The Pride of the Inland Empire
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Pedestrians only have to pay $2 if parked outside the entrance and walk in. I didn't mind this short walk on one of my visits. Otherwise it's $8 on weekdays and $10 on weekends to drive your car in.
Number 5 is a nice elevation shot. The tee looks down on a cluster of guardian trees. It's a short shot so mostly requires good touch with a window in through the left side.
Number 6 is quite a sight over the water with the basket slightly elevated and a fence on the lake side. So if you can throw an accurate RHFH that curves back to the right then you might brave this shot. I played it safe by going around the land side and was happy to still par it. The second time I went was Saturday afternoon and I couldn't play this featured hole since the entire beach was lined with fishermen and I didn't want to put them at risk by throwing over their heads.
Number 10 is a nice ACE run. I've come close a few times and look forward to this one in the future. It is in an island in the parking lot. So far I've only birdied it twice.
The actual number 17 is a fairly tight line up a steep hill that takes you blind to the right at the top to get to the basket. I didn't want to climb the hill to see where I was going so I threw blind according to the map and I happily ended up parked.
Cons: When they did construction near the 11th tee they didn't put back the 11th tee pad. That was too bad since the construction includes new concrete for the curbs and therefore it would have been an easy job. Just pick a spot between the bathrooms and the parking lot.
On Saturday afternoon there were a lot of people. Yet the course is laid out well enough to avoid the crowds except for the fishermen on 6. The other time I went was early on a week day and almost no one was there. For sure there was no one near me on the course.
The map is old and shows 19 holes, but there's only 18 baskets. There is a tee pad marked 17 that matches the location on the map, but the basket is gone. What shows on the map to be baskets 18 and 19 are marked on the baskets as 17 and 18.
Other Thoughts: I heard about this place from an avid Inland Empire disc golfer at Prado Damn. He told me that Yucaipa is the best course in that area, hence my title.
I don't mind the narrow strip by the canal where 1-3 and 18 play, which others have complained about. There is a concrete tee pad for number 2 so you don't have to play it from the parking lot as has been said in another review. But this points to the fact that there's no vertical signs for the tees and they take a little effort to find. Some vertical stakes next to the tee pads would help.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Liked The Course But Pricey!
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Yucaipa Regional Park is a large park featuring several lakes which are popular for fishing as well as swimming during the summer season. They can affect the disc golf as can the general popularity of the park.
The course starts and finishes right near a set of restrooms. There is ample parking here and in other lots closely. There is a nice large bulletin board which had some disc golf information it. There is also a picnic table and garbage can here. There are no signs. The hole # is imprinted on the concrete tee pad.
Holes 1-3 are very narrow playing out away from the start. They have a canal on the right and a street on the left.
# 5 and 6 were the highlights of the course, IMO. # 5 is just a short touch shot, maybe 175', downhill ACE run. # 6 would be fun to watch in a serious tournament setting. It's maybe 240' over the lake. The basket is perched right by the lake but has a small fence in front of it. I, like many players, I suppose, played it very safe and threw wide left on the bank.
I found myself throwing lots of rollers on this course. Some were successful, others weren't. There are lots of low branches forcing you to keep your tee shots low. Rollers just seemed like the thing to do.
There was a nice variety of holes. The course never got boring.
Cons: $8 entry to play is steep. $ 10 on weekends.
I didn't much care for the first three holes. Too tight and narrow. Long walkout to # 2. # 2 tee is painted on street.
Fishermen had their gear set upon # 6 tee pad.
Missing # 17 basket initially confused me.
19 hole course with 18 baskets.
Other Thoughts: It's a fun course with it's warts and all. I guess the $8/$10 entry will keep the riff raff crowd away, which is good.
I'd be a little disappointed to pay $10 and then have to skip a number of holes due to crowds of picnickers and fishermen and other park users. But I guess, regular players know when to avoid the crowds.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Beautifully maintained course with an excellent variety of shots. Challenging elevation changes (both uphill and downhill), over water shots, wide open bombs, wooded throws. This place has it all.
Cons: There weren't any park goers when I was there but I could see that being an issue.
Other Thoughts: Costs a few bucks to get in the park but well worth it. Beautiful course.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -There is definitely a good mixture of hole types. It's a good place to work on all types of shots from rollers, flicks, backhands, anhyzers, thumbers, and even opportunities to work on scrambling out of the woods should your shot not go as intended.
-The majority of holes aren't designed to specifically be played any one way and have a few options when choosing your line.
-Beautiful scenery and a lot to take in while you're there.
-Baskets and Teepads were in good condition and properly labeled as to what hole they were for.
-Map provided at the park entrance for being able to navigate the course easily.
-Once inside the park there is plenty of parking available near holes 1,2,3,4,9,10,11,19. So even if you can't park near hole #1, it's easy to start on a hole that you park near since the entire course loops around into itself!
-Bathrooms and trash cans are available within every 2-3 holes.
Cons: -Payment is just to get into the park itself. Pay to play is always a con in my book if the fees aren't directly going to course upkeep and improvement.
-The course map provided at the entrance to the park wasn't completely accurate and caused some confusion when navigating the course in the hole 17/18 area. Plus it only lists 18 holes, when there are 19 holes on the course.
-Even for a cool Saturday at the begining of March, holes 12-17 were crowded and the fairways were being used for other park activities.
-While the layout of 15/16/17/18 is very well selected and the terrain is also nicely used; I think it was just mean to design that many holes in a row throwin up the steep hill, just to walk back down to the next tee-pad! ;p
Other Thoughts: The issue that people are having when navigating through the course at hole 17 is probably due the fact pin 17 is missing, AND the park entrance map/scorecard provided only has18 holes on it. Also, the distances on that scorecard for each hole are extremely off. It should be updated with the current .GIF map provided on this site. You are much better off printing off a scorecard and map from this site instead of trying to use their maps. That way you can still easily locate the pins even when they are in alternate positions, much like they were the day I went out to play.
Not really a 'con' but I didn't see any 'Caution: Flying Disc' danger signs anywhere on the course. The addition of these might help with the Disc Golfer/Park Patron relationship to help maybe not 'prevent' but at least make playing through the holes in the crowded areas easier.
Also, again not a Con, but some of the holes aren't maintained as well as they are in the pictures. 90% of them are phenominally kept up, but the other 10% just have some trimming issues around the basket to deal with (hole 16 specifically). Although this may be due the time of year and all parks in the area are just starting up their landscaping upkeep again.
Adding some Tee signs, some course maintenance, and managing a bit of the overcrowding park issues would bump my review up to a 4.0-4.5 rating. All in all it was a fun course and I look forward to playing it again a lot for the time I'm stationed out here. Plus it's nice to be able to throw on grass again instead of out on the hard sand in the desert!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Great course
Mix or shots with varying lefts, rights and straights
Well kept fairways
Easy to follow (until 17)
Cons: Having to pay to play is always a :(
Other Thoughts: Course reminded me of some of the places i use to play back when I lived in Ohio!
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Beautiful views. Wonderful use of hilly terrain and water hazards.
Cons: Much of the course was unplayable because of overcrowding from picnickers. Skipped some holes altogether. Others, I had to play a layup drive and then throw an approach.
Other Thoughts: Don't go on weekends or holidays.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Holy Yucaipa !!
Pros: Hot in Palm Springs but comfortable to play here. Fun layout not overly long but with the hedging and waterways challenging to score well. Good use of the elevation changes and good mix of in and out shots.
Cons: We played on a nice day and folks were starting to fill the park. Had to change a couple or three tee boxes to avoid beaning anyone. Worked out though and didn't compromise play too much.
Other Thoughts: Very nice large park with 4 lakes stocked with trout and a big man made sandy swimming beach and massive waterslide for a aftergame cooldown, must be smoking hot here when she warms up. Good on yah for building parks on this scale. Enjoy.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: wonderful course! would not play here on a weekend, but nobody here on weekdays! had course almost completely to ourselves.
very kid friendly.
excellent manicured lawns.
water only comes into play on 1.5 holes.
wonderful amount of elevation change.
tons of OB/road hazards to make even the short pin placements challenging.
campgrounds on site make it a great overnight destination!
Cons: i believe it is stupid hot here in summer.
also on easter type holidays disc golf is basically unplayable.
Other Thoughts: love it!
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 1. To start the course has very nice, grippy teepads that are marked by the hole numbers.
2. The course has 32 pin placements.
3. The local club and park rotate the baskets regularly, nice to see so the course doesnt get stagnate.
4. Course features many holes with elevation changes and challenges.
5. OB, lots of OB on the course that feels like a risk and reward kind of feature. 16 holes on the course have OB areas and some really test your shot selection.
6. Bathrooms are located near holes 1,2,4,8,10,11,12, and 18. So you have many chances to use it.
7. Drinking fountains are located near 4-5 holes.
8. The beautiful lakes come into play on a few holes and the scenary is amazing. Some of the best views of the mountains and valley can be seen from the course.
9. All the Innova discatchers are in good shape and solid.
10. Parking, there are around 20-30 spots near hole 1 and another 10 spots near hole 2's teepad/ hole 8's basket.
11. Course features grass fairways with plenty of tree canopys for the summertime.
12. In the spring and summer months on the weekends, the park has an employee driving around in a golf cart selling drinks and food.
13. course features two island holes that are pretty cool, especially since there back to back holes.
14. course allows you to empty your bag and throw any type of shot. from rollers to thumbers.
15. There are plenty of trash cans scattered throughout the course and this allows you to empty your bags quicker and no need to pack any trash out on this course.
16. Park also features many more ammenities like water park, fishing, hiking, camping, picnicing, and more.
Cons: 1. First noticeable thing I find bad about this course is the lack of signs to tell you where to start or go at first when entering the park.
2. No tee signs, sure the pads have numbers on them but you have no hole distances to reference or go off of.
3. No arrows or signs to follow to the next tee pads.
4. The walk from hole 1 to hole 2 can be confusing and long.
5. The walk from hole 16 to hole 17's tee pad is a design flaw.
6. The actual pad for hole 17 is there but the basket is rarely in and can be confusing to first timers at the park.
7. 19 hole course with only 18 baskets.
8. The park entrance fee can be seen as a con and pricey, especially on the weekends.
9. Hole 6 runs along the water and can be pretty crowdedattimes making the hole unplayable.
10. Park gets heavy traffic from picnicers in the spring and sumer making many holes unplayable.
11. Park doesnt limit the parking areas for the fisherman and a lot of times hole 11 will have cars park near the basket, this also occurs on hole 10 and 18.
12. There is a huge wooden board near hole 1 thats blank , this needs to be used as a sign or something to promote the disc golf course. Even if it just said disc golf start here.
13. Closest store is about 1-2 miles down the road from the course, make sure to keep your receipt if you leave the park so you dont get charged again when u come back.
Other Thoughts: This is a very nice course to visit and play anytime of the year. Park is really geared for all ages with all the extra ammenities. Another cool feature is the veterans life time pass for free admission into the park. I play this course all the time and feel it has been a perfect launching pad for me to winning many tournaments around southern california. This course will give anyone a solid test and good time. I try to play the course early in the summer months and usually the rest of the year its fine to play anytime of the day. Park has plans to expand the disc golf course to two 18 hole courses in the future.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The course plays through a nicely groomed multi-use park. The fairways were maintained beautifully, and the tees and baskets were in nice shape. There is a nice mix of some more open shots with some reasonably technical holes. Most of the shots have at least some trees in play to avoid, creative line shaping skills are definitely needed to score low here. It felt pretty balanced between left and right turning shots with lots of straight holes.
There is tricky OB on a lot of holes here, with roads, a drainage ditch and the ponds in play. I liked the handful of holes around the ponds, they all offered the risk of going in the water but none forced you to carry water if you didn't want to take the risk. I especially liked the pin placement on top of the spillway, to get an ace or birdie you had to throw across the water, but the bailout option was readily available for those who wanted a safe par.
Cons: There are a lot of potential conflicts here between disc golf and other park uses. Fishing is popular along the ponds, so there were people to avoid on all the water holes when I played. Many other holes play right next to or even over shelters, picnic areas and other park features. The roads are in play way too much for my taste.
The layout is a little tricky in spots, make sure to print or pull up the course map as there is no signage on the holes. The distances don't have a ton of variety, and with no rough most holes end up feeling a bit similar without a ton of punishment for missing your line. Line shaping will help here, but it's open enough that you can get by with a pretty limited arsenal of different shots.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun course, especially if you can play it at a time when other park users aren't as prevalent. Beginners might find some of the water holes a little intimidating, but otherwise it's a very approachable course. Experienced players won't find this course terribly challenging, but it does have some fun shots and is worth a stop.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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