21 Helpful / 5 Not
Huntington Beach: Course for the big dogs
Pros: *Friendly locals with great taste in music and beverages
*Hilly terrain, offering a third dimension that many of the other local courses lack.
*Mix of open and technical shots...something for everyone
*Mostly mid to long range drives, very RHBH friendly
*Well-shaded with glorious ocean trade winds
Cons: *Half the course smells like horse poo on bad days
*Rubber t-pads get neglected in the sandy terrain...make sure to borrow a broom from the helpful disc golf shack!
*Since the addition of longer t-pads, the back 9 gets a significant amount of cross shots. This can get to be a real prob when all the weekender yahoos over there
*Course is generally a bit muddy/wet in the mornings, especially in the winter months
*Pay to play. Yes, I'm cheap. Wanna fight about it? :P
Other Thoughts: This is my home course and I love it dearly. Since they added the pro tees, it has become one of the more challenging socal courses. A must-play for any golfer touring the area...just shoot for mid-day.
Huntington is getting insanely crowded. -.5 discs.
21 of 26 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 0 Not
Very nice course
Pros: This course is in a park with lots of small hills, and lots of large mature trees. The fairways that were grassy were well-mowed when I played, and the park seemed well-kept in general. There is a nice lake in the park, though it didn't come in to play on any holes.
The course has a number of challenging holes, and uses a great mixture of trees and elevation changes to keep these challenges interesting. Many holes punished poor tee shots, but still did not make it difficult to find these shots. There was not too much underbrush for most of the course, so beginners won't have to worry too much about losing discs.
The signs were mostly accurate, and when combined with the course map, there were no major navigation issues. The tees were a mixture of old concrete pads that were still in fine shape, and nice rubber pads that seemed fairly new. All the pads were level and provided good footing, and all had room behind for more of a run up.
There is a small pro shop where you pay for your round, and can buy discs or snacks. The people I've met at the shop have all been friendly and helpful, and the same goes for all the locals I've run into on the course.
Cons: Near the end of the course, there are a few holes that play right on top of one another, and this can make for some safety issues on a busy day. There are also a number of walking paths throughout the course, and though the other park users seemed very aware of disc golfers, it still meant a lot of waiting for people to move.
There are a number of places on the course where the grass has died, and it is very sandy. This means you have to watch the different surfaces throughout the course, as you will have very different skips on different holes.
I didn't mind the fee to play, as it was minimal, but if you have an issue with paying a couple bucks for a round, this course isn't for you. I would like to see the fees used for fixing up the course, and perhaps designing a layout with a little more variety. As others have said, there is a definite majority of holes that favor RHBH hyzer shots.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun course, with a lot of friendly players, and a ton of history. Definitely worth the trip if you are anywhere in the LA area, and worth the small fee. I've really enjoyed all the rounds I've played here, and the pros certainly outweigh the cons for me.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: If you've got a big arm, this course will make you wish you could hit windows. If you can hit windows, it'll make you wish you had more D. If it's not elevation changes that mess with your head, it's the wind. Or the OB lines. Or the dang trees!
All in all, this is an excellent course, imo much underrated when it comes to people recommending So Cal courses to visitors. This park of the park itself is well-known as a disc golf course so others who come around (dog-walkers, etc.) know to watch out for flying plastic. Throw in the pro shop and gobs of friendly locals and HB turns into an enjoyable experience all around, even if it does eat your lunch like it did mine.
Cons: Crowded on weekends, some fairways tightly adjacent to others (lots of people yelling "fore!" with good reason).
Other Thoughts: Some of the greens are nothing but hardpan, like DeLa Veaga's, and wickedly fast. Others are groomed grass all the way to the pin - all this means is that you've got to treat each hole individually: there's nothing "ordinary" or "usual" about this course.
Knocked off half a disc for some redundancy on the back 9.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This was a good challenge of a course that really rewarded good throws and punished bad ones. Each hole had its own unique challenge. Most of the tee pads were a very nice rubber that were by far the best rubber tee pads that I have seen so far. They used the land that they were on very well for some good elevation change and good used of bushes and trees to create the challenge. There was also a good deal of length with a good number of 400+ ft holes. There is a pro shop that sells snaks and discs and is also where you pay for your daily pass. I also thought that they had a really nice practice putting area with one basket that had a few marked out distances as part of a practice system. There was not much foot traffic and I did not run into many other players though I was playing at 8am on a weekday. I was impressed with the foot traffic that I did run into as they seemed to know what was going on and yeilded to play on all occasions. The holes that have new signs have amazing signs. There seems to be a good local vibe here and a lot of locals that love their course.
Cons: You have to pay to play this course which is actually a big negative to me. The up side is that your pass turns into a raffle ticket for a disc. The local bathroom was a portable potty. The layout is not the most logical and was really confusing for playing the first round here on my own. On several holes I had to walk the hole before playing it. The holes that did not have a new sign had really bad make shift signs. My discs ended up being just covered in a thin layer of dirt at the end of the day, which means I will have to wash them or throw them on wet grass somewhere else. There are just a few holes that feel right on top of each other.
Other Thoughts: I was pleasently surprised at how much I enjoyed playing this course. There really is a lot of challenge. I was not overly impressed with the maintenance on the course considering that I paid to play. I played my third and final round there today with a guy named John who has been playing there for 30 years, so he said. He mentioned the old layout and how it used the lake and had holes that were less on top of eachother. I really enjoyed the layout just how it was though. I would guess that crowds can get bad here and I began to see signs of it by the time that I left. I would say that this course is well worth playing and I plan to come back if the opportunity presents itself.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 8 Not
Convienent and cool
Pros: *Good direction and variation
*Able to get sum nice satisfying birdies
*Long Drive fairways
Cons: *Sandy haha
*a little bit open but otherwise good
Other Thoughts: I liked it, nothing too special, but good use of the land and nice shots uphill and along the lake to relax your brain. You may even spot a lucky white horse while teein off. I also saw a guy with his kid in a stroller while playin and that made me very happy for my future haha
2 of 10 people found this review helpful.
16 Helpful / 1 Not
My HomeTown Course.....
Pros: I am partial to this course, due to the fact I am 3rd Generation H.B. native, have played it since I was 14 (23 years)....., learned/ loved the game on the course (thanks to Wayne Shurts son, Cliff for the introduction to the game and to Mr. Shurts for the affordable discs)...
Decent pro shop. Has refreshment and the rest of the gear
Some nice concrete teepads, others are rubber. Teesign a pretty cool and accurate. Porta potty I have never used. Real bathrooms to the right of tee #3/ hole #2.
*****Long and short tee positions. Each layout has its own uniqueness. The short is really tight on many holes, with different routes, and takes a lot of technique. The long is more wide open or with one obvious route. More of a grip and rip, but fun nontheless. I updated my review and my rating (+1 disc) due to the fact that the short tees added an extra challenge and a technical factor to the course, but also allows new players to be introduced to the games (although some of the shots are tough)*****
IF YOU HAVE NEVER PLAYED THIS COURSE, MAKE SURE YOU DO AT LEAST ONCE!!! The historical factor of being the 2nd Target Course is enough....
Cons: On the long course, 1 Right Hyzer....errrrr, left Anhyzer, after another (I'm a Lefty). A complete waste of a lot of great park, the layout needs a lot of help. If you get bored, roll 14 of the holes, the course is perfect for rolling. I have played the layout every way it has ever been, and the current one is completely unimaginetive. The old summer course was even better
To pay for a course that is ill maintained, makes it even worse. Mud holes in front of the tee pads so you can't follow through correctly, crappy pot-a-potty....The old concrete pads are still there and not even used!!
Also, it gets pretty crowded there with golfers. So, that can be unnerving waiting around to tee up or shoot. Too many people playing just 2 persons per group. If people made 4somes, it would probably help the situation
Other Thoughts: I will give a compliment to the quality of people you meet there. Their weekly and monthly competitions are the best in SoCal. The handicap system they use elliminates "sandbaggers" and make the whole competion relaxing and fun.
The "High Flyers" Club rocks and has been around practically since I started playing. These guys represent the sport well!!! Again, another BIG THANK YOU to Mr. Shurts for helping the club get started for this course
Before the equestrian competitions changed the course (15+ yrs ago), the lay out was much better. The lake was in use, accuracy was more of a premium (although the short tees provide it). That, I believe, is where the deterioration of this course started.
(current course): #4, Short but accuracy is a premium. Uphill through trees with 2 decently tight windows.
(original course): #17, I think it was about 270' tee off over the open meadow with trees on the right, the hole was pretty well guarded . The tee was just left of (existing)10 fairway and next to the putting area. The hole was next to (existing) 17 tee pad in the lil nook that is surrounded by asphalt paths. Took a decent throw with control. Seen a few awesome skip aces back in the day off the path in front of the hole and a roller ace has been accomplished as well
16 of 17 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Lots of opportunities for big drives without fear of hitting trees off the tee. Reasonable length holes (250'-400') with short grass and/or dirt (Holes 1-3).
Has elevation changes on some holes (4, 5, 6). Hole 6 is a highlight, with a steep short cliff to the left of and past the basket, punishing errant RHBH throws, with a nice view from the basket.
Hole 15 is notable, with an open drive across a field to a protected basket underneath a tree.
Decent signs and good baskets. A small Pro Shop with snacks and drinks.
Some holes have multiple rubber tee pads.
Near a terrific beach, perfect after a hot day (lots of sun, not much shade here).
Cons: Fairly hard to follow without a map, and quite busy.
Criss-crossing and confusing paths that make you have to wait for groups on neighboring holes.
Rubber tee pads seem out of place for a pay-to-play course, but are still a lot better than dirt or grass tees.
Could use a few more benches.
Hole 11 area can be quite muddy after rain.
Other Thoughts: Though not the highest rated course, this is the course in the area I play most often, and remains entertaining and challenging after repeated rounds.
Not sure how possible this is, but it would be great to plant a few trees here and there. This would create some natural fairways that would eliminate crossing paths and make the course more scenic, as well as creating some much-needed shady rest areas.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Historic, with some excellent pin placements that require precise drives or upshots. Decent mix of open and medium tight fairways. Not far from the beach, and the afternoon wind can come into play.
Cons: Too many righty Hyzers! Muscle memory a must if you want to deuce many of the holes.
Other Thoughts: Maybe I need to check it out again, but with El Dorado and La Mirada the same 90 mile drive from my house I never find a reason to go here.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 8 Not
This is history
Pros: Everyone should play this course to see what a historic course is like. Good terrain variation. Good length.
Cons: Could be better maintained. Not enough technical.
0 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Decent variety of terrain and a bit of different use of shots. Some danger, but still good chances at making the birds.
Cons: Lots of traffic, and very worn in. Many pads are directly next to each other, and there is a bit of crisscrossing.
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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