15 Minute Disc Golf
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -This is a 9 hole pitch and putt course in small Benson State Park in the Columbia River Gorge. It's a nice little area, with mature trees and a small creek. This course doesn't appear to get a lot of use, so if you stop you'll likely have the entire place to yourself. You could easily make up some cool safari holes.
-You'll be in and out in 15-20 minutes. I bet you could go around at least 10 times in the time it takes to play Milo.
-Every hole is under 200 feet, but the holes are certainly not gimmes. There are plenty of trees, so you must throw accurate shots. I found myself only throwing putters on a couple of holes. I had to use mid-ranges and fairway drivers frequently to get the proper shot-shape. Leave the distance drivers in the car, but you will throw more than just your putters. Another reason I threw faster discs with more glide was because the trees have low-hanging branches forcing line-drive shots, hard to do with a putter. Many of the branches are dead which makes them hard to see. Watch out.
-There's a beautiful view of Wahkeena Falls on the 8th hole.
-The east end of the park is much more popular. There is a nice picnic area and access to Benson Lake. I ate a picnic lunch there and there were at least a dozen people swimming or kayaking in the water. There are nice restrooms on this side of the park, too.
Cons: -This course is old, and harsh Gorge weather conditions over the years have deteriorated the Discatcher baskets, They are very rusty and discs tend to splash out.
-The teepads are simply a wooden board in the ground with some woodchips. During the summer they're fine, but heavy winter storms would make the teepads, and the rest of the course, a muddy mess.
-It's so short, it's not worth the drive just to come here. But couple it with a hike at nearby Multnomah Falls or more disc golf at Rooster Rock, and you have a fun day.
-The only access is heading eastbound on I-84. It is such a hassle to get to it westbound, it's not worth it.
-The highway is 50 feet away from the course. It is super noisy.
Other Thoughts: -There is a sign and map of the course by the first tee. The map is mostly correct but the first tee is not to the right of the sign, but rather to the left past the log pile. The rest of the map is accurate.
-I think the course has been redesigned in the past few years. The pictures on file are incorrect.
-Overall, it was a fun little course but only worth it if you are in the area for some other reason. It costs $5 to get in, which isn't worth it by itself, so take advantage of the other amenities of the park. but most serious disc golfers in Oregon have a year state park pass, totally worth it. It's $30. If you travel to a state park 6 or more times during the year its paid for itself. Milo, Dabney, Rooster Rock, Benson, Champoeg, and Stub Stewart are just a few of the Oregon state parks that feature disc golf.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Pros: They have baskets, pretty area, family friendly
Cons: No signs, trouble finding "tee pads", right next to the freeway/noisy
Other Thoughts: Pitch-n-Putt course: This course would be great for kids or brand new players, but if you are an int or better there is no reason to stop and play this course. It's just a putter to each hole, everything is short. It's hard to describe this course because it's pretty much a straight one hundred and something shot at each basket. Really nothing to it. I'd say to keep on driving by, Hood River is better than this if you are looking for a short pitch-n-putt course. But if you want to stretch your legs or get in a funish potty break then it could be a good fit for you.
Only if convenient
Pros: As a beginner, this course was easy to get pars on. I enjoyed this as it was nice to hit a tree off the tee box and still end up with a decent chance at par. I usually don't keep score but this course gave me the first birdie that I know of.
Every hole is a potential birdie for a beginner unless you hit a tree. There are just enough trees to present a challenge and make this interesting.
Quick play. Not a lot of people playing when we were there. This let us throw multiple discs and still finish in record time.
Close to Rooster Rock. If you play the west course at Rooster Rock I suggest you head here next. You already paid $5 there and the receipt is good for all parks that day. Why not hit this one too.
If there was ever a course that didn't need tee box maps, this is it. There is a map at #1 and the baskets are marked. We didn't need any other direction besides the map
Cons: $5 entrance fee. Good course but if I am only going to play 9 holes I wont pay $5 for this one.
was sorta bored by #9. Even as a beginner I wanted more of a challenge here. They did great with what they had to work with but I will only return if I am passing by to play another course. The course was very short.
Congestion: In the summer I can see this being a difficult course. There are a lot of picninc/bbq areas along part of the course and I can see families playing around the tee boxes and baskets while you are playing
Other Thoughts: Conditions: Partly sunny day with no wind and not really any people.
If you paid $5 to golf here I suggest you head to Rooster Rock and throw the west 9.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
good for family
Pros: This course is good with younger players who are limited by throw length from really enjoying the game. My son can flick an accurate 150 ft, so he was really inspired to be shooting at birdies . Once he got tired out, I was able to set him on a bench in middle of the park and see him while I played out another three rounds.
Cons: Very short. I would bang a tree right off the drive, and still find myself trying to make a long putt. It is also supposed to be a five dollar pay to park (I kept a close watch on my car and got away with a freebie).
Other Thoughts: Probably also good for taking noobs, or hosting an ace race.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun little course
Pros: Easy to follow design
Good for mid range & ace shots
In the vicinity of other fun courses
Can be more challenging on gusty days
Cons: Very short, fastest I played solo was under 10 minutes
No pads or tee signs
No trash cans
Other Thoughts: Fun to play, worth a try if passing thru
Good for introducing beginners to the sport
When I finished the course in 8 minutes it was with one disc running from shot to shot, normal play time would probably be more like 20+ minutes for a group
It's fun enough and a good course for practice
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Boost Ego Now---Stop Once, Noobs
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Pros: Benson, which has seen encroachment improvements the last few years, is a pitch 'n' putt with noisy-but-nice winter views. This is another one of those good beginner courses that experienced players are likely to use only if they stop to stretch and pee---or if their self-worth has been wrecked lately by Blue Lake, Milo, etc. Makes for decent long-putt practice or ace shots. You might use a roller or skip on # 1. If the creek is up when you throw over #2 your disc could wash downstream if you boner your drive. Plenty of mature trees as obstacles, so shady and cool on a hot summer-driving day. In fact, when its leafed out, you lose the gorge views and almost wish for some breaks in the cover. Nicely mowed, and only a bit of rugged vegetation behind baskets 1, 3 and 5. Also a good place to stop for a lunch break, or some light fishing at the small adjoining lake. And Multnomah Falls is 3/4 mile away, so theoretically you could have the family drop you off, play 2 rounds and then walk the train tracks down to the falls...
Cons: $5 fee or state park yearly pass, but its rarely crowded and only takes 20 min. to poach. I-84 is 50 yds away and always noisy. Major summer holiday-goers will render the course unplayable.
Other Thoughts: As above, its OK if you needed to stop for a driving break anyways. Not really a discing destination: better to stop at Rooster Rock or Locks Approach, unless you've got newbs/children who want to have a successful round.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Rest Area Disc Golf
Pros: Benson State Park is more like a rest area on the side of the road than a State Park, there is access to it only going east on I-84 and it's only a small parking lot, bathrooms, some benches and a very short disc golf course. This is the type of place you stop at while on a family vacation and everyone needs a rest from sitting in the car so you go have a picnic and play some disc golf. Aside from all of that you have wonderful scenery in the beautiful mountains in the background and the Multnomah Waterfalls.
The best holes on the course - Holes one, two and eight were pretty fun and almost worth the $5 to park and play. Hole one is a very low ceiling shot with lots of tree and bush obstacles to the longest basket on the course, right at about 300 feet, definitely the hardest hole on the course, very challenging. Hole two is a short (100 feet) tunnel shot over a running creek, this is a prime opportunity for an ace but if you hit one of the bushes on the left or the right you could end up in the creek. Hole eight is longer shot over the creek but going back the other way and is a hard line to hit and this hole is a difficult hole if you don't hit that line. You don't have to worry about losing a disc in this running creek as there is enough debris to block it and there are plenty of long sticks around to fish it out pretty easily.
Cons: The biggest problem that I find with the course is the very short holes lengths that will make this place boring for just about anyone but people brand new to disc golf. The baskets are a bit of an eyesore with the chipping paint and rust, it would be nice to see some work to make them look good again, though there is nothing wrong with their ability to catch discs. It is a pain in the butt to try and get to if you're coming from westbound I-84 as there is no access.
Other Thoughts: This is the perfect place for your first ace, while we were there, both of us hit basket and were really close to getting an ace. If you take the right attitude and a catch frisbee here you can make it fun.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
The first place my girlfriend beat me.
Pros: This course is in the middle of some of the greatest courses in the country. My girlfriend loved this course before she learned how to get the distance she gets today. There are nice baskets and beautiful scenery. It is a easy on and off the Interstate if you are headed east out of Portland. There are bath rooms.
Cons: This course is very short. As the title of this review says my girlfriend beat me at this course, watch out guys your arm wont save you here. You really only need to bring your putter. In the rainy season it can be very muddy and the tees are dirt so don't bother unless you have your rubber boots. It cost 3 dollars to park unless you play fast wink wink. Paying 3 dollars is hard when you could go play one of many Portland area gems. And I mean short holes really short...
Other Thoughts: So I gave this course a passable 1.5 because for as short as the holes are it is kinda fun. They change it up and you play across a running creek on some fun tight shots. It is one that is worth marking off your list if you are in the area and wanna kill a half an hour.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
If you're in the neighborhood...
- Nice setting (park/picnic area in the Gorge).
- A couple of fun shots.
- Right off the freeway, if you're headed east.
Cons: - Most holes are very short, and some are ridiculously easy.
- Hard to follow (tees are marked with half-buried 2x4s).
- No access from I-84 westbound.
Other Thoughts: Benson State Park is a day-use fee area; if you already have an Oregon State Parks sticker (or bought a day pass to play at Rooster Rock or Dabney), then you might want to check it out if you're passing through the area anyway. Otherwise I don't think it's worth the $3. Hole #1 is long enough that you're not going to easily birdie it, and there's a couple of other shots across the creek that are fun with a mid-range or putter. But a few of the others will leave you scratching your head, wondering, "why isn't the basket further away, or at least behind those trees?"
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 15 Not
Pros: Along the way, east on 84.
Creek running through
Cons: Small course.
Not well thought out.
Other Thoughts: No exit from the west bound traffic.
Got lucky and saw the course from the multnomah road but, it was across the train tracks, don't get lost.
0 of 15 people found this review helpful.
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