Juniper HIlls DGC in summer
Pros: Great layout to the park and easy flow from hole to hole. The park is very close to Hwy 26 and Hwy 97 so this 9 hole course is the perfect way to break up a long drive on your way to whatever outdoor activity, road trip or business brings you this way. If you are playing in the summer and it is 90-100 degrees during the day, you can stop in here about an hour before sunset and really get a nice view of the mountains and have temperatures in the 70s or 80s.
Cons: The tees have been changed to natural sand and gravel from the previously mentioned woodchips. You have to be careful of your footing and for those that take a big run-up beware. In the summer it can be somewhat dusty and it will get on you and all over the discs you throw. The cheatgrass is plentiful in places and especially on hole 7. It produces a ton of seeds and they can really poke you if they get in your shoes and socks. Some of the baskets were labelled as if they might have recently had a tournament or if they are thinking about expanding the course because there was duct tape with numbers 11, 14, etc taped over the original hole numbers on the baskets.
Other Thoughts: Make sure to throw at the farthest basket on holes 1 and 9 because there are two baskets and they are sharing the same physical location for the beginning and end of the course.
A hiker's course
Pros: Being the beginner that I am, this course seemed very technical. Elevation changes on EVERY hole,up, down, sideways. Baskets were nice, as well were the signs and flow. Great little nine hole course that everyone should play at least once.
Bathrooms nearby, as well as soccer fields and a nice park.
Baskets were in great shape, and the grounds overall were very clean.
Cons: Tee pads. Basically they were all holes with railroad ties/logs around them. I could not even "stand and deliver" out of them due to the bad footing. Either side of the tee boxes are bad as well due to this I am sure.
Other Thoughts: Tough for me due to EVERY bit of footing was un-level, even off the tee. That and not being in the greatest of shape, getting around the course was more of a hike than a walk.
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Pros: Lots of variation and challenges for a short 9 hole course. Easy to find. Increadible views, Had the course to myself for 2 rounds.
The variations in distance, uphill shots, and trees made this an absolute blast to play. Much more interesting than I was expecting for a 9 hole course on the edge of a public park.
The tee markers made navigation a snap.
Cons: The tee boxes are more of a hazard than a help at this point. They have turned into small sand pits and it looks like players are teeing off from next to the pads and tearing up the ground. Kinda defeating the purpose of the tee pad placement.
Just guessing but I played this course April 30 with 70 degree temps, blue skys, and absolute dream conditions. I would expect come July/August when it's 110+ and the cheetgrass comes in the fun factor could wane a bit. But in April/May it is increadible.
Other Thoughts: Whoever laid this course out deserves an award. Great job! It would be a destination course if it were a full 18.
I made the drive into Madras from the Kahneetah resort where I was staying with my family and was kinda grumbling about the distance for just "a stubby 9 holer". But it was definitely worth the drive.
Please consider making it an 18 and changing the tee pads... Please.
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Early morning 9 holes
Pros: Fun and challenging both, a range of distances and a wide variety of obstacles. Crazy fun for 9 holes, very fun place with something for everyone.
Cons: Was flying solo so i almost lost a disc on hole 7 due to the distance and drop off. Easily solved with a spotter though. Wind can be an issue later in the day.
Other Thoughts: Make sure to bring a disc that will counter wind, be ready for trees and shots that require some curves.
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Pros: Very interesting holes for a small 9 hole course.
Great Use of elevation change.
Distances range from 202' to 478' (Big downhill)
Each hole really forces you to throw one direction or the the other a challenge often lacking in shorter 9 holers.
Zero Navigation issues, nice tee signs walkouts aren't an issue.
Consistent high winds add a huge challenge factor.
No free birdies outside of perhaps hole 4.
Hole 7 is an Amazing top of the world-esque shot 50' down 478 feet long with raging winds.
Nice new baskets.
Cons: Tee pads are completely Unusable! As of when I played the tees were 2 foot deep dirt pits, I didn't use a single pad during the round due to safety risk.
The Huge wind factor is frustrating in this central Oregon hill course each time I've played it's been around 25 mph sustained.
For more experienced players there are only a few holes that offer a real bogey threat yet at the same time some of the routes make getting a birdie very difficult leading to a par fest.
Only 9 holes, with so much surrounding space.
Other Thoughts: Juniper Hills is a fantastic little 9 hole course that has a lot of desert charm, I was completely taken aback by the top of the world hole, it's a stunning hole on a course that isn't all that huge by other standards. The tee pads are an unfortunate situation and if they were even just level dirt launch pads the course would be that much better. With the amount of variety and fun hole ideas Juniper Hills is a great course for newer players and offers one of the only places to play in all of Central Oregon. I would definitely stop here if you're driving through on your way to Bend or anywhere else in Central Oregon, it's a fun 9 that shouldn't take more than a half-hour.
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If you find yourself in Madras with some time to kill...
Pros: *Elevation change
*Empty, I've played there four or five times and have seen two other people playing.
*Fun hole designs
Cons: *Woodchips make for horrible tees
*Its only 9
*Its in Madras, so unless you live in Madras, its far....
Other Thoughts: This is a pretty fun high desert course that works its way up, across, down, and around a hill.
If you find yourself in Madras, or more likely driving through, check this course out for a real quick nine.
Once you enter the park, the course is on the hill in the back right (NE corner) of the park
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Pros: I like the easy holes mixed with the long hard holes. I like the side hill setting and the Juniper trees.
The fourth hole is my favorite hole I've played yet. The view from the tee toward the basket is awesome.
Cons: I think the tee boxes were horrible! I didnt feel like I could really get into my throws because I was afraid I would trip or fall. They need to redo them or just have mats or concrete pads. Nine more holes would make this a must play!
Other Thoughts: Nine more holes would make this a must play!
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Pros: Nice little course that goes through trees up the hill and then you throw off the top of the hill back down to the valley. Room and space for improvement.
Cons: A lot of left drives.
Other Thoughts: Course is in the far, far, back of the park. You cannot see it from the street so look for the small sign for disc golf. Toward the only house on that hill.
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