Nanaimo, BC 
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Very nice, well designed, course in a public park.

1    6/8/2019   6/10/2019
Review By: Treeplant
Played: 91  Reviewed: 50  Exp: 4.7 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Beautiful wooded public park, lots of amenities like benches, garbage cans, vending machines, washrooms etc.

- For a shorter 18 hole course, decent amount of elevation changes, which definitely adds some interest level.

- Course is well maintained. Read a note about garbage on the course from a past reviewer, we didn't see anything out there on our round, the course was in fantastic shape.

- Concrete tee pads

- Good signage

- Multiple pad and basket locations for a number of holes, with good mapping.

- Lots of parking.
Cons: - Couple of the holes throw pretty close to each other or public spaces (I'm sure people hyzer into the tennis courts for example), overall not terrible for a public park but a couple of places to be aware.

- Tee pads are good, but a little short on a few of them.

- Not much variation in distances on the course, and differences between blue and white pads aren't really significant enough to sufficiently increase difficulty level.
Other Thoughts: - Overall a short course without much opportunity to bomb drives. A very good course for intermediate level players to shoot under par on, advanced/ open players won't find a lot of challenge here, though it's still a beautiful setting with some solid ace runs.

- We were there on a Sunday afternoon in June and the course was fairly busy with what looked to be rec players, we had to wait more than expected. Not a con, as it's good to see people using the course, but if you have the options of playing at non-peak times it would speed up the round.

- Defiinitely favours shorter, technical throwers with the distances and amount of trees.

- Cart-friendly course.

- Bug free when we played in June.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 An easy, relaxing course.

1    8/3/2016   8/3/2016
Review By: MisterXray
Played: 183  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 7.6 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A few nice elevation changes. Very good signage, easy to navigate (first time playing course). Good mix of open shots with some trees to hack at. From a couple of the long tees, low ceiling can factor in.
Cons: Baskets could use the hole number on them. Need to be aware of people riding bikes/walking across or near the throwing lanes. Also some of the pads ares fairly close to the baskets so a good throw could bean a fellow player.
Other Thoughts: Second course I have played in BC, and definitely the best.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Easy to follow

1    6/15/2016   6/23/2016
Review By: NickBredlow
Played: 7  Reviewed: 7
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Open course with short and long holes. The trees are not too dense. There are maps on every tee so it is very easy to find your way around.
Cons: Can be busy at times. There is traffic close so watch where you throw.
Other Thoughts: Discs can be rented at the recreation centre.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Beautiful park setting

2-4    9/5/2015   9/7/2015
Review By: Bondobates
Played: 61  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 4.7 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The holes are well marked. Diagram on each tee post.
Nice mixture of short and longer holes. Friendly locals on the course. Park is well maintained.
Cons: First time playing, locating a few of the holes was difficult due to their location from the previous tee.
Other Thoughts: The local players were very helpful in helping us navigate to a few of the hard to find tee boxes. Took several family members for their first time disc golfing, they had a great time on this course.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Best course on Vancouver Island

5+    6/15/2013   8/4/2013
Review By: Schleyer
Played: 10  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 16.7 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Beauty park. Lots of old growth trees in the park, with grassy fairways. Impossible to lose a disc. 2 sets of concrete teepads
Cons: Busy in summertime. All par 3's, although the White tees are quite long
Other Thoughts: Awesome park and awesome course. The best on Vancouver Island!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.


5+    5/27/2013   5/28/2013
Review By: Islandgolfer
Played: 24  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 11.6 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: beautiful park.
variety of holes.
well marked tee pads.
friendly locals.
Cons: can be very busy in summer months.
people tend to leave garbage on the course.
Other Thoughts: There will be many upgrades in 2013 for this course.
stay tuned!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Excellently maintained, varied shot seletion

5+    3/25/2013   3/27/2013
Review By: LaManganesse
Played: 2  Reviewed: 2
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Features a wide selection of shots for people who throw left, right, forehand, backhand.

Tee pads for beginners and the experienced.

The course is excellently maintained by the city.

Features a good variety of long and short holes.

Excellent tee pads, signage, and baskets.

You won't have to hack through low lying brush, manicured lawns as far as the eye can see.
Cons: Some of the shorter holes are lacking in creativity.

Only two exceptionally long holes.

A few crossing fairways require you to be conscious of safety
Other Thoughts: The course can become quite busy during the summer months as its location in the heart of nanaimo attracts quite a crowd.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 My home course

5+    9/8/2011   9/11/2011
Review By: jungledonkey
Played: 10  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 9.2 Years
This review was updated on 6/6/2013
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Very well groomed
-two sets of concrete tee pads for each hole
-beautiful park
-in the heart of the city
-decent variety of shots
-18 baskets
- short tees and long tees play differently on most holes
-Every teebox has a number marker and a map, and is really easy to navigate. On top of that, the office has scorecards and maps
-Two sets of washrooms
-water fountains at hole 9 and behind hole 12
-trash cans with recycling bins scatter the course as well as benches.
-there are stairs for the main elevation holes
-forehand, backhand, rollers, and thumbers could all be utilized but not all are required. A good forehand and backhand make the course much more fun, and people with a consistent overhand shot can park many of the holes
Cons: -A couple crossing fairways
-Last few holes are repetitive
-Often busy
-Sometimes people will see a "frisbee" lying on the ground and will throw it around
-Holes 7 and 8 have volleyball courts come into play. It is out of bounds but can't always be avoided
-Could use a bit more variety in distance and could be a bit longer
-Some of the tee pads are a bit too close to the previous basket
Other Thoughts: A really nice course to play at. The course plays through a light to moderately wooded city park. Every hole has obstacles, some are pretty tight and some are more open. There's no underbrush that comes into play, though in summer there is often long grass in the lower part of the course.

The short tees are what most people play and are great for beginners but don't offer much challenge (with the exceptions being 7 and 11) to experienced players. I've seen multiple people score under -10 on the short tees. Most holes have one or two trees lining the fairway and a bunch of trees guarding the basket. Many are aceable. Length varies between 170 and 370ft.

The long tees vary in length from 220 to 535 feet. Par is a good score for these. If you only have time for one game, play the advanced holes.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful.


5+    11/1/2009   2/26/2010
Review By: DB-TT
Played: 2  Reviewed: 2
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Very nice looking Park, Good baskets, good tee pads.
Cons: Way to short, Crossing fairways, U only need 1 disc to play
Other Thoughts: This course is great for beginers, Does not allow for a full bagged day of golf. Bring your Roc.. thats all u will need..

1 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Great layout

1    4/16/2009   11/29/2009
Review By: Bobbily
Played: 39  Reviewed: 22  Exp: 17.7 Years
This review was updated on 4/1/2010
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A great layout. 18 holes, lots of people playing the course. I got my first Ace here on #3! Lots of Ace opportunities througout. There are 2 sets of tees, the longer of the two are REALLY long (a few at over 500 feet). There are some GREAT elevation holes here. Big arms will LOVE it. Overall an outstanding course.
Cons: Busy busy. Try to play mid-week to avoid crowds. A little short. (Some will call it REALLY short). For those who like wooded hiking style courses, (like me) this may not be for you... I still think this course is worth a go though. Update: Not at all as short as I remember it. Possibly a new layout. Course is fantastic now.
Other Thoughts: That pic makes no sense to me, because its all baskets here.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

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