No Baskets, No Signs, Sorry, No Good Of A Rating!
Pros: The Shady Rest DGC is set in large pine forest. The terrain is mostly level with just a little elevation to contend with. With ZERO signage, one player who seemed to know about the course, directed us to tee off from one area. Turns out, the guy was totally clueless and had sent us to the wrong tee pad.
One problem with this large pine forest is when you look out from the tee box, you're looking out at 100 pine trees. One of those 100 pine trees has either two ribbons or two thin painted lines, most of which are badly faded. I had a most difficult time spotting the target tree.
I finally ended up following this group of three teens. I was able to follow them for about five holes before getting totally lost. The first few holes did, however, have faint paths leading to the next tee. Then the tee pads are fairly rough natural pads which someone has outlined with a few branches.
Cons: No baskets.
Absolutely no signage.
Semi-dangerous, rough teepads
1000s of pine trees to try to locate which one actually is the target.
Difficult to Impossible to navigate.
Other Thoughts: This course actually has a decent terrain to work with. Unfortunately, this course has probably received less maintenance than any course anywhere. If someone would just put a little TLC to work here, the course might have a chance of reaching average status. The way it now plays, I can not in any clear conscience bestow an average rating upon this abortion of a course. Sorry!
Nice spot for a shady rest
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays through a nice pine forest. There isn't any underbrush to punish errant shots, but there are enough mature trees that getting off the fairways means you'll have to get creative to recover for a three. The land has some rolling hills that add some variety and challenge, with a couple tricky uphill shots and a couple fun downhills.
There is a pretty good mix of hole lengths, with a couple holes that play as multi-shot par 4s and some shorter reachable holes. Most of the holes play fairly straight, but you will need to work some different lines to have a look at deicing some of the holes. There are some chances to throw a tighter bending shot mixed in.
Cons: The tees are terrible, they're soft sandy patches that are rutted out and not even close to level. Many have roots and rocks sticking up to add a little more chance of a broken ankle. There is a walking and biking path that winds through a lot of the course. It doesn't seem too heavily used, but we did have to wait a few times for pedestrians to clear and there are some spots where you can't really see if someone's coming from the tee.
There is no signage, the only marks for targets are tape on trees, and many of the tees aren't marked at all. With no numbers on either it can be a little tricky to find your way around the first time, especially in a few spots with multiple tees and pins in the same area. If you don't like object courses, then the lack of baskets here will be a con for you.
Other Thoughts: This is a very approachable course. There are some longer holes, but no punishing brush and pretty reasonable lines to hit. More experienced players won't find a ton of challenge, but it's a pretty wooded park and there are some fun lines that make it worth a quick stop. This is pretty much the only option on this side of the Sierras, so if you want to play on your way up 395 you don't have a lot of options.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
fun grassroots course (aka no baskets haha)
Pros: Tight fairways and a good mix of short and long pins.
Cons: No baskets or permanent tee boxes, although every tee is clearly marked with trails leading to each tee from the previous pin.
Other Thoughts: With a couple tweeks, would be a sweet course when pins are permanently established.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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