Gorgeous Views + Dramatic Shots = A Memorable Outing
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Definitely have to mention the setting and the views. Holes 3-7 play alongside the edge of a steep, dramatic drop off, providing some breathtaking scenery and making for a few nerve-racking shots. As others have said, hole 3 is the signature here: avoiding the OB lining the fairway's left requires precision placement on a straight shot or hyzering out over the abyss. Taking the latter route definitely upped my pulse a few notches. 4 plays back uphill along the same cliffside. It's perfect for an overhand throw, as long as you don't kick too far to the right! 5 plays into a nicely-guarded basket, 6 is a huge blind anny that you'll want a spotter for, and 7 plays downward, once again moving along the cliff's edge, with an open fairway on the right side and a host of disc-snatching shrubs on the left. It's definitely an awesome stretch of holes: unique shots, gorgeous scenery, and lots of risk-versus-reward shot choices, which I love to face.
The remainder of the holes don't match the quality of this opening stretch, but they're still solid. Though the terrain is fairly open, there are enough elevation changes and obstacles here to provide engaging shots. Sometimes this involves hitting a definitive line (such as the tight anny on 15), elsewhere you're given the option of several paths (like hole 1, which allows for several routes as long as you clear the brush in approaching the pin). The flexibility in shot selection allows you to be creative and pick your poison, and I appreciate how Peregrine allows for such flexibility while still engaging your game.
Navigation is relatively easy here. There are a few spots requiring a bit of searching (such as after 11), but nothing too drastic. Arrows painted onto stones help direct you, and provide a nice touch that is appropriate to the surroundings. The course has a nice in and out.
The flags on top of the baskets are very welcome amidst the scraggly trees guarding baskets and the various elevation changes. Between these and the blue baskets, Peregrine sports some of the most visitor-friendly pins I've ever come across.
Given the relative lack of shade and the moderate intensity of the hiking, the numerous tee-side benches are a welcome touch.
Cons: The holes outside of 3-7 have a high floor but a modest ceiling: as I said before, "solid" is the operative word. This is partly due to the openness of the terrain: it limits the punishment on errant shots, reducing the danger of not getting your initial shot right. There's a bit of a deuce or die feel at times. I do feel as though the course designers maximized the terrain (except for the possibility of longer holes - I assume there was a limit imposed by park officials). It's just that the land's natural limitations restrict the course's ability to challenge your approach game. Smart pin placements mitigate this somewhat, but there's only so much that can be done.
No real amenities here, beyond the single portapotty. It gets hot, too, especially with all the hiking through some serious elevation changes; I was halfway through my water a third of the way into my round. I can see this being a real problem in the summer months. Again, the course designers aren't to blame, but it is a drawback.
Similarly, some sort of information as to line and pin placement would be welcome. I know the park restricts tee signs - maybe place them in the ground, the way the current directional arrows are?
I wish the tees were a bit longer in spots where the terrain doesn't allow me to begin my run up from off the tee. Not a big deal, though.
I wouldn't regularly throw base plastic discs on this course; the rocky terrain really chews them up.
Other Thoughts: This is a great, unique course that I would highly recommend. Having played mostly in the northeast and the south, Peregrine offered me a completely new experience. Do the locals ever tire of such beautiful surroundings? I certainly wouldn't!
As mentioned, the entrance to the course is located across from a Sierra Nevada adopt-a-highway sign. It's on your left, at the top of a cresting hill.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
A Very Unique Course with Some Wow Factors
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Set in what is said to be one of the biggest state parks in the country, Peregrine Point offers unparalleled views of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and towns, and a completely unique experience. It is located in Bidwell Park - 3,700 acres in all - which offers an immense amount of activities, many using the various paved and dirt trails throughout the park. There are areas for mountain biking, horseback riding, jogging, hiking, and skating, as well as chances to bird watch and see other wildlife. The disc golf course, however, is conveniently located away from any other of the park's aspects - this part of the park is secluded for the course only.
-Peregrine Point is only a few minutes away from downtown Chico and is located right off 32 E, coming from Chico. The parking lot is right when you turn in, and the course starts very close to the parking lot. There are 3 or 4 signs that are nicely posted near the first tee, providing a course map, local club information, discussing the course and disc golf rules, and giving you pointers on how to handle the wildlife that you may encounter. Amenities aren't in abundance here, apparently the park made the course designers take away the tee signs and garbage cans. However, it is obvious that the designers have put a lot of time and care into maintaining the course, providing benches of most of the holes. While there aren't any garbage cans, there was no trash on the course. It is very, very nicely landscaped, with wooden barriers and mulch around each of the tees. There are also pathways lined with rocks to clearly take you to the next tee (I'm thinking of 14-15 here specifically but there are other points in the course) and aesthetically pleasing greens lined with rocks and covered with mulch. There were many wooden poles throughout that may have indicated mando's. We played them as such, but they may have simply been there to protect the trees.
-The tees are concrete and in great shape and are very wide. They could be a foot or so longer IMO but are certainly sufficient. There are no tee signs, but there is a stone with the number carved out for each corresponding tee. The pins are Mach 5 and are very sturdy, in great shape, and blue which makes them a little easier to find. Flags on top of the pins are much appreciated and make them much easier to see from the tee. Navigation is pretty easy here, and there are multiple points in the course with rocks with arrows painted on them to point you in the right direction. The course flows very well, using different kinds of trails to guide you in the right direction and it makes uses of much of the land provided. The course is rough and rocky, but I enjoyed the hiking aspect of it.
-There are a nice variety of shots, with many anhyzer and hyzer lines, and great use of elevation of about 2/3's of the holes. You even get extreme elevation shots on 3 and 4. Also, a good variety between open and tight lines. Another plus to Peregrine Point is that most of the holes have multiple routes that you can choose, giving most holes a good variety. O.B. adds to the technicality of the course, and is on 3 and 14 that I can remember.
Cons: -Only single tees and pin positions, which is a con if you play here often
-Pretty rough and rocky terrain, so pay attention to where you step. This wasn't much of a con to me, but is a warning to others.
-There were some holes that I could do without. A few didn't have much variety to them and only required one type of shot. Simple throw off the tee, easy lay-up, to an unguarded tee. There weren't many holes like this, but I few in the middle and a few toward the end.
-There wasn't a great variety in distances as most were around 300 ft. None of them were throw-away lengths, but it'd be nice to have a few more long distance holes (longest being 425 ft)
-Lack of amenities hurts the course a little bit with no tee signs, garbage cans or bathrooms, but you can say it also adds to it's exotic appeal. I believe there was one porta-john near the parking lot, but I didn't like how there was no where to go on the course. Weren't many secluded spots to go during the course.
-I didn't have any trouble, but there is apparently poison oak in multiple spots
-Apparently, the park closes due to rain
-Although the tees are in good shape, they look like they would be slick in the rain
-It can be a little tough to find off 32. As mentioned before, if coming from Chico, make sure you look for the Sierra Nevada Adopt-A-Hwy sign on the right. As soon as you see it, look to turn left into the unmarked parking lot. The lot is a little before the sign, so slow down once you see a sign and a house.
Other Thoughts: Peregrine Point offers a very unique experience with some very unique holes. Holes 3 and 4 are the highlight IMO, and I have never felt the adrenaline pumping feeling before throwing from a tee like I did from these. Hole 3 is an extreme downhill then uphill shot. If you throw your disc on a hyzer line, it will most likely come back and land on the ground. However, an arrant throw could literally send this disc a mile away. O.B. on this hole also adds to it's technicality (and danger). Hole 4 throws over a very deep gap and then plays uphill threw a lot of bushes and onto a green close enough to the edge of the cliff to make you nervous. These were definitely two of the most fun holes I've ever played.
Some other highlights:
6- Plays on a sharp anhyzer line throw some tall trees and bushes. A long hole that slightly plays uphill
10- Uphill anhyzer shot. Short hole but fun tee position; big rock to the right off the tee challenges your shot
13- Somewhat of a different hole; plays through two distinct lines and uphill to the pin
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Premium Disc Golf in Chico
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course has a variety of different shots that are needed off the tee pad (hyzers, anhyzers, overhand). There are finally concrete tee pads and quality mach 5 baskets in one of the most picturesque courses in the north state. The course is easy to navigate with plenty of signs to the next pin. OB is clearly marked, and makes for an excellent addition from the old setup. There are very nice log benches at most holes, along with wood chips surrounding the tee pads and baskets. This course has some of the best views looking down into Bidwell Park and the Northern Sacramento Valley.
Cons: There are no signs at the holes to show where and how far the basket is placed. There are no trash cans. This course is closed during wet weather and you can get a ticket for playing while the course is wet. Also, it can take a couple of weeks for the course to dry out enough for the course to reopen. During the summer this course is HOT, so either bring lots of water or only play in the morning or evening. This course can eat your discs due to an abundance of rocks on the fairways. This course is crowded during the afternoon and you could have a long round even as a solo player. Your dog must be on a leash due to the possibility of getting a 100+$ ticket from the rangers. Don't get caught with and open container because that will be an other 100+$ ticket.
Other Thoughts: This course is a challenge for non experienced and even the experienced player. If you are ever in the area I recommend this course because you are missing out if you haven't played.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
Disc golf returns to Bidwell Park!
15 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: New Mach 5 baskets and nice concrete tees. Trails are well defined and have markers to help people navigate the course. And there are flags on the top of a few baskets that are hard to see from the tee.
The scenery is amazing. Nothing else I have ever played compares to the tee shot on hole three - shooting off the cliff toward a target 400ft away.
This is a challenging course for amatuer players, while remaining fun for most skill levels. Good variety of shots.
Cons: Course closes when it rains. Layout was designed by environmental wackos, not by disc golfers. Large groups of yelling, inconsiderate college kids are out there at times.
No trash cans, so pack in - pack out. No tee signs, just tee numbers. Watch out for poison oak! Tall grass that can make finding discs tough at times.
Other Thoughts: The old Chico Long Course with tone-poles and dirt tees is reborn as a new disc golf course with baskets and concrete tees!
Hot in the summer, so bring plenty of water and sunblock.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful.
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