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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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.
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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.
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Pros: This course has a nice mix of longer and shorter holes, but has a longer feel than the rest of the courses around Vancouver. It has concrete teepads and even though there are no signs or maps at the course, it is fairly easy to navigate.
Although the holes are not overly interesting, a few of the baskets are well guarded by mature trees leaving only tight shots at the chains.
Cons: The course design itself seems uninspired, no special or memorable holes. The park space is completely maxed out and on a summer day the park will be full of non disc golfers which would be ok if there weren't paths through many fairways. I found myself waiting for people walking their dog, playing bocce, or baseball. Overall the course just seems like it was an after thought.
Other Thoughts: There are no pars or distances given at the course but there are two holes I believe could be considered to be par 4's. Hole #9 appears to exceed 500 feet and is uphill. #11 appears to be more like 600ft, also uphill.
One last thought, don't pay attention to the numbers on the basket. While occasionally correct, more often than not, they are wrong.
Update: I've updated my rating from 1.5 to 2.5 as I believe it is average. It does not belong in the company of Shirley Macey Park or Winskill.
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