Very enjoyable outing
Pros: Fun and quick playing course. Good place for beginners. First 3 holes in the trees are pretty technical. Just a nice fun outing. Hole #9 lets you uncork your power. That's kind of fun.
UPDATE: Wow! If you haven't been here in awhile you would not believe it. All the holes have great concrete 4'x8' boxes. All holes have great signs. Almost every hole has trash cans. First hole is being landscaped to look very professional. Whoever is grooming this course deserves a shout out...Great Job!
Cons: If the park is busy with other activities...soccer, alot of people walking their dogs or running the outer trail...you have to be careful not to hit someone. The tee pads are very poor...concrete ones are crumbling apart. Plays on 3 holes are tooooo close to the soccer field. UPDATE: Holes 6-9 have been redesigned however the course is still tight and some crossover can occur if the course is busy. During the middle of the day the course is pretty empty so that is less of a problem. No problem with soccer fields anymore.
Other Thoughts: So...all that said...play during the week in the morning and you should be okay. Plenty of parking and bathrooms. Wife and kids can picnic and play at the playground while you toss a few discs! Totally awesome. UPDATE: My thoughts are this course is getting better and better. Cleaner, safer, and worth an outing for a different look and feel on a course. Holes 1-4 are in a stand of small trees and the fairway is very narrow...an accurate control throw makes the birdie. Holes 5-9 are out in a field type area where you can unload the power...and if there's no wind a long and awesome throw can be made. My grandkids love playing here. At 7 and 10 they can experience a lot of different throws. Lastly, go give it another throw.
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Pros: A good beginner course, and the closest one to Pt. Townsend. First three holes are a nice challenge in the trees, with all three holes guarded by trees. The last six are much more open. That's kind of nice for learning what your discs do, but adds no challenge.
Plenty of parking and facilities on site; park is usually clean and maintained.
Cons: You realistically could throw a straight midrange for every shot with no consequences.
Be careful of other park users! With the walking trail, soccer fields, and BMX track all near the course, you may have to wait occasionally.
Other Thoughts: This isn't the best of courses, but it doesn't claim to be. It's just a solid little nine-holer. I'd love to see more courses in the Olympics, with their terrain and trees.
Holes 1 and 2 are pretty decent golf shots, as 1 is tucked into the right edge of the woods with a legit fairway. There's a good straight or hyzer shot to 2 from both pads. 3 has a bit of a plinko element, but is gettable. 4 and 5 are decent shots, since you have to account for the elevation change and get around the trees on 4. 6, 7, and 8 are pretty bland. 9 is a decent finishing hole, but it doesn't really lead back to anything.
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Basic Family Course
Pros: HJ Carroll bills itself as designed for families/beginners and indeed it is. The three holes in the trees really help diversify what is otherwise a wide open layout. If you are a local then this course is a 'Pro' because otherwise you would be driving a long way to play disc golf.
Cons: The 6 open space holes are very boring; short and almost no obstacles. The open area is not particularly pretty. Has kind of a weedy look and feel to it. If you are a more advanced player the open area will not be a challenge. Gravel tee pads are not in the best of shape. The current online map (8-24-2008) is no longer accurate.
Other Thoughts: This course is basically 3 wooded, technical holes and 6 wide open holes. The course description says it is a family course and beginners are who would benefit most from this course. The open areas are good for people who are just starting. The holes are short and almost totally without obstacles. Three holes are 210', 215' and 230'. These should be deuces for an advanced player.
The 3 new holes in the woods really save this place. They are tight and technical (not to mention nice woods if you like that sort of thing). They are short so if you really know the line you could try for the basket from the tee.
This course is what it is, a family course. I really wouldn't drive out of the way to play HJ Carroll. However, if you are in the area why not check it out.
Bonus: This course is as Pacific NW as it gets if you are just going by a map. The Olympic Peninsula is the furthest north and west landmass in the continental US.
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