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.
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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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: Good practice course, some challenge.
Cons: Difficult to figure out on own. If you can't find the map, ask the locals, they are very friendly.
Other Thoughts: Easy to determine what disk to use, possibilities for birdie.
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