3 Helpful / 3 Not
I could spend days here!
Pros: The challenge: such a great course! If you have time to play, even if it's just a little time, you need to get out here. Some of the throws require throws over cliffs (#4, 5), which puts hair on your chest.
The organization: nice tee-pads, great signage, and plenty of different layouts throughout the course.
Cons: The "tree protectors": word on the street is that the course designers had to go through plenty of politics to make this course a reality. Locals were worried that discs would ruin the trees in the park. So they made the designers install wooden poles around the course in front of certain trees to "protect" them. These protectors are laughable - the trees are wider than the poles and so they hardly protect anything.
The locals: I watched one of them urinate off of the tee-pad on #4. Like, he stood on the edge of the pad and pee'd off of it. Stay classy, Chico.
Other Thoughts: Play it! Then hit up the Sierra Nevada Brewery.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
The best Chico has to offer
Pros: - Intense basket locations on a couple of holes where huge cliffs defiantly come into play
- Amazing views around the course
- Nice mixture of distances
- What elevation change is there is used well
- Holes vary from tightly wooded (but not impossibly tight) to wide open
- Blue powder coated baskets look great and help with basket visibility
- Holes have nice variety between them, lefts, rights, uphills, downhills, even out over cliffs.
- Concrete tees on every hole
- Trails are pretty easy to follow between holes, they have rocks and concrete blocks with arrows on them
- Benches on every tee
- Some baskets have flags to indicate wind on them
- Nice wood fences around, some to mark O.B.
- Friendly locals
- Amazing birds around including hawks, there are great chances for some bird watching out here
- There's a sign with a map of the course at the beginning, you might want to take a picture with your camera so you can use it for reference
Cons: - Tees get really slick when they are wet, like dangerously slick (I would recommend playing either behind or next to the tees when it's like this). They do close the course if it's been raining because of that.
- Tees are only marked with a concrete block with the hole # on it. They could use to have nice tee signs with maps of the holes and distance to pin
- You will need to walk up some of the holes to look for the pin if you have never played here before
- If your disc goes over the cliff you will probably never see it again
- Parking lot is really rocky and rough
- Poison Oak around the course
- Ticks around
- Course can get crazy hot in the summer
- I've heard that there are rattlesnakes around in the summer, but I've yet to see one myself
- Probably a high fire danger in the summer
- Rocks throughout the fairways will age discs much faster than usual
Other Thoughts: When you are making your way in you should make sure to keep your eyes out for the Sierra Nevada Adopt-A-Hwy sign, the parking lot for the course is directly across from it. The course has a great amount of variety, a couple of holes play right along cliffs (and you don't want to loose your disc down there, trust me). It gets hot out here in the summer so make sure to bring water as there is none on the course. This course has been well taken care of, the city of Chico and the local disc golfers have done a great job building a top notch course. Some nice tee signs on each hole would be a great thing to have, but hopefully in time they will get them.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: -Great baskets, cement teepads, excellent signage.
-Lots of varied holes, from the technical to the distance ones.
Cons: -If you lose a disc, you LOSE a disc!
-Lots of rocks age your discs quickly.
Other Thoughts: One of the most beautiful courses around. Holes 3 and 4 require some confident shots as you are on the side of the cliffs, but, are some of the most fun holes for the same reason. Only downside is the rocks and how they can tear up your discs. hopefully will attract more organized events in the future.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Good Discin in Chico
Pros: Very fun 18 hole Course located in Upper Bidwell Park, just outside Chico, CA.
Great teepads and Baskets in a beautiful setting.
There are no filler holes, all teeshots are challenging and different. Big anhyzers and hyzers, wooded and technical as well as open holes.
Lots of elevation changes to keep you on ur toes.
Signature Hole is definitely #3. HUGE CANYON to the right with an amazing view.
#4 is also a very cool shot uphill with the same canyon in view to the right.
Some birdie and ace runs, very fun
Easy to navigate
Cons: Arrows pointing in the direction of the pin location, instead of teesigns or maps. Also no distances listed which would be very helpful.
Can get very hot in the afternoon, especially in the summer. bring water and wear sunscreen.
If the weather has been rainy, the course gets get closed by the park rangers.
Room for more holes, but Chico conservationists have fought against this course for a long time, and surely they would not take kindly to more holes.
Other Thoughts: This is a first rate and very fun course in a beautiful spot in NORCAL. Chalked full of fun shots and nice locals. Lots of good golf to be had here. Don't miss this course if you are nearby!
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
That's good DG!
Pros: Nice tee pads.
Easy to navigate.
Great variety of shots - tight vs. open, lefty vs. righty, a couple of bluff shots to test your reaction to the "pucker factor".
Awesome views from tees on 3 & 4.
It's a fair course - challenging without being over-the-top dificult.
Cons: I could see this course being windy since it sits on top of a bluff. And I was glad I played in the morning before the heat of the day got out of control. Distance signs from the tee would be a nice addition, but everything else about this course is great.
Other Thoughts: Visiting this course as a non-local, and having played over 20 courses, I think this is a first-rate course. I would love to play it a couple times to really get the strategy for the different holes dialed in. And having the course located three miles outside of town probably helps keep the dog poop and tagging under control. All in all, a great asset for Chico.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: * Terrain changes, up and down
* FANTASTIC views of the canyon and valley
* Can be played at the pace you want, slowly or quickly
* Players are generally courteous and polite and will let you play through if on your own or moving quickly.
Cons: * Parking lot is tough on a car, but not impossible
* Snakes and ticks love it there in the warm months
Other Thoughts: Chico finally has a great, WELL CARED FOR course that is both challenging, but perfect to take someone new to.
I highly recommend playing it.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Solid concrete tees. Clear directions and trails to next tee, look for rocks with arrows. A few OB areas. Mach 5 baskets.Flag/wind indicaters on each basket. Clean park.Views are great.You can not hear the road noise. Friendly people. Fairway and tree protectors mark most fairways to baskets.
Dogs allowed on leash.
Lots of variety with throws.Benchs at all tees.
Great course design.Best Nor.Cal brewery right down the road! Falcons and various other birds flying the cliffs.
Cons: It looks like you can not play here much in winter and early spring due to rain. When it is wet the park department closes the course. It can be dry for 3 days and it may still be closed. I probably wont play this course in summer, as it sits on a high plateau. Chico can reach temps. in the 100's for summer. No restroom (outhouse in parking lot). No trash cans yet. No distance charts per hole. Some holes you should watch out for throws from other players, throwing from close tees. Every one out there is smart enough to yell if needed. See the Chico outsiders website if there is a question if course is open due to rain. Wish Chico would build one downtown where we can play year round in any weather we choose. Rolling Stones sing..cant always get what you want. smile.
Other Thoughts: This is a top notch, extremly well thought out course. I am a intermediate player and was fine with the whole course. It is challangeing but you dont have to be an expert to play here. I dont think there is any hole over 400 feet,hard to tell as there are no signs for distance yet.It is one of the best all around Nor.Cal courses. Course is bigger then most but not as large as the Orland,Ca. course. I cant not recommend this course high enough. PS. BRING WATER!
8 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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