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.
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.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Great Beginner Course
Pros: An open course with short holes for beginners. Very clean and well kept. Concrete tees. Holes are easy to find and are well marked.
Cons: A lot of traffic. Being a small course, there can be a lot of pedestrians and other disc golfers, so you may need to wait or be careful when you throw. Advanced players may find this course boring due to it being very open and the holes are pretty short.
Other Thoughts: A fun little course for beginners or for those who want a quick 9 hole game.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Awesome beginner holes
Pros: Well thought out, clean, great for beginners like my gf :D.
Cons: not marked out very well, I got lost 4 different times, WAY TO MANY PEOPLE PLAYING, real hectic and everyone wants you to play speed golf...
Other Thoughts: Fun if your new to the sport!!
0 of 2 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.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Orchard is the perfect place to get mom and dad, your siblings and kids out on the course for a fun and quick round of family friendly golf. Navigation is about as easy as it comes and the park is in great condition with even walking paths covered with wood chips. Baskets, pads and tee signs are in great shape along with some of the more cleaner bathrooms I've seen in a public city park. It's not entirely open either, there are some trees that will challenge your tee shots.
Cons: This is a place where any advanced player will be throwing way under par every time they come out and the baskets are littered with ace signings. There is a major walking path near many holes so you may have to wait for people sometimes. It has a small parking lot and during beautiful weekends I'm not sure where you are going to park.
Other Thoughts: This is an excellent course for showing off the sport to someone new or for people with exercise restrictions who can't walk or play long periods. It's well maintained and I think I would feel comfortable playing in bare feet. Also I went when it was rainy for the last couple days and while the other area courses are under water this course was relatively dry.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -The course is clean and well maintained
-Walking or biking distance from the MAX (Quatama)
Cons: -Very busy in the summer time
Other Thoughts: For what it is its a nice course. Its a good place to take somebody for the first time. If you live or work close by its worth checking out but beyond that it can become a real bore. If your on the westside of Portland and want to play a pitch & put just keep driving and hit Hornings Highland Course
3 of 3 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.
1 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: -ace running
-good for beginners and quick round
-really fun with friends
Other Thoughts: I LOVE TUESDAY TWOS!!!
check out some of my vids on youtube of me playing this course, my youtube account is johnnysdiscgolfvids
1 of 10 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Better than its rating.
Pros: Well maintained grounds and equipement. Easy to find. Easy to navigate. THPRD did a great job with their signs and tees.
Cons: Most of the holes are fairly short and not terribly technical. Experience players can play the whole course with one disc (Buzz or Coyote).
Other Thoughts: Another short course in town that is great to introduce new players, discs, or techniques on. It is also a great place to get your first ACE as there are several "short" holes.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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