Escondido Rotary Disc Golf Course at Kit Carson Park
First off, this course is FREE. Second, they have a great pro shop with a variety of stuff OTHER than Innova. Don't let the first four holes turn you away (400 footers spread out over a GIANT field of dirt). Although the rest of the 14 holes are surrounded by a very "public park" atmosphere, it feels more like a private course SURROUNDED by a public park (similar to Morley but without as much folige and elevation change). Let me say again this course is FREE and a full 18. Worth the drive as a nice change from Morley.
Another great course for North County. Definitely has a great mix of holes to challenge everyone. The low ceilings are quite unfamiliar to the disc golfers around here. Once rubber tee pads are installed, this will be a top notch course.
good: nice to have another so cal course in the ground since emerald isle was pulled, shiny new mach IIIs are awesome. nice variety of shots, couple nice rollers.
bad: probably won't stay in ground long as there are TOO MANY walkers on course. somebody is going to get hit and baskets will be pulled. first 5 holes is no problem, but remaining 13 are ridiculous. we waited every hole (saturday at 8am tee time already had over 100 cars in lot) for walkers to clear the fairways. people crossing over the creek to retrieve discs just walk into other fairways and are clueless. didn't see much etiquette out there. tee boxes are horrible, buddy slipped several times, maybe they will get rubber mats soon?
Pros: A great variety of holes, long and wide open, long with accuracy, tunnel shots and a couple of good roller holes (#11 is 511' with a creek crossing at about 430'and GREAT for right hand rollers). Some par 4s which is a refreshing change for SoCal. This course will teach you how to play in the wind with open spaces and constantly changing wind directions. It's great to have another disc golf course in SD County.
Cons: This course needs teepads! Until it gets either rubber or concrete, BE CAREFUL! Lots of stickers in your socks in the first five holes but they should pretty much get trampled and grass will be nice on those holes someday. Also I can't imagine playing this course on weekends until almost all of the picnickers get chased to other parts of the park (it's a BIG park).Update: I just played on a Saturday and the holes generally stay away from MOST of the picnickers as long as some accuracy is maintained. The good news is CSUSM will be best on weekends and it's right down the road.
Other Thoughts: Not a lot of elevation changes on this course. Escondido cops hang out in the parking lot so leave that stuff in your bag. My friends and I will be playing this course an awful lot in the future because of overcrowding at Morley. For now, at least it's wonderful not to have to wait for two or three groups on just about every hole.
"Tee off and fly freely." Ed
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