Paso Robles, CA 
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Fun course among the vines!

1    10/22/2017   10/22/2017
Review By: snoho
Played: 38  Reviewed: 16  Exp: 1.6 Years
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: * Beautiful setting
* Impeccable signage
* Quality tee pads
* Quality baskets
* Interesting use of the vines
* Benches at every hole
Cons: * Windy!
Other Thoughts: I drove down specifically to play this course and am really glad I did. It's a fun course set among the vineyard that makes really good use of the vines for OB.

The tee pads are all concrete and in excellent shape, and the tee signs are clear. It's pretty easy to find all the holes, although hole 3 threw me for a loop. Luckily some friendly locals showed me the way.

I think my favourite hole was 17, where you throw over vines to what amounts to an island green. Not particularly challenging, but quite fun.

Remember to bring lots of water. It wasn't a particularly hot day and yet with the elevation changes I still blew through my one bottle and wished I'd had another.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Amazing Destination Course, Play It for Its Uniqueness, Not the Technical Challenge

1    7/23/2017   7/25/2017
Review By: Treeplant
Played: 46  Reviewed: 32
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Gave this course a 4.5 review for the sake of its incredible uniqueness, beautiful scenery and all around awesome experience. The review score is not for the technical quality of the course itself, which isn't as difficult or interestingly laid out as a course like Delaveaga, for example.

- This is a destination course, worth driving well out of your way for. It's set inside of a winery, and you throw around the inside of the vineyard.

- Concrete tees, good baskets and fantastic signage.

- Only $5 to play for the day, free parking, exceptionally reasonably priced when you compare it to crappy golf courses which charge $15-$25 for a round.

- Only place to really lose discs is in the vines, even then not bad at all.

- The winery sells branded discs, small Innova selection (Tee Birds, Destroyers, Aviars, etc.)

- Played it on a tournament weekend and they had some unique layouts, including a hole that threw into a barn through the open barn doors that had a basket set up on the inside.
Cons: - The course is such an all around great experience I hate to knock anything about it, but the holes themselves were not overly diverse (a lot of low 300 foot range Par 3s) and all the vines are OB, which adds a lot of OB to the course that otherwise wouldn't be designed into it.

- Lots of animal/rodent holes in the ground, so you want to watch your footing. Apparently some large snakes in the area apparently (we didn't see any), but they said they've never had venomous snakes.

- If the winery is busy it can take a while to register and then return the key they give you to access the gate to play.
Other Thoughts: - Course is pretty wide open, so the heat can be absolutely punishing if you're not prepared. They don't sell bottles of water but have a free water cooler at the winery that you can fill your own containers up with.

- Wind off the coast can be a blessing but can also add quite a bit of challenge.

- It's a winery, so you can do tastings on site and all the good stuff typically associated with visiting a winery.

- This is one of my favorite courses I've ever played, because as a traveler to California it's an experience as much as it is a disc golf course.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

5+    5/15/2017   5/15/2017
Review By: F. Howl
Played: 31  Reviewed: 11  Exp: 8.6 Years
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Stunning scenery. Large oaks and bright verdant green vineyards. Feels like you're playing in Provence.
-Decent variety of shots: long, tight, left to right, right to left, island, etc..
-great elevation changes
Cons: -OB vines rather than trees, add most of the difficulty.
-Easy to lose discs among the vines.
-That $5 to play and taste, can turn into $150 worth of wine after the tasting
-Winter time, most of the vines are bare. Not as pretty.
Other Thoughts: Played a tourney here, and now stop by every time we go wine tasting in Paso Robles. One of the few courses my wife actually likes to walk.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

Very Pleasant Course

1    11/22/2016   11/25/2016
Review By: BBB-SoCal
Played: 14  Reviewed: 9
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Clean, Clear, and New Signage
Lovely terrain, daily landscaping, nice location
Modern facilities
Easy learning curve with a mild variety of hole design
Cons: Limited Hours of Operation,
Tight cluster of baskets fole holes 2, 3, and 18.
No water facilities on course itself; one port-a-potty near hole 8.
Course is closed for rain and any day immediately thereafter
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed playing here. It was not crowded at all on a weekday and the design is easy to pickup because the signage is very clear and modern. There are a few holes with mandos for added challenge. OB is present just about everywhere on account of the vines being OB. There are two TOW shots that are fun (and I did surprisingly well at). I would recommend a stop here if you are nearby and have $5 to spare. Just remember to bring along some food/water for your jaunt. Be advised there is just one port-a-potty near hole 8 so plan accordingly.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Great Place To Play In Wine Country!

5+    1/16/2016   1/17/2016
Review By: bschwitt
Played: 26  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 5.5 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a fun course and is an added perk to having a membership to the Castoro Wine Club. I work at another winery right down the road, so it's a great place to play when I have the chance and I am apart of their Industry Wine Club which makes a great deal even better. The actual vines are out of bounds, but there are great technical shots and terrain changes that the majority of the SLO County courses don't have. You can see the love that went into making this course. Great scenery, fun stroll through a vineyard.
Cons: The course is as par 3 as it comes. No real difficult long drives, most holes are around the low 300 ft range. Not great practice for competitions in terms of distance or heavy wind compensation. Hours are while the tasting room is open, 10-5 (they ask for the keys back at 5 because they close at 5:30), which doesn't help me during the week since I get off at 4:30.
Other Thoughts: This is my favorite course in the county so far. I wish I were friends with the vineyard/winery team that works there because I've seen them do some glow stuff after dark and sometimes play in the early morning before work. I wish they were open a little longer, at least during the summer when the sun is out longer, but I completely understand why they close when they do. My favorite basket is the hanging one, which I've almost aced, followed by the top of the world shot (Hole 6?). Actually I've almost aced a few of them. I love that they have multiple pin positions that changed somewhat frequently that add variety to the course. Highly recommend it when you decide to stop in wine country.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  Wine tasting and disc golf, great way to spend a day out!

2-4    8/15/2015   11/2/2015
Review By: partoine666
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Very beautiful course that is seamlessly integrated into the Whale Rock vineyard. The giant oak trees make for some fun yet challenging obstacles.

The course is always being maintained/modified a bit to keep things fresh for frequent players.

$5 fee also gets you wine tasting.

Cons: Nothing big just make sure to bring water and a hat as it can get super sunny and hot.
Other Thoughts: Course is right off the 101. Super easy to pop in for a round or two if you're driving up or down the coast.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  Dam Fine Course

2-4    8/29/2015   9/29/2015
Review By: whiteiverson
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Challenging holes for all the DG rippers with some chiller holes that even the noobs will have a good time banging chains. Some great technical shots are required at several holes with trees or other obstacles in the way, or the awesome hanging basket at hole 14.
Cons: No complaints with this course other than the fact that I think I am cursed at hole 3 because I seem to always triple bogey at that hole. May the DG Gods lift this curse upon me!!! Please and thank you
Other Thoughts: A beautiful course woven through Castoro Cellar's Whale Rock Vineyard. The $5 fee to play the course can be redeemed for a wine tasting so bring a friend and make a day out of it. Some serious chill vibes all around and you will definitely see some legendary rippers out there if you play frequently

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  A Course Like No Other!

5+    11/28/2014   6/5/2015
Review By: little basket
Played: 6  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 7.6 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Love how playful this course is. Hole 8 is my favorite as the tee pad is nestled under the branches of a big oak and they've created a little branch fence and added some wine barrel obstacles. Feels like a fort! The course is exciting, with hole 6 offering a huge drop over the vines to a basket near another large oak and there's a hanging basket on 14. From hole 6 on I love how you stretch along the vineyard in the flats and really experience the land, then wind back up and around. Benches on every hole and little touches like whale bones set in the concrete and signage telling you about the winery keep it interesting on every level. So much handmade love went into this and it shows!
Cons: This course feels a bit advanced for the beginner, but I also think that's part of the fun. The uphill on 16 and crossing the vines on 17 are my nemeses! Can be hot in summer so bring plenty of water! Private course = set hours so kinda a shame it has to close at 5pm. Would love to toss here at sunset!
Other Thoughts: Playing in a working vineyard is such a fun experience and you can look forward to different happenings in all seasons. Experiencing the fall colors in the vineyard is a must.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  Beautiful, fun and challenging!

5+    6/3/2015   6/3/2015
Review By: Lukenessmonster
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Whale Rock DGC is one of the nicest courses out there. Each tee pad has a wooden bench and great signage. You'll never struggle to find the next hole and you might learn something about organic farming and winemaking while you're out there. Also, the scenery is simply hard to is set in a vineyard amongst rolling coastal hills in California....
Cons: Can be very windy at times, especially later in the day. Hour restrictions on access, closes at 5.
Other Thoughts: Great course, well maintained, family friendly. Nice variety of holes.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Castoro Cellars Whale Rock Vineyard Course

2-4    3/30/2015   4/7/2015
Review By: jasonandsharon
Played: 468  Reviewed: 58  Exp: 33.7 Years
This review was updated on 6/3/2015
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great course with great anemities on a working vineyard. Excellent benches on every hole. Excellent signage on every hole. Pro shop/Wine tasting room availiable. Brand new DGA Mach V baskets , good tee pads on every hole. Control is a must with OB on almost every hole. Short and long holes. Downhill and uphill. Excellent use of terrain for the course. Unique whale bone rocks cast into every teepad. Informational signs through the course allow a kind of "tour" of the vineyard. All holes are par three varing from 225-490 feet with multiple pin locations. The course is a two mile loop out and back.
Cons: Played in March and it was absolutely beautiful, but would imagine that summer is going to get very hot. Wind from the coast can get crazy, also makes for greater challenge, so maybe a pro as well. Long grass at points can hide discs. May occasionally have to skip a hole as it is a working ranch. Only open from 10-5, may play havoc with some peoples work schedules. A little confusing navigating the first couple of holes as you walk up the hill to threes tee after playing number two instead of teeing off from fours tee which is right next to two and threes basket. Still with the great signs easy enough to figure out and they give you a map/scorecard when you play so no big deal really.

Other Thoughts: A little on the fence between a 4 and a 4.5 for the course but the anemities help to push up the score. To clarify the course does not play through the actual grape vines, but rather through a lovely field of grass and old growth oaks that winds through the different varietals planted around the vineyard. It uses the grave vines as out of bounds on all hole, they don't want you in the grape vines any more than you want to throw in them, and uses the ends of the rows as occasional obstacles to throw over. The course is located about a mile from the tasting room down a dirt road and behind a locked fence and gate. You must sign in, pay, and get the key from the tasting room and then drive down to the course. Course map, disc rental and information available upon check in. $5 to play can be credited to purchases in the wine shop, reasonable for what you get neither a pro or a con. The $5 doesn't count toward disc purchases though :( Really wish that more private land owners would see the benefit of this, would love to play on more CA ranches.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful.

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