Penn Valley, CA 
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 Not Actually a 1.5

5+    1/15/2021   1/20/2021
Review By: TheBogeyMantis
Played: 2  Reviewed: 1
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: For starters this place if my favorite course. It's pretty hard so keeping strokes can be frustrating if that's your bag. However if you're just playing skins it's boss.

Its varying length holes all have bogey difficulty but with very few similarities in fairway length, dog leg angles, elevation changes, water features, and protected hole placements.

Great course maps and most holes have 4+ hole placements.
Also an underrated feature is that the park people don't really ever walk around the course so it's just golfers out there.
Cons: Pay attention and maybe take photos of next hole tee box placements as it's a little confusing at first.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Bring all your shots!!!

1    9/19/2017   9/19/2017
Review By: the_bird
Played: 11  Reviewed: 11  Exp: 3.9 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I played both Squirrel Creek and Hanging Oaks for the first time today, and I was really impressed with both of them. I thought Squirrel Creek was the more scenic, fun course, and that Hanging Oaks was the far more challenging test of my disc golf game (a new player that is definitely still a beginner/novice).

-I really had to use every single disc in my bag playing Hanging Oaks. Every tee-shot was different. This is by far the most diverse course I've played as far as shot requirements go.

-The course has a lot of undulations. The hills aren't big, but they definitely come into play on several of the holes. Hanging Oaks also has a crapload of trees (as the name suggests). Because of this pretty much every shot you throw will be dictated by the trees. Off the tees (and on my upshots) I was throwing any and everything I could think of from rollers, overhands, forehands, big hyzers and annhyzers, skip shots, etc, etc..

-Because of the aforementioned hills, super tight windows and trees, i was left with some really long second shots. Even on a few of the holes where I felt like I really threw a good drive I still had a fair bit left to go to get to the basket. Because of this i really worked out my midrange discs. I am not a monster off the tee by an means---300-315 down the middle is a real, real nice big drive for me at this point in my game, and it doesn't happen nearly as often as I wish it did! So, if you're like me, a lot of these holes will play pretty long for par 3's (especially compared to the yardage on the tee signs).

-There is not only real variety on the shots required off the tees, but there is a tremendous variety of distances on the holes here. I was blown away at the variety the holes offered here as far as distance, shot requirement, and risk/reward.

-The course was a real challenge. I felt this was the hardest local course I have played yet by far (I haven't played a ton of courses). But, compared to the Sacramento courses I've played, this one was the biggest test. It's obvious that the course would get a easier after playing it a couple times, but even then I could see it remains not just just challenging but fresh and interesting. Especially with the tough shot requirements out here and the variety of basket positions.

-I had the entire course to myself (weekday early afternoon with perfect 72 degree weather and no wind). Unlike Squirrel that I played before coming here which was pretty darn busy.

-The baskets were in great shape. I didn't have any discs sneak thru loose chains. Also, the tee pads were nice, as were the benches at a number of the holes (I can't remember if they were at all the holes or not), and the colored tee signs.

-The big grass area up above the course looks like it would be a great area to practice at as well. If I lived around the course I'd definitely use it as my driving range.
Cons: The layout can be a little confusing. I was the only one on the course and I was having a hard time figuring out where to go after a few of the holes.

-Some of the baskets, fairways, tee boxes, etc...really can be close together. If it was busy out there with some of those basket positions it would get a little hectic, with discs flying everywhere. This also led to me having to walk around after a number of the holes trying to figure out where the next tee box was. I'd have to visit 2-4 tees on some occasions before finding the one I was supposed to go to next.

-I imagine for an advanced or pro level player this course would be a lot easier and less challenging than it is for someone of my skill level. If you have the distance and all the shots in the bag it would obviously play quite a bit differently. But, for me, and I'm sure for most beginner/novice/intermediate level players, it is a really fun, fair, exciting challenge that really makes you feel like you've earned your par (when you get them).
Other Thoughts: A really great course. Seriously, the Grass Valley area is spoiled with two great courses. I can't wait to drive back up to play them both again! What a great day it was in the valley.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


1    9/27/2016   9/28/2016
Review By: bobmcnelly
Played: 221  Reviewed: 144  Exp: 10 Years
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - good condition concrete tee pads
- good condition baskets
- good variety of distances, 200 to 400+ feet
- tons of technical shaping shots through the trees
- multiple baskets placements on every hole
- good tee signs that give you all the info you need
Cons: - it may seem small to some but the navigation of the course is incredibly frustrating. With the multiple basket placements sometimes you can be 500 feet or more from the next tee pad and have no idea where to go. I know on the tee signs it tells you where the next hole is, but it's not always easy to remember. Especially after hit a bunch of trees and taking a 6.
Other Thoughts: I really wanted to love this course, but left frustrated. I would easily rate this course a 4 if it had improved navigation signage.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.


5+    5/29/2016   5/29/2016
Review By: Skwirly
Played: 75  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 11.5 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -concrete tee pads
-baskets with number placard on top
-great tee signs with a washer indicating pin placements
-multiple pin placements on each hole
-lots of variety with elevation changes, water hazards, woods and OB creating different lines and narrow landing zones
Cons: -navigation can be confusing at times
-a couple of holes that are shoot and pray
Other Thoughts: I love this course. My review for this is pretty similar to my one for Squirrel Creek, but that's because the good things are the same, yet these courses are very different. This course is well kept and has some fun signature holes in #3 island placement and #6 volcano placement. I usually play this course with Squirrel Creek because they are both such fun and close to each other. While having an overhand shot helps at Squirrel Creek, having a roller shot is more useful here. Each hole has multiple placements so you may need a good BH or FH for each hole. I highly recommend checking this out if you have the chance.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Challenging technical course

5+    9/12/2014   2/10/2015
Review By: sumo21
Played: 36  Reviewed: 26  Exp: 7.2 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 1) Great mix of long/short, uphill/downhill technical shots
2) Restroom area near the main, larger parking area
3) Garbage recepticle at most, if not, every hole
4) Depending on where you park, you can start at 3 different locations which cuts down on wait time at the first tee
5) Minimal amount of golfers on course at any time, which means a round of 18 can be finished in a little over an hour
6) Multiple pin locations for each hole
7) Signs and basket location washers at most, if not at every hole
Cons: 1) Very technical course, not for golfers just starting out
2) Grab a map or play with someone who has played the course or you may get lost
3) During the fall/winter seasons, the massive amount of falling leaves, along with the vegetation provide more than enough ground cover for your disc to get lost so watch where your shots go
Other Thoughts: -Don't let the short distances fool you, like hole 4. It's an uphill shot protected by the trees, a very challenging shot. Shots, on hole 4, are also prone to rolling downhill, unless the disc sits where it hits.

-Hole 6 offers a good challenge. When short, it's an ace run down an average size hallway of trees. When on a mound, it's the same hallway shot but right banking and up that mound.

-Most hole locations are anywhere from 175-350 feet, the longer pin locations seem to be holes that are more wide open than guarded by trees.

-For the most part, to play a decent round at Hanging Oaks, your shot has to be controlled, fit down hallways (mostly tight, but some wide) and you must be able to manage the course fairly well.

-There's a gas station down the street from the course on Penn Valley Drive or the Shell Station/Taco Bell immediately after coming off the CA-20, just in case you get hungry, thirsty or need gas. Both are east of the course.

-Another key point is when you're on the CA-20, cell phone reception is horrible and non existent in some spots so if this is your first time playing at this course, make sure you have printed directions already to go just in case.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Funkin Groovin

2-4    5/5/2013   11/19/2014
Review By: Taz Michael
Played: 19  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 31.9 Years
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Challenging layout. Numerous obstacles. Natural surroundings. Great location.
Cons: Hole 1 is nowhere near hole 18 and is tough to find, if you've never played there before. Parking, on a Sunday, is hard to find. No pro shop. Very muddy in winter.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Great front 9

1    6/28/2014   9/8/2014
Review By: mashnut
Played: 831  Reviewed: 777  Exp: 19.1 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course starts off in some scattered oaks, then moves into a more brushy wooded area for most of the front 9. This part of the course offers some really nice technical lines with a good variety of left and right turning shots. There is enough rough that you'll have to work for a par after a shanked shot, but not so much that you'll lose discs.

The second half of the course plays a little longer and more open. There are still plenty of mature trees defining the fairways, but less underbrush and smaller trees around them. The tees are plenty grippy and roomy for the length of the course. The alternate pin positions really add some variety, especially on the front 9, without changing the difficulty of individual holes too much. The signs have indicators for pin position and make navigation easy.
Cons: There are too many straight shots here, especially on the back 9. The layout of the second half of the course forces a bunch of straight shots going back and forth parallel to one another so there's not a lot of room for creative hole design. It's too bad the variety and challenge of the front 9 didn't carry over.

The course is pretty short, a lot of players won't need to throw too many distance driver shots here. A few holes play right along one another, we saw a few shots go into adjacent fairways. This seems like a pretty popular course so that could be a safety issue on a crowded day.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will find this course very approachable and fun. There is some challenge without any real punishment or frustration for less accurate throwers. More experienced players will find a handful of fun shots, but not enough length or variety to challenge many different parts of a complete skill set. This course is worth a stop if you're in the area, but I wouldn't go out of your way expecting a championship type test.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Very enjoyable experience

1    4/13/2014   4/14/2014
Review By: Fntsygamr
Played: 62  Reviewed: 27  Exp: 5.9 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 1. Variety of shots required
2. Multiple pin locations
3. Other golfers on the course were helpful
4. Tee pads were in great condition
5. Signage was excellent!
6. Layout was challenging, but not difficult
Cons: Since the course has some signature holes, I would like to see the placement of the pins on those holes in those locations. The island hole was not in place and the "volcano" hole was not either.
Too many pin placements on some of the holes. I can see having 3-4, but some have up to 7.
Most of the holes were a little too short. The technicality of the shots made the shortness of the holes not that much of a challenge.
Other Thoughts: I would come and play this course again. I would tandem this course with either Auburn or Condon Park for a nice weekend of disc play. I would consider this the 3rd best course in the area. Condon being #1 and Auburn being #2 (or vice/versa). This is a must play if you are in the area.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


1    1/12/2014   1/12/2014
Review By: cefire
Played: 727  Reviewed: 134  Exp: 21.9 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Variety, variety, variety! This course has every type of shot off the tee. During my round I was throwing RHBH, RHFH, Thumber, several rollers all off the tee as well as plenty of other utility approach shots when I did get into trouble.

On top of shot type variety there was also plenty of variety in distances required off the tee. With 5-6 (or even 7!) pin placements per hole, its easy to see why this would be the case.

Finally, the park has plenty of natural beauty along with good tee pads and signage throughout.
Cons: First off, lets play it straight Penn Valley...that 'volcano' is nothing to brag about. Its just a plain ol' dirt mound. No biggie though, still a fun hole. The only other 'con' that I have is that there aren't really any true par 4 holes to speak of. Sure there are a few holes that might average more than 3 strokes even for a pro field, but this would be due to significant errors and OB versus a hole design that requires a full drive and approach to achieve a birdie three.
Other Thoughts: If you are on the fence about whether to play Condon or here - HERE!!! This course is everything that Condon is trying to be, less crowded, better cared for. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 My Favorite

5+    3/23/2013   3/25/2013
Review By: Sam U
Played: 3  Reviewed: 3
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Superb tee signs with washer system
Multiple pin locations on each hole
Elevation changes
Nice tee pads
Great baskets
No pedestrian traffic
Not crowded
Technically challenging
Pleanty of benches and trash cans
Course sits on a beautiful park
Couse flows nicely
Cons: 18th tee pad needs to be replaced
No practice basket near hole 1
Hole 2 has some "unfair" pin locations

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

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