14 Helpful / 0 Not
Flat, but fun
Pros: The course plays through a sprawling park that is grassy and scattered with mature trees but no brush. Some creative use of fenced off and road ob adds some challenge and risk to an otherwise flat course. The trees are used well to make a mix of holes that allow for lots of different lines, and holes that define a specific line to get through more dense areas of the park. There is a good balance of right and left turning holes, and enough distance to add some good challenge.
The park is nicely taken care of, with recently mowed grass and no real litter or vandalism issues. The front and middle 9s have nice concrete tees and decent signs, making them easy to follow. There are a lot less people here than other LA area courses, so you can get through 27 holes here in the same time that 18 holes take at many other parks.
Cons: The course does a good job of mixing up hole shapes, but it feels a little repetitive because of how flat the course is, and there isn't much variation in the foliage throughout the course. Some holes feel long for long's sake, and too many fall into a tweener distance where the vast majority of players can't ever get a 2, but there isn't enough risk to cause many 4s.
The third 9 is a little hard to follow, the map and daKineSurfer's review make it a lot easier. A couple holes share a basket, and so you might have a conflict with two groups playing to it at the same time. There are a lot of picnic areas scattered around the park, and several are in places where an errant disc could easily end up. The road as ob is a fun obstacle, but can be an issue if there's much vehicle traffic.
Other Thoughts: This is a nice park course, but a little lacking in risk/reward decisions and variety. Beginners will find it a little long, and might get frustrated. More experienced players will need to throw long to score well, and find this a good place to work on distance rollers with hard ground and short grass. This isn't a destination course, but it's worth a stop if you're in the area.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice Historic Course, But not enough Elevation change
Pros: • Well marked tees with signs on most holes
• Great use of obstacles, including Electric pole pylons with 10 ft barbwire fences. Luckily the fences are unlocked so you can retrieve your disc
• Plenty of long holes - bring out the big arms!
• Additional 9 Holes in addition to the Standard 18
• Creative use of angles - not all RHBH hyzer
• Well maintained baskets
• Crowds are kept to a minimum - maybe because it is a bit out of the way
• Good concrete tees on most holes
• Beautiful old growth Trees
• Plenty of bathrooms and trashcans
Cons: • Virtually no elevation change - the park is quite flat
• Can be very wet in the morning or after a storm - mud in some areas
• 6 Bucks to park, although you can park on the 2 side streets, Lexington and Durfee
• No Pro Shop or snack shop
• Course is "off the beaten track" - kind of a bit in BFE
• Next door to some sort of Police substation with police cars constantly coming and going. As long as that's OK with you it doesn't pose a problem.
Other Thoughts: Whittier Narrows is a course in the L.A. area that has been around for quite a few years, and was home to the 2001 PDGA National Championship. The course is a challenge for players of all levels, and has some of the most creative use of obstacles I have ever seen on a course.
Although there is no significant elevation change, there are plenty of angles of all types - some extreme hyzers, some controlled anhyzers, and a bunch of tree tunnel shots. Rollers will definitely be at home here as plenty of holes play in the 400+ range. Although it does seem a bit daunting at first, there are plenty of birdies to be had.
Signature holes include a hole that is a slight hyzer to a grass "island" in the parking lot, shooting over a small 2 lane road. The road is OB and gives the psychological effect of water. It makes for an interesting placement shot. Another hole plays around 3 giant power pylons with 10 foot high barbed wire fences - the basket is in the far right corner.
Errant shots are definitely punished at this course. An Extra 9 holes in the back established by locals allow the course to be played to a full 27 holes.
I would play this course again, but my personal preference lends itself toward courses with more elevation change - for me, I really want to see half the holes have some some elevation change or it gets a bit boring. There are only maybe 4 holes on this entire course that offer any sort of elevation change. Overall though, a challenging course that definitely deserves a play, but there are much better in the L.A. / North O.C. area.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Long and flat
Pros: Tucked away in a little used part of the park the course plays very long and very flat on the front 9, kinda long and flat on the middle 9, and pretty long and flat on the last 9. 27 hole course with "back back 9."
Very well maintained course with mowed grass, great tee boxes, bathrooms, drinking fountains, well laid out tee signs and good flow to the holes.
Multiple pin placements allow for medium, long, and really long shots. Has a mix of hyzer, anhyzer, rollers, and thumber shots with just enough trees to make you think about your tee shots and placement at the basket.
Some signature long holes for the big arms as well as several ace runs in the middle 9 and back 9. The addition of the extra 9 oles really makes this course, using existing tee pads and old course layouts the "back back" 9 are very creative holes weaving through the back of the park. The only elevation comes into play here; a good 10ft at hole 25-26.
Cons: Plays long for the sake of being long on several holes on the front. The 600 footers are not easy 3's but easy 4's, it is fun to air it out, but only for those that can and can frustrate players without the arm.
Very flat. Hard to call this a con when it's just the land they have to use, but only 3-4 holes actually use the small hills that are there.
$6 to park, many old baskets that want to spit everything out, $6 to park, some scrunched fairways on the front that are close to crossing, $6 to park.
Other Thoughts: Not many debilitating cons to lower the rating and the designers did well with the land they had to use, but there is only so much that can be done with a lot of flat. They have made up for some of the monotony with long holes, most over 325' and well placed tee boxes and creative pin placements to force a golfer to think about each shot. The holes are open but not wide open. There is just enough trouble on the course to make you think.
A signature hole is 14 which plays between 2 power pylons and has an 8 ft. gap to hit at a 90 degree angle from the tee. Awesome pin placement.
The second great hole is a 250' shot with trees off the tee onto an island green. Fantastic use of the parking lot for a great hole.
I really like this course and will play anytime someone brings it up, if you've got the arm there are many birds to be had, and the back back 9 really make this course shine.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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.
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