4 Helpful / 1 Not
Worth the stop
-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
-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
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!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Nice quiet course. Better than people think.
Pros: - Elevated shots. Both uphill and down hill
- Very quiet park
-Beautiful backdrop. Weather is decent
-Wind provides better challenges on holes
-Locals are friendly and helpful
-If you play in the morning when there is no wind, it's like playing on a different course.
-Quiet during the day, and everyone I've encountered is very friendly and helpful.
- Locals have volunteered their time to make various improvements to the course.
-Many tee boxes have been improved for the back 9 holes.
Cons: -Many if not most of the holes cross with one another. If there are other groups, and you like to play at a fast pace this could annoy you.
-Wind can be crazy at times.
-Being that the course is on the side of a hill, disc can sometimes roll down to the bottom.
- A lot of foot traffic at times. Most locals know about the course and are always keeping an eye out for golfers as they pass.
-Very muddy after a rain shower. Makes tee boxes cluttered with clumps of mud.
Hard to navigate through if you're new to the course.....
Other Thoughts: -As it currently stands, this course is probably the nicest that I've seen it over the last few years. Locals have gotten together with the city rec. department to keep improvements happening at this course.
- Even though many people complain about the shot variety at this course, this course reminds me of several course down in Santa Barbara and costal courses. Good place to practice throwing in the wind for sure. The addition to the back 9 holes have helped in that department.
- Playing in the morning versus playing in the evening at this course is like playing two different courses. Wind picks up in the later afternoons. 10-15 mph winds are not uncommon.
- Locals are quite helpful navigating through the back 9 holes. However on busy days with many groups, this is a bad idea as other groups get in the way and slow everyone else down. Fortunately the course is quiet enough for the most part that this doesn't happen as much as people think.
-You can look for new information and course updates on Facebook by going to "San Ramon Disc Golf".
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Lots of potential in quiet park
Pros: Quiet setting in suburban park;
Relatively empty most of the time;
Pretty new and unused
Cons: Navigation is a chore the first few times you play;
Very few signs placed in key locations;
No tee pads;
The path leading through the park is used as tee for like 3 different holes;
Other Thoughts: Was excited to find this course in close proximity to my work location. It has a lot of potential if a local group takes it under their wing to maintain and add a few upgrades. Given the user-friendly nature of San Ramon Parks and Rec it would be easy to partner with them to add tee pads and signage. This could be a much better course than it is. It is not neglected like some courses; it just needs to be finished. Good for a quick round after work and a great project for some enterprising volunteers or Eagle scouts.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Local course, but not much more
Pros: - Great views. This course is perched on the side of a hill, and once you hit the top the vistas are quite gorgeous.
- Good length for newer players - holes aren't excessively short or long (probably close to 300-350 ft/hole)
- Closest course for at least 15-20 minutes in any direction.
Cons: - This course is extremely confusing to navigate. Parallel/crossing runways + being able to see multiple baskets from most tees = great confusion.
- Parking area is slightly detached (~500 ft) from the course.
- This course is a decent local course, but is by no means a "destination" course because of the layout of the course (10 holes, switchbacking up a hill) and moderate hole length.
Other Thoughts: Old Ranch fills a needed niche as a "local" course for people who can't drive to Moraga, Berkeley, or San Jose to play on a regular basis. That said, if I had the time, I'd look instead at playing De La Raza or Golden Gate.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Old Ranch has a couple of really cool positives going for it, first is the course location which is on a nice grassy hillside overlooking the small city below. Views from up top are really beautiful! If I had to select a practice basket for putting on, hole 8 would be it - so cool to look down on the town with all of the burnt-red roofs and the hillsides further in the distance. Other than the view, the course itself utilizes what space is available quite well incorporating uphill/downhill/sidehill holes to make up for the lack of any meaningful tree coverage. The orange powercoated baskets also add to the uniqueness of the course and they really stand out against the green grass and blue skies. Experienced players won't find much here but beginners will appreciate the opportunity to play with some elevation and the wind blowing over the relatively open space of the course.
Cons: While there are nice tee signs available on most holes, the course is still difficult to navigate for the first-time player because of all of the switchbacks and also simply because so many baskets are in view at any given time. Once you figure out the layout, I'd expect the course is a breeze to play though. As other reviewers have mentioned, you have to park quite a ways away from the actual start of the course and walk back and forth up and over the hill. When we visited, we actually accidentally parked across the street near the soccer fields and walked over after seeing the awesome orange candy coated baskets.
Other Thoughts: Although I've only rated it a '1', this course is a nice change of scenery for the veteran course bagger-type who will appreciate the unique venue on top of the hill with the beautiful view of the city. Newer players also will likely enjoy getting to play on a seriously hilly course with little chance for losing discs. Veteran competitive golfers will probably want to mosey on down to some of the more traditional championship courses in the area such as Golden Gate.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Course in the Burbs
Pros: 1.This course is built in a planned community in an area that is a well landscaped garden area.
2. The baskets are brand new and easily visible from the landscape as they are orange. 3. Great if you are looking for a very quick 10, yes 10, holes.
Cons: 1. Just a switchback up the side of a hill
2. Fairways cross or you are throwing at people who are throwing at you.
3. Parking is inconvenient as you must park across the soccer fields or in a residential area and trudge to the course.
Other Thoughts: The course seems like it was dropped in on top of a garden area. I felt guilty stepping through the well groomed planting areas to the next tees. It isn't very challenging as everything is straightaway.. The only things standing in the way of a par or birdie is a bit of wind or a blind shot or two.
I was in the area on business and stopped here for a break. This is not a destination course so if you are looking for something new or challenging, travel to San Jose or up to Berkeley. It was fun and quick and will be more challenging when the plants grow a little taller.
Finding Holes 7 and 10 were tricky. From the top of the hill, the trash can is labeled "7" and "10". If you face the street, look at your 9 o'clock position and you'll see both 7 (closer) and 10 (further) down the hill.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Up hill battle
Pros: -Nice Mach 5 Baskets
-Good variation of holes
-Some tricky shots with the wind
The course climbs up and down a hill that at times can challenge a player with the different degrees of altitude change. The course has signs the let the player know the distance and par for each hole. Most the tees are the sidewalk the goes up the hill and the holes can be seen from most of the tees. I have only played the course in the early afternoon so I have not had a problem with walkers but the flow of the course is nice and can be played in about 30-40 minutes.
Cons: -No markers for holes 7 and 10
-Shots are pretty straight forward with little obstacles
-Wind can be a problem at times
Other Thoughts: Nice little 10 hole course in a houseing track area where you can get a quick game in. I would not go out of my way to play this course but if you are in the bay area it is one of the few courses that is with in range of the east bay.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
One Of The More Unique Courses You'll Play!
Pros: Old Ranch Park is set on a fairly steep hillside next to a pretty busy street. There is a winding sidewalk leading from the street to the top of the park. New vegetation has been planted. As it matures, it will maybe change the dynamics of the course and might also serve as a wind block. Currently, the wind is a major challenge in the course play. The course has these very cool bright orange Mach 5 baskets. I can think of many wooded courses that could use these bright baskets. Navigating the course is currently sketchy at best as you sometime tee off the sidewalks. At other times, the course doesn't flow real well. There are signs that are fairly informative. The # 6 basket is currently in a very treacherous (scary as hell) position, perched at the edge of a steep drop-off. This makes for an extremely scary drive or an even scarier approach or putt especially with swirling winds. # 7 and # 10 both tee off from the same position near the garbage can at the top of the hill. It's faintly marked on the can. # 7 is a short little (175') downhill touch shot while # 10 is a little longer (probably 225') also downhill. Park across the street by the soccer fields and the restrooms.
Cons: The wind greatly adds to the challenge. There were people walking on the course causing us to wait a couple of times before teeing off. Some kind of permanent marking of the tee-off areas on the sidewalks would help on the navigation. Maybe some kind of next tee arrows.
Other Thoughts: Love the baskets! Great look there. Basically a fun course although we were pretty frustrated trying to get through it as first timers. A few navigational aids for us first timers would be greatly appreaciated guys. Some fun throws. Be considerate of the walkers here. Very clean. This course would definitely teach you to play in the wind.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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