0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Surrounds the Black Butte Reservoir, lined with small oaks (30-40' tall) and very scenic. Most holes feature a bench to take a breather, but not always shaded. Dog friendly. The early spring time is a great time to time to play because the grass is green and short and the trees don't have their leaves yet. In the summer of 2014, fairways were mowed/trimmed to provide guidance for in/out of bounds. From Willows, this is the best course you can play!
Cons: Some holes are situated at the end of small ridges which require careful/technical thought. Bad decisions will send your disc far downhill with a high chance of loss. Be aware of rattlesnakes in tall grass areas.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: THIS IS ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITES!!!
I used to play out here all the time when I lived in these parts. Why do I love this course? Let me count the ways...
The park is amazingly beautiful, right alongside the black butte reservoir.
Elevation changes up and down the Oak Tree-covered hills is scenic and provides great challenges.
The bright yellow baskets are very visible.
Great variety of shots.
The layout is logic and easy to follow.
Multiple pin positions (although the only change ever so often)
You almost always have the entire course to yourself. Dogs love it here.
Great teepads, benches, and signs.
Cons: Words of caution:
Not a beginner course or for those who can't hike elevation and off-road.
The roll-aways can be pretty bad but it's all about having the soft touch baby!
NO WATER FOUNTAIN! Be prepared
Other Thoughts: This course is challenging, beautiful, and serene. Come out here with some buddies and you can be alone in nature and leave the worries of the world behind as you chuck some disc. This course will test you with a high degree of difficulty, so capitalize on those birdies when you can. This course is out of the way for most but a MUST PLAY if you get the chance.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course is set on rolling hills with scattered mature oaks. There are enough trees to make you shape some interesting lines, with a pretty good variety of left and right turning shots mixed in. The tees are placed near trees for the most part, and the low hanging canopy makes it so you're forced to take the intended shot, I thought it was impressive how many holes managed to take away the easy hyzer shot with how open the land is. The tee placement also does a really nice job of providing shade at each pad which is a great perk on a hot summer day out here.
The course is mostly pretty short but there are a couple longer holes mixed in that will make most players pull out a driver. The front 9 is fairly flat, but the back brings a lot more elevation into play. There are some fun downhills and tough uphills mixed in with tricky sidehill lies and valley shots with big punishment for coming up short. There are lots of opportunities for rollaways around the greens if you're not careful how you place your upshots. There are some nice views of the lake and the surrounding buttes from a lot of spots on the course.
Cons: The signage could use an upgrade. There are numbered 4x4 posts but nothing indicating hole layout which would be nice on a couple blind shots. The course is pretty short, there was enough land for some bigger shots and some use of the bigger elevation that would have added some fun challenge. There is some long grass, but the fairways are mowed plenty wide so it only comes into play on really terrible shots. There are a couple spots where a next tee sign would come in handy.
Other Thoughts: I thought the design did a nice job given the limitations in foliage density. It's a fun course for beginners, though the rollaways could be tough for players without a lot of control. Experienced players won't find this one all that challenging, but there are some enjoyable shots and some nice views that make this worth a stop if you're driving through.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This is a great course. Nice mix of open shots and strategically placed trees. Great views of the mountains and the lake. This is one of my favorite courses I have played to date.
Cons: Lots of hills!! Expect to get a work out.
Other than the hills, this course is awesome!
Other Thoughts: I'm from the Midwest, so seeing the scenery was incredible. I wish I could play this course everyday!
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Favorite NorCal course!
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This course is amazing! I got really lucky too, played it on a friday and then again on the following sunday and all the pins were moved to there alternates. Fun technical shots all over the place with alot death putts. Then big open huck shots too. I believe this may be one of the best courses I've played since I moved to Nor Cal.
Cons: Hardly ever see anybody else out there when I play it, which is weird cause next to Peregrine point I feel like this is the best course in the area, you would think there would be more folks playing it, but the weather was also kinda gross.
Other Thoughts: Looks like a great course for an event, cant wait to play one here.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Tons of potential at this place
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: - Concrete tee pads on all 18 Holes.
- Multiple pin locations on most holes.
- Many birdie opportunities, without too many gimmies
- Easy to follow layout, flows similarly to ball golf layout
- Good variation between short and long holes
Cons: - Very dry course
- Weeds were a bit tall w/ star thistle beginning to grow
- Not sure how accurate the marked out distances are, they seem a little off
- Extremely windy (20+mph)
- HOT (110 degrees)
Other Thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed this course. The front 9 is open, and considerably easier than the back. The layout is very entertaining. I don't exactly know where water would come into play on this course, as there was none to be found. I would recommend this course to anyone traveling through the area.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Good course, but not great.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: A good mix of shots at this course. Varies from technical ace run opportunities to open elevation changes with death putts. Nice in the spring and fall. Good for both novice and advanced players. Double loop design implemented. Doesn't favor RHBH. Well maintained.
Cons: Tee "pads" are terrible rubber mats that serve little to no purpose. Very slippery when wet. Natural tee pads are better IMO. Especially with the hard pack ground in that area. There's very few alternate pin locations. No stores anywhere near course and no running water. Hot in the summer just like all other courses in this area code.
Other Thoughts: I really like going out to this course a few times a year for the change of scenery. I feel it's a little short when the weather isn't scorching hot. Which can be good and bad depending on if you want to throw two rounds to feel satiated or not. I think the course could have been designed much better with the space that's available. My review of three discs is based upon looking up highly rated courses on this site and comparing them to this course.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Great Risk, Great Reward
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Beautiful scenery
Camping for part of the year
Very rare to see any other groups on the course
Wide variety of shots that challenge in different ways
Lots of elevation changes
Course maintained by Army Corps of Engineers
Cons: Rubber teepads (doesn't bother me, but they are deathly when wet)
No tee signs
Zero stores within 10 miles
Little parking, but little necessary as it's never crowded
Only 2 trash bins on the course
Other Thoughts: This is a great course that can be very challenging to anyone. It can frustrate even the best of players with roll a ways that happen from a miscalculate shot, or especially, a hit of the top of those Yellow Innova baskets. I would travel out of Chico any day to this course to get the extra challenge, beautiful views, and lack of people. Plus, this was the site of the 2010 Norcal Championships! That's definitely saying something...
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Black Butte DGC
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Several holes now have multiple pins.
- Good signage.
- Benches at most holes.
- Lots of good technical shots and risk / reward.
- Amazing views.
- Course is very dynamic through out the year.
- Quiet and away from it all.
- A great feeling of accomplishment after playing a solid round.
- Concrete Tees -- Ohhhh Baby!
Cons: - Occasional rollers can be painful.
- During the summer it does get hot. Bring enough water for not just a round of disc. But a pretty good hike as well. Black Buttes rolling hills is not a metaphor.
Other Thoughts: Black Butte is one of the more challenging courses in the Butte/Glenn area. Set on the rolling hills on the East side of the Black Butte Lake Reservoir. The front nine plays out to the lake edge along one of the access roads, then comes back along one of the arms of the lake. The back nine plays out along the other side of the arm, then comes back across the top of the spine of the hill. The water only comes into play during the time of year that the reservoir is fairly full. Most of the holes playing near the water have a slope leading straight down to the waters edge. Playing on top of the spines leaves you vulnerable to the wind and possible bad rolls or skips. More new pin positions have been installed for several holes. This course just keeps getting better and better.
Update: Sadly after playing a few more courses, I needed to adjust my rating to be more inline with my new perspective on the numbers.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Secluded and beautiful.
-Lots of elevation changes.
-Discatcher baskets, rubber tees.
Cons: -I imagine it gets overgrown and hot in the summer.
-Unfortunate rollers going down the hills can be frustrating.
-Somebody told me that it's nearly impossible to play when it's windy.
Other Thoughts: One of my favorite courses. The only time I've seen more than 7 people out there was during a tournament. There is a campground across the road AND within 20 minutes of I5, making it great for if you're traveling. The course itself is a workout with the hills. I think pros and beginners can both enjoy playing here.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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