3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Great hiking course with pant's. nice views, great eleavation changes and drops.
Cons: hard to find hole 11 and 15. lots of brush no tee signs.
Other Thoughts: I will paly again. I heard they are going to start charging $6 bucks a car and that seams very steep for whats offered. but for free great course.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
A Disc Golf Hike Around the Reservoir
Pros: The course is in a great location, and the drive up mosquito road is fun, but not for the weak of stomach (especially the one-lane bridge and canyon). This is a very large property, suitable for camping, dining (very friendly and the food was great), and getting out of the valley for an afternoon in the foothills.
It is a fun hike around the course while you play, in a foothills-ranch-like setting.
The holes and arrangements are very unique and I think most players will enjoy seeing them even if they don't play them well.
With the map in hand, we were able to navigate the course without getting lost, although we had to scout basket locations a few times.
Cons: Many of these holes are too long for even above average players to even dream of playing par 3 disc golf. It is like a place where the Gods can play par 3. I felt like more holes of more reasonable length could have been put in instead of trying to sprawl 18 over the entire property. Of course, that increases the cost, but if more money becomes available in the future that might be something to try out. I think that putting in more holes in the more densely wooded back part of the course would be best, so long as reasonable fairways could be cleared (it was a bit cluttered).
Some of the holes were hazardous. A couple fairways had been cut through dense groves and undergrowth, leaving stumps everywhere. Watch your step! One could easily sprain an ankle.
Other Thoughts: If you want better-groomed courses, you can go south to Jackson, north to Auburn or Grass Valley, east through the Sierras to South Lake Tahoe, or west to Orangevale or Rocklin.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - Nice variety of shots
- Easy to navigate
- No crowds
- Water and restrooms
- Camping on site
Cons: - Sketchy roads to get there
- Poison oak
- Some walks beteween holes
Other Thoughts: Talked to the lady at the cafe and she said they're switching the course around(start around 18 finish around 1) and adding 9 more holes. Wooooh 27! Can't wait to check that out. If your hukking in the Tahoe area it's worth playing. Bring your pole, word is theres some fat bass in that little resovoir.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Championship level course in El Dorado County
Pros: -Large variety of shots, Lefts, Rights, Uphill, Downhill, and Flat.
-Good ballance of left and right handed favorable holes.
-Nice new baskets.
-Long holes that you can realy open it up on
-Good mix of open and wooded holes
-Cafe on site with good food
-Camping on site
-Lots of elevation change, big down hills, canyon shots, uphills, and mixes of the three
-Championship level course with more par 4's than par 3's
-I've only seen other golfers on the course once
-Benches being instaled around the course
Cons: -Lots of poison oak around the course
-Hard to find your way from one hole to the next
- Definatly not a course for beginers
-Long narrow mountan road to get out there
-Watch out for ticks
-A few holes are disc eaters with very rough areas just off to the side of the holes
-Tall grass in many areas
-Spoters needed on a few holes
-No real tee signs, most holes have a laminated sign with the hole # and par, but no distance or map of the hole
-Tees are mostly dirt with a few rubber teepads around
-Many long walks in between holes, some long enough that there should be another hole in between them
-A guide is a big help for your first round
Other Thoughts: The Finnon Lake course was designed by Craig Getty (one of the top designers in the Tahoe area) and the local fire department. I met one of the firefighters that helped to get this course instaled, nice guy, helped me find my way though the last 4 holes. This could very well end up being the top course in El Dorado County, I would already rate it higher than Placerville. It could use some concrete teepads so their a little less slick when wet. It could also use signs on some of the later holes to help you find your way around on the first visit, In fact if they made them just like the ones on the front they would be set. Great place for tournys as it has camping and food on site. When I talked to the people that run the cafe they said that the disc golfers were helping to increase bussness in the area (which is very rural), and they were thinking about starting to cary discs. I told them that they should get a disc with a custom hot stamp for their course, that it would help them make some extra cash. So if you go up there mention it while you get some great food.
I have now played the course twice sence the redisign. It is alot longer and harder to find your way around on it. This course is definatly not for beginers, they will end up giving up, or loosing all of thier discs before the end of the round. There are alot of par 4's and par 5's, with some of the par 4's feeling like they could be par 5's. There are alot of long walks from hole to hole, some are hard to spot (keep an eye out for marking flags). The new layout is great for top level pros, but it makes it allmost unplayable for beginers. They could realy use some sinage, both on the tees and to mark the way to the next tee. This would save alot of walking back and forth looking for baskets. When I was there last there were 2 new holes in between holes 9 and 10, one being a shorter anhyzer to a portable basket, the other being a longer slightly downhill shot from the inside of an old water tower (or something) to a rino-lined DiscCatcher.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Nice new course
Pros: Fun course that circles a small lake. Every hole is well marked with signs detailing all the hole info. A good mix of challenging fairways and long shots.
Cons: The road to the course is very narrow and twisty. The course is new with patches of torn up blackberry and some poison oak.
Other Thoughts: This is a nice diversion off the beaten path. The cafe at hole 1 accepts donations for playing to help fund the course. A good course to check out.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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