Fatherís Day #8: A Beach, a Harbor, a Pier, a Lighthouse, a Seal Hospital, and 24 baskets, Wow!!!
Pros: Beachfront Park DGC must be played to be believed. I can't believe they got approval to put all these holes in where they are located. You play through the parking lot of a lighthouse. There's a seal hospital smack dab in the middle of the course, I know because they were handing out maps to the course there. I have played almost all of California's courses now and this one must be in the State of Jefferson, because I can't imagine this course being approved of in California. It must be just far enough from the stupidity nexus that is Sacramento to be safe. There are a billion safety concerns here and I find myself writing them in the pros because quite frankly they make the course fun. Let's start from the beginning though, Beachfront Park is a large open grass park between Front St. and Howe Dr. located literally feet from the harbor. The park has a huge horseshoe pit enclosure, a huge kids playground, a city pool, open lawns for other sports and activities, and BBQ, picnic, and pavilion areas. The park is the central core for the harbor area where you can walk out onto the old wooden pier, stroll out on the break waters despite the warning signs not to, and even hike out to the Battery Point Lighthouse at low tide. In the park you'll also find the Northcoast Marine Mammal Center where visitors can see some of the marine animals they are rehabilitating. The disc golf course is 24 holes winding its way through all of this harbor setting. And by through I mean through, Hole 1 tees off from the club kiosk, located about middle of the park right off of Howe Rd, over a small grove of trees that fronts the park into the center of the park. Hole 2 throws right at a pavilion located on the other side of the park. Hole 3 has you throwing at the bathrooms as obstacles alongside a park road. Hole 4 uses the maintenance shed as obstacle with a park road right down the left of the fairway. Hole 5 has you cross the road and seems to be fairly safe, but hole 6 has you throwing at the horse shoe pit enclosure as an obstacle and pin protection. Hole 7 has you cross Howe Rd. to have the fairway play between the few feet between the road and the ocean to a basket sitting on a rocky cliff that may or may not have a beach below. Hole 8 brings you back across Howe to tee off into the park again back at Hole 1 and is a relatively safe throw. You then however must cross hole 1's fairway to get to hole 9's tee in a grove of trees where you really can't see whether anyone is throwing or not above you. Hole 9 is pretty safe, but Hole 10 throws back at the pavilion and bench area. Hole 11 and 12 throw right along front street using it as its right side fairway boundary. Hole 13 throws right at the city water treatment plant. Hole 14 is actually the back fire door patio of the water treatment plant. Had a hard time finding this tee just because I didn't think they would want people this close to this type of building. In any other place in CA this would probably be all enclosed and completely blocked off, here you're throwing from it. Hole 15's tee is actually in the back parking lot of the Marine Mammal Center and is painted on in white striping. Hole 16 has you crossing Howe Rd again and throwing on a narrow strip of park land between the road and harbor. Hole 17 has you throwing across the mouth of Elk Creek to a basket on a small cliff on the other side just feet from B Street. You then turn right and walk down B St for Hole 18 which is a sharp right hook up into the lighthouse parking lot and using the lighthouses bathrooms as obstacle on the left. You then walk back down to Hole 19 which has you playing back toward the harbor right along the side of B St. You then walk back up into the lighthouse parking area again and tee off for hole 20 which is up on an elevated rocky area. You then throw out over the parking overflow for the B street pier and the breakwater to a small cove between the breakwater and the pier. Hole 21 then has you throw back over the harbor and mouth of Elk Creek to a basket back over on the small park strip between the road and harbor. Hole 22 then has you throw from the park to a basket on a rocky cliff above the harbor and between the road. Hole 23 then has you cross back over Howe Rd and tee off directly in front of the Marine Mammal Center down a long narrow tunnel of trees. Hole 24 then has you throw along Howe Rd back towards the club kiosk and Hole 1. It must be played to truly appreciate the craziness of this course. Because of its interaction with the ocean it also completely changes at high tide and low tide. At low tide Hole 7and 22 have beaches often 20 to 30 feet wide that offer a much easier landing zone rather than at low tide when the surf is crashing up against the rocks just below the baskets. At low tide Hole 17 and 21 throw across a mostly beach area and the exposed mud flats of Elk Creek and are not all that difficult a shot, but when Elk Creek is really flowing and at high tide Hole 17 and 21 are completely cut off from the tee with water requiring a complete throw over water to the basket and then a long walk around the treatment plant to even get to the basket or some serious wading. Did I mention that most of the holes are also pretty long many 400 feet, definitely adding to the challenge?
Cons: Safety Concerns. Almost everything written above could be written down here as well, there are a ton of safety concerns. The course plays to close to roads, benches, parking lots, buildings, and other activities. Pretty much every hole has the potential for some sort of safety hazard. You're going to need to keep your head on a swivel for other park users, light house visitors, and everyone else here enjoying this ocean front. You also may have to carry depending on where people are or where cars are parked.
Navigation. There are no signs other than the club kiosk at Hole 1 making it difficult to find a lot of the tees. The tees are almost all concrete with the numbers engraved in them, other than the ones on the harbor front where concrete would not be easily installed, in which case they are rubber mats. Hole 14's tee is the back patio door of the water treatment plant and Hole 15's tee is in the back parking lot of the Marine Mammal Center painted on the blacktop. Without the map this would have been a difficult course to navigate, print it from here in the links before going for the first time.
Flat Holes. The majority of the holes located at Beachfront are rather flat and open and would be rather boring if it were not for some of the cooler more signature holes along the waterfront and the elevation presented by the roads levy.
Wind. You're on the ocean, so wind is definitely a huge factor here.
Lost Discs. I noticed a lot of the other reviews say that the ocean holes are unplayable at high tide, to me they are just much more challenging.
Other Thoughts: All in all this is a fun course, we were lucky enough to play it at both low and high tide now and to see the difference in how it plays. Also it is cool to be able to walk over and tour the lighthouse and then come back and find it on an island. Crescent City is a charming little seaside town just a few miles from the Oregon border, and doesn't get anywhere near the tourism as a lot of California's other coastal towns which is nice. It has a rather laid back feel and the disc golf course certainly reflects it. It is a very unique course in both good and bad ways. This is a very difficult course to review, there are way too many problems with the course to justify a higher rating, but at the same time I don't know if I would change a thing, other than adding tee signs. We had a lot of fun playing this course and at the end of the day that's all that really matters. I would definitely recommend this course as a very unique disc golf experience. Every course bagger should play it at the very least. We ended up spending the whole day in Crescent City and had a great time.
We would leave the next morning on the 199 and head into Oregon before coming back down to Happy Camp.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun at the beach!
Pros: Maps are available at the Cultural Center next to the park.
The tees are mostly concrete and numbered. There is a arrow in the concrete base of all the baskets pointing in the direction of the next tee pad to help you find the next tee.
There are some Long "let-r-rip" shots that are wide open, great for practicing drives.
This is a fun and challenging course.
Beautiful views. (lighthouse, ocean, bay )
All basket course.
Well maintained, you will not have to search forever
in tall grass and bushes to find a disc.
Cons: You may need to skip a few baskets: 1, 9, 11 and 12 could be affected during soccer season.
Other Thoughts: This is a great disc golf course!
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