Green Grass and Great Views
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: If you've played a few city park courses, you've played one that looks just like this. Lots of widely spaced mature trees with limbs starting 10' up in the air, and acres of mowed grass. No shrubs, no brush, no rough at all.
Good baskets with HUGE homemade number plates on top. A couple were facing the wrong way, but most were very easy to read from the tee.
Decent, if smallish, concrete tee pads. Good tee signs with usable hole diagram, distance, par and sponsor name. Next tee signs on the baskets, though some were not oriented correctly.
This is a well groomed course in a pretty park. Great views of snow-capped mountains (Adams and Hood) and nice looks across the Columbia River at the grassy hillsides of Washington. Ample parking, restrooms, water, etc. are all available.
Hole 13 offers two wildly different tee positions. The long position plays from an edge of a sports field and drives diagonally across the field to a basket tucked into a small corner of the park, resulting in by far the longest hole on the course at 571'. The alternate tee position starts in the same corner as the basket resulting in a very short (less than 150') hole. The tee signs say to use the alternate tee only when the field is in use, so it makes sense that they've got the alternate tee just in case.
Cons: There is a lot of similarity to the holes on the course. 16 of the 18 holes play from 250' - 350', with little or no elevation. All play through moderately spaced trees. There are no fairways to hit here, you simply have to miss a few trees. And if you happen to pull your drive 10' right or left the odds are good that it will pass on the back side of the critical tree and give you about the same result. You can save par on every hole on the course, even with a tree-kicked drive.
Some odd course flow out here. For instance, Hole 6 plays from near a parking lot across a grassy park area. Inside of playing the reverse direction, Hole 7 requires that you walk all the way back to the same area and play essentially a parallel hole. Likewise, you walk back a considerable distance along Hole 14 to find the pad for Hole 15. I'm sure that if you've played the course once navigation isn't an issue, but for a travelling player some of the transitions were odd.
As noted in some previous reviews, Holes 1 and 18 are almost identical. They are parallel holes playing up the same modest hill. There is a freshly poured elevated tee pad up behind Basket 18 that was intriguing. Might be a alternate tee for 16??
Other Thoughts: This is a multi-use park with a walking trail that winds throughout the course. We had to wait a couple of times for pedestrians to clear an area before driving, but it wasn't an issue. I imagine that a busy weekend could present an entirely different level of challenge in this regard.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Nicely wooded with open holes as well. Good concrete tees. Map of course at hole 1. Nice elevation changes. Good DISCatcher baskets. Great veiw of the Columbia River Gorge. Variety of hole distances. Variety of shots required.
Cons: No hole signs. Hole 18's basket is away from hole 1's tee. Some long walks between holes. There's a par 2, it is short but still.
Other Thoughts: Solid course with mature trees.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Trees trees and more trees
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: *Nice baskets
*No under foliage. All grass for the most part
*Good signage and directions
Cons: *Lots of trees
*Lots of pedestrians
*This is a busy park and lots of people don't respect the disc golfers, in the way a decent amount of the time
*A few tee pads need to be fixed as they are angled and not flat.
*Concrete tee pads are a bit short
Other Thoughts: This is my home course. I think it's a nice course, and I feel lucky to have it. Very tight fairway, seems like you are always trying to sneak around trees. In 2015 we got signs for all the holes, and arrows under the baskets pointing to the next hole (unless the basket gets rotated). So it's easy to navigate now. Hole 13 has two tee locations: long is by the tennis courts and is a par 4, if the field is in use there is a 13 short with special rules posted on the sign. Holes 17+18 were changed in spring of 16' to improve flow.
Hole 1 is a long uphill drive that you have to keep low under the branches. Hole 2 is downhill need an easy anhyzer or forehand shot, but there is also a backhand route. Hole 3 is a long hyzer in, although there is an anny route, but's its a more difficult path. Holes 4+5 are pretty straight forward then you have an odd transition to hole 6 (Walk towards Mt. Adams in the distance). After hole 6 you walk all the way back in the same direction you just threw to hole 7. Hole 7 you can throw down the middle but many of the locals use a big hyzer route to the hole. After hole 8 you walk across the street for 9. The next several holes have a good flow. After hole 12 you either walk to the tennis courts for 13 long (par 4) or across the baseball field for the par 3. When you get to hole 15 it's the easiest on the course, the best chance for birdie, with a hyzer into the hole. Hole 16 you must throw between 2 trees or get a penalty stroke and drop at the trees. Holes 17 & 18 were changed in March 16', 17 is now a 347 uphill long anhyzer, but it's idea for the long forehand. Walk uphill & across the path to 18 where you throw back down towards the parking lot. Lots of people walking on the path, careful :) 18 is a fun hole as it looks easy but with a low ceiling and throwing downhill it's a more difficult birdie than you would guess.
Holes aren't very far. The longest 3 par hole plays a little over 400 if you add in elevation, with the average hole being around 300 feet. The course emphasizes accuracy more than distance. Just get ready to be creatively weaving your way through the trees. It's a fun course though. With the number of trees and varying wind many people have large discrepancies in the scores up here. Personally I have found 5 stroke differences between rounds more often that I'd like, based on hitting more branches and twigs 1 day compared to another. After playing all the courses in the gorge I would rate this the 2nd best course (after N. Bonneville) in the gorge.
If you plan on playing on the weekends or in the summer it's best if you are done by noon as the park gets busy. I find 8:00-9:00 a.m. as optimal times if you are looking to avoid people. It's a city park first, disc golf course 2nd.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Great walk in the park
Pros: Good use of a city park! Not to bad of shape even in the winter. Had a great view of Mt. Hood from the easiest hole (13). Spring time the cherry orchards are in bloom that is cool. Good parking-bathrooms. Best number signs on the baskets of any course I've played, period! Signs at pads not as good. You could easily play this course with a good driver and a putter. Big trees are the main obstacles, hole 1 and 18 have a little hill that might catch your second throw by surprise...well it does me. Course is otherwise flat. No Oregon fees-it is a city park!
Cons: Winter bathrooms! No trash cans. Signs to next pad lacking. Map is a little hard to understand...you need to turn it upside down. Hole number 1 and 18 also throw through or hopefully around a playground, today I avoid it both times but I have in the past landed right in it. An exercise class used the playground area this saturday a.m. for their group.
Other Thoughts: City park might be busy on weekends. A major walk path for those who use it for their walking routines come into play here and there. It is a fairly easy course and is a great place to teach the game.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Great tee markers!!!
Pros: The best basket markers I've ever seen, easily visible from the tees. Open and difficult to lose any plastic. Pretty decent flow and pins are well spaced. Overall good course design. Tees are all concrete and marked with embedded with tee numbers. Course has an overall map at start.
Cons: Overall map is pretty horrible. Why the microscopic numbering? Some holes and tees have changed locations but the map is the same. No tee maps. Next tee markers aren't clear so many new players of the course ended up teeing from the basket instead of looking for the next concrete tee. Concrete for each tee is WAY too short, can affect run-ups. Big gap between holes 12-13 with no indicator of the next tee and 13 is super short (ace practice).
Other Thoughts: This is another course that has great balance but just comes up short on signage and direction. Good for practicing technical shots around/through trees. No serious hazards, though I've been told it can get fairly windy. Some basket markers have been turned, making them hard to read from the tee when normally possible (since they are so massive).
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
The place to be in The Dalles
Pros: beautiful park with great views of the Gorge and Mt. Hood and the 'Klicks'. All most all holes green well kept fairway/park. Pin placement and extra large trees make the throw fun. Example #11 has a nice looking 30 foot full tree directly in front of you making the shot now a hizer or anti hizer. fun, fun, fun!
Cons: Hole #1 and Hole #18 baskets are on a small hill (that's no problem) but their is a playground set up directly in the line of your throw. Must be careful of others using the park. Lots of kids, softball games, picnic goers and power walkers.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoy this course. Friend with me who played for the first time really liked the course. Pleasant time in the park!
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Pros: This course is always fun to play. Gives all types of players the chance to throw a little of everything. You got the trees and the open fields and a few elevation changes. Plays quick. I like to play two rounds when I go there. .
Cons: Number Three pin used to be wet around it but last time I went seems they fixed the problem. I wish there were benches and trash cans near the tee pads. Watching and waiting for people on the path can mess up the vibe of the game but it happens in a park.. Oh yeah the wind, there is no shortage of it , but its The Dalles, what do you expect?
Other Thoughts: I love this course because it is close to where I visit family, and it challanges me every time I play there. Great people on the course everytime I have been . Their doubles match weekly is fun too. .
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Has some long holes that are hard to drive the entire distance. The holes seem to open up after the drive so you can still save par if you hit a tree. It's also very difficult to lose a disc on this course unless you are a complete beginner with no control.
Cons: Construction on Hole number 3 spoils the hole. Hole 13 (I think that's the hole) is super short, almost not even worth having on the course. It feels like you're starting with your second shot at the tee box. Park is dual use and if it's a popular time, you'll be waiting for dog walkers, etc at your tee boxes.
Other Thoughts: Can be very frustrating for a beginner due to the number and proximity of trees. As your accuracy improves, you'll find the course more "challenging" and less "frustrating" because you know you can do it.
Birdies are very possible, even on longer holes. Number 8 would be the toughest to birdie. You'd need a drive of 350-375 at least to hole out in two. Other holes give you a great birdie shot on drives from 300-325'
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 2 Not
Mountain Views To Die For!
Pros: Sorosis Park in The Dalles sits high above the majestic Colombia River. It has incredible views of Mt. Adams to the north and Mt. Hood to the south along with some amazing Colombia Gorge views. The park kinda has a Pier Park vibe to it with it's green well manicured lawns and scattered mature Oak and Pine trees. There is almost no underbrush to look for discs in. The park is a large multi use one with all the usual park amenities such as ballfields, gazebo, restrooms, a large play castle struture for the kids, fountains and more. The teepads are concrete with metal house numbers inbedded in them. The baskets are discatchers with the biggest yellow number signs on top I've ever seen. They're like 8" x 8" and visible from far away. They really help with the navigation. There is some elevation on most of the holes.
Cons: While I was blown away with the beauty of the park and incredible views, I was luke warm to the course design. I wasn't real fond of starting and finishing with uphill holes. There weren't any holes that really wowed me. I tried to navigate the first time through by following the next teepad signs on the baskets. That didn't work too well although when I finally decided to use the map, navigation was fairly easy. And finally, I felt there were too many holes where you were throwing uphill or slightly uphill. Most of us enjoy throwing down hills more.
Other Thoughts: Lovely, beautiful park, take your breath away views of the surrounding mountains and gorge. Nice course! Suitable for everyone from beginners up to more advanced tournament players. This would be a course that most of us would love to have as our home. Just another of Oregon's cache of fine disc golf courses.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 1 Not
High Above the Tree Tops
Tree Top DGC at Sorosis Park in the Dalles, OR is one of the most beautiful parks I have ever had the opportunity to play disc golf in. With the massive pines, firs, and oaks spread throughout the entire course, it is the perfect place to be on those hot summer days. What helps separate this course from so many others are the amazing views which can be had high on top of this quaint little city. Breathtaking views of Mt. Adams (WA), Mt. Hood (OR), as well as the massive Columbia River which splits the valley below, separating Northeast Oregon from Southeast Washington.
The park amenities include a large gazebo, which has a large fire pit and several tables, a large clean bathroom, water fountains, two baseball fields, tennis courts, volleyball court, Vietnam Memorial, jogging path, a really neat large wooden playground, and garbage cans spread throughout the course (which is regularly emptied by the onsite maintenance/ caretaker of the course). Because there is someone on site, the course maintenance is exceptional, with beautifully mowed grass fields, trimmed trees, and manicured bushes. Because there is no underbrush on the entire course, losing a disc is really not an issue.
Navigation is fairly simple for first timers thanks to the kiosk where you first park, as it has a large map of the course as well as printouts in which players can take with them. The kiosk also lists local events, and updates on the Hood River Disc Golf Club. The course plays all over the massive park, utilizing the gentle rolling hills, with the exception of hole #1 and 18 which use the larger dirt hill.
Baskets are all DISCatchers, with large # signs on top. They have inner chains which help add to their overall catching ability, holding in faster moving discs which give those accurate tee shots a better chance of staying in for that elusive ace! Many of the baskets also have arrows written on them in black Sharpie indicating where the next tee is located. Tee pads are all large and cement with metal numbers embedded in them, and are all level with the exception of tee pad #15.
The challenge is perfect for all levels at Tree Top DGC. They reward accuracy with birdies, but do require some distance with control as 16/18 holes range between 250-350 feet, with the exception of hole # 13 (135ft.) and #15 (170ft.), which are great ace run opportunities. The course design was fantastic! The designers utilized what they had, shaping fairways through the maze of trees, giving players multiple lines to choose from on every hole!
This course was so well done that it is difficult to come up with many flaws. However, without a course map, this course could get a little confusing since players must travel all around the park and sometimes it is not obvious where the next tee pad should be. Fortunately, the local disc golf club does an awesome job keeping maps available at the kiosk near tee pad #1.
Also, hole #13 is a bit of a filler hole, as it is a short ace run which is difficult to not birdie unless you overshoot it on to the road. However, it does have a fantastic view of Mt. Hood so it is worth the trip in to the corner of the park just to play it. Plus, many of the locals (I am told) throw from the other side of the park toward hole #13 basket which makes the hole much longer when no one is playing baseball.
Last, tee pad #15 seems to really be unlevel. It is located in a great spot, and the hole is a lot of fun, but it can be a bit dangerous. Hopefully it can eventually be redone or relocated, but for the time being it works just fine.
This has got to be one of the better courses in all of Eastern Oregon if not the best! There are not too many courses around this area so if traveling through, this course is a must! There are plenty of local breweries around in town, as well as some great restaurants, so it makes for a nice getaway as it is only a couple of hours from Portland. This course truly is something to remember!
14 of 15 people found this review helpful.
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