9 Helpful / 0 Not
Jekyll & Hyde
Pros: - Good to great hole design for most holes after the front 9
- Pretty but not spectacular setting, with a large lagoon that's visible from most of the holes.
- Large variety in hole length, shape, with sharp elevation changes in the back 9
- Baskets are in good condition
Cons: -Mixture of tees, with better tees on the front 9 and natural/dirt tees for most of the other holes, most of which are in good shape unless it's been raining
-The wind likes to blow something fierce through the valley
-Front 9 hole design is bland
-A couple of long walks between successive holes, some flow issues
-An incredible amount of goose feces near many of the holes on the front 9, someone should start a fertilizer business out there
Other Thoughts: Of the courses I've played to date, none feature a multiple personality disorder quite like Vacaville's Lagoon Valley DGC. Beginning the course at the first tee, you'll find a quaint urban-style park, with some tended grass peppered onto a hard pan background, a man-made pond, and simple landscaping. The tee pads for this portion of the course are cement, and as another reviewer mentioned, tend to the smallish side. The holes are fairly typical par 3 distances(primarily in the 240-320' range) and three of the holes bring the man-made pond into play with partial forced carries.
If the entire course carried on in a similar manner, it would probably fall at about a 2.5 rating.
Then, after finishing hole 9- the best hole on the front, a 470 foot slightly downhill difficult par 3, you walk a few hundred feet north towards hole 10, which while only 340' presents OB on the left and a tightly tucked pin.
This is the beginning of a much stronger back 9, with some highlights being Hole 11- a 570' dogleg left par 4, with OB along the entire left side of the fairway; Hole 14, the first of two elevated tees with a sharp drop to the pin, a 380' shot down the hill with the best views on the course; and Hole 17, a massive 650' downhill hole onto a sideslope, that can be reached by a big arm with the right wind assistance.
In general these back 9 holes are more difficult and more varied than those on the front. If the entire course was similar to the back, I would probably rate it a 3.5 overall, which is how I've arrived at a rating of 3- finding the middle between the Jekyll and Hyde nature of the course design.
The local volunteers have now installed an additional 7 baskets, with one double-used to make 8 additional holes, bringing the total to 25 holes available for play. The quality of these holes varies- there are 3-4 that shine, but some of the rest seem crammed in too tightly in an attempt to over-utilize the existing space.
The wind is no joke at this place. If you're not from Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, or any other wind-dominant region, you might find the breezes a tad stiff, especially in the afternoon.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
The Devils kitchen
Pros: A couple of water shots, some nice elevation shots, great chief spot inside of a bush,
Cons: its hot as hell in the summer, carry lots of water and sunscreen. can get pretty windy
Other Thoughts: When I played it, I didnt have to pay to play, but they may have changed it since then.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Dry and hot
Pros: A variety of holes and elevation change; a little water comes into play
Cons: Confusing layout - especially the back nine. Odd numbering (12, 13, A,B,C, 14?)
Other Thoughts: I can only imagine what it would be like in the summer (85 degrees in October - It must be an oven!)
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Pretty natural surroundings (mountainous hills), concrete pads on most holes, good baskets for most holes.
Cons: Many holes have a good route for a roller, but it can't be used because of the terrain and the fact that the course doesn't seem to get mowed often (if ever). I believe I found 3-4 extra holes that weren't included on the map and also didn't have signs so I wasn't sure how to play them.
Other Thoughts: Overall not bad, but nothing special. The distance is decent; except for 3-4 holes, it seemed like they all were 300+ feet and required a driver, which is about what most courses need in my opinion.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 12 Not
Pros: Back nine cruse through the hills.
Cons: You have to pay to get in. The front nine are down by the pond on the other side of the park and there intermediate level.
0 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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