La Mirada Regional Park - Lake 18
I give it a 3 because I think the rating is a bit high compared to other courses I have played while on my road trip on the west coast. The course is great and it is well maintained being that it plays around a pond in a park. Easy to play and not really a good chance of loosing a disc unless you throw in the water. Pro shop had a lot of disc and the guy running it was very helpful. The problems I had with this course were that it was all grass and very open. It made it less technical and the holes tended to aim towards the person who can just bomb their first drive. Tress and bushes suck for looking for a disc but they add a difficulty factor that I felt this course missed.
This course is a must to play! The changes to elevation and length on the holes makes it always exciting. The course also plays around a lake to offer additional aesthetic value. There are also a variety of pin placements on most of the holes to keep things interesting. This is by far my favorite course I have ever played!
Played both 18 hole courses over the weekend with some friends and remember why I always like La Mirada. There is every kind of challenge on this course and even some water thrown in. I live 90 minutes away and don't mind the drive to play one of the best of the best. Whoohoo!
Simply put it's the best course that I've played. It's a bit of a haul for me but well worth the drive. The front 18 have plenty of variances to keep anyone challenged. The back 18 are pretty basic but good if it's a crowded weekend or just to change it up. Unlike some parks that I've played there aren't too many park goers that arbitrarily picnic in the middle of the course. For some reason I can't seem to get past hole 13 without almost putting it in the drink. The "water" has this weird blue die to it that makes it impossible to see the bottom or anything but the brightest of colored discs. The only drawback that I even hesitate to mention would be that the holes are always changing. While it does change things up it sometimes gets confusing. Make sure to take a map and maybe a pair of binoculars.
I'm originally from washington state, and there are good disc golf courses everywhere up there, so I was a little disappointed when I saw a couple of the courses around where I live(San Dimas). I played the closest course(Azusa) and it was only 9 holes with almost no obstacles and all the holes were very short. I heard some not so good things about Whittier-narrows so I skipped that one, the course in chino costs money, and the one in rancho is only 7 holes and is also very short. The next course on the list was this one, so I checked out the description and it looked good so I decided to drive the 20 miles to check it out.
Needless to say it was definitely worth the drive. This is one of the best courses I've played and I love that there are 36 holes. I've played more difficult courses, but I'd say there is a good balance of difficulty for all levels of players including trees, water, distance, and changes in elevation. I played the course for over four hours and had a blast.
There were a lot of other people playing so you might have to wait depending on the other players, but I'd still say the only con is the amount of people using the park that aren't playing DG. Lots of kids running around and people laying on blankets that aren't always easy to see depending on the hole you are playing. Be careful and share the space!
# of holes: 5/5
I'll definitely be coming back!
This coarse is Insane! The back 18 are relativly basic but the front 18 are very challenging. Try not to throw your disks in the water like I did. (I did manage to get it out after our game) I love the coarse and I love how clean cut the entire park is. This is a fun but challenging coarse to play. I love it!
36 holes, very cool to have so much variety
Nice parkland setting, good footing
Hilly enough for some up and down challenges
Back 9 of second 18 very technical with lots of mandys and OB - seems a little forced in the parking lot holes
Does not use the trees as effectively as might be to shape the holes
Foot traffic can be busy weekends on holes 1 and 18 of front 18. Great course overall though.
This place is Big. Be ready to do alot of walking. The trees are also challenge. This course will definetly make you good at driving long distances.
Lots of elevation changes, which was tricky but good.
If you're in a rush, I'd recommend parking at the community center and just starting on the 15th tee.
I love playing this course! It is beautiful, with many challenges for your long and short game! I prefer the back 18 on busy days, since the front can get lots of traffic. The people at the pro shop are always helpful and really love the game! You can make a whole day out of this course. The tees are great, the holes are fun, and there are so many that you can always skip one or two if there is a lot of traffic!
La Mirada is an amazing course. I would say it is the best "city" course I ever played. Hole 1 for both 18 starts right by the bathrooms, pro shop and practice baskets. The course meanders through rolling grass hills, with water and tree obstacles. Plenty of elevation change, long and short holes, with every hole having multiple pin positions and nice cement pads. EVERYTHING you do is in public view.
I gave this course a 3 because the front 18 baskets were all out of whack, switching from Innova Discatcher to Mach 3, some of them pretty beat up, with almost every number wrong. Also, the day I played, 26JAN10, on the back 18, holes 11 - 15 were closed with no baskets. This course should be a solid 5, but until they get the basket mess figured out it's a 3.
La Mirada is just a phenomenal park. Its a very fun adventurous park with some complicated holes. This is the only course i know i can hit every tree on every hole.
Stopped by here with a few buddies and played a solid 4 hours.
Pro: One of the best organized courses I have been on. There is little maps at each tee to show you location of chains. Plenty of challenging drives, and short game play. Full of tree, hill, and even water obstacles. Food locations are pretty close by and are cheap.
Con:Crappy location, driving in the traffic sucked. This place gets pretty busy with foot traffic (e.g., other golfers, kids running around like Lord of the flies). During the winter or fall there is a lot of foliage on the ground, if you don't have a bright disc you are bummed.
La Mirada is a beautiful grass style course. Well manicured rolling grassy hills around the lake. It has length, difficulty and some nice elevation. The front 18 often has more foot traffic. I prefer the back 18 if only playing one round.
If your looking for a perfectly manicured disc golf course, La Mirada park is it! This is probably the most under-rated championship caliber course in California. The centerpiece for the first 18 holes is a lake, surrounded by grassy, tree-covered little hills. All different types of trees, from citrus to pine, surround the course and the slight elevations changes makes every shot a little different and challenging. A must play.
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