Short 9 holer
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -wasn't busy when I went
-easy to navigate once you find hole 1
-plenty of parking
-signage is accurate and easy to read
Cons: -tee pads are garbage, its not just dirt, but its unlevel, sinking dirt
-short holes, which is to be expected but its still a negative. not many chances to air out your disc. you'll be using either your putter or midrange on this course for the most part
- some holes interfere with sidewalk pedestrians. i can see being in the way of pedestrians but i cant see the sidewalk being occupied to the point where u can't throw at all
Other Thoughts: First off, the tee pads are the worst I've ever encountered. Do yourself a favor and tee off to either side of the tee pad, because the footing is more solid. This is actually a great place to work on your midrange/approach game. Hole 3 is the highlight of this course; it actually resembles a hole you'd find on a 3 star course. Apparently they have doubles here as well (I forgot when). I only busted my driver out on holes 3,6, and 9 but only really needed it for hole 9 (~273ft). I would have rated this 2 stars/discs if it weren't for the crappy tee pads. Worth checking out if you're near the area, but definitely not worth going out of your way for.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Tons of Birdies and a “Babe Ruth” Ace.
- That it's There. I suppose it's always a pro when there are baskets in the ground… but that's about where the Pro's stop for the serious golfer.
- Opportunity for Difficulty. With the walking path bisecting almost every Hole on the course and other park features (basketball court, tennis court, etc…) on other Holes, there is an opportunity to create some island greens, extra OB's, etc… and increase the difficulty of this otherwise simple course.
- Beginner Friendly. The course is short enough for beginners to not be discouraged about the sport. It's also easy to follow and almost impossible to lose a disc. However, the course is not beginner friendly for other park users (see below).
- Dangerous. Never before have I played a course that was as dangerous as Desert Sands. The gazebo, basketball courts, tennis courts, baseball fields, walking paths, and playground all come into play (especially for beginners, which this course was designed for).
- #3's Basket was Missing. Someone had recently stolen the basket to Hole 3. While I was there, the park director was out there collecting evidence (the cut lock) to take to the Sheriff for fingerprinting. I heard it was the second time #3 had been stolen.
- Overall. The course was filled with birdie opportunities for the advanced player, although some shots had to be thrown. In general, the Holes were more like upshots you might face at longer courses. Definitely not worth a special trip to play, unless you want to bag every course in your region or you happen to be nearby.
- Babe Ruth Ace. I ended up playing with a new local player (Damian) and on the 8th Hole I called my shot "Babe Ruth" style. There was a sprinkler that was circling and spraying the basket… I told Damian that I was going to wait until the water came back around and was spraying the basket so that I could time my disc so that it would go through the water and splash the chains… and it happened.
- My Score: A lot under Par. I didn't really take my score seriously at Desert Sands.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - nice, new DISCatchers
- nice signs with accurate distances
- easy to follow
- lots of other park amenities (bathrooms, drinking fountains, playground, etc.)
Cons: - the tee boxes are VERY small, and filled with woodchips instead of cement. Not a good plan. Natural tees are much better than chips
- all the holes are short... the longest being hole 9 at 275'
- no challenge except for the wind
Other Thoughts: This course is a fun little course, and it's better than having nothing in town. It is VERY windy here, and a great place to practice your approach game in the wind.
It doesn't seem that anyone else plays this course, and you could design your own safari layout if there aren't any other park users. A couple of the holes play very close to the basketball courts and the baseball field, so be conscious of other using the park. Because the course is used so infrequently, the other park goers aren't watching out for discs.
It's a fun little 9 hole course, but not really worth a side trip. Any dedicated players in the Antelope Valley should try and get these baskets moved to another larger park where a more legit course can be put in.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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