12 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - cement tees
- multiple pin locations
- a few extremely fun/unique pin locations (11 in the long, 13 on the island, 14 in C-position behind the 3 power line boxes)
- signs showing multiple positions, all OBs and semi-accurate distances
- good course for opening up your big arm, or learning to throw long distances rollers
- lines for both forehand/backhand routes on almost every hole
- usually pretty empty, so you'll have most of the course to yourself
- many trash cans speckled throughout the course
- two bathrooms (on the walk between 7 & 8, and near 15)
- can play 18, or 27. Not many people know how to follow the Alt 9 (19-27). See my 'Other Thoughts' below for directions
Cons: - zero elevation change for the entire 27 holes can get quite boring
- signs are outdated
- the basket positions are not moved very often, if at all
- many baskets are very old
- many 'dead' tees from prior incarnations of the course
- pay to park on weekends, to avoid this, turn left on the road right before the course entrance and park down at the end of the fence, and jump on at hole 6
- many police cars patrol the area because South El Monte isn't a shining gem in LA, but just be conscious of where you 420 or drink and you shouldn't have a problem
- other park goers are clueless, so make sure you let them know if you're about to hit them
Other Thoughts: Directions for the Alt 9:
Hole 19: After 18, go back to tee 17, and throw to the basket way off in the field that you see if you look on the other side of the powerline directly off the tee.
Hole 20: from basket 19, walk to the fence on your left (West), turn right (North) and walk along the fence line. You'll see a worn patch of grass between 2 trees about 75 feet up. Throw across the field to the basket by the pavilion.
Hole 21: from basket 20, walk to the path (NE), and around the corner to the top of the small hill. Tee 21 is painted on the cement path in bright white and throws to basket 6.
Hole 22: from basket 21(6), walk 50' back toward tee 6 and you'll see an old cement tee in the ground, throw from this tee to the basket directly East, past the picnic tables in the pines.
Hole 23: from basket 22, walk another 50ish feet East to another old cement tee. Do not throw down the channel (the direction the tee faces) at the old mach basket up on the small hill. You are actually throwing at the DISCatcher on the same hill, but 100' to the right of the basket that looks obvious. The tee does not point at the correct basket. Again, make sure you're throwing at the DISCcatcher, not the mach.
Hole 24: from basket 23, turn around and walk back to the cement path, tee 24 is painted (faintly) on the path in orange paint. Throw away from the basket you just played to the basket in in the far corner of the park (North)
Hole 25: from basket 24, walk SE toward the baseball field fence. the tee is an old cement tee along the baseball field fence, and throws to the older mach basket on the small hill, by the DISCatcher (23)
Hole 26: from basket 25, turn around again and walk NE back toward the baseball field fence. The tee is on the cement pathway about 50'-75' East along the path from the corner of the baseball field fence. It is painted with faint orange paint. It throws over the small hill about 350' to a basket by the bathrooms.
Hole 27: from basket 26, walk off to the left and you actually have to make up your own tee on this one. We usually tee off from about 25'-50' directly E of basket 26 (toward the pavilion), and you play to the basket near the beach volleyball courts, back toward the parking lot.
League nights are on Thursday, so if you want to play a casual round, don't come on Thursday night.
Whittier can be a fun course, but it can also be very unforgiving. It may be flat, and pretty wide open, but it still provides even the most seasoned player with a challenge. One of the original LA area courses, and a staple of the Worlds held in LA in the 1980s, it's definitely worth checking out.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Flat park course in SG Valley
Pros: -Easy to follow the course
-Concrete tee pads, and they are flat
-Long, long baskets, and some short ones too.
-27 holes, if you can figure out how to play the 'hidden 9.'
-Friendly locals, but the park has been pretty dead every time I go.
-Beautiful green grass, although the consistency varies, making the disc landing a surprise every time.
Cons: -Police presence has been pretty high lately. A substation is across the street.
-Some holes on the back 9 play close to a busy road, and is not fenced in.
-No real terrain features, mostly flat and hills that are no more than 5' tall.
-Have sometimes dealt with some pretty oblivious picnic patrons.
-Some pins play close to the parking lot. I would recommend parking in the middle section of the lot to prevent dentage.
-Some old mach & dga baskets are starting to look like they need some TLC. There are some beautiful Discatchers on the unused 'old 9,' why not move them onto the real course?
Other Thoughts: Course is in a very large generally unused park. There are some playground areas, and some picnic areas that do get used, but for the most part, they are easy to avoid while playing.
Sometimes, the sprinklers are on while were trying to play, which has made the game kind of interesting to say the least.
On weekends, they wanted $8 to park the car in the lot. There is a street right along the park that you can park for free on. I don't have a problem paying but when its that easy to avoid, Ill avoid it.
Hole 10 starts on the other side of the parking lot, just so you know.
Finally played 19-27 and they are a good little bonus 9 to end the day well. The course is visible from basket 16, and actually starts on the tee pad for 17. Read one of the more recent reviews for a detailed description of the course, which shouldn't be missed.
This park is probably one of the better opportunities in Los Angeles to really practice your big arm throws. The least busy of the major park courses from what I have seen, I have never been stuck in that irritating rotation where you are trying to keep up with the guys in front of you, but not lag too long for the guys behind you.
I like to play here to have a relatively quiet day of wide open drives.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: -lots of technical, weavy shots
-plenty of open space to flex your guns
-not many people playing
-lots of different lines...good for rightys and leftys
Cons: -more cops than any airport or sporting event ive ever been to
-less than accurate signage (one sign missing, one basket in an unmarked pin position)
-cops patrolling the park...and just hanging out near the tees, bsing
-a few dangerous tee shots near busy streets and long fences with few holes for disc retrieval.
-flat as a pancake
Other Thoughts: weirdest vibe ive ever had at a course. probably saw 20 cop cars patrolling the walkways of the park. its across the street from a fueling depot...but come on. we live in more of a police state every day. i asked one of them why so many pigs were out there and he said "dont worry...this park is the safest place in the area".
otherwise, its a good use of its space, if youre not worried about getting cancer from the high-tension lines above and dont mind heavy police presence, i highly recommend it.
ive played this course quite a bit lately and the police presence has been slim to none.
also, there are a ton of baskets on the back side of the course to play an additional 9 holes on top of the regular 18.
for instructions to the additional 9 holes, see DaKineSurfer's excellent directions in his review.
loving this course more each time i play it.
12 of 18 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Big D in SoCal
Pros: Finally, a course in SoCal that you get to open it up a little and watch the disc fly, over and over again. Most the other courses have 1 or 2 holes, but this course makes you throw far... a lot.
-Not many ppl
-Easy navigation (except final 9)
-Final 9 holes is pretty much impossible to know where to throw from unless you have a guide. Which sucks b/c it was probably my favorite 9.
-Baskets are old, but they work
-No local club
Some holes go through picnic areas or by them, but evidently there aren't many people that us those facilities so it makes the holes more difficult.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed playing this course because it is different from most the other courses in SoCal. It's long, mostly open and great to work on flat out distance and course management. You actually have to play it like ball golf, get your birds on the birdie holes and place you disc in the best position for an up shot on the long holes.
I'm sad that they don't hold a tournament here, it would be a great venue since it's 27 holes and there isn't many other ppl around to get in the way.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Flat, long and grassy
Pros: Good length in flat grassy park. Great for rollers and distance drives. Rarely crowded. Only 9 minutes east of downtownLA
Cons: No elevation. Nice to have the additional holes but they lack tee signs or even marked tee areas.
Other Thoughts: Best use of local resources would be to get tees and signs on the additional holes here.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is a great course for distance shots. If you want to play at a driving range or you just like to throw far this is a good course to do so at!! Not very busy small to no crowds.
Cons: Some of the pins are hard to locate or are just not there like on hole eight, can`t find that pin anywhere! Little confusing for a first timer due to the fact thatthe holes/pins are hard to locate.
Other Thoughts: Good course for anybody who wants to really learn what their drives look like and practice desired flight patterns.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Grassy fields all around which are perfect for rollers and big arms
- I used a map and it was pretty easy to get around. the only hard part is crossing the parking lot after hole nine
- concrete tees
- plenty of shade and parking
- good mixture of long and short holes
Cons: - sometimes i had to walk out to find where the basket was
- some baskets were close to the street. an irate shot come be dangerous
- some holes dont utilize the park well
- little elevated
- definitely a big arm kind of course
- they should mark the other alternative holes. the ones the locals know, then again maybe its a good thing for them
Other Thoughts: the course was pleasant to play. getting par for a novice is not unfeasible if you play smart. some holes will hurt you if you lose focus. all and all the course was fun and just the right amount of challenge for players starting out.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
bring your big arm and let um fly
Pros: nice open flat park with some technical shots if you want to score real low and a chance to throw for max distance as they have some long ones 500+ from the alt tees multiple pin settings good place to throw and practice rollers 18 easy to follow holes FREE
Cons: there are 27 baskets but you may need a local to show you the old 9 in the middle and back of park and the locals have a bunch of safari holes that they play that can be confusing look out for other park goers look out for traffic on 12 & 13 (no fence) can get windy the old
Other Thoughts: i threw my first ACE here on hole 14, 334 feet so i like the place some may say not very challenging. i say try to score a great number(-10,-12 for 18) there and you will be challenged unless you have a cannon of an arm
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
A Local Thing
Pros: This is a very challenging course that makes good use of the natural features of this very flat park. The first 18 holes are very well marked out with good signs. The tee pads were fairly consistent either making good use of the side walk or other cement features. The park was not crowded at all and there was only one other group using the DG course while I was playing with my roomate. There were several different types of shots required. The locals that were there where very friendly and helpful when it came to finding the last 9 holes.
Cons: A majority of the time you are throwing super long though none of the holes are really more than long par 3's. There are now apparently 27 holes though the last 9 are known only to the local crowd, who I did run into there. Most of the baskets looked very run down and even found a few with only a single row of chains. Some looked like they were on their last legs of life. There was almost no elevation change. A couple of shots were thrown through what look like they would be crowded pedestrian areas. The one place where I was lost after finding the first hole was after hole 9 with 10 being accross the parking lot.
Other Thoughts: This course was a great challenge and is perfect for those with longer arms. It is very clear that at some point in the past that the course was very different from what it is today. Most of the old course appears to still be in existence and could be played if you know the layout. Also, after talking with the locals, I was told that there are an additional 9 holes, including some of those origional holes, bust good luck finding them if you do not know where they are already. This could be a truly magnificent course if there were signage for the additional 9 holes. Also, make sure that you end up in the right parking lot, otherwise you will have a hard time finding where hole 1 is and get really confused with all the extra baskets that you will see. The parking lot you want to be in is really as far south as you can get on Santa Anita and then on the east side of of the street. There are a lot of signs points to Whittier Narrows but that is definately the lot that you want to be on. The first tee is by the main walking path starting out from the parking lot on the north side of the parking lot.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Flat, Long, Not Crowded
Pros: Well marked course, great signs
Easy to follow course
Cons: No elevation change, flat
Easy to play, long but few obstacles
Other Thoughts: Very nice urban course, probably not work making a long tip for, but if you're in the general vicinity it's an easy course to play. All of the holes are flat and straight, with a few tree or power-line obstacles. The course is at the end of Santa Anita Blvd -- parking is $4 on the weekends (apparently up until 3:30 pm -- when the gate attendant locked her tollbooth but not the parking lot... and when a lot of local guys showed up!). The first tee is near the parking lot, also near the tollbooth.
The only tee that's a challenge to find is #10 -- remember that it's ACROSS THE PARKING LOT from #9. The course then continues around the outside edge of the park from there. Note also, the course apparently has been re-laid-out since they added the extra four holes. The numbers molded into many of the concrete tee pads are not accurate any more, but they have moved all of the signs to the right places so believe the signs, not the teepads, when you're looking for your tee. Also, when the next tee is not obvious, it's marked on the sign for the prior hole. Read the tee signs with care, they are great and full of useful information.
You can park for free on either Durfee (where Santa Anita dead-ends, go left) or on Lexington-Gallatin Rd. If you park on Lexington-Gallatin, there are openings in the park fence at tees 4 & 6 -- near the corner of Lexington-Gallatin & Andrews.
To my way of thinking, this course should be rated 2.5. It's flat, with few obstacles, and mostly straight-ahead baskets. I gave it an extra half-point for having all concrete tees, great markings, and because it's not crowded. In all, this is a nice, local-urban course that favors long hard tosses over technical skill.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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