Browns Valley, CA 
Splat Hill DGC - Back Share



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Challenging Wooded 18 With Variety

1    1/19/2013   1/20/2013
Review By: Hazer
Played: 141  Reviewed: 48  Exp: 8.4 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Concrete tees on every hole. Great variety of hole layouts requiring shot shaping and many different shot types while not favoring any one throwing style. Some very technical holes. Creeks come into play on several holes. Good elevation change and use of it throughout the course. Nice DiscCatcher baskets which are easy to spot with their thick yellow top rings. Hole numbers on almost every basket (one was unmarked - 16 I believe). Nice benches next to almost every tee. The better and more challenging of two 18 hole courses on the property. Camping on site available. The owners are very friendly and provide a map.
Cons: Tee pads are only 6' long. No signs. Only one tee and pin position per hole. $15 per person charge to play. The course is only open to the public 20-30 days per year. The layout is a little tricky in some spots, but easier to navigate than the front course. Several blind shots that require you to walk the hole to find the basket the first time playing and also make having a spotter extremely helpful. No real long holes. No garbage cans or porta-potties on this back course.
Other Thoughts: This is definitely a much better course than the front 18 and the breadwinner of the property. I wish there were some longer holes in the mix, but the course offers a great variety. A few holes are pretty short but had some intense obstacles to shoot around which was cool. The cost to play is still quite steep in my book, especially considering that both courses lack some basic amenities. Once the new mach 5's are in on the front course and they put up some signs, as well as a few more trash cans here and there, I will feel much better about paying $15 to play these courses. Despite the cost to play, I had a great time playing both courses on the property and I will be back.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Big brother.

1    4/17/2011   10/28/2012
Review By: InnocentCrook
Played: 82  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 14.2 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The "Back" course is more hilly and rugged in nature with little landscaping other than a few bridges. Plays as a tighter and more technical brother to the front course. Does a great job using the available land in regards to the elevation and natural features. It plays through and around trails, a couple very picturesque streams, and even paintball fields all of which help to create a good variety of very interesting shots. Having played just over 70 courses now, this is still the only course where I've been forced to thrown a tee shot from one knee. Interesting to say the least.
Cons: Aging single chain discatchers seem to catch adequately but are started to show their years. The back course plays around space that is also used as a small campground which if crowded could be a safety issue. While it is longer than the front course, big arm plays will likely leave yearning to really air it out. There were no maps available the day I played and I had I not been able to join up with some locals I would have been more than lost.

Fee is $15 per day and I feel is a little on the steep side considering places like Horning's Hideout (3 courses, better quality) is only $5.
Other Thoughts: These two private courses are only playable on select "Open" weekends and during a few tournaments, so join the mailing list to find out a week or two in advance when they will be. I arrived at about 10:30 AM and was able to get three rounds of 18 in at a very leisurely pace before the 5 PM closing time. When I paid the owner, she said there was something around 30 players on the two courses combined which made for mostly traffic free rounds.

There are a couple Port-O-Lets on site at various locations across the grounds. There are also very few garbage cans, so pack it in, pack it out. I don't hold this against the course since it is on private property and is used for other activities when not open for disc golf.

Overall the two distinct courses, despite their flaws, made for a beautiful and very enjoyable day of disc golf. I will definitely be playing the open weekends here whenever my schedule allows.

Full disclosure. This review was separated from a previous review that included both courses when they were listed as one entity here on DGCR.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 The advanced course on site

1    2/17/2012   8/10/2012
Review By: humchris85
Played: 114  Reviewed: 79  Exp: 9.2 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Much more elevation change on the back course, a nice mixture of up hills and down hills
- A lot more technique is required to shoot well on the back than the front as it's much tighter and much more technical
- Excellent combinations of turns and hills to make a lot of unique shots
- Many holes ace-able
- Lots of wildlife around on the back course, I saw deer, rabbits, and some cool large birds
- Camping onsite
- Map available
- Concrete tee pads
- Beautiful creeks come into play on a few holes with nice bridges to cross them
- Innova baskets are much easier to see, and they help separate it from the front course
- No one on the course but me
Cons: - Only open on certain weekends
- 15$ per person pay to play
- No tee signs
- Lots of blind holes. If you haven't played this course before you will probably need to walk up some of these holes to check where the pin is.
- Spotters would probably be a good thing on a few holes
- Though slightly bigger than the front course but there is still nothing huge here.
- No bathrooms around
Other Thoughts: Splat Hill's (aka Browns & Bows) 2nd course on the property is a step up from the front course. It adds not only distance, but rougher terrain and more trees to the mix from the front course. While the front course feels more like a park, this course feels more natural, like it belongs there. There are still park like touches like the front (bridges, concrete tee pads and such) but there aren't all the planted trees and flowers and such it's much more of just what would be there already. There was a lot of wildlife around the course that was cool to see, I saw a family of deer, a jack rabbit running across the field, a hawk swoop super low to the ground (probably grabbing up a mouse or something), even frogs and little fish around the creek. The holes are a lot more technical and will require you to pull more shots out of your bag to shoot a good game. The first hole on the back is a prime shot for a low hyzer skip ace (I almost hit one my first time throwing it, I just hit the chastity belt). There was a nice mixture of holes that play to the left, to the right, straight ahead, uphill and downhill. This course is much more fun than the front course and definitely helps make up for the 15$ per head cost to play. Though some nice tee signs would defiantly help me feel a little better about paying so much.

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