A Vance Romance
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: I really like Vance. I don't think I've ever seen more than three groups at once on the course. Requisite cement tees and quality baskets, with holes that can be driven straight, or hyzered/anhyzered in from left or right. The course starts with a shorter, open hole, then into the trees for #s 2-5. There are some slight elevation changes on these holes. On #s 6-9 it lengthens and alternates between field and slightly wooded. The trees have a semi-Pier Park quality to the layout and ambient light, without being overwhelming, obstructionwise, like Pier can be. For these reasons its also a good beginner course. Under the trees is shady/protected summer/winter. If its uncrowded a pair can make a round in 1/2 hour or less. Amazingly, traffic on 182nd is almost unnoticeable unless its rush hour. Public bathrooms onsite.
Cons: The gravel pit/fence is behind holes 2, 4, and 9, and to one side of 5 and 8. In the unlikely event that you heave a disc into this, it might require a Herculean effort to retrieve any errant throw. Its too bad Rockwood is a dud, an ethnic gang hangout and now Bong Central, or the two together would provide just enough spice for a couple of inner-PDX area courses that you wouldn't feel the need to drive to other courses to get your DG on. In summer its can be almost as busy as Rockwood with other users.
Other Thoughts: It needs alternate tees/pin placements. I think the gravel pit could be incorporated for another nine, though I notice much of it gets 1-2 feet of standing water when its been raining a lot. Stores just a few blocks down the street.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: fun course lots of diversity , no hills to walk , well groomed , nice baskets , nice tee pads , onsite bathrooms is always nice
Cons: can be a bit dirty with trash , lots of traffic , its a busy city park so lots of non discers hang out there. not many bsad things to say
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Not bad, for what it is
Pros: The teepads are concrete and the baskets are solid. The land available is well used. The course tends to play around the park. Any holes throwing across walking paths are open enough that you can see any pedestrians and know when to wait.
Cons: Absolutely no signage whatsoever. Without the map you're on your own. None of the holes are long enough to challenge anyone above a lower intermediate level.
Other Thoughts: If I were still starting out I would love this course. Since I scored even the first time through (something I don't even do when I know a course), I wasn't that impressed. If I hadn't met a local who was playing behind me, I would have spent at least 20 more minutes figuring out the course. This is not a bad course for a beginner or for anyone working on their short or midrange game, but is not worth a stop if you don't live here or aren't looking for a quick 9.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Quick and Fun
Pros: This is a decent city park course, Some well place trees and hills to keep it fresh. Every hole is different, which keeps you interested. Perfect course for beginners learning to navigate trees, and a good place to try out that new disc your eager to throw, but not so eager to lose. Decent tee boxes and easy layout to follow,.A good warm up course for some of the larger courses ine the area.
Cons: It is a pretty short course, most holes are about 200'. Hard to say much bad about it, Its short but uses available space pretty well.
Other Thoughts: Watch out for people walking and biking the paths, as they cross a few teeshots. From 6's pin, walk to the tee aiming into the trees, not across the field. The coffeshop on 182nd has disc you can borrow, or a small selections of discs for sale.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Easy to play for a beginner like myself. Not too crowded, only one other group on the course @ 11 on a Saturday. Had a great time.
Cons: Could lose your discs on holes 5 and 7. Have to watch were you throw. Tee numbers not clearly marked. I'm glad I printed a map before I went it helped out a lot.
Other Thoughts: Hole 5 has a rock quarry on the right with a big cliff about 5ft past the fence so if your disc goes over say good bye to it.
The other group on the course was friendly. A nice little course in Gresham.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 2 Not
Nine Holes of Sweetness
-Some really nice holes. Wooded (but not incredibly dense), with a couple open holes peppered in. Fairways force discers to choose between a few tight, deliberate lines. Some uphill, some downhill. Good use of elevation change.
-Concrete tees, all in great shape and clean.
-Solitude. We were the only ones playing when I visited Vance. One walker and one police cruiser (more on him later) were the only other people using the park.
-Baskets are in good shape
-Close to Rockwood, if nine holes doesn't scratch the itch.
Cons: -Parking is a little rough. Don't park in the adjacent church parking lot. They will tow your car.
-No tee signs or other navigation aids.
-Locked (apparently long-term) restrooms
-Hole nine tees off behind a big rubble pile and barbed wire fence. I found that tee to be kind of weird. Wished it was off the fence a bit more or coming from a different direction for a better aesthetic.
-Only one set of pin locations
Other Thoughts: What a beautiful park! Tall, beefy trees and a little bit of up and down make for some really nice (shortish) holes.
Just watch out for car thieves...
After finishing hole three a cop in his cruiser came up to us. I freeze like a deer in headlights (old habit), and he proceeds to ask if we had seen some tweaker chick who had been seen in the area and was on the run after stealing quite a few cars. Remember to lock your doors.
Outside of that, this is a really nice park, enjoyed best with a guide or, at worst, a map. Check it out if you can.:)
10 of 12 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course will be challenging for the beginner yet capable of satisfying the experienced DG'r. Navigation is easy and all baskets are visible from the tee giving the opportunity for an ace on all holes! The flat terrain of the course will be liked by the beginner and the trees can be challenging for all. Concrete pads and well marked baskets at fairly short distances add a handful of friendly locals, that's what makes it a fun course
Cons: : No practice basket, tee signs & restrooms. There is non Dg'r traffic that can hold up your game on holes #5, #7, #8 and #9. Rock Quarry on the other side of the fence will happily swallow your disc and good luck retrieving it!
Other Thoughts: Basket on #5 has been relocated about 15 feet to the right from the last time I played here also tee pad for # 9 has been relocated and is between basket for #8 and basket #6 and is aimed straight across the field. This is a great course to hit up after work or even on break if you work nearby. There is a soccer field next to the course allowing you to practice your drives too. This is a neighborhood course enjoy it
15 of 16 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 2 Not
The Mini Pier Park
Pros: I love Vance! This was a fun one for me personally as I love Pier Park in Portland and this is just like a miniaturized version of that course. The trees were a really enjoyable obstacle and if they hadn't have been there it would of made this short course dull and boring. The designers did a really good job with the exception of hole number five which has the room to be moved back and made longer than it is. Navigation is as easy as it gets, just look for the next concrete tee pad and every basket is visible from the tee. This course has a very high fun factor even though it's not much of a challenge.
Cons: Not many cons other than not much of a challenge and really short. Like I said hole five has room to be moved back about 70 feet to make it more challenging and not such an open ace run hole but that is nit picking. No parking except for on the street and it's a bit of an ordeal finding hole one. There is still a chance of throwing over a couple of fences where you will not be able to retrieve your disc.
Other Thoughts: This was a fun experience for me and I would love to come back and play this again. Other reviewers commented on the tee pad for hole number nine, well they have moved that pad to a longer and more safe position, actually making it one of the longest holes on the course and keeping people away from climbing over and breaking a fence.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun little 9 holer....
Pros: *Good mix of shots required...
*Big trees typical of Oregon courses, but no undergrowth to lose discs in.
*Quick, easy 9
*Easy to navigate (just look at the map in the links section for this course page)
*Great course to practice with your mids/putters
*New #9 tee position is much better, O.B. is still in play, but only on an errant shot.
Cons: *No tee-signs (though most pins can be seen from the tee, so they're not really necessary)
*Some of the holes seem TOO short (#5) TOO bland (#6)
Other Thoughts: This is a pretty sweet little course that wouldn't even know was there if you didn't know to look, in fact, I drove by it several times on my way from Gresham to HH, and never knew it was there.
The course starts next to the NE corner of the church parking lot, from there, the flow is pretty intuitive. Leave your drivers in your car, and bring your mids/putters, that's all you'll need.
This is definitely not a destination course, but if you happen to be in Gresham/Eastern PDX, or driving through and want to get a quick, easy 9, stop by, you won't be disappointed.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: I love this course because it's easy but hard at the same time... you have to be somewhat accurate but even when hitting trees you can par and it's just a good course..
Cons: There is a cliff on the side of hole 8 or 9 and my friend threw his disc down there and it's never coming back....but in the parks defence it's almost impossible to throw it off the cliff my friend is just retarded..
1 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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