9 Helpful / 1 Not
A fine alternative to Morley
Pros: -Well maintained grass
-$5 pay-to-play keeps the riff raff out
-Practice Basket right next to putting green
Cons: -Only 9 holes
-Shots are generally straightforward
-No tee protection
Other Thoughts: Sun Valley is a disc on ball golf course, meaning the course is on an actual golf course. Disc Golfers share the course with Ball Golfers, who tend to play slower than Disc Golfers. The course itself is on a very hilly, semi wooded course in a suburban neighborhood bordering a freeway. Pleasant green grass, rolling hills, and a cozy pro shop create an inviting, laid back vibe.
The course is $5 to play, which buys you two laps. The ball golfers pay $10. When we played this course on a weekday afternoon, there was a father and son and two other groups playing disc, and 3 groups playing golf. While it was busy, the golfers were generally young and playing multiple balls, and were more than happy to let us play through, and even a couple of times, right along-side them. We dealt with absolutely no excessive waiting or attitude. This is not a country club. A golfer returned my iPhone to the pro shop from tee 3, if that says anything about the clientele.
The course itself relies mostly on elevation to keep itself interesting. The first hole is a fantastic downhill bomb off the tee, to a pin on a steep slope. An easy layup can result in a horrible roller.
The next couple of holes shoot across valleys, with hole three incorporating OB and some trees to add to the challenge. Hole 4 is a short, flat hole, but playing the ball greens and sand traps as OB adds landing zone challenges for most players.
The second half of the course has a little less elevation but is still fun. The 8th hole plays very short but has a dogleg, and the 9th hole is a fairly steep uphill shot. Once again, the hills are the primary challenge, not only with shot selection but the landing gamble as well.
There are multiple tees for ball golf, and as others have mentioned, a good number of them are just not designed with disc golf in mind. They are rectangular, but long side-to-side, so no room for a run up. There are obvious naturally worn areas near these tees that we used as our own. Since you are allowed two laps with your green fees, you can play the easy tees the first round and the harder ones the second round to add some variety to your day.
With the ability to take your time and not worry about an errant disc nailing you in the back of your head, Sun Valley is a great alternative to the mayhem at Morley Field. It is very casual and not all that difficult, but the slower pace allows time for a couple of shots and some practice. I am a supporter of disc on ball golf courses, and this course, albeit a 9 hole, is a fine example.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
Fun 9 holer
Pros: Very clean course.
Awesome first hole.
Nice pro shop.
Cons: $5 for two 9 hole rounds, where at Morley you can play 19 for $3.
Some jerk who has a fence against one of the holes despises disc golfers and won't allow them to retrieve their discs. If you attempt jumping the fence, he lets out his pack of Cujo dogs.
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Very clean cut and well maintained, not extremely crowded
Cons: Very short, on the pricier side, not very challenging, if you shank your drive it could end up in someones backyard or on the freeway.
Other Thoughts: Worth trying, but wouldn't recommend going out of your way to play it
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course is set on a hilly 9 hole ball golf course. This means that many of the fairways are pretty open and grassy, but the pin placements do a great job of adding some risk at the end of the hole with elevation and foliage around the pin. The sand traps and greens playing OB adds a little more risk/reward with many of the disc golf baskets behind the ball golf greens. The elevation is used well to keep the course interesting, with a nice downhill shot to start the course and more rolling elevation through the rest of the holes.
The grounds are very nicely maintained, with some cool views of surrounding mountains. The discatcher baskets are showing some age, but are in good shape and catch well. A putting basket is in place next to the clubhouse. There is no signage specifically for disc golf, but the score card has a map that's easy to follow and yardage for all the sets of tees.
Cons: $5 seemed a bit much for the quality of the course, even though you can play twice around the 9 holes. There are some fun shots but nothing spectacular or really a signature hole. Ball golfers play at a much slower pace, so you might end up waiting quite a bit, it took us about an hour to play 9 holes.
The design does a nice job of making things a little tricky around the basket, but there isn't really much early trouble, so the drives on most holes are pretty routine. Ball golf holes (especially on a shorter course like this) don't bend very much, so nearly all the drives here are straight shots.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun alternative to the crowds at Morley, and offers some fun shots. It's open enough that a beginner wouldn't find themselves too punished by errant drives. More experienced players won't be too challenged here, and there isn't a ton of variety needed in shot selection. If you're going to play here, I recommend sticking to less busy times if you don't want to spend a ton of time waiting behind the ball golfers.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun Fly Course
Pros: - VERY well maintained due to the fact that it's a ball golf course
- practice basket next to the putting green
- combination ball/disc golf score cards and pencils are given by the pro shop when they take you out for your tee time
- large disc and food/drink selection in the pro shop, most everyone is very friendly
- once you pay you can play all you want that day
- great elevation changes and challenging pin placements
- bathrooms in pro shop
- benches near every tee
Cons: - $5 pay-to-play because it's on a ball golf course
- the tees were not made with disc golf in mind, so you basically have to throw from made-up "natural" tees next to the ball golf tees
- if you go on a busy ball golf day, plan on waiting a lot (while it takes a group of 4 disc golfers 5-6 minutes per hole, it takes 2 or 3 ball golfers more like 15+)
- no disc golf tee signs and the distances on the scorecard are in yards (not a huge issue, but still, put the measurements we use in our sport too)
Other Thoughts: Despite the fact that a round at Sun Valley can really drag out due to the slowness of ball golfers it is a really fun, and rewarding course. Each hole is different, and each hole is quality (maybe with the exception of 8 because it's so short it's really a joke), so the fun factor of this course is way up there.
I've always liked playing on fly courses because they are so well maintained and Sun Valley is no exception. Each hole is as nice to look at as it is to throw, and the elevation changes between tee and basket provide great challenges, and great fun, when you get to air out 400'+ drives.
About half of the pin placements are on hillsides, or near very steep hills, that will punish errant putts, so SV forces you to come with your putting game on (the practice basket will help with this).
The issue about not having tee pads is really a minor one, because there is plenty of space to throw to either side of the ball golf tees.
My biggest qualm with the course, other than the rate of play on a busy day (other reviewers have said that the ball golfers let them play through, I did not experience any similar etiquette when playing) is how much it costs to play. $5 can seem a little steep to some players, especially when you can get a DX disc for $8, but in this case it does help because you'll generally have the disc course to yourself for most of the day.
All in all I would recommend Sun Valley to anyone. It's a pretty, fun, and not overly challenging course to the advanced player, but can still make you scramble. Definitely a welcome change from overcrowded Morley, but just make sure you plan on spending enough time there to get your $5 worth.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very well maintained
Great high elevation shots making long drives challenging and fun
Pin positions change
Quick to play, you can play it in about 30 min if you jog
Usually not to crowded
Great short course
Cons: Not great pads to throw from, some a facing wrong way
Have to watch for less experiences ball golfers, almost got hit twice here
Only 9 holes
Its $5 to play (although you can play as much as you want)
Other Thoughts: A great break from the crowded Morley on weekends. It gives you a different feel and is also great to practice some long throws. Bring your driver to this course.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Up and Down
Pros: A well groomed Pay to Play BG 9-hole with HUGE elevation changes. Proshop is stocked full of friendly personel and a great selection of discs. Every time I played SV, the BGer's were more than willing to let me play through since my group played faster than most of them. SV was also a good course to get some additional exercise. Lots of up hill and down hill walks. Baskets were in great shape, not marked up or tagged in any way. Hardly any crowd when it came to ther DG'ers. No "riff raff", I guess because of location.
Cons: Not very challenging with the exception of the elevation. Hole number 5 (I think) is situated on the backside of a few house fence lines, and a gust of wind or bad release will more than likely send it into a yard with a particularly angry dog, however If you happen to catch an owner they will call and leave your disc on thier porch.
Hole #3/ a local ate my favorite disc. (marked)
Other Thoughts: The course was fun to play because it was a little easier for some of the group I was with that were not having good rounds earlier in the day. It was cool/funny watching discs sailing off the tee pad of hole one, fade off and sometimes stake halfway into the ground.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Simple and fun 9
Pros: Escape the crowds at Morley. Pro Shop. Well taken care of. Fun elevation changes.
Cons: A bit wide open. Ball golfers. 5$
Other Thoughts: Just a fun little 9 that you should check out sometime...probably when the crowds get a little thick at Morley.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
It is what it is...
Pros: Play- Excellent use of elevation changes and basket locations.
Baskets- Good condition and challenging locations throughout.
Condition- Since it is on a ball golf course the scenery and "greeness" of the course was nice, with trash cans and benches throughout.
Elevation changes...nice baskets, interesting cage locations.
"Pro Shop"- Wide selection of discs and refreshments/snacks. Pretty much anything you might want for discs, food or drink.
Cons: Play- Ball golfer coordination was an issue when I went. Some were friendly and easy to play with, others not so much.
Tee boxes- Not your standard cement type. More of the green synthetic carpet stuff. Sometimes not pointed correctly, but usually manageable.
Cost- A bit expensive for what you get. (9 holes)
Other Thoughts: Nice change up from Morley. Not my first choice for the SD area if you only have time to play one course. I had never played on a ball golf course before and I don't know if I ever will again. Fun course just not a big fan of the ball/disc golf coordination.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
A good alternative
Pros: Practice basket. Lots of elevation. Very well maintained. Good variety of short and long holes. Pro shop with a great selection of discs, food and drinks. Friendly staff. Ball golfers will usually let disc golfers play through. Lots of different types of trees and plant life. Multiple tee areas for each hole. New Baskets. Pin positions change weekly on a few holes. OB greens and bunkers add challenge. Benches and trash cans on most holes.
Cons: Inexperienced ball golfers can make for a long wait. Wet in the morning. Windy in the afternoon. 9 holes. A couple of the holes are wide open with no obstacles.
Other Thoughts: I asked someone who works there why some of the astro-turf tee boxes were installed horizontally, and they replied that those are for the ball golfers to hit from, so the disc golfers usually throw from the grass. This course is a much appreciated alternative to Morley Field.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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