Enjoyable 9 Hole Course In Merced!
Pros: Fahrens Park is a nice, clean well maintained little city park. The course is mostly open, recreational length and at least one hole # 8 does take advantage of the pretty grove of Eucalyptus trees which line the creek bed.
There is a practice basket and a the standard "Rules of Disc Golf" sign at the beginning. The tee pads are natural and fairly easy to find as they've had enough use to be clearly worn.
The course plays as an easy recreational level mostly because of it's open layout. # 1 is just an easy little 225' ACE run. # 5 is an open 217' blast. Other holes play more in the 250-350' range.
I really like # 8 with it's basket set down in the grove of trees by the creek. That was just a pretty little hole. It really stood out for me compared to the other 8 "drab" holes here.
Cons: I couldn't find any tee pad area for # 7. But neither did the group playing behind me.
I got a little lost after # 4 and somehow missed # 5. I think it was the basket by the shelter???
Natural tee pads aren't the best answer.
Many holes were fairly uninspiring. I was mostly underwhelmed.
Other Thoughts: My first question is why the cool area by the creek wasn't utilized more in the design of this course? I'm sure there is a good reason...safety...danger...environmental??
My second comment after reading the reviews here is the locals obviously have spiced this course up a bit by making up their own longer, more difficult holes. That would definitely make the course more appealing to the average/or better player.
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Good Potential. Beginner Friendly.
Pros: For now this course has a lot of wide-open fairways which make it difficult to lose plastic and make it an easy place to work on a firm mid-range game. In time, however, there are tons of new trees that will grow out and add a lot of technical elements. None of the tee positions are too far over 300 feet making this a great course for learning the game. My favorite hole was 8. It's the only "official" one that makes use of the impressive old growth Eucalyptus grove that runs alongside the creek full of frogs, tadpoles and crawdads. This is a great course for little ones (and older ones) as the terrain is level and mostly grass.
Cons: Most of the fairways are heavily saturated. The tees are dirt. Given the high amount of moisture teeing off was very slippery in the morning dew. There isn't much diversity in shots. Right now practically every hole is a 200-300 wide open shot. This will change in time as those trees grow out.
Other Thoughts: I think this course has a lot of potential. I played my 2nd round with some locals that pointed out every hole has a hidden "pro" tee pad. We played alternating "traditional" and "pro" tees for 2 rotations which made up a fun 18-hole round. The guys also pointed out some "local" holes used during tournaments. (I knew there had to be some shots alongside and over the creek and in those nice big trees!) A few of the fairways are right next to some residential backyards. The tenants varied in spirit greatly. One guy seemed to kick it and wait for people to walk by so he could strike up a conversation. Another lady, your typical "curtain twitcher", looked for any excuse to yell at the golfers. You'll know her house. It's the one plastered with "No Trespassing" signs. Avoid her at all costs. Local legend has it that if she looks at you dead in the eyes you'll turn to stone.
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