Malibu, CA 
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Deer on the hole #1's fairway

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  Beautiful view, awful design

1    8/8/2013   8/12/2013
Review By: davtron
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: As stated in review title, the view is great. Located on the big lawn at the foot of the Pepperdine University Campus, just up above Pacific Coast Highway, nearly every point on the course has a 180 degree view of the Pacific Ocean. About the only other advantage this course has is the opportunity to create your own holes and play as many of them as you want. For that reason, it got the 1.5 rating I gave it, otherwise I was thoroughly disappointed.
Cons: Absolutely no wayfinding. I think the only people who know how to play this course in any kind of respectable order are the people who (poorly) designed it. there are no indications of where tee pads are supposed to be, so newcomers to the course have no idea where to start, let alone where to shoot, and once you've shot at a particular basket, there's no way to tell which one to go to next. The whole area is a manicured lawn, so there's no worn paths that might indicate the route that others have taken before you. Some baskets are about 30 feet apart (dangerous in my mind, if i'm putting at one basket, I don't want to be at risk of being struck by somebody's approach shot on another hole)
Other Thoughts: There is one basket placed about 20 feet (elevation gain) above a pond, maybe 50 feet (laterally) from the edge of the pond. Tucked under a tree, it makes a really intriguing target, but I had no idea where I was supposed tho take my tee shot, so I didn't even play it. I left after putting my Discraft Nuke in the other of the two ponds while trying to make my up own route through the course. That was the 3rd basket I threw at after about 45 minutes of walking around halfheartedly throwing at a couple of others while trying to figure out the intended course layout. (even more) Other thoughts.... I was surprised not to see anybody else taking advantage of this new course. It's on a freaking college campus, these should be hotbeds for players. Rather, I had to try to avoid a bunch of 18-20 year old co-eds laying around on the grassy hillside. Very frustrating. AWFUL COURSE.

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