Palmdale, CA 
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 Short Local Practice Course

1    10/21/2013   10/22/2013
Review By: jasonclark.lancaster
Played: 7  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 1 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a small city park course that offers something for every level of player. All the holes are fairly short (good for beginners), and many are somewhat technical with tunnel shots or RH dog legs (good practice for more advanced players). All 9 holes are fun to play and I don't feel that there are any "wasted" holes (nothing interesting about them - boring).

-Course is clearly marked with signs, diagram, and distances at every tee box. It is very easy to follow.
-The fairly busy park and is well kept and clean.
-There are restrooms and functional water fountains at the park.
-Discatcher baskets are in good repair as of Oct. 2013.
-It's local (to me!).
-Good practice for your mid/approach game.
-DGC is hardly ever busy (although park sometimes is).
Cons: -Hole 8 could be seen as a "boring hole" because it is across an open grass field with no obstacles, but at around 215' with a fence directly behind the basket, it becomes the "go for the ace" hole as there is little chance of overthrowing. I have fun with this hole.
-The course plays across or near several concrete walking paths throughout the park. This means you sometimes have to wait for people walking by to pass out of range before throwing. In the evenings when the park is busier, this can mean several minute waits, taking a less preferable line, or even having to skip a hole.
-Hole 2 plays very close to several busy basketball courts - be sure not to hit players.
-There are no long holes at this course that would let you bust out the drivers, but there are several wide open sports fields that can be used to practice driving when they are empty.
-The park is well kept and grass watered and green!.... which means you'll probably end up with a muddy disc at some point during 9 holes... not really a big negative, but worth mentioning.
-Tee pads leave something to be desired. They are wood frames filled with rubber mulch ("filled" means "used to be filled until it all got kicked out to show the uneven hard packed earth underneath"). A few backyard paving stones would go a long way in improving these.
Other Thoughts: Most of the holes on the this course are either tunnel shots or prefer a LHBH or RHFH thrower (veer toward the right). It is by no means a destination course, but is a fun and quick play if you happen to live in the area or are passing through and need a disc golf "fix." It serves as a good place to play and practice for those who live locally, but don't go too far out of your way to visit.

2.75 (more than 2.5 - not quite 3) stars... err.... discs

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 ...at least it's there!

1    12/17/2009   12/17/2009
Review By: Danger
Played: 86  Reviewed: 70  Exp: 5 Years
This review was updated on 5/7/2011
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Very, very nice brand new looking DisCatcher baskets.
-Easy to follow with very nice signs. They mark 'pro' and 'recreational' pars.
-Varies between dirt and grass.
-Good for beginners for the most part.
-Benches all over the place, but not at the tees.
-Saw at least 3 drinking fountains and a soda machine.
-Course layout seemed professionally designed for the plot of land it is in.
Cons: -Wood chip tees. Somewhat short, but long run-up's aren't really necessary.
-No elevation changes, at all.
Other Thoughts: This is a good course to stop by at if you are passing through Palmdale, being about 5 minutes off the freeway. It is short, fresh, seems new, and easy to follow.
First couple of holes appear that they may be difficult to play if its busy. Park was deserted when we visited.
Hole 2 is a narrow tunnel shot along the edge of a basketball court and the park border. A poorly thrown shot can easily enter the basketball courts.
I think the whole course is no more than par 3. Some tees indicate par 4 for pro and 5 for recreational. I am still a beginner and there is no way I needed 5 throws on any of these.
Either way, if you are passing through Palmdale, It's worth it to check the course out, merely to see those shiny new Innova baskets! It is obvious that some care went into this course when it was set up, and it appears to be maintained quite nicely.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful.


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