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Hole #9 Tee (Photo by Jackson Robbins)



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Decent 9

1    6/30/2014   9/25/2014
Review By: mashnut
Played: 816  Reviewed: 773  Exp: 12.8 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays down and back through a narrow riverside park. There are some nice views of the river, and easy access to hang out down by the water before or after a round. Half of the tees are concrete, the rest are gravel, all are at least adequate. There are a couple longer holes when the pins are in long positions, and a couple holes that make you shape left and right turning shots. Two holes offer narrower straight shots, and there are a few places where you have to deal with a low ceiling. A few areas of brush add some punishment on errant shots occasionally.
Cons: There are some conflicting fairways here, the park is narrow so holes throw right on top of one another. There's a walking path running through the course, it didn't seem like it gets much traffic though so I doubt it's much of an issue. Hole 9 ends in a way that you have to walk back through previous holes to get to the parking lot.

The course is fairly open, only a few places make you pay for a bad shot, and even then it's easy to recover for pars. Several holes are just open hyzers and don't present interesting line shaping opportunities.
Other Thoughts: Beginners can have a great time at this course. There's enough variety to make it interesting, but it's not tough enough to get frustrating. Experienced players shouldn't expect much of a test here, only one or two holes present a challenge and you'll be negotiating large groups of beginners. This was my favorite of the area 9 hole courses, it's a perfectly fine place for a no-stress round with friends.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Kind Of A Grunge Feeling To This Course!

1    8/15/2013   8/26/2013
Review By: The Valkyrie Kid
Played: 684  Reviewed: 636  Exp: 36.5 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The Mad River Pump Station course is between the Mad River and the highway. There's ample parking and a kisok at the beginning with lots of disc golf info as well as concerts, etc.

The course is a simple little nine with some holes playing right next to each other. With lots of players on the course, I could see some safety concerns.

The course is recreational, mostly open and features new tee pads on three holes. The course is flat and no holes stood out as being really special. Just a solid rec course.
Cons: This just isn't a real pretty park. It doesn't look like the type of place where yuppies parents would bring their kids to play. It looks like the type of park where folks would come to smoke weed and play a little disc golf. And that's kind of the impression I got of the clientele who were here playing the afternoon I played. Like playing disc golf wasn't their # 1 priority today.
Other Thoughts: Seems like a decent little course to come and shoot a quick nine. There was nothing really outstanding here but then again neither were there any glaring problems occurring. I'm glad to see some of the local discers improving the course w/new pads.

Makes for a nice little trifecta of nine holes courses around here with Manila Bay and Cooper Gultch. Enjoy all three!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Wait and go

2-4    9/16/2012   9/18/2012
Review By: rcbclbcdb
Played: 5  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 2.3 Years
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Long holes.
Open area.
decent placement of trees.
Large parking lot.
Cons: Cross traffic on some holes you are throwing in the same lanes as the next person.
Busy, sometimes a good long wait.
Pot Heads and dogs off of leash.
Other Thoughts: People need to stop smoking weed while playing disc golf, it gives a bad rep to the sport.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 PUMP HOUSE

5+    4/9/2012   5/29/2012
Review By: freakyflyer
Played: 13  Reviewed: 5
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: SHORT NINE PLAYS QUICK AND EASY. GREAT PLACE TO BUILD CONFIDENCE. SHORT HOLES MAKES FOR A LOT OF BIRDIE ATTEMPTS.. GOTTA LOVE THAT
Cons: WAITING FOR A CLEAR PATH , HOLES CROSS OVER EACH OTHER AND MAKES IT DIFFUCULT ON BUSY DAYS OUT THERE.
Other Thoughts: IT IS A FUN COURSE OVER ALL, i LIKE PLAYING THE PUMP HOUSE THAN MINILA THAN A ROUND AT COOPERS. THAT IS A DAMN GOOD DAY OF DISC. ALL 3 SHORT COURSES. JUST AS YOUR DONE WITH WAITING IN ONE CROWD YOU GO TO THE NEXT COURSE. ONLY TO PLAY THESE THREE .

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 enjoyable

2-4    4/13/2012   4/13/2012
Review By: nelsofthewoods
Played: 30  Reviewed: 15  Exp: 3.5 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Not much brush to lose a disc in
-I haven't seen it get overly busy.
-About a medium difficulty. A beginner and an expert can both enjoy a round here.
-For a 9-hole course it offers a surprisingly diverse range of shots.
Cons: -Gets muddy in places, so bring good shoes.
-Some tees are near enough to other baskets that you could get hit by a disc if you don't pay attention.
-Oh how I wish it was longer!
Other Thoughts: Charming 9 hole course with holes that require a diversity of shots. Next to the river so a great summer course since you can go swimming before/after. It's not earth shattering but still a fun mellow course worth checking out.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Solid 9

5+    2/9/2012   2/12/2012
Review By: trashmonster1985
Played: 80  Reviewed: 14  Exp: 7.6 Years
This review was updated on 1/26/2013
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: OVERVIEW: Though the Pump Station is a small course, it offers a variety of shots that other park courses don't always offer. Some narrow allies and good basket placements can make it harder than it looks. Though some pin placements leave one wanting a little more. RECENTLY, a Par Infinity work party has laid gravel tee-pads on #1, #4, and #5. Which, for those that know the course, is a huge improvement. Great locals, and some fun alternates make The Pump definitely worth playing.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Perfect for a tune up round

1    9/15/2011   9/20/2011
Review By: Dirt4dinner
Played: 72  Reviewed: 17  Exp: 7.9 Years
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Perfect little course to squeeze in a round when time is tight. Or....better yet, get loose for a round at the Curtain. If you want to mix it up, try taking a creative line to the basket...you don't have to throw right at it on the easy holes. This course allows you to make it what you want.
Cons: It's pretty easy...but it's fun.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 

5+    2/1/2011   3/28/2011
Review By: tehrain
Played: 12  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 14.5 Years
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Out of town, good afternoon weather away from the coast. Right beside the river.
Cons: Holes parallel each other with little vegetation to catch discs, makes the course crowded and slow. Most of the course is straight and open, not much variety.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 A Good Nine Holes

5+    5/10/2009   7/9/2009
Review By: welshjohn74
Played: 21  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 19.5 Years
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice baskets. Course is very easy to follow. The Mad river is right there if you're in the mood for a swim. I've caught a couple of steelhead there prior to playing a round - sweet. Every basket has two positions so there is some degree of challenge to the course.
Cons: Big groups can be a pain to play behind. Wear boots in the wet months. Keep your eyes open for stray throws - seriously! Locals will get upset with anyone who displays bad etiquette (rightly so) so behave yourself and follow the rules.
Other Thoughts: Actually none of the fairways cross each other, but due to their close proximity to one another and errant toss can be hazardous. This is very easy to avoid however if you don't walk through someone's fairway. I nailed a guy once because he simply wasn't paying attention - even after I called FORE and everyone but him ducked. If you're playing solo you can move through nine holes in less than 30 minutes. Hole 5 always experiences a bottleneck, but you can play through the big groups on the next hole very easily.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Improving!

5+    4/30/2009   4/30/2009
Review By: DSCJNKY
Played: 284  Reviewed: 131  Exp: 13.2 Years
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: They have improved the course.
Some of the holes have block tee-pads.
New pin position on #1 makes the hole more exciting.
Several pins are guarded by creeks (ob).
Longer more challenging holes than other 9 hole courses.
Mad River locals are less sketchy than the other local 9-hole courses.
The Mad River.
Cons: Crossing Fairways Everywhere! I think only one fairway doesn't cross another fairway. I've been hit! And am nearly hit everytime I go out there. FORE!
Super muddy in the winter; and wet grass.
Crowded on sunny weekends and late weekday afternoons - with huge groups (9-sums).
A few of the tee-pads not improved yet.
Other Thoughts: I would only consider two of the holes challenging. (although some newer pin positions are increasing the value of the course). Otherwise there are a lot of ace runs and low scores to be had. Since the park is about 100 yards wide and 1/8 mile long, they did a good job utilizing the space. However, I have never seen a more dangerous course. Keep your eyes open and be prepared to duck.
My best score: -6

8 of 9 people found this review helpful.

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