4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Horning's Hideout is a beautiful 54 hole disc golf complex located way off the beaten path near North Plains, Oregon. In addition to this course, the original one (medium difficulty), there is also the Highland course, with short throws <250 feet, and the monster Meadow Ridge championship level course. There's something for everyone.
-To reach this place, you have to drive 25 minutes along a pretty country road, before making the turnoff to Horning's Hideout. It's another five minutes on the narrow, twisty gravel road that takes you down through the woods and to the main area. A very friendly woman came up to us, collected our fee, and told us where each of the three disc golf courses were, where to park, and where the course map signs are.
-The woods that most of the course plays through are absolutely stunning and serene. There are plenty of hills to add to the beauty.
-The bathrooms at the start are really nice. Make sure to use them. There are some port-a-potties on the course but they look old and they stink.
-The tee signs were made by John Houck design(!) They were the best I'd ever seen. They are in full color, and show every tree in the fairway, plus the elevation for the hole. Also they show all the possible routes you can take and the route to the next tee. The pictures on this site are too old to show them, though.
-My favorite holes:
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 14, 15, and 17 were all fun downhill shots through the woods. There are a lot of trees but always a line.
Hole 18 is a 700 foot par four demanding a long left-to-right drive to get around the mando tree, then a long downhill crush hyzer to the basket.
Cons: -The baskets aren't the greatest. The chains are too close to the cage, so if you throw one low or weak side, it'll likely skip out. Bounce outs off the center pole are also common. If you hit one off the solid iron cage, it sounds like you just rang the Liberty Bell. On the flip side, they are bright yellow and easy to spot!
-There were a few holes that were just dumb. Hole 2 is such a hard dogleg right, it's impossible to get close unless you have a Nate Sexton roller. Hole 9 is an uphill 350 footer. The shape of the fairway makes it impossible to get closer than 100 feet from the pin. Hole 13 is a 450 foot par four with a 90 degree dogleg right. The tee shot on that hole is so uphill, my drive only went 150 feet. However there were so many amazing holes that I hardly remember the Terrible Three.
-It is the Canyon course, and there most definitely is a canyon. Make sure not to throw far past the basket on holes 6, 8, and 10. There's a pretty steep drop off.
-Holes 6 through 10 were a bit too close together. In one instance, a basket was only about 40 feet from a teepad.
-There's a drop off immediately in front of some of the teepads (5 and 6 especially). If it's raining, watch out. This is quite a safety hazard that really needs to be fixed.
-It did not appear the course will drain very well during wintertime.
Other Thoughts: -It costs $4 per person to enter Horning's Hideout. I think this is completely worth it. This course is one of the best I've played. I can't wait to go back, hopefully when it isn't raining, and play the other two courses here.
-It is quite the drive, about half an hour from highway 26. Being an hour away from Portland, this is a place to come only if you have all day.
-The sheer beauty of this place is not something you find every day. I feel like if a few small issues were cleared up, it could be a 4.5 course!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: All but 1 of the holes was very well thought out
Cons: LOTS of brush and undergrowth. You are going to be looking for a disc or two before you are done
Other Thoughts: If I could tell someone visiting to only go to one course in Oregon this is it (although I lump all 3 courses into the recommendation). This course has a great mix of being challenging but not overly frustrating. You are going to use most of your discs by the time you are done here, do to the variety of shots needed and that's one of the positives of this course. Every hole feels very different.
This is my favorite course. I don't know what they could do to make it better other than eliminate some of the brush.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This course is fantastic. Lots of grassy fairways to bomb down, and many lefts and rights to work out your shot repertoire. The setting is gorgeous as well. Lots of tall conifers and some rather stunning landscape to play in and on. Bob's disc catchers are groovy... they make a gong sound when you hit them right. Then again, if you REALLY make them gong, you've missed the chains! Doh!
Cons: Not many, except in the middle of the course, (holes 9 -14 I think,) get sort of repetitive. Back and forth through a piece of woods. I guess this is inevitable when planning a course though, as space can be limited and this has to happen sometimes. It's not a deal breaker.
Other Thoughts: This is an awesome course to finish a 54 hole run on.
Play all three: Highlands, the Meadow Ridge and Canyon. You'll love it. I met Bob Horning and he's a great guy. Cheers, Bob!
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Great intermediate course
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Great signage, tees and fun hole design
Difficult shots, with some tricky basket locations.
Challenging but satisfying.
Nice drive out/scenary
Mix of long and short holes, open and wooded.
Cons: 4 Bucks (I dont mind paying for this, but its not a pro)
Closed for tournaments at times.
Other Thoughts: Bring a flick shot.
The intermediate course out of the three, canyon is my favorite. Its a course I can play through twice in a day and love every hole. Meadow is a one and done course and Highlands is just too short for my liking. Canyon is the Goldilocks course IMO.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 10 Not
Pros: -Variety of shots throughout the course
-Baskets are yellow so are visible
-Not many people
Cons: Where to begin...
-Barely any signage inbetween holes. Very easy to get lost and can take 5-10 min to find the next hole
-Homemade baskets seem inconsistent and are not PDGA approved.
-Parking fee is $4 PER PERSON?! ..how? How is parking a per person type fee? Plus the teller guy to collect it is a total asshole.
-There is a canyon that runs along the backside of many of the baskets. Very easy to lose discs.
-Many blind shots, takes a while to locate the basket even if it is bright yellow from some teepads.
Other Thoughts: If your traveling from portland or farther, honestly this course is not worth it. Considering this is the best out of the 3, dont bother. Its not worth the $4 per person fee to lose discs and get lost throughout the course.
ALSO: the 6 mile road leading up to the park, for some reason has been smothered with gravel, which is completely unnecessary. I was driving up to the course, when someone sped by me and flung a rock into my windshield. SO on top of a mediocre experience, I have to purchase a replacement windshield.
1 of 11 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
- This course has a lot of variety! Righty holes, Lefty holes, tunnel shots, open shots, short and long holes, par fours, blind holes, mandos, water hazards, OB, elevation changes. This course has it all!
- This course has great signage. The signs are very detailed with all of the distances and elevation changes right there on the sign. Steep drop-offs and mandos are all on the sign. They even tell you the direction to the next tee after you're done with the hole.
- Clean bathrooms right next to hole one. Also there are usually a bunch of porta-potties near hole 14/17
- This is a pretty clean course, not much trash gets piled up or if it does, it get's cleaned up pretty frequently.
- Sweet custom made and PDGA approved baskets made by Bob Horning - They make a really nice sound when you hit them too.
- Some of the trashcans can get pretty bug infested, bring bug-spray if you got it.
- It's very rough down in the creek. I have left a few discs down there, not wanting to even try to find them. That's how rough it is.
Other Thoughts: I think maybe the only thing this course is missing is more benches - there are some places to sit but there are more holes that don't have seats than do.
Also I'm shocked that they don't have a pro-shop on the property - with three courses and plenty of space, it seems like a no brainer.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a well designed course. There are good routes to the basket but the routes require some thinking and shot shaping.
This course has everything. Holes that require you to gun it, holes that will punish you for gunning it. Wide open shots, tight wooded shots. Left turns, right turns, straight shots.
Fairways are fairly clear of brush, but it feels like you're in a forest rather than a city park.
Tee signs are great and have all relevant info. Baskets are awesome.
Cons: It would be nice if the baskets indicated where the next tee was, but we were able to navigate it without a map the first time.
Drop offs behind baskets. #6, #8 and #10 are in front of big drop offs that would probably swallow a disc. A number of the others are in front of drop offs that could be frustrating, but probably not disc disappearing.
Some steep muddy trails. Probably not a course to play when it's wet.
Other Thoughts: This is a course you should play if you ever have an opportunity. With great onsite camping and 3 separate 18s Horning's is a place you should hit.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
No Rain this time just discing!
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The homemade baskets are great...when you hit the bottom, it gongs nice and clear. Course is in excellent shape. Very playable with okay parking and good bathrooms. Canyon course is just what it suggests...in very forrested canyons. I will come again! Signs to pads and baskets which were good.
Cons: Update: Holes 15,16,17 seem to be a last minute thought. They play really tight with each other. A few signs exist for directions to the next hole but there could be more of them. Otherwise not very many cons.
Other Thoughts: Update: I finally made it back. I really did enjoy the Canyon course and my thoughts about being prepared for the weather still are true. (Old comment-Because the courses are in the hills of the coastal range of Oregon be prepared for weather. I didn't come fully prepared and I had to walk away, sad!)
One more thought...if coming to play 2 or 3 of the courses here...you should do this course last or second to last, do the Meadow Ridge first and then take 1/2 hour break :)))
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice terrain elevations, marked and easily visible tees, There are 3 courses here and any one of them is a MUST PLAY! I will be returning frequently. I simply Love this course.
Cons: It's hard to add any Cons about this course... Some of the pads are not concrete, but that did not disturb my total enjoyment. However if it were raining, this course might be not as much fun. Go on a dry days if you can because some of the terrain changes might be a bit difficult to negotiate in the wet and if muddy.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set on private property that is set up for a few different activities. But, it seems like if the course is open, then there won't be any interference by default!
- Holes are pretty evenly split between open areas and some moderately populated forest. Some of the more interesting open holes include a wide, wide RHBH anny around a mando tree on #2, a big, long uphill dogleg left around the woods on #13, a long downhill anny shot into some trees on #17, and an up-then-down bomber around a giant tree on #18. These all take a very particular shot off the tee, and are long enough where placement is important for the second shot. A couple others are more straightforward, like a straight shot on #1, and a little RHFH flick shot on #3.
- The rest of the holes are all in the woods, which provides some tighter windows and forces line shaping. There are a ton of straight shots of varying difficulty, due to different sized gaps, like #4, #5, #8, #15, and #16. Also some obvious hyzers; #9 is a longer trickier one, and #12 is a tough uphill one with a kink halfway up. Anny/flick friendly holes as well, like #7, #10 can go either way, and #14 is a sharp turn around some trees. Pretty good variety.
- Elevation changes are definitely a factor in many spots. The biggest ones are the uphill trek on #13, the big downhill slope on the back half of #18, and an elevated tee over some nasty rough on #5. Some more subtle ones as well, like the uphill on #1 and #12, and the downhill on #14 and #17. Definitely helps to keep things interesting.
- Swampy area on #18 is in a good spot to possibly force a lay-up shot, if it isn't too dry. I was there in the dry season, but I can imagine it becoming a major factor in the rainy months.
- Homemade baskets are sweet! Tee signs are very nice, as well as the teepads. Navigation can be a little tricky in some spots, with a few different baskets/tees in sight, so the map can help save some time the first time through.
Cons: - Some parts of the course are really crammed together, particularly #6-#10. These five holes are stacked together like sardines in a can, look out if other people are playing here!
- While there are some long holes here to crank some drives, a good amount are on the short side - especially in the woods. Eight of the holes are at or under 252', with pretty simple lines. Not super exciting.
- A little rough around the edges in some places, like a huge dumpster next to the green on #17, port-a-potties scattered here and there, and some roads in play. Not a big deal, but it hurts the ambiance.
Other Thoughts: - All in all, a fun course that has a good balance of wooded and open holes. Some of the holes are pretty tricky, but there are also a ton of birdie opportunities to be found. Well suited for an intermediate-level player; a little too easy for expert players, and some spots might be a little rough for some beginners.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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