Love the course
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Lots of long shots, nice teepads, new teesigns to help people find there way around. Multiple pin positions. Never to busy on or around course
Cons: Lots of longer throws, bathroom not near by, no trash cans
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Long Holes, Big Trees
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a beautiful plot of land for a course. Acres of mowed grass with large scattered trees throughout. Holes lengths vary from 275' out to well past 600', depending on the pin positions.
Based on the tee signs there are three pin positions for most holes. The distance change from the short pin to the long can be dramatic, and often much farther than the distance listed under "Hole Info" here. The day that I played it seemed that most of the pins were in the long position.
Excellent concrete tee pads. The tee signs that were there had good photo diagrams with the location of each pin position shown. Baskets were very nice, with clear hole markers on the top of every basket.
There are several holes with water in play which adds challenge. The water is deep and murky and I saw several players fishing for discs the afternoon that I played. Hole 18 in particular hid a creek just beyond the basket. Surprise!
Cons: Virtually all of the holes on the course require long drives over grass, with widely scattered trees to work through and around. There are no holes that require a specific line or even a particularly accurate drive, and no elevation. After a few holes the course begins to feel one-dimensional.
Many of the tee signs have been vandalized, with a few missing completely. No indicators for which pin position was in play.
Navigation was tricky for this first time visitor. The map was a huge help in knowing where to look, but even then there was a good bit of walking around looking for the tees.
Other Thoughts: Although the course can get a bit monotonous, the park is green and beautiful and it is a pleasant place to play.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: I like this course. Long and you get a lot of walking out of it.
Other Thoughts: I LAST PLAYED THERE DECEMBER 21, 2016. Five of us. We lost 4 disks to the creeks. Died laughing doing it. Very fun. But be causes about the water traps.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Big Sky, Big Heat
Pros: When you're looking for big bombs and great breezes this is your course. Many holes were 350+ and there seemed to be a nice mix of fades and turns for any type of golfer. the W to E breeze made for lots of great distance tosses. Most holes were very wide allowing for 2-3 viable approaches.
Cons: the heat! bring water, water, and more water. graffiti on tee signs made some unreadable, lots of walking between holes and 17 appeared to be missing.
Other Thoughts: Overall a good experience. My first time out I hit 8+ and finished under 2 hours. I like the long drives and breeze. I look forward to finishing under par!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Nice course that needs some attention
Pros: The course is in a great venue for disc golf: a grassy park with moderately spaced trees, and a bit of water. There are multiple pin positions on every hole, and some of the holes (at least when I played) are set up very long. For example, hole 4 was about 770' through the trees, making it a very challenging three.
Cons: All the drawbacks could be fixed with some attention from the local club (if there is one):
- hard to find the next tee; arrows on the targets would really help; I gave up trying to find 15 and 16
- some of the signs are in disrepair; most had decent maps of the different pin positions
- some of the positions are so near water that losing a disc is probable
Other Thoughts: I hope vandalism isn't a problem. Looks like it might be.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Some Shaded Relief After Shark Tooth!
Pros: Having two courses at one location is always a bonus and Suicide Flats is a nice contrast to the grueling punishment handed out by the Shark Tooth Mountain course. The Flats course plays through large sprawling, almost totally flat green grassy park. There are just enough scattered mature trees to provide shade on those hot Bakersfield days but also to challenge your shot selection.
As others have commented, there is some water to be aware of in the form of a creek bordering 2-3 holes. And this is a great course to break out your roller disc.
I was lucky to be guided through by Scooby Dew and Andy, two locals, so navigation wasn't a problem for me. I think it would be difficult for anyone trying it on their own as many of the signs and tee pads have been redesigned and now are out of date.
I appreciated having a working water fountain near the beginning of the course (in the little round rock building) and being able to splash through the sprinklers multiple times during my round.
Cons: Course could get a little mundane with lots of long straight holes with little in the way of obstacles.
There was one large trash can overturned with trash all over the place.
Navigating this course would not be easy without local help.
I believe it's fortunate that I was able to miss the disgusting bathrooms here.
Other Thoughts: After playing Lake Piru and then the City In The Hills course, 36 holes of disc golf on a 100 degree afternoon in Bakersfield was a heavy workload. Honestly, I felt saved by the sprinklers in the lower park area and the hose on # 8 on Shark Tooth. I kept drenching myself and soaking my head and hat to keep cool. At the end feeling pretty refreshed, I ended up heading over to play one more course, Silver Creek. Thanks for having the sprinklers on! And thanks to Scooby Dew and Andy for showing me the Hart Park dirty twosome and kicking my behind on both courses!
Bakersfield has this nice range of courses stair stepping up in nice increments, from the very easy Pitch & Putt beginner course at San Laurel to the brutally hard physical challenge of Shark Tooth Mountain.
From Easy to Hard:
San Laurel Park
City In The Hills
Silver Creek Park
Kern River Park
Shark Tooth Mountain
Bakersfield disc golfers have a nice variety of courses to choose from, with two easy beginner courses, one slightly harder beginner course, two intermediate courses and then two courses that will challenge anyone.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course has variety and is very, very scenic. There is just enough water to make you be careful but not enough to ruin your round. Some very long and challenging holes that are strategically placed among the trees makes getting a birdie fairly challenging on most of the holes. I really like when a course takes you somewhere, where it is not all open and all the baskets are visible from across the park. This course takes you all over the park like you are on a disc golf journey, wondering what is just around the corner. Nice locals. Beautiful view of the mountains. Course loops back around during the round thanks to to great course design and forethought. Last, two courses in the same park...hard to beat that! Gave this course a 4.0 due to all the great features just listed. I hope to play this course again.
Cons: A lot of straight and hyzer shots with very little need for anhyzer. I am sure this changes as there are multiple basket positions. The trees almost felt a little ridiculous after a while as I hit tree after tree after tree and then even hit the little powerline that goes across one of the holes on the back 9. Navigation challenges, a few next tee signs are needed in a couple of places and it just leaves you looking around for the tee sign, which are hard to see from a distance on 3 of the holes. The grass was a little high when I played it. Also, beware some of the trees as they are very thick and like to eat discs (unless they are blue :)
Other Thoughts: Great course in a huge park that is multiuse but not enough to really get in the way (except, I hear, on holiday's). If you are in Bakersfield, try this course and Sharktooth mountain as well! Fun, fun, fun!
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice park course
Pros: This course plays through the grassy flat areas of the park. Mature trees are in play on most shots, with very little rough. You'll have to navigate some low ceilings off some of the tees here, and some of the holes have a little bit tighter lines to hit. You have multiple options on many shots on how you want to approach the hole.
There's great distance variety, from ace runs to some nice long shots where you get to pull out a driver. With short grass and hard flat ground, this is a great course to throw rollers especially on the longer low ceiling shots. An OB creek comes into play a couple times to add a little bit of risk.
The concrete tees are in nice shape, and the baskets show little wear. The tee signs are adequate to figure out where you're throwing. The park was very nicely maintained, and the peacocks wandering around were a fun touch.
Cons: This course is very repetitive. With no rough and mostly open fairways you have your pick of shots on almost all the holes. You could score equally well with only a hyzer (left or right handed). A bunch of the holes are in a tweener distance for a lot of players, where most won't ever reach it for 2 but there's not enough punishment or hazards that a 4 is all that likely.
Navigation is a bit tricky in some spots, the map available online or at the kiosk is helpful. I would have liked to see pin position indicators on the tee signs.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will find this course very long, but not terribly frustrating. More experienced players will enjoy the chance to throw some longer drives or rollers, but the lack of punishment on an errant shot and the lack of real variety makes for a less exciting round. I do like the contrast between the two courses on site here, though I wish this one had been made a little more family friendly perhaps with longer tees for more experienced players.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Long Distance 18 In Tranquil Setting
Pros: Very long distance throughout the course. Moderately wooded with great use of trees to dictate shots. Signs with photos of the hole showing flight paths, pin locations, and distances. Cement tees throughout. Multiple pin locations on many holes. Hole 4 is a 700+ft par 4. Hole 6 shoots over water (need to throw 275+ft to clear it). Water is in play on a few other holes as well. Several water fountains and garbage cans scattered throughout the course. Some benches. Overall the course is fairly challenging. Restrooms not far from holes 10 & 15. Very beautiful and quiet park. Nice course design with good use of natural and man made obstacles. Well maintained and clean course.
Cons: A few signs are missing or were vandalized. The course is pretty flat with virtually no elevation change. A lot of holes weren't all that challenging besides being long. Only one tee per hole (an amateur tee on every hole would make this course more enjoyable for less experienced disc golfers).
Other Thoughts: This is a great course to test your distance as no holes are under 300' and most are far beyond that. The course map is handy for your first time playing. Hole 9's tee is kinda tucked away down right next to the creek. Challenging due to its distance but not extremely punishing besides on the holes that play around water (don't go in the river on 15 or 16; it will carry your plastic far away!). The park seemed very peaceful to me and I enjoyed playing it very much. There were quite a few peacocks on the course as well which was pretty cool. Just seeing those beautiful birds made me smile and added to my experience. With Shark Tooth Mountain this park is a great destination for serious disc golfers. Allow 4-5 hours to play both courses.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Need a Canon
Pros: Pretty much a backwater course. An older park with some long roller holes. It tests your idea of long. Met some guys that showed us around. Good league folk.
Cons: Older park that is somewhat rundown but sets up good for discin'. The washrooms need some rebuilding.
Other Thoughts: Interesting play with lots of long get around big trees shots. It was an enjoyable afternoon.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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