Straight Out Of The Twilight Zone!
Pros: As I drove up to the sprawling Glen Helen Regional Park, I noticed a general lack of activity and there was temporary fencing completely encompassing the park. The first two park exits I passed were closed. As I drove up to the main gate, the entrance was gated, no-one was manning the little entrance shack but the exit was open. Checking carefully to make sure I didn't puncture the tires on my rental car, I drove on in. The park was mostly deserted. There were two maintenance guys working so I asked them if the park was open. In broken English, they assured me it was. I located the firs tee pad and started my round. I quickly noticed that every inch of lawn in the park had been painted into parking space sized squares, which were numbered. What the hell? My entire round I was wondering what was going on here. To quickly end this dissertation, after I finished my 18 hole round and was in my car leaving, I happened upon a security guy. He informed me the park was indeed closed. It did, in fact, cost $8 to get in and all those painted markings on the grass were for a RAVE that had been held there the previous weekend. They had been painted as camping spots for the RAVE attendees. To summarize, the Valkyrie Kid, got a free admission to the park and an answer to his puzzling question about the fencing and the painted squares on the grass.
Now for my review, Glen Helen is another of thes huge regional parks with all sorts of activities for everyone, lakes, playgrounds, etc. The 18 hole course has nice sized concrete tee pads and simple signs with the hole #, distance and par. The baskets, like every course around these parts, are Innova Discatchers with yellow bands and a small # on them.
The course plays 1-3 in the first section of the course, then 4-9 cross the street and then you return and play 10-18. There is a nice variety of distances ranging from two around 245' to two in the neighborhood of 550' and # 10 at 720'. # 7 is on of fun downhills on this course. The tee is set atop this steep little hill and the basket was 390'. # 10 is the other downhill throw although it's a little tight off the tee. There are opportunities to roll, some open holes and a couple where accuracy is more important.
Cons: I didn't particularly think # 12 was a well designed hole. The easy and obvious route is to throw a hyser out over the exit road and let it hyser back through the trees to the basket. Better players could approach it from the anhyser side. I could see this hole being a problem with less experienced players or those teens or don't always think.
It was windy which made a couple holes not so enjoyable.
$ 8 entry fee is pricey.
Other Thoughts: Other than being scary and lonely here. Oh sorry, I guess that's not the norm. Players with bigger arms than me will like this course more. It's pretty wide open and kind of set up for those bigger arms. I kind of felt that my wimpy 300' drives were lacking here, leading to a lot of boring pars when a player with a 375' drive could be thinking ACE on half of the holes and probably getting lots of birdies. Guess that's my problem for being old! And Eva Longoria's probably not going to be going out with anytime soon!
But I did get to play for FREE!
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Pros: pleasant course. nothing too special.not as much elevation change as one would want.more leaves on trees will make it more fun in summer. if not way hotter.
Cons: too flat.less trees than hoped for.
Other Thoughts: if you are in the area, play it.nothing worth going out of way for. better that prado...
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Good and Open
Pros: Nice long open holes. Ideal for big arms as most holes can be accomplished with a long hyzer and a putter. Well maintained, different length and approaches.
Cons: Not too much variety, lack of trees makes for wide open shots with relatively no fear of canopy trees to stay under. Not technical at all, few mandatorys and few mid-range type shots.
Other Thoughts: The park did about as well as they could have done with the surroundings available.
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Fun in the sun in Socal
Pros: 1.This is a nice course in a beautiful regional park.
2. Course in mostly kept away from the common grilling and picnic areas.
3. Course will challenge your arm with long holes and par 4's.
4. Course is on Green Grass and every hole has trees for shade.
5. there are some nice elevation changes throughout.
6.Course was easy to follow and park rangers were very helpful in directing where to park and start.
7. NO crossing fairways unless your throw was way out of the way.
8. Course flows good and you end up where you start.
9. Very good course to play and barbecue with the family especially with the water park and fishing ponds.
Cons: 1. Park entrance fee.
2. There are some long walks between holes.
3. No permenant tee pads yet, but they will come I imagine.
4. Not enough seating or benches by holes.
5. I caught myself looking for trash cans on a few holes.
6. BIg arm course without enough technical holes.
7. Course did not feel Lefty friendly, more suited to right handers.
8. Two mando's need to be marked better.
9. Set in the cajon pass area it gets extremely windy at times and you could be golfing in 30-40 mph winds.
10. not enough water fountains or stores close to buy drinks
Other Thoughts: I have a year pass to all the San Bernardino Regional parks which allows me to get into Glen Helen, Yucaipa, and Prado. The year pass is worth it if you frequent these courses. I liked this course because it gave me the oportunity to throw rollers and practice my accuracy on long drives.I would imagine I will be playing this course once a month and it should make my rotation of commonly played courses. Check it out and bring drinks
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