2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: - A variety of long and short holes. I think I threw all but my Firebird on this course.
- Good signage, concrete teepads.
- Some interesting pin locations. One is up on a hill in a hidden spot, another is right in the nook of a gnarl of trees, very hard to get to.
Cons: - Landscape pretty barren.
- Although nothing happened, the fact that the course is around a playground makes me nervous for the kids.
- Directly next to pretty active train tracks.
- I swear, I've never picked up so many stickers in my shoes as I did in one round at this place. =P
- I don't think the distances listed on some of the holes are accurate. I could be wrong, though.
Other Thoughts: The train tracks are a big annoyance, although they were there first. The lightrails don't make all that much noise, but the freight train that rolled through was pretty loud. I can't imagine living there, those poor people must be insane with the sleep deprivation. While I had no incidents, I saw someone toss one into the train area. Not only is it a possibility to lose plastic, but venturing into an active train area is dangerous!
A poor candidate for night golf, I think. Lots of deep squirrel holes, and not in the best of neighborhoods.
Overall, not a bad course, but not my favorite either. Something about this place rubs me the wrong way, but I can see how locals would flock here.
I wish the course the best of luck in the future.
Update: Score bumped up and comments changed.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Good Use of Space with Some Flaws
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.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
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.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
the mackey park experience
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.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
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..
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
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.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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