3 Helpful / 0 Not
The hills are alive with the sound of chains...
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.
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.
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.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
This nine hole course is located on the hillside of the Community Centre with beautiful views of the mountains, harbor, and city (holes 7-9). Baskets were Mach 2's and in fairly good shape. Foliage maintenance was apparent as the lawns were mowed, trees seemed trimmed, and the berry bushes were cut back. The few holes that took somewhat advantage of the layout were holes 6, 8, & 9 (although still fairly short). Directions were easy to follow and parking was easily attainable.
The general course design is in need of a makeover. It has the potential but does not take advantage of the elevation it offers. The first four holes around the parking lot are squeezed in very tight, and are all easy to birdie. They begin to zig zag up and then down (somewhat), and all give ample opportunities for even more birdies. The tee pads are in terrible shape, with uneven surfaces and tree roots throughout (other two Vancouver courses cement). It would be very difficult to play this course during the wet season, as throwing uphill in the mud was be difficult There are no tee signs/maps/markers anywhere so unless you ask a local or print out a map (go to links up above to download) a few holes might get confusing. However, once you play through it is easy to remember. The flow of this course needs work. Fairways can be hectic as the course can be crowded and many locals tend to play gorilla golf from the top down. Since the course ends up towards the top, DGers get congested as players are waiting to throw up and others are waiting to throw down. One of the best opportunities for a huge bomb isn't even incorporated as hole 9 just leaves you hanging towards the top (so most throw down to 3, its a great chance to grip and rip). If they ever consider the layout they ought to consider ending at the bottom of the hill considering you start there.
I must say the atmosphere of this course and the beauty of the leaves falling during this time of year truely made this experience enjoyable even if Jericho wasn't the greatest of courses. Just being up in British Columbia playing disc golf was enough for me (although I didn't enjoy getting searched at the border).
If your looking for variety while visiting then I suggest playing all three but if your pressed for time, I would skip it. Both Little Mountain DGC-QE and Quilchena are better.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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