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Challenging technical course

5+    9/12/2014   2/10/2015
Review By: sumo21
Played: 31  Reviewed: 26  Exp: 2.3 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 1) Great mix of long/short, uphill/downhill technical shots
2) Restroom area near the main, larger parking area
3) Garbage recepticle at most, if not, every hole
4) Depending on where you park, you can start at 3 different locations which cuts down on wait time at the first tee
5) Minimal amount of golfers on course at any time, which means a round of 18 can be finished in a little over an hour
6) Multiple pin locations for each hole
7) Signs and basket location washers at most, if not at every hole
Cons: 1) Very technical course, not for golfers just starting out
2) Grab a map or play with someone who has played the course or you may get lost
3) During the fall/winter seasons, the massive amount of falling leaves, along with the vegetation provide more than enough ground cover for your disc to get lost so watch where your shots go
Other Thoughts: -Don't let the short distances fool you, like hole 4. It's an uphill shot protected by the trees, a very challenging shot. Shots, on hole 4, are also prone to rolling downhill, unless the disc sits where it hits.

-Hole 6 offers a good challenge. When short, it's an ace run down an average size hallway of trees. When on a mound, it's the same hallway shot but right banking and up that mound.

-Most hole locations are anywhere from 175-350 feet, the longer pin locations seem to be holes that are more wide open than guarded by trees.

-For the most part, to play a decent round at Hanging Oaks, your shot has to be controlled, fit down hallways (mostly tight, but some wide) and you must be able to manage the course fairly well.

-There's a gas station down the street from the course on Penn Valley Drive or the Shell Station/Taco Bell immediately after coming off the CA-20, just in case you get hungry, thirsty or need gas. Both are east of the course.

-Another key point is when you're on the CA-20, cell phone reception is horrible and non existent in some spots so if this is your first time playing at this course, make sure you have printed directions already to go just in case.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Funkin Groovin

2-4    5/5/2013   11/19/2014
Review By: Taz Michael
Played: 19  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 27 Years
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Challenging layout. Numerous obstacles. Natural surroundings. Great location.
Cons: Hole 1 is nowhere near hole 18 and is tough to find, if you've never played there before. Parking, on a Sunday, is hard to find. No pro shop. Very muddy in winter.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Great front 9

1    6/28/2014   9/8/2014
Review By: mashnut
Played: 819  Reviewed: 774  Exp: 14.2 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course starts off in some scattered oaks, then moves into a more brushy wooded area for most of the front 9. This part of the course offers some really nice technical lines with a good variety of left and right turning shots. There is enough rough that you'll have to work for a par after a shanked shot, but not so much that you'll lose discs.

The second half of the course plays a little longer and more open. There are still plenty of mature trees defining the fairways, but less underbrush and smaller trees around them. The tees are plenty grippy and roomy for the length of the course. The alternate pin positions really add some variety, especially on the front 9, without changing the difficulty of individual holes too much. The signs have indicators for pin position and make navigation easy.
Cons: There are too many straight shots here, especially on the back 9. The layout of the second half of the course forces a bunch of straight shots going back and forth parallel to one another so there's not a lot of room for creative hole design. It's too bad the variety and challenge of the front 9 didn't carry over.

The course is pretty short, a lot of players won't need to throw too many distance driver shots here. A few holes play right along one another, we saw a few shots go into adjacent fairways. This seems like a pretty popular course so that could be a safety issue on a crowded day.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will find this course very approachable and fun. There is some challenge without any real punishment or frustration for less accurate throwers. More experienced players will find a handful of fun shots, but not enough length or variety to challenge many different parts of a complete skill set. This course is worth a stop if you're in the area, but I wouldn't go out of your way expecting a championship type test.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Very enjoyable experience

1    4/13/2014   4/14/2014
Review By: Fntsygamr
Played: 40  Reviewed: 27  Exp: 1 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 1. Variety of shots required
2. Multiple pin locations
3. Other golfers on the course were helpful
4. Tee pads were in great condition
5. Signage was excellent!
6. Layout was challenging, but not difficult
Cons: Since the course has some signature holes, I would like to see the placement of the pins on those holes in those locations. The island hole was not in place and the "volcano" hole was not either.
Too many pin placements on some of the holes. I can see having 3-4, but some have up to 7.
Most of the holes were a little too short. The technicality of the shots made the shortness of the holes not that much of a challenge.
Other Thoughts: I would come and play this course again. I would tandem this course with either Auburn or Condon Park for a nice weekend of disc play. I would consider this the 3rd best course in the area. Condon being #1 and Auburn being #2 (or vice/versa). This is a must play if you are in the area.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.


1    1/12/2014   1/12/2014
Review By: cefire
Played: 667  Reviewed: 134  Exp: 17 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Variety, variety, variety! This course has every type of shot off the tee. During my round I was throwing RHBH, RHFH, Thumber, several rollers all off the tee as well as plenty of other utility approach shots when I did get into trouble.

On top of shot type variety there was also plenty of variety in distances required off the tee. With 5-6 (or even 7!) pin placements per hole, its easy to see why this would be the case.

Finally, the park has plenty of natural beauty along with good tee pads and signage throughout.
Cons: First off, lets play it straight Penn Valley...that 'volcano' is nothing to brag about. Its just a plain ol' dirt mound. No biggie though, still a fun hole. The only other 'con' that I have is that there aren't really any true par 4 holes to speak of. Sure there are a few holes that might average more than 3 strokes even for a pro field, but this would be due to significant errors and OB versus a hole design that requires a full drive and approach to achieve a birdie three.
Other Thoughts: If you are on the fence about whether to play Condon or here - HERE!!! This course is everything that Condon is trying to be, less crowded, better cared for. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 My Favorite

5+    3/23/2013   3/25/2013
Review By: Sam U
Played: 3  Reviewed: 3
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Superb tee signs with washer system
Multiple pin locations on each hole
Elevation changes
Nice tee pads
Great baskets
No pedestrian traffic
Not crowded
Technically challenging
Pleanty of benches and trash cans
Course sits on a beautiful park
Couse flows nicely
Cons: 18th tee pad needs to be replaced
No practice basket near hole 1
Hole 2 has some "unfair" pin locations

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Good Times

1    3/10/2013   3/11/2013
Review By: ecv_onion
Played: 8  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 24.1 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Played Hanging Oaks for the first time today, after playing at Condon park. The tee signs are amazingly detailed, and have the easy to follow washer on each pole. A very well kept park. Asked a local where to find the first tee when we got there and not only did he tell us where to go, but also gave us a map to follow. Although it wasn't needed, because the layout made sense and there were signs if it was even close to being confusing.
Cons: No pro shop. Seemed a little short. Most of the holes didn't need a driver, and if you're good with a fairway driver, birdies should be fairly easy. Signs to get to the park would be good, according to the gps we had arrived while still on hwy 20 at the back side of the park.
Other Thoughts: If only other parks would use the lettered washer technique that this park, and Shady Oaks, use, it would make it easier for first time course players. All together I will be making it back here soon, and making a day of hitting a couple of the others in the vicinity.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 The Oaks Might Get You!

1    8/16/2012   9/1/2012
Review By: The Valkyrie Kid
Played: 869  Reviewed: 819  Exp: 38 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Hanging Oaks is played almost entirely under a canopy of grabby oak trees. While providing much needed shade on those hot Cali days, they also are the signature feature on this course oftentimes forcing you to shape your shot or throw a low tunnel approach. The courses features excellent, descriptive teesigns complete with pictures of the holes as well as the ever helpful washer just below the sign with the A-B-C-D and sometimes E and F basket positions. I found this to be immensely helpful with navigation and shot selection. The course has Mach 3 baskets and nice concrete pads. There were benches and garbage cans throughout the park area.
I found the course to be challenging but fair. Many baskets were set in the longs and I didn't feel overwhelmed and I'm a old man and can barely get it out to 300'.
Although high and dry, the moat hole looked like it would be a blast to play when filled w/water.

And to repectfully disagree with my esteemed previous reviewer, "Speedly". # 18 was in the long position when I played it. To me, it looked impossible so having the box, I tried some ridiculous shot I pulled out of my ass and ending up bogeying the hole. My two local partners simply threw low tunnel drives and both finished with easy pars. My point is, that hole, especially in the long, looks daunting, but is very parable.
Cons: I can't think of any major cons. There were other groups on the course this day but I didn't feel endangered or crowded. The course area seems disc golf exclusive.
Even in the "longs" I didn't feel totally overwhelmed.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed my experience here at the Oaks. Combined with Condon and Auburn Regional made for a great day day of experiencing new courses in the area. It'd be great to live down here and be able to golf the year around in pleasant weather.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Hard != Challenging

1    8/16/2012   8/17/2012
Review By: Speedly
Played: 12  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 6 Years
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: - Good maps on each tee, showing which direction the following tee is.
- Pin placement markers present on each hole.
- Moat and volcano are kinda cool.
- Mix of long and short holes.
- Need a bunch of shots to get through here effectively.
- Relatively close to Condon Park and Auburn Regional Park, makes for a good series of parks to hit in one day.
Cons: - Difficulty is at a ridiculous level.
- Trees are pretty grabby. Bring a baseball.
- Pin placement markers not always accurate.
- Tee 1 is basically nowhere near the parking area.
- Very, very dusty during the summer.
Other Thoughts: I think this course was designed with the idea that hard and challenging are the same thing. People like challenging, but the level of difficulty here is ridiculous. DeLaveaga is not even at this level. There are a number of holes that have so many trees, that there isn't a viable route up to the hole.

A glaring example of this was on hole #18, where the hole runs down across a ravine and back up the hill, with trees' canopies prohibiting making a shot higher than 8' or so. This creates a situation, when the pin is on its longest settings back up the hill, where the only way to make a shot up to the pin is to use the Force and push it back upwards.

I felt that the number of pin settings on some holes was a bit excessive. Moreover, I think that some of the pin settings were not well thought out (relating somewhat back to the last paragraph), resulting in poor design. Quantity must not be held over quality, and I think one can look to Condon Park for proof of this.

I felt that the volcano and the moat were gimmicky.

A fair number of the pin position markers were not correct.

But enough of the things I didn't like. Let's end out with what was good!

Despite my complaints above, some of the holes (mostly the ones with fewer pin positions) were very well designed and required you to think outside of the box to get close. I threw some shots that I'd never attempted before with certain discs here, and learned quite a bit.

There are very nice gazebos and benches to go under and get out of the sun.

The signage is very detailed and did aid in finding pins, even on the ones where the marker was wrong.

The course was not crowded in the slightest - in fact, I don't think I saw another soul actually playing on the course as we went around. As a result, we were able to finish our round pretty quickly.

While the water hazards were not filled for our visits, they were not deep, which probably results in easier retrieval if you do have the unfortunate circumstance of landing in one.

Things that I did not penalize the course for in my rating:

- Heat and dustiness. Surely the course installers cannot be expected to control the geography and weather.

- Inaccuracy of pin placements. There was no way to determine whether it was the course staff that mismarked pins, or the patrons that may have messed with it. With no concrete evidence of either, points cannot fairly be assessed.

Overall: playing here was okay, and was good for a new experience - but I likely wouldn't take the trip from Sacramento to return.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Great Course

2-4    6/29/2012   6/29/2012
Review By: mattjlegg
Played: 14  Reviewed: 2
Pros: great layout.
good course map on each hole
most multiple hole options i've seen.
great park, nice trees.
not to many people.
Cons: a bit of the same drive on a lot of holes, straight. which i didnt mind, it let me work on throwing hard but straight aka it was forgiving.
Other Thoughts: bring a hat and or sunscreen.
plenty of water.
played 36-40 holes in about 2 hours on a friday around 1pm-3pm.

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