Fun, short 9-holer
Pros: -This is a 9-hole course set in a very small piece of property just off of highway 101 in North Bend, OR. It's convenient location makes it great for a drop-by round.
-It is not too long for beginning players, perfect for intermediate players, and technical enough to challenge more skilled throwers.
-Two concrete tees on each hole make for 18 holes. The tees tend to not be very far apart, but they really change things up.
-Every hole here is aceable. Next to every tee, there is an "Ace Board" where you write your name if you score an ace. I have never seen anything like it. I hate it when people write their name on the basket pole or tee sign if they make an ace. The ace board concept solves this problem. If you're designing a course, consider adding them on the aceable holes!
-The first two holes play through a small field but after that it's into the dense coastal forest. Enough trees have been cleared to make the course fun, though. Commit to a line and hope that you hit it.
-Someone wrote the hole distances on most of the tee signs.
-There's a port-a-toilet in the small parking area.
-My favorite hole is number 5. It's short, but you have to hit the triangle between two leaning trees with an accurate hyzer. The basket is set at the bottom of a small hill with a fence behind it.
-Unless you have serious griplock issues, you shouldn't lose a disc here.
-The course is well-maintained. Never is there long grass or thick undergrowth.
Cons: -This course lacks straightforward navigation. On at least 3 occasions you need to backtrack to find the next tee. I created and posted a map to hopefully help out.
-Given the small property, tees and baskets are very close. Listen for "Fore!"
-The course could use some new baskets. The old Discatchers are rusty and it looks as if someone has spray painted them yellow (including the chains) multiple times.
-It seemed as if either none or two baskets were in view from the tee. The baskets didn't have numbers, either. Follow the map.
On #2, aim for the basket on the far right. The two baskets on the left are for holes 8 and 9.
-Holes 5 and 6, the basket is not visible from the tee.
-On #8, there are so many trees it can be hard to spot the basket. It's the one in the middle, between #2 and #9 baskets.
Other Thoughts: -A minor redesign, and some new baskets, would bring this course up to a 3.5.
-This a fun course that can be played in half an hour, stop by if you're driving on 101. If I lived nearby I'd play here all the time.
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I Say 18 ACE Runs Are Fun!
Pros: Winsor Park DGC is basically a 9 hole recreation course which is squeezed into a fairly small piece of land. The property has a slight south to north slope to it and is more open at the south end. The northern end is a little more thick with mature trees. Course designers have cleverly added a second set of small concrete tee pads for each hole making this now a full 18 holes. The baskets are older Innova models which have been painted yellow more than once. The signs are simple basic ones giving the hole, par and distance. On each tee post is an ACE Board, basically a board on which players can write their name and date when they've ACED that hole. # 8 appears to be the hardest to ACE with only two recorded ACES. Others have as many as 20 ACES recorded. Most every basket is set in or behind a tree/trees to add to the difficulty. For being a short ACE-fest, the course does feature a nice variety of shots needed off the tee, short hysers, annies, blind uphills, tunnel shots and even a simple little Par 2.
Cons: Yes, this course would be crowded with multiple groups playing at the same time. I wonder how often that happens?
It's short, in my estimation just past the pitch and putt stage. I'd call it an easy recreation course.
The course flow does backtrack a couple of times but I didn't have much trouble navigating through it the first time.
Other Thoughts: I had a great time playing Winsor. What's not to like about a course with 18 ACE possibilities? Granted, a few of these would be really impressive ACEs while most of the others fall in the more routine category but I know, I wouldn't soon get tired of trying for these holes in one. They're all legitimate, I wouldn't be embarrassed to add my Valkyrie Kid signature to one of the ACE boards!
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Pros: Good course for a beginning player, but still can be fun for more advanced players. All concrete tee pads. good course if looking for a quick/short game.
Cons: just above a pitch and putt course.
Other Thoughts: great course for a quick round or 2 with your buddies. Ace opportunities on every hole which can add some fun to the game.
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Home Sweet Home
Pros: The course is pretty clean. It makes you think through every shot as there are a lot of trees and terrain changes.
Cons: Houses with dogs on the east side of the course can transform your new disc into a chew toy.
Other Thoughts: This is a course worth checking out and is by far the best laid out and kept course in Coos County.
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Small, but it packs a nice punch
Pros: - The holes are short, and the course is small - great for families and people newer to the sport.
- Good balance of terrain - most of the holes have slight elevation changes, and 7 of them are in a forest.
- Holes 10-18 use the same baskets as 1-9 but with slightly different tees. As a newer player, it's nice to play a round of 18 and "re-do" some of the holes I wish I could've done better the first time.
Cons: - This course is on a very small piece of land. Holes and fairways are tightly packed together, with a high risk of getting whacked by a wayward disc.
- Course navigation is not always intuitive. Quite a few holes require you to backtrack halfway down the previous fairway in order to find the next tee. 3->4, 6->7, and 8->9 are especially notorious for this.
- Once again, being on a small piece of land means the holes are short. Bigger arms will find themselves gunning for aces or overshooting the baskets on almost every hole, assuming they don't hit a tree first.
- There are still some old, small tee boxes on the course. Although the "true" tees are clearly signed, and these old tees are comically small, they can be very confusing if you don't know where you're going.
Other Thoughts: While it's not "destination" caliber, Winsor Park is an excellent little course that makes maximum use of a very small plot of land. It's gentle enough for the newest of noobs, yet requires precision and accuracy from the more experienced players to score well.
If you're in the Coos Bay area looking for a well-maintained, well-balanced disc golf course, Winsor should fit the bill nicely.
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