There is a bit of foot traffic to contend with and a few holes play really closely to streets and parking lots. There are a few tee pads that are run down and could use some fixing.
Other Thoughts: Overall I do not think that this course was as difficult as some make it out to be (I found one site that rated it a 10 out of 10 for difficulty, but I would give it maybe a 7 out of ten). It is a great course to learn the game on. This is a great regular play.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Hey I'm at ElDo!
Pros: Setting is picturesque. Crowds are small. Likely not to lose a disc. Pro Shop is on site, in the tennis club. Some long drives. If you have a good roller shot, or a low long flight path, then you will do great here. Easy to navigate.
Cons: Not much variety in the shots. Shooting under the trees gets old. Hole 18 is often unplayable due to youth sports or weekend park attendees.
Other Thoughts: Nice way to spend an hour or two
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Straight and True SoCal Park Course
Pros: Upkeep, trees, easy to follow
Cons: Most every hole is a straight line.
Other Thoughts: El Dorado is a large municipal park and the disc golf course is a classic park course. It's totally flat and plays among numerous large and well established trees. With one exception, the course is solidly par 3, and most every hole is a straight line from tee to basket. While certainly not a woods course, there's plenty of trees for your disc to hit, and those with a roller in their bag will do better due to the low ceilings these old sprawling trees provide.
While the course as a whole lacks any truly distinguishing features, overall it's perfectly picturesque, a nice looking course in a nice neighborhood. The only problem is a few holes do play too close to a busy road, and the course would benefit from having at least a few fairways that weren't straight lines. The most notable feature is low ceilings; you need a solid roller or a good low and tight shot to excel out here, especially on the front nine. And while I couldn't pick a favorite, there's not a bad hole out here. Consistency is the name of the game for El Dorado; consistently straight, consistently well maintained, consistently par 3 (but on the long side), consistently easy to figure out, and often low. It's a good course for beginners and experts alike, and well worth investigating among the DG courses of Southern California.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice course close to the beach
Pros: - Pretty location inside of a large park, lots of trees and shade
- holes 4-8, 12, 14 and 17 present elevation and tree obstacles that make them particularly challenging and fun to play. Basket 14 is inside a circle of three large trees, for example, so it's known as "the notch" for the number of shots made between the branches of one tree frequently tossed "between" after whacking it on the approach
- tree-whacking is a common outcome here, check the trees for scars -- it's full of obstructions, forehand shots, low hooks, and other interesting plays to make it through the fairly heavily wooded north half
- pray for backet #17 to be in the C position -- behind a small hill and blind from the tee -- look for painted dot on a tree behind the mound from the tee shot if the basket is not clearly visible to the right of the mound
- Concrete tee pads, good-condition course markers, movable baskets
- Nice pro shop, with knowledgeable clerk who can help you choose from their full selection of Innova discs
- a good map is available at the pro shop, but you don't need it because the couse is well marked
- nice people on the course and at the shop
- easy to get to, and when you're done playing, Seal Beach is only about two miles farther south for a refreshing post-play dip in the Pacific
Cons: - urban course: little variation in terrain, no elevation changes, park setting
- one of the early holes (3?) runs parallel and close to a busy street: hooking your shot to the left will land it in the street where it WILL be run over by a car!
Other Thoughts: - pray for backet #17 to be in the C position -- behind a small hill and blind from the tee -- look for painted dot on a tree behind the mound from the tee shot if the basket is not clearly visible to the right of the mound
- this is a great course both for visitors and for locals, while it lacks a natural setting and elevation changes, it's still a fun and challenging course
- the course is bicycle distance from my home ... if you're coming to the area to play it, ping me in advance for a round together
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Wodded course in so cal, well designed and not much foot traffic. plenty of finesse shots and tunnel shots.
Cons: short range
Other Thoughts: great course to play at if your in the so cal area
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Lots of shade, which is unusual for So Cal. The front nine winds around bushy trees that reward well placed finesse shots, many with a driver. Things stretch out on the back nine, especially in the long tournament layout. This is a fun course that requires control and power.
Cons: LA traffic
Other Thoughts: A great 1-2 combo...warm up at ElDo and then head to LaMa for some serious hucking.
3 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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