Not your average disc experience (and the only game in town)!
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: DGCR says that a 2.0 rating is "Reasonable," which doesn't quite describe this goofy course. Palm Desert DGC is completely UNreasonable but I ultimately (strangely) enjoyed the experience. Other reviewers are correct when they say this place is irresponsible and dangerous. Each hole cannot be played with other park activities in progress. Luckily I played midweek during the day. The park was empty sans a few walkers. The amenities are fantastic-- signs, baskets, water fountains, meticulously maintained grounds, etc. Supposedly, you can call ahead and they'll turn the lights on if you're looking for a night round. Concrete paths were adequately used for tees. Considering the land given, nothing was too easy. Trees, pavilions, fences, soccer goals, horseshoe pits, and even some slight elevation changes helped shape each hole. You'll even have some low ceilings here. The soccer goals were a great man-made obstacle for the course. Additionally, there's plenty of length with most holes over 300 ft. As is my custom with any course that has soccer fields around, I loved emptying my bag after the round, shooting into/towards the goals from the opposite end line.
Cons: Again, this course will be unplayable when soccer games or anything else is happening. Most holes incorporate the paths and soccer fields. Hole 2 hilariously uses a pavilion/picnic area as an obstacle. Be prepared to scuff some discs on the very prevalent concrete surfaces that follow through the course. Teepads are all poorly marked segments of the walking paths. Some are just fine for the hole, others (#3, for example) are really short/awkward.
Other Thoughts: Lets face the facts: you aren't in this area to play disc golf. Consider this course a bonus to your visit to Palm Springs. I'd still recommend coming here off-hours and giving it a shot. You'll have a laugh at the sheer ridiculousness and probably also have a decent time.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Play this early mornings
Pros: everyone is very friendly the course is well maintained and there are some fun little problems.
Cons: conflicts with all other park users
Other Thoughts: pay close attention to the signage, it is very accurate, I misinterpreted some of the mandos until it was made clear to me by the locals, the signage was very clear on what was a mando and what wasn't and I just didn't look closely enough. once you are used to the layout... a solo round can be played in about 20 minutes.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Decent signage & baskets. Well groomed soccer park.
For me, the ONE bonus of this course was (by sheer coincidence) that it was 900' from where I was staying on a work-trip.
Cons: The Desert Palm dgc is a classic example of misallocated land. The park itself is obviously well maintained. The soccer fields are plush. There are nice picnic benches, water fountains, a rec center and walking trails. But installing a disc golf course on this facility was irresponsible. There wasn't the free space for it.
The design disregards everything generally associated with safety concerns. Every tee is from the lightly broom-finished sidewalk, which, combined with the desert dust, makes for some excellent concrete surfing for those not possessing an abundance of ped-tread. Literally every hole brings a sidewalk or some other park amenity where people congregate into play.
#1's tee starts less than 10' from a picnic bench, employing a semi blind hyzer shot that spikes in toward a sidewalk and brings a soccer goal into play.
#2's fairway is DIRECTLY through a picnic shelter and water fountain station.
#3 is 390' ish but only gives you the width of the sidewalk (10' ?) for a run up. The fairway IS the soccer field.
#4 Was probably the 2nd safest & coolest fairway on the course (I slipped on the tee) but the basket is still on the corner of a soccer field.
#5 simply DARES the player to nail a pedestrian in the face, as it tees down a sidewalk with a semi-blind curve, and a flight window that leaves very little room to craft an effective drive.
At 220', #6 is the shortest and safest on the course. Although it's a blind shot, as the basket sits behind a tree
#7 forces a 330'ish shot straight down the walkway. Again, putting any approaching walkers at great risk.
#8 forces a diagonal run-up to tee between two sections of fence.
#9 allows for 3 different flight paths, all of which offer their own particular brand of safety issue, including a 340' anhyzer carry over a parking lot.
None of these fairways can be played when soccer is in session.
Other Thoughts: Installing a disc golf course at this facility was a spectacularly ill-conceived notion that should never have seen the light of day.
I counted 8 people at the park when I played it at around 4:30pm on an Autumn Sunday. And every one of them could easily have come into play if I wasn't a pro player... or if I decided to throw with my spaz left hand.
The individual holes would be passable, where they in a secluded area, even though 7 of the 9 holes were hyzer shots. The ONE skill that this course could hope to engrain in a player is the patience to wait for an open window between pedestrians or when the home soccer team is attacking the goal on the other end of the field.
Were this course dedicated solely to disc golf, it might have rated a 2.5. But given its myriad glaring safety issues, I simple could not justify anything more than a 1. Were this the only course available to me, I'd move or quit playing.
Not a course to travel TO. But if you're looking to knock down a course along the way to somewhere else, try to pick a time when you don't think people play soccer. just take extra care to watch for pedestrians.
And try to remember that yelling "FORE" will only make your victims wonder why you are counting so loudly before you bombarded them with plastic.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Well marked.
Easy to find your way around.
Baskets were in great condition.
Very well manicured
Cons: Same basic holes over and over.
Lots of hazards with soccer goals, public use , rights of way, very slippery concrete pads and children using it as a cut through from school to home. Strangely it was not wet, but still slippery. Just a lot to deal with if anyone else is in the park using it. Private land on the perimeter which comes into play often as a right handed back hand thrower.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Nice tee signs. Some longish holes and a couple protected baskets. Wide open fairways for the most part to let people really grip it and rip it. The baskets are in good working order and play fair.
Cons: Most of the pad areas are slippery even when dry. Every hole presents a potential conflict with other park users. graffiti is making its way onto the baskets. Plenty of people to help you retrieve your disc when you park a good shot and they think you might want it back. RHBH hyzer shot will get you by on 7 of the 9 holes.
Other Thoughts: This is not really the park for disc golf. When we played we had a park user conflict at every basket. Although their are 10 or so fields the soccer users played all of the perimeter goals right next to the baskets while the middle remained empty. This is an instance where everyone gets equal use of the park, dg'ers just need to make sure their equal usage occurs when nobody else is around.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Palm Desert can Do Better
Cons: -You share space with park goers
-Not a creative layout
-Similar Holes throughout
Other Thoughts: For a community with so many resources, I was disappointed in this course.
Because of the proximity to park-goers, there's confusion and someone may try to "help" by picking up your disc and tossing it back at you. "Thanks!" ...a bit inconvenient.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The course plays around the edges of a well groomed soccer park. The park was free of any trash or vandalism, and the grass was mowed short and in nice shape. The holes used the available trees to make some reasonably technical lines in a mostly open park. The signage was good, and made the course easy to follow. The tees are all on sidewalk, so the surface is fine to throw from.
Cons: The course is very repetitive. A RHBH hyzer suffices for every hole, and almost all are in the 320-380' range. I threw the same hyzer shot every hole, it just doesn't offer any interesting challenges. On top of that, the safety issues here are quite bad. Every shot plays over or along at least one soccer field. Most also play over or through pavilions, horseshoe pits and sidewalks. Three of the holes bring parking lots into play. There just isn't enough room in this park for a safe design, conflicts are unavoidable and the course is unplayable with soccer fields in use.
Other Thoughts: This course is too long for beginners, most of the holes are in the range that many players won't be able to get close enough for a 2 but there aren't enough obstacles that most players can't get an easy 3. More experienced players won't find any variety. The conflicts and safety issues here make a merely poor course into one I would not recommend stopping at.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun with a couple drawbacks
Pros: Interesting layout.
Good signs to tell you where you're going.
Nice park setting
A couple of challenging tees and basket placements
Cons: Some holes are unplayable when soccer is going on.
Sometimes you have to wait for people to clear so you can throw.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun course. My advice is to go early to beat the soccer players to the park. When soccer is going on you can't play some of the holes but I was creative and played a few holes backwards. Weekdays at sunrise are the best time to go since you'll probably be the only one there and it's much cooler. Most of the walkers I met were polite, no bad vibes. I'll be playing here a lot since my family and my wife's family both have houses in the area.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Good course for a park
Pros: Good channeling course for being setup at the parameter of a park. Good use of obstacles and mandos keep you in check if you think your too good for the cousrse because of it's size
Cons: Play is right next to sidewalks and people if it's a busy day
Other Thoughts: Good course overall and I will be playing it again when I'm in the area again
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course circles a large group of soccer fields, which made me think based on other reviews that it was going to be minimal and lame. BUT who ever designed this course did an excellent job. Trees and mandos are used on every hole to make things a challenge. Really nice signs at each tee area. Tee boxes are the sidewalk that circles the area which isn't ideal but still it is pavement to tee from.
Cons: Shared space with other park users.
Other Thoughts: I really thought this course was challenging. I did have to skip a couple of holes my second time around due to soccer games being played pretty close, but if you go during an off time it shouldn't really be a problem. Hole 7 has a really nice fairway feel in between the trees and the cinder block wall. If you're not too wild of a thrower you should enjoy this course and the different shots required to zig zag the perimeter trees. I would be glad to play this many times if I lived in the area.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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