4 Helpful / 0 Not
My Definition Of An Average Course!
Pros: The University of OB course plays out in a undeveloped area behind the baseball field on the campus of the College of the Siskiyous. The area is a almost entirely flat section of high desert pine forest. The pines are scattered just enough so that course designers had to make most holes straight ahead. To me, these soon became monotonous.
The course has been around for a while and is showing her age. Everything is a little old and worn out. The baskets are older models with the cool metal numbers machined out on top. The tee signs have the next tee arrow on them which is a great help, if you can only remember to look for it before leaving the tee box. I kept remembering about it when I was well away from the tee pad.
There are some creative aspects to this course.
Mt. Shasta, the cool elevated basket on # 9.
The WWF cage on # 10.
The mile post marker showing distances to various other courses.
Great views of Mt. Shasta.
But my favorite part of the course were the holes playing around and across the gully. # 7 is a sweet little throw to a basket perched close to the gully's edge. Then # 8 was initially a scary, difficult looking throw across the gully, especially into a blinding morning sun. I discovered it wasn't as frightening as I has first perceived.
Cons: I thought all the yellow out of bounds ropes were contrived and actually a bit confusing. I basically just ignored them.
I struggled with spotting the baskets and also with the navigation in general. I couldn't read the online map I had printed, there were a couple of missing signs and I never did find # 15. I found the final holes as I was finding my way back to my car.
I was really disappointed in the finish of the course. # 18 playing across maintenance equipment and piles of rubble is really an ugly way to conclude your round here.
Other Thoughts: The course is just off I-5 making it an easy pit stop on your drive through Northern Cal. My opinions seem to be mostly in the minority of other reviewers here but that wouldn't be the first time. The course is worth a stop but I didn't find the enjoyment factor here that I was expecting. Stop and formulate your own opinion.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Super Fun Course
Pros: This is a really fun course, right off I-5. There is a wide range of tee shots to challenge the experienced golfer. The custom totems were a really nice touch. I played on the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend, and I was the only person on the course. The course was really well maintained, and I didn't see any poison oak.
Cons: The map here on dgcr.com is a little out dated. I think the holes just need to get re-numbered, and (I think) 14a no longer exists. Despite being right next to Mount Shasta, there isn't much elevation on the course. The signs at the tee boxes had no way of indicating if baskets were in "A" or "B" positions.
Other Thoughts: If UofOB was my home course, I might think it was a little gimmicky. There are lots of ropes designating boundaries, and wtf cage? But, I really enjoyed the extra thought that had to go into some of my tee shots. It's clear that the person/people who designed the course knew what they were doing. I'll play this course whenever I get to visit the neighborhood! It's right off the highway. If you're playing competitively, anything can happen on holes 17 and 18!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Excellent views paired with a challenging course
Pros: -Breathtaking views of Mount Shasta
-Excellent tee pads-- except maybe 2 shorty holes that are just pavers but I didn't mind them
-Fairways were clean and paths were clean
-Made me feel like I need to attend OB University regularly to learn how to manage a course with many, many OBs in play
-Amazing signage, definitely read every sign for OB and where the next tee pad isI think one or two holes were missing signs
-There were some really nice personal touches that were put in to make the course more interesting and challenging, such as a cage and some totem poles
-Not a lot of people around which I enjoyed
Cons: -Kind of hard to find the first hole, had to re-read how to find it on DGCR again when I got there
-I don't really mind the baskets too much but I would say they were a con for me because of spit outs
-A little confusing navagating between holes
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The Cage
The amazing view of Mt. Shasta
The mile post
Cons: Hard to navigate
Other Thoughts: This is a really nice course and would have easily gotten a 3 or 3.5 star review had it not been so difficult to navigate even with the tee signs and the downloaded map in my pocket. I began by throwing at hole 9 from the first tee before I read the map and realized that the second tee was the first tee. Wasn't too hard to navigate from there until I got to 14A. Never found it. After 20 minutes of wandering around in the sun looking for the next hole I was done. I found 16 on the way out, made a couple of lame throws and called it a day.
I love the mile marker to the other courses!
BRING LOTS OF WATER! I had 48oz. with me and it was gone by the time I left.
Although there aren't really any 'picture holes' on the course, the scenery is quite nice.
It really is worth playing if you can get here, especially if you can figure out where those pesky missing holes are ;)
Editing my review after playing 14 more California courses and a dozen more West Coast style courses in other states. Upping it to a 3.5 because this course is better than most of the others I've played since. I would still like to see a better map and signage for the missing hole(s), but what is there is of superior quality.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Long Drive City
Pros: Sweet Views of Mt.Shasta
wide open, you wont lose any discs here
With all the out of bounds areas and interestingly placed baskets it makes for a pretty unique course
ridiculously well marked, every hole has nice map of all the different pins and where the following tee pad is so no need to bring a map or local if you cant find one (chances are, youll be the only one there unless theres a tourney or something) I also happened to be there when the college wasn't open so maybe it gets more crowded...don't know about that
Cons: Many holes were over 500 ft which is not really a con to many people, just my personal bias. Ive only been playing for a shot time and haven't quite found the right groove for consistent accurate distance shots
trees are placed perfectly right in the way making for some tricky tricky long drives and approaches
Other Thoughts: Sweet local brewery just a discs throw away for afterwards....or before...or both!! :)
All the dry pine needles make for ridiculously fast greens, not good for tomahawk approaches and over shots
all in all this was a pretty nice course. the 3 rating reflects my personal bias against the long drives and general frustration with fast greens but would still recommend highly to anyone. especially if you like the challenge of airing it out with some long drives around moderately dense trees.
A solid Course
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Great directions delivered us right to tee1. I love the location in the woods shaded but not cluttered. Great challenges and a nice change in your game with all the OB and obstacles. My favorite was the cage. Met and played with the guy who designed the course and was informed that the baskets get changed every month and a half so you can hit this course every few months for a different challenge. Very few people, very spread out. The Cage was my favorite hole.
Cons: No bathrooms, and it gets confusing at hole 7-8 but the trick to that is tee off on 7 and before you cross over to the other side tee off on 8 to save you a walk back over. A lot of glass and tin.
Other Thoughts: The guy that designed the course informed me that the reason there are no trash cans on the course is because he comes through and picks up all the trash and cig butts. Also that the reason there is so much glass and tin is because it used to be a logging site and that is where they dumped all their bottles and cans. Great course a must play on your list.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
A good challenge right off I-5
Pros: Great tee pads and signs. The signs give a very good description the layout. All the baskets are nice and newer. Good use of the land around the college. Good diversity in hole length, some are ace runs and others are big bombers. The created O.B makes many of holes much more interesting. There are a couple gimmick, but fun holes. (cage, pyramid, etc.) It was not busy at all when I visited. Another plus is that it is nearly impossible to lose a disc here.
Cons: A couple of the holes can get redundant with very little change in the terrain. Can get dusty with the wind blowing. The cage mando can get frustrating if you get caught up in there. There was broken glass on some of the holes, which was a little sketchy.
Other Thoughts: This was a really fun and challenging course. The OB makes for some very technical shots that emphasizes placement. I will definitely be coming back to play this course again. It is also sweet that the brewery is right down the street for after the round.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Make Believe Water
Pros: - Nice level concrete tee pads.
- Tee signs were nice, some had cracked plexi-glass but still ledgible and showed a good representation of what you were looking at.
- Undamaged baskets. Surprisingly easy to spot even with all the trees and shadows.
- Yellow ropes to outline the creeks... this was just an added challenge since in the summer months there is no water on this course, but you can pretend there is and increase the difficulty of this course by a little bit.
- Some interesting challenges with a cage on one hole that could easily add 1 or 2 stokes to your score, ther was another hole that had three large wooden poles in a triagular formation around the basket, and the 18th was an island green with a road hazard from the tee off and pretend water around the "island" makes this hole pretty cool ... if you imagine there is water in play.
- a few holes had benches, but the course didn't seem to be used too much, I saw a few DGers but not enough to slow play in any way.
Cons: - Didn't see many or any trash cans.
- No bathrooms on the course, but there are buildings close enough to the start of the course on campus that have them... so it's really not atrue con, just make sure you go before you start.
- Hot, Dry, and Dusty. Bring water and wear shoes that you don't mind covered in dirt.
Other Thoughts: This course was very fun, I drove all the way from Medford, OR to play and it was worth it. I do think I would play it again if I'm in the area.
I'm not sure were I parked in refence to the building on campus, but if you go to the two baseball fields and park near them the first hole is easy to find if you walk throught the grass area between the two baseball fields towards the trees. You should see the huge wooden pole that says DISCGOLF on it.
Lastly hole one is back (I read reviews that it wasn't) and I never saw a 14a which was supposed to be the extra hole to make a full 18.
I also noticed that when I got to hole 6 on our score card (from this site) that it was the distance and par for hole 7, and 7 for 8... I don't know when this one hole off started, but at somewhere around 11 or 12 it was back to normal... I'm really not sure where or what the mix up is, but it was a FULL 18; 1 thru 18.
Defanately worth your time... and don't forget to Image the water.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Better Learn your OB!
Pros: University of OB is set in a high desert type area which has a similar feel to courses such as Juniper Hills and Cascade Forest. Because it is so dry, most of the course consists of baked dirt and rock which makes for challenging, speedy greens. Thin pines and low shrubs provide most of the obstacles here and are complemented very nicely with dangerous out-of-bounds placements which often create islands or run parallel completely down the length of some fairways. The course appears to be well taken care of with nice tee signs, good baskets, really clearly defined rope for marking out-of-bounds, and a lot of really fun quirky touches along the way.
Risk/Reward: Several of the out of bounds areas (not all) create really interesting risk/reward scenarios where a fantastic drive might card an unlikely but possible eagle, a good drive and good approach will card a nice birdie, and an overly aggresive drive will be effectively punished. Drop-zones where employed are also well thought out such that they aren't necessarily easy up-and-downs.
Solitude: We visited in late November on a weekend and found the place completely deserted - we didn't see a single other person since pulling into the parking lot at the college. All of this was welcomed, but at the same time, was very eerie with all of the buildings around and surprising with the quality of the course.
Cons: As another reviewer said, a few of the holes do seem quite gimmicky. The cage hole seems very out of place amongst the rest of the course which is mostly traditional. Likewise, a few of the hole distances I felt like were a bit off - for example, a longer hole on the back nine with an extremely low ceiling made for a very improbable birdie two but at the same time, a hole that I was unlikely to bogey either. While there may have been other routes that I perhaps overlooked, I got the feeling that there were a few of these dreaded tweener holes.
Wind/Dust/Heat: We visited in November and this place was baking hot with a stiff wind (around 25-30mph) blowing dust around constantly. This was only one trip, but I mention it because it looks like other local reviewers have noted that these conditions are not infrequent.
Other Thoughts: I'd HIGHLY recommend this course to pretty much anyone passing through the area. Seasoned pros are going to enjoy the challenge of some of the tougher holes and will appreciate the chance to learn the course idiosynchrasies in the fast greens and the dangerous out of bounds areas. Newer players will be challenged by the out-of-bounds, island holes, and a few tight fairways but won't have to deal with painful brush or the potential to lose discs. Course-baggers especially will appreciate the uniqueness of this course with many interesting features and hole designs that you won't find elsewhere.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Great side arm course!
Pros: A lot of dog leg right holes, great for side arm throwers. Nearly impossible to lose discs. Never anybody out there so the course is all yours!
Cons: very flat. Dusty in the summer.
Other Thoughts: Best course in Northern California.
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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