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The Mack in Sac
Pros: I love the use of what would otherwise be wasted land near a freeway on ramp. This is a legit bombs away 9-hole course, that plays in less than an hour. Love the fact that it's DG only space, other than the nearby playground.
Cons: Hot & dry. All the grass was browned out & dead. I bet late spring/early summer would be the ideal time to play here.
Other Thoughts: This course is quite comparable to Hellyer Park in San Jose, except flatter with less trees.
Uniqueness: B+ (great use of land; dedicated; near live trains)
Difficulty: B (longish; mild elavation changes)
Fun Factor: B+ (variety of drives required; bombs away)
Aesthetics: B- (could be cleaner; played during brown/dried-out season)
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Fun Course, just be careful
Pros: 9 relatively long holes, for the space they have to work with
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.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very fun course for beginners and seasoned players as well. Good friendly crowd ( Locals ) . Monday doubles are great. A extra hole known as 5.5 , so 10 total holes.....
Cons: Not to many. At this point the grass is tall in area's and you could find yoursef looking for a minute if you dont watch where it comes down. Stickers Galore in your sox but i can deal with that. Can be windy at time, but like the wind out there
Other Thoughts: For those who may not have played Mackey ( aka: Marconi ) its a great course with good pace of play. Come out monday's @ 6pm and play random doubles, cards are drawn to match up pairs. oddman if numbes dont jive
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
the mackey park experience
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: We now have 20 pin positions on this 9 hole course, hole 5 1/2 was removed, and a basket for hole 3 was put in in the teepads place. Local club does most the mowing, as the park district only mows once a year. Playground on site, and very frequently see horse riders in the park, they have learned to stay away from the baskets, mostly. Dirt and weeds in the summer, green the rest of the year. Monday random doubles at 6pm, april -september. Local club Mackey Chainwreckers, do an awesome job of running this course. The new short position on hole 2, up the hill at the top of the stairs, might be the toughst hole in the area
Cons: now that we have all the t-signs up, not to many cons. grass will get tall n certain areas, and during heavy rains, 2 holes will get surrounded by water. we golfers do most of our own mowing out here, so the tall grass is an inconvienence more than a hinderance. no public bathrooms,
Other Thoughts: Mackey is a great golfing experience, long holes with unique lines. weekly random doubles on mondays at 6pm from april till the end of september. email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Down by the tracks
Pros: - Concrete teepads
- Good distances for a 9/10 hole'er
- Easy access from major freeways
- Good use of the slight elevation changes there to help provide a little bit of variety
- Players seemed more friendly and willing to let people play through than in other areas of Sac
- Playgound onsite
Cons: - Right next to the railroad tracks so there is both noise and the risk of throwing your disc over the fence and onto the tracks on a couple holes
- Some teesigns missing
- Airport neerby had planes flying over providing more noise
- Two holes share a basket
- Homeless campsite next to hole 2
- Litter around even though there are trash cans on the course
- Wet and muddy in winter. I'm sure this isn't a problem in the summer, but in the winter there are many swampy areas on the course, and one basket that was surrounded enough that I didn't even bother to put out on it even with my birdie look.
- Not enough trees on the course for my taste (this could be a pro in some peoples eyes)
Other Thoughts: For a park in the middle of Sac there was actualy some good distance on most of the holes. Speed of play was fast with groups letting me play through where in other areas around Sac (Orangevalle, Rocklin), I've been stuck behind groups that would refuse to let you pass. The locals here seemed more friendly than I've found elsewhere which gives me hope for Sacramento area golfers yet. The park was prety wet and muddy when I played it, but we had just finished with a week of storms so it could be expected for the course to be a little wet, but it seemed to hold alot of water making for a few areas to become swampy, one basket was even surrounded by a puddle. There was a little bit of elevation change around the course, and it was used well.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Grip it and Rip Course
Pros: - has baskets
- has cement tees
- easy to navigate
- some slight elevation change
- course has some decent length to it, 3/4 of the holes are 300+
- fairly open so you can just air it out
- the "extra" hole. playing from the tee pad that is to the right of 5's pin placement at the number 8 basket
Cons: -its mainly all open, to real shot shaping
- can get congested around number 8 basket
Other Thoughts: Another one and done in the Sacramento area, i am starting to see why shady oaks is so crowded its the only true course in Sacramento. They should really put baskets in at Schwitzer instead of tone poles..
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Pros: 9 holes, pretty wide open with concrete pads. Not much traffic in this park.
Cons: signage lacking, most likley stolen and recycled. One hole plays right along a fence next to the railroad tracks, kinda sucks. I dont know if a basket was stolen but it appears holes 6 and 8 share a basket, kind of confusing.
Other Thoughts: Doesn't look like a good area, however you can pretty much see your car from everywhere on the course.
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Pros: -Nice tee pads
-Good place to practice your long game
-Has a few trees that come into play
-Has a little bit of elevation change
Cons: -Couse design is lacking a little bit. Thought designers could have made better use of the little bit of elevation change and vegetation that is there.
-Mainly long straight holes
-One of the holes has a rather large fence that rungs along the side of it
Other Thoughts: -This is really the only decent course in Sac proper. Sacramento really needs an upgrade. I think a great place for a course would be somewhere along the American River Parkway around Discovery Park area.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Course has wide open space and a good place to learn how wind affects plastic
Cons: very repetive with 8 of the 9 holes all being accessable with any type of line no true golf challenging shots unless you have over 400 ft power to reach the 2 long ones.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Escape from the Crowds
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.
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