Shucks, why not? Go Disc!
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Pros: - $2 to play
- distance and technical, great for experienced players.
- clear signs and clean cement tees
- feels safe for solo ladies* a big plus!
- played within a large, grassy, clean park
- "rest" spots offer some privacy
- restrooms near by (park area)
Cons: - new players don't expect many pars unless you are gifted.
- baskets are a tad hard to locate for newcomers- bring a map
Other Thoughts: I like it here and will play again!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Red,White,Blue layout makes course navigation fairly easy without a map for first timers
-Good mix of holes. Long/short/left/right
-Some elevation comes into play
-Has a shop on site
-Nice teepads and baskets
-Not too many pedestrians walking through when I played
-Bathrooms conveniently located
Cons: -Some teesigns are missing
-Didn't really have any holes that stood out to me
-A lot of trash on the ground considering amount of trashcans around
Other Thoughts: I played this course at 730 am... Was one of the only ones there the whole time I played, shop wasn't open
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Sylmar offers one of the best disc golf experiences in SoCal. With a good variety of lines and distances with elevation changes this course offers a fun but challenging round of disc golf.
- All holes have 3 pin positions, giving the course a good feel of variety.
- Big elevation changes on a bunch of holes. Hole 11 is a big downhill shot, a lot of fun when playing to the elevated pin position. Also pleanty of uphill shots with a good deal of distance.
- The couse is DG exclusive!!!. I will happily continue to pay 2 bucks so I don't have to worry about hitting little kids or their oblivious parents walking throught the course.
- The course offers a variety of obstacles. Most holes are moderately wooded, with major elevation changes. Also the wind can be very punishing. Last Sylmar Open there were gusts of 30 mph, making a very interesting round.
- Navigation is easy. Maps are provided at the pro shop and baskets follow red white blue pattern.
- The course has a great disc golf vibe, you can tell that the course is well maintained and enjoyed by the locals. with the pro shop on site and a local disc golf legend calling this course home.
Cons: The course can be very dusty during the summer.
No major complaints about this course. I will admit that it plays kind of short, but it still offers a good challenge.
Other Thoughts: Sylmar is a bit out of the way for me but everytime I go there I end up wishing I made the drive more often. This is one of my favorite courses in SoCal.
I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting the LA area. If you have time do Sylmar and Oak Grove in the same day for a great day of disc golf.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Fun and Challenging
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Great variety.
Good course for all skill levels.
Multiple pin positions are nice, but I have not played often enough to notice the difference.
Cons: Short holes for big arms.
The rocks and soil on the last 2/3 of the course will make short work of DX and Pro-D plastic. I had a new DX TeeBird go from stable to understable by the end of the round.
Other Thoughts: My favorite So Cal course, due to the variety of terrain, elevation, trees, etc. It has a little of everything.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Well kept up
Baskets chang regularly
Great use of the area and some amazing holes.
Not too easy but not crazy difficult.
Cons: Gets really hot and Dusty in summer
Can be tough to find pin positions if you dont play there often
Not in the best surrounding area
One teepad is on edge and kept me from a full follow through, drop of is not that high but nonetheless i dont want to eat dirt
Other Thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed Sylmar but wish the baskets were a bit longer when i went. Not a problem just ended up using a lot of mids that day. the proshop is awesome and they got a great selection in there. I enjoy courses where you finish close to where you started so there is unecessary hiking/walking involved. If it wasn't so far from me i would play this course much more often as it was a great test of my skills.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course features a nice mix of technical holes. Plenty of trees and vegetation force players to shape their lines precisely. However the undergrowth is pretty light, meaning bad shots will not be overly punished.
The course features a nice mix of distances with a few shorter putter or mid holes as well as a few chances to air out the big drivers.
The terrain changes quite a bit as your progress through. It starts with a couple flat grassy holes before heading into a more desert-like terrain.
The varied elevation is used quite well. Hole 11 features a nice downhill drive. The course finishes by playing back up the hill on 17 and 18.
Multiple pin positions keep things interesting. However with only one basket per hole, the specific layout is dictated by the course maintainers.
The pro shop on site offers a very nice selection of Innova, Discraft, and Legacy.
Cons: There were a couple points where navigation was a little tricky. Particularly after holing out on 11, you find yourself surround by tee pads with no indication of which one is next.
The biggest complaint I had about this course was the pin location of the tenth basket. It was literally in a bush. This just feels overly gimicky - not to mention it punishes a good shot that doesn't line up with the opening just right. I half expected to find myself needing to throw through the blades of a windmill on the next hole.
Other Thoughts: Outside of the gimicky pin location on 10, I thought this was a very well designed course. It forced me to use a wide variety of different shots and strategies throughout the course of the round. None of the holes felt like fillers, they all seemed to be well thought out.
The locals I ran into on the course seemed friendly and helpful. I got stuck behind a couple large groups but they were happy to let me play through and helped point me in the right direction when needed.
If I ever return to Southern California, I will definitely play this course again.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -discatcher baskets in alternating colors as you play through
-variety of straight, left and right shots
-3 or more pin positions on EVERY HOLE
-alternate challenging pro pads on several hols
-variety of terrain including flat, uphill and downhill shots
-good use of all available land
-friendly locals including course pro Steve Rico
-terrain is developing and more trees have been added
-well maintained course, with benches or places to sit added on man holes
-If you want to get a good technical round of disc golf in, this is the place!
Cons: The course makes the best use of the available land. Since there is no irrigation on the bottom section of the course, it can get a little hot and dusty. There are drinking fountains near the bathrooms though.
-goat head thorns! around holes 10,11,15 these thorns will get stuck in everything, including your shoes, discs and hands. Just be careful of them!
-like MANY course, it will get crowded on weekends. This is a good thing for the sport though, crowds mean people are coming out to play.
Other Thoughts: The Rico family has done allot for disc golf, and they work very hard to keep this course up and running. Its a modest $2 to play, and this helps keep the course alive and well maintained.
The locals here are friendly, and always willing to show you around.
In terms of the 'upper course', they use it in tournaments, and there will be an Amateur only tournament, for the first time ever later this year. This will utilize the whole top for 18 holes, including the infamous 'island holes'. It is sure to be an amazing tournament!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: This course offers a little bit of everything. Some long drives, tight lines, elevated tee shots, uphill shots, grass and dirt. There is a mix of tall and small trees that make this course very technical. Great tee signs and cement tee pads. The disc shop offered a variety of discs at a reasonable price.
Cons: There are no water misters on the covered benches at hole 8.
Other Thoughts: I'd visit this course more if I didn't have to pass 4 other great courses on my hour and a half drive out there.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Sylmar - Veterans Park
* Beautiful terrain incorporating massive eucalyptus and pine trees throughout this 94-acre hillside, in the foothills of Los Angeles. With grassy fairways on the first three holes, the rest of the course plays up and down much more rugged terrain the remainder of the round. Looping toward the paking lot multiple times, this course has great flow and challenging design.
*Multiple pin placements (3) w/ red, white, or blue DISCatchers on every hole, hence the name Veteran's Park. Baskets get moved regularly and are often strategically placed around natural obstacles. Accurate tee signs showing distance, par, obstacles, and pin position make navigating the course much easier for first timers. There are large concrete tee pads on every hole w/ cinder blocks to support when necessary due to erosion or elevation. Some w/ two pads like holes one and three, which add hole length and difficulty.
*Technical course allowing for multiple approaches both off the tee and in the fairways. Holes range from 215ft. -390ft. Course is well balanced for both LH and RH players, rewarding accuracy over power. Only a few holes on the course are blind.
*Strong local club which helps to maintain the course and make ongoing improvements. The $2 fee helps to push this course in to the future and allow it to compete as one of the premier courses in the state! Well worth the cost to enjoy a premier level course.
*Best pro shop I have seen on site in all the courses I have played to date! It offers snacks, drinks, wide variety of discs, apparel, etc. Visit the 19th Hole when you visit and help support the Rico brothers. They do a lot for this community and the game itself. For being one of the best dgers in the world, Steve is very humble and very approachable.
Favorite hole/s: #11 (Pyramid Hole), #12 - #15
* Lower portion of the course can get brutally hot and dusty during the warm summer days so bring shades and water.
*Multiple areas where a disc can go out of bounds over a fence and in to a neighborhood so just be aware.
*Due to its popularity, crowds can be an issue during the weekends and summer.
*With only a few placements reaching nearly 400 ft, it would have been nice to have had some longer holes although not necessary. They do however use the upper portion of the park (above the first three holes) during tournaments which addresses this issue.
*Sylmar has been around for over three decades and yet continues to get much praise for being technical and challenging. Although the original course has been modified and redesigned over the years, it continues to utilize the land making every hole unique unto its own. Since the takeover by the Rico brothers, Sylmar has vastly improved and become a place where advanced and pros alike come to get better. A-Tiers are held here as well as several other competitive pdga tournaments, and is home to a disc golf legend.
**A must play if in LA**
15 of 15 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 2 Not
Disc Golf the Way It Was Meant to Be
Pros: Amenities, views, course upkeep
Other Thoughts: The course at Veterans Park is a high-end SoCal disc golf experience. With an excellent onsite pro shop, lessons available from the onsite pros, top-end signage, concrete teepads, a large area of the park devoted strictly to disc golf, an easy to follow color-coded system to get from hole to hole, and a bunch of broad views, you'll be hard pressed to find a better overall disc golf outing in the whole Los Angeles sprawl.
The course starts out on grassy, flat, groomed park land, which does unrealistically set expectations a bit. After hole 4 you move down into the more dirt and mulch area of the park, but the advantage is that elevation becomes more of a factor also. Sylmar is an older course, and thus is not particularly long, but does have plenty of fun shots, downhill, uphill, and just among the many large trees. There are enough trees to keep you honest, but you don't need a variety of shots to succeed out here - driving long enough and for the most part straight is the main thing. Beyond the pro shop and other amenities already noted, the two features that stand out are the nice views of the valley from several holes, particularly #11, and then the several uphill holes, which add a good bit of challenge to an otherwise par 3 course.
While Veterans Park has only one set of teepads, multiple pin placements will keep the course fresh for even regular players, I'm sure. It's the kind of course most of us would love to have as a local course - you can buy everything you need right there, it's nice looking, the baskets can be moved around as needed, you don't have to share the space with other park users, and it's kept in great shape. I'd put this course at or near the top of your SoCal wishlist if you're planning a visit, and I'm sure all you locals are grateful to have such a nice course tucked away out there on the quiet edge of the L.A. megaopolis.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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