2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is not going to be for everyone but it has a lot to offer to the right golfer. It is one of the rare course that has distance, technical holes, and elevation throughout the round. Birds are hard fought and bogies are easy is you aren't careful. The holes are diverse and despite the difficulty are fair. Offers good exercise, solitude, and can be nice to look at in the winter and spring when things are green.
Cons: The front ten holes tend to play much more difficult than the back ten (from my perspective and scorecards). This isn't necessarily a bad thing but the course might be even better with some of the birdie holes on the back mixed into the front and some of the challenging holes on the front mixed into the back.
A wild throw can definitely equal trouble and lost plastic. Some places aren't worth going into to look for a disc.
Summer get's makes the course hot, dry and deadly. Got to have some iron will and gators.
Not a bad idea to write a will before driving out.
Other Thoughts: In a word this can be rugged which is going to make some people hate it. A good round out here feels like an accomplishment. I'm still aglow from my bogie free round early in the week.
I've played a lot of course in California and this is probably in my top ten or close.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course totally took me by surprise. I'm actually still between a 4.0 and a 4.5 on this. The design of the course is EXCELLENT with a variety of challenging par 3's and 4's (and even a couple of par 5's thrown in!).
Punishing rough ensures that poorly thrown shots will actually cost strokes while the shrubs and trees IN the fairway are quite pruned back so unlucky shots will still have ample space for recovery.
Course mixes in plenty of RHBH and LHBH shots although it seemed a touch righty friendly on the whole.
My favorite aspect of this course is that there are myriad holes where several routes are plausible. This allows returning players the chance to "learn" the course and figure out which lines produce the best score output.
Cons: Teepads are the main drawback here and when we played in early May, the course was already looking a touch scraggly with long grass and some overgrown trees. I'm sure to be back later this summer but I have a hunch this course is best saved for the late fall and winter months.
Other Thoughts: Keep a heads up for ticks as my dog picked up several during our round!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Great Black Friday outing
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Technical shots, long shots, weather, terrain, landscape. Baskets easily found; bright yellow. Water tower hole is AWESOME. Random wild horse running around toward the end holes.
Cons: The drive in makes this a course to play on occasion. Wouldn't play after a storm or rain, could get muddy. Poison oak everywhere.
Other Thoughts: Would play this course once or twice per year. Take water, $6 to play, easy to navigate from the pictures provided at each hole. Be prepared to hike, elevation can be taxing on a hot day.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Very Challenging Beautiful Course
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 20 holes. New signs next to every tee with hole layout, pin positions, distances and par (different pin positions = different par on some holes). Some new rubber tees. Multiple pin positions on most holes. New well placed "next tee" signs and green flags next to trails leading you from pin to next tee. Tons of distance and elevation change throughout the course. Very challenging course with extremely unforgiving rough and danger lurking everywhere (yes, this is a pro in my book). Good variety of shot types required and most holes are quite long. Very beautiful landscape and surroundings with picturesque holes. Extremely secluded and peaceful. Lots of wildlife. Very, very low traffic. Great views throughout the course. Nice scorecards with updated course map. Cafe and camping on site. Some garbage cans throughout the course. Nice DiscCatcher baskets. Fairly easy to navigate (only recently has this been true). Good course design and flow. Little to no congestion. Hole 1: Long par 3 shooting over a low valley/ravine then up a hill to a basket between mature trees. Hole 2: Long downhill "top of the world" shot with trees in the fairway to weave through; longer than it may seem from the tee. Hole 3: Very long uphill par 4 or 5 (depending on pin position) that shoots through a tight window at about 300', then up a hill to the basket. Two fall away green pin positions on this hole. Hole 6: Long par 4 shooting uphill for about 250' to a row of tall trees and then it makes a sharp right downhill turn to a well protected basket. Hole 7: Long par 4 or 5 shooting slightly uphill to a row of trees about 350' out, then there is a little opening and from there tight lines are required to get near the basket which is still 200' to 350' away. Hole 8: nice 270' shot that plays slightly uphill and shoots over a ravine to a well protected basket. One of the few real birdie holes on the course, but still not easy. Hole 9: long uphill 430' par three shooting over a ravine to a basket atop a hill with a thick row of trees splitting the fairway. The trees are trimmed up to about 12' though so if you land in the middle you may still have an open shot to the basket. Hole 10: 240' downhill shot with very thick and unforgiving manzanita on both sides of the fairway. Hole 12: 240' left fade shot with tight window and low ceiling to basket. Hole 13: Signature downhill shot teeing from inside an old water tower that has been renovated and has a nice built in bench. The basket on this hole is covered with black spay-on truck bed liner which actually stands out great on the hillside (better than the yellow; this would not be true for other holes). Inside the water tower is a great place to take a break out of the sun. Hole 15: 670' par 4 with left and then right turns, but the pin is basically straight out from the tee. Very tight lanes down this fairway require you to hit your line. Hole 18: 640' heavily wooded par 4 shooting slightly uphill for the first 450', then slightly downhill to the basket. Hole 20: 690' par 5 with first 400' shooting over a ravine and up a hill with a narrow window to shoot through. From the hill at 400' the fairway slopes down and to the right to a very well protected basket with a fall away green. Eagle-able with a great drive and upshot, but potential for lost discs and very high scores with any mistakes.
Cons: Mostly natural tees. Very little course maintenance. Long grass and lot of poison oak throughout the course. Little uphill hike from 1's basket to 2's tee. Pay to play ($6 per car per day). No season passes (yet). The drive to the course is intimidating if you're not familiar with backwoods mountain roads.
Other Thoughts: This is a fantastic course in a very beautiful area that has recently been redesigned and had gotten some TLC. It is most definitely not a course for beginners. Eat your wheaties and bring your big boy or big girl arm because this course is huge. If you are allergic to poison oak, be very cautious of it if you play here because as of now (Spring 2013) it is everywhere, even in the middle of fairways. The recent course redesign makes it more appealing to the masses with more birdie opportunities and an easier to follow course layout, but it still is an advanced/professional caliber course. When arriving at the course, pay in the cafe if it is open or in the drop box if it is closed. Walk left out of the parking lot behind the cafe along the reservoir wall to hole 1.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
DIAMOND in the ROUGH
8 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - nice innova basket with the yellow chasity belt.
- great use of elevation, almost every hole has at least a slight change, with the exception of two.
- awesome use to trees, boulders and the lake.
- Rough is punishing if u go off the fairway(disc placement and selection is key)
-Championship Caliber course(Has true par 4's and 5's)
- nice beautiful hike(bout 3 hours)
-Rock Creek Cafe is on site(bathrooms, refreshment and even grub)
-Camping is available on site(Holes10-13 are next to the camp grounds)
- 3 ace run( all are around 275')
-Usually have to whole course to yourself
Cons: -No consistant tee pad(some have rubber pad or leveled off ground.
-Navigation is a bit tricky on ur first time(follow the home depot flags)
- its a course were pants/ lower leg protection is a must, a bit rustic(its in the foot hills of the Sierra Nevadas)
Other Thoughts: Finnon is an amzing course, its hard for me to get lower than a plus 6 on the course and i have shot 9 over at Winter park from the gold and blue combination. u really gotta bring ur A game....
UPDATE(4/2013) Finnon has now been redesigned to 20 holes!!! Most holes have rubber tee pad but a few have very level natural tee pads. All holes have tee signs as well as a few next tee signs(green home depot flags mark the way) The course is finally getting the love it needs but with that being said they did take out a few really awesome holes but for the most part the layout is the same as the old. i really like the Water tower shot, i've played 447 courses to date and have yet to play another hole like that one. I know finnon is drive from any city but that what makes this course so beautiful, the epic drive to Swansbro and then you get up there and you got this awesome lake surround buy epic rolling hills and massive digger pines!!!!
8 of 10 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - The people who built this course have put a lot of work in. They should be proud and commended.
- A real challenge. Not for the beginner.
- Great use of terrain.
- WIDE variety of shots.
Cons: - Unless it's well patrolled, this is snake territory in the summer.
- Some long holes seem repetitive.
- Not advisable to play solo. (Need a spotter)
Other Thoughts: My friend told me I would either love or hate this course. I love it. Yes, it is easy to lose a disc but having cut my teeth on DeLaveaga this is nothing new. For those players that have not endured learning on a challenging course like DeLaveaga, this course will test your will and desire to play the game of disc golf. Yes, you need to be able to drive to play well on this course. Yes, there is a lot of rough including walls of thickets and poison oak. Yes, you need a spotter. Yes, hole 3 is a real challenge but by far not the hardest hole on this course. Yes, the drive is long and up a one lane mountain road at times. But you know what? It is totally worth it. So if you're an amateur or are happy playing a Rocklin type course for the rest of your life, then stay away. Come back when you're ready for a real challenge.
Other notes: The restaurant is decent, I recommend the burgers. The locals are very friendly but just remember they live in the mountains for a reason. PRIVACY. So respect the course and the surroundings. The campsites are of average quality and sit right on a Finnon Reservoir. Great spot to camp with friends and play a few rounds of golf. Scorecards available in the restaurant (closed Monday and Tuesday). If you do not get a scorecard you will need a map or guide.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Nice new DISCatcher baskets.
Beautiful hike around the lake.
Flags to guide you from hole to hole.
Not a simple Par 54 course.
Cons: Thorns. Lots of them all over.
Some silly basket placements.
Other Thoughts: This is a monster of a course. If you're not up for an actual hike I would avoid this place. I loved it. The scenery was beautiful even if the thorns got on my nerves.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Easily the most spread out and dynamic course I've played (barring De La Vega). Hole 1 is 650 ft and hole 12 is 813ft! Lot's of elevation and terrain change. This is a recently renovated (completely re-laid) course so as another reviewer says it's still a work in progress
Cons: No t-pads yet!! kind of a bummer. Undergrowth is thick with blackberry bushes and recently cut and cleared terrain. So it takes a bit of extra time to find your disc.
Other Thoughts: it's crucial that you get the map and score card from Frank at the cafe on the course. Without proper t pads this is the only way to figure the course out. He is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. This will be a truly great course in time. One last thing for first time visitors here, I recommend a time saving complete walk though first, otherwise during gameplay you'll be walking up down and all around trying to figure out the layout what with the huge distances. The course wraps around the entire lake with no repeating terrain. The signage is poor verging on non existent. Tee 1 is at the beginning of the bridge and it is simply a set of two orange flags in the ground.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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