3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pleasant little gem, off an otherwise boring stretch of freeway
Pros: Some of the water-lined front nine baskets will force you to "lag" your approach shots because the baskets are so darn close to the water. I loved how the front and back nines are so different from each other; almost like 2 different courses. Great elevation changes on last 7 baskets. Excellent views of the lagoon and surrounding hills from the tops, and nice woodsy feel on 12 & 13. The unique blue baskets are a nice touch. Really nice lagoon based park that I would never have discovered if not for Disc Golf. Lots of land available and used for this course. Great variety of shots implemented, and some memorable teeshots on baskets 14-17.
Cons: Longish fairway grass on 10 & 11, but not difficult to find your disc as long as you track it well. It might be worth the $3/$5 bucks to park at the middle of the park, as the walk from free parking is about 10-15 minutes.
Other Thoughts: I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this course! Lots of character and great use of natural terrain. Some of the water holes on the front nine reminded me of Aquatic Park in Berkeley. There were also at least 3-4 DGers making serious attempts at finding sunken discs near holes 6 & 7. Very fun course!
Uniqueness: A- (front 9 near water; back 9 in the hills...cool!)
Difficulty: B+ (water & elevation; not too many trees tho)
Fun factor: A- (from bombs away to target shots, it's all there)
Aesthetics: A- (very pretty area; could be better kept)
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
August Is Not The Best Time To Play!
Pros: Lagoon Valley plays the front nine out playing along side and over the water most of the way. The front nine has smallish concrete pads. The back nine plays up and around a more rugged wilderness area with some elevation to contend with. The pads on the back nine are natural. The signs are mostly fading and are getting fairly hard to read. There is one shot over water, maybe 7 or 8, but it's easy to lay up around it and not risk going into the goose-poo infected water.
Cons: Goose poo was nasty and everywhere on the front 9. As previously mentioned, I was hestitant to put my bag down. The water was fowl and ugly! It was not water I was interested in going disc diving in. The park in August was not pretty and inviting. The front 9 along the water was just goose poo fowled and the back 9 was hot, dry, dusty and burnt. The back 9 was extremely hard to navigate, even with the on-line map we had printed. We never were sure about # 15 and quit after # 16. And the wind was blowing something fierce making every throw or putt an adventure.
Other Thoughts: I guess you could say that our experience at Lagoon Valley was not exactly a pleasant one. I'll chalk part of that to the time of the year we were here (late August). Part, I'll attribute to the geese and their nasty poo. Part to the prevailing winds. Part to the lack of signage and part to the general course design.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: There are some well designed, more challenging holes on the back nine. Also, there are some longer holes (including one par 4) that are fun to unleash a monster drive on. Decent use of the varied terrain in the park.
Cons: Wind is always a major factor here and responsible for most of this course's difficulty. Common gusts are 25-30mph with a steady east to west 10mph.
Goose poo is still abundant on the front nine.
The tees are inconsistent and could be bigger, and the signage is getting old and faded.
The course was difficult to navigate the first time and it doesn't flow well from hole to hole.
The pond hole is not that long, but I saw at least a few discs in there. A friend of mine luckily skipped across it!
$3 for parking.
Other Thoughts: Not much of this is different from the other reviews, but I have played it a few times and I thought I should finally review it. On my way into the bay area, it breaks up an otherwise long drive.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Prior Reviews Right on
Pros: The prior review is dead on. There is nothing more I can really add but wanted to make this review just to re-enforce the prior comments so it was coming from more than one person.
Cons: Weeds, Duck and Goose Crap, lack of signs
Other Thoughts: Skip it, may be better in the winter.
Go ahead and blast me with thumbs down reviews but before you do go play it yourself in the summer.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
not bad not great could be better
Pros: -Lots of holes
-some long holes
-beautiful open space
-water fountains in some spots
-a few short but sweet over water holes
Cons: -a little too open on the front nine
-this time of year the dry grass and weeds were pure hell to find discs as the Star Thistle, Foxtails etc eat the crap out of your legs and ankles; were gaiters or pants! This sh*t sucked and made the course a lot less enjoyable.
-no signs on many holes, the existing signs are not great. The online map is less than adequate and needs updating.
Tee pads are random; some dirt, some concrete of varying sizes.
-goose crap all over #4, 5, 6, and 7 so gross to put your bag down or watch your disc just land in it.
-The flow of the added holes after 11/12 flow badly; maybe it was my buddy who showed me around.
Other Thoughts: Previous poster was very accurate.
This course needs love and club support ($).
tee pads, signs and maps need improving.
-The grass and weeds need to be cut or tilled over.
Don't wear shorts this time of year (July).
-With some work this course could be very worthwhile.
-If you are traveling skip it and play Napa, Stafford and Orangevale instead.
-Goose crap is nasty they need some plastic "decoy" dogs to scare them to a different part of the huge lake.
The cons kill the potential rating; no dry high weeds, no goose crap; 3.5
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Lagoon Valley is a beautiful setting with lots of nice people and fun activities going on
-Great place to take your dogs if you have any, just make sure to keep them close to your side and cleanup up their poop!
-Great variety of holes, especially if you do all of the bonus holes. Has a couple great downhill bomber holes, one good uhphill hole, large and small fairways.
-Nice elevation changes
-love the variety of bonus holes on the front part of the course. Bonus holes on the back - not so much.
-well thought out basket placement
-Good variety of distance.
-usually not over-crowded
Cons: -TALL GRASS ON THE FAIRWAYS. This is by far the biggest drawback for me on this course. You will spend an average of about a half an hour a round looking for your disc which as submerged into the weedy abyss.
-In my openion, water comes a little bit too much into play on this course - especially Hole #6. I'm sure the locals love it however because they are constantly out there scavenging for sunken discs in the pond and pullling them out in large numbers.
-Don't recall it having any real true dog leg holes
-Hard to navigate
-Flow is not that great
-Some long walks between holes
-Tee pads are either crappy or non-existent
-Not well maintained. Given that this is a pay to play course, it definitely needs more TLC.
-Signs worn down and not that helpful.
-Baskets a little old and out dated
Other Thoughts: If this course just had a little more TLC it could be a 3.5 to 4 star course easily.
This would include cutting back the grass on the fairway regularly, setting new tee pads, getting some new signs (including some signs that direct you to the next hole)
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
What a pleasant surprise
• Easy to find
• Nice variety of holes
• 8 bonus holes
• Nice park with additional activities (e.g. dog park, walking/riding trails, model plane flying, picnic areas, etc....) and facilities (e.g. restrooms (although no soap, but there was water), water fountains, etc...)
• Warm-up areas everywhere
• Goose poop - Wow. To the people who complained about Oak Grove, you ain't seen nothin yet. Fortunately, it's really only on the 1st nine.
• People, roads, and cars, are in play on a couple holes.
• Tees are a little small and inconsistent
• Make sure you follow the path and signs around the lake to the disc course, otherwise you might park too far from #1. But being as the course is spread out all over, you could always hop in at various other points.
• Definitely use the map and descriptions located here: http://vvdgc.com/.
It's critical to finding the bonus holes. As I still had a little trouble here and there, I'll add these tips:
o #1 - After finishing 9, turn 100 degrees to your right and look across the street at a wooden canopy-like structure. For us non-horsey people, this is what a hitching post looks like. Tee off to the left of it. The basket is at the end of the tree line hidden just to the right.
o #2 - Tee area is just across the bridge and the basket is behind the very large tree back across the bridge/revine area ahead. Be careful not to clip the fence when throwing because it leaves a f#&*&@ mark in your disk. Ugh...
o #3 - Walk farther up towards the next tree line and you'll see a tee area with arrows painted on the trees showing a nasty fun tunnel shot. Incidentally, there's a sign that says 'beware: archery area' back there which was a bit unnerving.
o #4 - Once you get back out to the flat open area, you're actually going to throw back to the same #1 bonus basket. This wasn't immediately obvious to me, as I thought there may be another basket. Side note: there were various small flags and things indicating tee boxes on these bonus holes so be on the lookout.
o Skipping forward...
o #5 -Walk past #15 and you'll see several curbs on the ground making the tee area. The basket is directly ahead in the middle of the trees. They call this a "short thumber". Ha! If only I could consider it short.
o #6 - You'll walk towards the paved road near a water tower (at least I think it was a water tower) and truthfully I'm not sure where you tee off. I just picked a spot on the road. The basket is along the road to the left up on the right side of the hill.
o #7 - Walk across the road and you'll see a path through the trees leading to another tunnel shot to a basket on the right. You'll likely notice the basket from the prior hole. I think the tee box is the worn area to the right.
o #8 - Again, you'll probably notice this basket when you're walking to bonus hole #5. It's in the middle of a grove of trees. I don't know where the tee area is. It's somewhere behind the basket for bonus #7. I saw some marking back on the road and a worn area in the dirt but I'm not sure where you're supposed to tee off, so pick a spot.
I was really surprised to step out of my car and see green everywhere considering the desolate pictures that are on this site, so I guess we'll have to call this a winter review. The grass is quite deep everywhere. You should think about bringing a spotter but I wouldn't say it's a must, although keep your eagle eyes on when playing #11 and #17. There is a real nice mix of holes/shots at this course and with the bonus holes rounding it out to 26 total, it made for a surprisingly fun day. The water holes weren't too intimidating but it'll be a while before I'm ballsy enough to throw at the pins, particularly if a breeze decides to pick up. You should note that I spoke with someone who said they saw a guy retrieve 60(That's 6-0, sixty!) discs from this little pond so you have been warned. Having said that I still made par on almost every hole, and found the course to be very fair. I also almost got an ace on 14 and 18 which would have been seen by nobody, but still felt great. I also was pleasantly surprised by the nice view from the 'Top of the World' shot on 17. I would also note that despite there being a large number of people around, I never felt like they were in the way.
Bottom Line: I had avoided this course due to the pictures, water hazards, and prior reviews, but in this case, I was wrong. Despite some issues, this course presents an enjoyable round and with the bonus holes is worth the trip to check out.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Perfect place to stop in between Sac and SF
Pros: Really fun course to play for begginers and more skilled players alike. Front 9 holes play easy but can be made very challenging by the water and wind. The course was definitely designed with begining disc golf in mind. 4 new holes in the front add an easy twist. Then the long holes start. The back 9 and 4 new holes without tee pads are awesome for big drivers. Also I love the baskets. They are well maintained and newer style. Whats awesome is that there are 26 very diverse holes that make playing the Lagoon valley course truly fun for all.
Cons: Wind and water can kill your day, take very accurate well though out shots to insure dry play. Back 9 can get tedious for beginners with short throws. 8 new holes tee boxes are dirt or worse with a flag or rock as marker. Geese are angry creatures.
Other Thoughts: First time out played an above par game but lost no discs. I think that is awesome because i watched a guy in waiters tromp around in the lake rescuing sunken discs. After talking with him he gave me a few disc to try out which made me and my friend happy because right after that he threw a disc in the drink and i happened to have just received the exact same type of disc. Keep throwing discs in the water, thats how you get better.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Having played this course multiple times.I find that although the front 13 (yup 4 new holes in the front!) can play easy. It's the wind that can turn this course into a real challenge. One of the few places I've played were a 10' putt is not a gimmie. Plus add a little water to the mix (up to 5 holes depending on placement) It can make for a long day. Now without the wind. It's a pretty basic front 13. The back 13 is like a diff. course. Trees and terrain changes make it more challenging. Once again, add the wind = long day sometimes. Baskets in great shape with 2 deep chains. If you go near the end of summer till early spring. The tall grass is not an issue.
Cons: Helter Skelter teepads. Some are cement and some are just dirt teepads. Also some teepads are very small. During mid to late spring and parts of summer (depends on when the city mows) The grass/weeds can be crazy. Up to 3' in some places. For a $3 entry fee. It should be a better maintained course. New holes are not well marked. The back 13 is also tuff to navigate, but they have a web site with an updated map.
Other Thoughts: Overall a solid course worth checking out. Once again it's the wind that can turn this course into a beast! If you put to much or to little of an angle on the disc and get it to high in the air. You could be swimming for your discs! However it is seasonal (late spring and into summer) Don't let the pictures fool you. They are old and the trees have matured since those pics. Very small disc golf community out here. Sooo it's very seldom you have any teepad backups. Even on weekends.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Disc Golf Stop for I-80 Traffic Jam?
Pros: The course lies in a peaceful valley just off interstate 80 between Vacaville and Fairfield, where there is a large park and some potentially good places to toss discs at baskets in the passtime we refer to as disc golf.
I like the water hazards one finds on the front portion of the course, because these present a unique psychological challenge even if the holes themselves are not otherwise difficult. This may be a minus to some players, but on a course with few challenges/obstacles I savor even this kind of challenge.
Some of the course has fairly well kept tees and baskets, though this is not always the case.
There is a great hole that plays from the top of a hill in the back portion, which is very long but has a lot of elevation. In terms of topography and placement this hole would be rated a good one on any course (except for lack of a fairway and trees). If you get the right edge on your disc it can go a very long way.
Cons: I think the designers of this course did the best they could with the landscape, but the location of the course within the park is not ideal. Much of the first part is flat and the holes are short and wide open. The back portion, where some trees and a bit more challenge exists, is almost impossible to navigate unless you ask somebody who knows better than you.
When the grass at this course gets long and thick you can be within 5 ft of your disc and you won't find it. There are quite a few holes at this course that are rather hairy disc traps. Be sure to play in groups and spot for one another!
Other Thoughts: If you're looking for a good course to play and you have enough fuel in your car, keep on driving to Napa Valley, Orangevale (near Sacramento), Novato, or SF Golden Gate Park (depending on which way you're headed). I would stop here in an I-80 daylight traffic jam and play a round until it dissipated, but otherwise I don't see myself returning unless there are other special circumstances.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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