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Very short and hilly
Pros: This course is even shorter than the south course, and offers even more elevation change. The first half of the course plays straight up the hill with several short but tough uphill shots. The payoff is a nice view and a couple fun downhill shots on the way back down. Many of the shots are tight and technical, so even though the distances aren't too long you have to be accurate to score well.
Several pins are on or near steep slopes, making for some really tricky greens. Roll aways are definitely a possibility on many holes, and can take a toll on your score if you're not on your short game. There are some different hole shapes mixed in with the straighter shots, calling for an ok mix of left and right turning throws.
Cons: Poison oak was really bad when I played at the end of June. It was everywhere in the rough and small shoots were coming up in the middle of most of the fairways. It's pretty much impossible to avoid when it's this prevalent and makes for a less enjoyable experience for those of us who are sensitive to it. I can tell some serious work has gone into getting rid of some of it and I appreciate that a lot, looks like the locals have their work cut out battling it here.
The signs are terrible, with nothing but hole number and length. With steep slopes that means a lot of extra work to actually scout a lot of the blind holes, and with lurking drop offs not doing so can make your round a lot tougher. There are some places where the footing is pretty treacherous and that's leading to erosion issues. A few holes were poke 'n' hope style without a well defined line to the pin.
Other Thoughts: This course has the potential to be a really fun short course. With a little more work (a lot has clearly already been done) on erosion and poison oak control this would be an excellent place to work on your mid and putter game. Beginners will find it pretty challenging, and might be a little frustrated at times. The course is too short to be a real challenge to experienced players but it does offer some interesting tests of your short game.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Lake Mendocino North
Pros: Nice 4'x8' rubber tee pads on all holes except hole 10 which has a 4'x8' concrete tee pad (maybe more are coming?) and 15 which has a natural (dirt) tee pad. Restrooms near parking. Very basic post style signs next to each tee with hole number and distances. Multiple pin positions. Moderately to heavily wooded. Nice baskets with hole numbers on them. Well placed 'next tee' signs throughout the course where needed. Mostly shorter technical holes. Slight to moderate/heavy elevation change on the course. Hole 10: shorter uphill ace run with concrete tee pad. Hole 13: blind 260' downhill shot. Hole 14: 200' blind downhill shot. Easy to navigate; no map needed. Nice flow to the course with 18 ending where 1 begins. Most holes birdie-able with a good drive, but tight lines are required on many holes. Several ace runs. Several trash cans and picnic tables/benches on the course. Clean course. Close to the lake and the South course which is more challenging.
Cons: Signs are weak. No signs for the disc golf course on the road. Some holes play pretty close to each other. No indicator on the signs showing current pin position. Most holes are rather short. After hole 15 you have to cross 6's fairway.
Other Thoughts: This is now an 18 hole course and from what I read about the original 9 holes, the new holes really add a lot to the course and make it more challenging. When arriving, park in the Pomo A parking area and hole 1 will be right across the street. This is a great warm-up for the South course which has more distance and is overall more challenging. In regards to the poison oak, I really didn't notice much, but I did play in January and I'm not very allergic so I don't notice it as much as other people. Fun course. I will definitely play it again and probably every time I play the South course.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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