A Tale Of Two Courses
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Pros: THE CSU San Marcos DGC seems more like two distinct courses. The first eight holes and the last three play through these dusty, , wide open wind swept fields using nothing but length as an obstacle. The middle holes of the course are squeezed into the inner parts of the campus quite cleverly making for some quite interesting although short ACE possibilities.
The course features DIScatcher baskets, great tee signs featuring colorful maps, PARs, distance, etc. The tee pads on the field holes are concrete although maybe a bit short. On the campus holes, you're mostly teeing off from sidewalks although they are in some places cleverly marked with these little round SCU San Marcos markers which are inbedded in the sidewalks.
The campus holes were my favorites featuring many fun little ACE runs. # 9 was a simple little 201' downhill shot. # 10 is a 153' uphill shot requiring an anhyser throw. # 11 is just a 128' ACE run when there are no co-eds blocking the throw. # 12 sign says it's 264' but I think it's much shorter. The basket here sits right in the middle of probably the campus' most popular lawn gathering and meeting spot. # 13 is a 163' uphill ACE run while # 14 is a great 178' throw just waiting to be ACED.
Then you come to the signature hole on this course, IMO, # 15 is just a simple little flick/touch shot over a railing, 141' to a basket kinda hidden behind a tree. You can throw a simple little tomahawk for a birdie or an anhyser around the tree for the ACE attempt. Fun little throw!
The course then ends with 16-18 on the far side of the parking garage. # 16 has been re-located due to the construction of a new campus building due to open in fall of 2014.
Cons: The open fields holes fairly boring. The terrain here is ugly. There's a sign at the beginning warning you to watch out for rattlesnakes.
Holes 7 & 8 are closed when there is a track meet in progress.
The campus holes 9-15 would be nearly impossible to play when students are present. I played on Sunday morning and no-one was around. It also might have been the Sunday of spring break.
Other Thoughts: This is actually not a bad little course for a college campus. It would expose a lot of students to disc golf. I'm a little worried that exposure might just be drilling one in the forehead with an approach shot of the campus holes. I sincerely hope the San Marcos student disc golfers are considerate players and are willing to skip holes when students are present. I'd hate to bypass # 15 anytime. I love that little toss!
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Some good, some bad...
Pros: -Holes 9-16 on the actual campus are a lot of fun. Short, but nice use of elevation.
-Good for beginners, like myself. Shot my best round ever, so it was a confidence booster.
-Great views from the top of the campus to the coastline.
-Excellent signage that points you to the next hole.
-Used a variety of discs, rather than the typical driver/mid-range/putter combo.
Cons: -Holes 1-4 are extremely overgrown. Use your brightest discs, and spot them closely, or else you'll be hunting for awhile.
-Lots of rocks and concrete. Bring your most durable plastic.
-Some of the par 3s should really be par 2s, so it pads your score a bit. I suppose this could be seen as a pro, too.
-The rubber tee pads are short, which makes for an awkward run-up.
Other Thoughts: The thing I look for most in a course is replayability. As in, "Would I play this course over and over if I lived here?" Overall, I would say no for this one. The beginning of the course is annoyingly overgrown, and I could see the campus being crowded midweek. Also, the first 6 holes are not particularly creative, requiring mostly straight shots. That being said, the middle of the course, as other reviews have said, is the bread and butter of this place. A lot of fun, and with enough variety to work on some technique. I am sure more experienced players would not enjoy this course, but if you're a beginner and the in the area, it's worth a shot.
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