Confidence Round with Nice Touches
Pros: - Creative course design, featuring 9 circular cement tees, each with 3 baskets (red = short, blue = mid, yellow = long). Could play as 27, but I played 18 - reds on 1-9 and yellows 10-18.
- Every hole (except, I think, the first two) has a great chill zone, which is a nice touch. I played around 1pm and I'd say about 50% of the holes offered a shaded seating area.
- Great signage! Signs at each tee show positions for all 3 baskets, different pin positions (if applicable), OB, and directions to the next tee when it isn't obvious.
- Excellent hole variation. Uphill, downhill, doglegs left and right, water hazards on a few holes - the only thing I can think of that this course doesn't offer is much in the way of wooded tunnel shots, but the topography doesn't exactly lend itself to that.
- Exclusive disc golf use on the property. I'm used to playing at Oak Grove and Chavez Ridge, where there are often bystanders that are oblivious to disc golf and can get in the way. Disc golfers have the course to themselves here, which is fantastic and gives the course a great vibe.
- I've seen this course get dinged in the other reviews for being too easy or not a "true" 18/27 holes, but I really liked the layout - and who doesn't like having a better score now and then? The short baskets are great for beginners, a good confidence round for more advanced players, and fun for ace runs. If you play blues and yellows, there are certainly some challenges.
- Plays quickly, I think I got through 18 in about 45 minutes and I wasn't in a hurry.
- Some unique touches, like the rock circle around the yellow basket on hole 4, or the tin-can wind-chime obstacle on hole 9. Love the creativity with the course design.
- Course seems to get plenty of TLC. Was very well maintained. Didn't see a single piece of trash or any overgrown vegetation.
Cons: - Compared to courses like Oak Grove or La Mirada, these holes are mostly on the short side and are definitely easier to par. If you like a long course, this isn't it. If you're a pro, sure, it might be easy, but I found it sufficiently challenging.
- There are some homes that back up to the course, and on hole 7 (I believe), you run the risk of having a disc go into someone's backyard.
- As mentioned above, there are only 9 tee pads at this course. I'm hesitant to list this as a con, because the three baskets for each hole, and multiple pin positions for the blues and yellows, still allow for a good bit of variation here.
- The property is mostly open, so during the heat of the day the sun beats down on you pretty hard. There are plenty of shaded benches throughout, but you'd be wise to wear some suntan lotion (I didn't and I got scorched - d'oh!).
Other Thoughts: My solo round at Rabbit Flats was really enjoyable, and even though it's an hour from where I live I'll absolutely go back. Very close to the Thousand Oaks mall - definitely worth checking out if you find yourself in the area!
9 Hole Course with 3 Pins each
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Legitimately maximizes the use of the space
-Fairly easy navigation
-Easy to find baskets
-Nice benches on many holes
-Right next to huge fields for driving practice/fieldwork/warmup
-Prevalent wind and island greens provide some challenge
-Cool creek that runs along the East side
-Nice views of hills to the West side
Cons: -Not a single bathroom nearby
-No drinking fountains
-Almost no obstacles
-Zero to minimal shade throughout *entire course*
-Very hot in Summer (95F on peak days)
-Kind of a pain to get to from 101 Freeway
-Thousand Oaks is a notoriously boring area
-TOHS Cross Country practice runs through the course Fall afternoons
Other Thoughts: Rabbit Flats is a essentially a glorified 9 hole course. It's 9 teepads with 3 different pins: Reds for short (like 150-200 ft), Blue for pins 1 thru 9 and Yellow for Pins 10 thru 18. This course is going to take a while until it develops into something that provides more of a challenge, as trees have been planted but it'll take years (if not decades) for them to become true obstacles. If you have 300 feet of maximum power, you will have a blast, as nearly all pins should be reachable with that amount of power. The course takes nice advantage of a very steep slope along one side, providing some fun elevation shots. The lack of a single restroom or drinking fountain is near inexcusable for a place as suburban as Thousand Oaks. The signage is so well done I at times just read the sign and threw without looking for the basket (that maybe a testament to how unchallenging and obstacle free this course is.) The course is covered in large wood chips which are used for little mounds that provide a 2 to 3 foot tall bunker around some pins. I almost wish the course was left as hard-pack dirt, making for super-fast greens that provide another challenge. The course is often nice and breezy, if not legitimately windy, again providing a challenge to work with. If you're a beginner or want to learn and are in the TO area, I couldn't recommend a better course. If you can throw over 300 feet, know how to handle wind, and aren't around the area, don't bother going to Rabbit Flats.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: 27 possible holes with a variety of uphill, downhill and straight shots with a few obstacles (trees, woodchip piles). There's a decent amount of wind, so this is a great place to step down to a mid or putter for stable driving. Good condition concrete tees with great signage.
Cons: Short course. There is a creek with dense shrubbery that the wind likes to carry discs into. My party had 6 total discs land in this area over the course of game. One of the holes is a bit difficult to find and requires a short walk through a hidden path near the creek.
Other Thoughts: Not a super hard course and not worth a trip out just to play this one, but if you're passing through the area, its great for a quick 18.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Good young course with room to grow
Pros: -PERFECT signage, never seen better
-good use of the space.
-medium-high shot variety (will grow with the new trees
-WIDE skill range: Reds are great for newbies, blue and yellow range from nice birds to almost par 4s
- great ace runs on a few holes (#4/13 in particular)
- elevation changes made it a good challenge
Cons: -WIND is oppressively strong
-some pin placements were nonsensical.
-Hole 7/16 needs rethinking. The Red pin is a neat shot, but blue and yellow are not well place in relation to the tee pad.
if there are any restrooms/water fountains, they must be pretty far away.
-Mandy on hole 2 is awful for the blue pin, seems like it's there because of a dirt jogging/bike path.
Other Thoughts: Not one I would make a trek out for (at least not until the trees grow in). Still, definitely worth playing if you're passing through the area. The signage should be a model for every course in the country, could not be any more clear.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is one of the only 18-hole courses in the surrounding area. Red, Blue and Yellow basket sequence is easy to understand, with red and blue colors indicating short and long positions on the front nine, with yellow baskets reserved for the back nine. Good cement tees with decent signage.
Has quite a few downhill and uphill tee shots which add to the fun factor, along with a few man-made hazards such as dirt mounds which do influence play. My favorite holes were the downhill holes, especially #4/#13 which are easily deuced with precision overhand shots. From the highest points on the course you can see the mountains surrounding Thousand Oaks, which appears to be a very nice area. The area bordering the course on the north side has a small creek that is sheltered by palm trees, a small plus in terms of atmosphere.
Cons: As mentioned elsewhere, the front and back nine share the same area. The course itself was barren and treeless, likely due to the 2013-early 2014 drought. Some backtracking is necessary on occasion to find the next tee. No signage indicating that there is a disc golf course in the area aside from a kiosk near Hole 2, which is a long way back from nearby Moorpark Rd. Though this course does well at maximizing land use, it's still 18 holes crammed into 9 acres. Those who have played courses such as Idlewild or Leviathan won't be too impressed by the course difficulty level; I was able to par easily with a few overhand lobs despite my low player rating.
Other Thoughts: Though the area is surrounded by walking paths and baseball and soccer fields, the small area partitioned off for disc golf is disc golf-only. A nice park in a nice area, this is a decent beginning to intermediate level course that can be finished in an hour, which is nice if you happen to play a course like Coyote Point the next day. A $2 donation to play is fair, but not a bargain considering the lack of maintenance.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Lots of elevation changes. Variety of shots needed. Map/scorecard available at first tee. Disc golf only on site. Was not crowded, only saw two other groups. Benches for sitting at tee boxes. Nice tee pads and baskets. They have a lost and found bin on the west end of the course.
Cons: Hardly any shade. Elevation changes made for some stiff calves the next day. Didn't see any drinking water on site (was about 90 the day I went, so good thing I brought water), and no restrooms either (I hit the community center first). Saw some poison ivy/oak, so beware.
Other Thoughts: For sure worth playing. I parked in the community center parking lot and walked across the soccer fields to the course. Some won't like the long walk, but I'm a walker, so all was good. Locals were cool. Because of the small course layout and the shared tee boxes, you might have to duck some errant shots if playing on a crowded day. There's a creek that comes into play on a few holes. Some baskets are mounted on top of mounds, making for challenging shots/putts. There's a lot of woodchips and dirt on the ground, no grass, so maybe wear your hiking shoes. Because of the woodchips, discs didnt skip well, thus shortening your shots. Only needed long driver a few times, mostly used fairway drivers and mid range discs. There's a donation box at the first tee, to help out with course maintainence. It's pretty secluded out there, no one else but a few players, and I saw someone doing some sort of maintainence. I will play again next time in TO.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Rabbit Flats fills the disc golf void in this area. It is readily apparent that the locals love this course and have worked hard to make it a fun disc golf experience.
- The tee pads are awesome! I love the circular pads, these make it easy to change pin placements later, or even for safari holes in the other direction.
- New baskets, with multiple baskets on each hole, to keep it interesting.
- Big elevation change, hole 4 being the most memorable.
- Overall a fun experience. It is easy enough to attract beginners to the sport, but offers a fair enough challenge to develop some skills.
- The area seems pretty DG exclusive, you don't have to worry about hitting pedestrians and strollers.
Cons: Not too much in the way of trees at this point. So the elevation is the only major obstacle, not too many trees to get in the way.
It is mostly short and open, making it deuce or die for advanced players.
Other Thoughts: It is cool to see the amount of work that the club put into this course. Using the land they were given they made this into interesting layout with some good variety. The elevation keeps things from feeling too repetitive. If you are in the area it is worth playing, but it is not worth planning a road trip around.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
She treated me just fine :)
Pros: You can tell tons of volunteers help maintain this course.
Trees are growing and will be just stunning as the years go; this will be a great course one day. Good things take time :)
Cons: There are only 9 Tee Pads and the course is short.
Other Thoughts: Good course for beginners, short game, dogs, and people just out to play a nice 9 hole course.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Good Local Course
Pros: Tons of volunteers help maintain this course. I love the fact we finally have a local course!
Trees are growing and will be just stunning as the years go.
Cons: Parking is a walk but there are secret spots to park closer to course.
Tee Signs need graphics and distance. Heard they are getting done.
Other Thoughts: Its my home course! Nice to say I have one!
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
I like it!
Pros: - clear signs and holes for different level players- including children due to alternative baskets.
- feng shui! relaxing and peaceful. Clear of trash.
- nice layout and resting spots at holes. Tee boxes are very nice and large (cement).
- feels safe for solo ladies but the course is in the back of the park and visibility is not good. I would play this course alone.
- good private "rest" stops
Cons: - aim well or loose your disc in someones backyard- no trespassing.
- bushes are vicious
- poison oak
- short course
Other Thoughts: I will play here again.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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