15 Helpful / 0 Not
LaMa's New Back 18 a Must Play!
Pros: This review is only for the "back 18" newer course at La Mirada. For the "front 18," we agree with previously posted comments. That's a great course -- but we love the back 18 more for many reasons:
- it's more wooded, which not only makes it more challenging, but also cooler on a sunny day
- it's harder. The holes are longer overall (6440' vs 6050'), and include several long blind tee shots to the right and left
- 7 and 15 are monster holes at 640' and 540' and 6 is deceptive with the pin in plain view at the end of a wide fairway but 420' away
- favorite holes 3-4-5, which shoot down-up-down the same hill, with 8-9-10 also fun shooting back and forth thru a thicket of trees
- hole 11 is a virtual tunnel: it's located on a grass strip 30' wide between a sidewalk/busy street and a parking lot, with the pin unobstructed straight ahead at 290'. Keeping your disc on the grass here is as difficult as shooting down any narrow tree tunnel, with the added disadvantage that you hook your shot, your disc (or you, chasing it) could be run over by an oncoming car. Straight shots only on 11
Cons: - the course is new, so tee markers are absent and the baskets have random numbering -- a volunteer project is in the works to make new tee signs for both courses. One or two tees are also still dirt, but most are already concrete
- not necessarily a con, but worth mentioning, some of the tees are on the sidewalk. If you play neighborhood pitch n putt courses you're already used to minimalist markings -- in this case, look for taped corners on the sidewalk about where you expect the tee to be. Be sure to get a map at the pro shop (soft copy not currently available to post)
Other Thoughts: This is a great course. The first three holes shoot around a busy area of the park that includes the racquetball courts and kiddie playground, so expect to wait occasionally for the traffic to clear. We played on a busy holiday weekend, and it was a minimal issue. Starting with hole 4, the course plays through an area of the park that is lightly used, and includes a great little canyon with hole 6 in the middle.
This is a long course, and if you shoot much over par you're likely to be tired at the end of the round. If you want to play both 18-hole courses in the same day, allow a generous rest period in between. The pro shop has a great inventory of Innova, Discraft, and special edition discs, and more importantly, ice cream and sodas to enjoy while resting from La Mirada's "back 18."
Play this course as soon and as often as you can
15 of 15 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
My Home course
Pros: Long grassy fairways, many different shots to make. a must for socal trips. huge proshop for your disc needs. it currently has 2 18 hole courses in stalled; the lakeside and the backside.
The lakeside course is a longer and slightly less technical course around the lake side of the park, holes 6, 7, 9, 10, 12-16 are the highlights of the park mainly these are the deal breakers of the casual score or round
The backside course is a mixed course of distance and technical shots. shooting the par is easier than the lakeside due to the 2 4 pars making the course par a 56. it's mildly wooded course with the infamous hole 4 as reviewed in the DGM. my favorite holes in the back 2, 4, 6, 11, 13, 14, 18,
Cons: lots of people on the weekends. mainly by the ridge of the lakeside hole 1, anywhere in the shade on 10, the ridge by 16, by the lake on 12 and 13
Other Thoughts: 5/12/2008 Golden state layout will be coming in a few weeks i'm guessing and i'll write a review of the super course 18 when it gets installed.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
You Could Play This Course Barefooted!
Pros: It's set in a beautiful park with a pond, some nice little hills and a lush, green carpet of grass to walk on. There's a little store there to buy discs and other non-essentials. The orginal 18 holes play through the lovely picnic areas of the park. Rollers will help your score on this course. Out of bounds are usually the borders of the park. Sometimes you teeing off from the sidewalk, that can get a little confusing.
Cons: This park can get crowded. People will park themselves with a blanket right in the middle of a fairway. We lost a disc down near the big pond when a group of non-players pleaded insanity as to the whereabouts of our disc, even though it must have just missed them. I'm sure they snatched it after we left. Never trust a non-golfer! Also the course is not exactly easy to follow.
Other Thoughts: Okay, it has a couple of flaws but it's so beautiful and fun to play. Get up early and play before the crowds move in. It's an American classic and should be sipped not gulped. There's also another nine holes located in another section of the park. We ran out of time and were unable to play it. I understand it's much longer than the first 18 with some par 4's and 5's. Next time!
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Best in So Cal
Pros: Beautiful setting, especially during the week when the pedestrian traffic is not so high. The regular 27 hole layout requires a wide variety of tee shots. Lots of deuces, but you have to earn them. The 18 hole layout is spectacular and puts a premium on long, well placed drives and smart decision making. La Ma is definitely for long throwers! Pro shop with discs and snacks.
Cons: A public park with occasional heavy pedestrian traffic. Some of the tee pads need to be replaced.
Other Thoughts: I live 90 miles from the course and consider the drive well worth it.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 0 Not
High End SoCal Disc Golf
Pros: Manicured, professional setting, varied layout.
Cons: Get a map, or prepare for a bit of wandering and confusion.
Other Thoughts: Note: This review was written before La Mirada went to its current, consistent front 18/back 18 layout. I last played here in the summer of 2008.
La Mirada is a beautiful and flexible course set in the heart of the SoCal sprawl. In its usual configuration, the course features 18 par 3 holes on one side of the course and then a "back nine" of generally long and rolling holes on the other side of the course. Perfectly manicured grass, enough trees and shrubbery to keep you honest, and gently rolling hills are consistent throughout the course. The first 18 also plays around a pond, but the water does not come into play. All 27 holes tend to reward big arms and those who can throw rollers, as is typical of SoCal courses.
Flexibility is key for the local course maintainers at La Mirada, though. The front 18 can be moved around a bit, they can spread 18 very long holes throughout both sections of the park, or they can even set up two separate 18s. The downside of this flexibility is there are spare tees around and signage is not consistent on the front 18 and pretty much so non-existent on the back 18. In addition, some of the tees are marked only by tape on an existing sidewalk, and thus are especially hard to find. Also, sometimes the basket numbers don't even match up, particularly on the back nine. La Mirada has a great pro shop, the best I've ever seen for DG in fact, and they are happy to hook you up with an up-to-date map. But if you play when the shop isn't open you'll be in for some confusion, to be sure. The last time I was there, I went with a map from their website showing 1-18, and then 19-27 for the back. But the pro shop wasn't open, the map on the door showed only nine holes on each side, and the back nine was numbered as such (10-18), but a few baskets were misnumbered, or not numbered at all. No tees or signs were numbered on the back nine. Once we finished the shop was open and we figured out we did play all the back nine holes correctly, but not without some trial and error and not in the right order as it turned out.
For those with an up-to-date map in hand or local guides, however, La Mirada is a true SoCal gem. The whole course is maintained to a level rarely seen this side of Winthrop U. The course is more open than not, but does have a bit of elevation to contend with, and enough obstacles to keep you honest. The whole course is beautiful, in a man-made kind of way, and the back nine is truly long, par 34 in its usual configuration. The park can be crowded however, so interaction both with non-disc golfing park users (on the front 18 mostly) and surrounding roads (on the back nine) could be a problem on some days.
If you can manage to hit La Mirada on a fairly non-crowded day and have a good map in hand, you will probably consider it to be an elite disc golf course. But on a crowded day with an inaccurate map, it's a very pretty course that is hard to figure out and play in its entirety due to the general proximity of its holes to sidewalks, roads, baseball fields, and picnickers. Either way the course still rises above most of its SoCal peers.
Favorite Hole - #17 - shot along the side of a hill overlooking pond and most of course.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: Always fun to play more than 18 holes. Manicured lawns, with a good mix of trees too. I loved the changes in elevation.
Cons: Sometimes pedestrians and park goers can be a distraction. May be a pain to get to with traffic.
2 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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