Enjoyable San Diego Course But A Little Pricey!
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Pros: Mission Bay is a nice parks and recreation golf course. They've added disc golf and footi golf to help with revenues. Playing on a early Friday morning, I was the only disc golfer around. The golfers were all cordial and many were impressed with my drives and rollers. Imagine what they would think about a 1000 rated player!
The course is mostly flat with just a few small hills, some scattered trees off the fairways, non-existent rough and just one non-hazardous water hazard. The Discatchers are thoughtfully stationed all around greens but are sometimes a little confusing to spot off the tee. I threw towards the wrong basket once or twice. There's usually a tree or two or three guarding the basket but like most most disc courses on golf courses Mission Bay is mostly open. You won't need to use many different shots although it was fun to roll on the short, nicely mowed grass. The course is probably about average distance with three holes under 300' and four longer holes with # 18 stretching out to 912' .
Signature hole! None stood out as really memorable but I don't remember any hole feeling like a filler hole, either. Nice design!
Cons: I'm a little concerned with the cost. $10 for nine holes or $18 for 18 holes is steep and $10.50 for each person in the cart. I think I read on their website that it was $10 just for someone to ride along and watch! This all smells of price gouging to me. What no $25 bag fee or $30 to pick which seat in the cart you want? And not even a chintzy little bag of pretzels!
Golf course open! Not much shot shaping needed here. Mostly a point and shoot course.
Other Thoughts: Mission Bay doesn't feature the tropical beauty that Colina Park has but it's certainly lovely and very well maintained. It's a pleasant option compared to many of our more unkept disc courses. Those of you with the 450' drives will enjoy the four monster holes. And a rec player such as myself, will not feel overwhelmed here.
There is a league that plays here on Sundays as well as the annual Ice Bowl Tournament.
With my normal prejudices against disc golf courses on golf courses, I came here fully expecting to not enjoy myself but walked away pleasantly surprised. This combined with Morley Field and Colina Park gives you San Diego players some excellent options.
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Mission Bay Disc Golf
Pros: Great Course !!!! It would be a Great Permanent 18 hole Disc Golf Course in San Diego , California !!!!
Cons: Tougher to play when wet.
Other Thoughts: Love having Golf Carts available ! Onsite Food and Beverages available !!!!!
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Pros: The course follows the layout of the ball golf course, but as this is a shorter golf course it makes for reasonable lengths for disc golf. There are plenty of reachable holes off the tee, with a few longer shots that let you stretch out your arm and throw a big drive. Water comes into play on one hole, with a tricky pin placement by a pond. The golf greens and sand traps also add some risk of OB on drives and around some of the baskets, I really enjoyed several of the pin placements by these hazards.
There are a few minor elevation changes, and they're used pretty well to add challenge and excitement around a few of the pins. A pin on a mound and a couple next to small hills offer rollaway potential for missed putts or upshots. The trees are pretty sparse, but there are enough for some protected pins and to force a little line shaping off the tee. The tees are on the golf tee areas, so they're nice grass and plenty level. The baskets used are portable temp baskets, but all are generally in good shape and catch fine. Playing at night under the lights is a fun bonus here.
Cons: Despite creative use of the available obstacles, this course still plays pretty open. You'll score better if you have a variety of shots in your bag, but you can get away with a limited set of line shaping skills. Some of the baskets are very close to other fairways and tees, so there's definitely some safety concerns with a full tournament.
The course is temporary so there is no signage, navigation can be a little tricky and distances are deceiving so it's helpful to have someone who's played the course before on your card. The course is only available once each year, so it's not all that accessible to most players.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will find the course a bit long, but there isn't much chance of lost discs and not a ton of penalty for inaccurate drives on most holes. More experienced players will find some great challenges out here, and some nice risk/reward decisions with OB in play if you go for birdies. I definitely recommend playing in the ice bowl event if you get the chance, it's a cool tournament on a fun course.
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