3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course has a great variety of long and technical shots. Some great holes and some picturesque greens. There are some water hazards that if played o.b. add great challenge to the round.(was dry when I played). I thought this course played very well. This course rewards control and can definitely punish errant shots. Even putts can be challenging with small island greens or hazards close to the pin.
Cons: There are a lot of pin locations. I was fortunate to be playing with some locals who were a big help with pin locations. Some of the tee pads felt a little small. There was one hole that I felt was a bit poke and hope.
Other Thoughts: I think that this is a great alternative to Condon. They play differently but I definitely liked both courses. This course is a little more open without the manzanita but still has some tight fairways that require accuracy.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Is the Moat still there?
Pros: Requires smart play and well placed shots. Punishes poor choices and requires imagination at times. The layout is fairly balanced, with some unique holes (water was in play on several holes, not sure if it is still there).
Cons: I felt like I had the brakes on for much of the round. Although several holes were technical, they were not particularly attractive.
Other Thoughts: We went swimming in a river not far from the course after the round and that cold water felt great in the middle of summer.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Nice complement to Condon
Pros: -Some elevation change.
-Some left and right handed turns.
-Island pin looks cool, but not in use while I was there.
-Water on a few holes.
-Multiple pin placements for lots of variety.
-Swimin' hole on site.
Cons: -Feels repetitive after a while.
-Lots of holes too straight for my taste.
-Man made obsticles do feel kinda lame.
Other Thoughts: This course is a nice course to have close to Condon Park in Grass Valley you can play both in a day with ease, but if I had to chose one I would go to Condon. This is a great course for beginers to help them learn the game. The multiple pin placements are probably fun for people who live there and play the course alot to keep it interesting, but for visiters that have never played the course before can have a hard time finding which pin to head for.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
one of the best
Pros: Nice course layout, excellent challenges but not too hard. Many multiple pin locations. New players can have fun and not be overwhelmed.
Cons: Perhaps too many pin locations.
Other Thoughts: This course is my new favorite next to Shady Oaks, Auburn, and Rocklin courses.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Fun course. Lots of different pin placements. Keeps it interesting.
When the pins are set short, it makes you feel good about how you are playing.
Cons: When pins are set deep, it is very hard to get down to them. (for me anyways)
Other Thoughts: Penn Valley is one course you should play if you are in the area.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Leaning on the Fence
Pros: I found a number of layouts that were REALLY very fun, and a few of the pins I saw that weren't currently being used were pretty nifty.
One hole has a pin on an island that is surrounded by a moat, and I'm sure this pin is
used during the wet season.
Nicely maintained, and signs are fairly descriptive of pin locations with temp marking for current pin placement (which was accurate most the time)
Cons: Many prison shots at baskets. About a third of the course (in the pins i played) were Just throw your disc and pray type holes, even with really great shots.
Kinda sad to see a huge nice green park right next to the DG course that is completely ignored. I'm sure they were not allowed to put any of the course on there, but it kinda playing ball golf on the beach at pebble beach and not being able to use any of the nice green fairway = )
There are manmade obstacles on a couple of holes. I believe this was do to natural obstacle being removed at one point, but put up made made ones is VERY cheesy, and feels like the game just isn't even serious anymore. Makes it feel like you are playing PUTT PUTT more than a serious round of golf.
Other Thoughts: It seems there are almost TOO many pin placements. I feel that I didn't really get to see the best of this course considering that each hole had about an average of 6 pin locations.
It seems that people get really bored win the same pins and kinda ruin good holes by trying to make them "more difficult" with very odd pin locations.
Half of this course I really enjoyed, the other half not so much... like previously mentioned it seems this could vary a lot depending on pin placement.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 9 Not
Up and down
Pros: Nice course. Nice hike. Challenging lanes, dodge the trees.
Cons: All the pins are pretty much straight ahead.
Other Thoughts: This is DG country so prepare to wait or cut ahead.
0 of 9 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Hanging Oaks - Penn Valley
Pros: A fun, challenging course appropriate to all ages and skill levels. The long pin placements will challenge the big arms, while the shorter ones offer technical difficulties.
Situated in a public park that once was a working cattle ranch, the mostly level terrain features native California oaks and seasonal water hazards. Hole 3 is the signature "moat" hole, an elevated island surrounded by water, with small ponds on Holes 9 and 11.
A good alternative for Sacramento-area golfers when those courses are busy (meaning "always"), especially when they bring money for doubles, which are held Tuesday afternoons except when they're not.
Cons: Big arms may not find this quite challenging enough, and some wooden poles have been placed on the course as artificial obstacles where trees have been damaged or removed. Some people like them, for various reasons, but I find them objectionable. Plant trees, not poles.
Other Thoughts: To get to the first tee, drive to the first large parking lot after you enter Western Gateway Park. Walk west across a grassy field; you'll see a brown A-frame sign near the tee pad. Locals use a dirt lot on Penn Valley Drive just west of the park entrance, which puts you at the tee pad for Hole 17 (and prevents your car getting locked in the park after hours). Bathrooms available at the top parking lot and also the pavilion next to Hole 18.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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