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This place is a joke, overpaying on everything for the privilege of getting a sunburn and going 5mph on a 6-lane interstate for hours. I might have been imagining it, but I swear the air at Elysian tasted bad. Tasted. They charge sales tax on warm food but not cold..how weird is that? Don't get your sub toasted at Subway you can save 0.39$. There are something like 20 courses in the L.A. vicinity, only about 5 are worth playing but thankfully a few are pretty good (Whittier, La Mirada, Mountain High). I'll probably be on my way to Vegas tomorrow, possibly taking a day off while getting new brake pads because the hotels are so cheap there. It's hard to get away from it all here..even on the course there's always some walking across the fairway, picnicing by the basket, or a homeless person sleeping in the shade.
After driving for 3 hours to get 40 miles, you hardly feel like getting out to go play a round. Was sort of closed but the ranger let me in, some family reunion had reserved the park but they weren't on the course itself so I got in.

Los Angeles, CA- Chavez Ridge @ Elysian:If you come to LA you can't skip this one. Set on the top and the sides of a ridge, overlooking downtown and the Dodgers stadium. It's tight, a few holes a bit too tight to be on such a steep slope with a bumpy ground. No need for a driver other than for sidearm shots, a Roc type disc is key here. Every hole either has elevation or has a steep slope along it's side, can be troublesome though I made it through without one roll-away! Easy, pros should shoot double digits under par. Fairly well marked, most have signs and showing next tee on the back 9 at least. Finding 1, 3 and 9 can be hard. #1 is up the woods by an unmarked trail, no sign at parking lot or to the trail. #3 and #4 are past #2, but #5 is right there. #9 is uphill and across two roads then back into woods, with many paths to choose trying to find it. Dirt and rubber tees are pretty decent.

Tustin, CA- Frontier:Surprisingly long small city park course, with road and cement wall boundaries. Obstacles include little kids, parents, playground, joggers, bikers and parked cars, and a few shade trees. Green grass, small hills. Not well marked, tees often not facing to the basket but there is a map at #1 which is hard to find. Actually too long in my opinion, the length potentially brings bystanders into unnecessary hazard, one hole is 426' with a playground behind it too close, hard to see as people cross path between tee and hole and where the kids all are when the park is busy. Basic straight, left and right dogleg mix. Should probably be shortened or have alt. layout for safety reasons.

Irvine, CA- University 9:Partially closed due to a park activity, there were kids, inflatable bouncing chambers, hoses and mud-runs, tables, chairs etc set-up everywhere, leaving only 5 holes playable. Have to get a map from inside or you won't even find the first hole. It uses 4 baskets and the rest lampposts marked with paint and a # sign. Several good holes, like the 325' with road on right and behind basket throwing over and around a few trees. One hole is 450' and wide open. Grassy neighborhood/city park setting.

**Attempted to play Anaheim- Twila Reid, but didn't even get out of the car. When I pulled up to see 4 baskets all completely surrounded with picnicers and stuff, I know it was pointless! Don't bother on a saturday I doubt you can ask 50 people to move to let you drive on every hole~!

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Comment by BeckyT on August 25, 2008 at 4:52pm
Coming from the Midwest I can see why you hated LA. I never had fun in LA until I hooked up with some locals and they showed me how it's done down there. Sometimes different is good???!
Comment by Rizbee on August 25, 2008 at 3:35pm
Sounds like you could have benefited from some local knowledge. There are quite a few of us who would have gladly ushered you around to find the courses you are trying to play, while at the same time showing you the best routes and the best bargains. L.A. is an expensive, freeway-crawling place and is not my cup of tea, but I don't think it is as bad as you describe. Sorry to hear you don't intend to come down to San Diego.
Comment by rizbee_jr on August 25, 2008 at 1:58am
At Subway, the trick is to get a sandwich that doesn't need to be toasted (chicken and beef need to be toasted). Also, say "To Go" when they ask. Trust me, I worked there. :) You should've played Deerfield Community Park. It's the toughest course set in a small town park I've ever played. At least you played LaMa and Wrightwood.
Comment by mdub on August 24, 2008 at 2:16am
all joking aside... here is what you should have played...
1. Emerald Isle - Oceanside (45 min south of La Mirada)
2. Eldorado - Long Beach (20 min from La Mirada)
3. Huntington Beach - (20 min from La Mirada)
4. Sun Valley - San Diego (90 min from La Mirada)
5. Morley Field - San Diego (90 min from La Mirada)
Comment by mdub on August 24, 2008 at 2:03am
Did you play Long Beach or Huntington?
PLEASE tell everybody SoCal sucks! If everyone stopped moving here there would be peace on earth!
I'll take 70 degrees in the winter, surfing year round, snow skiing within an hour and .... everything else over humidity, moths, mosquitos, swamps, humidity and ticks!

:)
Comment by Side Arm Dave on August 23, 2008 at 8:06pm
You should see La Mirada on Easter.......

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