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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