bijou, adj., small and elegant
Pros: * SO much better than I thought it would be after driving past it for a couple of years, largely because...
* 9 holes have been inserted in the middle which border on some beautiful alpine meadow, with 180-degree views of surrounding mountains--well worth the price of admission right there! Holy crap, it's pretty.
* Excellent maintenance: good baskets, nice rubber tees with brooms, etc.
* Trash/recycling bins all over the place... and basically no grody litter. A coincidence? A conspiracy? You be the judge.
Cons: * First 9 holes are fairly ho-hum, close to road/lot, and almost on top of each other.
* Pretty durned flat overall.
* In fact, the setting remains the main draw throughout... (but did I mention how pretty it is?)
* Beside a newly constructed BMX park but no one was killing sick tricks and stuff while I was near it, so that's clearly this course's fault. Or Obama's. I can't keep it straight anymore.
Other Thoughts: Confession: Though we played here a couple of times, my friends and I kept having to leave after playing the first 18 (super-important business to attend!), so I actually haven't played the last 9 holes yet. My impression is that they are in between the front and middle 9 in character. I just hope that there are a few holes where guys do BMX tricks over the tee pads.
Definitely worth a visit
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Pros: Gorgeous park with course winding through tall pines. A good challenge for all skill levels. Easy to navigate with zero chance of losing discs. Not a "mountain" course, but does have decent changes in elevation. Good variety of shot shapes.
The tee signs are easy to read and determine basket location with the washer system.
Cons: The course overly rewards the power thrower. There is a high luck factor due to the nature of the forest. Slight misses can hit trees and re-direct while a major shank gets lucky and parked.
Many holes crowd each other and several baskets crowd the road. Hole 2 throws directly towards a dog park.
Other Thoughts: While flawed, the fun factor is very high here.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: The course is very well maintained
There are lots of pin locations for each hole, giving a good variety.
Good views of the mountain faces as you play along the edge of the back 18
Cons: This place gets super crowded on weekends.
The course is very flat
Other Thoughts: If you are in South Lake this is definitely worth playing through. There are lots of trees to make the course difficult, but I think its just an average course. I guess I get spoiled living up here with all of the other fantastic courses nearby.
Don't play on Sundays if you are solo, there is the weekly dubs Sunday morning and it will take hours to play through
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Pros: - for 27 holes it play fast and easy
- very accessible, right in south lake Tahoe
- great teepads
- great variety of shot shaping and distance, shorter technical shots and some longer shots that force you to shape lines as well
- the layout of the course is very easy to follow, and most tee pads are within view of the previous basket
- benches at most tee pads and lots of tall trees to offer shade
- not much elevation change, but what they have they use well
Cons: - while the course is easy to figure out, a few navigation signs would help out
- the tight course layout could lead to some injuries from an errant throw
- no real "wow" shot
Other Thoughts: I was amazed how fast and easily I was able to fly through the 27 holes. Great course I would recommend to any disc golfer.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
27 holes never seemed so easy and effortlessly to play
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1) Nice, large teepads.
2) Signs at every hole.
3) Brooms on sign post, to clean teepads when dirty.
4) Two courses in one, the first 9 and the back 18, so you can play 9, 18 or all 27.
5) Great mix of long, medium and short holes.
6) Up to 5 pin positions for every hole.
7) Trash cans around the course, so do your part and keep the park clean.
8) Trees galore around the course provide challenges to all levels of golfer: beginning to advanced.
9) Tree stumps around provide places where you can sit your bag, instead of the ground.
10) Bathroom and water fountains on site.
11) Practice basket (homemade) near hole 1.
12) 3 loops on the course: 1-9, 10-15, 16-27.
1) Holes 5, 6, 7 are near AI Tahoe Blvd, so watch your hyzers.
2) Cris crossing of holes occurs a few times on the course, so print out a map, if it's your first time playing there.
3) Very popular course as my friend and I allowed a few groups to play through, so get there early if you want to avoid those crowds.
4) Hole 27 is close to hole 16, so again, use the map.
Other Thoughts: I drove 2.5 hours from Sacramento to play this course and I was not disappointed. It was easy to find and was, literally, a breath of fresh air from the city. Heck, I would drive any amount of time to play this course. This course was built for all levels of player.
Besides disc golf, there is a skate park, basketball court and a few pavilions for public use. Be sure to mind the 6.5 mph speed limit posted when you enter the park. Plenty of parking, even for the amount of people that play here.
Holes 12, 13, 14 provide a distinct and beautiful view of the mountains. There is a BBQ grill near teepad of hole 10. Not sure if it works, but it's there. Definitely will be making my way back to Bijou to play some more rounds. I highly recommend this course to any and all players. you, too, will NOT be disappointed.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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The Home Course
Pros: Multiple pin placements for every hole, some with 5. course can be totally different from 2 weeks ago. There are two practice pins/practice area enclosed by parking
The holes have excelent sinage that is updated with the movement of pins and addition of new placements. This course is always improving, more pin placements, better tee pads, pinecone and needle removal going on all year. If the winter was lame (like this year) the course is fairly playable. A variety of hole shapes and lenghts, the front 9 being typically a little shorter with at least 5+ birdie runs, the back 18 being longer and some tough/tech pars. Multiple shot possibilities and fairways for a lot of the holes. lots of tree coverage, so finding the best line can be a fun challenge.
No mandos. there are so many trees that they arent really necessary and you are free to attact the holes as you will. Easy to get to, in the heart of south lake tahoe, mountain views, and a giant meadow on east side of back 18 make for a nice atmosphere. Some mellow elevation changes throughout the course, not to monotonous as some flat courses can be. Windy days are playable, as the back 18 are down lower and mostly wooded. The ground is mostly clear of brush, kinda hard to lose discs, and bring your dogs.
Cons: The biggest con is how crowded it can be. Near the college, subdivisions and middle of town, there is no shortage of loud kids and ten-somes around. The course seems to be under construction a good amount of the time(not always a bad thing.) There will be a bmx pump track in the near future that may alter some holes. And the trees... man, some days it seems like they have no mercy, and there are a lot. There used to be some fun water obstacles in a few fairways, but the drought has dried them up. A tee pad or 3 lies close-ish to pin placements, around 30 feet or so.
Other Thoughts: This course is a few miles from my house, and I couldnt be happier, as this course is well above average. The front 9 and back 18 are laid out seperate, but are very close together, allowing for an easy walking 27, or a quick 9, or a mix n match of holes that cross over (crowd allowing.) A few years ago when some of the new pin placements were going in, some trees were cut down to open up new fairways, but not enough to affect the difficulty of the course. Curious to see what will happen with the bmx track in the next few years.
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Fun Sans Thrill
Tee areas: 4'x10-12' rubber, wood-framed, flat teepads. Teesigns showing all possible positions, and current position. Brooms. Benches. Picnic tables, too, at most holes.
Three loops, baskets 9, 15, and 27 near the parking lot. Water. Bathrooms.
Minimal chance to lose a disc, as the fairways are mostly dirt, and the few bushes that to grow are not dense nor found within clumps.
Basket-2 quite near a dog park.
Crossing fairway-20 when moving from basket-22 to tee-23. A few fairways near roads. A few tees near fairways.
It's a bit of an adjustment when changing from the 12' teepads on the front nine to the 10' pads on the back eighteen.
Course is set in a large public park, with the front nine playing amongst the tall pines near the main road and access drive, and back eighteen playing along the back of the park, amongst smaller-but-more-frequently-occurring trees, with a large meadow just beyond. There's a gentle slope separating the front from the back, but only a few holes play up/down it - the course is primarily flat.
The beginning part of the course plays amongst the tallest trees, so branches don't come into play. Quite flat, minimal shot-shaping, and if a line is missed, recovery is typically easy. Short-7, offering three different (straight-but-narrow, lefty-with trees late, right needing a steady, subtle line) lines, was an interesting hole.
The middle portion of the course is where the majority of the elevation change (down 10&16, up 15) comes into play. The holes lengthen :-) while the tees shorten :-(. A slight increase in shot-shaping, but recovery still remains relatively simple. Number-10, a downslope, right-turner the day I played, was a challenging and visibly appealing hole.
The final section of the course has the more-definitive flight paths, with increased punishment for errant shots. A number of the baskets are closely guarded, unlike the earlier parts of the course, with decent length and some minor elevation changes. Number-21, a sharp right-turner with an abundance of smaller trees to punish premature turns, was tough.
With so many possible pin positions, your mileage may vary, but the day I played, I primarily threw straight of the tee, with a fair number of right-turner needed, too - only on few occasions did I reach for an overstable disc for the tee shot. There will be more air than trees between you and the basket on pretty much every hole.
Navigation, especially with the map, is fairly straightforward, the only two small problems I experienced as a first-time visitor was the need to backtrack from basket-12 to tee-13, and mistakenly going from basket-20 to tee-23 (tee-21 is near the road).
A course quite suitable for recreation players, especially when the baskets are in the shorter positions, and both they and intermediates should have fun here. Advanced players will need to work when the baskets are in the longer positions (I played a few days before a tournament, and it seemed as if most every baskets was in its long position), but probably won't experience any thrilling moments. Overall, a fun, relaxing, solid play.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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In Tahoe? Play this course!
Pros: Great locals to play and help you navigate this course. Not that it is really needed, but having some local help is a pro in my book. Great tee pads. Baskets are kept up really well and bright yellow to locate. The maps at each tee are great and well laid out for the basket placement. Washer system helps those that have not played before locate the basket. Fresh air, great views, long and technical shots. Not too many short holes, which is good if you have a big arm.
Cons: I don't think I can come up with anything that would be a con for this course. If I had to choose something, it would be the mass amount of pine cones on the ground. That should be taken care of in the next few weeks with the help of the locals who keep this course looking nice.
Other Thoughts: Zephyr Cove is a more challenging course, so use this one as a warm up before heading to play Zephyr. Take some water, lots of water, when you play and make sure you pack out or throw away what you take in. Keep this course looking beautiful for others to play.
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S. Lake Disc Golf Paradise
Pros: Bijou is a great addition to the Lake Tahoe area courses. Unlike the other area courses Bijou is relatively flat. There are a few minor elevation changes but nothing over 40-50 ft. It also is the largest course in Tahoe with 27 interchangeable holes. There are multiple pin positions per hole. Pin positions can change the same hole from a 200ft par 3 to an 800 ft par 5. The local club takes excellent care of the course using a hole adoption program to make sure each hole gets the attention it deserves. As of this summer (2013) there are new tee signs that include all of the pin locations and their correct distance from the tee. With a wide variety of tight and open, left and right pins this course offers something for everyone. The course layout is also very convenient, there are 3 separate holes you can start from in the parking lot and two practice baskets.
Cons: On a weekend with nice weather this course can get bogged down. During a tournament play is slow at best... Only other con would be the dust during a dry spell, bring a good towel.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course to play, with a good club backing it. There are monthly tag rounds and weekly doubles during the summer. The crowds can be frustrating at times. A close neighbor and highly underutilized course is Zephyr Cove only 10 minutes away. It's the complete opposite of Bijou and much more challenging.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Ok park course
Pros: The course plays through a beautiful park with nice pine trees and great views of the surrounding mountains. The course starts out pretty short and straightforward, with some longer and tougher holes toward the end. The pines make you do some line shaping, though you generally have multiple options on each hole. The mix of holes where the easiest shot is left or right turning is fairly even, and there's a good balance of reachable holes with some longer shots where you can throw a driver.
The park is nicely maintained, with good tees (and brooms for sweeping off pine needles). The tee signs are plenty informative, and I always appreciate pin position indicators. The multiple positions add some variety, they were in a nice mix of shorter and longer positions when I played.
Cons: The first nine are pretty short and straightforward, without much excitement or interesting challenge. The course gets better later, but it's a disappointing start. Too many of the holes are straight, you don't have to be too creative with different lines to score well here. With no real underbrush there isn't any punishment for a bad shot, you can almost always recover for par even with a horrible tee shot.
Other Thoughts: This course is great for beginners, with little punishment and straightforward shots. There are some longer holes but not so many that newer players will get frustrated. Experienced players can have a good time here, but don't expect a real test of line shaping or recovery skills. This is a great place to warm up for some of the more intense courses in the area, and worth a stop while you're in Tahoe.
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