8 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun compliment to neighboring course
Pros: -18 of the longest collection of holes to be found in Southern California.
-Relatively flat terrain makes for a pleasant round with little effort.
-Park is huge and quiet, spread out enough to eliminate any stress from other golfers or park goers.
-Cats AND peacocks roaming around. How cool is that?
-Tee signs and concrete tees. Distances are marked but holes are so long that it is hard to determine which pin placement's distance we were going for.
-All grass for you dirtaphobics.
-Some unavoidable water hazards....rare for the area.
-Great for big arms and rollers.
Cons: -All shots are great for big arms and rollers.
-Most holes follow the same pattern: Navigate the spread out trees and get it far!
-First time navigation without a map will probably get confusing.
-For being a park course, it lacks 'park course amenities.' No benches, few trash cans, and the two bathrooms were pretty sketchy.
Other Thoughts: Suicide Flats is a very long, relatively flat park course in a remote area near Bakersfield, CA. While the surrounding area is predominantly brush, the course like an oasis in the area; all grass, lots of trees for shade, and a variety of water ways that meander throughout the region. Even on a weekend, we found the park to be sparsely populated, resulting in essentially a DG exclusive area for us.
While the park is mostly flat, some holes have +/- upwards of 10 feet in elevation. I know its not much, but it has not been mentioned so I thought I would. Most of these elevation changes occur nearer to the tee than the pin, often playing some role in your shot selection.
If you have a roller in your bag, you will be pretty happy out here. Make sure you are familiar with the hole though, as at least two holes hide some water hazards, one of which is a stream that is completely invisible off the tee.
Hole 6 could be their signature hole, one of their shorter ones, crossing a road and a pretty wide creek. Safety throws for par near the edge of the water are possible as well as attempts for birdie as well. A road behind the pin punishes throws that are too strong. Hole 6 would definitely be a winner if you did not have to take a 5 minute walk to get from the tee to the pin, across a distant bridge and out of sight from your plastic for the majority of the time.
Two par 4 holes are sprinkled into the course, however we did not find their length or design to be different than any of the other 16 holes on the course. In fact, they were shorter than some of the par 3's.
Navigation at this course was pretty weird. Nothing too surprising at first, but after the long walk to hole 6's basket, you find yourself finding holes in little groups. 7, 8 and 9 are all close to each other, then a long walk. Same with 10 and 11. And 12 and 13. 15 to 17 are close, and one more weird long walk gets you to hole 18. I mention this because the walks between the above mentioned holes are quite long and the direction is not obvious. Bring a map! The walk to hole 18 takes you next to this weird abandoned mill that has been taken over by random house cats that dominate the area. And peacocks.
Hole 9's tee pad is down the hill a little bit by the river. Some have had trouble finding it, but just go next to the river, and you will see it. It's location adds around 10-15 feet of uphill elevation to the hole, and makes for one of the more unique experiences on the course.
Hole 18 looks like a simple, long closer to the course, but it hides a dirty secret about 250 feet up the fairway. A relatively wide and 'deep enough to be annoying' river hides between two hills that will eat your rollers and normal throws alike, so just keep that in mind to keep your disc dry and your score low.
Aside from holes 6, 9, and 18, the course is all 'flat, grass, spread out trees, roads ob' disc golf that you can find anywhere at any course. Combined with Shark Tooth Mountain, though, this course suddenly becomes a worthy visit for any Californian looking for some variety outside of their home courses. This course is certainly the longest I have ever experienced and would not be fun for beginners purely due to its length. While long, it does not require a ton of energy to play.
A day needs to be set aside to enjoy the two courses out here, as they are just too long to 'stop by' to on a road trip. Play Shark Tooth first as it requires more elevation and is clearly the destination to the area. While overshadowed by its neighboring course, Suicide Flats is a descent park course in itself, helps absorb any crowds that may be around, and makes the two hour haul from LA justified.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: 18 - Mach 3 baskets
Drinking fountains on the course
Beautiful park setting
Great mix of long and short holes
Mach 3 practice basket
Great informational kiosk
Tons of parking
Great Scenery including the Kern River
Cons: Natural Teepads
some confusing walkouts in between hole 12 and 13, then again from 14 to 15.
bathrooms were very run down, no stall doors
Other Thoughts: We only had one chance to play this course while we had time. The course has great potential and with concrete teepads will certainly get better.
Signage was very lacking, but the course is still brand new.
Overall we had a great time, and were able to play a round even with a locals tournament going on.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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