We played on New Years Eve
Pros: Nice park, nice neighborhood. A fun pitch and putt. We played with head lamps on thinking we were at San Lauren, easy navigation, tees . Playable in the dark as there are some security lights.
Cons: It is a small course and not a many trees or other obstacles.
Other Thoughts: We did a tour-de-bako and enjoyed City in the Hills, Silver Creek, Buttonwillow, Kern River Parkway ( good course but was crowded when we played) , San Lauren (fun at night), and Riverview in that order.This was a mixed group of beginner, intermediate, and expert level threesome. 'Bako' is a fun disc golf getaway. Not sure why we enjoyed San Lauren so much but we did.
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Cute Pitch and Putt
Pros: Cute little 18 hole pitch and putt located in small 10 acre city park. The park has shaded picnic facilities and exercise area, a children's playground, two tennis courts, two sand volleyball courts, and two basketball half courts. Other features include a perimeter walking trail, open turf areas, boulder outcroppings, and drought tolerant plants on the picturesque slopes. The park is very well maintained and looks brand new. Landscaping was very good throughout. The park is located in a new development area east of Bakersfield. The holes are very short with everything being aceable. A putter is probably all that will be required here, but it is a fun little play. Although all holes are quite short, small obstacles come into play to give the holes a unique feel to them. The tees are concrete with an arrow pointing to the basket with the hole number and distance on them. Baskets are Innova Discatchers and all have appropriate hole numbers on them. Hole #1 is located in the front of the park just to the left of the sign as you drive up from Canteria Dr.
Cons: The park is quite small with a variety of activities going on throughout. Holes play very close to other activities in the park. The course is pretty wide open with the very young trees providing very little obstacle. There were no restrooms, a big flaw for an otherwise great little park. There are no tee signs, so locating specific holes can only be done by viewing the tees. Navigation did require a little walking around but the distances are so short it wasn't that much of an issue. I did post a map on here in files but you can figure it out with a little walking. There is no parking at hole 1, but because the course plays in a loop you can start on any hole and play around and back to where you started.
Other Thoughts: Congrats to the city of Bakersfield for a well done pitch and putt. The designers of this course did a good job matching the course to the property they had to work with. I could easily see someone putting a 9 hole in this park that would have been dangerous to all involved, instead the designers put in 18 short holes that really don't interfere with the rest of the park. The distances are so short that control should be very manageable, even though many holes get close to other activities. We played several rounds in the park on apparently a busy afternoon. The picnic area was hosting a party, kids were in the playgrounds, and there were people on the tennis and basketball courts. Yet all the holes were just the right distance that we had no problem playing around these other activities. These pitch and putt courses are great introductory courses for beginners and families and great warmup and short game practice for more experienced players.
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Excellent Pitch & Putt Course In A Lovely Park!
Pros: City In The Hills is a beautiful, fairly new park which includes multiple picnic shelters, basketball courts, tennis courts, a very cool red rock natural area, a great climbing area for kids, and a workout area with machines inside a covered area. The park is almost totally flat and has many small trees which eventually will provide shade and some obstacles for the course here.
The holes range in length from 98' to just a couple around 300'. Most are just short, fun ACE runs in the 100' to 175' range.
The baskets are Innova Discatchers with the yellow rims and the numbers on them. The tee pads are interesting and well done. The concrete pads have the hole # and an arrow aiming toward the basket engraved into the concrete. The length has been painted on but is rubbing off on some.
Navigation is a breeze.
Cons: A couple of the tee pads don't exactly face the basket you're throwing to.
Distances are short for most players. Perfect for beginners or those just gunning for ACES.
Immature trees don't provide much challenge yet.
A couple of the baskets are set very close to the kids playground (# 13) and the workout area. Use extra caution when playing these holes.
Basket # 14 has the gansta lean going.
Other Thoughts: This is just one of those great little, well maintained beginner courses. A great little warm up. A fun course on which to up your ACE count. A great little course to bring that beginner to.'
Don't expect any great challenge here. If you're looking for extreme challenge, the Shark Tooth mountain course is just 3 short miles away.
Bakersfield has this nice range of courses stair stepping up in nice increments, from the very easy Pitch & Putt beginner course at San Laurel to the brutally hard physical challenge of Shark Tooth Mountain.
From Easy to Hard:
San Laurel Park
City In The Hills
Silver Creek Park
Kern River Park
Shark Tooth Mountain
Bakersfield disc golfers have a nice variety of courses to choose from, with two easy beginner courses, one slightly harder, two intermediate courses and then two courses that will challenge anyone.
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Short Beginner 18 in Nice Newer Park
Pros: Cement tees with hole number and an arrow pointing toward the basket on every home. Nice new DiscCatcher baskets with hole numbers on them. Mostly very short holes (almost all are ace runs) but two are around 300'. Holes 3-5 play around beautiful man man rock formations and gardens/flower beds. There is a decent amount of pavement throughout the course so if all was used as OB it would add some difficulty to the course. Good flow with virtually no walk from basket to tee. Low traffic. Very easy to navigate.
Cons: The course is completely open with only a smaller amount on new, very young trees. Very flat with virtually no elevation change (despite the name). The tees are not grooved at all and can be slippery especially when wet. The baskets are just a bit too high off the ground. The baskets are not cemented in, and hole 14's has a serious Detroit lean going on. Some tees are very close to baskets. The course plays very close to a playground (I had a gimme birdie on 13 that was literally in the playground). No restrooms on site. Very low difficulty and not worth a special trip for experienced disc golfers.
Other Thoughts: This is a beginner course and should only be viewed as a warm up for the Hart Park courses for experienced disc golfers, unless you're seeking aces as they are easy to come by on this course. Hole 1 starts in an area with no parking so start on hole 13 and work your way around. Nice clean neighborhood and the park was spotless.
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Beautiful Short Game Course
Pros: All holes are relatively short, great for beginners or practice of short game. Clean and attractive landscape. Low traffic course, I've never seen more than 10 people at the park.
Cons: Course could be too easy for advanced players. Two holes are located next to children playgrounds, so be very careful! Safety first for the kids.
Other Thoughts: This course is very relaxing, and the park is VERY well kept. It's also surrounded by a small, yet pretty neighborhood. Only a few take advantage of the disc course.
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