CSUMB Oaks Course
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Has concrete tee pads with notches carved across
Has tee signs
Has many benches throughout course
Has multiple basket placements for some holes
More open than wooded fairways with some holes having slight changes in elevations - which will be fun to the casual player
Baskets are hard to locate on some holes - need flags or bright paint
Needs more next tee signs - recommend a course map for the first-timer
Some holes require blind shots - recommend a spotter
Ice plant vegetation made footing difficult to throw
Some holes have fairly long walks in between such as 1&2, 3&4, 7&8, 9&10, 11&12, and 13&14 - not really a con in my book but some may not like the additional walking on top of it being a long course
Pay to park
This a nice, challenging 20 hole course in Seaside that I enjoyed playing while vacationing out here. Being from the Southeast, I noticed that the flora here is very strange from what I'm accustomed to seeing. Lots of spongy ice plants are scattered throughout the course - making it very difficult to get a firm footing when throwing. The trees here are a factor in catching discs. Some of the holes could have used some next tee signs to direct flow. After holing out on #7, I went to hole #9 tee pad by mistake instead of hole #8. Fortunately, there was another group ahead of us that alerted me that we missed hole #8 - what a scenic hole that is with the low canopy trees! The Mach V baskets were in great shape to play with but some are hard to spot from the tee pad with the trees in between. Some holes had some long walks between holes but I didn't mind it since it was cool and windy on the day I played. This is a fun course to play but beware that it's fairly remote and lacks the amenities of a nearby restroom/porta potty, water fountain, and parking can be a long walk.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
- Free course
- Full 18 and another Full 18 nearby
- Large circular concrete tee pads. They're my all time favorite pads
- Tee signs mapping distances and multiple pin positions
- Multiple pins
- Not a lot of underbrush to lose disc in
- Some variations in elevation
- Unique terrain
- Not crowded
- No current pin position indicator
- Rundown dilapidated course surroundings
- Tee signs were beat up, one was missing.
- Hard to see baskets need a splash of color
- Directional signage between holes was lacking
- Mostly open or hyzering around or up and over the landscape
- Windy course
Let's start with the parking confusion. It's mentioned by other reviewers that parking is free at the vet clinic, but it was a little trickier than simply parking there and walking to the course. It was the weekend when I played the course and the clinic was closed, yet the prominence of the "towing of unauthorized vehicles" signage remained. I decided to just bite the bullet and pay the 4$ all day parking fee. It was nice that the parking pass dispensers took cash or card. Later, I ran into a local that confirmed that parking at the Vet clinic on any day of the week was a safe choice with no chance of being towed. There are campus police roaming around, so do be careful.
As for the course, it was fun, but kind of trashed. The tees signs were run down, and there were old neglected items throughout the course. It was kind of cool, kind of and eyesore. It didn't take away from play, just an observation. I liked how different the trees looked and those weird rubbery bushes were throughout the course. Poison oak wasn't as big of an issue as the reviews and signs made it out to be. It probably could be in non winter times of the year though. All the different terrain, variations in distances, and slight elevation changes made for a fun round, even if the layout was a little more open than I'd like. Also, those tee pads were legit. I loved them
With the amount of land that this course was built on I doubt it ever has overcrowding issues. In the middle of the course navigation became difficult due to the lack of directional signs, luckily we trailed a duo of players. At one point we they even left an arrow etched into the dirt/sand for us to follow. It's hard to pinpoint exactly what I didn't like about the course other than there were a lot of the same shots over and over again. To be honest, it got a little boring. I would have liked to see some more creativity on the course. Most holes didn't really punish bad drives off the tee. I think the course was between a 3 & 3.5 . The close proximity to another 18 may have influenced the my decision to round it up a little.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Park for FREE at the VA Clinic.
Mix distances for the shots. On 01/17/15, the two long holes were set at the longest distance, one at 700+ feet and the other just under 700 feet. The photos of the course are not current as they do not show the very nice large circle T pads at each hole.
2011 PDGA Tournament was played here and that is when all of the improvements took place. The signage is accurate and intact.
Holes 10 through to 27 are the best of the course.
Other Thoughts: AWESOME views of Monterey Bay on a clear day.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pro Worlds 2011 Layout
Pros: I was fortunate to play the 2011 Worlds layout in advance of the event with course designer Merle Witvoet. The map for the 2011 Pro Worlds layout (and the updated Oaks layout) should be available by 7-1-11. Many holes have been redesigned and new placements installed in the past few weeks in preparation for Worlds. Some holes were permanently relocated, especially around the "ropes area".
Land is dedicated to disc golf only, although there may be an occasional dog walker or hiker.
The new tees are 10 foot concrete circles. With constantly shifting winds and multiple pin placements these round tees allow for approaches from all directions. Definitely better than playing from the sand.
Multiple pin placements on almost every established hole with more to be installed on newer holes.
Course is built on coastal sand dunes. There are many oaks, ice plants and grasses. This is a rugged piece of property with its own special beauty.
Great variety of holes utilizing the elevation change, wind and vegetation.
Prevailing winds add to the challenge especially on more open holes. Windier in the afternoon or when weather moves in.
This course is challenging both in design and ruggedness of the terrain. Not recommended for beginning players or those with physical limitations. Course is sandy and many areas are covered with large patches of ice plants adding to the challenge. Oak trees are very dense and make it difficult to retrieve discs and to get out of trouble.
OB areas are well marked and add to the challenge.
Cons: Sand and ice plants make for challenging footing on the fairways.
As with all courses in this area, there is poison oak. Be prepared if it is a problem for you.
No restroom facilities of any kind. Ample opportunity to rough it.
Due to elevation changes and/or vegetation, some pin locations for Pro Worlds are blind. Designer is already working to install flags and trim vegetation to increase visibility.
Not recommended for beginning players or those with physical limitations. It would be near impossible to use a stroller or cart. Would recommend the CSUMB Cypress Course across the street instead.
Would not recommend playing alone. Vegetation can be very dense and lost discs are a definite possibility. Again, play the Cypress Course instead.
Other Thoughts: This course really is exposed to the coastal winds. Players not familiar with wind play will suffer. Bring a jacket or sweatshirt as the constant ocean breeze can get chilly after a while.
Pro Worlds will use the redesigned 18 holes for the Oaks course plus 7 from the Cypress Course across the street. Pro Worlds numbering is different, with normal Hole 1 on the Oaks being called Hole 11 for Worlds.
The hard working volunteers are finishing the installation of all new tees by July 1st.
I had a chance to play the seven holes from the Cypress Course. While they are set on more typical park land with grass and sidewalks, there was still challenge from the wind and elevation changes. OB roads and sidewalks are well marked and add challenge to these holes. (Other extra holes will not be set up until Pro Worlds.)
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Print a map
Pros: multiple tees and pins. tee signs, but some were hard to read. challenging. some elevation changes.
Cons: some tees hard to find. poison oak in spots. tees are sandy and some were uneven. most holes were blind from blue tees.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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