Pleasantly surprising 9-hole course
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 1) Tons of bathrooms on site.
2) A few water fountains located around course.
3) Multiple pin positions on every hole.
4) Signs on every hole.
5) Signs show the preferred route to reach basket location, as well as the change in declination from the teepad.
6) Teepads on all but one hole (8).
7) Nice, long and wide teepads.
Cons: 1) Some baskets to holes are located within the same vicinity of other holes, so have the course map handy or ask one of the locals.
2) Signs do not have a marker to indicate basket location. So you must physically verify where the basket is or again, ask a local.
3) Some holes criss cross or are in close proximity to another hole so errant throws can be a problem.
Other Thoughts: Course play revolves around the hill that it's built on. After playing Golden Gate Park earlier in the day, I was ready for this hill and course: Be Prepared to do a little hiking.I only saw one hole (3) that had an alternate tee, but was more concerned with what challenge that the next hole would bring. From first hole to last, this 9-hole course did not disappoint. I was pleasantly surprised with the variety of lengths and types of shots that this course presented. Equal amounts of uphill/downhill, short/medium/long and hyzer/anhyzer shots. Hole 3 on short presents a challenge as the basket is placed near an edge, so choose your shot/disc/throw wisely. Hole 5 is a bomb in either position, launch your disc over the trees. Be wary of stickers in the field as you approach the basket to hole 6 and on your way back to hole 7. Hole 8 is the only hole that doesn't have a teepad, look for the chalk line that designates it as the throwing area. The course is nicely groomed with lots of dry grass and dirt, so skip shots are definitely in play. No elevation change, up/down, that is greater than about 40 feet.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
A Great Little Course!!
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Lovely location.
Easy layout to understand. (Pay attention on 7 and 8. On seven, they have changed the basket and it's a much longer hole. And, 8 goes UP the hill, not across. Doh!)
Lots of challenging holes.
When I was there, I didn't see another golfer until the end of my round, which allowed me to play multiple discs, and practice.
The weather was gorgeous.
They do a lot with a small plot of land. Really impressive.
Lots of elevation changes.
Easy to use.
At the end of hole seven, it looks like folks have made a nice little place for a beer break. Couldn't be a better idea. (There's a picnic table near the top of the hill, where you can also chill, have a beer, and watch great drives.)
I will absolute play this course again, and it may become my home course. (The drive from Redwood Road is spectacular: Lots of places to stop and see views. Would be a great destination for folks into heavy-duty biking, too.)
Cons: They wisely keep the holes away from trafficked areas in the park - but watch for bikers and joggers - I nearly took a dude's head off with a drive, cuz he came out from a blind spot.
I can imagine that driving from The City would be a pain in the ass (and the tunnel can be a challenge. Try using Redwood Road.)
Some of the signage has not kept up to date with hole changes, but it's not major. Just pay attention and don't be afraid to walk a hole to figure out where the basket is. It's worth it.
Other Thoughts: I'm still relatively new at this, after 40 years away from the game, so I may be a little generous. That said, I think this is a deceptively difficult course with lots of variation. I had a fantastic afternoon, and can't wait to play it again (and again and again).
Although there are some trees that come into play, it's largely an open set up. I like that, but I know others don't. (That said, I can't imagine losing a disc here. Sight-lines are clear and the course is open and well maintained.)
I really can't think of much bad to say, given some of the options in this neck of the wood. FAR superior to Chabot Park and Aquatic Park in my opinion.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Fun 9-hole course
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Lots of elevation change, many good tee boxes. Varied pin positions.
Cons: Occasional walkers / nearby park users. Exercise caution. Some tee pads are muddy or slick when wet (esp the rubber ones).
Other Thoughts: A great 9-hole course that has enough variety to keep you entertained for 18 or 27 holes.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Spring Overgrowth Ruins Course Experience
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Beautiful course on rolling hills. Toughest 9 hole course in the East Bay.
Cons: Town of Moraga does little to no maintenance in the section of the park where the course is located. Every spring the grass and weeds grow to knee high level or worse. Moraga claims they can only afford to cut once annually, despite the fact that the remaining areas of the park are cut on a regular basis. Moraga is one of the wealthiest municipalities in the Bay Area, so it seems to be a matter of priorities rather than a lack of funds. Spring is the best time of the year to play the course before the hot weather arrives...but it is also the season in which the overgrowth is severe.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Pretty Good First Time Spot
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Mix of challenging holes and fairly simple but pleasing holes
- Not a ton of people on a warm Sunday afternoon - waved 3 groups to play through us, but got to throw 2 discs each our second time around
- Great use of the hill - makes a small area feel like fairly interesting
- Baskets with the number in green on top where much-appreciated
Cons: - The first two holes were pretty tough and could punish; not the best to start off on
- #7's dirt-only tee made for a rough approach to a challenging hole
- Wish it were longer
Other Thoughts: People are pretty harsh on this course to me -you'll enjoy a day here for sure, but there are enough minor detractions that people have which are valid which can add up for people. For me, coming from Aquatic Park, which is a pretty punishing course, this was a welcome spot. I didn't see too many non-disc people using the area and getting in the way.
Tree and bush issues weren't as bad as I imagined, but I can see how if you're not on the look out for PO, especially in the leafless season, you can get some bad Poison Oak.
"I'm new to but excited about the sport - why should I come play here?": This course really utilizes the great hill at the center of it for maximum effect. The 9 holes are varied and some are quite challenging.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Fun, Approachable and Challenging for Most Players
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Challenging but not punishing
- Pleasant rural suburban setting with some nice views
- Comfortable weather for most of the year
- Overall a very lovely park with lots of nice amenities. The course itself is isolated enough that you usually have pretty clear play.
- Large concrete tees, decent signage. Course is pretty well maintained
- Multiple pin locations on most the holes that move periodically
- Multiple Teepads on 2, 3 & 6 spice up your 2nd round a bit with different lines and distances
- Challenging but approachable. This is an intermediate level course and will accommodate a broad skillset
- I almost never lose discs here. Just steer clear of a couple heavily forested areas and you will most likely be OK
- Not usually over-crowded. Everyone I've met on this course has been extremely pleasant
Cons: - After a rain, avoid this course like the plague. The mud continually clings to your shoes and adds about 2 lbs to each foot
- Prominent poison oak on a couple holes (2 & 4)
- Occasional interference from other park attendees. Although most non-disc golfers hang out in a different part of the park
- Criss-crossing fairways (4/5 & 6/7) can hinder play at times
- Alternate teepads are dirt
- Navigation could be improved. Look for worn paths in the dirt and you'll probably find your way through.
Other Thoughts: I live witihin walking distance of Berkeley Aquatic park but I play this course more often. It's become more challenging in the past years. 6 from the long tee is not an easy par and could be a hole at Stafford Lake. 8 with the long basket placement is a challenging too. It's a ~350ft incline with the basket perched on the edge of an 8ft drop off.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Great elevation changes
-all around ffun course
-away from the rest of the park activities
-couple of long shots required
-signage is great
-lots of parking. 2 lots. if there is something going on or the weekend though it gets tight!
Cons: -atleast a couple holes have differet hole locations. Particularly hole 7 from the tee box you cant see either hole location, and there is no noting of wich location it is.
-the grass/weed can get out of controll
-poison oak is huge on the outskirts, stay on the course!
Other Thoughts: If I would have written this review after the first time playing, I would have given it a 4 probably.
Dont get me wrong, this is a fun course, and I understand the costs involved in up keep, so just be warned, there will be a couple times a year were the disc loss value is very high on this course!
Other than 2ft grass, the course is fun and is easily walked 2-4 times in a day!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
nice 9 hole coarse
Pros: - lots of elevation change
- good mixture of easy and challenging holes
- drinking fountain located in the middle of the coarse
-never gets too crowded
- very friendly locals
Cons: - very little parking
- poison oak
- gets very muddy and the mud is thick and clumps up on shoes
-grass gets very long at times which makes it difficult to find discs
- bathroom is located in park which is a far walk forom the coarse
Other Thoughts: overall this is a fun coarse i like the elevation changes and all the green grass. never gets too hot here. makes for a nice fun afternoon just watch out for the poison oak
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Seemed to be a busy/popular course.
Some great uphill/downhill shots.
Great visibility but still technical with trees and obsticles.
Tee markers and tee maps in place at most tees.
Cons: Quite a few tee maps were inaccurate - baskets were often moved from their apparent original placement with no alternate marking on the map (basket 7 or 8 was pulled out of the ground with concrete intact).
Tight course with a little more overlap than I prefer - causes backups on the course
Course crosses public paths numerous times - make sure to check for bystanders.
Dangerous foliage (cactus, poison oak, etc.) - most are well marked/visible
More than half of the baskets were not visible without significant scouting - a pain if you are having to go up and down the hill between throws
Other Thoughts: I had mixed feelings about this course. If it was not my first time playing I think I would have enjoyed it more. I never like overlapping runs but sometime it's difficult to avoid with courses in tight spaces. Correcting basket locations to match the maps or updating the maps could help first time players of this course.
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Free course. Holes are clearly marked. Interesting setup with both short and long fairways. Not to many crowded days, with helpful locals.
Cons: Pins are permanently set. mostly dirt fairways with wild grass (easier to loose disc).
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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