Fun But Windy
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -This 18-hole course is in the small town of North Bonneville, WA. It has beautiful views of the Columbia Gorge. It can get windy but this has to be expected. When I played it was not so windy as I had supposed.
-I like courses like this that have trees to force line shaping but not so many that you'll play pinball. Some trees were very odd shapes. On 15 the basket is blocked from one side by a gigantic sideways oak branch. Makes for interesting putts! Oak trees were featured in prominence around the course.
-The course demanded both forehand and backhand shots.
-Tee signs were very helpful, there also was a sign with the course map at the start of the course.
-Being in such a sparsely populated area, don't expect crowds.
-Hole 6 had an interesting pin location over the creek. It was a bit of a hike to the 7th tee, though.
-Navigation was fairly easy with tee signs and baskets both having numbers. Once or twice I got turned around, the map's not that great, but the course is well-designed so you never have to cross other fairways when playing.
-Very large concrete tee pads are always a plus.
Cons: -The biggest problem here is the wind. Gorge=wind. The first nine is much more exposed and windy than the back nine. One hole my 80 ft layup shot caught a gust of wind and carried straight up and into the basket! Crazy.
-The baskets were really old Mach 5s. Some of them looked as if they were falling apart. I saw loose chains on multiple baskets. I don't know if it was my putting, the wind, the baskets, or some combination, but I may well have set a new record for chain-outs that day.
-The blackberries were very abundant on some holes. But the fairways are wide enough there shouldn't be an issue unless you have a serious griplock problem.
Other Thoughts: -Don't take putting seriously here. With the wind and the basket condition, you will be frustrated in your putting if you take it seriously.
-Definitely a great place to stop by if you're taking a trip through the Gorge. Watch for the Chevron gas station on Highway 14 to know where to turn.
-I'll be back!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
my new favorite
Pros: Very well laid out. Big park. Not too many hazards and a good challenge. The course is well maintained, and they utilize the lay of the land well to offer up good challenging holes that are a lot of fun to play. Unlike previous reviews stated, there ARE hole markers on the tees with an overhead layout of the hole showing you about where the basket is. Also, unlike previous reviews, there IS a map right next to the tee for hole one on the wall of the library.
Cons: Other than the poison oak and the blackberry bushes, I have nothing bad to say about this course.
Other Thoughts: There are lots of trees to throw around, if you like the challenge, you'll love the course. If you're like me, be prepared to sound like a lumber jack trying to chop down trees from a distance. Some of the holes are a little difficult to see from the tee pad, others you simply can't because of trees and bushes, but that really adds to the challenge and is a plus in my book.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Diamond in the ruff
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: *Absolutely beautiful scenery
*Dedicated disc golf course, not many pedestrians.
*Very well maintained
*Not much underbrush
Cons: *No maps on site
*Could use some arrows pointing to the next holes, got confused a few times
*A sign next to the tee box with the hole number would be nice (currently the # is only painted on the concrete tee box)
Other Thoughts: I just loved this course. After the first hole there is a long transition across the street to the 2nd hole. The 3rd hole you are throwing into the wind in a wide open area. The good news is you get to use that same wind in you favor on the next tee shot. We had some difficulty finding the basket on the 5th hole. The map makes it look like a gentle hyzer but in reality it is a sharp almost 90 degree bend to the basket. So make sure you know where the basket is before driving here. After the 6th hole there is the longest transition back to the 7th. On hole 8 the map is misleading once again as it is a very sharp turn with a big hyzer needed again. Got lost trying to find the 11th hole, we found the map misleading here. The rest of the holes had a good flow after that.
This course doesn't have really long basket placements. Most of the holes are very birdieable for the intermediate player. For the intermediate player I think this is an ideal course. It is challenging but not overly frustrating. Good variety needed off the tee (distance drivers, mids, hyzer & anny's).
Currently I would say this is the best course in the Columbia River Gorge.
For those in the Portland area, if you are looking for a new course to hit, this would be worth the drive up. For what it's worth, I drove 45 min to get to the course and felt it was well worth my time.
[Review written by an int player. 300-350 ft drives]
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Different looks/shot types
-Pretty good flow and use of space, first time a little confusing but nothing major, check map if unsure
-Good use of natural obstacles
-Clean and well kept
Cons: -No Tee Signs, but yardage is on pad which is good enough to get by
-No restrooms that I know of, which means if they do have them, they are not well marked
-Separation of some holes from the rest (2-6)
-Very close to road on several holes
-Many pedestrian paths crossing throughout the course
-If busy, there are multiple holes that could have players going opposite ways on the fairways, potentially backing it up
Other Thoughts: I had heard from several people that they loved this course, but I didn't see anything that special considering its location and relative isolation. If there was another really nice course nearby it would help to make it more worth the trip. It is definitely worth checking out and I do plan on going back. Had fun even though I played poorly and it was cold and rainy, but not windy.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Map at the entrance to the course (but spot for flyers was empty). Great use of the space with minimal interference or overlap. Busy course but not too busy when I was there. Open but well ranged and fairly technical. Well balanced course and great for practicing most shots. Excellent course to practice in heavy and steady wind (while I was there at least). Tees were marked with hole numbers and ranges.
Cons: Don't like the split across the street for two shots then four shots then back, especially without much direction to tee 7 without looking at the map again. Some confusion over next tee location from baskets, there were several shots where I threw at the wrong basket since I didn't have a copy of the map and wasn't familiar with the course. Some shots were mostly or completely hidden. Other than hole number and distance, no other tee maps were provided, making it hard to figure out where some of the baskets were without checking the map or scouting. Some serious hazards present, river (was dry at the time) and brier patches. Even if you can find your disc, you may not be able to get to it without serious personal danger/damage (I got lucky a few times).
Other Thoughts: It's a pretty good course but could be really excellent with tee maps/markers, bigger/clearer basket/pin markers. Transition from hole 6-7 is awkward and confusing since they are nowhere near each other and no good signage available at basket 6. Similar situation between basket 8-9, easy to get confused and throw straight to 9 since it's what's visible from the tee when 8 is a long left dog leg. No way of knowing without constantly checking the map or having played the course. Also applies to 12-13 and 14-15.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Big Oaks and Big Wind
Pros: Pin placements make the course challenging and with the wind...big-small-gusting-breezy-you guess what's next!...it makes for a fun course. Some good obstacles very large oak trees and some punishment places for errant throws...a river and lots of blackberries. Enjoy playing this course. The last time out the wind was none existent and my score showed it :)
Cons: Signs directing the way to each tee box were needed. Have to be careful of others using the park.
Other Thoughts: Nice way to spend a couple of hours out in nature. Some great views and occasionally some critters...have seen coyotes, squirrels, deer, geese, beaver.
"Estate" Course with Gorge-ous Views.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: At one time this seemed the most "country clubbish" course I'd played, because the houses lining some of the fairways reminded me of a ball golf course. Yet the Columbia Gorge wilderness borders it on all sides, with vast and distant panoramas of scenic grandeur. The grass is immaculate, the trees and shrubbery mature and well-manicured, the baskets excellent, textured cement tees, and the upkeep impressive. Most baskets can be seen from the tees with the exception of #s 5, 9, 12. Some slight and some shortly abrupt elevation changes, the mostly mature trees and varying fairway lengths all contribute to help shape a wide variety of throwing options, that may have you exploring your bag. New signature hole #6 is a real challenge with consequences: the basket sits on a boxing ring-sized pedestal built of 24" logs, right on the edge of Hamilton Creek. Hole #s 2-6, 9-11 have more sun than shade, the rest of holes vice-versa. Along with the "open" holes come stupendous mountain and Columbia Gorge views north, west & south, and we've seen deer, beaver, coyote, raccoon, large salmon, and various raptors while playing. Doesn't attract duffers due to isolation from urban areas, so it rarely seems crowded.
Cons: The wind is prevalent enough to possibly affect open-hole shots any time of year. Hamilton Creek just left of #s 4-6 is deep and fast enough Nov-July[rainy season] to make discs unrecoverable. Hole #s 9, 12-14 have some blackberry thickets, but maintenance has slowly been eradicating them. Aquifer seeps in fairway #s 2 and 3 create a very soggy walk--its best to throw near the hole, then walk along the sidewalk/road on the left and cut directly towards the basket. US Government property-don't get caught with alcohol/recreationals.
Other Thoughts: Mixed doubles on Sundays with an atypically friendly bunch of discophiles. Garbage cans on several tees. Store 300 yds from 1st tee. Playground, library and city hall in same parking lot. Great hike on Hamilton Creek just off Hwy 14 nearby.
Rumors of another future 9 holes on the property to the west of #4.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Nice tee pads,nice baskets,Great scenery with mountains,a river and Beacon rock, well groomed,The park is clean and well maintained,not crowded.Excallant pin placements.Hole# and distance painted on tee pads,Benches everywhere.we played 36 holes and only saw 2 other golfers *(it was cold ,but blue skies) Just a great place to be,i love it there.
Cons: Lots of wind,wind,wind, parts of the course can get a little muddy in the winter months,can't really think of many cons,oh and it can get windy.
Other Thoughts: If you have not been there I suggest you go ASAP , the drive up is beautiful in itself.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Tee pads are in; Layout still difficult
Pros: New tee pads have been installed and are painted with the hole number. Each basket has a small sign on top with hole number. The course is laid out amongst great oak trees with maintained grass fields between. Good variety on types of holes and length. A fun course to play.
Cons: The map at city hall and all three maps here are NOT ACCURATE. The "new" layout still doesn't make much sense. Hole #1 starts west of parking lot. Then cross road for 2-6. Return to hole #7 tee pad near basket #1. From there, the holes follow, but do not adhere to, the old numbering. This was frustrating on a hot day. Also: WIND.
Other Thoughts: This is a great stop for those traveling through the Gorge. Don't forget about Walking Man brew pub in Stevenson when you're done!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
long drive for a so--so course
Pros: Friendly locals, who were installing tees when I was there. We had the place almost to ourselves. The arrows on each tee pad were helpful.
Cons: Windy, very windy, there is only 2 or 3 baskets were your not driving into the wind. The layout is FUNKY! I got lost trying to find basket 3 even with a map it was a real pain.
Other Thoughts: if they change the basket order it wouldn't be that bad. Basket 10 was a blind dogleg left that was wrought with prickly bushes more than just black berry bushes, EVERYTHING seemed to have thorns. FIX THE LAYOUT!!
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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