2 Helpful / 3 Not
One of the best
Pros: Shop is open! Discs and refreshments available. Beautiful park with large trees, flowers, and well mowed grass. Much quieter than the front 18 (lakeside) course. Concrete tees and signs on every hole. Fairly easy to navigate. Some holes have 2 or 3 basket positions. Great variety in length and difficulty. Good use of elevation. Some nice long holes. Friendly players.
Cons: A few holes play close to the street. Some baskets are numbered incorrectly.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course. If you only have time to play one of the two courses it should be the back 18. It is more challenging, and is in a part of the park that is seldom used by anyone but disc golfers.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Worth the trip
Pros: Great design for the most part, long holes, short holes, uphill, downhill, hyzers, anhyzers, you name it. Some really fun holes the you can just throw a bomb and watch it fly, there are also some good short technical holes. It can also be played on the weekend where the front course is much more difficult to do that due to other park patrons.
Cons: Some stupid holes and they kind of went over the top using mandos. I feel like if you have to make something a mando then you haven't designed the hole properly. In most cases you can slightly move a tee box to force players to throw on the intended path without having a mando. Perfect example is hole 11, it's a triple mando hole that runs along the 5 feet of grass between the road and the parking lot, it's just stupid IMHO. They also got a little carried away with the "uphill, blind, low ceiling shot".
Other Thoughts: La Mirada is a park that should be played if you haven't played it before. I think it's the best place to play in SoCal.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
The Better Half
Pros: Great use of space and elevations. Very challenging (I love a course that can fustrate you at times). Regular tourneys and great locals. The park is beautiful and fairly maintained. Signage is very good, accurate, and easy to follow (although, they need to indicate which placement the hole is on blind shots with a grease pencil) Better tee pads on this side
Cons: A few hole are just too long for anyone less than Am/Pro. I don't mind it, but I think it doesn't help average players get a rise out of the course.
A few holes have been deleted near the baseball field, so it isn't a full 18 anymore. 11 thru 14 have been removed
No restroom available on this side. Handle your businees b4 you get there. Needs more trash cans so the park can be kept cleaner.
Also, the flow was very weak, as there were long walks (well over the PDGA recomended 50 ft., many were over 250') from hole to tee.
The mandys are overboard. With a hole that is very long or a challenge already without the mandys, it is not needed. Although, I know they will help less skilled players stay in bounds and make the park safer overall
Other Thoughts: The course is great to play if you have some decent skills and experience in the game. I just worry that the length and difficulty may deter growth in the sport in the area (my freinds that play recreationally won't join me here). Some short tees for begineers may be a solution.
The course need some loving to get this place to the glory it truly deserves. Make some short tees for Beginner/ Rec. players. This place should be the Meca for Disc Golf in OC, it just doesn't appeal to every player and sadly, it could. Basically, the difficulty and shear volume of holes carries this course and the cons outweigh them
No favorite hole as there really isn't any signature hole on this course.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
The other side
Pros: The back 18 at La Mirada has a totally different character from the front, and presents its own challenges. Like the front, most holes have some sort of elevation change through the hilly park. There are nice mature trees and well mowed grass throughout the park, and the trees are used very well in the course design. The trees clearly define some of the fairways, and often protect the pin.
Unlike the front half of the course, this side has a lot of length. There are a number of holes where you'll get to pull out a driver and rip it. There are a few shorter technical holes, but for the most part the fairways are longer and wider than on the front course. There are more places on this course where errant shots will be punished and will make the hole significantly more difficult.
The tee pads are all concrete, and are mostly in good shape. There are signs, though they are not always accurate, though navigation is never an issue. The flow of the course makes sense, and is easy to follow even without the nice course map.
Cons: As on the front course, there are numbering issues with the baskets, which occasionally makes things a little confusing. The tee pads are a bit inconsistent, and are not all the same length.
There are a few holes on this side that play very close to ball fields, roads, and parking lots. I don't particularly like the threat of hitting a car or ending up in the middle of a little league game with a drive that wouldn't otherwise be a terrible shot.
There is sometimes foot traffic through this part of the park, though this is much less of a problem on this side of the park. The other park users I've run into on the back 18 have generally tried to stay out of the way, and pay attention to disc golfers.
Other Thoughts: This side of the course is definitely more challenging than the front course, but can be slightly harder to follow. If you're here, I would definitely play both sides, as they feel like totally different courses, and either would be worth playing in their own right. This course is a little less beginner friendly due to the challenge, but there is still not a big chance of losing a disc.
If you are in Southern California, this is one of the must play courses. The park offers two fun courses, and a great local scene with lots of friendly players. Every time I've played here, I end up joining a group of locals, and always have a great time playing with them.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
La Mirada Back 18
Pros: This course is beautiful. Long, wide swaths of close-cropped grass, tall, healthy trees, and rolling hills make the back 18 a total pleasure to walk, even if you're not playing. Overlay that scenery with disc golf and you've got a good reason to include this course in any SoCal trip you're planning.
If you've got a 400-foot drive and can land your disc with accuracy you'll find this course built for you. Very little in the way of tight fairways (except hole #11) can frustrate you if you're used to woodsy "east coast" courses but otherwise it's a joy.
Cons: Unexpected wet spots on the fairways will totally kill your rollers. These don't always occur in the valleys, but also sometimes on slopes (unexpected).
Personal gripe: I'd rather see a course that doesn't make so much use of man-made structures (parking lots, baseball diamonds) as "features". I don't mind OB but when going OB means smacking a car or braining a kid, the risk/reward equation starts to look a bit overbalanced.
Other Thoughts: The pro shop has recently changed hands and become tennis-oriented. They do sell discs but what they've got is overpriced and the staff don't know very much about what their stock.
I think we, as a community, should gently urge a greater familiarity with DG and hope to see some improvement as a result.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
The Hidden Gem At La Mirada
Pros: This is the longer of the two 18 hole courses at La Mirada. It is slightly less technical but way more fun. This sits on the old back nine and can still be played to some extent in the old Golden State Layout. You will be forced to throw just about every different shot in your bag. There is a great deal more risk and reward on this side. It seems that fewer DGers play the back and usually the people that do play the back are those who are better players in general. It is well maintained with great tee signs that recieve regular maintenance.
Cons: There is still a good deal of foot traffic, mostly on the first three holes and then 15 and 16 as well. This 18 is a great deal more challenging, even if it is less technical than the front and would very much frustrate the beginer.
Other Thoughts: Still the same great local scene here and it is really fun to watch some of the big guns let loose on the longer holes. I have seen an eagle on the par 4 15th from one of the local pros who threw a 500ft + drive. There is a pro shop by the front 18 but as I mentioned on my review of the front 18, the owners are tennis people and have high prices.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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