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Pros: Quilchena park is one of several very pretty city parks in the Vancouver area which have playable, but largely unremarkable disc golf courses. Quilchena does have a few holes with enough distance required that players can air out a few shots which is often not an option at the surrounding largely putter/midrange only courses. Like a few of the other nearby courses such as Jericho Hill, there are plenty of options for some longer safari golf holes here because of the sparsely treed fields.
Not busy: We visited this park on a day when nearby Little Mountain was hopping with disc golfers and didn't find another soul out here golfing. There were several other park users (dog walkers mostly) but no other groups out playing. This combined with the decent potential for safari might make this course a bit more interesting over the long run than the regular layout. It seems that other reviewers have run into more pedestrians so perhaps our experience was a little out of the norm, but certainly there must be days like ours when the course is not very busy.
Variety: While the replay factor isn't very high as I note below, there are a decent variety in terms of what shots you'll need off the tee because of the more tightly wooded ceiling restrictions on the front half and then the longer more open holes on the back. There isn't all that much elevation besides a few small rolls here and there but these are effectively utilized to create a pretty nice uphill shot and add some interest to a few pin locations.
Cons: Replay factor: There isn't much at Quilchena to keep me coming back as the tighter woods shots are pretty restrictive and the open shots are very open for the most part. It isn't really a fault of the design, just a park that doesn't have the types of terrain and space available to create a course that stays fresh after many plays.
Low ceiling: I'm totally not against ceiling restrictions on drives off the tee and this is a completely valid skill for any disc golfer to have but the opening stretch at Quilchena lines a few of them up one after the other - back-to-back shots where you are forced under the tree canopy. If these were a bit more spread out, it would likely not be an issue and it does complement several of the field holes nicely by restricting lines, but because they are so close in proximity, this stretch of holes just feels a little annoying.
Navigation: It appears that the course has been rerouted a few times and while we ended up finding all of the holes, there are several points where you might be apt to throw at an incorrect basket, throw holes out of order, or perhaps even skip a hole altogether. Like other reviewers have said, you can't entirely trust the numbers on the baskets.
Other Thoughts: Overall, Quilchena is a pretty decent local park to check out if you are in the area or if you like to try out a bunch of courses. If you are looking for something a little more memorable check out Jericho or Little Mountain as they have a few holes each which are at least more interesting and Jericho really offers a lot more in terms of a practice or safari course for local players.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Located in a beautiful multi purpose park, Quichena DGC plays along the perimeter of this park, and is located in an upscale neighborhood. Along with a disc golf course this park includes a baseball field as well as an open area for what looked like soccer and smaller games such as bocce ball. Driving directions were easy to follow and this course is close to Jericho Hill and Little Mountain DGC in Q.E. Park (all in Vancouver).
Quilchena DGC provided cement tee pads which were in great shape and the Mach 2 baskets were well kept up.
The general course design had a nice flow with hole twelve ending close to where hole one began. Foliage and maintenance was wonderful with no underbrush. Blackberry bushes were apparent but were out of the way for the most part unless an errant shot was done on holes nine and eleven. Because I played in the fall, the trees were full of vibrant colors ready to drop, making the course visually appealing and that more enjoyable.Trash bins, benches, water, and restrooms were all accessable making this course more useful for all park users.
Cons: As the previous reviewers have stated, walking paths entertwine throughout the course making it quite difficult to play when busy. During the warmer months park users are found walking, running, playing various sports, playing or even training dogs, or picnicing. Even though these things are completely normal in parks and quite expected, it makes it very difficult to play a round of disc golf.
The course has little elevation and for the most part few obstacles making it even less of a challenge. Even though I enjoyed the round I played here there were no holes on the course that I felt were really memorable (with the exception of maybe hole 2 which was a low tunnel shot that weaved through several trees). The majority of holes were fairly short with maybe two holes over 300 feet.
Other Thoughts: Just being is Vancouver, B.C. is always an enjoyable experience. The locals are always very kind and the atmosphere is positive and diverse,reminding me of my hometown of Seattle, Wa.
When traveling through this beautiful city I would recommend playing all three courses here, but if you only have time for one I would recommend Little Mountain DGC in Q.E. Park, Quilchena, then Jericho in that order. Hopefully you will have time to stay and enjoy the wonderful food and nightlife of Vancouver but if not, the disc golf alone is well worth it!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
A Nice Course Ruined by Walking Paths
Pros: Best distance of any of the three main Vancouver courses.
Cons: Walking paths cut through most of the fairways and other park users seem annoyed by the presence of disc golfers. I had to ask people to watch out or step aside. There were also a lot of dogs off-leash which doesn't bug me, but there was a time that I was afraid one of the dogs would pick up my disc.
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