Fun Little Public Park Course
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Quilchena DGC is a public park course that is great example of a course designer getting the most out of an average piece of land. That's not to say Quilchena doesn't have any raw materials to work with: the sloping elevation, intermittant patches of trees, and ample space provided the 12 holes indeed offer some nice disc golfing possibilities that are largely maximized. There's a limit to what the land offers, but on the bright side, I feel that the course designers reached that limit.
Quilchena has some decent variety, especially considering there are only 12 holes: birdie opportunities abound, but there are also some chances to stretch out at the tail end of your round. There are a few low ceiling shots, either off the tee or further on down the fairway, that'll need a line drive or prompt a roller. Pins are often guarded by trees that will shape your approaches, and you'll need to contend with some sidewalk OB. Shot shaping isn't overly technical, but present and varied enough to keep you engaged and demand a decent mix of your bag.
Quilchena has a nice in and out. It plays around the perimeter of the park, with hole 12 bringing you right back to hole 1's tee pad. I appreciate the fact that the designers didn't feel obligated to squeeze a full 18 in here, as the land could hardly sustain it; the 12 holes feel just right given the space, and allow for the longer holes at the course's end.
The smooth, level concrete tees give ample space for drives, and are the best I saw in western Vancouver. Bathrooms on site are clean and accessible.
Favorite holes: 2, 8
Cons: Quilchena's most notable con is its potential to conflict with other park goers. Tracing the park's perimeter, the course regularly runs along or throws over the primary and well-trafficked walking path. Elsewhere it plays across fields that seem popular to dog owners. I can see Quilchena getting frustrating on a busy day, with lots of waiting for dogs, walkers, and the like. Our round on an early Thursday afternoon featured a few such waiting periods, and the park was hardly busy.
Otherwise, Quilchena's drawbacks are that of many such smaller public park courses: single tees and pin positions, lack of a true technical challenge (although there are some relatively engaging shots, especially if you push for birdie), relative brevity. Quilchena also has no tee signs to speak of, although the elliptical shape makes navigation a snap. It's a short, simple course that entertains but doesn't leave a lasting impression.
Other Thoughts: Quilchena is conveniently nearby western Vancouver's two other courses, Jericho Hill and Queen Elizabeth Park. I enjoyed Quilchena the most of these three courses, mostly for the larger variety it offers, especially in terms of distance. It offers a more enjoyable challenge if you play all of the sidewalk as OB. It's worth a trip if you're in the area, and if you only have time for one course, I'd vote Quilchena. You can easily hit all three in the span of a few hours.
Thanks to JedV for being a gracious host and all-around good dude!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Good variety of short and long holes. Some challenging, but not frustrating tree obstacles. Well kept grounds. Concrete Tees. One basket is guarded by trees, which makes for a unique challenge. Good to play some alternate holes as there are not many players out at once. Holes give opportunity to practice different shooting techniques. Very pleasant park in general.
Cons: Can be lots of people very close to the holes. Course order can be misleading if you dont know the order already.
Other Thoughts: This course is a good alternate to Little Mountain at Queen E park.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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A good variety of shots in a beautiful location.
Pros: Lovely 12 hole course with a variety of shot types to make. From long wide open bombers to tight squeezes under the canopy, Quilchena is a decent challenge in a beautiful setting.
Fantastic concrete tee pads.
Baskets all are in good shape.
Cons: As others have mentioned, this is a popular park for locals, and many don't pay much attention to people playing the course. Be prepared to wait or ask people to look out for your shots.
No practice baskets.
Other Thoughts: This course doesn't seem to have many players the times I have been there. For such a beautiful park and such a large course, its nice that its not full all the time. This makes asking or waiting walkers/runners/dog-walkers not so bad, as this is the only slowing down you will likely have to deal with.
A lot of the course has wide open areas, so sunscreen is not a bad idea as you will get plenty of it here.
The course is fairly intuitive. The only two holes that might seem harder to find are #6 (which you walk between the buildings to get to) and #10 (after you finish 9, keep walking along the bush line, the pad is between the berry bushes and a tree, it's easy to spot once you know where to look).
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Nice 12 hole
Pros: This course follows the outside of Quilchena park. It has a nice variety of long and short holes, and is relatively easy to follow. It is not a very difficult course but a few holes force you to make some interesting shots. i liked the low ceiling shots, especially hole #1 and the one up the hill.
Cons: A lot of dog walkers and joggers and such! Most people using the park have no idea there is a disc golf course here so you may have to wait a lot as they clear slowly from your path, or ask nicely for people to move.
Other Thoughts: one of the better courses in Vancouver, only 25 min walk from Q.E. if you wanted to hit 2 in a day.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The best thing about this course is the variety of distances. Holes 3 and 12 use a midrange at most, while hole 9 is a full out drive and 11 takes two full shots even for an above average player. The rest are mostly fairway drives, with a couple of slightly uphill shots that might require a full throw depending on the player. This course can look pretty easy at first, but a bad shot can really put you behind. If you don't make it through the trees on 1, it's a tough save for par. Into the left woods on 8 or 9, and a drop might be the best option. Finally, the course does a great job of protecting the baskets with the few trees that are present. Holes 2, 3, 5 and 6 would be easy birdie chances if it weren't for the tough greens (5 is in the middle of about 10 trees).
Cons: Quilchena is a very popular, multi-purpose park. You are constantly having to pay attention to the walkway for joggers and children, there are often soccer or softball games going on, and there is an off-lease dog park in the middle of the fairway for holes 10 and 11. If you're not comfortable asking people to look out, or confident in being able to control your tee shot, then you might be better off playing somewhere else.
Other Thoughts: As a result of the public traffic, there usually aren't many disc golfers on the course, so it can be a good place to take someone who wants to learn. And since it is in a really nice park, take a picnic basket and a ball for a whole day with some friends.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Quilchena park is one of several very pretty city parks in the Vancouver area which have playable, but largely unremarkable disc golf courses. Quilchena does have a few holes with enough distance required that players can air out a few shots which is often not an option at the surrounding largely putter/midrange only courses. Like a few of the other nearby courses such as Jericho Hill, there are plenty of options for some longer safari golf holes here because of the sparsely treed fields.
Not busy: We visited this park on a day when nearby Little Mountain was hopping with disc golfers and didn't find another soul out here golfing. There were several other park users (dog walkers mostly) but no other groups out playing. This combined with the decent potential for safari might make this course a bit more interesting over the long run than the regular layout. It seems that other reviewers have run into more pedestrians so perhaps our experience was a little out of the norm, but certainly there must be days like ours when the course is not very busy.
Variety: While the replay factor isn't very high as I note below, there are a decent variety in terms of what shots you'll need off the tee because of the more tightly wooded ceiling restrictions on the front half and then the longer more open holes on the back. There isn't all that much elevation besides a few small rolls here and there but these are effectively utilized to create a pretty nice uphill shot and add some interest to a few pin locations.
Cons: Replay factor: There isn't much at Quilchena to keep me coming back as the tighter woods shots are pretty restrictive and the open shots are very open for the most part. It isn't really a fault of the design, just a park that doesn't have the types of terrain and space available to create a course that stays fresh after many plays.
Low ceiling: I'm totally not against ceiling restrictions on drives off the tee and this is a completely valid skill for any disc golfer to have but the opening stretch at Quilchena lines a few of them up one after the other - back-to-back shots where you are forced under the tree canopy. If these were a bit more spread out, it would likely not be an issue and it does complement several of the field holes nicely by restricting lines, but because they are so close in proximity, this stretch of holes just feels a little annoying.
Navigation: It appears that the course has been rerouted a few times and while we ended up finding all of the holes, there are several points where you might be apt to throw at an incorrect basket, throw holes out of order, or perhaps even skip a hole altogether. Like other reviewers have said, you can't entirely trust the numbers on the baskets.
Other Thoughts: Overall, Quilchena is a pretty decent local park to check out if you are in the area or if you like to try out a bunch of courses. If you are looking for something a little more memorable check out Jericho or Little Mountain as they have a few holes each which are at least more interesting and Jericho really offers a lot more in terms of a practice or safari course for local players.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Fun but not well marked
Pros: All baskets, no tonals and the tee pads have numbers on the concrete. The course is fun with some short, some long and some technical holes.
Cons: No map and its hard to find your way at times, there are a couple of unknown baskets and tee pads.
Other Thoughts: I'd play it again, but not before I play others in the area.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Well Kept Park
Some really good hole placements considering the land available
Cons: Kinda Busy
Can be confusing to navigate
Other Thoughts: It's a pretty good course. Some of the holes are located around trees. The problem is the traffic, make sure you check for people on the walking trail, baseball games and Dog Walkers before you throw. It was a little hard to find my way around. I wouldn't go out of your way to road trip this one but it's OK if you live nearby
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I like this course because it has a variety of short and long sots, open and tight. Fun course to play.
Cons: It took me a while to figure out the layout of the course. If you haven't played there before and are by yourself it is kind of confusing. Also, this is a multi use course, and both times I went there were a lot of people walking dogs. Not really a con, but sometimes you have to wait to shoot.
Other Thoughts: Pretty good 12 hole course.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Too busy, unfortunately
Pros: Some really neat signature holes, the one with all the tree guards is awesome. A good design for a small park, except for one exception... Dog park in the middle of 2 of the holes. Stay away on the weekends. Try to play this course in the mornings on weekdays, or when its raining. Lots of room to air out some big drives in the later stages of the course.
Cons: Way too busy, There's a dog park smack dab in the middle of a couple of the fairways. A couple pretty dreary holes.
Other Thoughts: Unless you play this in the rain, or really early in the morning, you will find it impossible to play without feeling like you will seriously injure a person/dog.
I've updated my rating because I played this course on a cool januarys monday morning and found myself really enjoying it. If it were strictly a disc golf course, it would rival the best in the lower mainland I believe.
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