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Fun 9 Holer W/Three Big Down Hill Throws!
Pros: Moraga Commons is a mostly pretty multi-use park with all the usual amenities. The course for the most part stays away from the other park users and does an excellent job of utilizing the parks naturally hilly terrain. The signs and teepads are both excellent with oversized pads built with building blocks and informative signs. This is no pitch and putt. The course will challenge recreational up to advanced players but families can play and enjoy it. There are three chances for long downhill bombs. #'s 4, 6 and 9 all offer you a chance for fun, challenging downhill throws ranging 350' to 425'. There were no holes here that I didn't enjoy, none that I would consider throwaways. The baskets were older but caught well. Navigation was easy. There were benches to sit in the shade no less.
Cons: When we played in late August, the ground was dry and parched and extremely broken and uneven in places making walking on it uncomfortable. Watch out for the poison oak in a couple of places.
Other Thoughts: This is just a very enjoyable little nine hole course. The three downhill holes kind of make the course in my opinion. They're just the holes that one dreams about and keeps you coming back. # 9 is aceable with the right touch. Come visit Moraga Commons and see for yourself.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Moraga Commons Park
Pros: Utilizes slopes very nicely. Good range of holes and players. Water fountain to fill up water bottles. Near downtown so you can get food if you want.
Cons: Can get muddy. Also, some of the signs aren't updated like the basket used to be on the left, but now is on right. Is also close to the park and pathways.
Other Thoughts: Watch out for wind. Signature hole is hole 6(Tower of Power) next to big power line.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Excellent course for a 9
Pros: -Intelligent use of natural slopes.
-Mixture of moderately wooded and open shots all of which make some use of a slope of at least eight feet.
-Clearly marked area of poison oak which is used as a natural barrier on holes 6.
-Well drawn and labeled maps for each hole.
Cons: -Small area
-Some holes placed close to walking paths or rec areas
Other Thoughts: #1 Has been moved recently, now it is past the upslope on the right with trees and an moderate incline to enhance the over or around hill shot.
#2 Hasn't changed much shot goes over a 20 foot deep ditch with brush on the left side and a few trees on either side of the fairway.
#3 Has moved from the much feared corner to the other side of the ditch, adding about fifty feet to the hole but subtracting a degree of technical quality.
#4 is the first of the top of the hill power shots, if you can clear the trees you might be able to get an easy 2, but watch the backstop, you may not find your disc.
#5 Is straight uphill, drains stamina and will to live.
#6 Top of hill shot. Apparently according to the pictures i've seen recently posted. this hole now shoots a little bit over the poison oak and ends right in front of the tee for #7, i haven't played since the modifications but it seems like this will slow down play on both #6 and #7. I want to know how many of these modifications are being made by disc golf players and how many are made by suburban bureaucrats.
#7 Shoots back towards the poison oak but the pin has been moved to the front of the trees instead of in the middle that made every upshot threaten to got into the poison oak.,
#8 plays across the hill on the left side with a line of trees in the center lining a gravel path with thick brush guarding the right boundary. Pin is also placed on a tricky slope, make sure your shot sticks, either in the basket or up close, if not it might roll for 30 feet.
#9 Best hole of the course, long shot over trees but high enough teepad for clear skys. This is the hole that keeps me going through the frustrating slopes that always catch me unprepared.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Good Course / Beautiful Park
• Pretty wide open
• Decent tee boxes
• Easy to find
• Beautiful park overall with lots of activities
• Friendly folks
• Poison Oak along one valley making you think twice before going long on certain holes
• A little cross traffic on some holes
• You can park along the street near the skate park to get close to #1 but if you park in the parking lot, it'll put you next to the restrooms (which are well maintained).
• There's also a good size field by the stage to warm up.
• I wouldn't recommend this course after it's rained as it can get quite sticky muddy.
This is a good course with a good variety of holes for only having 9 total. It also produces a decent workout with all the hiking up and down the hillside. There are quite a few bushy trees about which could mean losing a disc should you choose to 'go for it' on a couple holes. There are also some sneaky valleys on certain holes which produces a deceptive challenge, meaning you may be 10 ft. away on a putt and then miss and end up 20 ft. away coming back.
Bottom line: It's a good course for us beginners and a nice park overall.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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East Bay Hills
Pros: Well marked trails and tees
Always friendly people on the course
There are some nice long shots where you can let it rip (#2, #6)
Wide variety of skill shots required and well placed tees will challenge even advanced players
New pin locations for #6, #7 & #9 helped each one differently - #6 basket is under the power lines and now takes the homes further out of play, #7 is blind now so an ace is much more difficult and #9 was moved away from the park structure so less reason to yell 'fore' on that one
#7 was also made much more challenging by movig that pin back and behind some trees
This course is hilly and provides great excersize
Cons: Homes are close to #3 & #6 so be carefull with hard backhand shots esp with the Westerly winds
Poison Oak is everywhere - on #2, #3, #6 and behind #4
Other Thoughts: This course will take awhile to master. The strong westerly winds in the afternoon add even more challenge. I defintiely recomend going out of your way to play this one - it'll be well worth your time.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Play the Park
Pros: Its a Course!!!
Good use of park space
Water fountain on hill top
Cons: Wait for cross fire.
Wait for park go'ers
When windy....it gos this way...and that way, headwind,tailwind....gimmie a brake!
Other Thoughts: Fun course if your in the area...if not its a long drive, and pretty much only one road in. There is a 7-11 just be for you get there on Moraga. So if your gonna drive more then 30min. try somewhere else....unless your near by.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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The course plays up, down and across the large, mostly-open-but-scattered-with-trees hill that makes up much of a very nice park. Having a picnic table, benches, and water fountain at the top of the hill where tees #4 and #9 are located are nice touches, and the views of the surrounding hills are quite nice. The park has bathrooms, water fountains, and many things for kids and families to do, mostly not near the disc golf course. Petrol and food options are not very far away.
Some crossing fairways and a couple holes where a runaway, wind-blown disc could threaten non-players. Single tee/basket.
An easy course to navigate with signs and distance information at each tee location. Six of the nine tee locations are long-n-wide and composed of concrete blocks, one is a rubber mat, and two are dirt. Distances range from 285' to 431', average about 315'. The course starts you with two ~300', up-slope, right-turning shots with a few trees to avoid. After playing #3, a 300' straight shot along the top of the hill, you come to your first major downhill hole at #4, 322' away and to the left - an errant toss here could threaten tee #5 and/or the horseshoe pits. Number 5 bring you back 300' up the slope, to #6, the longest (431') hole, another major downhill shot, but this time with some large trees to deal with mid-flight, and a slightly uphill pin location. Number 7 has you throwing back across the fairway you just played over to a well tree-guarded basket 285' away. Number 8 is a difficult hole, up/cross slope with scattered trees the entire way to the basket almost 350' away - this hole also crosses #6's flight path. Finally, a little stroll up to #9, again at the top of the hill, with another throw similar to #4's - 317' away, slightly left, with a walking path and building in danger if you throw too far and right - a real possibility with the constant wind here.
Closest parking to tee #1 is not in the parking lot off St. Mary's Rd, but in the parallel spots along Moraga Rd.
The course is a lot of fun to play, and watch your shots fly! There are many long and turning shots required to counter the scattered trees and elevation. Getting to watch your disc soar on downhill holes 4, 9, but especially 6, where you can really cut loose because of the extra distance and no non-players to worry about, is a blast.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Tougher than it looks
Pros: Never boring, challenging holes. #4,6,9 downhill are fun, nice view of the area.
A few mean ace runs.
Very good variety of shots, I use RHBH, Forehand and Thumbers here.
Cons: 10 min drive off the freeway, but its a nice relaxing drive under trees.
Muddy time is SO bad. The mud adds to itself and never comes off your shoes. Next thing you know you got 6" stilletos.
Other Thoughts: #6 Is awesome when you get a good rip. I have been successfull with a Pro Leopard there lately. It is notorious for missing discs. Turnovers to the right, or accidental hyzer bombs to the left. Dont mind the big dog barking at you while you search. Number 8 in the long pin position is humbling and laughing at you the whole time.
Finally pard (3) number 8 in long position. Felt good.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
An e. bay must play
Pros: Holes all have decent distance and are well laid out. Some trees as obstacles but always an opportunity for a good drive on all the holes. #6 is beautiful and #4 and #9 are fun downhill holes. The holes are interesting enough to play twice in a day. When we played it was super windy and a bit wet, which made the course quite challenging. I could imagine it being a lot easier on a nice day.
Cons: The only major cons are that it is only 9 holes, and the grass is really long (at least in early spring) making it a bit hard to find your disc. A few holes go straight uphill, which makes them tough, but it isn't so bad as to be annoying.
Other Thoughts: Definitely play here if you are nearby. Very much worth it.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Easy to navigate. Requires a wide variety of shots. Challenging. Beautiful place to play on calm sunny days and shooting par is still a challenge.
Cons: Very windy at times. Muddy after rain. not easy to get to if you dont live in the east bay.
Other Thoughts: Play here if you get a chance. Everyone likes it.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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