Pros: 18 holes in a city park. They just recently installed brand new Discmania (essentially Discatchers) baskets. I love the sturdy metal "next tee" plates mounted in the basket bottom- they look great and are extremely helpful navigating the course on your first time. Course nicely loops back to the parking lot after 9. There was a good-sized practice area with multiple practice baskets.
Most holes had two sets of tees (maybe they all do?) - a short tee with a smaller basic tee sign, and a longer tee with a larger sign with the words Kona Red (being my first time there I just randomly played some of each). The shorts would be pretty easy to master for experienced locals playing again and again, so adding the longs was a good idea and makes it more of a normal course by today's standards.
Tees are rubber and permanently attached to the ground. I had no problems with them, and this area of the country rarely gets rain. Speaking of weather, this course is playable in comfortable conditions year round- rarely gets hot or cold.
There was a surprising amount of elevation on a few holes, however it is mostly flat. There is some variety of left, right, straight, and many holes with options that keep it interesting and allow one to occasionally use different discs and shot shapes, though a straight shot or gentle hyzer can be used on just about all the holes if you choose. The best holes are the first half of the front and back nines.
Though surrounded by many other things, the land containing the course is essentially in its own area. Holes 2-4 are near a playground, but should not come into play.
The "pro shop" is nothing special, just a small trailer with discs and drinks, but it is more than most courses have. The worker was very nice and informative. This is also where you pay. It was $2/day for me to play on a Wednesday.
Plus the historical significance of claiming to be 2nd oldest course and designed, at least in part, by Steady Ed is pretty cool.
Cons: The course is very popular and looks like it could get pretty crowded on afternoons and weekends. And on top of that, unfortunately, most of the holes are really close to other holes. Some baskets and tees are really close and many fairways run parallel and almost give the feel of sharing fairways. In short, this course is really cramped and one should be alert of discs coming at you and be careful when you throw.
It appears to have undergone a recent redesign of a few holes on the front, so some tee signs are off by a number. The current map on DGCR needs to be updated to reflect these changes of 1,2, and 6. The basket numbers were correct, but some of the signs were not. The baskets did have the correct number on them, but were often not facing where you could see it from the tee or fairway. Too bad because there are many places where you can multiple baskets somewhat close to one another. (makes me wonder at what point the permanent next tee plates were installed?)
Hole variety- though there are some holes that are more unique, there are a lot of really basic holes that are similar in regards to distance and a general lack of obstacles off the tee. The last few holes on the both the front and back are very vanilla and do not make for much of an exciting finish.
Other Thoughts: I played here while visiting my sister as it is the closest course to her house, and was also intrigued by the history behind it. It is by no means a destination course, just a decent course for the people of this community to play. However, if you are in the area visiting the beaches and want to play, it has all you need- tees, baskets, and some mild obstacles. Challenging enough for more experienced players, but accessible to novices as there is a lot of room to recover from errant shots and little chance to lose discs. Nothing spectacular, but at least it is not horrible- translation: a 2.5 (decent/typical) rating.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Good tee pads
Cons: Does not flow well
Super short holes
Other Thoughts: Good beginner course because it's short and you can birdie every hole and ace run almost every hole. Nothing difficult here and nothing special (besides the courses history) but nothing really bad either except it might be too easy for some. If your in the area go check it out.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
World's Second Oldest Course Offers Wide Open Expanses!
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Huntington Beach, the world's second oldest course does offer a variety of holes. A few of the early holes are more technical in nature.
The park is basically wide open and mostly flat. There are scattered trees that come into, often later on the hole, affecting your approach shots more than your drives.
This is a play to play course although the pro shop seemed to be closed the morning I played. The starts and finishes here at the parking lot, completing a large loop around the park. The tee pads are nice, grippy rubber mats while the signs are very functional,giving you all the needed information.
Two baskets are raised giving you a little variety. The front nine features the more technical and shorter holes while the back nine have more of the wide open type.
Supposedly, this course gets really crowded but it wasn't bad on the lovely Friday morning I played about 9:30. The course isn't difficult by today's standards. It plays as a Recreational/Intermediate rated course. I found the course quite forgiving. In areas where there is underbrush, it's pretty thin.
There were lots of holes to throw rollers,not that you particular needed to, just wide open enough to let em rip.
There were two tees for every hole and the difference between the two tees was often 75-200', enough to completely change up the hole.
# 13 was my favorite hole. It was a blind shot over a small hill through a narrow gap in the trees, 322' from the long, with the fence on the left being OB. Just areal pretty hole, with some challenge!
Cons: Since the crowds weren't a problem this morning, I guess some of the holes on the back nine were less than interesting, just long wide open throws with minimal trees.
I could see the sometimes overlapping fairways being a small problem on a really busy day.
A reviewer complained about the amount of RHBH favored holes here. That's really not surprising since most of the older courses have a majority of holes with a slight hyzer at the end.
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed playing this old historic course. It literally spins a story from where the game of disc golf has evolved. Back in late 70's, few players were throwing 400' and a course like this was a nice challenge to most of them. My, how things have changed!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Rent a Bike at the Beach
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Really solid intermediate/beginner course that has several really cool holes that force shots up hills through tree canopies, over open fields, and through tight trees. Poor drives are not easy to recover. For a course right next to the beach the elevation usage was surprising and added a lot to the fun factor. It is a well-manicured park that had almost no trash making it a really nice place to spend a morning.
Pro-shop on site with drinks, discs, and snacks. Once I read that that this is one of the oldest courses out there we knew we had to play a piece of history which was really cool.
Cons: Pin location on a few holes wasn't perfectly clear but usually cleared up by a short-walk up the fairway. Could see how on a busy day some of the holes are packed tightly together and could lead to problems, luckily we didn't experience any of that.
Other Thoughts: We are from Colorado and were staying at a Hotel on Huntington beach (no car), so we just rented cruisers and biked over to the park which was really easy to do. We played in perfect weather on a Monday morning so the course was relatively quite (still a bunch of people out enjoying it!). If you happen to be vacationing in the area I highly recommend bringing a couple discs and having a few hours of fun.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course is one of the best maintained in SoCal. It's usually busy but flows very well. There are a decent variety of shots requiring accurate lines in order to shoot competitive scores.
If you've got an arm this course will really let you open up as quite a few holes are fairly deep. If you start to get out here more often in the mornings you'll likely run into some locals who play a modified super course that sports holes as long as 1000' I think. All the locals I've come across have been really great people.
Also, this course is a designated disc golf area which means you don't run into park goers.
Cons: Can't really think of any.
Other Thoughts: Definitely one of the top SoCal courses. If you're making your trip this way I'd say it's a must play.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: It was neat to play the "Second Oldest" disc golf course in the world after playing the oldest a couple days ago! And it has a very different feel indeed. I can see how pro player Paul McBeth honed his distance game here, as this course is very open, playing in a grassy area that has some scattered trees to shape the fairways.
Don't get me wrong - it's not wide open, a handful of holes are more technical with narrow gaps through the trees, but most holes have tree danger much later in the fairways, which means that you can often uncork some distance before you encounter the obstacles. My favorite holes were 3 & 4 as they offered the most trees and elevation on the course and made me "think" about shot execution.
The course is fairly flat, but sits on a bluff, so several holes are affected by this modest slope and the design utilizes it on about 6 holes. But it also affects a couple of the upper holes that have his drop off on their edge (6 & 7) which can make putting hell if you go to the bottom of that slope on your drive/approach.
Dual tee pads are on every hole (long and short) and most holes have multiple pin placements. Also there were 4 or 5 practice baskets with enough room for putts and approaches.
The park itself is beautiful with lush green grass and beautiful mature trees.
The locals were friendly and let me join their group (thank you!). Rich at the pro shop was very welcoming to me, the outta towner.
Cons: There could have been more shot variety here. I like options off the tee but not when It became apparent very early that this course was going to favor a RHBH throw - and indeed - 10 holes were left-turning. This got quite repetitive (how could it not?). I would feel the same way if there were 10 holes that were RHFH dominant. Also, I felt most of the shots didn't require a lot of thought preparation.
I played the long tees, but the distances seemed (for the most part) about the same - in the 320-370 ft range. I feel that distances need to vary to keep things interesting. I felt that even if I had that kind of consistent distance in my arsenal, that I would just be making the same shot over and over.
Safety factor: Holes are packed tightly together and errant shots easily put people in adjacent fairways in danger of being hit. I nearly hit a group on #8 when I was driving on #6 (it's a RHBH hyzer shot, my shot didn't hyzer and my disc missed those folks around the basket on #8 by inches.). There were many mandos here, but that didn't make things safer (there's just not enough trees to protect people from errant shots).
Other Thoughts: Okay, this place is supposed to be the second most crowded course in CA (next to Morley Field) There were many people playing when I arrived, but somehow the crowds magically thinned out as I went along (on a Sunday evening). I joined a group on the 5th hole to avoid playing through people all day, but we never had to wait - woohoo!
Just a slight question - why not have the discs in the pro shop handy so that people can actually look through them by hand?
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Long holes, birdie holes, uphill, downhill, side hill, trees, OB, wind, dirt, grass, nice locals, a few tall baskets. Every thing you'd want in a course.
Cons: My only con is the mat tee boxes, as I prefer concrete.
Other Thoughts: Played here the other day for the first time in over 25 years. Can't really remember the layout back then, so I can't compare. All in all the course was fun to play, and I'll be back soon.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Not bad, not great. California style crowds
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: As there are not many courses along the PCH in SoCal, the convenience of this course is nice. Usually a pretty good group of people on the course. Decent variation of shots to take.
Cons: The crowds at this place are unbearable. In my experience, groups get really salty when you ask to play through, and everyone is in each others way. There are a few unique holes, but nothing punishing or anything amazing. Always annoying when you have to pay to play as well. Parking can be a nightmare.
Other Thoughts: I guess if you have already chosen to live in SoCal, you are ok with EVERYTHING being overcrowded and overpriced, but being from out of state, it took a lot of the fun out of the course. All in all, it is a solid course, and I continue to play it whenever I'm in town. I prefer the course in long beach.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
My home course
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - My home course
- Where I learned to DG
- Pro shop and regulars are awesome
- Super friendly awesome players
-Elevation changes is an understatement
- Perfect Mix of open shots and wooded tree hazards
- Decently maintained
-Good mix of long and short holes
-Heavily Right Hand Favored
-Plenty of tourney play
Cons: - Right hand favored for lefties
- Spring grass and weeds suck, easy to lose discs on hole 1 around this time
- Kinda packed, popular course
- Walkers (jiggers and park goers sometimes walk through course)
-just started using high baskets hate high baskets
Other Thoughts: This is and always has been my home course, this is where I learned and always play DG, I love this course for so many reasons tons of good play, awesome holes, open but closed holes long and short drives, I think this is almost as good as they get.
If your in the area you have to play this course. People I've met from all over always say this is one of the most fun courses they have played and wish they came down more often.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Character and Characters
Pros: - Diversity of shots (uphill right to left, tight tunnel, elevated baskets, baskets on steep hills)
- Changes in elevation
- Manager, Rich, is cool as hell
- Pretty surroundings
Cons: - Busy (at least, compared to Phoenix)
- Limited parking
- Dangerous intersections
Other Thoughts: The course is DEFINITELY worth the small fee and the possible wait to tee off. Rich, the course manager, was more than friendly and helpful. He made Sara and I feel right at home. Holes 2, 3, and 4 can really put hurt on your scorecard if you roll down the hill. The course requires a variety of different shots to navigate it successfully. One of my new favorite courses.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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