7 Helpful / 0 Not
Beginners, Kids, Girlfriends, Up-Shots, and "Cubby" Aces
- Great Beginner Course. With only one hole being over 250' (Hole 1) and the rest of the holes averaging about 120, this is a great place for beginners, kids, and girlfriends to learn the game.
- Short Game Practice. If you lived close by, this course would be a good place to work on your short game or go for some "cubby" aces.
- Exposure. This course is in a major park with lots of athletic fields as well as down the street from a high school. Hopefully it will get some exposure in the community and a demand for a better course, or more courses in the Santa Clarita Valley in general, will evolve.
- Too Short for Advanced Players. Unless you want to add courses to your courses played list, or are looking to add some "illegitimate" aces to your ace count, this course is not worth the drive. It's too short, mostly wide open, and lacks hole quality. I shot -7 with two spit "birdie" putts (provided that the holes are Par 3's).
All the things that make this a good course for beginners, make it bad for advanced players.
- Possible Re-Design. There is plenty of room around the park to make a better course, and I was told that possibly the course could be overhauled by Bamba Rico (one of the owners of Sylmar's course).
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Two separate 9 hole courses
Pros: Front 9:
-Easy for beginners to follow
-Nice brick tee pads
-Holes get easier and easier to play, thus boosting confidence in new players
-A 'fun' course to bring a beginner to
-Long, long throws
-More DISCatcher baskets
-Holes 6 - 9 are disc golf exclusive
-Lost discs are rare
-Holes 1 - 5 lit up enough for night play
Cons: -The front and back 9 are a good half mile apart from each other.
-Natural tee pads on the back 9
-Back 9 goes through potentially busy areas
-Front 9 not compelling enough to maintain any interest from experienced golfers
Other Thoughts: These courses sit in a large multi-use park on the outskirts of Saugus. While the majority of the park is grass, the courses are mostly on dirt, save for holes 1 to 5 on the back 9. Hazards are more prominent on the shorter front 9 while the back 9 has less obstruction but much more distance.
Seriously, these two 9 hole courses are polar opposites from each other. They are numbered separately, there is a ten minute walk in between them, and they play differently. For reviewing purposes, they really are two separate courses.
The front nine is a great beginners course to practice disc control on. Hole 1 is the longest hole, with each one progressively getting shorter. Hole 9 can't be more than 80 feet long.
New since my last visit are concrete tees. The vertical post is gone but the pad is very easy to see. The number of the hole is made out of different colored bricks on the pad, and it's very cool and different.
While short, each hole has its own personality and challenge. A few of them have a row of trees about halfway between the tee and pin which add challenge. Elevation and bushes also come into play at times, however the elevation does not exceed more than 15 foot on any one hole.
As others have stated, the front 9 is a great place to introduce somebody to the sport, and to have a good casual time at.
The newly constructed back nine at the opposite end of the park is a completely different breed. Currently, tee signs are not present and the pads are just 2x4's and a worn spot in the grass. We had a map and had no issues navigating.
The back 9 holes were all quite long and much more more difficult to par. While more open, a few trees exist on the first few holes to help force lines. High shots can pretty much clear all of the trees but they are not always ideal. The forced lower shots are generally the best route to the pin and are satisfying. Holes 1 to 5 play very much like holes at Prado.
Holes 6 to 9 exist outside of the fenced part of the park in some kind of flat dusty wasteland. I am not sure what this land is for, but it's for DG now and nobody else seems to be back there.
Hole 6 is very, very long. The tee pad sits just outside of the fenced in park and the basket is about 700 feet away around a right turning dogleg. Throws too far to the right will go into residential back yards, which look undesirable to say the least for wall jumping.
7, 8, and 9 are all just wide open field shots with a slight elevation gain or loss. Nothing really to write home about other than long, wide open 'watch it fly' holes. The ground is uneven and feels like a construction zone so rollers would not be ideal out here, but any other throw involving the sky should do just fine.
Hole '18' is a good mile from Hole '1' just so you know. Not far enough to car shuttle it between the few courses, but far enough to warrant lots and lots of walking. I hope DG takes off in this area and they find a better way to connect these two completely unrelated courses that happen to be in the same park.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
I learned on this course
Complete Review Rewrite to add Back 9:
Front 9 (no updates)
- Good beginners.
- Hole 1 has a decent 256 ft drive.
- Hole 3 no obstacles at all and short.
- Hole 5 is great for tomahawk.
- Hole 8 better now that trees have grown into a good obstacle.
Back 9 (added March 2010):
- 9 more holes! Thank you Santa Clarita.
- First 5 holes easy to follow, near parking lot, along sports fields and dog park.
- Hole 6: Great long drive. Hard to see basket from tee. Walk thru gate and ignore the no tresspassing sign.
- Beautiful park, best in Santa Clarita.
- Bathrooms and water fountains avail.
- Tons to do at the park, baseball, soccer, basketball, football and jogging. Lots of sidewalks for skateboarding.
- Front 9 does not flow to Back 9.
- Back 9 in completely different area approx .25 mile walk.
- Too short.
- Hidden in back of park, bring course map for first time.
- Tee signs are a fiberglass yellow stick, the number of the hole is sometimes missing.
- Hole distances not posted. However, I measured the distances with my GPS and posted the distances under hole info tab.
- Tee pads are dirt with a 2 x 6 in front.
- No markers at all, but new baskets have numbers.
- First 5 holes run the perimeter of busy sports fields. There was always someone standing clueless in the fairway.
- Distance from Front 9 to Back 9 is LONG. Took 9 minutes and I drove.
- Holes 6 thru 9 are in the future planned tennis court complex. It will most likely change when Santa Clarita adds the tennis courts. Will be very hot in summer with no tree cover.
- Hole 7 missing pad marker. I added rocks.
- Hole 8 is dangerous for joggers. I almost hit someone as they came around a blind curve right into my drive. Be careful.
- Hole 9 has no obstacle.
- Back 9 ends far from Hole 1 Front 9.
- I mapped the front and back 9 with my GPS, see new course map in the links tab.
- Its nice to have 18 holes. But the Front and Back 9 are poorly designed. I hope Santa Clarita will update the entire course when the tennis and sports complex are added sometime in the future.
- But, I cant complain too much. I have 18 holes close to home. ;)
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
short and sweet
Pros: -beginner friendly
-very nice park setting
-course is in back of park so that you're not bugging other parkgoers
-the last few holes are fun and a little bit more complicated
Cons: -very short, pretty much just an ace run course for the advanced player
-no signs, but still fairly easy to follow
-very dusty and dry, bring a drink even though its only 9 holes
Other Thoughts: unless you happen to be in saugus for some reason, this course is not worth making a detour for. it's about 20 minutes off the freeway and not much of a challenge, so unless you're taking someone to teach you're better off somewhere else in SoCal
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I've played this course probably 40+ times and it never gets old. I am always trying to challenge my self to get 2s because these are easy threes for most people (exept beginners). This is a great course for begginers because they aren't too long and there aren't many trees. Its also FREE!
Cons: It is very dusty and can get very windy on the open holes. Right now, Hole 3 has huge piles of woodchips on the fairway. So I suggest to start somewhere else so you don't go hiking in those mounds. The teeboxes don't have any footing, so you slip.
Other Thoughts: This course is great for people who just want to try disc golf. If you need more of a challenge, try the difficult disc golf course at Veterans Park (Sylmar).
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I went to the park not knowing where the course was. There was a map near the parking lot that showed the entire park, so it was easy to locate. The course has no information other that numbers on sticks at the tees and numbers on the baskets, but for the style of the course I don't feel anything else is really needed.
Cons: The course only has 9 holes and is located on a hillside, so there is a lot of wind. I missed a few easy putts because of random gusts of wind. The holes are really short. Pads are dirt and had holes dug into them. The Course is mostly dirt and covered in loose bark in some areas. Because of being on a hillside and being windy, there was a lot of dust in the air.
Other Thoughts: I didn't really enjoy the course mainly because of the length of the holes. Hole 1 has a large group of trees which makes a good toss challenging, but hole 2 and 3 are wide open and I overthrew both of them. Every throw off the tee felt like an upshot. It seemed a lot like miniature golf, with wind being the main obstacle. This course would be very good for beginners.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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