Sacramento, CA 
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Full little course

5+    12/18/2013   12/22/2013
Review By: Mavurick
Played: 3  Reviewed: 3
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course has been upgraded a few weeks ago. There is new orange center tape on all 9 course baskets and the 1 practice basket. There are new number stickers on the Tee signs. Each basket has been re-labeled with its respective hole number. Over the past few years some trees have fallen. A few locals have made to obstacles around the baskets with the fallen tree branches. There are now 2 basket placements for almost every hole.

Due to the depressed basins throughout the park, there is some slight up and down shots. A number of baskets are on the edge of a slope.

Other than a small playground, the rest of the park is a disc golf course. Sometimes people walk through the holes passing through. But usually you only have to wait for other disc golfers.

The average hole distance is 300'. There are a few 400' holes when the baskets are in those respective placements.
Cons: The tee pads will be narrow for some. They could be a bit longer too. But overall the concrete pads are in good shape.

Lately the horses in the park have been sparse. I have only been delayed once by a few minutes as they rode through hole #6 to get to their stables. But I heard they sometimes train in the park. That would be a problem.

There are a few vagrants passing through from time to time. Due to frequent disc golfers, the vagrants don't hang around long though.

It is a popular park with the local disc golfers. Unless you come really early you most likely will not have it to yourself - even on the weekdays. There can be big groups of disc golfers on weekends too. I have seen groups up to 20!
Other Thoughts: Overall it is a small enjoyable course to keep up on your beginner or intermediate skills if you live in Sacramento County.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Nice urban course

1    8/16/2012   8/16/2012
Review By: ZdybelT
Played: 54  Reviewed: 16  Exp: 3.4 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Baskets in good condition.
-Easy to find next hole with great signage.
-Locals were very friendly.
-Decent use of land
Cons: -need trashcans. trash everywhere.
-Need more shot variations, seemed repetitive.
Other Thoughts: This was a decent course to play at. Met some very nice locals and were ab le to play through with no problems. I felt like there could have been more variations of shots as most distances were about the same and basket was dead ahead. it is a great long range nine hole course but could also be improved.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 John Mackey

5+    2/10/2012   2/11/2012
Review By: Sitzmann420
Played: 71  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 4.8 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Decent variety of long to medium shots
-Tee pads are swept regularly and a few of the locals keep the place clean
-Benches on about every other hole
-Tee signs on every hole with length
-Multiple pin placements
-People and dog friendly
Cons: -Similar holes in terms of length and technicality
-Gets flooded in the winter months
-Neighbors across the street sometimes like to heckle the disc golfers
-Need a big arm
Other Thoughts: Overall a great course for family and your typical disc golfers alike.. Check out the bilboard for local events and weekly doubles/singles.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Good Use of Space with Some Flaws

2-4    12/7/2011   12/7/2011
Review By: Discology1
Played: 15  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 10.6 Years
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: John Mackey is another shining example of the sport of disc golf moving into an un, or under-utilized land area and providing a recreational opportunity for the community where one otherwise wouldn't exist.

The layout here is great for such a small area especially since three of the holes play over 400' and it is easy to navigate without a map. For the most part the holes are spread far enough apart to limit cross paths from errant throws. The topography is utilized very well which creates elevation changes of about 10-15 feet on a few holes helped out by some of the baskets being located on small knolls instead of on the flats. Overall the trees that are on the course are used fairly well. Advertised as a 9 hole course, there is a 10th hole (5 1/2) that plays to the 8th basket. Overall this course is uncrowded and groups let you play through - take that Shady!
Cons: "Noisy" trains is an understatement - defeaning is more accurate - though only intermittantly and on certain holes close to the tracks. Some of the holes would be bettter and more challenging if the layout was tweaked a little more around the fine oaks. 18 holes would be nice, but this space wouldn't handle it. Also, the tees are smallish (4x10) so if your stride is long, it may bother you. The neighborhood is bad = drug use is apparent, though the disc golfers are fine.
Other Thoughts: A great course to play on the way home or on a lunch break. I've played it two times and will be back.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Fun Course, just be careful

2-4    8/20/2011   8/21/2011
Review By: tgashby
Played: 7  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 3.2 Years
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: 9 relatively long holes, for the space they have to work with
Decent Layout
Fun for a beginner, lots of wide open shots
Cons: Having grown up near this area, I can tell you that it's not the best neighborhood. Just be cautious, haven't seen any problems yet.
Not too many obstacles for the more seasoned players.
Other Thoughts: Great park in the Sacramento area if you can't make it out to Shady Oaks.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Escape from the Crowds

5+    9/23/2009   9/24/2009
Review By: JHern
Played: 82  Reviewed: 50  Exp: 7.3 Years
This review was updated on 11/6/2009
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course lies in a mostly flat triangular patch of parkland stranded from the larger parks by being cut off by the 80 business freeway and the railroad tracks. Much of the course seems to be leveled out and has drainage structures. The course is hard dirt with the vegetation mostly dominated by grass which the regulars get mowed from time-to-time, and some nicer old craggy oak trees on a higher patch of ground stretching from the 1st tee, though some seem to be dying and falling over.

The mixture of the train tracks nearby and the large concrete sweeping street bridge going over the tracks, along with the horse farm in a working class neighborhood combines to make for an interesting atmosphere. I rather like it, because it is all down to Earth, totally unpretentious, and just is what it is.

This course is rarely as busy as the other courses in the region, which is the most-cited reason why players on the course say they are playing it. Another reason some of the locals enjoy this course is that some of the holes are longer than typically found on other courses in the region, and the open space gives you a chance to air out your longest throws.

There are some very good, and also very friendly players on this course. They have a doubles every week, and are very friendly to visitors and newbies. They also seem to provide mentorship for some very good young players who frequent the course. One of the world's top pro players (Josh Anthon) can also be found practicing his drives out here when he isn't away on tour.

11/2009 UPDATE: Two holes upgraded after fixing some basket thefts, holes 3 and 9 now have multiple basket positions, with both new positions being longer than previous. Long 3 is now the longest hole on the course, at 440 ft. Long 9 is about 400 ft.
Cons: The biggest negative is that the holes are mostly open, with few trees or other obstacles. They've done the best they could packing 9 fairly good length holes on this land, and putting the fairways near as many obstacles as they could, but some holes are inevitably wide-open due to the park land itself.

When the course grass is long after the rainy season it can be difficult to find your disc in the longest hairiest patches. In the dry season, when the grass is unmowed, you'll get lots of annoying burrs and stickers in your socks.

There is not a lot of shade on the course, although the tees are mostly located in shady spots. Be sure to bring sunscreen if you're sensitive. This place can get searing hot in the summer.
Other Thoughts: There aren't many nearby restaurants or liquor stores, but if you take Marconi over the tracks across the business-80 and continue for about 1/2 mile on the left (I think its Howe Ave and Marconi) there is a liquor store and taqueria that are worth stopping at if you're hungry or thirsty. If you want big corporate chain fast food you can go south down the business 80 one exit, and take a right until you get near Del Paso.

A disc throw over the fence toward the tracks can be difficult to retrieve, and you can be arrested for trespassing on railroad property. Play the careful routes to avoid this hazard. If you absolutely must retrieve one, look to be sure there isn't a cop or security patrol watching. Sometimes there are gaps worn in the fence, but other times they are repaired and the fence can be difficult to traverse. But the best policy is this: don't throw over that fence.

Homeless people occasionally sleep in the bushes on the hillside along Marconi as it slopes up to the bridge (the right side of the #2 fairway). They are always friendly and don't mess with anybody else, so leave them (and their belongings) alone...it is difficult for them to find places to sleep in Sacramento.

This is the only dedicated for disc golf course in the city of Sacramento. They tried to install an 18 hole not too far from this one, but it was overturned by a powerful lawyer who enjoyed participating in the gay activities at that park. If you play and live in Sacramento, call or write your councilmen and the mayor to push for more courses.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

  shelter in the city

5+    3/13/2009   3/15/2009
Review By: matticus fry
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Some love has gone into my home course over the year, a few benches have been placed as well as tee signs for all the holes. Large and friendly home course community. Some of us are taking on the daunting task of mowing out the fairways, so hopefully the burrs and grass will be more manageable. Hole placement and trees challenge and allows for practice of a multitude of shots. Great for all ages and skill levels. + lot's of ace runs.
Cons: Long and hot in the summer, DON'T go over the fence, drinking fountain works now but there is only one and it can be quite a trek from holes 6,7,8,9 bring a bottle. Lot's of gopher holes, and next to a horse farm (they like to walk their horseys on the course) so watch your step there are piles, but atomatic ace if you get em', minus an extra stroke if you knock the rider off.
Other Thoughts: Weekly Doubles start as of Monday March 23,2009 5-530 pm. Draw for partner, 7$(5 pot,1 course fund,1 optional ace pot). It is our haven in the city, for those of us who can't drive to Sacramentos' nicer parks. Great local community, very supportive of beginners and usually there are a few groups out, easy to join up if you're flying solo

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Quick game

8/9/2008   8/11/2008
Review By: DuBose
Played: 47  Reviewed: 7
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: NIce local small course. Fairly easy to play with hardly any obstacles. Great layout for the amount of land that they had to work with. NIce pads and signs at every hole except #1 was missing and I think one other.Very easy course to find. Nice play ground for the kids to play on while you throw a round, and you can see it from most of the course.
Cons: Not the best looking course or the greatest location. I had a little bit of difficulty finding the pad for #6. NO bathrooms.
Other Thoughts: This is the best course that I have ever seen for a beginner. It would be almost impossable to lose a disc. Hole #1 is the most difficult so don't let it get you down if you are a beginner.(Probably not the best way to design a course) The only real hazard is the train track on hole #7, just make sure that you aim a little right and keep it LOW. You can play the course pretty fast. There were 3 of us and we were able to play 2 rounds in about an hour. I would recomend playing this if you are a local. If you are coming in from out of town, the other local courses are MUCH better. Take the time to find one of them.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.


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