This Coyote is Fearsome
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Incredible views from start to finish
- Great hole variety that demands many shot shapes. Certainly forehands, backhands, flex shots and dead straight tunnel shots. No use for rollers and you'll need overhands to get out of trouble.
- Excellent hole variety--some are long bombers (7,8,16) that are wide open while others are short but incredibly tight. Hole #10 is my favorite: you can literally put from the tee box and have an easy birdie but mess up the drive and you're in jail.
- Great for all levels of play. (Though novice players may struggle with accuracy and lose a disc or two)
- Handful of really scorable holes (1, 2, 4, 5, definitely 10, 13, 14,
- Massive parking lot and easy access from campsites
- The camp store has plenty of discs if you need some
- Good locals, I lost a couple discs and people always called me to return them
- Tournaments here are an absolute blast. Casitas Campout was crazy. Getting that many disc golfers together for a whole weekend is bound lead to some partying. But I hear Coyote Classic is even crazier somehow...
- Great exercise from all the hills
- Bathrooms in campsites and in parking lot (plus tree cover for #1)
- The water has dried up on whatever hole initially had water on it (thats definitely a pro for me)
- Good variety of basket locations to keep holes interesting
- Thick rough, bushes and grass make placement a premium
Cons: - Layout on some holes is at best inconvenient and at worse dangerous. 7 and 8 criss cross each other so high potential of a slow down or hitting someone. Hole 3 you will very likely lose your disc without a spotter... also I just hate this hole because of the tunnel tee shot and I have yet to par it so I'm biased...
- If you have a cart bag or you struggle with hills, this is not the course for you
- The grass is so thick in many fairways that even you throw a dead straight shot you can still be searching for a while
- Not the most accessible course as you have to pay to enter the recreation area and there is not much in the surrounding area outside the park.
Other Thoughts: Fantastic course--my favorite in the SoCal area so far in terms of both scenic beauty and course design. Could easily be a five star with a little bit more room to breathe between a handful of holes as well as some maintenance of the very tall grass. Whether it's a tournament or a casual round I would highly recommend stopping by coyote point.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
disappointed and underwhelmed. so much potential.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Amazing view and location
Everyone we met was friendly.
Not much trash.
Cons: Short repetitive holes in distance and environment.
Course needs to be longer and use more of the seemingly limitless space available at the recreation area.
40 mins from Santa Barbara
$10 entry in winter.
Other Thoughts: Maybe we played on a day where the baskets were all purposely using mostly short locations (?). For the 2 rounds we played we never needed anything beyond putter and midrange. (My max with driver is ~325’ , so I am no bomber).
A few more open and long drives would help.
The park encompasses a vast area surrounding Lake Casitas, but the DGC has a tiny footprint far away from the lake. They have so much real estate, I wish this was an expansive course incorporating the available variety of terrain.
Course is confined to a very small area, so it zigzags and crosses itself.
Much better options in SoCal I feel (see Mohawk...)
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 4 Not
Well worth the drive and the $10
Pros: Great setting with views of mountains and lake.
The shots are nearly all challenging.
The signage is good at each tee.
Flags on the baskets are nice.
Cons: When I threw down from the mountain top tee once I nearly hit some people at the 500 ft basket location. I yelled FOUR but I don't think they heard me. That was scary. That tee down to the left should be moved for safety.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course to visit!
5 of 9 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 17 Not
Good Fun Course, Great People
Pros: Pretty easy to follow the course
Some great elevation shots
It has tee pads and the targets are of decent quality
It's in a beautiful park
Good tee signs
Lots of tough putting on this course with the roll aways which the only real challenge.
Cons: The tee pads are tiny
Course design is weak, there isn't a single long hole on the course, all par 3s
Other Thoughts: For me this course represents the single biggest problem with DG course review. This course is rated at 4.5 stars, which for someone that's played all over the US, this course should crack a 3. Since it's mostly local people who have reviewed the course, they all think it's the best course in the world. Its a decent course, but if you look at places like NC or TX this course wouldn't even crack the top 20. The SoCal courses are so weak in comparison to the rest of the country. Not trying to offend anyone but it's just true. Still a solid course and I'd play it a lot of I lived here but a decent player can easily shot a 44 on this course and any course a 950 -975 rated player can shoot a -10 on isn't a great course. Its a fun course, its a good course, just not a great course. Also has an awesome group of players out there. All super friendly.
11 of 28 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Difficult Course with Epic Views
Pros: Tremendous Elevation Changes
Multiple shot types presented
Multiple Pin Placement (changed semi-monthly)
Cons: Very easy to lose disc[s]
Extremely challenging (NOT beginner friendly)
Hot in the summer (with little shade)
A few gaps in the layout in terms of finding next hole
Terrain can be tough to wade through if OB (some rough patches of OB)
Other Thoughts: This course is definitely one everyone should play, but only after they have achieved a decent skill level. Also, you absolutely need to play as a group and have at least one spotter. It is incredibly easy to lose discs on this course. (Thankfully for the past year the marsh is dry because of the drought so that saves a few discs at least.)
This course is a challenge in terms of hole distance, mandos, use of terrain, several TOW shots, etc. An advanced player will love it -- I just recommend that rookies avoid this course.
Despite all of the challenges, there are a few ace runs possible (hole 10 for example) even with a weaker arm.
The layout is largely obvious, but I do recommend consulting a map beforehand just to get an idea of what to expect. There are a few "gaps" in my opinion between a few holes so you may have to search a little bit to get your bearings. Overall though an excellent layout.
I am rating this as 3.5 based on my 2 experiences here. The more you play this course the higher you will rate it. That also coincides with your skill level improving too.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 12 Not
Pros: Challenging. Up and down. Windy.
Cons: $15. Stickers. Not a beginner course.
Other Thoughts: The stickers were really bad and discs would be super easy to lose. I won't go back in summer. I will definitely go back in spring.
5 of 17 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Elevation. Wind. Rugged. Ruthless.
Pros: - Unbelievably gorgeous area
- Immense amounts of elevation shots
- Reading wind is crucial
- Hole 1
- Mellow foot traffic for such caliber course
- Demands power (Hole 7 is up to 585 feet, flat w/ line shaping)
- Demands pinpoint accuracy (Holes 3, 4, 13, 14)
- All par 3's regardless of layout
- Bathrooms, benches, and trash receptacles very present
- Every shot in the book is required
- 2 to 5 pin positions for every hole
- Loaded shop for discs, snacks, and cold drinks
Cons: - Infuriating roll aways
- Arid and hot much of the year (100F+ at peak Summer)
- Unpredictable gusts prevalent
- Perfect shots can be severely punished
- Gimmicky, forced holes (Hole 10)
- Dangerous due do lack of established trails/steepness
- Requires luck for a good score (luck swings both ways)
Other Thoughts: Top 5 in CA. It has everything. It's pay to play which keeps out a lot of the nonsense (not all of it, though.) Once you're there, it's usually just disc golfers relaxing in a great environment. All worries seem to vanish. Highly demanding and humbling course. Wind game is a must, tunnel shots are a must. 2 of the 3 longest holes are in a prevalent tailwind, robbing you of power. Power, accuracy, and disc knowledge are essential to play this course well. It can be a love/hate day at this course, but thats what makes it such a high caliber course.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: I have played many many disc golf course in my travels and this one is pretty damn near perfect.
Come to Mecca sir!
Elevation is like the cilantro on my burrito and this course is loaded. But not too much...you know what i mean.
Medium to Large sized course
Flags on like every pin
Pretty natural flow
Landscape is perfect IMO
Like 6 downhill shots, probably 3 uphill.
Medium to Easy, never too technical
Cons: Nothing to complain about here
Other Thoughts: I skipped the service charge and just biked in ( yeah I travel with my bike )
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He was a great inspiration to Bruce Lee
"the ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence"
beware your perched on the rabbit hole my friends
I dare you to approach this understanding...
4 of 8 people found this review helpful.
16 Helpful / 0 Not
the pinnacle of SoCal disc golf
Pros: -excellent terrain for disc golf: rolling hills, big elevation changes
-design makes great use of the land available
-breathtaking views of the hills and the lake
-concrete tees, baskets, and signage are top-notch
-lots of signature holes and just straight up fun shots
-3 to 5 different pin positions on each hole, with indicators on the tee sign for the present position
-double loop design
-huge parking lot, tourney parking not a problem
-restrooms available, trash cans, benches
-general store in the park on the way to the course
-pay to play, keeps out the riff raff (per vehicle, easy to carpool and split)
Cons: -some areas of the course are very open and lack any shade, can be oppressive during the summer
-there are a few holes that have crisscrossing fairways, notably 7 and 8
-there are also many fairways next to the long downhill shots that would be subject to errant throws. while the downhill shots are awesome, one really has to be paying attention on those tees. the same goes if you're down the hill on the holes below.
-some holes are close to camping areas that may be filled with people
-navigation can be tricky without a map or local guide, a few tees are hidden from view from the last basket, no next tee signs
-SoCal drought conditions mean the water is usually dried up. also, being so close to the lake and not having a better water carry is disappointing.
Other Thoughts: Coyote Point is without a doubt the best course that I have played in California, limited as my experience is there. This course combines spectacular views of Lake Casitas, the Los Padres National Forest, and the coastal mountains with a fun variety of shots that make great use of the elevation and terrain, finished with top notch amenities: concrete pads, Mach 5's, and great tee signs that indicate which of the several pin positions is currently in use.
The course starts with a mouth-watering downhill drive across a (dried up) inlet of the lake. The rest of the front 9 plays up and down the rolling hills of a mostly open area but utilizing the few huge mature oaks as obstacles. Hole 4 features a steep uphill drive through a mando of arched branches and hole 5 has a great steep downhill drive. Hole 9 is another steep uphill across the inlet back toward tee 1. This completes the first loop and brings you conveniently back to the parking lot where you'll probably need to refill your water after all the steep hikes on the front 9.
The back 9 is more wooded and kicks off with a wild downhill tunnel shot. It's really tempting to run right at this hole but you'll think twice once you've had a bad rollaway or overthrow. Tunnels or low ceilings are featured on holes 10, 11, 13, 14, and 18, there are a few more open shots, and hole 16 is the signature top of the world shot.
The multitude of different pin positions on each hole is one of the biggest draws of this course beside the elevation changes. I'm not sure how often the pins are moved but the number of positions out there mean that you could return every few months and never play the same layout. The only drawback is that some of the different locations won't significantly change your shot, particularly on the open holes, but at least it changes the routine for the locals. Most the of the holes will not force a specific line since it is mostly open, except for the tunnel shots or hole 4's mando. LH, RH, and OH throws are all accomodated on many fairways. Dealing with the wind is also a major factor, especially on the open and/or downhill shots.
This brings up a few of the safety issues that could come into play here. There are some crisscrossing fairways, particularly 7 and 8, and holes near camping areas (again 7 and 8). Players on holes 2, 8, and 9 could be subject to errant throws from tee 1's downhill shot and 2, 3, 12, and 17 could be in the line of fire from hole 16's big down hill drive also. A windy day will exacerbate these dangers as downhill drives get blown off course.
Overall, this course makes for a really fun round with a variety of shots and distances in an incredibly beautiful and secluded natural setting. It is the perfect contrast to SoCal's many crowded park courses. Additionally, there seems to be a vibrant and dedicated community of local golfers who take serious pride in this course, keep it in great condition, and frequently hold great events and tournaments. This is absolutely a destination course and a must play for anyone in the Ventura/LA area or any travelers through SoCal.
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16 of 16 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 12 Not
If you like Wrightwood ...
Pros: You'll love casitas. It is a challenging course. It will demand your full attention and stamina. Has a shot for every disc in your bag (and then some). Top of the world shot is one of the best.
Cons: Campers might get in the way, depending on how polite they are. There are many "tree caves", like Sylmar hole 10.
Other Thoughts: Eat a full breakfast. Bring water. Wear high socks or pants. You will be walking through the haggard weeds. Back straps are better than shoulder straps for this terrain. Small pro shop in park store. They have beer.
2 of 14 people found this review helpful.
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