La Mirada, CA 
La Mirada Regional Park - Back 18 Share
Uploaded By: Apothecary Hole #9 (Taken 10/2009)
3 / 240ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #9 Tee

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 Design is a Mixed Bag

1    6/2/2013   6/3/2013
Review By: Hector Chain
Played: 189  Reviewed: 183  Exp: 9.6 Years
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The setting is a pretty typical multi-use park with older trees mixed with some open spaces. I like the design on most of the holes here. Tee pads are situated so that you are forced to throw under low-hanging branches or throw a safe shot around that won't give you a look at birdie. There are multiple pin positions on most holes. One hole (#7?) had a A position under 250 feet and a D position over 700 feet. It's rare to have a piece of land that allows for that.

The park has moderate elevation changes, and many holes use these well, particularly when you are forced to throw over a hill but under branches. There are usually multiple lines to the basket of varying risks. On the shorter holes I found myself debating a safter forehand route (I have no distance with my forehand) vs a backhand route that was tighter but would get me to the basket.

Tee pads are concrete (and sometimes are part of the sidewalk, which is also concrete, as sidewalks tend to be), and the tee signs do a good job of showing the various positions.

The park is all grass, which wouldn't be noteworthy in most parts of the country, but it was the only course I played on my Southern California trip that was all grass. It was pretty wet in spots.
Cons: I mentioned that I like the design of most holes. But holes 11 and 12 are really bad. Hole 11 has a 30-foot wide fairway with a parking lot on the right and street on the left. Do you really want people hanging a hyzer out over the parking lot? How is a beginner supposed to play this safely? Hole 12 has a wider fairway but the same general issue. Given the space in the park, it didn't appear that either of these was strictly necessary. Dents in car doors don't build support for disc golf.

Navigation was fine in most places, but I was glad to have the map.
Other Thoughts:
I didn't get to play the front side due to some walkathon that had it closed. Too bad, as I would have liked to have seen the other side. In spite of it being closed, I didn't find the back side too crowded (I only played through two groups).

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.

  Grass Roots

1    3/11/2013   3/23/2013
Review By: canyonlakediscgofer
Played: 3  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 5.1 Years
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: varying lengths, right and left turns, changes in elevation, and overhead obsticles, all create a game equalling challenge
Cons: crowded
Other Thoughts: 26 years ago I stumbled upon La Mirada Regionals DGC. I attempted a fewholes with a Whamo freestyle disc. For the first time in 26 years I went back to where I first laid eyes on a disc golf chains set. A grass roots sort of Holy Land for me now. Played a good round. Had a blast!

1 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Awesome !!

5+    3/5/2010   3/5/2013
Review By: DonnyO
Played: 1065  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 44.1 Years
1 Helpful / 11 Not
Pros: Best course in SoCal with 36 holes or the Championship 18 ! Nice Grass through the whole course. Wish there was more tournaments here ! Top rated course with many pin positions !
Cons: Some Mud but getting better with maintenance.
Other Thoughts: Scenic !

1 of 12 people found this review helpful.

 Same day : December cold day

1    12/29/2012   1/25/2013
Review By: HarrMarc
Played: 45  Reviewed: 18  Exp: 7.4 Years
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Pros: Awesome layout
Great use of the minimal elevation comared to the front 18
Great mix of long and short holes and mandatories that makes it much more challenging.
Cons: Cons: -Just the muddiness o and -It is easy to get confused on where the next tee-pad/pin is from time to time. Playing from hole 5 to 6 I got confused as to which pin I was supposed to shoot at since there were a number of baskets around and I couldn't see any numbers.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.


5+    1/5/2013   1/5/2013
Review By: DannyThunders
Played: 9  Reviewed: 9
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: A classic course , living in the area , i love this course , i drive 45-1 hour to play it as often as possible. This course is a great compliment to the front 18 , alot of big beautiful shots. Hole 1 is an open shot with no obstacles, but that changes quickly , every other hole is a definite technical Shot. A few holes with mando , two HUGE holes requiring big distance . Hole 11 is a very fun shot with what can't be more than 20 foot wide fairy with OB street on the left and OB parking lot on the right , a definite Buzzz shot. PLAY THIS COURSE. All innova discatchers.
Cons: Mud on hole 3 , birdwatchers / Random park users every so often.
Other Thoughts: I almost like this course more than the lakeside front 18, i play it as often as possible because it's one of the first challenging courses i've played, a DEFINITE destination course for Socal , make sure to play this course if you're within 40ish miles. Don't forget to go to Discovering the world in the area to pick up some new plastic, they will let you sift through stacks of almost every disc available , they're an online shop with a BIG stock in the back werehouse.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 A gigantic playground

1    1/2/2013   1/4/2013
Review By: nuttinbutchain
Played: 36  Reviewed: 20  Exp: 1.6 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Pretty much most of the pros from my review of the Front 18 apply here as well; great scenery, lots of elevation, interesting use of tree lines, well manicured, etc...
-less busy than the Front 18
-this is where Avery Jenkins filmed his "Deep in the Game" vids which you can find here:
Cons: -Just the muddiness
Other Thoughts: Much less crowded with parkgoers, but felt longer than the front 18. I more or less like the Front and Back 18 equally. Too many holes played this day to point out some specific ones, but Hole 11 stuck out in my mind. Its the narrowest strip of land that I've seen a disc golf hole on and I like it alot. Its a thin strip of land with the street on the left and the parking lot on the right. If you've never been here, try to set aside the day to play both the front and back won't regret it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.


1    12/30/2012   1/2/2013
Review By: Harvy B.
Played: 22  Reviewed: 11  Exp: 5.8 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Set up in a gorgeous manicured park
-The layout had a little bit of everything, shots to the right, shots to left, as well as short and long shots.
-The elevation changes were awesome. Hole one is a nice downhill shot, hole 2 was a tricky uphill shot with a mando, hole three was hilly to flat, etc...
-This is the first course I've been to with a pro-shop, I though that was pretty cool.
-Short walks between pins and pads.
-Friendly locals
-lots of tree's that enhance play not just a bunch of overgrown disc thieves.
-Great set-up
-All concrete pads
Cons: -It is easy to get confused on where the next tee-pad/pin is from time to time. Playing from hole 5 to 6 I got confused as to which pin I was supposed to shoot at since there were a number of baskets around and I couldn't see any numbers. The placard didn't help much because it was facing the wrong direction, but luckily some locals helped me out though.
-Be careful when you tee off on 1, 2, and 3 especially because you end up throwing right next to another tee-pad.
-It was super muddy on the day I was there, I almost fell a number of times on my upshots.
Other Thoughts: Great course, I only had time to play one round (I also had my wife, daughter, and father-in-law in tow which detracted a little bit) and I would have loved a few more trips around. I'm hoping to be able to make it back and try the front 18 soon. Do yourself a favor though either print off a course map before you go or pay the 25 cents to get one at the pro shop it will make your first round a little more relaxing (I wish I had done that).

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Home course #2

5+    7/27/2012   7/27/2012
Review By: thugjitsu
Played: 9  Reviewed: 9
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Awesome layout
Great use of the minimal elevation comared to the front 18
Great mix of long and short holes and mandatories that makes it much more challenging.
More secluded than the Front 18 unless there is a softball game going on
All Discatcher baskets as of now
Some great holes where you can bomb it with multiple angles/routes
Despite people hating the holes along the streets i love them as it requires placement and accuracy instead of power.
Cons: Over Watered lately
Blazing Hot compared to the Front 18
lack of water fountains or restrooms
terrible if there is a softball game, cuts out some of my favorite holes
Other Thoughts: All in All i like the back 18 better as there are the par 4's that allow you to really rip them. I am unsure as to why the closed the bathrooms by hole 6 but its a bummer as the closest ones are in between the baseball fields along with the closest water fountains.
Teepad 6 is terrible and we are working on a new spot to move it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.


1    6/24/2012   6/24/2012
Review By: MightyJeff
Played: 32  Reviewed: 13  Exp: 21.7 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -La Mirada Park is a great one, and a great setting for disc golf. The rolling hills add challenge and scenery, Mature trees add obstacles and a nice piney scent while you hike through the course, and the course is well-maintained in terms of mowed grass, litter, etc.
-It's great that there are two 18-hole courses in one park
-While not heavily stocked in plastic, the pro shop is great. You can grab snacks or drinks, but the best part is the trade-in deal. Bring in your used discs and they'll give you half of whatever they'll sell them for in trade-in value. Great, simple way to trade out the old with the new in your bag.
-Pretty hard to lose a disc here. The holes are generally open, so you won't have to track any down in the brush to the right or left of the fairway.
-Even though the holes are open, there's still enough challenge for more experienced disc golfers, and this is a great design to introduce newbies to the game
-Despite its reputation, I rarely had to deal with bottlenecks on the course, and I was playing alone on a Sunday. Whether it was a slow day or not I don't know, but it felt like the course flowed nicely.
Cons: -There are some drainage issues throughout the course. It can get a little soggy at times. You won't be covered in mud, but it's a little weird to see soggy grass in Southern California.
-A lot of non-disc golfers use the park, and they can get in your way. At least two groups of people were relaxing/picnicking under a tree in the middle of the fairway on a couple of holes, and all I could really do is try to avoid them and be ready to yell "fore".
-The layout is kind of intuitive, but also a little cramped. There are several shared fairways, and there are places where there are several baskets to different holes grouped together and you can't be sure what you're supposed to be aiming for.
-Hole #11 is just a terrible, terrible idea. One of the most narrow fairways I've ever seen in 16 years of throwing, and on one side you have a parking lot full of cars and on the other a main road. Anyone but the straightest thrower in disc golf would be terrified of hitting a car or causing an accident.
Other Thoughts: Apparently Steve Ricco of Legacy Discs was throwing this course shortly after I finished; it would have been fun to track him down and say "hey, give me some pointers on hurling this Cannon of yours". I didn't get a chance to play the front 18 at La Mirada; I'll have to come back later for that. But it seems that the consensus is the back 18 are not as great. I wouldn't be surprised if that were the case. Still, it's fantastic to have 2 18-hole courses right in one place, and even if the back 18 aren't as great, I'd still play them again. Maybe I'll just walk hole #11 next time though...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.


1    1/30/2012   3/27/2012
Review By: bradharris
Played: 87  Reviewed: 46  Exp: 14.7 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Being on a suburban multi-use park, the upkeep here is great. The grass is mowed and the course is clean.

There are a couple really nicely designed holes here. Hole 3 requires a tough tee shot over or through a couple guardian trees. Hole 7 requires nice placement off the tee to have a look at a long approach around the corner.

Navigation is pretty intuitive, although a couple blind tee shots may have you running up the fairway to find the basket.

There is a nice little shop near the first tee where you can grab a drink or snack and check out their small selection of discs.
Cons: The course feels very shoe-horned into the space it occupies. Way too many holes play along alternate use areas. Whether it's a baseball field, busy road, or parking lot. It even plays over a number of sidewalks, so make sure to check your surroundings before you throw.

I want to like Hole 11. A short shot with OB tight on the left and right as well as a double mando taking away any hyzer lines creates a very tough shot. BUT the penalites for missing go outside of the game itself. Go OB to the right and you run the risk of hitting parked cars, on the left you're throwing into traffic. If it was water on either side, I would say it's an awesome hole, but the safety concerns completely ruin it.

Being in a busy park playing along a busy road means the course is very exposed. There's no real seclusion.
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed the back 18 more than the front. I thought there were a few more really creative shots here. However, the safety concerns are much worse here. Your best bet is to play at an off time: mid day during the week.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

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