5 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
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.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Not worth the drive from portland
Pros: Scenery and wildlife are the big draw here saw about 3-5 Bald Eagles during our round.
Good opportunities for a low round with many birdie opps and a few ace looks. Locals seem friendly and able to give direction on a rather confusing course. Baskets look brand new and the grounds are very well kept. gas station close by with supplies
Cons: surrounded by homes and buildings, ie. post office, city hall, library etc. gorge winds can play a huge factor even on close range shots. not many garbage or recycling bins
Other Thoughts: This course was not what i had in mind when i thought of a course in the gorge. I have been playing for a few years now and did not feel a real challenge other than the wind. If you have a day to burn discin', maybe hit up this course and a few others along the 84, but this 18 plays quick and might leave you wanting more
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Secret Spot, shhh!
Pros: I'll rank this an excellent course, for the added bonus of the surrounding scenery----the Columbia Gorge, the different vegetation/birds, etc, the much better weather found here at N. Bonneville is so worth the 40 minute drive from P-town, not to add the 0 crowds. This course is great for beginners/middlers. Advanced may find it a bit short. Nice mix of straight drives, dog-legs, blind approaches. No hazards, really. Again....no crowds, upgraded weather from P-town.
Cons: My friend KC Don showed me this place, I've come with him since. I get lost/confused easily, so it takes some insight to figure out the layout. Must be a map somewhere, take it with. I think the T's were either not there. However, since it's in the dryer area, they were OK, not muddy pits. Ibe toilet at the first tee, so plan it out. Drinking water midway through.
Other Thoughts: What a neat place---right in the middle of a village!!! Houses for sale, reasonably priced. I've wondered about going in on one, use it as a vacation/destination....ah, well, I'm sorta scared to drive the Gorge in the winter. Some local gent put this course together: "Who was that masked man, I wanted to thank him". Thanx, whoever you are. Well done!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 2 Not
Great course for practice!
Pros: 1) It actually is a full 18 pin course. There is an area separated by a street (pins 3 - 6) that feels disconnected with the rest of the course, but all 18 pins were up when I played.
2) The course does a great deal with little to work with. The design is good and maximizes the space to provide a true 18 pin experience. It's not one of your longer courses, and certainly there are quite a few ace holes (if you can actually control your disc), but it feels and plays longer than it should.
3) The setting is epic. Nestled right in the Columbia River Gorge, the views are spectacular! On the day I played there were clouds flowing down out of the mountains like billowing rivers.
4) It's only 35 minutes or so from Portland, which means that it's just far enough to be off of everyone's radar. I didn't have to wait at a single tee.
5) There is little chance of losing your disc. That being said, I found a lost disc in the river/creek that I wouldn't have expected to come into play.
6) Errant throws are not punished too harshly. You can let the cannons loose and not worry that a wild drive will screw you from at least a bogey.
7) Signage for the most part is good, but it's always wise to bring a map.
Cons: 1) The pins 3 - 6 were far enough from the body of the course that it wiped out any sort of flow for the front 9. Also, these fairways were soaked with standing water from a rainstorm from a couple of days ago. There isn't great drainage on this stretch.
2) There was no tee sign or obvious tee pad for pin #3. I ended up just choosing a spot and throwing...
3) ...except when I waited 10 minutes for the little girl on her bike to get out of the way. This is a pedestrian park, very much so, and it doesn't seem like the locals know much about the hurt that flying pieces of plastic can cause (I couldn't be mad however, she was just waiting for her mom and I'm sure I looked menacing).
4) No concrete tee pads! I never realized how much of my drive is reliant upon the dimensions of a concrete tee pad. I never felt like I could get a good rip off the tee. Also, on wet days these pads probably turn to mud.
5) The layout is somewhat confusing. Finding the basket for #10 was disorienting (but I really liked the hole once I started playing the correct basket). This course is packed into a park that isn't actually that large, and consequently there are areas where crossover occur. This could be a problem if the course is busy, but I suspect this is still too much of a hidden gem to ever get overly crowded.
6) The tee pads for pins #9 and #10 are right next to each other. Leave your stuff after your throw on #9 because you're coming right back.
7) There is a definite lack of elevation, but not all courses need it. You make due with what you've got, and it seems they've got a little wind to compensate.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed this course, so much so that I'll probably be back. This is great practice for the technical game, as many birdie opportunities are available if you can just hit that line. It's a nice round of golf that teaches control through reward for great shots, as opposed to punishment for errant ones.
Concrete tees would help immensely, but the fact that an 18 pin course even exists out there is impressive enough. I will probably make the drive back out, but not on a wet day.
10 of 12 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 10 Not
Best 9 hole yet.
Pros: Good long drives with a few dog legs and actual fairways. Well maintained course and ruffs off into the bushes. In the middle of a small town, quiet and friendly. Trails on the outside of the fairways.
Cons: Not a 18
Other Thoughts: Could make it a 12 hole with available space but, not required.
3 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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