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This is how I rate the 22 Disc Golf Courses I've played.
De La Veaga (Santa Cruz): A+
World class course. Layout is so well balenced and challenging. The setting and locals are great. If you have not thrown the "Top of the World" you're missing out. This is the only course in Nor-Cal on the PDGA National Tour.
Bijou (South Lake Tahoe): A
27 holes set in a gorgeous grove of trees on the edge of a meadow. Very challenging shots through lots of tall trees. The setting is so beutiful I rarely care how well or bad I'm shooting there.
Golden Gatre Park (San Francisco): A
Awesome setting in a bunch of eucilyptis trees that provides a difficult yet enjoyable experience. 3 pin placements per hole, and never hot =) Very good vibe.
Shady Oaks (Orangevale): A
Well designed course that will test your skillset, by requiring all sorts of different throws. It's a very well balanced course design. Only drawback, it's too crowded. This is the Sacramento area's premier course (we'll have to see how Del Passo ends up).
*Zephyr Cove (South Lake Tahoe): A
This course goes up and down part of a foothill/mounain. The terrain can be tough and there is only one pin placement (since I've last been there), but the views, and very fun, challenging holes makes this course a joy to play.
Another serene course, that makes it hard to have a bad time. Multiple pin placements per hole and very well kept. Right along side the Truckee River, this course is a must play.
Condon Park (Grass Valley): A
Lots of pin placements per hole. Very tight technical course, with lots of manzanita to avoid. Good vibe but a few too many tweakers seem to flock to that course.
This course is on the ski slopes of kirkwood resort. Needless to say the hike is very tough and will affect your game. The holes are very fun, especially coming down the slope. This is not for the faint of heart, and you should be prepared with lots of water and a stool to rest on. Summer only.
Hogan Resivoir, Fiddleneck section (Valley Springs): A (winter)/B (summer)
This course has many elevation changes, with a variety of hole types. There are very long holes (17 >700') that are real fun to grip and rip, short technical holes (forehand and anhyzer is put to the test) and a few holes in the middle that compliment the rest of the course. However this course plays much better in the winter. In the summer you will need a ton of water and gaitors because the heat and foxtails really suck in the summer time.
Fun layout along a river with mostly open shots. Kind of rocky on parts of the course, but overall it's a fun play. I still need to check out the new 18 that was partially designed by the Windjammer's own Kenny Lee.
Open, but quite long. Some trees and grass, which is a luxery in the disc golf world. Slight slopes add to some holes but this is mostly a flat course.
Well designed course amongst large trees. Different placements make this course nice and challenging. Good variety of distances. A good alternative to a too busy Shady Oaks.
Vaisailia (36 hole course): B-
The original 18 is a bit short with some decent technical challenges, but for the most part this is a beginner course. They have however added a longer 18 with a lot of the holes over 400'. In a nice park with benches and bar-b-q pits a whole day could be had out there.
Short yet challenging front nine. Longer back with elevation changes. This course has had 3 holes added which I have yet to experience. Not much shade though.
East La Loma Park (Modesto): B-
27 total holes. Front nine is very short and easy, which is why 9 difficult holes were added along the river to give this course 3 stages of difficulty to play through. Don't want to waste your time with short stuff, park at coffe and scenic and play the local 18.
Oak Grove Regional Park (Stockton): B-
Known around the area as the country club. This course boasts lush grass, a large pond, and lots of water foul. Pretty open for the most part, but the locals are the best group of guys you'll ever meet. The gusty wind makes up for the course's open design.
Decent design, with a few slight elevation changes and well placed pins. Course conflicts with a busy park that can hinder your smooth round once you get to the latter half of the back nine though.
This course had decent holes, but the landscape was very difficult to navigate. Finding your disc can become a chore. I have not visited this course in some time and it may have gotten better since then.
Monteray (Jr. High): D+
Good course for students. They have at least 18 holes. Not worth anyone's time who is not still learning.
Vaisailia (12 hole course): D+
Drab setting, with short holes and only 12 to boot.
Uber windy, and designed kind of crappy. The first nine and back nine share the same pins and tees. You just gor forward, then play them backward. Lot's of rude smelly hippies out there. Came across a used condom, not going back there.
Bidwell Park (Chico): D-
Hippy design at it's finest. No basket's, they have tone poles. No tee pad's they have rock's pointing you in a direction. Very short. I have not played the harder 18 but am told I'm not really missing much.
*=these courses have had changes to them since I last visited.