1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Nice lay-out of course. Cool home made targets, I liked them a lot. Various terrain and plenty of obstacles (Trees). Oh my goodness, when I was on hill for hole #8 and #9, the view of Santa Cruz and Los Gatos mountains were beautiful! I had to pause and watched the mountains for a while! It is really beautiful!
This course has potential to be good.
Cons: The rating was hurt a lot because the course was not taken care of. Too much loose dirt and the weed was taller than my waist. Hard to find tees without map. I believe the course could be better if someone cut the weeds and keep tees clear and easy to find.
Other Thoughts: I was surprised no one had mentioned about TICKS! Beware of ticks! I had never see real ticks in my life! After disc golf, I found FOUR ticks on my skin everywhere inside my clothes. My fiancee had to pull over from freeway to get rid of it when she saw it on my leg!
PLEASE don't bring dogs unless they are tick-proof.
I would want to try that course again when the weeds are being cut down and taken care of.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Los Gatos, CA.
Venture Christian Church DGC is very accessible making it easy to get to and play for quick round (only 10-15 minutes from downtown). The seclusion of the course makes it less frequented by others (which helps since this is a small and congested course) as most travel past this course to either San Jose or Santa Cruz for good reason. Directions getting here are very easy although if you are a first timer around here coming from downtown Los Gatos make sure you pass the first two entrances as they are locked. Make sure you go to the main entrance (third) and park towards the left where you will find signs directing you to the office. If you stay left after checking in and follow it about 300 feet you will see the first tee down closer by the road.
Although the baskets are homemade, these rebar baskets are some of the best baskets I have seen that are not done professionaly by a mainstream DG company.
A water fountain and bathrooms can be found near the childrens playground right by where you check in at the main office before heading off to tee 1.
The time alloted to play a round was great as well as it only took about 30-45 minutes depending on if there are others playing or not making it a very quick round (great for novice and families).
Last, the views of the surrounding Los Gatos and Santa Cruz mountains on holes 8 and 9. They are truely breathtaking and make the trip that much more enjoyable.
The course although fairly new is in need of some serious improvements. There are no signs letting you know where the tees are located nor where to go to for the next tee which made things confusing when trying to navigate and at times even somewhat irritating. I had a map but even that was unclear because the tees were sunken into the ground. It would be great and very affordable if someone created wooden tees signs from some stumps making it easier to locate the next tee for now. All they would need to do is paint a number on it so that first timers wouldn't have to be like Lewis and Clark searching the whole countryside.
The quality of play was not very memorable either, as no one hole really stood out and the ground itself was terrible. The long grass was cut on the majority of holes but the dirt was not compact but rather very loose making it difficult to not only walk but throw on. The fox tails and spurs stick to your clothing and can be painful at times when stuck in your shoe with all that twisting and turning.
The fairways as swatso commented in his review were all over the place, especially holes 2-6 which could make things very congested and dangerous. Some of the tees are used for multiple holes as well so people would have to wait their turn to use a particular tee which would get old.
When I first heard that the place I spent my entire childhood (20+ years) had installed a DG course I could hardly contain myself! Los Gatos is nestled at the base of the Santa Cruz mountains (about 30 minutes from DeLa), with rolling hills covered in old growth Oaks and Redwoods and is an ideal spot for discgolf. Perhaps someday... For now, you are better off heading over the hill to Santa Cruz/Monterey, or to San Jose to play two power nine's at Hellyer/La Raza. Trust me.
However, once I played the course I must admit I was quite disappointed. As time goes on I hope to see that the course gets a makeover. With some tee signs and some more thought into the overall layout (especially holes 2-6) I could see this course getting a much higher rating. There is much more land here then what is being used and if the course could be mowed regularly I could see the ground getting a little more condensed for people to actually walk and play on. I love this town and hope that overtime this course gets better so it could live up to the expectations of the other courses nearbye in the the Bay Area.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 2 Not
Hatfields v. McCoys
The view of the hills in the background when teeing off from #9.
Crossfire potential galore!
- Overthrow basket #1, hit the person teeing from #2
- Teeing from #2 takes you over tee 3/5, and across #6's flightpath
- Teeing from #3 has you crossing #4's fairway; miss a bit left, hit the person teeing from #6
- #4's fairway crosses #3's and #6's, and a mis-throw left threatens tee 3/5
- Be too far left on #5 and hit tee #4
- #6 has it all, buzzing baskets 1 and 4, tee 3/5, crossing fairway #2, maybe even threatening tee #2
- Overthrow basket #7, threaten tee #8.
- A typical flight for #8 takes you blindly over tee #9.
- And #9 returns the the favour to #8 on the return.
No signage - neither the baskets nor the teepads are numbered. No distance information posted at course, either. Baskets 3, 5, 8, 9 somewhat close to fenced-off out-of-bound areas. You need to be part billygoat to reach basket #2. Random obstacle - large dump truck parked on #7's natural flightpath.
The course was in rough condition the day I played . The grass of the hole 8-9 hillside was nearly waist high, and basket #8 sits in the midst of it - w/o a spotter, I'd likely have lost a disc here. The meadow shared by holes 2-6 appeared to have been recently ploughed, so it made walking back-n-forth across it quite difficult
The map, a guide, or an extraordinary sixth sense is essential the first time you play this course.
Single tee (brick, 3x6)/single basket (homemade with rebar, not bad!). Most holes were of the drive-approach-putt format - only #8, the longest hole AND uphill, forced me to use a driver for my second shot. Mixture of left and right turning shots, and a tree or two would either affect the flightpath, or be guarding the basket.
Favourite hole: #9. Long, blind, downhill, left-turning bomb with fantastic views of the hills in the background.
Yes, you can have fun at this course, but it's a lot of work, and stronger courses Hellyer and Parque de la Raza are not too far afield. Also, hope there isn't anyone else playing, otherwise, you might find yourself in the middle of a shoot-out!
8 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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