A Great Start in an Impressive Park
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• 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.
I had a chance to revisit this park over the weekend and was impressed with the progress. All of the signs are in place and they are very clear and descriptive showing alternate basket positions, next tees, OB areas, and other important bits of info (like don't climb the fence, and in case you forgot, don't climb the fence). I really like the alternate basket positions and the way the course has a mix of long and short shots now. That really added a nice bit of variety to the round that wasn't there on my first visit. I was also happy to see a couple minor adjustments to the tee/basket positions that lessened some of the danger of being close to the road(s). One thing I forgot to mention in my prior review above was that water is in play on a few holes, and I don't mind that at all. There are certainly safe routes but direct routes are not for the timid. ;) Summing up, I'm not sure if the overall course is like this all the time, but I'm quite pleased with the result. I have bumped my score up ½ a disc in response. Bravo!
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Discing At the New Course In Lodi!
Pros: Micke Grove is a large regional park with a zoo, an amusement park, expansive gardens, tons of mostly flat open space and some large ponds providing water hazards. The course is actually an Eagle Scout project with the scout and his father working together. They've both been discing for about three years. I've played a couple of Eagle Scout courses before but never one of this size and development. They're selling sponsorships for each hole for $600. This pays for the sign, concrete teepad and basket. The baskets are Discatchers with the yellow rims. The metal posts for the signs are up and the pads are roughed in but not poured yet. They're doing things first class in this regard. The course starts out in an area of the park with many young oak trees and along the fence near the railroad tracks. It then winds through an area that has recently been dozed and is now just very loose dirt. I'm told after the very rain, this area will pack down. A couple of holes play on green grass before finishing next to the ponds back where you started.
# 7 is a bear of a hole. It's probably 400 feet to a basket sitting up a hill.
To me # 12 will be one of the signature holes on the course. You actually have a little elevation here, getting to throw off this little hill to a basket about 225' away. It's one of the few ACE runs on the course.
Cons: I'm concerned about a couple of the design features. # 2 has you throwing a hyser right into the incoming traffic. And then # 5 and 6 play along side next to the fence by the train tracks. Many a disc is going to hyser over the fence here and the parks department won't be happy about golfers scaling their nice chain link fence or the safety aspect of golfers dodging 50 ton locomotives.
And I think # 13 is a real problem. Currently, you tee off throwing back to the basket which it set to the left of the entrance shed where you pay your $5. It's probably 280' and many players will end up throwing an anhyser in the direction of the shed. Cars entering the park might get hit or the shed might find itself under attack. It's not a ideal hole and should be changed now before concrete is layed.
The $5 to enter the park each time you play might deter some players.
Other Thoughts: It's wonderful to have a new 18 hole course in Lodi. The amenities (signs, pads, baskets) will be first class. It's a wonderful park but the area they've been given to work with is mostly flat and rather uninspiring. The design and safety flaws worry me.
While I was playing, a train passed and gave a long toot of it's whistle. That could become a signature feature of this course. At Safeco Field, where the Seattle Mariners play, trains go by 2-3 times a game sounding their whistles. The sounds of the train's whistles during your round here could become this course's identity, like your grandfather smelling of Old Spice!
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check it out
Pros: multiple choice of shots,some tight technical,some wide open.variety of challenges
Cons: 4 holes in very soft sandy dirt.restrooms and garbage cans are available,but not very close.roadways are in flight path on a couple holes
Other Thoughts: its gonna be a lot nicer with concrete tee pads and once the loose dirt packs in. beautiful lake and fountain,lots of picnic areas,could be great location for tournaments
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New Course (Yeah)
Pros: 18 holes in Lodi, good use of available land in a very cool park complete with a zoo, an amusement park, and gardens. Some water hazards (possible con for some). Multiple pin positions should make for some changeups.
Cons: Sometime plays too close to roads and multi-use areas for my own personal comfort.
Other Thoughts: The course is a work in progress, the baskets only went into the ground four days ago. You can clearly see the prep work going into pads and signs coming. That being said it wasn't to hard to figure out navigation. The only mistake made was we played 5 before realizing that 3 and 4 were across the road. I have to admit I came to this course a little prejudiced against it. I was well familiar with Micke Grove and the available land and how overall flat it all truly is, and I know the park wasn't going to give up the beautiful 100 year oak areas. But I was pleasantly surprised, the course designers did a good job putting 18 decent holes into a high traffic multi use park. The course winds through mostly barren flat dirt under relatively young oaks. But there are a good number of shots woven into the course and what little elevation there is is used to advantage to provide engaging shots.
Teepads and signs are now in and pin placements located by color coordinated pole tops on the signs.
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