Harbor High Pirates - Practice Course
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Located in the beautiful city of Santa Cruz, Harbor High Pirates DGC was constructed in 2002 as a way to integrate disc golf into their physical education program. It targets teenagers who are looking for a way to be physically active and challenged in a less traditional way. The DGC consists of five DGA baskets placed strategically around a football field/track. The course is really a practice facility at best, allowing students to rotate from hole to hole in a limited amount of time. There is plenty of space to practice the fundamentals of the game.
As mentioned above, this course is only meant to be used to practice as there really is not much of a challenge to be had here. The baskets are out in the open with little to no obstacles. The large football field is nice for those looking to work on drives and the baskets are good enough to practice approach shots and putts, but those looking to be challenged will be bored quickly! With so many quality courses in the nearby area, one would be foolish to stop here unless they are just looking to just add another "course played" to their resume. I recommend skipping this course and making your way toward De La, Aptos, or Black Mouse for a good time.
When I was visiting the area with my buddy we decided to play a few of the courses that often get overlooked due to a lack of time and/or quality. Although I went in not expecting much, I was glad to have played them primarily due to the fact that I have lived in this area for 20 years and have wanted to mark off as many as possible in the Silicon Valley. Along with Harbor High, the only other course I hadn't played nearby was Bridge to Bridge. Like Harbor High, I'm glad I played it once but will not make the trip back. Instead, the remainder of my trip was spent playing De La. I made the trek north to finally play Stafford, too!
When visiting Santa Cruz there is so much to do! Whether you come to eat the amazing food, drink at the breweries, surf, chill at the beaches and boardwalk, or disc golf, you will not leave feeling disappointed. Some of my fondest memories are in SC, and although the two courses I tried to squeeze in did not leave a favorable impression, De La helped fix all of that and more. Be sure to take the time to enjoy Santa Cruz as it is well worth the time and has a lot to offer!
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