Castoro Cellars Whale Rock Vineyard Course
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great course with great anemities on a working vineyard. Excellent benches on every hole. Excellent signage on every hole. Pro shop/Wine tasting room availiable. Brand new DGA Mach V baskets , good tee pads on every hole. Control is a must with OB on almost every hole. Short and long holes. Downhill and uphill. Excellent use of terrain for the course. Unique whale bone rocks cast into every teepad. Informational signs through the course allow a kind of "tour" of the vineyard. All holes are par three varing from 225-490 feet with multiple pin locations. The course is a two mile loop out and back.
Cons: Played in March and it was absolutely beautiful, but would imagine that summer is going to get very hot. Wind from the coast can get crazy, also makes for greater challenge, so maybe a pro as well. Long grass at points can hide discs. May occasionally have to skip a hole as it is a working ranch. Only open from 10-5, may play havoc with some peoples work schedules. A little confusing navigating the first couple of holes as you walk up the hill to threes tee after playing number two instead of teeing off from fours tee which is right next to two and threes basket. Still with the great signs easy enough to figure out and they give you a map/scorecard when you play so no big deal really.
Other Thoughts: A little on the fence between a 4 and a 4.5 for the course but the anemities help to push up the score. To clarify the course does not play through the actual grape vines, but rather through a lovely field of grass and old growth oaks that winds through the different varietals planted around the vineyard. It uses the grave vines as out of bounds on all hole, they don't want you in the grape vines any more than you want to throw in them, and uses the ends of the rows as occasional obstacles to throw over. The course is located about a ¼ mile from the tasting road down a dirt road and behind a locked fence and gate. You must sign in, pay, and get the key from the tasting room and then drive down to the course. Course map, disc rental and information available upon check in. $5 to play can be credited to purchases in the wine shop, reasonable for what you get neither a pro or a con. The $5 doesn't count toward disc purchases though :( Really wish that more private land owners would see the benefit of this, would love to play on more CA ranches.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Whale Rock Rocks!
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Short enough for Rec Players, technical enough for most. Close to US 101 if travelling. Excellent equipment. Nice Tees, Beutiful oaks. Certified organic!
Cons: None, if $5 is stopping you go find another job
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
favorite new CA course!!
Pros: Very high quality baskets and tee pads. The layout is diverse and well thought-out. A good challenge for any player with some holes (i.e. #6) that no disc golfer wants to miss!
Unique and beautiful scenery. Course is set among rolling vineyards at Castoro Cellars, a classic California winery. Who can beat that..
Cons: Can get exposed and warm.
Not always ideal work and play hours.
Other Thoughts: An absolute must stop-and-see if you're a local or driving anywhere nearby on a CA road trip.
A Dam Good Time!!!
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Beautiful scenery
Great Tee signs and directional arrows
Nice use of elevation
Basket placements are awesome! Multiple positions
Appropriately sized tee-pads
Designed with the sustainability of the property in mind
Cons: $5 per person (free wine tasting afterward though!)
Not a ton of distance on most holes
Other Thoughts: A great experience, Whale Rock claims to be the first official course on a operating winery. You play through the vineyard and throw over the grapes on several different occasions. Very easy to navigate once you find the course, make sure to ask when you pay at the tasting room how to find hole #1! (It's a drive down the dirt road, so don't walk!) Lots of cool wine barrels and other things throughout the course, you kind of forget you are playing disc at times! Not a overly difficult course, most experienced players should expect to shoot par or better. If you are visiting the central coast, this is a must play!
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Something for everyone..
Pros: + Great venue
+ Tee pads are very nice (stamped/stained concrete)
+ Challenging layout if your an "aggressive" player*
+ Benches and signs at each hole
Cons: None really, I could come up with something but very minor like lack of water (BYO) and not much shade.. but again.. VERY minor and does not detract from the experience at all.
Other Thoughts: I was very impressed with this DG course. I have played a few "private" courses that leave a lot to be desired so I had my reservations. When I stepped up to the first tee pad I knew this was going to be a great experience. Most DG courses start out a little rough when they first open like maybe no benches, tee signs, etc., but not whale rock. They kicked this one off with all the amenities most seasoned courses still lack like beautiful tee pads, benches, tee signs, landscaping at each tee pad decorated with many "wine" related accent pieces. My favorite was the whale bone embedded in each tee pad, and the wine barrel trash cans.. Nice touch! Playing in a vineyard is fun, vines are OB so you really need to be careful. I played a very aggressive round, almost dismissing OB even existed, but I found myself with a lot of added strokes! Like any course if you played conservative, play for par and take the birdie ops that come your way, you can shoot low here. The course itself isn't super difficult, but it will challenge you, no matter what your level. I would say an open player in good form should shoot -6 to -9 here. Intermediate -4 to +2, etc. If your in the area definitely stop by! The winery is great as well, definitely taste while you are there if you are of age, fun tasting room and great people. If your more of a beer person firestone is only a couple miles away!
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 7 Not
DR. Out of Bounds
Pros: Awesome setting. A lot of fun holes with the vines being OB. Plenty of open "ripper" drives which I enjoy. Oak trees provide plenty of technical shots for approach shots.
Cons: Pay to play. Would play more often if free.
Other Thoughts: Could get interesting during wine harvest.
2 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Whale Rock DGC..Rocks!
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Great use of space in and around vineyards. Some tight and technical, with nice ups and downs.
Cons: Could use a few more long holes. Shade over benches would help in the hot Summer months
Other Thoughts: Great deal for Wine/Disc Golf Club!
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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