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Challenges for al levels, but watch the poison oak!
Pros: Quiet suburban setting;
Lots of parking;
Variety of holes to challenge you;
Playground, skate park, picnic area and restrooms all nearby
Cons: POISON OAK! It is everywhere on the course-leaflets 3 let is be; berries white poisonous sight!
Other Thoughts: I enjoy Moraga Commons as a good challenge. There are shots up hill and down hill and over gullies and ditches. On some of the downhill shots you can really let it fly!
Keep an eye on those disc as they dive into the brush because inevitably you will hit the poison oak. This course is really defined by it since it makes use of the "back 40" in Moraga Commons Park. In the hills of California you will always find poison oak and Moraga Commons Park has more than its fair share. Use caution when searching for your discs in the brush.
Some poison oak tips: if you brush up against it make sure that you wash up with soap and water after your round to get rid of the oils that commonly cause skin irritation. If your discs go into the brush, assume that they hit some poison oak and wash them off with soap and water after your round. Don't just do the old towel wipe...the oils from the poison oak will get on your towel and be spread wherever that towel goes. Moraga Commons is a fun course, but requires a little preventive personal care when you play it.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Good use of the land
-Long throws mixed in with some short holes.
-Good change in elevation.
A good course with a nice mix of holes that will challenge the good players. The course uses the land well where the holes play over rolling hills with pars available with good drives. Many of the holes run up and down a hill and the shots will require good drives. Overall the course will improve your game with the variation in the fairways.
Cons: -A few holes play over a walkway.
-Can get hot in the summer.
-Out of the way.
If you live in the area it is a nice course to have in your backyard. It is worth the drive from Oakland and a nice course to try.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Not so Commons Park
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Super-legit course; perhaps best 9-holer in the East Bay Area. Fun and impressive layout & elevation variation with some challenging basket positions. Generous amount of land for 9 holes. Nice tee boxes.
Cons: Grass is kinda long right now.
Other Thoughts: Be sure to park next to the skate park along the wooden fence, as it'll save a longer walk from the main parking lot. I look forward to many more rounds here!
Uniqueness: B (spacious for 9 holes; good use of elevation changes & landscape)
Difficulty: A- (long; uphill holes are tough)
Fun factor: A- (satisfying round; birdies are rare & rewarding)
Aesthetics: B+ (rural feeling in the suburbs; lush with good amount of trees)
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
OK if you in the area
Pros: LOL Close to my Moms house. Can play the course in 20 min.
Other Thoughts: Didn't want to drive through the tunnel to play Berkley so I went here. It was alright, a local described it as a mini Stafford Lake which is WRONG in so many ways. If you right in the area hit it up but don't go out of your way
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
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.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
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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