Escondido, CA 
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 Fun Free Course

5+    7/29/2017   8/2/2017
Review By: mdespars
Played: 20  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 7.9 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Multiple target placements make for each round being a little more dynamic.
- Not very crowded (Disc Golf player wise)
- Nice mix of long and short holes.
- It's free
- Good Pro Shop
Cons: - Can be crowded with people not playing disc golf. Tends to mess with only a couple holes.
- Stinging Nettle around the first 4 holes. Good luck getting your disc out of it.
- Can get pretty hot during the summer.
Other Thoughts: It would be nice if they made it more apparent that people enjoy playing disc golf at the park. Maybe some type of sign or notification at entrances to inform other park users to watch where you set your picnic up. I remember one time where a family setup a volleyball court right in the middle of the fairway... Other then that this is an awesome course for beginners and advanced players. Picnic season is usually only during the summer, so the rest of the year it is normally wide open.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Fun course, great park

1    7/11/2017   7/12/2017
Review By: pwolfinger
Played: 49  Reviewed: 12  Exp: 3.5 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Turning off the main drag, there is sign directing you to the disc golf course and amphitheater; its nice when there is an initial sign so you don't have to hunt around.
-The course has two practice baskets right at the lot with plenty of space to putt.
- Its FREE and its 18 holes! Both aren't super common for this area, so one of the best courses locally.
- The park is sprawling, and there are other activities, restrooms, and a disc golf pro shop. I actually played with Matt, the owner; he's awesome and really knows his discs!
- Tuesday night random draw doubles (A/B format) for $5. Starts at 5pm.
- Holes have a lot of nice shot varieties; short/long, backhand/forehand, hyzer/flex lines, good shot shaping with trees, and a creek (dry or stagnant water) that comes in to play.
- There are multiple pin placements on some of the holes. Seems like they rotate regularly.
- The tee pads are well made! Good length/width, and a nice concrete rib at the front for the brace foot.
Cons: - The main con for me was the constant conflict between disc golfers and others using the park. There is a walking path that comes in to play on several holes.
- Some of the tee signs seem out of date. A couple are missing.
- Holes 1-4 are separate from the rest of the course, but really not a big deal.
Other Thoughts: I played the weekly doubles here; everyone was really nice. A lot of the holes are birdie friendly for an amateur player. A couple ace run opportunities.

The shade is nice. If you go after work, starting on hole 5 and getting in the shade early until the sun goes down is doable (assuming there aren't others playing).

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

flattest course in socal

5+    12/1/2015   12/6/2015
Review By: xaeLen
Played: 13  Reviewed: 13
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: the new tee pads are really nice. on the week days it is not crowded. it is free to play. they have a pro shop that sells discs. there are bathrooms by 6 and 9. there is a mix between long and short. there are some trees making it more challenging.
Cons: the pro shop is really far away from hole one. they do not have a fridge or freezer at the pro shop. on weekends the course is filled with non disc golf players. there are people walking in the way on hole 7. some people have picnics right by the basket or in the way.the walk from hole 18 to 1 is really long.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  Fun course with decent variety.

5+    9/17/2015   10/2/2015
Review By: Ninjavitus
Played: 11  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 8.6 Years
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: FREE!

I typically go to the course on weekday mornings to avoid crowds and the heat. I can usually play through a round solo in about 45 minutes (if there aren't many groups ahead of me). I often end up playing 2 rounds in a row.

Nowhere near as crowded as Morley.

In my experiences with groups ahead of me, they have always been very polite in letting me play through. Sometimes I will join up with a smaller groups, which is a nice change from flying solo.

There is a decent variety of holes, with varying pin positions on 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 (although I've never seen it set up on the short pin), 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, & 18. They usually change pins around once a week or so. There's a mix of wide open, slightly wooded, small mandatory gaps, dogleg rights/left, and straight shots.

Sean(Shawn/Shaun?) in the Pro Shop is super friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful.

Baskets are top notch, though I still manage to find ways to hit chains and miss.

Not exceedingly difficult (not sure if that is a pro or con). For me it means fun rounds, with relatively minimal course induced frustrations. My frustrations are primarily self induced.

Public restrooms and water fountains available during park hours.

Cons: I love this park! The cons listed below are really more of a heads up for people, than any sort of complaint. I just wanted to present info on some things that some may see as cons.

Mixed use park can present some human obstacles, but I've never really had any issues with anyone. Sometimes you encounter someone who's oblivious to the course, but not often.

Not super difficult, if that's what you're looking for (see Pros)

Can be very hot. Not really anything the course can do about it, but a heads up nonetheless. Bring some cold water and wear sunscreen.

Dogs must be on leash. Some people think this does not apply to their dog. I haven't yet had one go after a disc, but they are occasionally there.

There's a bit of walking required in between holes 5 and 6, and from 18 back to the parking lot. I don't mind that walking. Overall the course isn't too long.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Awesome course

2-4    7/14/2015   7/26/2015
Review By: Owen The Sk8er
Played: 4  Reviewed: 2
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This course is a very good skill tester for all skill levels. The baskets kept every disc in the chains like they are supposed to do. The creek gave me a very good challenge, but 2 of my strokes flew into the creek. Luckily the creek was dry. Also very nice people. I played with a group of 3 people.
Cons: Trash on the course
Other Thoughts: This course is well taken care of. If you are looking for a course that is very nice and challenging, this is the place. This will be a comeback to place.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Great course.

2-4    2/6/2015   2/14/2015
Review By: thespeedokid
Played: 94  Reviewed: 34  Exp: 3.1 Years
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Good hole distances. Good hole signs. Nice tees. Not a ton of people play it making it fast. Easy to find holes. Good baskets. Nicely but not overly wooded. Variety of hole distances. Slight elevation changes. Small creek which adds an element of difficulty. Variety of holes. (Some holes are wide open like 1-3-4 while some are densely wooded like 17-18).
Cons: Maybe not enough elevation changes. Thats about it this course is really good.
Other Thoughts: This is a course you just have to play. You don't get held up like you do on Morley Field. Holes 17 and 18 play on the same tee box to different basket locations. (Hole 18 is under construction).

2 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Short and fun

1    7/21/2014   7/24/2014
Review By: joecross98
Played: 8  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 5.5 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Huge park setting makes for a nice walk
- Dominated by short, straight shots with few obstacles, which makes for a fun round
- Great pro shop
- Not too crouded
Cons: - The first 4 holes are totally disconnected from the rest of the course. Seems like they just have them to have 18 holes.
- Other park goers pose an additional (sometimes moving!) obstacle on shots. Everyone knows the deal, though, so there is no tension.
- Escondido is hot...
Other Thoughts: A lot of locals play this course daily. Just hang out at the first hole and someone will invite you to join. It can be tough to find the tee boxes if you've never played and don't have a guide.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 How Often Do You Get To Play With A Player With 3 Super Bowl Rings?

1    4/3/2014   4/9/2014
Review By: The Valkyrie Kid
Played: 1167  Reviewed: 1115  Exp: 39.5 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Kit Carson Park is a very large sprawling park with oh, so many activities going on. The park features many baseball/softball fields, many picnic and children's play areas, a pro shop, a very nice amphitheater, undeveloped land, walking/jogging tracks and much more.
The course starts over near the amphitheater with the first five holes playing across mostly open dirt patch. These first holes feature more distance than the rest of the course. # 6 is kind of a transitional hole then there is a short walkout to the rest of the course which plays through the main picnic area of the park. These holes aren't especially long but they're well designed, sometimes tight along the cry creek bed and feature some tunnel shots under the trees.
The tee pads are rubber mats. Some of the early pads were slippery with sand on them. A broom would have been a nice touch here. The baskets are in good condition. Nice signs showing the distance, par and sponsor.
The last holes move out of the grassy picnic area into another undeveloped area of the park. # 18 hole has been removed (temporarily?) for the pond being drained and rebuilt). So currently you play 17 and 18 together at the same time.

This course is basically flat. There was no water in the creek (early April). The course is a nice recreational course. It has a nice variety of hole challenges and length including four where you really have to start with a long anhyzer. There are places where a good roller is essential. Advanced players and above probably won't find the challenge at Kit Carson .
Cons: The middle holes (7-15) playing through the picnic area are probably often in conflict with other park users and picnics, etc. I watched one group of players basically just throw right into a group of younger girls near # 9. You may have to skip a hole or two on this course during prime picnic time.

Without my wonderful local guides, navigation would have been a little difficult.
Other Thoughts: I was fortunate enough to hook up with Jack and his son, Steven. Steven played for 10 years with the NE Pats blocking for Tom Brady. Pretty cool to play with a celebrity of sorts. Plus, I managed to beat both father & son by a couple of strokes.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  Kit Carson - Escondido CA

2-4    1/21/2014   1/22/2014
Review By: riles
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Lots of dynamic shots to make. Good balance of long and short holes, as well as, left or right hand shots.
Cons: First several holes the landscaping is basically dirt.
Going from hole 5-6 is confusing for someone who had never played the course. Better signage for that would be good.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed the course and would go back again. I appreciated the well made signs and indicators for the current pin placement.
I played with the holes pushed out to the farthest placements and it made for some LONG shots. Pretty cool.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 old classic

1    1/20/2014   1/21/2014
Review By: Wilson
Played: 11  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 4.3 Years
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: variety of distances and obstacles.
beautiful park in which to play.
excellent signage.
creative design over large acreage.
Cons: the layout encourages some players to skip holes #1-5 and to create a log-jam by starting their round at #6.
Other Thoughts: I didn't realize who he was until after I left and shared a pic of his car/license plate/sticker, but I met THE John Kirkland, the legend. Very cool guy who was beginning his round as I ended mine.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.

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