15 Helpful / 0 Not
Oak Grove DGC
Pros: -Tunnel shots, narrow fairways, long baskets, short baskets.
-Dirt course, no grass holes; I prefer mountain courses.
-18 hole course, but has alternate 'A' and 'B' holes between holes 5 and 6, and 'C' and 'D' holes after hole 12. C and D are the only real open drives on the whole course. These are great for navigating around large groups; sometimes you skip them to pass the groups, sometimes you play them to create more of a gap between them. I think its a great idea, and effectively makes the course 22 holes.
-Wide variety of DG'ers. Old and young, and get this, some are even female!
-Concrete tee pads except on bonus holes.
-Lots of shade on most of the course.
-One of the best course websites I have encountered, with a detailed description of what each hole involves.
Cons: -Poorly marked. No signs at any tee's, and fruthermore, many tee pads are now mis-numbered. A guide or map the first time around is almost essential, particularly after the first 5.
-While there are many nice locals, there is also a large chunk of people that treat the course as their own, and would probably like it if nobody else ever played there. Ever.
-Some blind holes can make for some 'fun' disc finding.
-Bonus hole 'A' is a very narrow tomahawk throw that is harshly punished if you mis-fire.
-Summer Camps can make the front 9 a patience challenge, hole #6 is removed in the summertime. I believe they replace it with bonus hole B for scoring purposes.
Other Thoughts: Oak Grove plays in a heavily wooded park in an area that is largely DG exclusive. There are usually people walking dogs, riding horses, and using the other recreational facilities so always keep an eye out for others. They are all well aware of the course. Hole 6 is taken out in the summer time due to a youth camp that takes over the area.
The Front 9 play generally around a large athletic field along an oak covered hillside. At hole 5, you are introduced to the parks other personality, which is a more open, yet equally as challenging flood basin.
The back 9 mostly plays in a heavily wooded section of the park, with relatively close fairways, a pair of double mandy's, and some other tree and object related hazards.
Three of the back 9 holes (and when I say back 9, I am referring to the last 10 holes) play back down in the flood basin. These are two of the three only wide open shots on the course. In the wintertime, one plays across a lake. It's not the longest throw in the world but its easy to screw up.
Hole 9 has an alternate tee that largely eliminates any blind throwing that is encountered from the concrete tee. Simply follow the little trail just beyond it and you will see a rubber tee. Since I am not a fan of climbing around in bushes, we usually play this tee.
While navigation is a nightmare for first time visitors, I really like the course. Definitely more pleasant to play in the winter and spring, but what course in Southern California ISN'T more pleasant during those times? The park regularly sees a large crowd so I don't think they are in any hurry to add signs and help newcomers.
For historic purposes alone, this should be a stop on any disc golfers list. Do yourself a favor and print up a map from their website before you head out, bring plenty of patience, and keep your eyes out for random discs, as many fairways play incredibly close to each other.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful.
26 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Oak Grove has an amazingly active group of locals that maintain monthly and weekly events. It's important to take a few moments each round and realize that this is sacred ground. This is where our sport really took shape. What amazes me most is the proximity to JPL. Check it out on the back 9 and stare in awe at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. If you're not familiar with JPL I really recommend that you look up it's history. (I would link you to some stuff but if you've made it this far on the internet you can probably figure out how to search for info on JPL yourself.) Some of the first DGers took time away from building satellites to have some terrestrial fun and chuck some plastic at chains.
To get a good score at Oak Grove you need a good command of many types of shots however you can still play there as a beginner and have a great time.
Oak Grove can really punish you for throwing high. This is a valuable lesson about control that you may not receive in most West Coast courses. If you have a problem with nose angle a few rounds at OG will fix you up really nicely.
Cons: There are some cramped fairways and some holes that could use a redesign to maintain flow.
Teeboxes still have the numbers of an older layout and there aren't current maps available at the course. Navigation can be difficult.
Some teeboxes are rougher than the ground next to them.
I've noticed a lack of courtesy from a lot of players. I also realized that many of these people held 2 brand new dx discs. Be kind to n00bs. You were once one yourself. Don't be afraid to talk about etiquette.
Other Thoughts: I am constantly impressed with every visit to this course that there are baskets in positions that I haven't seen before. This is another tribute to the active amount of locals. The first couple of front holes revolve around a public field and are mostly "lefty" holes so be careful and respectful of people sharing the property. I can very easily see someone chucking their new Orc into a soccer game and making life difficult for the DGers.
I have read that OG has some crappy and mean people throwing discs but I have never found this to be the case. I think a positive and honest attitude helps a lot in life. If you would like to pass a group be upfront with your intention because they may not know the protocol involved or may just think that you're checking out their lines.
Enjoy this course and it's history. Maybe throw a whole round with freestyle discs and really appreciate how far we've come.
26 of 26 people found this review helpful.
17 Helpful / 5 Not
Bring your hiking boots
Pros: -an important part of disc golf history
-nice big grippy concrete tee pads
-technical shots required...lots of low overhanging branches, hills and rocks to dodge
-plenty of places to stop, chill out and take in the natural desert beauty of the rugged landscape
-incredible use of three dimensions ...light uphill shots and two memorable shots shooting down off a ridge keep me coming back for more.
-course is always changing and evolving...make sure you follow the locals!
Cons: -some of the baskets are old and shallow
-can get very hot in the summertime
-talcum powder-like dust all over much of the course
-rocky ground often leads to weird, unpredictable bounces
-somewhat unclear where the next hole is due to sub-par signage
-no pro shop, though you can usually find golfers with discs to sell.
Other Thoughts: reading through what ive written, this course looks like it might not deserve such a high rating on paper using my usual rating system. thats because oak grove is an amazing course once you get to know it. it is probably one of the two best courses in socal in terms of difficulty and varied shots. defiantly something for everyone. it might be hard to find your way around the first few times, but once you do, oak grove is an incredibly rewarding course to play.
i hope you found this review helpful!
17 of 22 people found this review helpful.
18 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - first polehole course in the world makes Oak Grove one of those courses you just HAVE to play at some point in your life
- drinking fountains at 3 different places along the course (3, 10/11, 16/17)
- bathrooms at 8 and 16
- variety of shots needed
- variety of desert terrain
- large hexagonal tees
- minimum of 2, but up to 4 pin positions per hole
- fast, easy access from the freeway
Cons: - extremely overcrowded
- VERY dusty and dry in the summer, so wear shoes and socks so you don't get filthy
- it is also VERY hot all the time at OG, so bring a drink with you
- many times you will run into large groups that won't let you play through, no matter if you're in a small group, or alone. Courtesy isn't always abound at OG.
Other Thoughts: In the middle of the summer (June/July) there is a girl scout camp that takes over a few field areas around the course, so hole six is taken out during those months.
The course layout can be a bit confusing for a first timer because parts of the course layout are almost in constant states of flux. right now there are two extra holes between 5 and 6 that are easy to miss if you don't know where to look. Follow the path from 5 back into the woods to get to tee 5a. (these holes have been located at different points throughout the course over the last few years)
After hole 12 comes 'Summer 6' and ' * ' (also known as the Canyon to locals, just so you get the "numbering" right. After the Canyon you go back to 13, which tees off across the dirt road, under a low tree.
Make sure you look for the single remaining original pole hole off to the left of 10, or to the right of 15. It's worth a picture.
During any flooding of the area the holes 5, 7, 8, and the Canyon become unplayable because they're under water
Oak Grove is definitely a course that you need to stop at if you're in Pasadena or greater LA. It's a classic and has a bunch of fun holes. It's not overly long, but can still provide a fun challenge. Don't worry about what time you go to try and beat the overcrowding. Unless you want to play at 7am, it's not worth worrying about.
18 of 18 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
first time here
Pros: variety of distances and terrain, history, free, close to freeway, lot of obstacles make it challenging and the mandatories
Cons: getting lost i missed hole 6 but i found a baskey with a cone on it after 5 behind 5 down the hill surrounded by bushes but where was the tee?????
some fairways go through a horse trail area..so there is the possibilty of landing in horsecrap.
some locals gave me wrong directions but some gave me right directions to hole locations.
first couple holes you have to watch out for people excersizing.
some holes i didnt want to lose my disc so i skipped them (9, and the lake hole)
Other Thoughts: good i think if you updated tees and had a nice map at the site off all the holes and the best way to play them in order would make this course one of the best
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
The First is stilll One of the Best
Pros: this is where it all started many(20) challenging holes you will need to be able to negotiate many different types of obstacles hysers and mandys on some of the holes long straight or low skippers on others it has it all FREE
Cons: can get crowded as it is across the street from a high school it can get trafficy in the afternoon can loose a disc pretty easy
Other Thoughts: history of DG a must see many locals play every day for many years
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Variety in shot selection (short, med, long, hyzer, ani, tight mandatories, low and high shots)
-Variety in terrain (sand, dirt, grass, bushes)
-Concrete tees though sometimes are oddly shaped and two holes have rubber tees
-Baskets in good condition
-Bathrooms after hole 6
-Nice people. A kind gentleman explained the whole course for me when all I wanted to know was where the back nine started. :) Even the construction crews that were making improvements moved out of my way so I could make a shot!
Cons: -Even with a map it can get confusing. They have added more holes since the creation of the map posted on the site. The original 9 holes are on one side of the park, but according to the map, they're the back 9 but the numbers on the tee pads correspond to the front 9?! Confusing to say the least
-Some shots are dangerously close to other pins. My wife and I almost got hit twice when waiting to tee off
-Some blind shots. I say this only as a negative because unless you have a spotter (thanks to my wife for being such a trooper) you have to walk out to check if its clear and I can see this getting very annoying
Other Thoughts: The experience of playing the very first course built was awesome! The nicest hole, I think, was the shot over the dry lake bed. I've not sure how far it is but all I know is that I parked it about 6 feet away. I also nearly aced Hole 5 when I kicked it off the top guard. The mandi on the later holes are difficult especially if your accuracy is lacking (I missed them both). The course being as old as it is, it's still in great shape. The experience was well worth the trip. It's not the hardest course you'll play but you'll definitely enjoy it.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
18 Helpful / 1 Not
HOLE BY HOLE
Pros: Note: This review gives directions to the next tee. If you stand facing the basket of the hole you just finished as if you walked there directly from the teepad and then imagine yourself at the center of a clock face, the next tee will be at the clock position indicated.
Before you start, note the pin position for #9. It'll save you some aggravation later on.
1 - Under the tree (low ceiling). Four pin positions, all along the tree line. Next tee at 10:00
2 - Another low shot. Three pin positions, one close in and the other two beyond the ditch. Next tee at 9:00
3 - Two pin positions, one short and the other tucked up into the schule about 20 yards further. Two possible routes to get there: anhyzer over the field and into the trees, or low shot under the trees. Next tee at 9:00
4 - Two pin positions: one straight ahead and one hard to see a little up the hill on the right. Next tee 12:00
xx - extra hole (walk back toward the #4 tee through the woods. Tee is where old #5 was but plays up the hill towards the building. Basket surrounded by a very tight group of guardians.
xx - extra hole - walk back to the beginning of the hill. Hole plays extremely short, straight down the hill to the same basket as #4. FLOAT (no push) a putter or you'll blow right by it.
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5 - Three pin positions: one straight ahead, one in a gully about 20 yards further, and the third atop a hill another 20 yards in. All shoot the same direction. Next tee 6:00, cross the field and up the hill
6 - This hole replaced the old #4, which was pulled due to erosion problems. Two pin positions, both annies near the porta-potties. Next tee 4:00
7 - Shoot straight down the trail, two pin positions (one dead ahead, the other to the right). Big arms can go over the trees to reach the second position. CAUTION: If your disc hyzers you'll be shooting at whoever's on the next tee. Next tee 8:00
8 - Three pin positions - one straight, one a bit to the right, and the other hidden under a tree on the right side. Next tee 4:00
9 - Two tees, four pin positions. No pin is visible from either tee. Stay away from the schule - it's wicked. Have a spotter. Next tee 12:00 across the road.
10 - This hole plays in the same compass direction as #9 (north toward the hills). Off to the left of the fairway you'll see the Iron Maiden, which looks like it might be one of the original baskets that were put in when this course went into the ground. Two pin positions, both behind the big tree. Next tee 7:00
11 - MANDY around the power pole. Three pin positions - one far left, one near left, one dogleg right behind the bushes. Next tee 4:00
12 - Three pin positions: one straight ahead (ace run!), one to the left, and the other to the right beyond the tree. Next hole drives out in the same direction this one does, tee to the left.
xx (extra hole) - Three pin positions: one next to the bush, the other on top of the ridge to the right, one to the right of the ridge. Heavy schule alert! Next tee 4:00
xx (extra hole) - Canyon shot. Four pin positions, all on the opposite rim. The canyon is a catch basin and fills up with water in the wintertime. Next tee 2:00
13 - Three pin positions, two possible routes to get there. Anhyzer over the road or hyzer between the bushes. Pins next to the power pole, under the trees, and up the hill beyond the trees. Next tee 4:00
14 - Three pin positions: short (to the left), medium (far side of the big tree), and idiotic (behind the boulders). Anhyzer or straight and low - watch for golfers playing #10. Next tee 4:00
15 - DOUBLE MANDY between the trees. Two pin positions - in the rocks or behind the trees to the right. Next tee 5:00
16 - Three pin positions: down to the right, straight under the trees, and wa-a-a-a-ay off in the next ZIP code, about 80 yards further than the restrooms and off to the left a bit. Next tee 9:00
xx - There used to be two additional extra holes that circle around in back of the restroom building. If they're still there, they're really overgrown with bushes and other schule. As of 12-6-09 these holes are not there. Oh well.
17 - Two pin positions, lots of shot options. Pins in the center and to the left side of the clearing. Next tee 2:00
18 - DOUBLE MANDY between the trees. Two positions (short and long), both annies.
If you're going to OG and don't want to take the chance that there won't be a guide handy, print this review - it'll probably see you through OK.
18 of 19 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: A bit of history which is still usable.
Cons: Seems like updating the course to include tee markers and a good map would make the course a little more friendly to others besides the locals.
Teepad #7 apparently has a wicked reputation of taking out disc golfers. A member on my card lost his footing on the run-up and wiped out huge. Other players sitting there waiting for a tourny, mentioned that people eat it there all the time. I would think somebody might decide to fix the teepad before there is a major fall.
Other Thoughts: Did not really enjoy this course. Didn't seem to honor the heritage befitting the very first disc golf course in the country.
4 of 11 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Oak Grove- Where It All Began!!
Pros: Just the history made it cool. I have been wanting to play this course for about 15 yrs. Lots of different shots. I used every disc/ shot in my bag. Challenging, but not to hard for Intermediate/ Beginners. Not many long holes, but accuracy was a definetely necessary.
A must play if yout in the area!!!
Cons: Some of the tees are not level and can effect your drives (Hole #1 was like a ramp). The entire course uses Discatchers, which I think are horrible holes compared to Machs. No Tee signage to give hole placements or distances. Course needs some TLC.
Watch Your Discs!!! I had someody pick up my drive and walk off with it (I wasn't watching it since I saw where itlanded/stopped). I don't think they were locals, but I got the feeling this course employs the "Finders, Keepers" attitude since this was not the 1st time I had this happen and have seen it before
Other Thoughts: A lot of players out there, so it was nice to see the enthusiasm for the sport. Played with some great locals that were encouraging and good guys. Excellent weekly and monthly tourneys
Favorite hole: #6. An elevated tee that throws over a meadow fairway. Tight at the teepad and rewards aggressive play
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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