People love to hate this course...
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Well laid out for what's there to work with
-Challenging holes with wide variety of shots
-Makes you throw shot maybe not comfortable with
-Maintained by city (well, sometimes)
-Nice sunsets over S.F.
Great local disc golf scene**Multiple former World Champs (and current) call this course home. Very storied history.
-Awesome playground for the family
-Multiple pin locations and tees which change regularly.
-Easy to get to, right off the freeway (I guess a pro).
-Practice basket with distance tiles.
-Cement tee pads
-The wind (could also be a con)
-Variety of bird and plant life
Cons: -Meandering path thru the course with walkers, families, and bicyclists.
-Long wait times for park users
-East side of course is very rough with stinky creek running along side. Very mucky
-Chance to lose multiple discs especially on windy days.
-Flows pretty good from hole to hole but could see how someone can get lost.
-Couple blind holes.
Other Thoughts: People love to hate on this course.
It does need some upgrades but the course itself is awesome!!!
Multiple water shots, tunnels, ace runs, challenging par 3's, etc.
The downfalls are the park users and wait times.
This course is in much better shape than when I started playing it 15+years ago.
The south side has been completely clean up with new trees and foliage planted.
There was a time you didn't want to be at this park around dusk.
Now it's completely safe any time...due to golfer's and the surrounding community's efforts.
-Go play it. Lot's of fun.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Unsafe and poorly maintained
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course plays right along the bay so you get some nice views. A few of the holes offer the chance to throw out over the water for a risky birdie chance or play a safer line that makes getting to the pin for 2 much tougher. I always enjoy that kind of decision. A few of the holes have some nice low ceilings and tighter lines to hit, and there's some variation in hole length to add a little challenge and variety.
Cons: The walking path running through the course was very busy on a weekday afternoon, I can only imagine that it gets more crowded on weekends. With nearly every hole playing over or along the path, you do a lot of waiting and even then you can't always see pedestrians or bikers coming. On top of this, several holes overlap or play very close to one another, adding another layer of safety issues.
The signage is completely gone at this point. Even with the course map it took some wandering to find all the tees and baskets, especially the ones marked only with faint spray paint on the walking path. The tees and baskets are in pretty sad shape as well.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will find this course frustrating, with water carries and some longer shots, and their lack of consistency will magnify the safety concerns. More experienced players will find some fun challenges here, but will also find themselves waiting a lot for other players and pedestrians to clear. Make sure to have a map or guide or you won't have much of a chance of finding all the holes.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: very technical course, with a huge lake running down one side, and a swamping brambly area down the other. People usually there who you can pay to retrieve your disc from the lake
Cons: Need a local if your first time, t-pads and signage need updated. Baskets a little rusty. It's easier to find your disc in the lake than in the rough stuff on other side. Short and narrow.
Other Thoughts: If you don't mind and very technical course, and are in the bay area, i will always return and play again. Usually lose atleast 1 disc everytime i play
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course designers definitely did the most they could do with limited space.
Cons: That said, I would not recommend this course. The tees are in bad shape and poorly marked (most give no indication as to which hole they are for), which makes this somewhat cramped course fairly difficult to navigate. The smell of sewage on the southern part of the course is fairly overwhelming. The side that isn't water is full of very tall weeds and marshy terrain, so make sure to wear shoes you don't care too much about. Down the middle of this narrow strip of land there is a pedestrian/bike path, so I had to spend a lot of time waiting between throws.
Other Thoughts: It was a neat idea, but this course is definitely not worth the trip.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Difficulty. This is a difficult course, on the technical side, but there are a few holes you can rip. A lot of straight tunnel shots, some requiring just the slightest hyzer/anhyzer.
Right off the freeway in a central bay area location.
Some really fun water shots
Cons: It is between the freeway and train tracks, so not the most pristine location.
Lots of foot traffic down fairways. If you do not throw controlled or are unsure of your shots, you may either hit someone or be waiting for a long amount of time for things to clear before shooting.
Water. Yes there is water, you may loose a disc.
Cruising. Yes this is a known cruising spot, but I have never had any issues with this.
Trash. There is plenty of this due to the local transient population and cruising.
Other Thoughts: I think this course is very underrated. The hole layout and how the course plays is up there with some of the better courses, but the 'scene', traffic, water, etc. detract a lot of people from frequenting this course.
I gotta give it a 3.5, I really do like this course but a lot of people may disagree. IMHO, the best 'East Bay' Disc Course.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Aquatic Park Review
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Not many good things to say about this park, but I would imagine for professionals it would provide a bit of a challenge.
Cons: It is hard to even consider this a course. First of all there are hardly any hole markers and many of the launch pads are overgrown. The course is crammed onto a 100ft wide strip of land that runs parallel to the water and the railroad. Basically, if you have any doubts about throwing your disc, don't throw it. Many of the holes also run parallel to hidden swamps, which doesn't make things any better. The course also has cement paths that run through it, so you have to be aware of bystanders on every throw. It looks as if this course hasn't been maintained for years. I may come here to practice my short game, but other than that its worthless.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Quite a Challenge
Pros: - Absolutely the BEST views I've seen on any course.
- Challenging. I like challenges.
- Has a practice basket.
- Well shaded.
Cons: - Tons of water hazards.
- Quite loud; I-15 (or something like that) is 100 yrds off the shore, and the opposite side is full of train tracks, sometimes it is hard to concentrate.
- The wind is often heavy, and VERY prone to directional change.
- Not well marked at all, and multiple tees for holes.
- Old baskets.
- Frequented path, Picnickers. Prepare your voice for shouting 'Fore!' a lot.
- Very easy to lose discs.
- Worst of all, hard to get to. Had to work around several barriers in the streets leading to it to get there.
Other Thoughts: Bottom line: Bring disc's you don't care to lose and a map. You'll need it.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Aquatic presents a variety of interesting challenges. The most obvious is that water is a major factor on many holes. The winds are also usually fierce, and there are many tight fairways and strategically placed trees. The course is conveniently located, and a legitimate 18-holer. Some holes have multiples tees and/or pin positions. The tees are cement or use the asphault walking path. There's a nice map online, and sometimes copies are at the first tee. On a clear day, there are views of San Francisco.
Cons: The course is crammed into the park. A heavily used path for walkers, joggers, and bikers that isn't just in play, it follows the middle of some fairways. Several fairways are also used by two holes in opposite directions. The course could be confusing to first timers without a map despite being pretty linear. Tees are beat up and poorly labelled. Aquatic park is an unforgiving course -- both the water and the dense trees eat discs, and the wind can makes otherwise easy shots (e.g. shorter putts) harder.
Other Thoughts: This is not a beginner friendly course. When I was first getting into DG, I played here because it was close, and it probably reduced my interest. It's disheartening to lose 3 or 4 discs in one round.
Hole 1: From the tee, three baskets are visible: first the practice basket, then hole 1, and then hole 18. A big hyzer (RHBH) out over the water is the standard route.
Hole 3: From the basket for 2, backtrack to the right side of the inlet. Tee 18 on the left side of the inlet also doubles as a (very) short tee for 3.
Hole 5: Following the path a ways past the basket for 4. The tee is on the right where it opens up. There is also a long tee painted on the path.
Hole 6: The pin is right behind a tree. It is easy to mistakenly throw at the pin for 13. Tee 15 can be used as a short tee.
Hole 8: If you look along the water past the big bushes, there is an open area. The pin is right there, hidden behind the bushes. Even from the short tee, this hole is mean to beginners -- the only alternative to an accurate 200 foot shot across the water is a long way around.
Hole 9: Tee is marked on the path near pin 8, basket is underneath the big tree on the right.
Hole 10: The tee is painted out on the causeway -- you throw over the corner of the lagoon. There is a short tee at the parking lot.
Hole 11: Starts near (south of) the basket for 9.
Hole 15: From the long tee it's hard to see anything. From the regular tee, the basket is back behind the huge tree, to the right.
Hole 16: Both tees are painted on the path before you go by the basket for 4. The hole is in the woods near the far right corner of the open area.
Hole 17: Tee is painted on the path.
Hole 18: The tee is next to the lagoon, on the left side of the inlet.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: - good views
- good layout with
Cons: -water all over
- lots of joggers walkers bikers and dogs
-super windy in the afternoon
-lots of tress that eat up discs
Other Thoughts: like everyone else said. the water is treterous and you dont wanna go in it. I cut my feet up real bad retrieving a disc. def. not a beginner course. head to san leandro for that. bring discs you dont care about.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
berkeley aqautic park
Pros: - 18 holes
- cement tee boxes
- all tee signs were there
- good views
- good layout with water all over
Cons: - lots of traffic
- lots of joggers walkers bikers and dogs
- plays mostly benificial to rt hand throwers
Other Thoughts: Great course to play. There are a lot of people walking through the course but its fun to play. If you are a rt hand backhand thrower the first half plays to your advantage due to the water being on your right. I love the over the water shots. Water is nasty stay out tons on bird crap in it.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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