This Marine Course Designer Should Be Assigned KP!
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Pros: I'm thankful the U.S. Marines are better at protecting our freedom than designing a disc golf course. Because this is one poorly designed course. Camp Pendleton is one gigantic Marine base and someone squeezed this course around this one housing complex, almost entirely playing on concrete walkways.
NOTE: I only had to show my Driver's License to get on my base. I was expecting to have to provide more information.
The course features Discatcher baskets and great colored signs. The signs give the distance in yards. DGCR math majors need to mutiply by 3 to figure out the distance in feet. I believe the first two signs have been vandalized and are currently AWOL. They might have been fragged!
It took me awhile to find # 1 but once I did, navigation was very easy. The plays plays around the 3-4 buildings in a clockwise direction.
There are a couple of fun little ACE runs. # 7 is a great hole to practice skipping your disc off the concrete while # 8 is takes a sharp 90 degree turn around the building.
Cons: #1 and 2 signs are missing.
Course is played almost entirely on concrete.
Longest hole is 70 yards (210 feet).
Concrete is a little hard on discs.
Course is bland and not very exciting. Very littler in the way of obstacles.
Other Thoughts: There is so much open land on this base where a full sized 18 hole course could have been constructed. Obviously, the Marine in charge of this knew nothing of disc golf and didn't bother to seek out any advice from someone who did. It's a shame because with a base full of marines, there might have been some great interest in disc golf had a more creative and interesting course had been installed.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays around one of the housing complexes at Camp Pendleton. There are a few minor elevation changes that add some variety to the shots, and a couple holes where you have to throw around some small trees or the corner of the building. There is a variety of hole lengths from barely over 100' to around 300', but overall the course stays pretty short and beginner friendly. The tee signs are visible and offer the hole distance (in yards), and all the tees are on nice flat sidewalk. The discatchers are brand new, and in great shape.
Cons: The course plays almost entirely on concrete. All but one of the fairways are concrete walkways around the barracks, and the last one is on gravel and crosses two walkways. This course definitely will chew up your discs, as every throw will hit concrete, small sharp rocks, or a stucco building, all of which love to rip chunks out. Besides the safety issue of playing on main walkways, nearly every throw risks breaking windows or going through nearby picnic areas.
Other Thoughts: I think it's great that Camp Pendleton decided to put in a course for the Marines, but it seems very odd to me that they put it in around buildings like this when there is so much great land within walking distance that appears unused. That said, if there aren't people around this can be a fun beginner layout, as long as those beginners are given soft discs that are less likely to go through windows. More experienced players will have some fun playing with the slides and skips off the concrete here, but it doesn't really offer any variety or challenge.
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