2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: If I were to say anything positive is that the Discatcher baskets and signs are new and look nice.
Cons: Where to begin. The course is situated on a college campus and you would think that would be a positive aspect. The first few holes are in open space with no obstacles throwing over rocky flat terrain covered with weeds. Good luck spotting your disc. The course wraps around the college track, with long walks in between most of the holes. Once you pass hole 8, it's a long walk uphill to the next basket, best to have a map to find this hole. The next half of the course runs through the central campus over walkways, pedestrians, and busy body students. 8 of the holes are so short, a putter is all you would need throwing up or down 100ft shots.
If you want to finish on the last two holes, you have to take another very long walk past the parking structure into a hillside open area, no obstacles. Once you finish the round the walk back is a long one. I understand the principle of trying to incorporate a disc golf course on a college campus. The thought of exposing college students to this sport is a good concept, but the design is poorly executed. Teepads are extremely short and not flat, and the tee signs are so close to the teepad. Safety was not a concern as player's have to stay to the far right of the teepad to avoid whacking their hand on the tee sign. A lot of money was raised for this course and very disappointed with the results.
Other Thoughts: If you have played disc golf several times, I would avoid this course at all costs. I've never left a course with such a bitter taste. Keep driving east several miles and make your way to Escondido to play at Kitt Carson.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 2 Not
Good exposure. Thats it.
Pros: -DISCatcher baskets
-Tee signs & pads/markers
-Exposure to thousands of college students
-Some wacky 'urban' scenarios
-Night Play OK on holes 9-16 (only opportunity in SD?)
Cons: -Long boring holes (with tiny tee pads) in fields of brush
-Tiny short holes (with infinite sidewalk tees) in high traffic areas
-Tee Signs in finger-breaking front-left corner of the tee pad
-Long walks between several holes
-On a college campus, so everything about it is inconvenient
Other Thoughts: This campus course is the first of its kind that I have been exposed to. It begins in dusty, overgrown fields of weeds that skirt around the pristine athletic facilities, then works its way through a section of campus, and ends with two more random field holes.
This course has multiple personalities. The first segment through the brush was enjoyable enough on the first two holes, however it became repetitive quite quickly. The throws are flat (or slightly graded), and completely open. During our spring visit, some of the flowers were over 6 feet tall, and it was a miracle that we were able to find our discs. On a 550' hole, your perception of where the disc landed and where it actually landed can differ greatly, so keep an eye out because you wont be able to see your disc until you are standing on top of it.
Holes 6 - 8 are also open, but are not in a brushy area. These work their way around the track, so lighting may make them possible to play at night. The putting green on hole 8 is by far the most pristine putting green I have ever encountered.
After hole 8, you need to walk about 1/4 a mile up the hill to the campus proper. An open field shot next to a building leads you to the front area of campus, where several more holes exist. These holes are all pretty short and require no angling technique, so a putter is all that is necessary.
While I totally understand that exposure to the sport is awesome and I should appreciate it, holes just should not cross the main stairway into campus. Holes should not play across the main quad area of campus. Holes should not play across the OTHER main stairway into the area. Many of the ADA access ramps onto campus also had holes over them. We played through a very dead campus (sundown/night) and dealt with no crowd issues, but I can only imagine.
There was one pretty cool throw over a railing to a pin on a tiny green about 120 feet away. It was interesting because you had to elevate your arm enough to get it over the railing, but it was kind of lame because you were throwing the disc about as hard as you would throw a paper airplane.
After meandering through campus, should you feel like playing two more holes, you can walk through the parking garage and across another large parking lot to play the two remaining dueling fairways in an empty field. After finishing these holes, you are now just about a third of a mile from the beginning of the course.
I recommend parking in the garage if you play this course, as it is kind of halfway between the beginning and the end. Plus, if you don't feel like playing the last two holes, 16's basket is right by it.
Don't get me wrong, if I were a college student here, I would love the fact that I have a course right outside my class. That being said, it is not a good course, people should not be going out of their way to play it, and in a way, I think it may almost provide negative exposure to the possibilities of what the sport can be. However, I am always a fan of a good train wreck, so there was no way I could miss this opportunity.
10 of 12 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 2 Not
Novice Players Only
Pros: I have don't have any pros for this course with the exception that my girlfriend shot under par here. It is a good course for the Rec to Novice players. Not a competition level course.
Cons: I will start with course design. The first couple of holes are in a huge open area that could have been utilized much better. On several of these holes the tee sign is much too close to the tee pad. They should be moved so that there is no chance of your arm hitting them in your follow through. The tee sign acts more like an obstacle rather than being informative.
The play through the campus is scenic but not good for disc golf. They have signs stating that they want you to stick to the sidewalks but as I watched the other groups throw, they were constantly searching for there discs in the flower beds because of errant shots. This will happen often because this course attracts the novice level players.
Other Thoughts: Avoid this course if you are serious golfer. If you are the novice level player just bring your mid-range drivers and putters and you will get a fun experience and some practice to go along with it. I will not recommend this course to other. It is not worth the drive from San Diego.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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