Ventura, CA 
Coyote Point DGC @ Lake Casitas Share
Uploaded By: timg Hole #5 (Taken 2/2016)
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Difficult Course with Epic Views

2-4    10/22/2016   12/3/2016
Review By: BBB-SoCal
Played: 11  Reviewed: 6
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Tremendous Elevation Changes
Multiple shot types presented
Multiple Pin Placement (changed semi-monthly)
Relaxing Vibe
Cons: Very easy to lose disc[s]
Extremely challenging (NOT beginner friendly)
Hot in the summer (with little shade)
A few gaps in the layout in terms of finding next hole
Terrain can be tough to wade through if OB (some rough patches of OB)
Other Thoughts: This course is definitely one everyone should play, but only after they have achieved a decent skill level. Also, you absolutely need to play as a group and have at least one spotter. It is incredibly easy to lose discs on this course. (Thankfully for the past year the marsh is dry because of the drought so that saves a few discs at least.)
This course is a challenge in terms of hole distance, mandos, use of terrain, several TOW shots, etc. An advanced player will love it -- I just recommend that rookies avoid this course.
Despite all of the challenges, there are a few ace runs possible (hole 10 for example) even with a weaker arm.
The layout is largely obvious, but I do recommend consulting a map beforehand just to get an idea of what to expect. There are a few "gaps" in my opinion between a few holes so you may have to search a little bit to get your bearings. Overall though an excellent layout.
I am rating this as 3.5 based on my 2 experiences here. The more you play this course the higher you will rate it. That also coincides with your skill level improving too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Fun

1    5/15/2016   5/17/2016
Review By: Mr72datsun
Played: 9  Reviewed: 9
4 Helpful / 10 Not
Pros: Challenging. Up and down. Windy.
Cons: $15. Stickers. Not a beginner course.
Other Thoughts: The stickers were really bad and discs would be super easy to lose. I won't go back in summer. I will definitely go back in spring.

4 of 14 people found this review helpful.

Elevation. Wind. Rugged. Ruthless.

5+    1/15/2016   1/31/2016
Review By: CIDG
Played: 21  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 2.5 Years
This review was updated on 5/23/2016
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Unbelievably gorgeous area
- Immense amounts of elevation shots
- Reading wind is crucial
- Hole 1
- Mellow foot traffic for such caliber course
- Demands power (Hole 7 is up to 585 feet, flat w/ line shaping)
- Demands pinpoint accuracy (Holes 3, 4, 13, 14)
- All par 3's regardless of layout
- Bathrooms, benches, and trash receptacles very present
- Every shot in the book is required
- 2 to 5 pin positions for every hole
- Loaded shop for discs, snacks, and cold drinks

Cons: - Infuriating roll aways
- Isolated
- Arid and hot much of the year (100F+ at peak Summer)
- Unpredictable gusts prevalent
- Perfect shots can be severely punished
- Gimmicky, forced holes (Hole 10)
- Dangerous due do lack of established trails/steepness
- Requires luck for a good score (luck swings both ways)
Other Thoughts: Top 5 in CA. It has everything. It's pay to play which keeps out a lot of the nonsense (not all of it, though.) Once you're there, it's usually just disc golfers relaxing in a great environment. All worries seem to vanish. Highly demanding and humbling course. Wind game is a must, tunnel shots are a must. 2 of the 3 longest holes are in a prevalent tailwind, robbing you of power. Power, accuracy, and disc knowledge are essential to play this course well. It can be a love/hate day at this course, but thats what makes it such a high caliber course.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

Shazaam

1    8/5/2015   8/5/2015
Review By: flingding
Played: 19  Reviewed: 3
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: I have played many many disc golf course in my travels and this one is pretty damn near perfect.

Come to Mecca sir!

Elevation is like the cilantro on my burrito and this course is loaded. But not too much...you know what i mean.

Medium to Large sized course
Flags on like every pin
Pretty natural flow
Landscape is perfect IMO
Like 6 downhill shots, probably 3 uphill.
Medium to Easy, never too technical
Cons: Nothing to complain about here
Other Thoughts: I skipped the service charge and just biked in ( yeah I travel with my bike )




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3 of 6 people found this review helpful.

the pinnacle of SoCal disc golf

1    5/21/2013   6/1/2014
Review By: dreadlock86
Played: 253  Reviewed: 190  Exp: 9.6 Years
This review was updated on 5/7/2016
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -excellent terrain for disc golf: rolling hills, big elevation changes
-design makes great use of the land available
-breathtaking views of the hills and the lake
-concrete tees, baskets, and signage are top-notch
-lots of signature holes and just straight up fun shots
-3 to 5 different pin positions on each hole, with indicators on the tee sign for the present position
-double loop design
-huge parking lot, tourney parking not a problem
-restrooms available, trash cans, benches
-general store in the park on the way to the course
-pay to play, keeps out the riff raff (per vehicle, easy to carpool and split)
Cons: -some areas of the course are very open and lack any shade, can be oppressive during the summer
-there are a few holes that have crisscrossing fairways, notably 7 and 8
-there are also many fairways next to the long downhill shots that would be subject to errant throws. while the downhill shots are awesome, one really has to be paying attention on those tees. the same goes if you're down the hill on the holes below.
-some holes are close to camping areas that may be filled with people
-navigation can be tricky without a map or local guide, a few tees are hidden from view from the last basket, no next tee signs
-SoCal drought conditions mean the water is usually dried up. also, being so close to the lake and not having a better water carry is disappointing.
Other Thoughts: Coyote Point is without a doubt the best course that I have played in California, limited as my experience is there. This course combines spectacular views of Lake Casitas, the Los Padres National Forest, and the coastal mountains with a fun variety of shots that make great use of the elevation and terrain, finished with top notch amenities: concrete pads, Mach 5's, and great tee signs that indicate which of the several pin positions is currently in use.

The course starts with a mouth-watering downhill drive across a (dried up) inlet of the lake. The rest of the front 9 plays up and down the rolling hills of a mostly open area but utilizing the few huge mature oaks as obstacles. Hole 4 features a steep uphill drive through a mando of arched branches and hole 5 has a great steep downhill drive. Hole 9 is another steep uphill across the inlet back toward tee 1. This completes the first loop and brings you conveniently back to the parking lot where you'll probably need to refill your water after all the steep hikes on the front 9.

The back 9 is more wooded and kicks off with a wild downhill tunnel shot. It's really tempting to run right at this hole but you'll think twice once you've had a bad rollaway or overthrow. Tunnels or low ceilings are featured on holes 10, 11, 13, 14, and 18, there are a few more open shots, and hole 16 is the signature top of the world shot.

The multitude of different pin positions on each hole is one of the biggest draws of this course beside the elevation changes. I'm not sure how often the pins are moved but the number of positions out there mean that you could return every few months and never play the same layout. The only drawback is that some of the different locations won't significantly change your shot, particularly on the open holes, but at least it changes the routine for the locals. Most the of the holes will not force a specific line since it is mostly open, except for the tunnel shots or hole 4's mando. LH, RH, and OH throws are all accomodated on many fairways. Dealing with the wind is also a major factor, especially on the open and/or downhill shots.

This brings up a few of the safety issues that could come into play here. There are some crisscrossing fairways, particularly 7 and 8, and holes near camping areas (again 7 and 8). Players on holes 2, 8, and 9 could be subject to errant throws from tee 1's downhill shot and 2, 3, 12, and 17 could be in the line of fire from hole 16's big down hill drive also. A windy day will exacerbate these dangers as downhill drives get blown off course.

Overall, this course makes for a really fun round with a variety of shots and distances in an incredibly beautiful and secluded natural setting. It is the perfect contrast to SoCal's many crowded park courses. Additionally, there seems to be a vibrant and dedicated community of local golfers who take serious pride in this course, keep it in great condition, and frequently hold great events and tournaments. This is absolutely a destination course and a must play for anyone in the Ventura/LA area or any travelers through SoCal.


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11 of 11 people found this review helpful.

 If you like Wrightwood ...

1    4/20/2014   4/21/2014
Review By: xuaeded
Played: 7  Reviewed: 2
1 Helpful / 11 Not
Pros: You'll love casitas. It is a challenging course. It will demand your full attention and stamina. Has a shot for every disc in your bag (and then some). Top of the world shot is one of the best.
Cons: Campers might get in the way, depending on how polite they are. There are many "tree caves", like Sylmar hole 10.
Other Thoughts: Eat a full breakfast. Bring water. Wear high socks or pants. You will be walking through the haggard weeds. Back straps are better than shoulder straps for this terrain. Small pro shop in park store. They have beer.

1 of 12 people found this review helpful.

  Local course

5+    2/5/2014   2/10/2014
Review By: DJMisterG
Played: 2  Reviewed: 1
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great scenery & wildlife, there's a couple golden eagles and bald eagle that hang out in the trees.

Holes are challenging, lots of elevation, some tricky technical shots and a couple to let loose and bomb on.

Pin sets change often, and really change each hole drastically.

Fall /Spring/Wintertime is gorgeous weather, there's camping and a store for food and discs on the way to the course.

Locals are really nice, don't hesitate to ask your way around the course.

Because of the challenging terrain, not a lot of new players or young kids, people move fast through holes.
Cons: Summertime is HOT!

10 dollar fee, 15 on busy holidays to get into the lake.

couple of huge disc eating oak trees.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Tough course

1    5/18/2013   5/18/2013
Review By: surefee
Played: 10  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 7.5 Years
0 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Nice challenging pin placement. Elevation changes. Well maintained. Clean cut
Cons: Thick brush. Lost three of my discs. One in a tree 30 feet in the tree too high to get down and 2 others in the brush.
Can get very hot
Pay to play $15 on summer weekends
Other Thoughts: Overall a good course

0 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 Scenery and wind.

2-4    2/24/2013   2/25/2013
Review By: Ocelotl
Played: 38  Reviewed: 18  Exp: 5.3 Years
15 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Overall: located in a scenic, huge park with camping, boating and plenty of open space, an hour and a half north of LA, this really is the most scenic and complete course Ive played in SoCal.

Signature holes: #3 and #4 are low-ceiling shots that force you to think about disc and shot selection.
#1, #5 and #16(especially) big downhill shots that let you play with the wind, and really make you think about wind direction as your disc gets farther out into open air. #16 is a great 500ft downhill toss with a few different lines, I mostly went the big hyzer route that worked well and let you watch your disc fly forever.

Shot selection: As I mentioned above there are a ton of holes that force you to carve shots on lines a more open course wouldn't force you to attempt. A number of tees have trees very close and in front of them (#11!) forcing you to really concentrate on release points and angles.

Bomber Holes: #7 and #8 for anyone maxing out sub 500ft. of distance these will let you try and air it out as hard as you can after fighting your way through a few tight technical holes. Stress Relief.

Amenities: Camping, Clean bathrooms, Free water, tons of parking, decent signage, scenic views, aside from a pro-shop this course is pretty accommodating.
Cons: Crossing Fairways. Especially finishing 17 leading to 18 pops you out right into 11's fairway (head on a swivel) Hole 16 depending on how badly the person is throwing can lead to a disc bombing down on 3 if not 4 holes, and with the wind whipping around yelling FORE doesn't always reach the people down below.

Hole 10, short gimmicky downhill hole that is just as liable to punish a great shot as it is to reward a horrible one, I got a 2 the last time I shot this hole after missing my line badly but getting hung up in a low tree, not a fan.
Other Thoughts: Coming up from Los Angeles this is simply an awesome road trip, there is a market for beer/water on your way in. Bring some buddies as it is $10 to get your car into the park, but I wouldn't consider it a con, worth it if you carpool. Overall a great tiring day, hiking on the hills. Not a lot of shade so plan your headwear/sunscreen accordingly.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful.

 Ozzy Dog Review for Coyote Point-Lake Casitas, CA.

5+    1/1/2013   1/13/2013
Review By: cmoriarity666
Played: 13  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 4.3 Years
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Difficult course with lots of trees, blind shots, and elevation changes. Long holes with great views of the lake. Store in the park sells discs and the market right before the entrence has a great selection of beer and discs as well. You can bring your dog but it will cost you a couple extra bux.
Cons: First timers maker sure to get a scorecard at the entrence with a map, some Tee's are hard to find for the first time. Very thick brush and trees which makes it easy to loose discs. 10$ per vehicle so it pays to carpool, and a couple extra bux for the dog.

1 of 8 people found this review helpful.

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