1 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
A good variety of shots in a beautiful location.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
Nice 12 hole
0 Helpful / 1 Not
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.
7 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.
7 of 7 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.
9 Helpful / 3 Not
Pretty Course In A Multi-Use Park!
Pros: This course is technical but not in the normal sense. Normally, when one is speaking of a technical course, you're talking about throwing through small windows in trees. Quilchena is technical in the vertical sense in that on about three of the holes, you have to keep your disc low enough as to pass under branches but high enough to carry any distance. I thought this made for a very interesting course feature. Like many of the BC courses, metal numbers were screwed into the concrete teepads. This helped with navigation. The baskets are fine but the #'s are mostly worn off. Unlike Vancouver's other courses,Quilchena does offer a couple of holes for the big bombers. #'s 9 and 11 are both 500 feet plus. And I'll have to respectfully disagree with previous reviewers who have stated that there were no interesting holes of note. I think the basket placement alone on # 5 makes for a very cool disc golf hole. Although it's only about 225 ft., the basket is set in a grove of 17 smaller trees. A very short putt here can be an adventure trying to get through the tiny cracks between the guardian trees. It's a plus to play a course with no thick underbrush lurking nearby.
Cons: Definitely, the foot traffic here could be a major con. On the day I played, I did have to wait a few times for walkers. It's probably more of an intermediate course. Advanced players might get a little bored with it.
Other Thoughts: The park is in a very nice, upcale neighborhood with either condos or apartments right across the street from # 1. It would be wonderful to live there and get in a quick round simply by walking across the street. It was nice to finally be able to stretch the arm out after playing the other shorter Vancouver courses. This is my favorite Vancouver area course.
9 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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