Since making a New Year's Resolution to play more golf, I have hit the range a few times but sadly have hit the golf links fewer times. Having Good Friday off from work, I decided to hit up a quick 9 at DeBell's par 3 course in Burbank to check it out.
Unlike other par 3 courses, DeBell is truly a three club par 3 course since no hole is over 90 yards. What is fascinating though is that the course does present its own unique challenge, mainly that every tee shot is a blind shot.
Sure you can see the flag stick but where is the green? How did your shot do? Every shot is like this, even the downhill ones!?!
Another challenge of DeBell is that the greens are small which is cold comfort when you stick a shot within 15 feet and it is still off the green. Speaking of those greens, the ones at DeBell remind me of my homemade green back in New York where I put a tuna can in the ground and mowed it closer than the rest of the grass. This is not a knock against DeBell, if you pay $5 you are hardly expecting PGA tour-level greens but just be prepared to work on your wedges more than your putting.
All of the holes have mats that you can hit off of but the course is also shared with a disc golf course which has its own set of tees:
(see the blue tee markers, that is for the disc golf). I applaud golf courses to stay relevant mixing uses (just as long all of them don't go this way) and I actually played some of the holes from the disc tees to give the hole a little more distance. I am still not sure what to think about FootGolf though.
My favorite holes had to be 6
just due to the scenic beauty of the surrounding Verdugo Mountains.
Overall, I dug this course, especially since I was the first one out although I wished for some holes of varying lengths. If you are looking for a chill par 3 course to work on your wedge game, definitely recommend this puppy!
If you want more information about the DeBell Par 3, check it out here! http://www.debellgolf.com/-home
And here is another guy's review of the course: http://www.richiesworldofgolf.com/2013/04/de-bell-par-3-golf-course-burbank.html
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