San Ramon, CA 
Old Ranch Park Share
Uploaded By: AthruZ Hole #4 (Taken 1/2011)
3 / 354ft.   -- / --   -- / --   -- / -- Par / Distance:
Hole #4 Basket



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ZZTop

1    6/22/2014   6/23/2014
Review By: swatso
Played: 361  Reviewed: 348  Exp: 6.2 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros:
Views from atop the ridge.

Some challenging (runaway) greens.
Cons:
Lots of opportunities to have your disc fade into (or beyond!) the neighbouring fairway - some crossing fairways, too.

Some tees too close to previous baskets or near/amid neighbouring fairways.
Other Thoughts:
Course Zig Zags its way up a moderate slope to the Top of a ridge, where flat hole-9 offers the only window-challenge, needing to go straight through a window early, with a left late to find the basket guarded on nearly all other sides by small trees, The remainder of the holes are primarily open, with the rare bush to throw around or over, the main challenges being: a) the wind; b) controlled fade on the downslope holes, and c) adjusting for the extra "distance" of the upward-sloping holes.

With the map, course was easy enough to navigate. There was no teesign for 7/10 when I played, but it seemed obvious to play form near the bench/trash can next to the path (access to water up there, too!)

If you like your courses open with challenging slopes, give this course a try.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Stale and punishing

1    4/7/2014   4/9/2014
Review By: IsThisThingOn
Played: 17  Reviewed: 10
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -It exists.
-Well maintained.
-It exists.
Cons: -Little to no shot variety. Just straight shots the whole way
-Needlessly unforgiving: between the high winds and steep hill, every shot has a chance of random errant rolls, gusts, etc.
-THE HILL: perfect shot, catch an edge, roll 50 feet. Bogey. Lame
-Stacked on itself, you're dodging other discs on nearly every hole.
Other Thoughts: It's great that the city supported a course, but with all the crazy perfect terrain in the area, this is a mind-bogglingly bad location for a course.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Low expectations

1    11/23/2011   11/23/2011
Review By: little oz
Played: 61  Reviewed: 27  Exp: 3.3 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I applaud whoever thought to place a course in the midst of suburbia; this course is "better than nothing". If the designer only had one side of a hill to work with, then i admire how tough that must have been. The baskets are nice, there appears to be low usage, and once you figure out the layout you could play this in 30 minutes during lunch or after work. Just bring mids and putters for this course. Good course to work on upshots and down shots. Nice view from the top!
Cons: 4 baskets are in view from any tee, in all directions, so navigation for a first timer is confusing. The tee signs don't really help at all, and i intuitively teed off in the wrong direction a couple of times. Pedestrians and fellow DG'ers would constantly be at risk if anyone was on the course (alot of criss-crossing). Hillside was very muddy, tee-boxes not defined. If you played one hole (300-350 straight), then you've pretty much played them all. Very little shot variety.
Other Thoughts: With so much beautiful trees, hills and scenery in this area, you would think they could put together a first rate course. But, I think real estate is more valuable for homes than DG Courses, so it's just the reality of things.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Beginner Course

1    1/23/2011   1/25/2011
Review By: AthruZ
Played: 12  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 3.1 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: If you're just learning the sport of disc golf, then this is the course for you... Beautiful view of the mountains and all baskets are within a fairly reasonable distance with no trees in the way... #9 is my favorite basket because it's set up just like a disc golf course should be set up...
Cons: Not all of the tees are marked to show where you should start off.. Most of them are along the walkway which is not a true set up of a disc golf course... This is a very hilly park so if your disc starts rolling, you better hope it stops somewhere other than near the street..
Other Thoughts: Coming from Texas and having played at many courses in the past, this is my first course to play upon moving to California.. I look forward to coming here more often since it's closer to where I live and to experience other parks...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


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