Technical player's paradise
Pros: -This is a nice 12-hole course in a well maintained city park in McMinnville, OR. Mature trees and a small creek frequent this property.
-Both forehand and backhand shots are nice to have here. You have to be precise to avoid the trees.
-There are enough trees to make it challenging, but the holes are short enough for beginners.
-The holes vary nicely in length. They range from 200 to 350 feet.
-My favorite holes were #4, a long straight shot with the basket perched on the other side of the creek, and #12, a nice downhill finishing hole, also with the basket on the other side of the creek.
-A map is posted on the path to #1. Take a picture of it, as the course isn't well marked.
Cons: -This course could really use some signage. There were numbers on the baskets, and some of the teepads, but many times the numbers were worn off.
-Basket #6 was ruined. The cage was not horizontal, and the entire basket could be spun around.
-The teepads were very tiny and some of them cracked.
-There were a couple of stupid, "throw and hope you somehow miss all the trees" type holes. Holes 1 and 10 in particular were like this.
-Many pedestrian paths wind through this course. Expect to wait.
-There's quite a lot of dirt. I would expect this course to get very muddy in the winter.
Other Thoughts: -To play well here you need a good Val Jenkins-type low shot. Some tree trimming would open up more shot options on many of the holes.
-This is a fun little course. If you were the only person there you could make up many fun safari holes.
-If you're in the area, I'd recommend it. Sure, there are too many people walking through on the paths, but the course is a lot of fun.
Nice local 12 hole course in park
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Pros: - A nice variety of holes, obstacles, gaps to hit
- not overly technical, not overly challenging either
- Decent length on some holes to bring out a driver (not just a short course)
- some wooded shots
Cons: - No tee signs
- Can be difficult to navigate the first time (have to look for next tee pad, no signage)
- Some winter slop/water, but not horrible compared to other courses around here
Other Thoughts: Usually very easy to get 12-24 holes in here. Not overly used on any of the times I have played. Fun course, great for practice and growing a beginner-intermediate game, and worth stopping by if you are doing a few courses in a day.
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-Wortman provides technical shots, short and long holes and a fun variety of shot types.
-The course is fairly balanced with short/long, tech/open, and RHBH/LHBH.
-Wortman park is a well manicured park.
-The course has a set of alternate tees
-Nice bathrooms near the parking lot
-Poor, short and unlevel teepads often uneven with the ground and make run-ups awkward.
-This course has no signage which if you don't know where you're going is a bit confusing.
-Also confusing is the layout, without a map or any signage, knowing where to go is not easy.
-Some of the baskets are near property lines and errant shots run the risk of going into backyards of park neighbors.
-The holes feel pretty crammed together, especially when factoring in the alternate tees and all the crossing fairways they create.
-This is fun little course one that, if you live in the area, could be played regularly. However if traveling for more than 30 minuets it's probably not worth the trip. Maybe just for the occasional 'change it up' type round.
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Pros: -12 holes
-Set in a really nice and lush city park
-Pretty challenging for the beginner
-Has plenty of shade for those middle of the afternoon summer rounds
-2 bathrooms on the park grounds
-Good park to bring the family along with, stroller friendly.
-Box with map and scorecard behind 1st tee box
-"Back 12" adds a few different looks at the holes
Cons: -Tee pads are maybe 2.5 feet wide and 6 feet long
-A few of the baskets need some work
-Only signage is on back of tee box spray painted
-Some fairways cross walking paths
-Lots of opps to chop down some trees with your discs
-Can get very soggy during wet months
Other Thoughts: Living in Newberg, this course is still too close not to play on a routine basis. Make sure that if your playing for the first time you take someone that knows the course. The course is mostly flat with a creek that runs right through the middle of it.
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And also, there is a local tourney every Tuesday night during the spring and summer.
Pros: Nice open park setting. Course is cared for. Nothing too long so it's good for families. Good tte boxes.
Cons: Some holes near creek/ditch could be wet/muddy after raining. Needs better signage. Watch out for picnic'ers.
Other Thoughts: Overall good smaller course.
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Great for a quick round
Pros: I played this course (12 holes) in a little over an hour after meeting a local on the first tee to show me around. I was really surprised at how well the course was set up for such a multi-use park. Good use of the little elevation there is out there and the variety of shots is awesome - never thought that I would be forehanding, backhanding, and tossing thumbers when I walked up to the first tee.
Cons: There were kids playing around on one of the baskets, but thye got the idea and moved out of the way for us to play through.
Other Thoughts: I was driving to a job site in McMinnville and saw a basket in the park. Not knowing anything else, I stopped on the way back to Portland and had a great time. The local were friendly and helped me navigate the course. All in all, glad I stopped to play the course and will be hitting it up again!
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Pros: -open course with some tricky shots.
-great variation of open to tight wooded holes.
Cons: the locals extra 12 holes can really be dangerous or just annoying because they use the same baskets as the 1st 12 holes. but of course we let the locals play through.
Other Thoughts: great course for a quick game, i really enjoyed the layout and hole design. next time we go were gonna play 2 rounds.
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Pros: This is a highly underrated park, being from Seattle I had heard nothing of this course so I had low expectations as I have heard a lot about most Oregon courses and I was very happy to see a decent little park. There are plenty of thought provoking and challenging holes out here to make this a really fun place to play. There was even a sign on the course that told you about the local league and where to buy discs. A little water creek ran through parts of the course that put the thought of going out of bounds in your head and the basket locations here are well done. Some reviews before me have spoke of navigation issues and though there is no sign telling you of the course or where to start I found it fairly easy with most concrete tees being in site of the previous basket.
Cons: It's a little hard to find the course and where to park and then hole one is a little far away at least from where we parked at. Though concrete tees are nice it would be nice to have them be longer than three feet. This place is just dying for a course bulletin board, and all types of signage.
Other Thoughts: It looks as if the locals have made other tee pads to round this out to 18+ holes but with no signage it is hard to know how it's supposed to be played but safari golf is a fun way to go here anyway. I can't see much more they could of done to utilize the area or make better holes which is nice; so many small local parks are so horribly designed but whom ever was working on this did a great job to maximize potential.
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Pros: A great lunch time/beginners course. It would appear to have 18 holes (holes 13-18 do not have a pad). There are several holes that require technical shots. The advanced player can work on rhfd, rhbh, and thumbers throws to improve their game. There are 3-4 holes that are good for good for mid-range discs. Overall, a great course to work on the advance players technical game and for the beginners to experience this wonderful sport.
Cons: The cons that i would have to list would be the size of the tee pads, course markings, cherries, and the lack of tee pads for holes 13-18. The tee pads are small for some of the longer holes. Not a huge issue, but worth noting. The course is slightly tough to navigate, but the locals are very nice and willing to help. For example, the first week of playing Wortman we were using the 12th basket as the first hole and the 1st basket as the 12th. Actually made the 12th much more difficult :). During the past month or so there are several cherry trees that can stick to your shoes and get on your discs. Not a big deal though. Finally, I would really enjoy playing the last 6 holes of this course but have not met any locals to show me, or had the time. these cons are very minor and do not affect my opinion of the course.
Other Thoughts: Overall, Wortman is a great lunchtime/course. If anyone see us out there in slacks and dress shirts, feel free to say hi! We have been visiting the course 3-4 times a week for the last 3 months and will continue to do so. It is a fun course to learn different paths on some of the holes. On a side note, i got my 2nd hole in one on 12 the other day. extremely lucky shot! :)
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McMinnville City Park
Pros: It's a pretty little city park. The holes are challenging enough but would also be a great course for newbies or families. Concrete teepads and baskets are OK. There's a slight bit of elevation and lots of trees to throw around. I liked # 6, a sweet little anhyser shot over the ditch/creek to a basket guarded by 3-4 trees. Also # 10, a short technical throw with two distinct flightpaths to the basket.
Cons: This course is not easy to follow. There are no signs of any kind. I'm surprised someone hasn't placed a 2" x 6" or two across the little ditch/creek so players can cross without caving in the banks so much.
Other Thoughts: First of all, I would like to see something telling me there's a course there. Secondly, this course could really benefit from the simple low to the ground signs that Cascade Gateway in Salem has. If the parks dept. won't let you do that, at least neatly spray or stencil the # on the teepad and finally take a permanent marker and neatly write the basket # on the inside pole of the basket. This course deserves a higher rating and would get it with any kind of better signage. I wasn't lucky enough to run into any local players and left feeling pretty frustrated.
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