The hills are alive with the sound of chains...
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Jericho Hill offers the opportunity for a casual round near the UBC campus. The terrain is dotted with trees that are well enough integrated into the course to force you to hit a few windows or shape a few lines, though for the most part errant throws aren't punished (although occasionally a copse of trees is there to swallow a shot if you're not careful at a few points).
The most distinctive feature at Jericho is, perhaps obviously, the omnipresent elevation. The course's 9 baskets are laid across a broad, sloping hill, putting elevation in play to varying degrees throughout. Usually you're playing perpendicular to the slope, making rollaways the biggest threat (and they will happen), although there are a few places where you work more directly with or against the terrain to great effect, including at least one nice uphill shot off the tee. The constant slope gives otherwise-straightforward approaches and putts a pucker factor that was highly welcome, if potentially frustrating, of course.
Jericho plays quickly and casually. The challenge factor of the course layout isn't high, but since it doesn't seem to be well-trafficked (anything but), there's a lot of safari potential here if you're interested in blazing your own trail.
Jericho is conveniently close to Queen Elizabeth Park and Quilchena, making it easy to hit all three courses in the span of an afternoon.
Cons: Jericho Hill is a fairly unrefined course: the grass seems to be well mowed, but tee signs are absent and tees are natural, rutted, and occasionally pitted with roots. Driving behind or to the side of them was a common occurence on my visit.
As mentioned above, the challenge factor isn't high. There's nothing here to really challenge an experienced player's game (except maybe dealing with approaching on sloped terrain): the lines aren't particularly unique or memorable, there isn't a lot of shot shaping, the distances are pretty self-similar and unremarkable (mostly sitting in the 225'-300' range), and the landscape is too open to punish bad shots or challenge approaches. Don't come expecting to have your game pushed.
Navigation would be dodgy without help from a local: the lack of tee signs coupled with the ability to often sight multiple tees and baskets from one location makes it hard to follow the course's layout. It's not horrendous; just be prepared for a few potential moments of uncertainty.
The course is located adjacent to a small school; there seems to be the potential for conflict with the school's students depending on the day and time you play. We didn't have any problems on our visit, though.
Other Thoughts: Jericho apparently features some tonals in addition to the 9 baskets; these are apparently located on the opposite side of the property as the baskets. I didn't look for, see, or play the tonals on my visit.
Jericho gives you a fun, casual, quick visit if you don't come expecting a disc golf revelation. Having other courses nearby and accessible helps supplement the experience here. Jericho was the least interesting of the three western Vancouver courses I played upon my visit in March 2014. I enjoyed Quilchena the most, by a notable margin.
Many thanks to JedV for being such a gracious course guide during my time in Vancouver! Good guy.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Tonal course needs tees.
Pros: I've played disc golf actively for six years and finally got to play a tonal course. I was very excited about this, and it was fun hitting tonal targets instead of baskets.
Cons: Having said that, the tonal course needs some maintenance. Even with the map on my phone I had a hard time deciding where the tees were. Eventually my wife and I gave up on the tees and just picked our own.
The basket side of things was missing the third basket. There was a lot of foot traffic in the park because of the Folk Music Festival so we gave up on the basket side after #4.
Other Thoughts: The tonal course was fun to play. With the swinging tone poles it was harder than hitting chains. Tonal courses are so rare and this one needs more attention. Please someone mark the tees!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is set on a hillside, and a few holes take advantage of the elevation change, with holes 4 and 7 going up, and hole 8 being a fun shot down the hill.
By far the best thing about this course is the extended layout that skips or lengthens some holes and includes several tonals behind the school and in the otherwise untouched fields. If you can find a local to show you where they are, then it is certainly the most challenging course within Vancouver.
Cons: The basic 9 hole layout here is quite short, and very easy. Every hole is a potential birdie with a tee shot using a slow fairway driver at most. Don't come here for a challenge if you're an experienced player, unless you're going to play a safari round or use the tonals located around the backside of the schools.
With the exception of hole 6, the tee pads are either dirt or carpet with roots that are begging to help roll your ankle. Pay close attention to your footwork, or take your tee shot just off to the side on a grassy patch to avoid any potential injury.
Other Thoughts: If you are a beginner, or introducing someone to the game, the 9 hole layout is a great setup, without too many consequences for bad shots. Even someone who has never thrown any type of frisbee might get par on a hole or two. There is also a practice basket next to the parking lot that you can explain the concept of the game and warmup without getting in anyone's way.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Hill climb for the view
Pros: Up and down a steep hill makes for some interesting throws. Reasonably quiet park. Great view from the top of the hill. Easy enough for beginners to have fun.
Worth the trip just for the masses of delicious blackberries in the late summer!
Lots of potential for making up your own course with longer holes and trickier obstacles.
Very easy to get to (bus stop on 4th Ave)
Cons: No signs at tee-boxes. Tee-boxes are bare dirt, sometimes with tree-roots to get in your way.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
The bushes are very dense and spiky, so wayward discs can be very hard to find.
Pros: Practice basket before first hole
Easy to follow layout
Map available for download
Not too short
Slight elevation change
Cons: Some thorny bushes if you go out of bounds
Tee pads are not the greatest.
Other Thoughts: Went to play this one afternoon while I was in the area, not too crowded but not sure how it would be during peak season. Holes are easy to spot and there is ample room to differentiate each hole. I liked the fact they had a practice basket at the first hole good way to warm up. Lots of parking in the area. Not too many obstacles. Advanced players may not find this course challenging.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Potential for 'goodness'
Pros: Jericho Hill has all of the makings for a decent course if there were about twice the amount of space available. As it stands Jericho is just an 'ok' course with a couple of really fun holes mixed in with fillers. Several of the back holes make pretty good use of tree coverage and there is a really nice little downhill shot that, while short, is quite fun.
Replayability: It is a little bit of a stretch, but I'd say that this course has a pretty good replay factor not because you could play from the permanent tees to baskets again and again but because Jericho makes for a really nice safari course. The hillside and sloping trees make for a great place to bring out an extra basket or two and make up some really fun holes which are a bit more challenging.
Cons: The main drawback to this course is that many of the holes fail to incorporate trees early enough in the line to force you to shape a shot or pick a route. This is not true for all holes and several in fact make very good use of available tree coverage as in the low ceiling shot on hole six. The usual setup however is a long open fairway with trouble either behind or to one side of the pin rather than near the fairway routes. Players will have to control distance but will be able to have their way with route-finding.
Other Thoughts: Even with this low rating, Jericho is worth a play through because of a few fun hillside shots and for the potential to make up your own really nice safari course. I could see this being a very nice park for the beginner player to head out to practice all sorts of shots without the crowds that seem to fill up the nearby Little Mountain course.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Not to Bad
Pros: This course is built on a great hillside, with wonderful views of both North and Downtown Vancouver. I love the proximity to the beach and other amenities. Most people play the set 9 holes and call it a mediocer course (which is fair), but the possibilities for a crative mind can easy turn this course into a challenging and interesting one. Shooting 450 ft off a 50 foot drop over thick blackberry bushes comes to mind.
Cons: If you aren't willing to create a few holes (or rock it with the locals) and make the best of it, you will find a lot of walking up hills to make boring shots that ends to soon. The tonals are small and hard to find without guidance.
Other Thoughts: If you're looking for a well designed course with tonnes of space, you wont find it here. If you want a hill-filled blank canvas of a course for your own interpretation, in a great park with lots of trees and no people than its worth the trip.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Not a bad course.
Pros: Better than I expected.
View of Vancouver is pretty good.
Really fun to throw from the last hole all the way down the hill.
Cons: Some of the holes were good, but it's kind of boring for the other holes that just zig zag across the hill.
Other Thoughts: It's actually really not a bad course. Worth playing at least once for sure.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Beautiful views of Vancouver. Apparently there are some tonals around that turn it into an 18.
Cons: Borring. Most of the holes have no obstacles whatsoever. Only maybe 4 holes of worthy disc golf here.
Other Thoughts: Could be renovated to create a great course. Until then, head east to Little Mountain, or better yet Robert Burnaby Park.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 3 Not
Unmarked Course On A Great Hillside!
Pros: This is a great little piece of land on which to build a course. Unfortunately, the course design does not take full advantage of this awesome natural hillside. The course is set on the grounds of the Jericho Hill Community Center. The course starts down near the front parking with four short holes playing around a dense patch of brushy disc grabbing rough. Then the rest of the course works it ways up, across and down a little this large hillside. The baskets are Discatchers but the teepads are very rough in places. Navigation the first time through is a little tough. There are great views of the water, the city and the mountains in the distance from the hill on the hill holes. There is some nasty rough up around holes # 5 and # 6 as well. # 8 is the only hole that really lets you rip one down the hill.
Cons: No signage at all. Numbers on the baskets would really help even if they were just written on the pole with a sharpie. The teepads are natural and uneven in places. The course design is unimaginitve and should be redesigned to take full advantage of the great hillside. You should be able to incorporate a couple awesome downhill throws here.
Other Thoughts: I would bet he locals play this course backwards more often than they play it starting at # 1. From the # 9 teebox, it would be a fun throw over the athletic fields to one of the first baskets. Possibly, that field is used too much and this is not a great idea. Just a thought! This was my least favorite of the five courses I played in the Vancouver area.
6 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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