2 Helpful / 0 Not
Leave your blue suede shoes at home!!!
Pros: This is one of the most challenging and technical courses around and a great tournament course! With that said, it also offers many holes for beginners to have a shot at making par at least on most of the holes.
Anderson River Park's disc golf course is nestled right next to the Sacramento River and has a pretty flat terrain through open fields as well as heavily wooded areas. It is stroller friendly as well for those wanting to make it a family event.
The cages are new, bright orange, and are rotated to alternate locations often so make sure you check to see where you are trying to end up before you dial in your throw. There's nothing like placing the perfect drive or approach shot where you THINK the cage is only to find out you are now in a horrible position to even try for par, LOL. Yes, I have done this a few times.
I have played this course over 50 times and I have never had an altercation with any of the other disc golfers.
Each hole is completely different, providing the player to use a myriad of discs, throwing styles, and methods of drives and approach shots.
This course offers holes ranging from around 200 ft to a hole over 600 ft, which allows those players trying for the long drive the chance to let it rip.
The starting pads are concrete, rather new, and well maintained with gravel off the fronts for those who tend to "follow through" with their bodies when they drive.
The 18 holes cover a good distance with nice trees, scenery, many deer, and an occasional mountain lion. Yes, I am serious so keep your eyes open. I was playing the course on the day the last mt. lion was spotted there. I figure, it will give you a chance to throw several self defense drives in rapid fire mode if you get charged by one.
The disc culture at Anderson is pretty low key. I have found a lot of discs and have always called or found the owners, so make sure you ink your discs. I have had other players find my discs and they always return them. Disc blood runs deep there, I guess. Most people actually yell FORE and don't get upset if there is a close call. People let smaller groups play through.
As far as other amenities, there are public BBQ's and pavilions adjacent to the course if you wanted to make a disc and BBQ day out of it. There are also bathrooms in the park not too far from the course.
Cons: Beware of cars as the road passes near the course several times on the front 9 holes.
Also, beware of horses on the course, as there is a trail that goes directly through the back 9.
BLACKBERRIES, BLACKBERRIES, and MORE BLACKBERRIES!!!! Even for the experienced player, it is easy to lose a bird in the blackberries. Or, should I say, you may determine that you would rather replace the disc rather than bleed to find it.
Some of the hole markers have a tendency to run away. I am unsure where they go, but some tend to be missing no matter how many times they are replaced.
The course is closed often on weekends for leagues and tournaments so make sure you check before you drive down to play.
If the wind is just wrong you can smell the sewage treatment plant that is located on the outskirts of holes 3-7.
Other Thoughts: If you haven't played at Anderson River Park, you really owe it to yourself to check it out. It would be worth traveling to play a day there as well.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 9 Not
Do it again
Pros: Anderson River Park is a great course for people who want a little more challenge. At the same time it offers some shorter holes that make it fun for the novice disc golfer. I like what the local club has done with the new O.B. This course is always evolving, along with the sport.
Cons: Well there are some signs out there that have been destroyed and grafitied on. Hole four doesn't have a sign anymore, and some rookies keep writting PAR 4 over the PAR 3 on hole 7's 639 footer.
Other Thoughts: Over all it's a great course, and I hope to see you guys out there. I like the recent maitinance after the flood!!
1 of 10 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Course layout definitely featured a lot of shot variety forcing you to use all of your short game.
Good tee signs and very cool baskets.
Course is very easy to navigate and has a nice announcement board by the fist hole.
Hole 7 is a great longer hole with O.B. mixing up what is a largely short course.
O.B. obstacles offer challenge to a number of shorter holes.
The course definitely caters to all levels, offering a good challenge to shoot par for newer players while not offering up too many easy birdies for more advanced amateurs or pros.
Cons: This course would definitely benefit from a little more distance, a number of holes around 200' offer little challenge from an easy birdie.
Course feels a bit scraggly with the abundance of blackberries and dead trees, course could use a little clean up.
Though the concrete pads were good, some were a bit small or off balance.
Other Thoughts: Anderson River is certainly a fun and enjoyable course, playing it for the first time I felt like it would make a great home course, or learning course for newer players. Being close to I-5, and being a relatively quick round I'd definitely recommend it as a stop if your driving through the area. Most of the problems I could find with the course were very small, involving some of the minor cosmetic issues. Some of the holes felt like they were too tight to have a real shot at birdie but were just too short to really run the risk of a bogey. A few of holes as Adam mentioned have no real obstacles at all. A little touch up work could certainly push the course to a 4 for me.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 11 Not
Carharts and a Machete
Pros: Beautiful greenery, wide variety of shots. Technical "make you think" shots. The back 9 is a nice jungle...
Wasn't crowded the times I played it.
Cons: Watch for cars bending corner tee off of No.1. Smacking the windshield of an F-450 driver under the influence of Pabst Blue Ribbon could get ugly.
Other Thoughts: I wore Carharts and longsleeves, the blackberrie bushes are very thorny.
Some well dug out routes through the massive bushes have shown up over the years.
5 of 16 people found this review helpful.
17 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun course just off I-5
- Bright orange baskets and nice concrete tees
- Informative tee signs; each hole has a "name"
- Great variety of shots and distances
- Many blind shots (this could also be a con!)
- Blackberries are probably hell in the summer
- Some tee signs are in disrepair
- A few boring wide-open holes (but only a few)
- Big arms might think there's not quite enough distance
The longest hole at Anderson is over 500', but most are in the 200' to 300' foot range; there are plenty of birdie opportunities if you can place your tee shots. Almost every hole is some sort of dogleg: either a long sweeping curve or just a short hook at the end. (One of the holes is actually a full left u-turn, via a mando.) A few holes in the front 9 are out in the open along a park road, but most are among trees and shrubs, including some unbelievably fat cottonwood trunks. In mid-March, the blackberries were pretty harmless, and I saw only a little poison oak, but I can imagine that some of the holes will get pretty jungly come summertime.
Like the other reviewers said, probably the best thing about this course is the variety. Almost every hole offers something a little bit different. Definitely worth the very short detour off I-5.
17 of 18 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: Wonderful variety of holes with lots of challenges,
Very pretty course incorporated in very nice park along the Sacramento River. I love how you must negotiate around all the trees and shrubs! All new baskets and recently poured tee pads.
Cons: Some disc eating berry bushes. A few signs showing wear.
4 of 13 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: Great variety of holes and shots of varying difficulties beware the blackberry banking both sides of some fairways, concrete pads, and also recently improved with baskets
Cons: beginners will lose a bird or two
Other Thoughts: have fun
4 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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