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Skyline Disc Golf Course
Skyline Golf course is an executive course that also features a wonderful 18 hole disc golf course on its property. As you drive up the gravel road to the clubhouse you can't help but notice the shoe tree where several people over time have decorated it with old sneakers. Once you enter the clubhouse, there is a mini putt putt course inside, along with snacks and beverages, a big screen television, and an extremely friendly owner there to greet you.
When playing the course, the first six holes have you throwing up, down, and at times across fairways on the front side of the ball course. Holes seven through fifteen are much of the same, but are located on the back. Holes sixteen through eighteen have you playing on the front once more, as you make your way back down toward the clubhouse. With the exception of holes five and eight, the first nine holes are quite short and fairly easy to birdie. Hole eight is challenging not due to distance as much as the design. It has players throwing up toward a blind pin with difficult placement, and requires one to throw through a very narrow window in order to have an attempt at a birdie.
The back nine is longer and perhaps more challenging overall, and includes their two signature holes (#11 and #16). Hole #11, like the other reviewer stated, is fairly short (150 ft.) but has you throwing downhill over a ravine toward the green where the basket sits on top of a stump (raising the basket 3+ feet). In the background was a massive Tiki statue (not Native American which I thought was kind of weird considering we are in the NW)! Hole #16 on the other hand is the largest of the holes (660 ft) on the course, having you throw downhill toward a hanging basket nestled on the left hand side amongst some trees. This hole also gives you an amazing view of the Columbia River and well as the Washington/Oregon border.
The course seemed to be very well maintained, with grass, trees, and plants well manicured. The manmade pond on hole four was also a lot of fun to throw over and helped add to the overall difficulty of the hole. The baskets (although homemade) seemed to be in pretty good shape, as I came across a shed during the round with some of the older pins waiting to be restored. The baskets also added to the overall challenge, with multiple pins hanging from trees, and others placed in stumps (making people work on their upshots). Golf carts were available too, which is a huge plus if you are looking to just play Skyline all day.
The overall design of this course seemed to allow both ball golfers and disc golfers alike to share this land. However, there were some flaws that I could see causing some major issues if the course were busy. First, there were both tee pads and pins placed in the middle of fairways at times, which could be a major safety hazard. Also, the disc golf holes seemed to go back and forth across the multiple fairways (rather then playing with the lay of the golf course).
Some holes on the front nine although fun, lacked much of a challenge. Overall, I would say there were maybe five or six holes at best that would be considered somewhat difficult. Players like Dave Feldberg have shot 13 under which tells you something. It is a great place though for intermediate to advanced players, or those who play new courses for the love of the game.
Navigation for the most part was easy enough to follow, but the course would benefit from proper tee signs or larger tee markers that are more visible from the previous hole. Some arrows directing players toward the next tee pad would be a nice improvement too.
Playing at Skyline was a lot of fun and very much worth my time and money. I was more then happy to support this course as the owner and son have done a lot to welcome disc golfers, so paying to play seemed quite fair for course maintenance. However, I could see it getting old paying $12 every time you wanted to play here. Perhaps a monthly or yearly membership would help get locals there more often. For someone like me who would play it maybe once or twice a year though, it was no big deal.
Also, if you have some time on your hands, I recommend stopping by Lucky Mud (7 miles away) as well as Trojan Park (30 minutes away) as they are both a lot of fun and well worth anyone's time!
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Disc Golf On A Golf Course!
Pros: A full 18 hole course set on regular golf course. The holes range from 150 to over 600 ft. The course plays about 8 holes going out and then the final 10 heading back to the clubhouse. Going out is quite a hike as much of it is walking uphill but then the reward is those epic dour or five downhill holes at the end. The baskets are all homemade but they catch just fine. There is one hanging basket and a couple perched on tree stumps, elevating the basket another 3-4 feet. I thought this was a pretty innovative way to elevate a basket. The tee markers are wooden blocks on the grounds (the golfers use metal blocks to mark their tees). The staff was friendly and helpful. The rolling elevation and groomed golf course were major plusses.
I thought # 11 was a signature type disc golf hole. It's just a little 150' downhill over a very, very, ugly patch of rough. But it makes for a fun little throw with the basket just looming there so large and relatively easy to reach. So naturally, I hit a branch and my disc fell forever lost into the dark foreboding rough.
# 16 really gives you a chance to watch your drive sail, especially with the wind blowing. It's a bag empyting type of hole. Combining this with a trip to Lucky Mud makes for a wonderful day of discing here in Southwest Washington. You can splurge and rent a cart for $12. Ride the course in style.
Cons: I thought the price was a little steep. $5 for 9 holes but no-one's ever going to do that because then you finish up at the far end of the course. $8 for 18 and $12 for all day. Sharing the course with the regular golfers probably isn't the best idea. The course wasn't busy on the Monday that I played. Weekends might be a little scarier. The wind really kicked up here in the early afternoon which made for some very interesting throws.
Other Thoughts: If I lived close, I doubt if I would buck up and play here often. I'd save my $ and just play Lucky Mud. But for the first time visitor, I highly recommend playing Lucky Mud first and then making the short seven mile drive here to play Skyline. They compliment each other rather well.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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Excellent Ball/Disc Golf blend
Pros: Great DG application on a ball golf course (and I've played some VERY poor DG courses on BG courses)
Excellent use of elevation changes
Creative basket placement to take advantage of tree and natural obstacles
Unique homemade baskets--up on stumps--even a hanging basket
Every hole has defined paths for optimal score--not just throwing across open fields
Not very crowded and no conflicts with ball golfers
Cold beer in the pro shop
Well marked natural tees
Good flow and pretty intuitive (still recommend grabbing a map in the pro shop)
Surprising lack of redundancy for a ball golf course
Movable natural tees so that if you play it often, there is some variety
Cons: Considering the restraints of a DG course on a BG course, there aren't many cons...the pro shop should sell some discs
Other Thoughts: This course is worth the money (to play ocassionally), especially if you want to combine it with a trip to Lucky Mud...I would say if you are taking a road trip to Lucky Mud, you need to add this to your agenda...I would play it after Lucky Mud though, so you are totally fresh for the physical demands of Lucky Mud
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Pros: -Some great drives
-Elevation: lots of it and good use as well.
-Nice variety of distances from under 200' to a little over 500'
-Close to Lucky Mud!!!
-Golf carts available
-Very friendly staff!
-Decent course flow
-Uncrowded (when I've been there)
-Would be very difficult to lose a disc here.
Cons: -Mix of baskets, some good, some very bad.
-Natural tee pads
-Many tee pads were WAY too close to the previous basket (this make have been remedied by now?!)
-Many holes were silly easy, no brainers that only seemed to exist to get you to the next tee pad.
-$10 fee. A bit much to play with natural tee pads and sub-standard baskets, for me at least.
-Pretty far too drive from Portland/Vancouver
Skyline is a great beginning, but it seems some serious work before I'll rate it higher than 3 stars. Don't get me wrong, it's fun, and I had a great time when I was there, it just doesn't seem to be "there" yet. The staff that I spoke with seemed very receptive to criticism/suggestions and I hope that they can implement some of the necessary changes in the near future.
I understand that it's difficult to open a DG course on a ball golf course, and then make it challenging enough for skilled players, yet simple enough for new players, all the while keeping the ball golfers happy, and make enough money with DG to show the owners that installing the DG course was a good move.
It's a very complicated dichotomy, and it has worked in the past. However it's also failed poorly in places. I think Skyline has a chance to make it work, and I hope it does.
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