Interesting play style
Pros: Hole 18 was directly beside the river and offers great views and wonderful afternoon sun. I really liked the variety of holes with some tight technical aspects and open disc-chucking holes.
Cons: The tee off pads were a bit sloppy, but throwing from beside them in the grass worked to alleviate that problem. A couple of the holes likely experienced vandalism and were missing the tee info making the movement in between holes a bit more troublesome.
Other Thoughts: If you're up in the area, take advantage of this course. It is fun because even if it is crowded, there are always areas where folks can have some privacy.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course was built during the 2 years I lived in Arlington. I was excited by the potential I saw in the very rough course, but if you think its a disc-hunting course now, you should have played those first few years.
Some things have come to pass. The fairways are settling in nicely, with much leaf cover in the fairway instead of a wide variety of low shrubbery. As a result, the holes are showing more distinction from one another. There's a nice mix of woods and field holes, left and right breaks, airing it out and technical shots.Not much in the way of elevation change but for a small hilltop basket. Its still an undiscovered gem of tranquility, despite the proximity of the state route. Quality baskets. Nice map facing the parking lot.
One of the few courses in the NW where hardwoods are prevalent, which can make for beautiful sunny fall rounds. Never crowded.
Bathrooms at the ballfield, but often closed Nov.-April.
Cons: Tees need concrete, brick, gravel or sand, anything but the muddy pond that exists in each one. The fairways could be widened, and a woodchipper employed to great effect to alleviate some of the underlying fairway muckiness. The first field hole doesn't show up till #10---it would be much better to get a strong drive in by hole # 3-5 or so. When I was last there, high water from the winter before had eaten #6, which had yet to be replaced.
Other Thoughts: I don't get to visit the course but 1-2 times a year now, so I hope the disc community can continue to develop Twin Rivers into a road trip destination.
A wide variety of stores/restaurants 1/2 mile away.
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Potential for Greatness!
Pros: Beautiful park alongside the river. Heavily wooded. Pins is good condition. Challenging course.
Cons: Very muddy, both the tee boxes and the pathways. This course desperately needs concrete tee pads and some gravel in muddy spots.
Other Thoughts: I hope somebody makes this a project because it has potential to be an amazing place to play.
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7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course is located on the banks of the Stillaguamish River in a nice wooded park that combines for a nice environment while playing here. Has a good mixture of left handed, right handed, short/technical, and long/open holes that makes the course well rounded. The course gets little traffic and navigation is fairly simple. There is a good amount of challenge involved.
Cons: The course is a disc eater, there is so much brush and stickers that almost every throw your disc is going to land in something and a number of times during a round you can find yourself searching for a while which becomes irritating. The open holes have waist high grass so even the open holes you can end up searching for a disc. The tee pads are natural dirt pads and when it's rainy they are slippery so beware. During the rainy months the course gets flooded by the nearby river making it muddy and less fun to play. The banks are eroding and there is some danger of falling in the river. There were some benches when the course first went in but they have been vandalized.
Other Thoughts: A couple of holes have been eliminated due to erosion so we'll see what's going to happen there. This course is much more enjoyable in the winter months because the underbrush is mostly gone.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Little muddy out there.
Pros: Course is fairly well marked, with some signs on trees to lead you from basket to next tee. A few open holes, but mostly tough tunnel type shots in the trees to challenge your accuracy. Nice to play fairly near the river with little current chance of going in the river.
Cons: One hole appeared to have been pulled out, as there was a basket laying on the ground near the starting area, and it looked like you currently play 7 tee to hole 8. Also, a few holes have changed since the online information and map were created, though it wasn't too tough to puzzle out where to be most of the time. After our recent rains, the course was muddy and some of the tee boxes were pretty wet, also. However, the mud didn't make the course unplayable, just more challenging.
Other Thoughts: Looks like a course that is kept up fairly well, and unfortunately, at the time of day I played, no one else around to talk to about it, but if it were closer, I would make it a part of my regular rotation.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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Hwy 530 Bridge
Pros: Twin Rivers has a good mix of distances and doglegs with a good flow and a non confusing layout. The courses is in a mostly untouched natural setting with a few park amenities. The course was well balanced and seemed good for all levels of play. There is good parking with the lot right next to the first tee. The group I played with came to the consensus that this was their favorite course of that day (we mostly played courses just north of Seattle, I liked Terrace Creek). What I think makes this course stand out in my memories is number three, which has a basket placement near a bridge and river. The river is a dominating boundary for many of the holes on the course. The course has a few holes that are out in the open for those who need to bomb out. The alleys in the woods are pretty tight and logical so in my opinion there is little chance of getting too lost. The kiosk has a map incase you forget to print out the one from here.
Cons: Some of the vines here are insane and will provide a good workout for disc retrieval. I know that this next "con" is most likely a unique experience to me, but on the day I was here the restroom walls were completely covered with bugs and spiders, it was an awful experience. When I played it was very wet and the boxes were as you could guess, big puddles. I wish that Washington would pave all their teepads. Distances would have been a mystery without a map on the holes missing signs. The brochure says that the courses is in a flood plain, and judging by JR Stengele's course note, it has made things much worse than when I played.
Other Thoughts: I played five courses on the day I played here and this was the last one. The sun set on us and we played in the twilight the last few holes. Because the park is in a nice natural setting and I played near sundown, the pictures I got from this course are amazing. I've wanted to come back here for quite some time. I imagine there will have to be some sort of clean up effort after the flooding that has occurred. Hopefully a local can update us on the situation.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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Stillaguamish River Course!
Pros: The course sits in a large park next to the Stillaguamish River (love those Northwest Indian names). It's mostly a wooded, technical course with four holes playing out across an open field. The baskets were good, the teepads are dirt and footing was good on the day that I played. I wonder about the footing on a rainy day? The course has a nice mix of hyser and anhyser shots, mixing the length of the holes well. My favorite was # 4, a simple little anhyser shot around some trees. # 4 and especially # 6 are scary, in that if your disc sails left, it's in the river, sailing away on it's way to Puget Sound. This course definitely has it's share of rough, treachorous nasty rough. Fortunately, when I played in early October, discs were fairly easy to spot/find in the rough.
Cons: Each hole is sponsered by a local business and has a tee sign. But only about 1/2 of the tee signs remain, the rest probably thrown in the river by vandals. I'm sure the teepads would get muddy during some of our wetter weather. Concrete pads will be a nice addition at some point. Navigation was fairly easy although I did get lost once, went the wrong way at an intersecting trail and ended up playing 3-4 holes out of turn. This course could benefit from one of the locals taking a sharpie and writing the # and distance on those tee poles where the signs are missing and by writing the #'s on the baskets themselves and maybe writing an arrow pointing the way to the next tee. The little arrows up in the trees helped me with the navigation but I couldn't always spot them.
Other Thoughts: The holes on this course tended to blend into three distinct groups for me: the decently, long ( 260-280') hyser shots through the woods, the shorter (200-225") anhyser holes and then the four open field holes. These open field holes have green, grass fairways mowed out of 2-3' tall field grasses. I'd reccommend this course from May to September. I think you'd enjoy it more when it's dryer.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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This 18 hole course has a wide variety of challenging shots with holes that are both wooded and open. The course requires a variety of technical skill shots as well as some power and accuracy for the wide open holes. Distance ranges from just over 125 - 400+ feet. Pin placement is well thought out on most holes with beautiful foliage placed throughout. The course is well laid out and for the most part fairly easy to navigate (be sure to look for white/black arrows on the trees directing you to the next hole). The gravel tee pads when maintained are satisfactory (for not being cement) although with as much water from the floods as the course gets coming through the gravel tends to disappear and turn in to mud.
The biggest problem I found was that there were too many arrows pointing all over the place, telling you where the next tee was as well as where the mando's were. It was difficult to determine at times what the arrow was for (tee pad or mando) so maybe using different color arrows would make it easier for first timers. During the wetter months the course turns completely to mud which can make it very difficult to get your footing (especially on the tee pads). Folliage during the summer months make it next to impossible to find your disc (even on the shortest holes) so always use a spotter and never take your eyes off the disc once it leaves your hands. Last, erosion has been detramental to a few holes and at times the whole course at times due to the flooding the past few years.
The course is beautifully laid out in a park along the Stillaguamish River with the beautiful Cascades in the back drop. During the fall and winter months lower scores come more frequently due to a lot less foliage. However, the weather in the spring and summer are second to none. If you are unfamiliar with the course I highly recommend playing during the fall as the ground is still hard and most of the leaves and brambles have settled down.
As far as memorable holes, there are a few like hole 6 that has you weaving in and out of trees up towards a large mole hill where the basket rests about 12 feet above ground. It is a high risk high reward shot. Hole 16 was memorable as well but not for its beauty, rather its difficulty. It is a very long and narrow hole where accuracy is key. If you are to go astray due to a bad release or from hitting off a tree just be prepared to spend some time hunting. During the summer months, people use that hole to walk towards the river to go rafting so just be aware.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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