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.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Love the front nine, tolerate the back nine
Pros: - front nine shoot up and down a hill through trees and are really fun
- not a fan of the back nine (see "Cons"), but hole #12 shoots into a thicket of trees and #13 is blind down a little rise
- tees are well marked, course layout is easy to follow
- light to moderate wind most afternoons
- active, friendly local DG community
- pro shop
Cons: - back nine shoots back and forth across a flat field, with trees mostly dividing the fairways instead of presenting obstacles
- hole 11 runs alongside a bridle path with stables behind it, the aroma here is ripe especially on a hot summer day
- crossing holes toward the end of the course
Other Thoughts: - This is one of the oldest disc golf courses in Southern Calfiornia, I knew people who played here in the late 1970's. The front nine are terrific -- favorite holes #1 (off the edge of a hill, blind) and #3 (up a hill to the right under a tree tunnel, blind)
- the back nine shoot back and forth across a big field, dusty and hot in the summer and not very interesting to play. Some folks play the front nine twice and skip the back nine, though holes 12 and 13 are fun
- great location in a beautiful park, plus it's only about a mile up GoldenWest Street from Huntington Beach: go to the beach after your game!
- $1/person to play during the week, $2 on weekends
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: course has a wide variety of shots, a few holes are based on a cliff and it could mean a few extra strokes. they're always a wind, and plenty of locals to show you around the course. the pro shop is a simple easy access pro shop.
Cons: too many smokers for my liking. in the back a few holes have crossing fairways. short and righty dominant. need to be pretty balanced in order to handle the cliff sides. slow play on crowded days.
Other Thoughts: Great variety of shots, but again a little too many smokers out there for my liking. i guess it's better than drunk players.
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
-Decent course design
-Friendly Pro Shop staff
-Decent use of given elevation
-Good risk/reward factor for many holes
-OB makes the course more challenging (fun)
-Plenty of events to participate in
-Big shots mixed with shorter tech shots
Cons: -Very righty biased
-Can get crowded
-Nasty stinky port-o-pottys
-Overall mediocrity of course design
Other Thoughts: HB can be a fun place to play. It can get pretty crowded, but the flow isn't too bad.
My one issue with HB is that the course is probably the most righty biased course I've ever played. Almost all of the holes are righty hyzers, and many of those are simple righty hyzers with the lefty anhyzer being fairly technical. It's pretty ridiculous. If a lefty and a righty of equal skill were to play the course together, the righty would easily win by 6-8 strokes on average.
It probably sounds like I'm complaining, and that's fine, but I've never felt as left out during a tournament regarding a course as the tourney rounds I've played at HB, except maybe at Mt Solitude, but Mt Solitude is more fair than HB.
All in all, I enjoy playing HB, it's a fun course when it's not too crowded, and anyone visiting the LA area should make the drive and play the course.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Manicured SoCal Course
Pros: Upkeep, variety, right amount of challenges.
Other Thoughts: This course reminded me more of a ball golf course than any I've played; it even smelled like a golf course. And it has a pro shop. With its golf course grass and layout, this course is reminiscent of La Mirada, but less ritzy and set out over a little more space. Like La Mirada though, the course uses just enough trees, shrubs, and other obstacles to make it challenging and pretty.
The first four holes play around the dustier, lower area of the park, but do feature the one downhill hole, and two uphill holes. By number five you're up on the soft, short grass on holes modeled very closely on typical ball golf holes, with the yards converted to feet. The grass is cut the same, the distances vary from 280 feet to 400 feet plus, and there are trees or other obstacles on every hole, plus hook shots and fades to make it all varied and interesting. Even in August, SoCal's driest, brownest time, the course was looking nice, with green grass, healthy, beautiful trees, and plenty of flowering shrubs. While the course does not require the precision of the Mid-Atlantic woods courses I often play, it is far from wide open, and navigating the obstacles was a worthy challenge. The course does lack consistent signage, water views or challenges, and notable elevation changes, but does a good job with the available landscape and obviously receives more care and attention than most of the courses I've played.
The decent length, quality landscaping, and professional environment make the Huntington Beach Central Park Disc Golf Course worthy of a visit if you're in SoCal, regardless of your skill level.
Favorite Hole - #16 - Long hole over perfectly groomed fairway to basket set back behind a large, beautiful tree and among some other flowering bushes.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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