Wanna kill a jogger?
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course plays along this body of water with many opportunties to throw over the water whether you want to or not. Baskets are all in good shape, especially for being a 30+ year old course although I'm sure the baskets have been replaced many times over by now.
Cons: This is the most dangerous course I have ever played and I can't believe t he course is still in the ground and that there aren't multiple lawsuits from pedestrians getting hit in the face with discs. Not only are you throwing down a narrow, busy walking/biking path but a majority of the holes throw blind drives around baskets with no way of knowing if you could hit someone. The combination of this and the heavy use makes it rather unenjoyable to sit and wait for park users to be out of your way which rarely happens, usually a small window of time in which to throw.
The signage is terrible and ripped out, some 'tee pads' are just spray painted on the ground in the middle of the walking path and finding your way around and playing the course in the correct order is near impossible. I played it with someone who has played a few times and even he got lost a little.
What is the deal with a practice basket in the middle of the fairway for hole one?!
Other Thoughts: It's hard to like much about this course but aside from Golden Gate this is the only course in town. Skip this and play GG instead or quit Disc Golf like The Valkyrie Kid said.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Challenging course, challenging environs
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Considering the layout of the park, they've done what they can. Most holes have multiple pin positions; lots of concrete tee pads. (A few are just a line on the paved path.)
Cons: As others have mentioned this is a popular park for ... well, anyone. Walkers, cyclists, trouble-makers. Difficult to navigate for first-timers.
Other Thoughts: I basically learned to play disc golf here, and the course's hazards have improved my game. Find the locals during the weekly (Weds p.m. during DST; Sat a.m. during winter) to best navigate the course. It's really not as bad as people make it out to be. Head over to the East Bay Disc Golf Club on Facebook for further details.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Frustrating course, great back 9
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Some really solid and technical holes, especially on the back 9
- Often not crowded with players, just everyone else
- Good views of the bay
- Often a second tee for tough shots
Cons: - Walking path runs in the middle of it for way too many holes. Twice today someone stopped to throw my disc back to me, once it was a 3-year old, then it was an old guy. Granted, I was playing on a fairly nice Sunday at around 2:30 pm, but still
- Tough wind, tough weeds. Way more swampiness than I'd prefer
- Could use some love, but why bother? You'll never be able to address the many people on the walking path
Other Thoughts: As a beginner, this was a tough course, but I had quite a bit of fun on the back 9. I've played the front 9 a couple times, but finally played the full thing today. Given the same amount of daytime and a full tank of gas, I'd head to Moraga Commons for a nearby course, and might even brave GGP. Sad that our local course has a lot of issues. It has some great bones as others have said, and a fairly fun and non-frustrating back 9. But I'd play other courses again or keep tossing in the local park before returning on my own.
I ran into the locals playing here Saturday morning. They have a handicapped round in the winter months on Saturday around 9:30/10. Seemed like cool guys, willing to help show you around.
Also, there are two dudes now selling discs here on the weekends. One of them is friendly and has a good selection. The other guy had no change and only drivers.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
fun links course
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: my expectations were a little low given the less than stellar rating at Aquatic, but I really enjoyed myself. The conditions were great - no wind and not a great deal of foot traffic so the delays were minimal. there are some pretty challenging shots to be had out there.
Cons: I enjoy having water in play as much as the next guy, but this one is a little different. some of the tee shots over water are somewhat intimidating. I thought I was in the clear, but, I lost my Pro Boss in the water on 18. tough way to end what was the perfect afternoon.
Other Thoughts: also, quite a bit of trash and a number of vagrants milling about. threw my disk into the trees to the right on 12 and stumbled upon what appeared to be some sort of sex locale. used prophylatics and whatnot.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Good bones, everything else sucks
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The biggest draw here is the bones of this course. 18 holes are thoughtfully laid out, varied, interesting and challenging. An abundance of wind can turn this course into a monster. A calm, warm day will most likely yield an enjoyable round
Cons: Hmmm where do I start?
- Crappy/non-existant signage
- Creepy weirdos and homeless wandering the park
- Constant noise from the nearby freeway. Occasionally a train will roll by, blasting its horns the entire time
- Lots of foot and bike traffic that constantly interferes with your round
- Marshy terrain can get squishy and muddy in places. Wear water-resistant shoes
- Lots water hazards + wind = lost discs
- A bunch of large extremely dense cypress trees = lost discs
- Unkept and grossly overgrown foliage everywhere = lost discs
Oh, did I mention that I've lost a lot of discs here?
Other Thoughts: I haven't seen them recently but there are usually guys who sell dredged discs around holes 1, 2 & 4. I'll buy some off of them regularly as a 'course fee'. Most get returned to the water or stuck in a big tree at some point (hence the fee to play). This course has a ton of potential though. I do enjoy rounds here... with a bag full of backup discs
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
People love to hate this course...
4 Helpful / 3 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.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Unsafe and poorly maintained
6 Helpful / 2 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.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 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 3 people found this review helpful.
5 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.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 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 5 people found this review helpful.
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