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.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Most of the course plays back and forth along the side of a fairly steep hill. This creates a unique challenge because if your disc starts to turn downhill you need accomodate for that when you throw. There is also the chance of hitting the basket, bouncing off, and your disc rolling 50' - 100' down the hill. Hole #8 has a great view of the North Shore mountains from the tee and is a short hole with a lot of elevation change. Each time I've played this course, there has been hardly anyone playing.
Cons: A couple holes are rather uninspired such as hole # 5. There are some blackberry bushes near some of the fairways that can make disc retrieval a difficult task. This is the only course in the City of Vancouver with no cement tee pads. Some of the tee locations are poor and unlevel, covered in tree roots. This makes getting proper footing a bit a chore.
Other Thoughts: There is no map at the course, so I recommend looking at one before you play. Once you've played through once, you'll know it well enough. All in all this is a fun little course that offers something a little different from the other two courses in Vancouver and is worth checking out if you're in the neighborhood.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
An enormous hillside
Pros: The main course has a couple hundred feet of topography on an enormous and steep hillside at a school for disabled kids in Vancouver. The holes are set up in a way that you will have to play the hillside slope in many different ways and angles. Lots of across hill both ways, up and down hill shots, etc.. The grass is nicely manicured in some of the fairways, so you can try a roller if you don't let it turn downhill and keep going and going!
The hill side faces north to English Bay and wonderful views of the coast ranges, downtown, as well as ships coming in and out of the channel. Bring a picnic and enjoy a wonderful view during a break in your round!
Cons: The hillside dominates the course, and there is not a lot of other varieties of holes. Most holes have no challenging obstacles, few trees, etc.. This is not easy to rectify. Some of the OB areas are incredibly thick and thorny...we looked for a disc for 30 minutes that only landed 1 meter into the rough from the edge of the manicured fairway. Watch out!
Other Thoughts: There is a whole other tone pole course going around the east and south side of the school (starting from the parking lot, just like the normal course), though it is not well-marked and you might need a guide the first time. This offered a lot more variety when combined with the main course, and if it were officially adopted into the course this would easily become an even more famous venue for disc golf in a great disc town.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: One of three courses within a small area near downtown Vancouver. Variety and elevation, great views of one of the most beautiful cities in the World.
Cons: Only nine holes. Near three schools, thus not always playable during midweek midday from September to June. Fairly short course overall.
Other Thoughts: While the prescribed course is relatively short, there is space and a practice basket to create longer safari holes and a back 9 to bring you back to the parking lot - which is still not far from the actual 9th hole. Wild blackberries grow near the 6th tee!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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