Camping: no
Facilities: yes
Pay to Play: yes
Handicap Accessible: no
Private: no
Tee Signs: yes

Course Details

Course Type: Permanent
# Holes: 19
Target Type: DISCatcher
Tee Type: Concrete
Elevation: 50/50 Flat/Hills
Foliage: Mixed - Trees/Open
Course Length: 4,900ft
Alternate Length: 0ft
Hole Length: Under 300ft: 0 | 300 - 400ft: 0 | Over 400ft: 0
Course Designer: Ed Headrick and Snapper Pierson


In eastern half of Balboa Park; I-5 to Pershing Dr. between H-163 and H-94, go 1 mile, course on left after city nursery.


Snapper Pierson #691
Phone: 619-692-3607
Alt. Phone: 619-787-4653

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Course Reviews

by davidmeinhardt06 on Jun 29, 2017 at 12:18am

Great course. Seemed to be maintained daily. This course presented many different types of shots to you and will definitely make you work on different types of throws. Each hole plays differently. With out the crowds, this course would get a 5. Many good players play here, so you will see many good shots through out the day. Beware though and be ready to duck for many holes cross and are close together.

by wmwoolsey on Aug 4, 2016 at 12:02am

Enjoyed playing this early California course. A must play if you're in the area.

by Roll14Tide on Aug 21, 2015 at 11:46pm

Craziest mish mash of holes all jammed together I've ever played. That said, this is a must play if you're in the area.

Make no mistake, when you combine San Diego has perfect weather 100% of the year, Cali is big on disc golf, and there's a large, young population of military - this course is crowded every day of the week. So expect to be chill like the locals and don't be in a hurry to get through 18.

by CC on May 18, 2015 at 10:50pm

BEAUTIFUL.... Yep, this course is a beauty, lots of variety of terrain. Grass, trees, hills, and a shoe tree at the bowl hole #10. I always bring nuts for the squirrels. This is the most populated course in SoCal, parking can be tricky. If you want to skip the crowds come early - like 8:00AM. It's still worth the wait at each hole, plenty of benches, you'll make friends, and they have a snack bar/pro shop. My all time favorite!

by jclisset on Sep 12, 2014 at 2:59pm

Had to create an account just so I could give this course its first 5-star rating (last review was in 2010?!?!). I have to agree with all the other commenters about the crowds; but the reasons the crowds keep coming is because this course is fantastic! By far the best course in the southwest that I've hit up so far; just try to swing in on a weekday if possible.

by EJNichols on Jul 9, 2010 at 8:26pm

What they said. Played here nearly every day for 3 years, and that was 10 years ago. I'm sure the crowds are much worse now. Still one of the most beautiful courses I know, and with so many pin placements you'll never get bored. The snack bar/pro shop/lost and found is brilliant. Just about the most perfect overall course in America, hampered only by the crowds(and severe lack of parking!).

by Danielsan on Jul 5, 2010 at 1:20am

Again, the crowds can be a bit distracting, but the fact that so many people are willing to pay to play here is a testament to how wonderful this course is. While a few of the holes criss-cross to save space, personally I found this a bit entertaining.
Certainly be ready to duck, and ready to call "fore".

by rizbee on Jan 22, 2010 at 6:55pm

Morley Field is one of the oldest courses in the U.S., and is probably the most-played course as well. All of the holes have multiple pin placements, some as many as 5 or 6, and the pins are changed each Monday, so each week you play a different layout. Good selection of shots required - some wide open holes, some technical, a few uphill, a few downhill. One knock on Morley might be that it lacks truly long holes - I think only three holes have pin positions >400ft. Great pro shop with lots of discs and snacks and sometimes a Hall of Famer (Snapper Pierson).

What keep my rating from being a 5 is how crowded it is. Weekend rounds after 10am take hours, with sometimes waits of 15 minutes on a tee. If you're visiting, try to play on a weekday, preferably in the morning, before the beer-totin' casual players show up.

by Pistolahurff on Dec 22, 2009 at 11:31am

This would be a 5/5 if it weren't for the crowds and criss crossing fairways. Morley Field is a challenging course for every part of your game. There are long open holes, short technical holes, OB everywhere, and of course we must all remember the shoe tree. I lived in SD for five years and the numurous pin placements make this course excellent. #17, nicknamed Mirkwood by Snapper Pierson, will definatly test your ability to thread the smallest of needles off the tee.

by sweetman on Sep 17, 2009 at 4:57pm

19 holes. my hometown course so I love it; starts out with a couple short easy ones, gets longer, then the trees. downside: it's crowded ALL the time; and quite a few holes criss-cross each other.