Major Safety Issues Abound!
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Paloma Del Sol is a lovely little community park featuring basketball courts, two children's play areas and a walking path which meanders the perimimter of the park. This path and it's countless pedestrians is probably one of the main problems concerning the disc golf course. There seems to be a never ending stream of people walking their dogs and stopping to chat, usually near the baskets.
The tees are marked on the sidewalks with a star with the hole number in the center. The # 1 star is faded and impossible to read. Even with the map, I had a difficult time navigating this course. The baskets are new, single chain models. I liked # 3. It's an anhyser throw, maybe 225', around some trees to a basket kinda set in the corner of a grassy area. # 5 was a longer anhyser throw. I chose to roll here as a group of ladies were chatting near the basket and I did't want to risk hitting them. After 5, a lightly painted arrow directs you to # 6. See more about this hole in the CONS.
The park is well lit making it suitable for night play.
Cons: I'm agreeing with mashnut here that # 6 is truly one terribly designed hole. It's a blind hyser throw down a sidewalk with neighbors yards on both sides. So first you have the chance of hitting someone walking or running up this sidewalk and secondly, if would be easy for any inexperienced player to launch his disc over into someone's backyard.
There are too many other opportunities for discs to end up in neighbors yards.
The course is difficult to navigate.
Other Thoughts: I would have shortened this course considerably, made it a true pitch and putt. This would have greatly reduced the risk of anyone getting hit. It would have made it easier to navigate and would have made it easier to design holes where discs were not flying into the neighbors property.
Experienced players aren't coming here anyway so why not make it a true beginners course?
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: good practice course. Long holes, curves, slopes. Lots of green and you can bring your dog.
Cons: The course is in the middle of a neighborhood park. Lots of children around and people who will just play at random baskets with no respect for other peoples games. Too close to houses on one and you are shooting right at a basketball net that kids are normally playing on.
The park has enough space to make this a better course. I hope they look at how mountain pride handled a similar layout issue and use the space creatively.
Other Thoughts: if you get distracted easily, you will not enjoy this course, but it is good practice if you look out for traffic.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays through a beautifully maintained neighborhood park with manicured grass and no signs of trash or vandalism. There are lights throughout making night play easy here. All the tees are on sidewalk, so they're level and plenty fine surfaces to throw from.
A couple baskets are placed close enough to trees that you have to think a little about how to place your drive or approach. Two holes offer longer shots where many players will be able to pull out a driver. This park seems to be popular with folks from the surrounding neighborhood, so it's going to expose a lot of new people to the sport.
Cons: It's always disappointing when a course that has the potential to bring a lot of new players into the sport is so poorly designed. There are enough long holes to frustrate many beginners without enough challenge for it to be an appropriate course for more skilled throwers. The tees are not obvious, without a map you'd never be able to play the layout as designed especially with hole 6 hidden down a path away from the rest of the course.
Hole 6 is also a ridiculous shot that's not worth the extra walk, it has no legitimate line to the pin and is the worst hole on the course for bringing backyards into play. Several other shots do have the same possibility, and every single hole plays along or over walking paths with multiple shots into blind areas where pedestrian traffic is likely.
Three holes play across one another, and a few more play right on top of each other adding to the safety concerns. Two holes play right next to tennis courts, two others play over or next to a basketball court and one has a playground right where shots from newer players are likely to hyzer out. The course as marked has basically all straight or right to left turning shots which means it gets a bit repetitive. Two of the tees are placed right next to posts or bike racks, making it impossible to throw from the marked spot without taking the chance of breaking your hand.
Other Thoughts: Beginners can have some fun here, though a few of the holes are too long for a course that seems to be aimed at that demographic and less accurate players will make the safety issues worse. More experienced players will find some nice safari options, this can be a nice practice area when there aren't too many other people using the park and walking paths.
It's really sad to see an opportunity to put in a great 6 hole beginner course and instead there's a 9 hole crammed in and awkwardly laid out course that's not well designed for any skill level and full of safety concerns.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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