10 Helpful / 0 Not
Routes: Multiple Sorosis
Pros: One of the stranger names for a park I have ever encountered but it is another gem in the Oregon park system. You are on the top of the city of The Dalles and basically looking down on the hole town in fact the beautiful views of Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood will take your breathe away as well as the views of the Columbia river and surrounding canyons. The course is all mowed green grass that could be played shoes optional. This is a course with many tree obstacles on every fairway and there are several different routes to take on each hole; it reminds me of an upgraded Champoeg State Park with three extra holes, green grass and better scenery for free. The tee pads are all concrete and the baskets are all discatchers with added inner chains to make them catch better. The other brilliant move they made for the baskets was to make big metal yellow signs on the top of the baskets with the hole number on it that you can see from the pad, this is a huge help. Though there isn't a lot of elevation there are a couple of spots that are used very well in this manner; holes 1 and 18 come in to mind right off of the bat. There are plenty of other amenities including bathrooms, a large play area for the kids, benches, a jogging trail that's out of the way of the course, a baseball field, tennis courts and other things.
Cons: There isn't a lot of variety in terms of distances and it would be nice to see a couple of 400-500 foot holes played out in this beautiful park. Hole 13 is a short little open ace run that felt like a filler all though the view of Mt. Hood from this basket in incredible.
Other Thoughts: I haven't played many courses in Eastern Oregon so I can't say for sure but this might be on the top of the list. This will forever be a favorite of mine. This is the best courses around for some miles and being an excellent park to go hang out and do things at when it's nice outside I can imagine that play will be slowed down a bit do to other disc golfers and park users.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Beautiful scenery
Only decent course within 40 miles
New concrete tee pads
No place for disks to get lost
Usually no congestion on weekdays and weekend mornings and light otherwise
Irrigation must have been fixed because grass was green all summer
Cons: Other park users sometimes are in the way
Hole #1 and 18 baskets can be muddy in the winter
Other Thoughts: Good place to play for kids and others: tennis, softball, exercise equipment, covered picnicing, excellent playground, rose garden, Vietnam memorial, jogging path, volleyball court, bbq pits
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
Look before you throw!
- Lots of tree trunks keep it interesting
- Mowed grass and no brush means zero chance of losing a disc
- Most holes have some (but not much) elevation change
- Big yellow signs on baskets make them easy to see
- Great views of Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and the Columbia Hills
- Somewhat monotonous
- Park is used by many people for many things other than disc golf
- Tricky to navigate your first time through
Sorosis Park is a mature, heavily-developed city park overlooking The Dalles and the surrounding hills. On a warm spring day, there were people all over the park: walkers, joggers, exercisers, picnickers, softball players, volleyball players, etc. The disc golf course is in the middle of all of this -- and next to a city street as well, so you must be VERY aware of who's around and how far you might possibly throw and/or shank your disc.
The disc golf course weaves its way under full-grown oak and pine trees, and most holes are fairly similar: you'll need to avoid several tree trunks and maybe some low-hanging pine branches to reach the basket, which is usually 280'-340' away and probably slightly uphill or downhill. It's too bad so many holes are so alike, but I suppose it's the nature of the land they had to work with. The good news is that all the tree trunks will force you to find a creative route or two. (If you're familiar with other Oregon disc golf courses, I'd say this course is similar to Champoeg, or #14 through #17 at Adair.)
After each hole, you may have to wander around a bit to find the next tee pad -- but as of 2010, there finally ARE concrete teepads, which is a big improvement over when I played this course in 2009. The baskets have big yellow signs with numbers on them, and that's helpful.
So, overall, a decent course, doing the best it can. If Sorosis had a little more variety or fewer pedestrians, I might give it 4 stars; the addition of concrete teepads bumps it up from a 3 to a 3.5 in my book.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 7 Not
baskets are back
Pros: the layout is back together , i like this course,fun park setting, one of the better courses in the area.varying difficulty in holes. not hilly so its easy on the out of shape frolfer , not many people in fall/ winter
Cons: picnickers in summer lots of walker/joggers on nice days
Other Thoughts: im glad they fixed this course. outside a company picnic or a family reunion ,i found that most of the time i went it was no problem playing.the new 18 is tough
2 of 9 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 8 Not
Up on a hill
Pros: Open field with enough trees to slow you down.
Overlook of the gorge.
Cons: Holes 4 and 5 are missing.
The holes thirteen through seventeen go behind the baseball field which are occupied by children during a game. Congested area on the back nine
Other Thoughts: Could be easily reset up to accompany both golfers and picnic parties.
1 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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