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Pros: Campus is gorgeous, lots of redwoods, etc., so a lot of potential exists for wonderful disc golf.
Cons: Object course. Disc golf course is impossible to navigate without a map. Maps are impossible to obtain on site.
Other Thoughts: If you want to play here, be sure to contact the intramural sports center on campus well in advance to obtain a map (maybe ask them to mail it, since the folks working in the reception center have no clue). Otherwise you'll be doing safari or nothing. They might be able to put you in touch with a disc golf club there.
UPDATE: I now live in Santa Cruz, and work sometimes on the UCSC campus. I really would love to see a disc golf course that is navigable and playable here on the campus, but I've learned a little bit of history that maybe explains a few things...
...The UCSC campus was procured by the state of California in the late 1960s from a land owner whose family had used the fields on the terraces for farming, and there were also several large quarries on the property. Santa Cruz locals had already been playing safari disc golf in the hills around Monterey Bay for some time, and UCSC-to-be was one of the favorite gathering spots. Some of the holes they played regularly threw over the deep quarries, through densely forested valleys and ridge lines, and along the edges of fields.
The new UCSC administration took a hostile attitude toward the residents of their host city, and sent police to harass and kick out all their neighbors who were playing disc golf on the land. (To this very day, they still have guard stations at the entrance to campus meant to keep out anyone other than those on official campus business.)
Local disc golfers found another refuge in the hills to the east of UCSC on a plot of little-used national guard land up in some tall pines. This other property had long been a sort of dumping ground for people in the city looking to get rid of old cars, large appliances, etc., and was grown over with poison oak. However, a lot of high school-aged kids gathered there to party and throw beer bottles off a hill. This place was literally a trash heap and party spot, but the hilltop had a gorgeous view over the city and of Monterey Bay.
The disc golfers transformed this new refuge, and cleaned it up, hauling out the refuse and recovering land from the grip of poison oak.
DeLaveaga disc golf course was thus established.
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