5 Helpful / 0 Not
Yauger Disc Golf Course in Olympia is located in a large multi purpose park downtown. There are several baseball/soccer fields within the center of the park, with a concession stand (open during baseball season), horseshoe pits, a playground, and plenty of parking. Within just a few minutes from the park are several restaurants in which to eat at, as well as a grocery store. The park itself is wide open in the middle with fairly dense foliage surrounding the outside perimeter. It is mainly hear that several of the holes are located.
The course does a fairly good job balancing out wooded and open holes considering what room they had to work with. Signs are wooden poles with tee numbers as well as distance on them. Holes range from 147 - 433 feet, requiring disc golfers to shoot through tight alleys with extreme accuracy. Water hazards play a large part on this course, especially during the winter and spring time when the course floods like it did when I played. Tee pads are slowly becoming all cement (and well done), but currently are a mixture between both that and dirt. A few holes out in the open have alternate tee pads to avoid interfering with any ball sports going on at that time which is a plus.
This course has some major design flaws. With crossing fairways several times throughout, several short holes which feel forced, and other sports continually interrupting play, this course is in need of a change. The course also tends to hold water during the rainy season as it pours in from all the local concrete neighborhoods. Because of this, holes become increasingly difficult to access or even unplayable which is a shame. The crossing fairways occur primarily in the front nine and can become quite dangerous for disc golfers and pedestrians alike. The multi use fields are used a lot during the warmer months cutting out several holes. Because of this, the course becomes more crowded with less room to move. More signs indicating where the next tee pad was located would help first timers as well. With the help of some new signs, increased cement tee pads, better catching baskets, and perhaps a new layout on some of these holes (perhaps even reducing the total number of holes on this course for better quality), this course could improve drastically. For now with all these issues, it is only a decent course.
As other reviewers have stated, this is a tough course to grade. However, with as many issues as it currently has I know that Yauger has a lot of room to grow. The local club here in Olympia has done a tremendous job getting this course in the ground, and is constantly improving it. If they continue to make changes, there is not doubt that the ratings here will improve. There just is currently too much going against this place to be any higher then it is.
Sometimes it just makes sense to install only enough holes as the area can realistically hold. I feel Yauger forced an 18 hole course here in an area with little room to work. If this course was only 12 holes, many of the smaller holes could be redesigned and become more legit. With the continual hard work of the club this course will hopefully improve over time.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
a good partnership.
Pros: nice new concrete tee pads!
nice mixture of technical "heavily wooded" shots on the front 9 and wide open "let her rip" shots on the back 9.
Cons: although the signage is improving, some of the holes were still poorly marked.
#5 [off the right of #6 teepad] is basically not playable if there is softball happening on field 1.
i didn't find #6long until my way back to the car. [it's by the horseshoe pits]
some holes you had to walk back down the fairway to get back to the course [ ex: #3, #8]
and some fairways crossed [ex: #1, #2 and #6, #7]
Other Thoughts: the signage on the back 9 was pretty confusing.
we had a really hard time finding #11
also, it took awhile to figure out which was #12 [both tee and basket - we shot at #17 first]
same story with #14. [we shot at #15 first]
some improved signage would really help this park out.
we played on a weekday morning, so there wasn't a whole lot of competition for the park, and that was nice. if we were playing on a thursday evening, when there's softball, i sure would be uncomfortable making some shots in case i interfered with a bad release in an official game.
i played my wolf [understable midrange] on just about every drive in the front 9. i thought that was interesting.]
THANKS FOR THE AWESOME NEW TEE PADS!!!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: There is limited space at this course and the designer did a decent job fitting the disc golf course in with all of the other activities. Not too hard to navigate except for a couple of spots. Some good technical shots and decent mix with a couple of longer holes mixed in.
Cons: This is a horrible spot for a disc golf course simply because of all of the other sports and events always going on in this park. Lots of crossing into soccer fields and many other non disc golfers on the course during the summer months and during the winter months the course gets flooded. The course was crammed when it was nine holes and now it's eighteen.
Other Thoughts: Not a horrible course for practicing and there are some fun drives on this course, there is nothing special however. It's been said already about the other uses of the park and that is the biggest downfall. If you are in the area and want to play real bad go for it you will have an ok time but I recommend going early in the morning to avoid traffic and wear boots in the winter.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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