Crestline, CA 
Thousand Pines DGC - Lower Course Share



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 More than expect, room for growth...

5+    9/30/2011   10/1/2011
Review By: ChrisWoj
Played: 108  Reviewed: 27  Exp: 9.7 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a private course - you will be the only disc golfer on the course. As a result of this you will find yourself in a very serene setting if you hit the fairways when there are no private group outings occurring on the property.

There are actually two 9-basket/18-hole courses on the property. Listed on this site is the easier of the two; what I call the "lower" course. The lower course has a series of easy to follow holes - with the dirt teepads almost directly on top of the targets for the prior holes. If this course was populated by any regular play at all this would be a distinct negative - however the private nature manages to negate this somewhat.

The fairways on the lower course are, for the most part, very easy to make out. There are not any totally "un"fairways. Additionally the baskets, despite their distinctly cheap look, catch far better than I expected upon first spotting them. It is actually shocking how well they catch.
Cons: As said - the teepads for the next hole are almost invariably within 15 feet of the basket. Unfortunately - in many cases - this means that the tee sign is obstructing otherwise simple putts.

The course has "PDGA Approved Disc Golf Course" (a paraphrasing, but it is directly along those lines) on every tee sign. With the safety hazards involved with the horrible footing on the dirt teepads and the teepads directly on top of the baskets, along with every tee sign being at the front of the tee (and not a few feet off of the tee either) - this is a definite falsehood.

The fairways, although definitely "fair" (on this course, less so on the "upper" course, which is not listed here) - unfortunately are very awkward. On many of the holes you will find yourself with what should be a decently challenging shot up a moderate fairway (this is a deuce or die course), but the teepads are placed in a very awkward spot, often angled incorrectly and behind a tree immediately off of the pad.
Other Thoughts: The main reason I gave this course a 2.0, or "reasonable" score - is because of the potential that exists. It is a 1.0 course on a 3.0 or even 4.0 piece of land. The space is limited by other activities on the property (it directly interferes with a few) so it is probably more like a 3.0 piece of land.

However - I am living on the property and working for the camp for the next nine months - and I promise that by the time I leave Thousand Pines this course will deserve an updated review with many of the cons erased. Hopefully I can help to turn them into true strengths on the back of both the natural and monetary resources available here at Thousand Pines.

I will attempt to get a page added for the "Upper" Course on the property as soon as possible, and will review that as well.

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