8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pretty Park - Challenging Course
Pros: A new 18 hole course in North San Diego. This course is in a very beautiful park and provides a fair challenge for skilled players. Several holes are located in under-developed buffer zones surrounding the park. The remainder of holes wind through grass fairways with mature trees and a seasonal stream. The undeveloped areas feature long wide open holes.
Players will get a chance to throw big drives on many of the holes, but will still need finesse shots to score well on the rest. Holes 5 through 16 & 18 are very fun to play and require a wide variety of skills. Hole 11 has two challenging positions that require skill to score well. Hole 17 is still a bit rough, but has potential.
Update: New teepads and great signage are a welcome addition.
Again, the course is very fun and challenging to play. For skilled players, I would rate as a 3.5 to a 4.0 for playability and enjoyment. The course earns a 3.0 overall and the potential to go up with some redesign.
Cons: This design heavily interacts with other park user on holes 6 thru 11, holes 14 thru 16 and 18. While mandatories work well to keep tournament players away from other park users, most casual players don't understand or simply ignore these. Seven holes on this course use mandatories, which indicates the scope of the problem.
High risk of losing discs. The OB is extremely punitive on Holes 1, 2 and 4. It is a protected habitat area with "No Trespassing" signs that extends along the right side of these fairways. It runs from tee to pin on Holes 2 & 4. If a player is unfortunate enough to have a disc go into this area, they are not allowed to retrieve it. I fear players of all skill levels will be losing discs or simply ignore the no trespassing signs and proceed to trample through the protected habitat area. Neither outcome is desirable.
Could use better signs to lead players on the walk from Hole 5 to Tee 6. Update: New signage solves the problem.
A lot of fox tails in wild areas 1-5, 12-13 & 17 to get in your shoes and socks! Signs also warn of rattlesnakes.
Other Thoughts: I originally rated this course lower for safety concerns. Several holes have been and are being redesigned. New Tee pads and signage are well done. Also, I have decided that average players are not as concerned about safety as playability.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Lots of pros, some cons.
Pros: A great variety of holes, long and wide open, long with accuracy, tunnel shots and a couple of good roller holes (#11 is 511' and GREAT for right hand rollers). Some par 4s which is a refreshing change for SoCal. This course will teach you how to play in the wind with open spaces and constantly changing wind directions. It's great to have another disc golf course in SD County.
Cons: The poison oak that ate my 'money' putter behind hole #5. DOH ! ! ! Update: I got it back 2 days later.Lots of stickers in your socks in the first five holes but they should pretty much get trampled and grass will be nice on those holes someday. Also I can't imagine playing this course on weekends until almost all of the picnickers get chased to other parts of the park (it's a BIG park).Update: I just played on a Saturday and the holes generally stay away from MOST of the picnickers as long as some accuracy is maintained. The good news is CSUSM will be best on weekends and it's right down the road.
Other Thoughts: Not a lot of elevation changes on this course. Escondido cops hang out in the parking lot so leave that stuff in your bag. My friends and I will be playing this course an awful lot in the future because of overcrowding at Morley. For now, at least it's wonderful not to have to wait for two or three groups on just about every hole.
"Tee off and fly freely." Ed
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
4 out of 5!
Pros: It is free! To be honest, a small fee in exchange for future upkeep would not be an issue for me. The course offers some variety. There are holes with lots of open space for long S-Curves, as well as holes with tight windows to challenge your accuracy.
Cons: As pointed out in the other review. The course is not exclusive to disc golfing. Meaning there is nothing really you can do about the old lady and her poodle in the middle of the fairway. Also, being inland I fear the summer are going to be HOT HOT HOT!
Other Thoughts: Overall the course offers a great atmosphere. Living in Poway, this course offers me a high quality disc golf course that is much closer to home. Using Morley Field as an example of a 5, I give this course a 4.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 18 holes with lots of variety plus two practice baskets. Some holes play through manicured parkland while others have a more natural feel. The really nice tee signs provide a map of each hole, distance and par, and they make finding each tee a little easier because they can be seen from a distance. Designers made great use of large trees as obstacles with several tunnel shots and tight drives off the tee. Out of bounds areas add challenge. Park has a long list of facilities from tennis courts and baseball fields to a sculpture garden and amphitheater.
Cons: Watch out for dog walkers, joggers, picnickers and children. Most of the course would probably be unplayable on the weekend due to other park users in or near the fairways.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a nice course that was much needed in the area. It's too bad that it couldn't be in more of an exclusive disc golf area. After hole 5 turn right and walk down the road toward the Girl Scout sign. The 6th tee is on the left. Hole 14 is across the road past the tables with the water hazard to your left.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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