4 Helpful / 1 Not
A decent afternoon jaunt
Pros: Plays through a grove of mature oak trees and around a winding creek. Since the fairways are wide and mostly flat, it is perfect for beginners and intermediates, but would still be fun for any level of player. The holes that place the pins near the creek add some great challenges on many drives and putts. There are multiple rotating pin positions per hole, which keeps things fresh.
The pro shop is nice, with a friendly staff and a decent variety of discs and drinks for sale.
Cons: Though I enjoyed playing here, I didn't find the layout particularly challenging. The trees were spaced out enough to allow a reasonable upshot if your drive went astray- on a majority of holes, not enough penalties for poor drives. The holes seemed to blend together after awhile - even though there was a mix of left, right, straight.
Signage did not display enough info - footage and hole layout non-existent. Next hole signs would have been helpful in places. I recommend printing a map (I had a friendly local as a guide, but it was not evident to me where to go next in some cases).
A bit crowded at 1:30 on a summer Thursday. This did not delay our play too much, but those who want to get away from it all may have to choose times wisely.
Other Thoughts: They are in the process of adding 9 holes to the course, which will affect some of the existing holes to a degree. They are trying to finish this by next month.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Big Oak Trees, A lot of open space and long drives.It has a stream/swamp to avoid making for some anxious shots. In general one of NorCal's classic disc golf courses. Certainly a benchmark style course, that lets you know where your game is at.
Cons: It's dusty, and it's buggy. The swamp is swampy. It's popular, so you will likely wait. The park itself is popular so you don't get the "away from it al"l sense very often.
Other Thoughts: Only birdie of my very first round there came on 18 in pitch dark. The guys i played with pointed where to throw and it worked out. Can't wait to play it again!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
It's a swell time.
Pros: -Great layout, easy to navigate.
-Nice design, no short filler holes.
-Open, hard to lose a disc here.
-Pro Shop on-site
Cons: -Fair amount of traffic, don't expect to play it quickly. Though in full disclosure I'm used to more rural courses and would assume it's average traffic for a city course.
-Lots of cigarette butts around the teepads. I suppose that isn't a huge deal to some people, but, half the tees had trashcans so wtf. Besides, being out in awesome environments is, in my opinion, one of the best things about disc golf.
Other Thoughts: The course is a lot better than the people who play it! Okay, yea that is an unfair over-generalization of the course demographic, but expect to see people of all skill levels. On the course there seemed to be some really nice locals and then some genuine jerks, but that's about par for the Sacramento area. Social observations aside this is a very enjoyable course and if I find myself in the area I would love to play here again.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Rockin' Rumblin' Rocklin
Pros: Positive and prominent DG culture. Excellent flow and layout; course played quite fast for a decent length 18 on a somewhat crowded weekday. Dedicated DG space is always great. Awesome mix of driving options & lanes. Nice combination of longer & shorter holes. 18 is a really nice finishing hole. Never got too lost.
Cons: Adding distances to each teesign would be a big plus. Flat to minimal elevation changes. A printable map of the layout would've been helpful.
Other Thoughts: Back 9 tougher than front 9. This course reminded me of a nicer, longer version of Mackey in Sac. Chummy locals were nice enough to point me in the right directions, but never offered to join up.
Uniqueness: B+ (almost as nice as Shady Oaks...almost)
Difficulty: B+ (perfect amount of trees; flat)
Fun Factor: A- (super layout & flow; fun hole designs; mellow)
Aesthetics: A (clean & well maintained; gracefully matured)
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Great course, poor layout
Pros: Long course
Tough, varied shots
Signs at each hole showing yardage and hole #
Beautiful, mature trees
Cons: Busy, waited 5 min at each hole (but it was Labor Day...)
No course map
Doesn't flow all that well, had to follow group ahead
No description of holes on the signs
Other Thoughts: Lots of trees, which can be a Pro or a Con depending on your view point.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Great, long course
Pros: Very fun, yet challenging course with lots of variety throughout. Bench and garbage cans at most holes. Seems to be a lot of good players here, rarely get stuck behind someone slow. Many different pin locations, usually changed at least every 2 weeks.
Cons: Would be nice to have a pin location marker, as some holes can be blind. Some stinky swamp areas, which like to eat up discs. Not much elevation change.
Other Thoughts: This is an all around great course, and usually not as busy as Shady Oaks. The course can be super long too, depending on pin placement, but always fun.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
good corse bad locals
Pros: Good corse. Great mix of long and technical holes. Benches and trash cans at all holes. Fair amount of shade
Cons: The locals own the corse. Rudest players ever met. Groups of 6-10 will jump the box and won't let pairs pass. Almost all the rude players help in corse maintanece so they belive it gives them free range to be dicks.
Other Thoughts: The corse is great but some players ruin the enjoyment of the game for everyone. A little common decency and respect for other players is not going to happen everyday.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice Tee pads and all baskets at holes.
Can have dogs on leash.
Benches and tee signs at tees.
Gorgeous oak trees and open area. No other games or general public in course area most times. Course is set away from main part of the park activities.
Variety of distances and throws
Clean park except at tees- pick up your butts smokers.
has some creek type water hazards at some holes. Good oppurtunitys for birdies and maybe an ACE. Generally plays like an intermediate course with a mellow feel.
Cons: Can be crowded on any day, at any time due to it being one of the best courses in the Sacramento Valley. Sacramento lacks good courses in big parks. Plan to follow and be followed here. No distance info. or direction signs for next tee and all the cig.butts at tees suck! Pack your mud boots in winter or wet season.
Other Thoughts: Enjoyed the course very much and we will return. Who ever was the person/persons who obtained permission for a course in this awesome city park, thank you.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Shady Oaks Jr.
Pros: - Nice concrete tee pads
- Baskets with multiple pin pisitions
- Water hazards come into play on multiple holes
- Good mix of distances
- Some ace-able holes
- A few lefts and rights
- Mostly wooded with some more open holes
- Skatepark in same park (not a daycare)
- Sports fields on walk towards course, if they arn't in use they make a good place to practice a few drives before you start.
- Benches and Trashcans all around
Cons: - Crowded (like most Sac area courses)
- Big groups that refuse to let smaller goups pass
- Needs better signage (look on the back of hole markers)
- Very little elevation change
- Could posibly have some par 4's or 5's in the space behind the course (In my opinion)
- Some holes play very close to others and have the danger of crossfire
- Hard to find your way around the first time
Other Thoughts: A nice city park with soccer fields, a skate park and a prety nice little 18 hole disc golf course. The signs were a little lacking the last time I was there, but if you looked on the back of the hole marker there was usualy a little hand drawn map. Like most Sacramento courses it tends to get backed up with big groups of slow players during peak times. I usualy try to go to courses like this and Shady Oaks durring weekday mornings to keep the amount of people on the course to a minimum. This shouldn't be taken to say that all Sac area golfers are jerks, just alot of them. I've also met alot of cool golfers from Sac and the surounding areas, usualy at tournys, but I've met some chill casual golfers as well.
The Rocklin DGC was actualy the first disc golf course I had heard of, unfortunatly it was from having golfers drop thier kids off at the skate park like it was a daycare. Their kids would be running back and forth across the skatepark (no, board or skates) and enevitibly would get run over by a skater. Then they would be sitting there in the middle of the skatepark crying with no parents to be seen. So my final thought is if you have kids with you, keep them with you, or at least don't drop them off at the skatepark like it's a playground. They will probably get hurt, and no one likes having to take care of some crying kid that shouldn't have been there in the first place.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Always Fun at Rocklin!
Pros: Nice park setting with hard semi grassy fairways in the summer; soft/muddy fairways in the winter
Most Holes have trees scattered throughout the fairway but mostly open with big arm shots
Restrooms near Hole 1
Benches & Trash Cans on All Holes
Fun mix of Holes with Multiple Pin Placements
Tee Pads are long and wide giving you a lot of room to use!
Park looks excellent in the summertime and very fun to play!
Cons: Can get flooded & very muddy during rainy season
Other Thoughts: It can get windy at times - like any valley course.
The course gets very packed on weekends and the Sacramento area is in desperate need for more championship caliber courses.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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