Atascadero, CA 
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2-4    4/18/2012   4/24/2012
Review By: Steve G
Played: 30  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 7.2 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Good variation of shots- long, short, doglegs left and right, a little uphill, some downhills. Locals we're all friendly and always let me play thru, as I was playing single, most of the time. Tricky basket placements can require some delicate putts.
There are other courses in the area to choose from but Heilman is tucked away from the costal winds that tend to elevate in the afternoon. Just a couple miles off the freeway, plenty of free parking. Good picnic areas, if need be.
Cons: A little tough getting around on a couple of holes. Garbage cans lacking. Some pretty heavy weeds on the majority of the course.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.


5+    4/5/2011   4/5/2011
Review By: TheBarberena
Played: 4  Reviewed: 2
3 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Shaded, and hardly ever windy. Pretty challenging and the pins move weekly. It is very green right now and freshly mowed. This is my favorite course to play.
Cons: Lots of trees so beware of lingering branches
Other Thoughts: super fun to play, well kept, and a nice putting area that really helps your game

3 of 7 people found this review helpful.


5+    1/29/2011   2/26/2011
Played: 4  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 8.6 Years
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Lots of shade and tree for a fun walk in the woods.
Easily marked pads and pins.
Trees keep wind down to a minimum.
Bathrooms very close to center of coarse.
Truck Stop Style convenience store just down the road. ( AWESOME SNACK FOOD )
Only 2 mins from Hwy 101.
Cons: A lot of trees makes playing a challenge on an off day.
Wet grass till noon after a moist night.
Hot in the summer months.
Up and down terrain can wear you out with a heavy bag after 18 holes.
Other Thoughts: Great for a lunch or beer time with a buddy.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Busy but nice

1    11/25/2010   2/23/2011
Review By: elton807
Played: 56  Reviewed: 56  Exp: 7.6 Years
This review was updated on 5/22/2011
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Set away from town, so it plays nice and quiet. Big wooden park for the kids at the front. Tons of trees, forcing a more controlled game. Nice elevation changes on some holes. Very visible Discatcher baskets.
Cons: Busy, even considering I played on Thanksgiving Day.
Other Thoughts: This review is for the front 9 only, as we were pressed for time. I'm really looking forward to coming back to play 18 all the way through!
Uniqueness: B+
Difficulty: A-
Fun factor: B
Aesthetics: A-
Overall: B+

1 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 Tight, Technical and Unforgiving

5+    8/3/2010   8/3/2010
Review By: DocHaole
Played: 79  Reviewed: 48  Exp: 10.5 Years
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Tight fairways forcing you to throw various routes.
- Elevation changes on most holes.
- Good sized tee pads.
- Mostly DG exclusive
- Pin placements change regularly
- Well maintained grounds
Cons: - Navigation can be tricky for a first timer, however it is usually so crowded that you can follow the group in front of you.

-Distances are unreleiable, with all the pin placement you just have to guess the distance.

- Heat can be an issue in the summer, but there's pleanty of shade.
Other Thoughts: This course rewards accurate throws and severely punishes bad ones. Having a big arm helps make it over the ravine but you can't make up for poor accuracy with power here.

The pins are moved on a weekly basis, with most holes having at least 3 pin placement options. All holes now have an "ace run" position. So when you find a hole in the short position you better make the most of it.

I really enjoy this course for the challenge and vibe. It would be nice to have some signs with accurate distances but regardless this is the best course in SLO county.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful.

 I needed a Sherpa

1    4/28/2010   4/30/2010
Review By: Officermick
Played: 6  Reviewed: 6
0 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: Close to there I will be moving. Lots of wildlife. Good elevation changes.
Cons: HORRIBLE mapping. POOR communications on where the next Tee is, etc. Not one aid.
Other Thoughts: If someone/we can groom this course and get some signs up, this would be a sweet course.

And the homeless man in the main shelter needs to quiet his dog. Ha ha...

0 of 8 people found this review helpful.

 Central Coast Fun!

1    4/10/2010   4/16/2010
Review By: Ninja_Disc_Master
Played: 39  Reviewed: 30  Exp: 9.6 Years
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Good Tee Pads
-Good DiscCatcher Cages
-Multiple shot types tested
-Practice basket near first tee
-Pets Welcome on leash
-Legal to drink alcohol at this park
-Easily Navigated Course
-Elevation changes
-Loops back to central area of the park after each 9
Cons: -Trees on some holes could be unmanagable for a beginner.
-Larger trash cans would be useful but course was clean.
-LARGE groups (6-10) tend to play here and severely slow play is the result.
-Tall grass can hinder disc finding even in middle of fairway.
-Signage could be BIGGER with more accurate distance and trajectory picture. (not horrible)
-People tend to have UNLEASHED dogs than leashed if you're scared of dogs.
Other Thoughts: The course is fun and challenging. If in the Paso Robles/Atascadero area I highly suggest stopping by for a quick round!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful.

 Technical Course

5+    3/11/2010   3/13/2010
Review By: Nate Brooks
Played: 4  Reviewed: 4
This review was updated on 3/28/2010
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course forces you to develop accuracy, not distance. 10 is the only hole you can really let fly without having to worry about low, overhanging trees.

Players with many different styles can effectively compete here. There are multiple lines through the trees or over the trees for most of the holes, letting the smaller arms compete well with the big arms.

Multiple hole placements that are changed every week make the course constantly different. One day it will be an ace course, the next an incredibly difficult technical/distance course.

The course is well maintained, with nice benches at every hole. Slower groups will usually hang out at the benches to let faster groups play through.

With the exception of 16 and 18, the course flows very well and is easy to follow.

K-Man Cycle and Run is about 2 minutes from the course and stocks a wide variety of Innova Discs
Cons: Lack of holes to really let the disc fly. If there are open drives, they usually narrow down to a tunnel 150'-200' off the tee box.

If you get into the trees, it's incredibly hard to get out of them. One bad shot will make for an easy double bogey. Some might find this a 'pro,' but it's really deflating to have no chance at recovery out of an errant drive.
Other Thoughts: It's been noted that you can't get discs back if you throw them over the fence on hole #5 because it borders Atascadero State Hospital (prison). It is OK to hop that fence, as it is actually a grazing pasture located in between the prison and the course.

If you choose to use the line above the trees on the blind drives (13, 15), it is best to have one of your friends go and spot your drive for you. Discs get swallowed by the thick oak tree branches quite easily, and it's really hard to find discs if you don't know if they're on the ground or stuck in the trees.

Because of the number of trees, this course eats low-grade discs alive. Best to use Champion or Star plastics, unless you want to have to replace your discs every couple of months.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.


1    2/20/2010   2/24/2010
Review By: Danger
Played: 87  Reviewed: 70  Exp: 8.5 Years
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Flat, grippy tee pads
-Practice basket near first tee
-It is legal to drink alcohol at this park
-Fairly DG exclusive
-Course flows easily with almost zero navigation issues
-Noticed multiple pin placements for each hole
-Heavily wooded course combined with hilly terrain keep things very interesting
-Loops back to central area of the park after each 9
Cons: -Terrain definitely rewards better throwers and severely punishes weaker arms, especially toward the end of the course
-Trash cans around course are minimal, but course is nonetheless kept clean
-Tee 'stumps' only had one distance on them, and are only about a foot off the ground. Could use real signs.
-Some holes play very close to each other, with 'dueling fairways.' Keep your eye out at all times for other players.
Other Thoughts: Heilmann Park plays on a fairly significant slope in heavily wooded oak terrain. At least during our winter visit, long grass covers the majority of the terrain, coupled with the bare oak trees together set a very intimidating scene.

You know how sometimes, you screw up a throw but it somehow makes it through the trees through some impossible window? This does not happen at Heilmann Park. If you do not hit your mark, your disc will always hit a tree and fall down. Definitely added a challenge to the course.

Lots of love is put into this course. Even though weather was less than ideal, the place was PACKED. Additionally, Central Coast folk seem to play really really fast. We (3 of us) had to stop numerous times to let groups of four and more pass us. A very large group ahead there had some friendly people in it, who explained a bit about the course, its reputation, and its history. Bonus points for the locals.

Course signature hole #5 is a long downhill drive with a low ceiling, forcing a powerful 'laser beam' shot. This proved to be an extremely fun hole. Disc's over the fence may have to be left behind as it looked like the property back there belonged to some kind of prison like facility.

All holes incorporate some kind of elevation change, whether it be up, down, along the side of a hill, or over a canyon. The last 5 holes or so basically play back and forward over this canyon. The water at the bottom smelled like feces. As I mentioned before, stronger throwers who can get the disc across are handsomely rewarded with an easy par or birdie round. Should you hit anything on your way over, not only you lose the distance, but you lose up to 25 feet in elevation causing an almost imminent bogey or worse.

Long grass in the wintertime caused some disc finding issues. On the positive side, they kept many discs from rolling down the hill, which is nice. I would imagine that this long grass disappears after the high rain season.

Of the four courses that we checked out in the SLO area, this would be the one we would return to if we only had time for one. Easily the most challenging course in the area and a good disc vibe. People of all ages, groups, families, couples, and solo people were all very nice to talk to and while a very difficult course, this course seems to attract the most attention. A must see in SLO County.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful.

 fun little shorty 18

2-4    10/9/2009   10/12/2009
Review By: hognosesucker
Played: 436  Reviewed: 87  Exp: 18.7 Years
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Good amenities: ample parking, bathrooms, drinking fountains, concrete pads, benches with cool carvings on almost every hole, some garbage cans at tee pads.
-Good use of elevation, lots of down and up ravines, it actually gets a bit repetitive (see cons)
-Some very technical holes make up for lack of distance...BUT (see cons)
-A lot of cool scenery in the trees: canyon live oaks with lots of spanish moss hanging
-easy to follow, I only screwed up in one spot on my first round (see cons)
-Really friendly locals that told me about all the different pin locations
Cons: -Tee signs are not accurate: the problem with having so many placements is that the tee signs that are used are seldom accurate neither in distance nor in suggested route.
-Park is very multiuse-walkers, dogs, tennis players=all potential dangers on errant shots
-The chainlink fence along hole 5 is treacherous, I had a shot land on the other side and had to climb it. I ended up with a massive gash on my hand because the top is super sharp.
-A lot of the cool lines that were intended for the holes didn't have to be followed because the better shot was using the over the top line.
Although the course utilizes the ravines, it overutilizes it in my opinion to the point of being repetitive. Holes 6, 7, 8, 10, 14, 16, 17, 18 all played over the ravine in the placements I played. I'm not sure if it changes with pin placement. But they were all essentially the same with minor tweaks.
-I played holes 16 and 18 backward as 18 was more of a logical flow from 15, but that is one minor flaw in flow, the other is that 10 was a bit hard to find, you had to walk past 16 18's baskets to get to 10 from 9.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this course was fun. I had never played in CA before and was used to green grass and thick undergrowth. The course was really dry, with lots of dirt and dry dead longer grasses, it looked nothing like the green pictures on the course page. Also I saw my first wild tarantula on the course, which was a plus! I'd play it again if I had the time. I suggest you do too, it's a nice, quick, fun play!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful.

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