Nice 9-holer in a well-kept park
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Orchard Park is a short, 9-hole course in a nice city park in Hillsboro, Oregon. The course only occupies the small grassy portion of the park. The rest of the park is covered with dense woods. There's definitely enough room for 18 holes.
-It is well-kept and in a location where a lot of people live. It's the only course nearby too. If I lived nearby I would play here all the time.
-Great course for those starting out or if you want putter and mid practice.
-The holes are mostly open, but there are a few technical shots. Some small trees have been planted, which are easy to throw over now but not once they've grown in.
-My favorite holes were #3, a high hyzer over the young trees or a low hyzer if you prefer, #4, where the basket is behind two Douglas Firs, and a bush that makes it so a low shot isn't an option. I also liked #7, the only hole in the woods. It's only 166 ft, but it's a nice anhyzer shot with a jerk-branch.
-The tee signs were wonderful. They showed the hole in detail as well as the course map. Take a look at the map on every tee, sometimes it's hard to find where to go after you've putted out.
-There's a practice basket and restroom near the first tee.
-The course is routed nicely. Never do holes cross one another or come really close. The popular pedestrian path only comes into play on the first hole.
Cons: -The longest hole, #5, is only 270 feet and I doubt it's really that long. Through the whole round I did not use a distance driver.
-I would imagine this course being very busy on the weekends. I was fortunate to play on a weekday but since this is the only course nearby, it must get a lot of use on the weekends. The parking lot is very small, too.
-They must over-water here. Multiple times the ground felt squishy, and this was in the middle of August.
Other Thoughts: -With the property available, the designer did a really great job here. Yes, the holes are somewhat close together but that has to be expected on a small property.
-The pictures on file are not all correct. The course must have been re-routed recently.
-Overall, it's a super fun course, but only worth stopping by if you're nearby. Making the trip out here isn't worth it if the same drive could take you to a longer, more challenging course.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Good easy short course
Pros: Good variety of shot types required. Well maintained.
Cons: Generally flat, and thorny blackberry bushes on the edge of the course (don't shank it).
Other Thoughts: This is an easy course with short distances to the basket. an average player could do the course with a mid range and a putter.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Short, Clean, and Straightforward
+ High quality baskets
+ Clean concrete pads with brick overrun
+ Park is generally clean and well maintained
+ Clean bathrooms
+ Ample parking
+ Practice basket near the 1st tee
+ Nature trail away from course
+ Next tee always close to last basket, fast-paced
+ Not crowded on weekdays
+ Beautiful signs with Par, distance, and sketch
- Generally crowded on weekends
- Flat, non-technical, very little challenge
- Pedestrian paths pass through a few holes
- Very short and can feel rushed if playing leisurely
- Very little shade in summer
- Only one hole (#6) has a chill spot
- Often muddy in spring/winter
- Dog walkers do not always clean up after dogs
Orchard Park is a short, easy, course in a Hillsboro City Park. The layout could have been more technical given the area they chose to use, but the city opted for a mostly flat course to minimize the course impact on pedestrian routes. I rate this course slightly above average only because of the quality of baskets, signage, and pads. Also, the park is generally quite clean and well-maintained. It is good for a quick (fast-paced) mid-day game, or a slow leisurely weekend game (you will be waiting for pedestrians a lot on the weekend). It's a good course for new players (use caution on #3 so you don't end up of the roof of the building - otherwise it is hard to lose a disc). Use caution on hole #6, as it shoots towards the #8 tee. The layouts is easy enough to follow so long as you know what 200' looks like (no, you are not going for that basket that is 500' away). Also, if the course is busy - stay alert or you might get hit.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Several things come to mind when I try and decide whats a good course and a bad course, so here are the check off's on my own personal list for postitives:
1. Great tee pads at every hole
2. Nice hole info at each one
3. resting spots on some holes
4. Respectable length, more for beginners versus someone who is looking for a challenge.
5. Well maintained and nice boundary lines set up
6. Easily navigable.
7. Has enough space for an extra 9 if anyone puts forth the time and effort.
Cons: 1. easy par
2. right on the high way (easy to find, but who wants to listen to traffic when your trying to escape?)
3. Cigarrette nazi's, so be careful when your puffin.
4. Not a lot of variances of hole types.
5. Seemed too short to fully enjoy.
Other Thoughts: The thing you have to remember is that it's just a 9 hole, kind of a stop by quick play, so when i say its lacking in length, it really makes up for it with the OB's set up on each hole. Most of the shots are very open so they designated some barriers that make it kind of difficult. It's nothing to be empressive but for a small course the pro's definitely outway the cons. It's a beautiful area and up keep is top notch.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
awesome little course
Pros: -Verry nice big cement teepads
-nice baskets, in great condition
-Easy to navigate
-short course that is good for beginners
-short holes make aces a real possibility
-hard to lose discs
Cons: -Not verry challenging
-small parking lot
Other Thoughts: This was a fun course, Although it was verry short. Almsot got a few aces
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Signage is good, tees are large and well maintained with few hazards if you overstep your drive. The course is well-maintained with good use of OB and mando trees. Left-to-right playing holes make shot/disc selection a factor.
Cons: Somewhat crowded, short. OB can creep up on you for a couple holes. Few holes share fairways and you can encounter other groups playing in to your drives. Walkers seem oblivious to the danger of discs.
Other Thoughts: Close to MAX so mass transit to this course from the city is relatively painless.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Nice quick, relaxed course
Pros: - short and sweet. great for a quick 9 on the way home.
- Park is clean and well-maintained
- perfect flat course for the novice.
Cons: - Hole number 2 needs a new sign. the hole has been moved but the same sign was used.
- no elevation changes, except on hole 7.
- minor nit: course is "stuffed" into a small city park.
Other Thoughts: There's really not a lot to say about this course. I use it often because it's a mile from my office. It's 9 holes, nothing over 300. I usually play two rounds in just over an hour.
There is one hole in the woods (#7, my favorite) with a slight elevation change, and the rest are flat.
This is a very popular and somewhat crouded course, yet everyone is relaxed and friendly, and ready to allow you to play through if they lose a disc or want to take a break.
The course does feel a little cramped at times. Discs(mine included) often land on the wrong fairway.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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