Prado DGC-Lovely Park-Why Am Underwhelmed?
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Prado Park is a another large regional park charging large regional fees to enter ($8 and $10 on weekends). The course is bordered by a large fishing lake. It's nice to look at and course designers did bring the lake into play on one or two holes. Any more would have meant disrupting the fishermen who ply the lakes banks. The terrain here is slightly undulating, scattered mature trees and nice green grass. There are plenty of picnic tables, both in the shade and sun in rest at during your long round here. The course completes it's loop right back to the restrooms where your started. I did have some great times experimenting with some rollers trying to figure out the contour of the land. Unfortunately, the wind sometimes had other ideas.
The course has nice concrete tee pads and simple wooden tee signs which give the hole #, par and distance. The baskets are Innova Discatchers with the yellow bands and a small number on the band. After hole # 1, I found a small tablet in the ground shaped like a home plate with a # 2 pointing to the next tee. Unfortunately, that was the last one of those I found.
The course is long enough ( another reviewer estimates average length of 350'), open enough and just flat enough, that I found myself wanting more? More variety, perhaps? A cool ACE run? The one signature hole that really got my juices flowing? That one big downhill that you look forward to your whole round?
Cons: The # 6 tee sign is facing the wrong way. Luckily, the only player on the course today set me straight.
Navigation, while not often easy was not often kind, so I never had to make up my mind. Sorry, my mind is wondering to old rock songs from the 60's. My apologies to those younger readers who missed this great era of music!
The wind, at times, negatively affected my game.
Only the one next tee after # 1 , helpful navigation aid. These would be a great feature on this wide open course. The extended poles on a couple of the partially hidden baskets were very helpful.
Other Thoughts: Pardo is a very lovely nice course. It's length probably suits some players perfectly. With my noodle arm, almost every hole was a drive, a pitch and hopefully, a makable putt for another ho-hum par three. A player who throws 350' to 400' or more might think this is the greatest course since sliced bread! I think maybe the course just didn't fit my game.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun and Wide Open
Pros: The course is wide open which can really allow you to let some drives fly!
Few trees to obstruct beginner throws on the front 9.
Back 9 provide a challenge for more experienced players by using elevation and a few low ceiling take offs.
Several shaded benches to take a rest during a round.
Cons: Those shaded benches are right in the path of play, so if picnickers are there, you'll have a hard time avoiding them.
Hole 7 is ridiculously long but still labeled a par 3.
The advertised "pedestrian rate" is not even an option. Expect to pay at least $8.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Nice, but open
Pros: The course plays through rolling grassy hills with scattered mature trees. Most holes have a few trees in play that you need to avoid, a few with some low ceilings to contend with. One hole has a nice water hazard on the right, tempting righties with a big hyzer line over the water that's risky but the most direct line to the pin. The elevation changes in the park were well used to add challenge and fun, with a nice mix of uphill and downhill holes.
The park is beautifully maintained, with nicely mowed grass and no trash outside of the plentiful trash cans. The tees are nice grippy concrete pads, with basic tee signs giving the distance to the pin. The baskets were in decent shape and had numbers facing the tee which is always helpful. There's a practice basket near the parking lot with some tree around it and enough open space to practice some approaches too.
Cons: The course is pretty open overall. The available trees are used quite well, but the nature of the park keeps it from being all that technical a course. Because of this, you often aren't pushed to hit a specific line, most holes allow for many different shots so you never have to use a variety of shots. The design obviously tried to compensate with distance, but that means there are a lot of tweener holes that are too long for most players to reach for a birdie chance but too short and open to produce many bogies.
There are several spots where navigation isn't totally obvious, the closest tee isn't always the next one. There are also some holes where multiple baskets are in view, you sometimes have to walk up to be able to read the numbers and figure out where to throw. There are lots of picnic areas in play throughout the course, only a couple were in use the day I played but I can imagine some safety issues on a nice weekend afternoon.
Other Thoughts: There are some nice holes here, but there are also a lot of open shots. It's a great place to throw some nice long drives and work on rollers. Beginners might find it a little long, but outside of the water hole there isn't too much punishment for inaccurate drives. More experienced players won't find a lot of line shaping challenges, but you'll have to throw some accurate drives to score well and might have to contend with wind. It's a little pricey to enter the park, but if you load up a group and split the fee it's not too bad.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Nice little park course
Pros: Good use of land.
Nice elevation changes.
Uses objects to the best challenge.
Cons: Probably would get boring after repetitive play
some throwing line cross over
might be crowded for a tourney.
Other Thoughts: Nice get away park. Worth the side trip if you are in the area. Fun play to get out and let it rip and score low.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Pros: Wide open and beautiful scenerly. The tees and baskets are very well marked. This course gives you several different views and makes you use your different shot styles. I used backhands, forehands and hammers. It is nice when you can bring out the entire gambit of your shots. It's nice to throw around a lake and not lose discs.
Cons: Early in the morning...sprinklers are running and it is pretty wet overall. In addition, it mostly smells like cow maneure.
Other Thoughts: I was thinking it would be further to drive to from Orange, but it was actually only about 25 minutes. I would definitely play this course on a regular basis.
4 Helpful / 5 Not
Fun to play
Pros: - Nice scenic park in a rural area with great views.
- Flat areas with small rolling hills allows for a variety of shot types.
- Good use of trees (evergreen and decidious), hills and water on most holes.
- Good mix of hole lengths. Good shots are rewarded with birdy opps.
- 18 Brand new Discatcher baskets
Cons: - The layout felt a bit crampt. Some of the tee postions conflict with other fairways.
- There are a few holes you shoot blind over a hill. Would be nice to use tall flags on these pins.
- #2 shoots blind over a small hill and back toward Tee 1, Tee 3, and lunch bench area.
- Grass tees
- Park was pretty windy the whole day I was there (seems other reviewers experienced similar conditons).
Other Thoughts: Fun little course - Looking forward to playing it more and seeing it evolve w/ optional tee/pin locations.
4 of 9 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Great park with nice lakes, beautiful views, thick grass and big trees
-Good balance of short, long, uphill, & downhill holes.
-Get to work on all aspects of your game.
-Easy to get to and close to freeway access.
-Course maps available at entrance to the park
-Pay to enter the park (keeps the riff-raff out)
-You can drink if your of age
-18 brand new discatchers with the optional bonus practice basket
Cons: -Pay to enter the park ($7). Annual passes are available but they're over a hundred bones. They do get you into most the other San Bernadino parks though including Yuciapa I believe.
-Natural tees and minimal signage, but cmon, it's brand spankin new!
-Soothing sound of the nearby shooting range. (Not really that big a deal)
-Park closes at 5 during the winter
Other Thoughts: This is a good course that is fun to play for all skill levels, tough par course for beginners and an ace runnin' birdie course to skilled players. A great thing about the course is that it is easy to stretch a tee box here or there to really challenge better players. Not a lot either, 30-50' here and there and this course becomes a lot tougher.
Version 1.0 of the course is good and it will only get better with age. More pin locations, permanent tee boxes, a couple layout things ironed out and the course will be a solid course to work on your game.
There is a LOT of potential at this course and I'm looking forward to watching it progess into a great DG location.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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