I guess if I lived here...
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Bakerview Park is set up in a nice city park in beautiful Mount Vernon, Washington. Granted, everywhere in Washington is beautiful, but all the same… Mount Vernon is pretty too. The Bakerview Disc Golf Course covers an area of the park that doesn't seem to be used much, but I could see it being prime picnic territory on a nicer day. I played there on a rainy day, so the entire park was empty other than one Comcast employee who pulled up to use the public restrooms. So there's a pro for you: Public restrooms. The rest of the park looked useable as well, with baseball diamonds and a dog park available for use, but I didn't pay much attention to those.
The design of the course isn't exactly awful. The first hole (once you find it) is a decent 300' shot through some saplings running along the backside of the baseball diamonds. The second hole is similar, but runs in the opposite direction. Then the designer got lazy or bored or something, and it shows. By the time you finish the next several holes, you feel lazy and bored too. Hole 5 might be my favorite disc golf hole of all time. Period. Unfortunately for Bakerview though, this is because I'm ornery and the comedic value of this hole is through the roof. An 87' downhill shot? I should have driven a mini. In fact, I would have if I had brought anything with me other than my putter.
While many call the pole holes a con, I rather enjoy them. It isn't often that you get to play a pole course in this day and age, and it's good for nostalgic value at the very least. Plus it makes chains sound that much sweeter the next time that you hear them.
Cons: The design, while not exactly awful, is still pretty stupid. If you want to introduce new players and families to the game, don't open the course with two decent length holes before throwing in the putter ace runs that are 3-8.
No teepads. In fact, the tee markers are the poles that you just threw at. While this course will never see heavy traffic, I could see that being annoying. Not only would you have to wait on the group in front of you to hole out, but you'd also have to wait for them to tee off. Then, since the course is so short, you'd probably have to wait for them to finish the next two holes before throwing yourself. I'm yawning just thinking about it.
Another reviewer states that the longest hole is 120'. Don't believe them. I did and brought my putter only. I don't do putter rounds often. I managed to score course par with a pretty pathetic showing of putter driving, but with a mid or even a fairway I would have destroyed this course. What the other reviewer meant to say was 120 YARDS. Which is apparently how you measure disc golf distances in Mount Vernon. Good to know…
Hole 5. Yep. Definitely my favorite hole in existence because I was laughing too hard to throw straight. But because it was so asinine, I have to call it a con too. The target doesn't HAVE to be next to a tree. The tree can be used as an obstacle, and the hole can be made a lot longer and a lot more interesting. This goes for almost every hole on the course actually. There's just no imagination here.
Other Thoughts: There's plenty of space in this field for interesting shots. I'm sure that if I were a local I'd play safari golf here on a daily basis. As I'm not a local, I won't be coming back here any time soon. It was still a fun little nine hole, but nothing to write home about.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
There is hope
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: No chance of losing a disc here. If you're tired of digging your discs out of the blackberry bushes in Sedro Woolley, come here to practice your short game. The course makes decent use of natural obstacles to add some interest. Can also be a good spot to do some safari golfing (ie. make up your own tee off locations) since there aren't any tee pads anyway. Also, nice place to see if you can get that illusive Ace.
Cons: No tee pads and posts instead of baskets.
Other Thoughts: Rumor has it that baskets and tee pads are in the works. Hope to see some upgrades as well as a better layout by end of the year.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a family friendly and fun little course. Great use of some extra space. The fairways are clean and grassy, with no underbrush, with some trees and stumps for obstacles.
Cons: As others have stated, there are no tee boxes, and no baskets, only posts. It is short, and can be played rather quickly.
Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a standard DGC, this is not the place for you. If you want to get some "pitch and putt" in, and have some fun, then this is a great place to do it!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Something Other than a Post
Pros: Perfect for teaching little kids how to play disc golf.
One of the holes is actually pretty tactical.
Cons: The longest hole is 120 feet.
You are throwing at posts and not baskets.
There is no direction to find the first post
Other Thoughts: This is a great course to practice putting. Also fun to play as fast as you can with your friends to see who can finish all 9 the fastest.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Great to introduce a player to the game
Big fields to toss in
Weak pins, chains are really the only way for me.
No real genuine disc golf experiance to be had here . You could easily put up sticks at a park and make a better course.
Other Thoughts: A baby course with no real authentic experaince to be had....wish it wernt so!
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Short and Sweet?
Pros: - ACE RUNS!
- Interesting pin placements
- Well maintained park
- Good place for beginners
Cons: - No baskets, only wooden posts
- No teepads
- Not very challenging
Other Thoughts: Bakerview Park Disc Golf Course doesn't really have a whole lot to write home about. 10 posts make up the course as they double as both teepads and targets. All except two holes are under 250ft and require minimal line shaping to shoot well. It is a fun place to take some psuedo ace runs, yet, hitting a post just isn't as cool as smashing chains from the tee pad.
If you are looking for a serious round of disc golf, this is not the place. There is fun to be had if you are introducing a beginner to the game or playing a (very) casual round with a goofy bunch, but in order for this course to get rated higher it would need a complete overhaul. It is worth the experience once if you are in the area and must play disc golf. Otherwise I would skip it.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Ok if you live REALLY close.
Pros: Nice Park, well maintained. Course easy to follow. Designers make ok use terrain and trees.
Cons: Very short, no tees or baskets. Wet grass sux to tee off from.
Other Thoughts: My Mom lives in Skagit Valley, and I will go practice in a field and pick random trees to throw at rather than drive here. Good example of what you can do with limited money and space @ a local park but if I'm going to drive I'll go to Sedro Woolley.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 8 Not
I want more post courses!
Pros: Great layout and variety of holes here! It's the 1st pole course I've played since I've been spoiled by the 4 great courses near my home. Since I was just down the road and needed to kill some time, I took the 2 mile detour to check this course out and I'm glad I did. Beginning and ending with par 4s, with a nice, tricky par 3s and a short par 2 in the middle, I liked the course so much I went another round right away. Why complain about no teepads and baskets? You'd only get maybe 3 holes max in this amount of space - the only thing you're missing is being able to throw a 300ft bomb... Taken for what it is, essentially the approach and putt part of DG, it was a great little course. If you click the link for the local club, you'll also find an alternate course listed, but if you're out there alone you can really choose to throw at any post from anywhere you'd like and have dozens of choices. You could start at #1 (or #9 or #2) and throw to, then back from, each of the posts and have a nice 18 - there are so many options with this course!
Cons: This course isn't close to where I live! I'd love to work on my short game on a course like this if I could. I can see problem if there's ball games going on nearby, or a family reunion taking place on #9, but sometimes you gotta share...
Other Thoughts: It's a shame there's so many who bad-mouth little courses like this, especially since there are 1000s of parks out there that are capable of hosting a course like this, compared to a small percentage that could accommodate a basket course. Also, for the cost of ONE basket and teepad you can put 18 posts in the ground in just about any moderately sized park ( or 9 in two different small parks). I'd love to see alot more DG courses out there, of any size, and if more were willing to accept posts, you probably would have them. I'm inspired now! I may have to get proactive and try and get a course going around here....
4 of 12 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Small simple Course
Pros: Clean with no litter.
little to no obstacles
No chance at loosing a disc.
Cons: Very short course. No baskets
Several holes that were less then 50'
Did I mention you are throwing at posts rather then baskets.
Other Thoughts: Although this course is short it is nice to have to work on some fundamentals, and would be a good course to take a newbie or younger kids to learn how to throw the disc. I was working a job in Mt Vernon so I was in the town to play. Although I would not suggest going out of your way to play this course.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun but short
Pros: This DGC is in a very clean park in a very nice area. Finding the next hole is easy and fast. Not crowded at all.
Cons: First off it doesn't have baskets which is a drag. Some of the holes have good length, about 200-250 feet or so but most of them are around 50 feet, yes feet not yards.
Other Thoughts: In a quiet area with lots of parking and in a wonderful park but your throwing at wood posts. It has too many holes that are really, really short and it's not far from the course in Sedro Wooley, so I would recommend going there instead, but if you want to get the whole family out and play this is a easy walk for everyone and the park is in great shape.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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