5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Many of the holes, individually, are very interesting and challenging.
Significant water challenge on two holes, with a long and short tee option on 12.
Some elevation change and nice overall diversity of landscape.
Good variation in distance from 175 to 400'.
Good mix of tight wooded holes with open holes.
The concrete tee pads that are in place are Sweet!
Most of the holes have tee signs that also indicate distances, which is very useful.
OB and mandos help add to a course that has significant challenge for most levels of play.
Cons: Huge navigation issues, many of the walkouts are confusing, though not impossible to figure out.
SAFETY. This course, all things considered is not safe for any sanctioned event. Hole 1 and 2 cross over, holes 3 and 8 require you to walk right back up the fairway to the next hole. 17 and 18 play back at each other.
Numerous issues in the overall course design, generally long walkouts around the park, several holes that hold a direct risk of landing in a 4 lane road or on multi-use fields.
Course would be very difficult to play during nice days in the summer because of other park uses.
Other Thoughts: I had a very difficult time trying to rate Yauger Park, honestly I could see someone being able to argue anywhere from 1.5 to 3.5 being the correct ranking based on what you value most in judging a course. There are definitely many sketchy aspects of Yauger. To give background to the review, when I played the course all 18 are now in and all of the holes have concrete teepads or marked concrete quivilants with the exception of 1 and 11. I can't exclusively dock Yauger too much for the multi-use problems, it's awesome that they were able to get this course in such a high use park, and it's the only course in the immediate Olympia area. The almost sad aspect of Yauger is the fact that many of the holes, standing alone, are very fun, I played the course in October when the park was nearly empty and I had a blast picking out the right shot for a number of interesting and challenging holes. The tough pin positions on the two water holes, hole 5 and hole 15 also stuck out. The crux of the issue at Yauger is a lack of foresight on a number of holes; some holes seem like they were forced into spots either just to have another hole, even a cool hole, even where it might not be appropriate, like holes 3 and 8, or simply to connect the two very different sections of the park. And many of the holes require shooting very close to other holes. On the whole, I would say on a less popular park day the fun factor at Yauger is a 3.5, it's definitely both a fun and tricky course, but some of the overall design issues bring it down. I hope that the course will continue to be shaped, the hardcore crew of disc golfers in Olympia have put a lot of effort and care a lot about the course.
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