Micke Grove - fun times
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Pros: Easy layout, good course for beginners (hole 1-15), nice people at the front gate. Lost discs on display at gate, if returned. Parking was good and short walk to #1 tee. Great place to picnic and play. Will be shady when trees are full.
Cons: WIND, WIND, WIND
Water pins on 16,17,18 are not good for those beginners who can't control their shots. Needs benches for a quick rest. No garbage cans!! Needs more for garbage.
Other Thoughts: Will be back during better weather conditions. First time I've EVER left a course without my discs. Lost a putter and a driver...both in the pond.
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Pros: Big teepads, and many pin positions. Love the teesign setup, where the cap color tells you the location of the pin. medium distances, nice use of elevations, obstacles, and the lake
Cons: Most the course is dirt, but near the front of the park it gets on manacured grass. Hole 3's teepad is u shaped, not level at all. get a map at the paybooth when you pay for parking, as this can be confusing for players who rarely play this course
Other Thoughts: nice course out in the middle of nowhere, definintly will play again when i'm in the area
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A Great Start in an Impressive Park
2 Helpful / 1 Not
• A number of interesting/challenging shots
• Great tee boxes
• Easy to find
• Practice Basket
• Beautiful park overall with playgrounds, picnic areas, a zoo, a museum, restrooms, water, and who knows what else I missed.
• Friendly locals
• Beginner friendly-ish (more on this below)
• Cool method for identifying the basket positions (uses a color coded pole cap)
• In spots it's a bit tricky to navigate depending on the basket positions. Pay attention on #s 3, 8, 10, 11, and 13 to ensure you're throwing at the correct basket.
• Pedestrian/vehicle traffic is very much in play.
• Parking fees. These vary depending on the day and time but it's $6 on the weekends, and I think $5 on weekdays, $10 on holidays, $20 if it's a full moon, and $30 if you're driving a red car. Granted, there's a lot going on in this park, but it's a bit steep if you're just playing the disc course. Hopefully some of that money goes to the course. If that's true, then I'm cool with it.
• Do use the map. They are available at the entrance gate. I didn't have one initially but got told later they existed.
• When you enter the park, you will come to a turning circle. Go left, and when it dead ends, the #1 tee and practice basket are on your right. Park anywhere convenient.
This is a great start to what should be a fun little course once it's complete (although it is fun now). Right now the tee areas are all finished and it seems like all the alternate basket positions are in the ground. The only thing missing are the signs, which we were told by Mike (who I believe is the course designer, and a nice friendly dude as well) were coming next week. So I'd call it 90% done at this point. As for the course itself, it basically wraps around the main area of a good size and very nice regional park. The general theme of this course is fairly precise ~200-250 foot shots through some pretty dense trees. Quite a few shots are tunnelish with very low ceilings with #1 getting you started right off the bat. The ceiling on #1 might be 5 feet off the ground. Good times for your first throw of the day. Outside of that, you do have some shots where you have room to let fly but even in those times it usually means you're trying to hit an open slot in the trees near the basket. But with all that said, I never felt boxed in on second shots. There are decent paths to get to the basket should your first throw go awry. Skill-level wise, I would think an advanced player or above will do quite well here. None of the holes are particularly long or difficult from a par perspective. I actually threw an under par round which is pretty rare for me. All of this also means that you'd do pretty well to bring beginners here and expect that they'll have a good time, however, with the closeness on some of the holes to people, cars, and water, you might want to skip some holes or throw very cautiously, which leads me to the Cons. Quite a few holes (2, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, and 15) have you throwing directly into the road which is a bit unnerving even though you can see the traffic pretty well. #12 in particular I'd suggest moving the tee box back on to alleviate the fear factor. I don't know what's normal, but on the day I went, there was a heavy amount of cars coming through. It's also a bit inconvenient to have to run and get your disc out of the road before it gets run over. But, with that said, I understand that they did the best with what they had and I suppose it's better to take you out over the road then over the fence. Roads are much easier to climb. ;-)
This is a beautiful park with about as good a course as you could squeeze out of it. While some shots are a little too close to the peeps, for the most part, it was a fair and enjoyable experience. Kudos and thanks to the course designers for creating another fun destination in NorCal.
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