Yehosha wrote:I know this is blasphemy to some but Dela is overrated IMO. I liked Stafford Lake in Novato, CA much better. If I were you I'd play GG Park in the morning then drive North to play Stafford Lake. Way less crowded, closer, and IMO a better park.
GG's Ace Pot is reaching, if not over, 1,000 bucks. You gotta take a crack at that. Stafford Lake I promise you won't dissapoint.
It's not blasphemy at all. Everyone has their own preferences. These are all different courses in many respects. GG is newer, well-kempt, and well-heeled, just like the rest of the beautiful park it resides within, but doesn't have any holes of extraordinary or extreme/unique challenge (though many are quite fun and exquisite). Stafford is a rough country course with big distances, big topography, blind fairways, and some uniquely challenging holes (not to mention mountain lions). DeLaveaga is in between: it has some big holes and some good topography and a touch of wildness to it, but is also fairly well-groomed in comparison to Stafford.
On a scale of 10 I'd personally rate all of them around 9, with DeLaveaga slightly edging out the others. The reasons I prefer DeLa are (not necessarily in this order)...
1...Mature disc golf culture
2...Super cool people
3...Large variety of well-thought out holes with distinct character
4...Better accessibility (SF is a not easy to get around or park, Stafford is in the sticks and a hike to hole 1)
5...A gold standard course for every player's score
6...Risk/reward is properly balanced
7...The mixtiure of forested (big and small trees come into play on different holes) and open holes are great, changes things up a lot.
There are other nice courses in the region. Napa's Skyline Wilderness course is spectacular, a bit like Stafford in its wildness but better equipped/signed/tee-padded/etc.