1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: NEW SIGNAGE!!! There's no steady traffic on this course. Just off I80 in Truckee. Not nearly as much sage and manzanita as other courses in the area. New DGA baskets. No dogs
Cons: No dogs! No Trash/Recycling out on the course. Lousy parking situation. Tough spot to rally a group of buds for a round. The par 4's are not.
Other Thoughts: My personal favorite between Truckee Regional, Tahoe Vista and Sierra College. This course is the least shabby but has the most aggravating trees of all. Very challenging until you become familiar with the lanes.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Huff! Puff! Sierra College Mountain Course!
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The course sits behind the main building at Sierra College. I understand it's only there on an trial basis which is the reason for no concrete teepads yet. The course has brand new out of the box DGA baskets with the numbers on top. There are rubber mats which are well done. I started out fine following the course for the first few holes. I have to agree 100% with the previous reviewer "Lonhart" and his opening sentence. I too, found it hard to like this course but I do think it is very worthy.
When I got to the bottom of the hill and looked up at # 3 and it's probably 285'-300' uphill through a thick line of trees, I knew then this course was not for me. Then # 4 is probably 450' with a dogleg to the right through some tight openings. It wasn't a hole I wanted to throw playing by myself.
Then I found # 5 and it's a classic downhill (maybe 275") to a visible basket straight down in the trees below. Just a really great disc golf hole. Unfortunately, some of my excitement of playing this hole, was tempered slightly by finding piles of debris (old tarps and such) lying about down near the # 5 basket. This must be remnants of the homeless folks one reviewers referred to. From here on out for me, it was just kind of a constant struggle finding teepads, figuring out which basket I was throwing to, walking ahead to read numbers on the baskets.
#12 is a pretty cool spot for a teepad. It sits up in the rocks with a lovely view of the surrounds. Unfortunately, you're teeing off into a total abyss, throwing blind over a ledge with no knowledge of the distance or basket location. Without a spotter of two, I chose to pass on this hole. After giving up on the # 12 teeoff and walking off to hunt for # 13, I found the # 12 basket. It was just over the ledge, kind of a feathery touch shot. By then, I was in no mood to hike back up and tee it off. Too bad for me because it lokked like a great little throw.
And that's kind of how it went for the rest of my round. I would find a teepad and have not a clue whether the basket was north or south. I never did find the # 18 tee and I hunted for quite sometime.
Cons: There were no signs. I found navigation to be extremely difficult, frustrating and exhausting. The course is physically demanding to begin with and adding an extra hike before each tee off didn't help matters.
The course only seems to be open when school is in session. Are you welcome to walk in when the gate is closed? I didn't pay to park. Didn't know I was required to. But there is a Park To Park machine in front of the building.
Other Thoughts: I can see the merits of this course. The challenge is there, both physically and golf wise. Personally, I like my courses to be a little more user friendly, with benches, water, signs, less mountain goat like climbs, more friendly lines to the baskets. You, however, may be up for the challenge of this course. I say, Go for It!
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Impure shots punished with extreme prejudice
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: In general, I found it hard to like this course, but I do think it is very worthy.
--Mix of RHBH and forehand shots, but mostly throw it very straight
--Rubber tee pads, which I usually dislike, were very well done and sturdy
--In a few cases (#2, 4) there are at least two routes to attack the pin
--Flow is generally what you might intuit
--Played it twice, never saw another soul
--Very scenic, not trampled yet
Cons: The college was closed for the summer, I think, and the gate was closed and locked. Pay for parking signs everywhere now, and a machine to buy your parking permit is in the main parking lot.
--No tee signs
--Several holes with no view of the pin, and a few requiring extensive walk to see them, but once you know, it's not an issue
--No amenities on the course (benches, trash cans)
--Pay for parking when college is in session, I assume
--No 'Disc Golf' welcome board at hole 1, which is common to many courses
--No maps on site
--Holes 6 and 7 are not very good due to the insane number of trees, which requires pin-point accuracy. I don't mind that on short shots, or for part of the fairway, but doing it for 500+ feet is silly
--Footing is often awkward due to slope, but that adds to the challenge, I guess
--You sort of end near the start
Other Thoughts: I think this course would be better with a little tree trimming on some holes. I dislike the 'hope and poke' routine that is used on multiple holes. I was thoroughly disheartened on multiple holes when a slight nick of one tree sent my shot careening down the slope and into a nightmare of shrubs and trees. If you have absolute control, this is not an issue, but for me it detracted from the fun of the course.
When you get to the course, the first parking lot on your right is nearest hole 1, which is just behind the main building at the edge of the forest.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
ass clenching fun
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - some phenomenal shots
- 3 par 4s
- elevation changes
- accessible (being at 80 and 89 basically)
- excellent, fair design that made the best use of the available land
- challenging for even top pros, but with some great birdie holes.
- nice balance of right and left turning holes
- some nice views
- an active club that seems psyched to take this course to the next level of maintenance
Cons: - a little highway noise since I-80 is very close
- lack of water in play
Other Thoughts: Wow, what a nice surprise! A par 57-58 course right in truckee! This course will bring the best or worst out of you, often in the same round because of the mix of trees and elevation changes. You have to be on to hit your line. I happened to play it ok the first time, getting 3s on two of the three par 4s. There are epic ace runs here too, and butt clenching windows you have to hit to be competitive. I can only see this course getting rated higher as amenities like signage go into the ground. It should have a nice player base being in Truckee with the accessibility from the bay area, sacramento, auburn, and reno. Get out and play this thing! I happened to like it better than vista and would rate it close to Zephyr (Zephyr has better views, but it doesn't have three par 4s!). Turtle Rock is still the king of Tahoe courses, but Sierra College is far easier to get to for most people!
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: This course beautifully winds through a hilly and woodsy environ. A lot of challenging shots that requires accuracy. A good mix of finesse shots and power shots. Well designed!
Cons: Signage....blah blah blah.... It's not too difficult to figure out.
Other Thoughts: I would actually give this more like a 3.75. It is a great course, but lacks the epic views that some of the other courses in the area have. Of the Tahoe area courses I have played I would rank this course up there in a tie with Zepher as No. 2. The order would be Turtle Rock, Zephyr/Sierra, and closely behind Tahoe Vista, followed by Bijou, and well behind Truckee. I have not played Squaw so I can not speak on it's behalf.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: 18 holes-uncrowded-many different shots-great tee pads-another 18 hole course!
Cons: no signage-no trash cans-no nothing.
Other Thoughts: pretty heavy on trees but thats not really a con for me but it may be for some. A couple holes cross and its a bit hard to figure out without signs, even temp signs would help, rumor is the college is now enforcing pay park but they dont have any signs as of this writing that indicate you have to pay so its easy to fight this one if you get nailed. Will play again and you should too
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Time to get your feelings hurt
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Rubber tee pads (with plenty of space)
- Mach III baskets
- Fantastic mix of shots off of the tee
- 3 par fours
- Good amount of ace opportunities.
- Not crowded
- Great elevation changes
- Lots of trees
- Course is right off of the freeway.
Cons: - No tee signs (I hear they are coming)
- No trash cans
- No smoking
- No dogs
- When gates are closed there is a little bit of a walk (this really isn't an issue with me but some people are little girls)
- Lots of trees
- Bring water because there is none available on the course.
- The train runs next to the course and can be distracting.
Other Thoughts: This is another great course in the area and really shows the dedication from the locals in the area. This course has so much potential and is so close to a four star rating. Once the signs are up and a couple of other amenities are in place this will be the must play course in Truckee. This course used to be popular with homeless folks that would ride in on the train. It used to be litter with trash and makeshift campsites. This is all gone due to the course installation. This course is a blessing to the area and goes to show the endless benefits of bringing a course to an area. Go play this course.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Brand new course, fantastic design, challenging with a few opportunities for birds. Variety of elevation changes, straights, dog legs, lanes, awesome views etc...
Cons: At sierra CC so no pets, no smoking (if you do), no tee signs (yet, will be put in this coming spring though) parking lot of college closed weekends so have to park by train tracks and walk in the back way. The college also closes and locks the gate to parking lot about 8-9 at night so be careful you don't get locked in.
Other Thoughts: Really nice to have 3 full 18 courses in Truckee now all thanks to Craig. This is surely going to help with the crowds given the growing popularity of the sport, which for anyone who knows how backed up regional can get, is fantastic.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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