San Ramon, CA 
Old Ranch Park Share
Uploaded By: Adam Schneider Hole #8 (Taken 11/2009)
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Worth the stop

5+    3/14/2013   3/15/2013
Review By: Lonhart
Played: 184  Reviewed: 17  Exp: 20.5 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros:
-Mach 3 baskets, bright orange and numbered
-Parking across the street near the soccer field
-In spite of being on the side of a hill, there are different shots, including two downhill shots, four slightly uphill shots, three that are essentially level, and one up the slope
-Shot distances vary, ranging from 220 ft to almost 400 ft
-There is a good balance of right and left shots and a few that are straight
-Scenic course with great views
-Not many people, either walking or playing disc golf
-Signs are at each tee except for hole 9 and 7/10
-Water fountain at the top of the path
-It takes about 30 min to play, so I went 5 times in a row (3:30 PM start) and only saw some other disc golfers at around 5 PM
Cons:
-Crossing fairways, but if no one is there, not an issue
-Dirt tee pads (holes 2, 5, 7/10 [the same tee]) are somewhat uneven and not well defined. The other tees are on the cement pathway that switchbacks up the park
-On holes 3, 6, and 9 the pin is hidden from the tee
-The nearest bathroom is back at the parking lot near the soccer field
Other Thoughts:
Parking: turn right off of Old Ranch Park Road at the stoplight (Vista Monte Drive) and park next to the soccer field--this is actually where the GPS location indicates. The course is across Old Ranch Park Road--you will see the orange baskets.
Hole 1: The tee is on the cement path, with a sign, and Pin 1 is upslope and in view. A drop off behind it may have tall grass, but the landing area next to the pin is barren.
Hole 2: Tee up the hill from pin #1 a few feet and has a sign. The tee is enclosed by a wooden frame, but the dirt inside was pretty soft from use. Be careful. Pin 2 is across the slope, slightly down hill and there are a few shrubs and young trees in the path of a hyzer drive by a RHBH player.
Hole 3: Tee is back on the cement path, walk back toward tee 1 and you will see the sign. Pin 3 is tucked in the corner of the hill, about 400 ft away. Fairway may have weeds, about ankle-knee high, and only some of them had been hacked down as of March 14, 2013, so a spotter would be good here.
Hole 4: The tee is a walk back from pin 3, and at a switchback in the cement path. Pin 4 is visible, a 350 ft straight, slightly uphill shot. Beware of slope behind the pin.
Hole 5: Tee is dirt next to the sign, and pin 5 is obvious. One of the shorter holes.
Hole 6: Tee is immediately downslope of pin 5 on the cement path and has a sign. This deviates from the original course map posted. I think this sign also shows the rest of the course in terms of tees and pins. Pin 6 cannot be seen from the tee, and is up the slope and on the shoulder of the hill. Cool shot if you can avoid hyzering down the slope. Has the same ground cover and foliage as hole 3, so have a spotter if the weeds are high.
Hole 7: Tee is not signed, but there is a bench and a cement trash-can holder that has faint paint on it indicating tee 7 and 10. The tee is decomposed granite and a depression in the pathway, at the foot of the bench. Pin 7 is slightly hidden whereas pin 10 (really pin 2, same basket) is clearly visible. Just a little putter shot. Clear landing area and an easy birdie.
Hole 8: Tee is cement pathway and there is a sign. Pin 8 is not visible, but is close to pin 4 and is basically a twin of that shot. Again, beware the slope behind the pin. I had one drive disappear all the way down to the cement gutter, about 100 ft past the pin (it must have rolled down the steep slope).
Hole 9: No tee sign, but at the top of the cement pathway there were remnants of apparent tees on the cement (black paint now poorly covered by white paint). I would suggest that after putting out on pin 8, turn back to the pathway, then walk to your right. The top of the hill has a huge flat area covered with wood chips. You will soon see pin 9 in a little copse of oak trees. Make your own tee and blast away.
Hole 10: This is a 'bonus' safari hole, and uses the same tee as hole 7. After finishing at pin 9, walk to the bench on the path and you'll see the trash can with faint paint indicating hole 7/10. Aim at pin 2 and drift a putter gently down the slope and carried by the strong tailwind. It's a fun shot, as long as no one is playing hole 2!

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 Good 'ol Ranch

5+    8/17/2010   8/17/2010
Review By: elton807
Played: 56  Reviewed: 56  Exp: 4.3 Years
This review was updated on 8/24/2012
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Super close to home. Elevation changes and prevailing wind makes for rewarding pars & birdies. Friendly local players, and not too busy. Makes great use of available space
Only takes 45 minutes to play 10 holes. The prevailing wind here has surely improved my putting, approach shots, and tomahawk drives.
Cons: The weeds can get a bit long and high in the late winter, but usually gets mowed in the spring. Wind & potential for roll-aways can be tough at times for beginners.
Other Thoughts: I'll always have a special place in my bag for this course because it accidently introduced me to disc golf while checking out the "Summit View Trail". Awesome burn spot behind the bush next to #5 teebox. Holes #5 & #7 are great birdie/ace opps. Getting pars on #3 & #6 are really good. Update: The course is in great shape right now, with some definition coming in after the recent mowing.
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Uniqueness: A- (built on a sidehill lie; great use of limited space & layout)
Difficulty: B+ (constant wind; high potential for roll-aways)
Fun Factor: B (elevation changes; variety of drives)
Aesthetics: B (nice views; clean; sweet orange baskets)
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Overall: B+

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