7 Helpful / 0 Not
Check out the view!
Pros: This is a gorgeous piece of land and is worth the visit alone! The view from holes 3 & 4 that look over the canyon and valley are the highlight, and the rest of the oaks among the grassy fields aren't bad either. The highlight was the shortest hole (#3) that has a scenic, but nasty drop off to the right, if you shank it from your elevated tee pad.
The course uses elevation and the oak trees to their full potential. It would be fun for beginners, and perfect for intermediate players. The challenges are present, but if you have a halfway decent drive, par is not too difficult to achieve.
The tees and the pretty blue baskets are top notch too. Flags on a few of the hidden baskets are most helpful. I would recommend using the map here to give you some reference point - but navigation is really fairly straight forward.
Cons: I wish that the tees were marked with distances somehow. It seems that from other reviews, that the city had limited what the course can do with signage, but it would help with some of the blind shots.
That said, the distances here are mostly between 270' and 320', from my guess. There was only one hole (#5) that seemed longer. Once again, the designers may have been limited by the city. Most of the course seemed like a longer version of pitch and putt - I was really yearning for more holes that required a technical approach even when making a stellar drive. Many of the holes were too open to fill this demand.
Other Thoughts: Watch for the Sierra Nevada "Adopt a Highway" sign on the road which indicates where the parking lot is.
And enjoy a pint there when finished with your round!
Lefty dominant course - on 7 or 8 holes. You may see this as a pro or con.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 3 Not
Chains in Bidwell Park
Pros: After years and years, there are actually real targets and concrete tees in Bidwell Park. It really makes a big difference!
The course mainly follows the old layout with some changes incorporated to address environmental concerns (ie big OB areas on hole #3 etc). This makes it fairly easy to navigate for the first time.
The course should prove to be quite challenging for the beginner/recreationalist, but more advanced players will probably enjoy it too.
Cons: Tee signs and garbage cans would be a great addition.
A couple of the hole layouts are...interesting.
Several baskets are too close to the next tee box (#8 and #17 come to mind), so stay aware and be careful.
Course is closed when wet.
Other Thoughts: The course plays over quite a long distance and makes for a nice hike. It can be quite warm during the summer/fall. Bring plenty of water as there are no faucets on site.
12 of 15 people found this review helpful.
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