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Well worth the stop
Pros: This is a great example of how a good course is made better by the environment around it. The course plays through a small but well maintained park, and the grass was so nice I even found myself throwing a roller or two. The front nine of the course is more open, and easier, but it is the back nine that really makes this course. It is more technical and there are more interesting holes. The course seems easy, but the wind coming off of the Columbia Gorge seriously changes the difficulty. The course enjoys majestic views and the area surrounding this course is worth the trip in and of itself
Cons: The signage was pretty bad and the course maps didn't really seem to accurately represent scale, layout or which direction the hole itself plays. Add on some really confusing and downright baffling course layout, and it really became a mess to navigate. If the wind wasn't kicking (and it almost always is), I probably would have found it a little too easy
Other Thoughts: If you are passing through the Gorge, take the time and stop here. The course was fun to play and was groomed well enough that you could play barefoot in the well-defined fairways. The course is dotted with beautiful trees, and they are worked into course layout in some imaginative ways that make short holes a lot more fun and dynamic. Don't underestimate what the wind will do to your score! Also, there are literally hundreds of waterfalls throughout the gorge, and they are worth taking an entire extra day to explore.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Shady Oaks in North Bonneville is a beautiful 18 hole disc golf course located directly off Highway 14 near mile marker 37. The course is located in City Park between the post office and city hall. Tee one can be located near the volleyball court and gazebo along the walking path. The course terrain has gentle rolling hills throughout, and is completely grass with blackberry bushes scattered along the sides of fairways periodically. Massive Oaks and other native foliage tower along the fairways, making the course nice and shady during those hotter summer months. The scenery at this course is breathtaking! Due to its remote location near the Columbia River Gorge, everything is plush green. The mountains which surround the course trap the clouds within the valley early in the morning, and slowly creep out as the sun burns them off, giving the course a mystical feeling.
The design of the course is very well thought out, especially with the land they had provided for them. Holes vary in length, ranging from 198-424 feet, with the majority of holes having tight fairways. There are however several holes that are wide open, but still have some sort of obstacle in the way near the pin. Pin placement was well thought out, and the Mach 5 baskets they have in place are in great shape and are well taken care of. For being installed in 2006, Shady Oaks seems much newer than that due to how well maintained this course is. It offers a lot of challenge to all amateur levels, but would still be a lot of fun to play on for a pro.
Navigation around the course is somewhat confusing, so bringing a map is essential for first timers. There are wooden posts indicating what tee your on, but with so many sticking out of the ground about two feet up, it isn't always completely obvious which one you go to next. Holes # 3-6 are located on the other side of the park which takes away from the course flow. Although I did enjoy these holes, they were completely soaked with standing water, making those four holes a bit of a chore. NOTE: Make sure you look on the wall of city hall after putting out on pin #2 to see where to go regarding hole #3, as it is located under the bridge to the left.
Tee pads are natural and work for now, but eventually they will continue to erode, leaving large muddy divots. It would be great to see some rubber mats put down, as they are not permanent, and could be relocated at any time. It would make for much better footing during those rainy months, which happen more often than not in the northwest!
Last, holes #10-12 were quite close to one another, which made crossing fairways quite easy, especially if the course was crowded. I enjoyed these holes, but felt that on a busy day they would be quite dangerous considering they are the longest holes on the course and yet they have some of the tightest fairways.
Shady Oaks Course in North Bonneville is only about 40 minutes from Portland, and well worth the drive. When the courses are busy during those beautiful sunny days in Portland, this course is the perfect place to get away from the heat and the crowds. This course is quite technical at times and focuses on accuracy rather that power for the most part, rewarding players with multiple birdie opportunities if you show control in your game by hitting the lines given. Well worth a stop!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Shady Oaks is a nice little park in the small town of North Bonneville near the Columbia River and main freeway. The park plays through many oak trees which will provide challenge and shade on a sunny summer day; I guess that's how they thought up the name. A variety of open and technical holes are provided as well as hole distances. The designers did an excellent job of using all available land at their disposal. This course is best suited towards Novice and Intermediate players looking for a good challenge.
Cons: The land was used very well but it ended up making flow not live up to the very definition of the word and added to the confusion that was already created by the lack of signage and walks between holes. Also because of limited space and using lots of land there are some fairways that play dangerously close to other fairways and tee pads.
Other Thoughts: This was an enjoyable course but please bring a map with you to avoid frustration. Also if you are using map quest please bring the local directions that is listed on the course info. If you do end up getting lost ask someone and ask for directions to the post office as it's right next to where the course is located and shares the same parking lot.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Nice mellow course
Pros: Easy to find. Beautiful setting. Well laid out in available space. A few good drives and lightly wooded areas.
Cons: Mediocre signage, but layout pretty self evident. Most drives were pretty short.
Other Thoughts: Not a very challenging course, but it was very pleasant. If you're in the area, this is worth visiting.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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