6 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: The course plays through a nice little city park. The grassy fairways are well maintained, and the park is mostly free of litter and vandalism. There are tee signs at all tees with hole layout and distance, and the course is very easy to follow. There are concrete tees for all holes, and baskets that are older but still catch ok. A couple holes make creative use of some trees to make some more interesting shots. The course doesn't conflict too much with other park uses.
Cons: This is a very easy, simple little course. Most of the holes are short, open and straight ahead with only a few holes over 200'. As a barely intermediate level player I shot a 17 my first round here with nothing but a wizard, so there really isn't any challenge. The course pretty much just zig zags across a narrow little strip of the park, so it feels very repetitive by the end. The tee pads are tiny, though run ups aren't really necessary here. Many holes play very near one another, and often the next tee is quite close to the basket making for some safety concerns. The course ends at the far end of the park, so you have to basically walk back the entire length of the course to get back to your car.
Other Thoughts: This is an ok place to bring beginners or young kids, as it's short, open and forgiving, but because of how open it is beginners won't be pushed to learn any different shots. More experienced players won't find any challenge here, though apparently there is a much more interesting and challenging safari layout if you can find a local to show you around. Unless you want to introduce someone to the game or check another course off your list, this one isn't really worth playing without a local to show you the alternate course.
6 of 10 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: The grass is always cut short a pluss in my book! The driving pads are ok but could be a bit bigger. not many trees.This course is great for beginners or prople who would like to brush up on there mid range or putting skills..
Cons: The sings need some attin! and the ground around the baskets needs to be filled with some dirt or fine rocks..
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
GORILLA COURSE REVIEW
Pros: This is a review of the GORILLA COURSE ONLY.
This course consists of twelve holes, playing from tees to baskets irrespective of numbering or the regular 9-hole course layout. The park itself is pretty flat, with a couple of small hills, some fencing, and a sand pit to make life interesting. Moderately treed fairways make you shape your lines and think about options. One hole drives blind across a street (!), adding-real-life drama to the risk-reward equation. (There's an alternate, shorter tee for noodle arms like me.)
Since the regular tees are small, we played on the grass next to the concrete except when the gorilla tees were painted on walkways, etc. Baskets are old, but in decent shape. No litter seen anywhere, nor graffiti - seems like the local DG community and or the Parks Dept takes good care of the place.
The main thing is that the fun factor is superb. If this was an 18-hole couse it would be at least a four-disc rated layout. I'm coming back for more!
Cons: Because the DG area is small, the gorilla layout means lots of crossing fairways. The danger of this to me is sort of like a mandatory half-disc ding - too bad, but necessary because if you want to play safe, you have to play off-peak hours when not many other people will be there.
Other Thoughts: I've posted a map of the gorilla layout - if you don't have a guide, make sure you print a copy of the map!
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Short & Easy
Cute little neighborhood course zig-zagging through the a generally open area of a multi-use park. A reasonable location for a quick round with your putter or favorite mid-range disc. Park lights are sufficient to allow for night play without lit discs. Not too bad of a course for new players to come out and throw a round and feel good about getting more than their typical number of pars. Park was well maintained and other amenities offer multiple activities for the whole family.
Baskets are showing their age, i.e. leaning, missing chains, etc.. Some tee signs are missing. Several tees are too close to the previous baskets. Concrete tee pads are too small for any run-up or x-step, but we're talking about sub-200' holes here. No forced shot variety: almost all the holes are open straight shots or RHBH hyzers. Course ends at the opposite end of the park from where it starts so you have to walk backwards through the course to get back to tee #1/parking.
The rumor is that the locals have a safari layout which makes the course more interesting and I saw evidence of this with a couple numbers painted on the sidewalk. But an 18-hole safari layout seems awfully dangerous if there are multiple groups of players on the course. The park lights are what attracted me to this course as I was in town and had just an afternoon to knock out as many So.Cal courses as I could. Liberty Park was a nice way to close out the day letting me play after the sun had gone down. Thanks to whoever posted the map here on DGCR, I probably would have been lost without it. A note to the locals... someone post a map of the safari layout.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Another Fun 9'r in O.C.....
Pros: For the most part, this area of the park is disc golf exclusive. One thing I will always say about these lil neighborhood 9'rs they can make some awesome guerilla courses. So the potential for some good fun is always there and was met by the local crew. There is the ability to play a decent 18 hole layout here. Therefore the "Good" rating was applied. (Get a Guide!!!)
Most holes have concrete teepads. Chains are a lil old, but still servicable (ol Machs). Clean, nice park. Light for night play (but not as lit as Twila)!!!
Cons: The actual course is a weak, short, open 9'r. So if you ain't gotta guide this course is a 1.5. A few baskets need some repair. Signage is weak or non-existent, tough navigating.
Other Thoughts: If I hadn't played this course regularly for the last 15+ yrs and knew the locals to show me the alt. positions, this course is just as weak as most of the O.C. 9'rs. If you wanna get a quick fix in, it always does the job. Great "Stop and Pop" course to add into a road trip since it's close to El Do.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
reviewed by local
Pros: pros play the alternate holes ive played with some good players will not mention names but the shorts are only fun if u play par 2s come with me to play alternates there fun longer slightly harder they have mandos
Cons: weekends are family night and the sport is growing so fast theres new players coming in all the time thats why im there to guide them the propper way to play this course besides the short i work 5 min away so see u @lunch
Other Thoughts: its alot of fun im going to try to start tournaments weeklys only with the harder gorrilla course
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Creative 9 Hole Course
Pros: • Well manicured and mowed grass
• Very creative use of obstacles, including an OB area that is a "fenced off" portion of the park, and a sandpit that is essentially like a small pond. When it rains even more so.
• Disc Golf exclusive area - people do pass through, but they are for the most part very aware that there are discs flying around and it is a sport (i.e. they don't throw your disc back to you).
• Free to park and free to play
• Lots of Safari options here - there is actually a full 18 that is played by locals.
• Rarely crowded - no waiting at any holes. Only saw one other group there on a Saturday from 9am to 1pm
• Centrally located and freeway close
Cons: • Tee signs are missing on some holes and the baskets are not numbered. Some areas have a few baskets which would make it tough for first timers without a guide here.
• Strange fenced off area that appears to be part of the park, but is isolated from the rest of the park. Considered OB, but the worst part is you have to hop the fence to get your disc. It makes you limit your shots to safer lines if you don't want to jump over
• The park is relatively flat. The elevation change that exists is used creatively, but it only really is there on 2 or 3 holes.
• "Back 9" shoot to the same baskets and can interrupt players playing the "Front 9".
• Tees are virtually all on concrete in mixed use areas, so there are no dedicated tees here.
• I sensed that I would probably need a guide if I was there for the first time. Lucky I had one, but I don't know if I would have been able to figure out the flow of the tees since some are unmarked and none of the baskets have numbers.
• Par 4's? I think I had an eagle...
Other Thoughts: Liberty Park in Cerritos is a great short course that would be an excellent place for me to practice if I lived closer. The park is well maintained and the general public is fully aware that disc golf is being played in the vicinity. This is not by any means a destination course, but to work on your mid range and putting game it is a great resource. There are better options in the area including El Dorado on Long Beach which is only about 5 to 10 minutes away. Just don't try to take Studebaker there - it does NOT go through. I learned this the hard way. If you are a RHBH thrower, bring out your anhyzer game here - there are plenty of holes that you will need it on.
Overall this is a fun course to play, but it really is only officially a 9 holer. If the course was extended into the other portion of the park it might be able to expand into a full 18 hole course. This seems possible as the portion of the park on the other side of the parking lot seems underused. The "Monster Course" played by locals plays longer on the "Back 9" and there is even another 9 Safari course played by the locals. When I played here we played all 27.
I enjoyed playing here, but wouldn't go out of my way to go back. It is great when compared to other 9 holers in L.A. county, but it does not hold a candle (or a disclight?) to any of the 18 holers in the area. I would play it again if I was in the area, and this seems like it would be a great local course if you lived near it. I would work on my mid range and putting game if I lived near here. It is also very easy to get to, and parking is a snap.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Easy to navigate
-Concrete tees, with informative signs. Sometimes.
-Lights! Was able to play at night although it was sometimes difficult to find the discs.
-Great for beginners or mid-range practice. Pretty much every basket begs to be aced. Two 240' throws (par 4 LoL).
-The area appears to be mostly DG exclusive.
-My favorite 9 hole in the area.
Cons: -Course does not loop back to the parking lot, it ends at the opposite end of the park.
-While it IS lit, it seems that every pin was hidden in the 9 darkest places they could find.
-Tee pads do not allow any run up, a grass run up is also pretty dangerous due to divots at the edge of most pads. That said, static shots are all you will need to throw.
Other Thoughts: The course plays in a largely unused portent of a flat neighborhood park between a river and a baseball field. As the course progresses, it tends to involve more trees and obstacles, but is never very difficult. The holes gain length as the round plays on.
Flow is relatively easy to figure out, as the course basically zigzags its way across the park, working its way over to the opposite end. While most holes are basic pitch-and-putts, there are a couple that involve slight elevation and line decisions.
The 9 hole design is obvious to follow, but let it be known that there are about half a million other unofficial ways of playing the course. Look around on any piece of concrete and you are bound to find some kind of local hole. On the paths, next to the weird sand pit, in the parking lot, even on the bike path by the river.
Occasionally people pass by, day and night, and yes they are usually oblivious to the game. Fortunately, they are never in the way very long as the path does not follow any fairways.
Note that holes 6 and 9 are missing tee signs, but its no problem figuring them out, even at night.
This course is primarily a night course to me due to the lights. I have actually never played it during the day because there is no point. This and the other 3 nearby-ish lit 9 holers all make for a fun night adventure if you feel so inclined. It is also a fantastic place to introduce somebody to the game, and really practice throwing without worrying about being in the way or losing the disc. I have never encountered crowds here, maybe one other group.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 4 Not
Good place to work on your short game
Pros: -LIGHTS! you can play here until i think 10:00 pm with decent lighting.
-pretty much disc golf exclusive area
-picnic areas make this course a nice one to spend the day at
-short course...i usually just take a putter and a beverage(though you have to be careful. there has been police around there a lot lately and booze is not allowed).
-decent baskets and accurate signs
Cons: -short holes...make me want to stretch my guns!
-very short tee pads (maybe 4'x4'). bring your static shot.
-medium degree of criss-crossing fairways
-weird pars (200' par 4...:S)
-no pro shop or map...make sure to use a guide!
Other Thoughts: this course makes good use of the small strip of land that is dedicated to disc golf. it is only 9 short holes, but the park is usually pretty empty and most people ending up playing longer safari holes. the grassy elevation changes make quite a few different types of shots necessary. the last 2 holes open up a bit, but people who can are used to 300' or more holes will feel confined...playing this course a lot, however, has greatly improved my short/mid game.
15 of 19 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 9 Not
My Starting Course
Pros: This place is perfect for the beginner and novice alike. It may not be as intimidating to some "pros" but it is well maintained and gives decent challenges for people new to the sport and would help players at any level with their short game. Good atmosphere and minimal obstruction from hazards and/or people... The course itself is strictly for disc golf. I've actually witnessed park staff ask anyone obstructing the disc golf players path to relocate to another area of the park. That's a major plus if you ask me. And it's in a great neighborhood. I went to another park course in Anaheim and felt that I may at any time be a victim of a drive-by! =) So I give Liberty Park a high safety rating as well.
Cons: This course can sometimes get a bit crowded with people playing the "back 9." It's not an official back 9, but some crafty disc golfers have made one. The only drawback is that they sometimes cut through the path of the true course and are sometimes shooting at the same basket you may be aiming for. It doesn't become an issue frequently, though. Also, if your not as accurate on some holes, you might have to jump a fence or two in order to retrieve your disc. That being said, it's a very fun course.
Other Thoughts: There is only one basket that is slightly damaged as far as I know and it's the 6th pin. The basket dips a bit to one side. In closing I offer you this... I am new to the sport and am very thankful for this course. It's where I got "hooked" on the game and no matter where I go or how good I become it will always be my "home course."
7 of 16 people found this review helpful.
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