4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I like every hole on this course. There's only one that's an open field throw. The rest require some shot shaping, have a good mix of obstacles and are legitimate par 3.
The tees and baskets are all great.
Signage is great. Easy to navigate.
Good facilities bathrooms/trashcans.
No other activities taking place on the course.
Where there is rough it's out of the way. You're not going to spend much time looking for discs unless your throws are crazy (that said- don't end up in the valley on 17-18).
Cons: Can get crowded especially on weekend afternoons.
Not a place to take beginners.
Other Thoughts: This is one of my 3 favorite courses (the others are Milo and Horning's).
It costs $5 to get in or you can get the Northwest Forrest Pass for $30/year. The NWFP gets you into other parks too. Are you going to play Milo/Rooster/Dabney/Others more than 6 times? You should. Get the NWFP.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Lots of bathroom facilities in the upper and lower parking lots
- Good signage and tee pads are in great shape
- For a par 3 course it is challenging but not daunting
- Good chance to work on all sorts of shots
Cons: - Muddy!!!
- Due to the fact that this review was done in the late winter please note that most of the course is on run off so there can be lots of water. Waterproof shoes are recommended.
- Pay $5 for parking rather sucks but you can play this in about 1.5 hours so play it multiple times and get your money worth.
Other Thoughts: This is a much needed step up of a par 3 course. I really enjoyed playing it even as muddy as it was. Watch the back 9 as there are chances to loose disc's over the hill side and it can be a challenge to retrieve them. Also big shout out to the gentlemen walking the entire course cleaning up trash and making notes about the course on his own time.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course was where I first played golf with "true" discs starting fall of 2002 [though I first played "Frisbee" golf in '79 at USM], so I have great affection for it.
Its matured beautifully in the 13 years I've known it. Gone are the impenetrable walls of blackberries that stole many a disc from hole #4 on. Hole #s 1-7 cross or parallel a creek and small pond, with much elevation variation, while traversing nicely manicured fairways through the second growth oaks, pears and apples that are overtaking an ancient orchard. At #8 you'll enter the forest and the lines get woodedly tighter among the alders, though at # 11 you'll return to the field for one last airing before you enter the Douglas fir forest on the next plateau down. #s 12-18 have little elevation change[unless #14 is in the upper position], but you'll be too busy shaping lines through the maze of trunks to think you're being cheated by the flatness of terrain. 30-40 ft below the immediate left of #s 15-18 is a soggy, openly-treed riverbottom that will really get the score meter ticking if you go exploring.
An incredible variety of shots are required here-you need BH, FH, anhyzer, straight, and among the trees, sometimes a prayer.
The tees, baskets and upkeep are excellent, and the links are a dedicated 40 acres separate from other human intervention. Benches at every hole and trashcans at most holes. The course begins to get crowded when the weather improves and it starts to stay daylight till 7 pm.
Cons: About 3/4 of the baskets are hidden from the tee, so a local, scout or map is handy.
#2 has the road to the lower parking pretty much as the right half of the fairway. Fortunately this end of the park is all DG traffic, so cars pass only sporadically.
If its a wet winter, it will be soggy and muddy on a number of the holes, notably #s 1, 2, 5-8, and 13.
Discs are easily recoverable from the creek, but the pond is quickly over your head on the west and north, 2 ft. of mud on the east, and becoming solid ground on the south.
Other Thoughts: $5 per car, so carpool, use a yearly park pass or hunt for parking nearby outside the park[a lot of this has been eliminated, thanks to the ODOT] #1 is near the practice basket next to the upper parking lot. Bathrooms are in the lower lot and the boat ramp area, which also has the only functional water faucet. A decent local store is 1 mile east on the road, where yearly or daily passes are available. Great full-day loops exist with Dabney, Timber and Milo McIver; or Dabney, Rooster Rock, Locks Approach and North Bonneville. .
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: -Dedicated disc golf zone. Zero pedestrian traffic to contend with.
-Stellar variety of holes. Up, down, left, right, straight, wooded, open, long, short...this course will test every part of your game. Balanced golfers will thrive in this environment.
-Very friendly locals. We played a round with some newer guys who were more than happy to discuss local, hidden lines and course history. Met another group who presented themselves as genuinely disappointed we had to go and couldn't share a round with them. I would have spent all day shooting golf and BSing here. Thanks for making an out-of-towner feel welcomed.
-Grippy, large concrete tees
-Excellent (amended/current) tee signs
-Super clean with plenty of trash receptacles
-Benches at virtually every tee
Cons: -Pay to play ($5/car)
-No dogs allowed
-Some pretty nasty flora. Stinging nettle galore and (my guess is) quite a bit of poison ivy lurking in the underbrush. Be careful when retrieving plastic inadvertently cast down the ravine to the left of the last few holes.
-I didn't see any restrooms along the links, though I'm pretty sure there were some near the parking area.
Other Thoughts: Super sweet course. One of the best primarily tight and technical courses I've played. Many little clues indicating this course is well loved and maintained. Sharpied in lines to new pin placements on tee signs, one memorable large, raised dirt box with a tee on it to give the hole a few more feet of distance and a cleaner line (the hill it is aimed at is still very present, but the grade of the ascent is far less radical), zero trash or debris, and guard walls to prevent some shots from skipping down the hill on a couple of the last holes are all extremely good markers that people take care of this course. Good work, guys.:)
The lake shot (hole #2) and the downhill, light dogleg to the left (hole #5), along with all of the later tight holes that run along the ravine are the shots I dream about. One of the best lots a course a designer can ask for.
I can't say enough about this course. It is a MUST-PLAY if you live or are traveling through the Portland area.
10 of 14 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 9 Not
Nice drive, nice course
Pros: Pro's this course is for the pro's. Dabney is nice and well maintained. Water, hills and fields.
Cons: Water hole is deep and will eat discs…
Other Thoughts: This is a cool course that has not only technical shots but some long ones to. Good course and lots around it Rooster Rock and Benson and your tired.
1 of 10 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
All Time Favorites
Pros: Trees!!! Very challenging course. I Like the mixture of holes where one can rip it from the tee, and holes that require precise drives. This is an excellent course to hone one's skills. Has a good balance of backhand and forehand holes. Beautiful place. Course designers did a fine job of placing the holes without altering nature. Great place to find unmarked discs during winter.
Cons: None course wise. Gets crowded, and slow. Lots of large groups. If caught behind any group with beginners, intoxicated players, or people who are just unfamiliar to the course you can get stuck waiting forever. But the spacing between holes 10 & 11 makes it easy to jump in on the back 8 instead of starting from hole 1.
Other Thoughts: Like I mentioned earlier this is a great place to learn disc control. This course forced me to learn many shots that just are not needed at those lame, open courses with less trees. Ride your bike from the MAX in Gresham, great scenic ride, good exercise, and avoid day-use fees!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: An excellent variety of challenging shots with many elevation changes. Well layed out and a great place for an all day outing. This course ranks up there as probably my favorite course. I love the pressure and adrenaline rush that some of the intimidating holes give.
Cons: Many of the holes get very soggy and muddy during the winter and in the summer, the bushes take over and make it much more difficult. A tough course for beginners.
Other Thoughts: Like it was said in an earlier review, you might want to bring extra discs because you will likely lose some if you aren't playing well or are getting unlucky.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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