2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Lots of open space.
Short, short, short, all holes are birdie-able.
Good warm up course if you're doing a tour.
Cons: DONT GO RIGHT!!!! All out of bounds is too the right, so catch a gust on a skybound disc, and you're wandering through the 8 foot tall grass for a while.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Good Beginner Course or Quick Round
Pros: Easy to navigate.
Good use of OB and mandatory throws. You have to know how to throw fading to the left and right.
Nicely kept w/nice tee blocks, signs, and baskets.
Hard to lose discs.
Cons: Very crowded.
All the baskets can be reached in one throw by a descent player. Good and bad I guess. Not challenging, but at least it's a good opportunity for an ace.
Other Thoughts: Ultimately a great course for beginners or players looking for a quick round and chance to work on their short game. Expect to play it a couple times since it is only 9 very short holes (longest is 300 ft).
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Orchard Park is a beautiful nine hole disc golf course located in Hillsboro, Oregon. This park has ample parking, most days, and an extremely clean bathroom near the entrance. This course is remarkably clean and well taken care of, with locals working hard on the surrounding landscape by planting trees, bushes, and flowers to brighten up the area. Woodchips have also been spread out along the pathways and pins, giving the course an updated look. Tee signs are in great shape, with updated distance, par, and a map showing major obstacles and pin locations. Tee pads are all cement, well maintained, and are all the appropriate size. The Mach III baskets are well maintained and in excellent shape!
This disc golf course was very straight forward, with good flow, and is very easy to navigate. The course was designed having the holes looping around the park counter clockwise, with a balanced shot selection off the tee and a few mandos and OB's to make things interesting. This course is best suited for novice and intermediate players alike, with few obstacles and wide open fairways. This course is great for new players because there is little chance to lose discs.
This course, although ideal for those learning the game, presents little challenge for advanced and open players. Most would find themselves shooting well under, trying to ace run the majority of the holes. Although this course would be fun for anyone, it would most likely get old quickly.
Another issue I saw when I was there was how quickly the course got crowded. Because there were so many playing for the first time, during their lunch break, or just playing a quick round while traveling through, the wait time became increasingly worse.
Last, the walking paths that meander through the course could be an issue. With pedestrians constantly walking through, many times players will have to wait and watch out on several of the holes along the way.
The designers for Orchard Park made a short challenging course with the room they had allotted, and designed a course that was perfect for all ages, especially families. This course was easily accessible from the freeway, and is the perfect spot to stretch and get a quick round in before heading toward Horning's Hideout.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Great Lunch-Hour Course
Pros: Close-in makes it convenient to zip over there during the lunch hour to get in a quick round. Park is well manicured, so you don't have to do a lot of hunting to find discs. Fairly level terrain won't have you all sweaty by the time you head back to the office.
Cons: Short course - 9 holes, each less than 300 ft. Most drives setup for birdies. Lots of foot-traffic on the trails surrounding the course, and if you're not careful, you could potentially lodge a disc in the roof of some walker's mouth. In the winter time, the course tends to have lousy drainage between holes 2 and 3, so the ground is a bit swampy/mucky. Because this is a fairly novice level course, there also tends to be a lot of slower traffic and folks with their little kids out playing. Expect to do a lot of waiting on sunny weekend days, or even weekdays when the kiddos don't have school.
Other Thoughts: This is a great little course for a lunch-time quickie. I wouldn't count it for more than that. My office is close by, so I walk down there to play almost daily. It's good for a quick round.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Just short of good
Pros: - Not complicated/ easy to navigate
- Fun, short holes make for a relaxed and enjoyable round.
- Baskets, tees, and grounds are all maintained extremely well.
Cons: - Although the course is relaxed, it also isn't very challenging either.
- Most of the holes can be reached by advanced players with a putter or mid.
Other Thoughts: I would recommend this course to a beginner or someone fairly new to the game, but anyone semi-advanced will find this course to be unexciting and dull.
There isn't that much else to say about this course. It's short and not very technical.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun little city park
Pros: - Great signage
- Cement tee pads
- Meticulously maintaned course. Mowed grass, trash cans everywhere
- Well placed trees that will really make the course better in 5-10 years when they mature fully.
- Easy to navigate
- Pretty setting
- Wood chips around all the baskets
Cons: - No real cons. It is what it is. A cool little 9 hole city park that everyone should be grateful exists for the community
- Could get dangerous on the last few holes with overlap with walking paths and conflicts with other park users on busier weekend days
Other Thoughts: - Ideal place to introduce friends or family to the game. 9 holes, easy to navigate, no real risk of losing discs. Just good family fun
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun little course...
Pros: Very good use of available space
Very well maintained
Awesome course for beginners
A superb place to introduce newbies to the sport - I saw a group of six start after us and 2 were players and the other 4 were playing for the first time--how cool is that :)
Trees planted strategically to create obstacles...as they mature, they will really change the dynamics of the course
There is some very nice wooded areas next to the course that may allow them to expand...hole 7 is a great example of the potential of this area
A good place to play with shots that you want to work on, like playing the WHOLE course forehanded
Cons: The cons that I found are not a fault of the design but more a result of the limited space and terrain
It could get a little "dangerous" if crowded...walking paths throughout the course and some of the fairways overlap or are very close to each other
Other Thoughts: This is a great warm up type of course and if you are doing a trip to Horning's, this is worth a stop and a few minutes of your time
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Nice clean park, always kept up nicely.
Good baskets, tee signs, and now, new tee pads.
holes 8 and 9 are interesting and challenging for many players.
hole 7 is a unique shot into a very small protected green.
Weekly doubles league through the summer (Tuesday nights)
Wind can add a much needed challenge factor.
Cons: Very simple, only 9 holes.
Flat, on the whole the course is rather unremarkable.
Not very challenging.
Other Thoughts: Orchard park is a charming 9 hole course, it's great for beginners and shines a good light on the game of disc golf for newer players, what with the clean look and general lack of trash or crime. I really only come out to Orchard for the weekly league but people living on the west side of Portland really should check it out. Folks just passing through would be better of at courses like Pier or Milo.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Ultimate Yuppie Course!
Pros: This might be the world's cleanest course. Some of the brand new tee pads have another ring of bark built around them. The baskets are new. The holes are short, easy with little chance of a lost disc. It would be the perfect course to introduce a newbie to the game.
Cons: Very little challenge for advanced players. No holes to really air it out on. I can see it getting really crowded.
Other Thoughts: I see this as the ultimate little yuppie course. I think they should install an expresso machine. Maybe have their own Starbucks. Think Paris Hilton playing disc golf!
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very good course for friends and family who are just learning how to play. Good baskets and great new cement teepads. Well layed out and great signs to guide you through the course.
Cons: Very easy course and can be overly crowded. The course can be mastered within just a few rounds and gets boring quickly.
Other Thoughts: There is a great weekly tournament through out the summer that attracts tons of golfers of all skill levels.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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