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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.
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Pros: what a fun course.thats all i can say,this course will make you a better all around player.
it has short and long shots,open and blind shots,narrow and wide shots,even some that make you go !?!.
even the rough was not that bad,it was there but thinned out enough that you could get to you disk pretty easy.
we even play 3 rounds and did not have to wait for anyone even though there were about 8 groups of 5 or more people here.
Cons: did not really have any complaints but could have some in the future like:
going in the river,you have a chance at going in the river on hole 6 if you go to the left at all.
one of my disks went in but the river was only 5 or 6 feet deep so i went in and got it back but any other time of year you can kiss you disk goodbye .
Other Thoughts: i'm sure parking can be a pain if you get here after 11:00 am on a weekend,lots of soccer moms and kids
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Pros: Arlington is a easy to navigate course, there's so much rough you have to follow the trail, and there are arrows on the trees near the baskets to show the next tee. It's got a nice mix, very technical at times. Distance varies, nothing too short (Hole 4 is the shortest one but interesting, there's a row of 5 trees in front of you, you can just zip it thru straight up or go around on the open left side.). The fairways are clear but can be very narrow at times, and be very careful to stay out of the rough and suggest good spotters before you throw. Trust me you WILL go into the Rough more than once in a round. Baskets are nicely placed. One basket No. 7 is on a large molehill, watch for roll aways. Myself and a few masters got a couple birdies in this course, and they didn't come easy.
Cons: Blackberry & the Rough. In the summertime, if your disc goes into the rough you can kiss it good bye. Please do Spot every hole, even the open holes w/ tall grass. In the winter, it's manageable but the tees and trails get very muddy. Come prepared. I agree w/ JR Stengele about the arrows. Hard to tell if they're for the next Tee or if it's a Mando.
Other Thoughts: It's wild, flat and strongly wooded. Mostly cottonwood and various trees. Sometimes the grass is tall. Runs by a large fast moving river. There's 4 open meadow holes that let you air it out for 400 yards. Personally, I find these the hardest. Be lucky to get a bogey on each one. There's no OB in this course, unless you lose your disc in the blackberry or the river and have to take a drop. No real water hazards. Arlington is a wild and beautiful course and defintely worth visiting.
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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.
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