Midget with Attitude
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Since the course was reworked in spring 2011 it has improved remarkably. Gone is most of the poison oak, blackberries and scotch broom, so disc-hunting, unless the grass is bolting May-early July, is not a problem.
The whole park is just 7-10 acres, but is dedicated to disc golf, and well-hidden from the roads and one obvious house on most holes. 4 holes are 200'-300'---the other five run 79'-150'--basically, an intermediate ace course. Despite the shortness, it plays like a longer course, due to close/challenging obstacles and sudden/dramatic/multiple changes in elevation. 50/50 wooded/open, but the trees are mostly scrub oak or long leaf pine and will easily slap your disc around. Lavarock boulders/terraces create some of the elevation changes, and are usually intermixed with short ferns, providing a bit of a rain forest vibe.
Noobs will enjoy playing, but kids might find it too frustrating unless they're experienced. As it doesn't attract casual players, I've never seen it crowded here.
Cons: I-84 is 75 yds away-a constant presence. Wind can greatly affect #s 5-9, almost always blowing in from the W/NW. We encountered dog-walkers a few times on the course, but most were polite enough to move on from our throwing lane. There is one large area of blackberries between hole # 3 and tee #s 4-5 that could cause disc angst, blood, cursing, etc.
Other Thoughts: Table at # 4, but no garbage cans, requiring responsibility on the part of discers to help keep the course tidy. Immediately across the street from tee #1 is an excellent city skatepark[the skaters have never interacted with me], playground, and bathrooms. If you've got time, stop at the incredible Double Mt. Brewery/Pizzeria in downtown..
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Short but Sweet
Pros: This was a great use of the land. The holes were quite short but very fun. There was a deal of easy shot (ex. hole 2) but others had many trees and this made it a tad challenging. One huge pro to this course was the signage, they were very well placed and were extremely clear. The course was laid out very nice. The usage of hills and elevation helped make this course a desirable destination.
Cons: Some cons that I can think of were the fact that during a round a truck pulled up and block hole two and a family with a dog got out, set up a picnic near hole three and began playing fetch with there dog in front of hole five. That being said the locals were not aware of the DGC.
Other Thoughts: There was a local we ran into on our second time around and told us about the old layout and as far as I can tell Hood River parks and rec did a great job at making this course much better than it had been in the past. Great course and will play it again.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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