5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Only course around for miles
-Nice sense of history - second permanent course in the world!
-Mature trees and the occasional steep hill make for welcome obstacles to an otherwise flat, open course
Cons: -Pretty crowded. You'll have to wait more than once, and the 6-players-per-group rule isn't really enforced.
-The description for the course says it's hilly and challenging. It's neither. It may have been challenging in the early days of disc golf, but these days with increasingly creative course designs, it's pretty tame. Regarding the hills, I mean, there are a couple, but really they just blind the basket from the perspective of the tee.
-Course upkeep is kind of an issue. There were missing tee signs, beat up baskets, and erosion issues. Given how crowded this course can get, I'm really not that surprised.
-You have to pay $1 for your round. Yeah, it's only a buck, but it's the principle of the thing. One of the beautiful things about disc golf is that you get to throw in beautiful parks that are free. I've played on much, much better courses without having to pull out my wallet.
Other Thoughts: If you're in Southern California, this course is definitely worth a stop. It's not going to blow you away with how challenging it is, but it's one of the first courses, and you get to see how disc golf is done in SoCal.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun and Challenging
Pros: I am a bit partial to this course. This is the first course I played Disc Golf on. I'll try to keep it unbiased.
This is a multi-level course. It is a bit technical both in the wooded areas, distance, and dog-legs. The front nine play with the first pad on a bluff above the Basket. The basket is closer than you think because the disc will travel further because of the height. On the third and fourth pads have you throwing up to the basket. these two are challenging, especially the third, as the "B" pin takes a dog-leg right. If you don't hit it just right your disc rolls out of bounds.
The seventh basket is my nemesis. It plays right along the side of a bluff. any wind coming off the ocean will direct your drive OB. This basket is also heavily wooded so drive a bit to the right as a right handed backhand thrower to keep it from the abyss.
With the exception of ten and eleven, the back nine are moderately wooded with long drives. It is not as challenging as the front nine. Ten and eleven play right next to a horse trail on the left, which is OB, and heavily wooded on the right. It must be straight or you my be flirting with road-apples.
Cons: Some consider it a con to pay a course fee. For those people I warn you that there is a $1 fee for weekdays and $2 on the weekends.
I've lost a disc in the thick weeds off of the first basket drive. The city does hack it down a couple times a year. Right now its low enough that finding a disc is reasonable.
Bathroom is a port-a-potty.
Other Thoughts: Every Wednesday they coordinate a tournament with winnings of Pro-Shop credits. Entry fees are $8 for tourny.
All in all this is one of my favorite courses to date.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
a must play!
Pros: very challenging shots. anything from dogleg lefts/rights to baskets on a hill. nice blind shots and some far bombing shots. evey time i have been there its always maintained well.
Cons: kind of a over lapping coarse and its very easy to confuse what basket your going to be throwing to. deffently get a map the first time you play. otherwise your going to be very lost
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice varied 18 holes. Clean park. Pro shop in site. DG portion of the park has little or no overlap (only holes 2, 4) with rest of park and other park users. Maps and score cards avail FREE at pro shop. Pro shop guy was nice and helpful. Chilled Nutty bars are a HUGE +
Cons: Signage is missing on many holes. Layout is packed pretty tight for a full 18 on a small space. Some hole overlap and some transition confusion on a few holes if you do not have the map. A few baskets are blind, again w/o a map, might be confusing.
Other Thoughts: Had to play here. Saw that it is over 30 years old and 2nd course on planet. A must-visit. A great look at how the game was prior to the wide rim, big arm game of today. Not a lot of hole variety. Virtually no annie shots to be found here... likely a throwback to the old days before disc stability control was what it is today. Front 9 play on and around the ridge line and use the elevation well. Back 9 use the upper plateau area and trees for a flatter course. 1 plays blind down the ridge. 2 plays to a basket on a slope with big penalty for a missed putt. 3 was one of my faves with the basket tucked back into the trees the day I was here. I saw alt basket spot and the current set up is preferred. Sloped fairway is a nice feature, too. 4 is a short up and over. 5 and 6 are simple slight hyzers at mid distance. 7 is a straight shot with good use of trees and BIG penalty for a wayward upshot as the basket area to the left falls off the steep ridge. been there, Done that. 8 is really the beginning of the "back 9" as it plays across the flat and uses some trees. Basket can be confusing on 9 as the practice baskets are all in the basket area. 10 plays a bit close to the road. An overshoot is to be in the street. 11 hugs the fence line. 11 and 12 use the trees well. 13 plays to the back corner and the trees and the slope away from the tee are both done well. Tees for 14 and 5 are all together. 14, 15, 16, 17 play pretty much straight forward. The BIG tree on 16 is just beautiful to play around. 18 is nicely tucked amongst the trees. Mandos are well marked and make sense where they are used. Overall this course gets a 2.5 and I am adding a full addtl point for its classic status. Not a big arm place, but a good course to understand the game and enjoy playing it. Locals were all quite nice as I was playing alone and played through a few parties. Course is free of trash. Kudos to the locals on this as well. If I had to pick a signature hole here it would be 3 or 13.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
fun and sun course
Pros: -Great place to go play with friends and family.
-The holes are very well placed.
-great for the dogs to come with you and puppies will be put to work and always go ride home sleeping.
Cons: -It's a pretty bushy on holes 1-2 (use a brighter disc so its easier to follow/find your disc.
-hills can be a bit annoying but thats half the fun.
-can get a bit busy but not too players will usually let you play threw if you have a small group.
Other Thoughts: The course is fun, great to go with the guys and have a great time. The Staff and other players give it a good vibe and make you feel welcome, and the course is located at a wonderful park if you just feel like going for a hike.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
This Is Where I Started
Pros: A nice course in a nice place. There are few challenging holes but no overly so - somewhat beginner friendly. Hole number 3 is the toughest hole for me. A small pro shop in the parking lot.
Cons: After a good rain, some holes will be in the middle of a pond and many holes will be very muddy. Some signs missing - grab a map from the pro shop. It does get crowded - get there early.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course and the course that got me interested in disc golf. I drove by it for years, always wanting to give it a try. Now I'm hooked.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
decent park, great view
Pros: Challenging holes, good use of provided space.
Like that there is a choice in long or short tee pads. Tee pads in fairly good conditions. Plenty of refuse containers, significantly reducing visible litter in park.
Cons: Because it is a fairly compact course, and quite a few tee signs are missing completely, it can be a challenge to navigate the course as a newcomber to the course.
A few of the holes put you in a crossfire with other holes, and with kids around that can be risky.
Other Thoughts: Overall a fun, somewhat challenging course. There is a nice, albeit small disc shop, with drinks and snacks which is a big plus. They also provide maps, which you will most definately need. Scenery is very nice.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: A fun course with great people. Starting from the club-house, where I had a friendly intro, to the more than few friends I made on the course. Carl and his buddy were extra special and the TVs in the pick up trucks kept score on the NFL games. Disc Golf Gods are smiling on this course. Might not be the toughest, but is a must for all who appreciate Disc Golf history and keeping a good vibe. Loved the fact that I could buy a disc on the course (Vulcan)...
Cons: Lack of signs makes either the provided map or friendly patrons to help you along.
Other Thoughts: Probably need to move some tees or baskets to allow some terrain to recover. Especially after the torrential rains (not their fault)....
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: I enjoyed the first part of the front 9 the most.
Front 9 had elevation change, and the beginning holes were dog legs from the tee.
Unfortunately, later part of the front 9 became straight holes with little challenge.
Enjoyed holes 10 and 11 on the back.
Liked having a pro shop on site. Shop provided discs, drinks, and map of course.
Course was clean of trash
Cons: Was not impressed with the majority of the back 9. Back 9 holes were mainly straight, and packed very close together. Anything but a straight throw would end up on another hole's fairway.
Course became very crowded very fast. Played on a weekday. Started at 9:30 am with only a few players on the course. By noon I was waiting to tee off on all holes, and saw that most holes had a wait.
Other Thoughts: Course was highly recommended by local players. Outside of the historical aspect, I don't understand the hype about the course.
Course seems typical for the area.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
World's 2nd Course
Pros: - Huntington Beach is a 12-acre disc golf course located in a bustling city park. Most fairways consist of grassy park dotted with mature trees while a lightly-wooded ridge snakes between several holes, providing maybe 10-15 feet of elevation. One hole forces an anhyzer through trees up the ridge while a couple of others play atop it, with errant shots ending up at the bottom (often with tough recovery shots).
- Mostly longer, open holes favoring big guns, although several holes do require more technical, accurate throws.
- OB fence runs along a couple of holes, increasing the difficulty.
- Concession stand with discs, drinks, snacks, etc. Port-a-john on site.
Cons: - Inconsistent tees. Sidewalks marked with red tape, decent concrete pads, and rubber tees all are used. None are terrible, but the situation is far from ideal.
- $2 weekend/ $1 weekday pay-to-play.
- This course is tightly packed into a smallish park. Crowded course conditions can lead to hazardous situations. I witnessed two different incidents of players being struck by discs during my one round there, and understand from locals that it isn't an uncommon occurance.
- Some baskets are so closely grouped that confusion rises as to which is the correct one.
Other Thoughts: - Site of the world's 2nd disc golf course in the world.
- By far the most cramped, tightly packed 18-hole course I've encountered. Regular traffic exacerbates the problem.
- Nothing to go out of your way to play but a solid option if you're in the area. Especially desireable for bigger arms.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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