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4003 DGCR Number
Everett, WA Location
Thomas Little Real Name
33 Age
11.5 Years Years Playing
RHFH Main Throwing Style
905 DGCR Player Rating
41085 PDGA Number
894 Player Rating
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A little about me and why I rate courses the way I do:


Sometimes I get messages here from course designers, other reviewers, etc. who ask me why I rated course X the way I did so I'm putting this down here while it's fresh in my mind. I've put something similar up before but then so many things changed in my rating/review process (mostly from playing more courses over many states and getting better as a reviewer and player) that I had to either rewrite the entire thing or scrap it and at the time I decided to scrap it but here I am again putting another "why I rate courses the way I do" up on my page so enjoy and thank you for reading. If you want to send me a message about any of my reviews whether it be a questions or comment, good or bad please feel free.

Uniqueness:

I've played well over 200 courses now in several states and many courses look similar and some even copy each other completely. I look for things I either haven't seen many times or something I haven't seen before all together; a cool homemade basket, different style of tee pad, an old building, etc. Something new like this can improve my rating of a course that normally wouldn't get too much high praise.

Available land used/not used and number of holes:

When you have a piece of property whether it be 5 acres and treeless or 25 acres and trees, rolling hills and water hazards I look for designers who used as much of the land available as possible to create the best course that could be conceived. Also tied into that is how many holes are on the course. I don't believe that a course has to have exactly 18 or 9 holes or even a multiple of three (12, 27,etc.) but instead have the best possible holes no matter how many that is. Several times I've played courses like this that hand cuff themselves to a certain number of holes before they even start designing the course and then what happens is you have three good holes and 15 bad holes. I'd much rather have 13 great holes with no fillers that I can play over and over. Too many times designers cram holes together that are all terrible so that players can play 'a full round'.

Atmosphere/vibe of the course:

Both of these are important to my ratings and I look for courses with great atmosphere. I enjoy courses that are much more quiet and don't have a ton of people on them screaming and yelling or blasting a radio. Courses 'out in the sticks' are generally rated higher for me because of this and a course that might not be rated highly otherwise might get a higher score from me. I like hearing the birds chirp or the river flow, etc. What I don't like is litter, vandalism, open containers and loud people.

Skill Level/terrain/variety:

I enjoy courses of many variety including pitch and putts and the hardest gold course. However I am a very casual player nowadays and don't care to become a pro at this point. I throw around 330 feet and play about 900 PDGA rated golf and usually have the most fun playing courses that are suited towards intermediate or advanced players. I do love challenging myself at gold courses but sometimes these holes can be boring for a player like me but I do notice how the hole is laid out and how it would challenge players better than me. Courses with par four and five holes are usually rated higher as are courses with more elevation and obstacles whether that be trees, out of bounds, water or otherwise. Wide open 1000 foot holes aren't much fun for anyone and are a huge pet peeve of mine and are usually rated lower because of that. Pitch and putts can be fun with a putter or Superclass disc (Zephyr) but usually aren't rated highly because they are so short.

Baskets:

I don't mind playing baskets that 'don't catch well' as almost any basket has a sweet spot that needs to be discovered. I've played on tone poles, "egg" baskets, "art" baskets (including a pig trough), hula hoops, trees, tires, truck rims, etc. etc. and it doesn't bother me much. Baskets rarely add or detract from rating unless it's unique which I covered early.

Tee pads:

Unless a tee pad is dangerous it usually doesn't effect my rating of a course. Natural pads/dirt are fine for most courses but my favorite tee pads are actually carpet! It's not as permanent as concrete and doesn't get rutted out as quickly as dirt or gravel. Concrete is alright but too much grip makes it harder for me to turn my foot on a backhand and puts too much pressure on my knee which is also why I have decided to start driving exclusively forehand.

Navigation/course flow:

My ratings are sometimes effected by navigation. When you live down the street navigating a course is not needed, you know it like the back of your hand but when you are a course bagger like me it can make all the difference between fun and frustration. That being said it's usually only an issue the first time you play the course and then after there aren't many problems. Small problems are usually mentioned but don't effect the rating but major issues can sometimes score the course lower. Long walks between holes don't bother me much unless something else could have been done to make it easier. Very rarely does this effect my rating.

Rough:

I like a difficult rough! Bad shots need to be punished sometimes to keep them from getting easy pars and bad rough does this quite well. No one really wants to be looking for their disc all round and especially no one likes losing discs but this is a part of the game. If you don't want to get cut up on stickers or look for your disc under the ferns and bushes for 15 minutes then don't throw into them!

That's all I can think of at the moment but I will keep adding things as they come to my mind. Thank you for reading this and my reviews, I hope they have helped you find the right course for you because that's what this site and my reviews are all about!
Favorite Courses (25)
Played Courses (219)
United States
California
San Francisco, CA Golden Gate Park DGC
2 Course(s)
Colorado
Bailey, CO Bailey DGC
Conifer, CO Beaver Ranch
Pine, CO Bucksnort DGC
Russell Gulch, CO Ghost Town
Pine, CO Phantom Falls
5 Course(s)
Georgia
Savannah (Pooler), GA Tom Triplett DGC
4 Course(s)
Idaho
2 Course(s)
Montana
Missoula, MT Blue Mountain
Billings, MT Diamond X
3 Course(s)
Oregon
Washington
Seatac, WA Seatac DGC
Shelton, WA Shelton Springs DGC
Carnation, WA Spirit Ridge DGC
4 Course(s)
Course Wish List (49)
United States
Montana
Libby, MT Libby DGC
Troy, MT Timber Beast
Libby, MT Treewell Acres
4 Course(s)
Oregon
Bandon, OR Bandon City Park
Black Butte Ranch, OR Black Butte Ranch DGC
Scotts Mills, OR Camp Dakota
Lebanon, OR Camp Tadmor
Molalla, OR Clark Park
Klamath Falls, OR Crest Street Park
Grants Pass (Merlin), OR Indian Mary Park
Madras, OR Juniper Hills DGC
Selma, OR Lake Selmac
Riddle, OR Lawson Bar DGC
Umatilla, OR McNary Dam
Coos Bay, OR Mingus Park
Government Camp, OR Mt. Hood Skibowl
Curtin, OR Pass Creek Park DGC
Roseburg, OR Riverfront Park
Grants Pass, OR Riverside Park
Eugene, OR Sladden Park
Klamath Falls, OR The Attraction
Grants Pass, OR Tom Pearce Park
Deschutes Nat'l Forest, OR Willamette Pass Alpine DGC
North Bend, OR Winsor Park
Grants Pass (Wolf Creek), OR Wolf Creek Park
31 Course(s)
Washington
Spokane, WA Camp Sekani Jamboree
Cle Elum, WA Dawson Park
Naches/Nile, WA FHYR DGC
Grand Coulee, WA Grand Coulee DGC
Spokane Valley, WA Greenacres Park
Richland, WA James Lawless Park
Poulsbo, WA Langes Ranch Park
Fairchild Air Force Base, WA Miller Park
La Center, WA Paradise Point DGC
Sequim, WA Robin Hill DGC
Loon Lake, WA Sunrise Bay DGC
Spokane, WA Whitworth Back 40
Yakima, WA Wide Hollow DGC
14 Course(s)
United States
California
Berkeley, CA   Aquatic Park
Felton, CA   Black Mouse DGC
Santa Cruz, CA   DeLaveaga Park
San Francisco, CA   Golden Gate Park DGC
San Jose, CA   Parque De La Raza DGC
Novato, CA   Stafford Lake County Park
7 Course(s)
Colorado
Littleton, CO   Arapahoe Community College
Bailey, CO   Bailey DGC
Conifer, CO Beaver Ranch
Pine, CO Bucksnort DGC
Federal Heights (Denver), CO   Camenisch Park - Badlands DGC
Federal Heights (Denver), CO   Camenisch Park - Blair Witch Project DGC
Littleton, CO   Fehringer Ranch
Russell Gulch, CO   Ghost Town
Larkspur, CO   Jellystone Park DGC
Littleton, CO   Ken Caryl DGC
Louisville, CO   Louisville DGC
Pine, CO Phantom Falls
Denver, CO   Schaefer DGC
Thornton, CO   Springvale DGC - North
Thornton, CO   Springvale DGC - South
17 Course(s)
Georgia
Appling, GA   IDGC - Jim Warner Memorial
Grovetown, GA   Patriot's Park
Augusta, GA   Pendleton King Park
Savannah (Pooler), GA   Tom Triplett DGC
7 Course(s)
Idaho
Pocatello, ID   Bengal Ridge @ Idaho State
Coeur d'Alene, ID   Bluegrass Park - Kiwanis DGC
Twin Falls, ID   College of Southern Idaho
Post Falls, ID   Corbin Park DGC
Eagle, ID   Eagle Island State Park
Buhl, ID   Eastman Park
Boise, ID   Julia Davis Winter 9
Rupert, ID   Lake Walcott State Park
New Plymouth, ID   New Plymouth DGC
Coeur d'Alene, ID North Idaho College Rec. DGC
Twin Falls, ID   O'Leary Junior High School
Nampa, ID   Osborne Park
Coeur d'Alene, ID   Panhandle Kiwanis DGC - Old Layout
Twin Falls, ID   Rock Creek Park
Lewiston, ID   Sunset Park DGC
Moscow, ID   University of Idaho
Pocatello, ID   Upper Ross Park
Nampa, ID   West Park
24 Course(s)
Montana
Bozeman, MT   Battle Ridge
Missoula, MT   Blue Mountain
Billings, MT   Diamond X
Billings, MT   Pioneer Park - Summer 9
Bozeman, MT   Rose Park
7 Course(s)
Oregon
Adair Village, OR   Adair Park
Corbett, OR   Benson State Park
Fairview, OR   Blue Lake Regional Park
Albany, OR   Bryant Park
Buxton, OR Buxton Woods DGC
Salem, OR   Cascades Gateway
Salem, OR   Corban University
Troutdale, OR   Dabney State Park
Dallas, OR   Dallas City Park
Dexter, OR   Dexter Park DGC
La Grande, OR   Eastern Oregon University
Newberg, OR   Ewing Young
Green, OR   Green Oaks Park
Beaverton, OR   Greenway DGC
Forest Grove, OR   Hagg Lake/Sain Scoggins
Newberg, OR   Herbert Hoover Park
Hood River, OR   Hood River DGC
North Plains, OR   Horning's Hideout - Canyon Course
North Plains, OR   Horning's Hideout - Meadow Ridge
Keizer, OR   Keizer Rapids Park
Vernonia, OR   L.L. Stub Stewart State Park
Cascade Locks, OR   Locks Approach DGC
Astoria, OR   Lower Columbia DGC
Philomath, OR   Marys River Park
St. Helens, OR McCormick Park
Forest Grove, OR   McMenamin's Grand Lodge
Cottage Grove, OR   North Regional Park
Hillsboro, OR   Orchard Park
Pendleton, OR   Pendleton Community Park
Philomath, OR   Philomath Middle School DGC
Portland, OR   Pier Park
Portland, OR   Portland Lunchtime DGC
Rainier, OR   Rainier Riverfront Park
Gresham, OR   Rockwood Central Park
Corbett, OR   Rooster Rock - East
Corbett, OR   Rooster Rock - West
Albany, OR   Simpson DGC
Oregon City, OR   Singer Creek Park DGC
Albany, OR   Timber Linn
Estacada, OR   Timber Park
The Dalles, OR   Tree Top DGC
Rainier, OR   Trojan Park
Gresham, OR   Vance Park
Waterloo, OR   Waterloo DGC
Eugene, OR   Westmoreland DGC
Roseburg, OR   Whistler's Bend
Corvallis, OR   Willamette Park
Salem, OR   Woodmansee Park
McMinnville, OR   Wortman Park
55 Course(s)
South Carolina
Columbia, SC   Earlewood Park
Columbia, SC   Owens Field Park
North Augusta, SC   Riverview Park
4 Course(s)
Washington
Lakewood, WA   Ambient DGC
Mount Vernon, WA   Bakerview Park
Mountlake Terrace, WA   Bicentennial Park
Moses Lake, WA   Blue Heron Park
Federal Way, WA   Brooklake DGC
Silverdale, WA   Bud Pell @ Ross Farm
Vashon Island, WA   Burton Adventure DGC
Monroe, WA   Canary DGC
Cle Elum, WA   Cle Elum High School DGC
Bellingham, WA   Cornwall Park
Crystal Mountain, WA   Crystal Mountain - Base Course
Crystal Mountain, WA   Crystal Mountain - Summit Course
Olalla, WA   Dalaiwood
Spokane, WA   Downriver DGC
Grandview, WA   Dykstra Park
Tacoma, WA   East Tacoma DGC
Snohomish, WA   Ferguson Park
Shoreline, WA   Fircrest DGC
Oak Harbor, WA   Fort Nugent Park DGC
Walla Walla, WA   Fort Walla Walla DGC
Spokane, WA   Four Mound - Cape Fear
Spokane, WA Four Mound - Hawk
Poulsbo, WA   Fredericksen DGC
Elma, WA   GH Hostel DGC
Glacier, WA   Glacier DGC - Back 18
Glacier, WA   Glacier DGC - Front 18
Vancouver, WA   Glenwood Community Church DGC
Greenwater, WA   Greenwater DGC
Cle Elum, WA   Hanson Ponds DGC
Spokane, WA   High Bridge Park DGC
Chimacum, WA   HJ Carroll Park
Bothell, WA   Howling Coyote DGC
College Place, WA   Jenda Jones Memorial DGC
Redmond, WA   Juel Community Park
Silverdale, WA   Kitsap Fairgrounds DGC
Kent, WA   Lake Fenwick
Shelton, WA   Lake Isabella State Park
Ravensdale, WA Lake Retreat Campground
Lake Stevens, WA   Lake Stevens DGC
Seattle, WA   Lakewood King County Park
Vancouver, WA   Leverich Park
Port Angeles, WA   Lincoln Park DGC
Carnation, WA   Loutsis Park
Skamokawa, WA   Lucky Mud DGC
Lynden, WA   Lynden DGC
Tacoma, WA   McChord Field DGC
Shelton, WA   MCCS DGC
Seattle, WA   Mineral Springs Park
Bellingham, WA   Mossy Roc DGC
Glenwood, WA   Mt. Adams Lodge
Bremerton, WA   NAD Park
North Bonneville, WA   North Bonneville DGC
Kirkland, WA   Northwest University DGC
Sedro Woolley, WA   NSRA DGC
Liberty Lake, WA   Pavillion Park
Ridgefield, WA Pekin Ferry
Connell , WA   Pioneer Park
Ferndale, WA   Riverside 18
Sumner, WA   Riverside Disc Golf Park
Friday Harbor, WA   Roche Harbor DGC
Aberdeen, WA   Sam Benn DGC
Seattle, WA   Sanislo Elementary
Seatac, WA   Seatac DGC
Seatac, WA   Seatac DGC
Seattle, WA   Seward Park
Shelton, WA   Shelton Springs DGC
Everett, WA   Silver Lake Excalibur DGC
Cathlamet, WA   Skyline Golf Course
Carnation, WA   Spirit Ridge DGC
Lacey, WA   St. Martin's Abbey
Skykomish, WA   Stevens Pass DGC
Spokane, WA   Stimpi Ridge
Marysville, WA   Strawberry Fields for Rover DGC
Pullman, WA   Sunnyside Park
Airway Heights, WA   T-N-T Acres
Monroe, WA   Tall Firs DGC
Kelso, WA   Tam O'shanter Park
East Wenatchee, WA   Tedford Park
Mountlake Terrace, WA   Terrace Creek
Leavenworth, WA   Thousand Trails Leavenworth
Castle Rock, WA   Twin Cedars DGC
Arlington, WA   Twin Rivers
Kennewick/Finley, WA   Two Rivers Park DGC
Port Orchard, WA   Van Zee Park
Ferndale, WA   VanderYacht Park
Lakebay, WA   Volunteer Park
Wenatchee, WA   Wenatchee Rotary Park
Auburn, WA   White River
Seattle, WA   Woodland Park
Vancouver, WA   WSU-Vancouver
Olympia, WA   Yauger Park
98 Course(s)