15 Helpful / 1 Not
I Got A Globe In One!
Pros: I guess this is one of the icon courses in SoCal. This is just a very comfortable place to throw. Unlike many of the LA area courses, there doesn't seem to be a problem with large groups of picnickers taking over a fairway. The course flows very well. I was able to follow groups ahead of me. There is a very limited amount of elevation which is used to the max. The course is long enough for big arms to enjoy but yet incorporates just about throw you might have, especially rollers. It's a lovely grassy park. The pads are fine and it's well signed. The course loops around the tennis courts and back. The front nine plays entirely to the left of the path, that made navigation easy to understand. There seems to be quite the local scene here. The ones I met were friendly.
Cons: Not much really. The course is set up to really utilize the limited elevation, the trees, the street, the courts, and the light poles..See Other Thoughts! I could see a large crowd at the ballfield affecting tee-offs on # 18.
Other Thoughts: Teeing off on # 17 next to the tennis courts, I yanked my drive high and straight (this throw shows what a mediocre player I am) directly heading toward the 20-25'' high light standard which has an old fashioned looking globe at the top. I guess this pole is 100 ' from the pad. This globe is probably two feet high. To my dismay, my favorite driver slammed directly into the globe. Then to my complete and utter amazement, it didn't come down. Holy shit I say! I think I'm the first player in the long and storied history of this course to stick my errant drive into this globe. As I walk up and examine the globe, I see a white disc and another one stuck in there. The globe has a crack across the front and I see it's possible to lodge one in there.
So now whenever you tee off on El Dorado # 17, my favorite yellow Roadrunner will be watching down on you. I like to think it's up there in El Dorado Disc Golf Heaven!
15 of 16 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Highly efficient course layout squeezes every available elevation change out of a fairly flat area. Moderately wooded course with some fun midrange and longer drives, as well as a couple of crush opportunities. Cement tee pads on all holes, with signs posted on nearly every hole. Rotated pin placements. Generally easy to navigate, a big plus. The few existing mandys don't seriously detract from the fun factor. Pro shop with a small selection of discs and refreshments. Liquor store at 'Hole 3.5' provides a convenient place to 'resupply', though the park doesn't allow beer. Hole 7 is the signature hole, with a long, straight fairway, no mandys and just enough tree obstacles to make it a challenging low-trajectory shot. (for a minute, you think you are at a more remote course). Hole 13 is another, with the highest elevated tee on the course. Two practice baskets to cure 'non-putting'. Locals with great skills who aren't 'dicks'.
Cons: Shares some urban course limitations with LaMirada, such as nearby busy streets, baseball fields and limited resources. No real stunning holes on par with Coyote Point, or even LaMirada's back 18. Some baskets are old and eject usually good enough putts. Wet grass and mud after rains.
Other Thoughts: Not a destination course, but definitely one to consider if you are in the area. Also check out the nice tennis courts, which stay open until 9:30 and rent out rackets. Staff at the Pro Shop was courteous and happy to answer questions.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Well Manicured and Challenging
Pros: • Disc Golf Exclusive area - everyone is aware on the course
• Well manicured grass and trees
• Good variety of distance in holes - one that plays to 700'
• Excellent use of elevation change - there isn't much but it is used to the fullest extent
• Good use of obstacles, including one small building that looks like a rebel base from Return of the Jedi (Hole # 6)
• Plenty of low ceiling shots with large trees all over the park
• Great local scene, and everyone is very friendly
• Nice tee signs
• Centrally located and freeway close
Cons: • Baseball fields can interfere with the final few holes
• Pretty much flat, with limited elevation change
• Course flow isn't always intuitive - there are a few "walkbacks"
• The 700 foot hole is kind of like a monster truck... Some are OK with it but it is a bit excessive.
Other Thoughts: El Dorado (or more commonly "Eldo") is a great L.A. area course that is easy to get to, and has a thriving local scene. Many proudly consider this their home course, and rightly so - it has history and beauty behind it. There is plenty of variety in angles, with both lefties and righties feeling right at home on the course.
Eldo is also a great Roller course, as several of the holes play very long coupled with a low tree ceiling. It is challenging when you need to air it out to get distance, but can't let your disc rise more than 15 feet or it will get eaten by the trees. Plenty of times I have gone into a game on this course thinking how easy the course was, and then was surprised how far over par I ended up.
The only real serious con here is the limited elevation change - it is a rather flat park. However, there are a few holes near the end of the course (especially # 15) that make use of a few sparse hills in the back part of the park. This course really isn't my cup of tea as I like more up and down and also more secluded - it is close to a few busy streets and definitely has a city feel. However, this course has a fantastic design and makes good use of the hand it was dealt with the park terrain. Highly recommended if you are playing the L.A. area, but I don't think this course is on the same level with La Mirada which is about 20 minutes away.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Great for a beginner/novice
Pros: Multiple pin positions make for a great deal of choice in terms of how difficult you want your round to be.
Two practice baskets with facilities and playground nearby.
Beautiful park with nice grass and gorgeous trees. (The trees will mess with you, by the way, but it makes for a more interesting game.)
You can bang out this course in <1 hour by yourself. I was able to play two rounds in an afternoon with no worries for time.
For my level of play, the "A" pin position was great for my self-esteem.
Cons: Got kinda crowded, but no douchebaggery that I found.
Not much to complain about... but I suppose if one were a very serious pro type of player, one could see how it wouldn't be challenging enough.
Other Thoughts: Played this one while out in LA visiting my friend. I chose to play this one because of reviews on this site, and I was not disappointed. Thanks everyone!
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Great for noobs and the seasoned
Pros: Very accessible course for those new to the sport as well as added challenge for top level players. It's situated in the corner of a larger nature/ball golf/sports complex and makes great use of the land provided. There are 2 practice baskets, a pro shop with lots of discs, water and snacks and bathrooms nearby.
Concrete pads are in effect and do the job well, never really have to worry about footing. The grass is always immaculate, perfect for those with accurate rollers.
There is a nice mix of short and long par 3's (and by long I mean 730ft. long par 3 - now with a permanent basket in the long position on 12) that utilize every inch of the terrain with clearly defined routes through the thin layer of trees throughout the park. Elevation that does just enough to alter your shots and enough trouble early and late off the tee to make you think about each throw.
Pin placements are changed often, weekly.
Can choose to start at either front or back 9 depending on the crowd factor and still have excellent flow to the round.
A must play when in So Cal.
Cons: The crowd factor. Because this course is so accessible it's packed. Good for the sport, tough when you're forced to play a weekend afternoon. Get out early and you'll have no issues.
Except for 2-3 holes it's a 2 or die course. Don't really have to think about any second shots or approaches.
Other Thoughts: This is my new home course and am grateful to be able to play here so often (and in the AM without the crowds.)
I call this course the "40 Footer" because it always seems like you're putting from outside of the 10m circle. You can get close on every hole but 2's are hard to come by unless you nut the drive or are a top level putter from 30ft out. Not a con because I'm just not a good enough putter.
The mix of distances is a one of my favorite aspects as you need to throw many different discs in the bag.
The storied temp course at the other side of the park is the next challenge during the annual PDGA tournament.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice course in Long Beach
Pros: -I can think of very little that would improve this course.
-Mostly DG exclusive, minus a few paths that meander through the course. They have never presented a problem for me.
-Course takes advantage of terrain features the best it can, total elevation difference is no more than 10' throughout.
-Well thought out, uses trees and hills the very best they can be.
-Well marked, easy to follow. Flows well.
Cons: -The last hole is often jeopardized by sports teams. Many people just play a safari hole 19 back to the putting area to make it a full 18 if needed.
-Can get busy, some people here take DG far too seriously.
-Some pins are close to a busy street, and there is no fence.
-The trees smell kinda weird. I'm not going to say what we thought it smelled like, but weird nonetheless :)
-Both times I have visited, it has been busy. This leads to being in a 'rotation,' with no passing really allowed, which I don't really like because I prefer to relax and play at my own pace. The course easily has more than 18 groups playing at any given time.
Other Thoughts: I have friends who regard this as their favorite course in LA, and I can see where they are coming from. Compared to the other park courses in LA, I find it to be awesomely average. Which is definitely a good thing. This course is great for brushing up on every type of throw.
While the locals have all been really nice (younger than what I see at other courses), we have run into some pretty crazy people. This one guy chucked a driver at an oblivious lady that was trying to bring his disc back to him. I know she was in the wrong, but he was an absolute jerk to her.
There always seem to be some great old timers hanging out near the practice pins, and they are totally willing to dish out some advice if you ask for it.
When the course is busy, you really need to keep an eye out for other drives. I had about 5 discs land within 30 feet of me with no 'fore' yelled.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
23 Helpful / 3 Not
A walk in the park
Pros: -great design-course has nine holes on either side of a path with a good mix of technical stuff and wide open shots
-cool locals-yes, you, the hole 7 crowd! ;) they make sure the place stays nice and clean, sell discs for cheap and have some great stories. an incredibly welcoming bunch.
-quiet and very little foot traffic-the course is wide open to disc golfers 99% of the time
-solid deep baskets
-many pin positions and the baskets are rotated weekly, like clockwork.
-many trash cans and overall a very clean course
-beautiful trees and lots of wildlife. the course is adjacent to a wildlife preserve, so you see lots of cool hawks and cranes cruising the park on any given day.
-very few high-risk shots(one or two along a busy street, one along a chain-link fence)
Cons: -flattish terrain, though the course makes good use of its 2 small hills.
-front nine smells...i guess "spunky" would be the best word for it. we call those trees "funk trees".
Other Thoughts: I have played this course since i took up the sport and it has only gotten better. dedicated locals keep all the riff-raff in line, the baskets moving and great tourneys aplenty. i dinged it a star primarily for the two-dimensional nature of the terrain, but the course design and variation in holes is great.
if you enjoy a quiet walk, some great golf and a conversation, this is a must-play course if youre in the area!
23 of 26 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Learn a Roller
Pros: - decent pro shop with discs, drinks & snacks
- single practice basket
- good sized cement tees
- up to 3 pin positions per hole, and most have 3
- nice, descriptive signs
- usually not crowded at all
- good, easy to follow layout
- good use of OB paths
- well maintained city park
Cons: - bathrooms are available in the pro shop and you can visit here after the front nine also
- not too much in the way of terrain, but nice course design otherwise
- mix of old and new baskets, and the old ones don't always catch that well
- some holes can get pretty repetitive, and this can make the round drag occasionally, especially if you're not throwing well
Other Thoughts: Hole 12 usually has 2 baskets, a short one and a really long (700' +), so we take two drives and play it as two separate holes.
El Do is a dream if you have a good roller. There are many low canopies on the front nine where the basket is too far for a spike hyzer or an overhand, so these holes are where people who can roll will get many of their strokes.
Some holes are a little short, but don't let the course length deceive you... it's still a tough one because of all the trees reaching for your discs.
El Do is a solid course and well worth a stop by if you're anywhere down in the southern LA metro area or Orange County.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Well maintained. Concrete tee pads. Signs with map on every hole. Large ash trees make good obstacles. Quiet and pretty setting. Shop has accurate map and sells discs. Practice basket. Course is easy to find and easy to follow. Short and long holes. Course is in an area of the park that is seldom used by non-golfers. Some antique (or almost antique) baskets show a bit of the course's relatively long history.
Cons: Lacks elevation changes (but makes good use of what it has). Some holes are repetetive.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a great course not to be missed. Any flaws this course has are slight and can easily be ignored. One of the best courses in Southern California.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun course in LB
Pros: -Good blend of long and short holes
-Decent tee pads and signage, for the most part the course flows in a logical manner
-Nice park setting, with very few non-disc golfers in the area.
-Generally plays pretty fast
Cons: -Old style DiscCatchers, the ones with the shallow cages and heavy chains, I hate those!
- A little confusing layout around the middle of the course, but it's definitely not the worst I've seen
Other Thoughts: They built a solid course to work on your game at El Do. It's worth playing if you are in the area. I always talk about how I don't really like the course, but I continue to go back, for whatever that's worth lol.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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