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An Improving Venue
Pros: A quiet, relatively challenging and fun setting next to the San Joaquin River in the Central Valley's west side. Hole variety is good in the fact that the course plays through the more vegetative and river bordering Firebaugh Park to the north and moves below the 13th St./Ave. 7 1/2 bridge and along the San Joaquin River into the more community frequented (from what I've seen) Dunkle Park to the south and west. The course asks for a variety of shots to avoid obstacles present on every hole, which makes it far more interesting than other shorter courses, in my opinion. The currently low number of local players/visitors makes usage of the course uncomplicated and allows for repeated play of the holes.
Cons: Firebaugh does have a lack of signage and can be a bit confusing in terms of the direction of course play to those unfamiliar. There is a hole with a crossing fairway and a tee pad close to the basket for that hole. Play through Dunkle Park can be tough with other park users and cars but is no more of a problem than with other courses that share their play area. The cons of this course are due more to past neglect and a lack of attention than anything else.
Other Thoughts: Firebaugh is a constantly improving course in a community/region lacking recreational opportunity. Improvements are currently and steadily being made to the signage, playability issues and course conditions. Quality alteration/rearrangement of the current nine hole course (basket number ten will be added to the course again soon) would make it as interesting and enjoyable a shorter track as Hensley Lake to the east in the Sierra foothills and Parque De La Raza to the northwest in San Jose. The course has the potential through expansion to be one of the nicest and most challenging in Central California. The continued attention it has been receiving recently on the part of a couple of very enthusiastic, community-involved, and considerate locals can only mean better things for this forgotten venue.
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