4 Helpful / 2 Not
Strange Name, Decent Course
Pros: Woodmansee Park is a technical nine hole course located near downtown Salem in a multiple use park, though the disc golf course was given its own piece of land to work with. There are other activities as mentioned including a soccer field which you could warm up on if no one else is using it, some play equipment for the kids, tennis courts, picnic shelters and multiple BBQ pits as well as a large parking lot and working bathrooms.
You will notice right away at hole one that this course has two tee pads for each hole so you can go around twice and play 18 holes if you so desire. You also notice little tee sign posts with fiberglass coverings but as of this date there is still no information inside most of the tee signs though at the first tee there is a separate sign that shows the course map, albeit small and tough to figure out but I'll tell more on that in a bit. The two tee pads are a good idea here and just a slightly different spot makes all the difference and if you want a tougher course you can play the tougher tee pads as they make the holes longer with more obstacles.
One of the things I really liked about this place were the pin positions as they made excellent use of the surrounding terrain and natural obstacles of the land. Just going on hole distances alone you can see that this isn't the normal pitch and putt with a couple of trees mixed in; there are several holes where you will be using a driver or mid and surprisingly this course will actually challenge you to throw a couple of different throws you may normally not be used to.
Cons: I printed the map of the course that I got from the links/files section and it was helpful but navigation was still atrocious. The walkout from the basket of 1 to the tee pad of 2 was long and the only reason we found it was because we were following another group. The tee pads they had were dug out of the ground on the open, grass holes and the wooded, dirt holes were natural and slippy with the dug out tee pads uneven and half full of gravel and for most of the course we threw from the side or back of the tee pads.
Other Thoughts: It looks as if they are building more and/or new tee pads for some of the holes as you could tell there was some digging going on and a couple of tee spots dug out but without gravel. Some next tee signs or some brightly colored flags pointing you in the right direction of the course would upgrade this place and make life easier for those first timers. Overall a decent course on a good piece of land.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Improvements Are Being Made!
Pros: Playing Woodmansee for the first time, we were able to navigate it fairly easily. It's mostly a wooded, technical course. I liked the design and challenge of it. The baskets are great. The teepads could be improved to concrete, rubber or the building block ones. There is some elevation to contend with. Signs are apparently on the way. The low to the ground signs like Gateway has are in only without the needed information yet. We felt it was strange to screw the fiberglass onto the posts before putting the hole information there. Oh well, I like this type of signage. I think it's informative, it's easy to replace if vandalized and seems less obtrusive to the naturalistic feel of the park. There is a good mix of longer and shorter holes.
Cons: Nothing major stands out to me. I guess 2-4 more holes could be added here. That does make sense. The signage needs to be finished and kept up. Some clearing of the blackberries would help. And adding teepads would be nice.
Other Thoughts: I think Woodmansee is just a nice little park in which to grab a quick nine. I hope the locals will continue to improve upon it. The designers/builders of this course should be complimented in regards to their intial design and flow. I have the feeling that this course will only get better as improvements are made. I'll be back sometime in the future to enjoy the finished product.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 3 Not
Sooo much fun, yet unfinished
Pros: Some great hole designs.
Good use of elevation.
Nice tucked in pin positions make some holes quite challenging.
Good mix of long and short holes.
Multiple tee positions.
Multiple basket positions.
Course forces you to throw a variety of different shots.
Nice mix of woods holes and field holes.
Field holes still retain interesting pin locations.
Cons: Course needs tee pads badly! Or at least flattening out the natural tee areas.
No tee signs (yet) and no directional markers from hole to hole.
Long walkouts that might have been avoided in course layout.
A few holes seem to lack a good enticing route to the pin.
Course could use some sort of sign or kiosk before the first hole explaining the course. Maps would also have been good.
Only 9 holes (explained more below).
Other Thoughts: It absolutely kills me to have to give Woodmansee a 2 as of now. I had a blast playing a few rounds here on a short road trip. I (luckily) found a local player to show me around the course and I was struck by the fun and interesting lines around this deceptively challenging course. The course forces you to throw through some tight wooded gaps but also has a few full field shots as well. Part of what made me so happy with this course was that there wasn't a single hole that wasn't interesting in some manner, from the first to the last; even some of the best NW courses suffer from one or two oddballs. The reason the course gets the rating it does is that as of now it's an unfinished course. The course is utterly unnavigable without a map or guide, some of the walkouts are long and would not be simple to figure out even with some trial and error. Also the course needs some sort of tee pad, the natural pads, as they stand, are just waiting to sprain an ankle, even just flattening out the pad basins would be an improvement. The final critique I would have on Woodmansee is that this course has so much space for a few extra holes, a few walkouts felt like they could be stand-alone holes as is, it saddens me that people always hesitate to make a course 13 or 14 holes just because they can't pack in 18. I really hope that when I come back to Woodmansee at some point some of these improvements can be made, just adding rubber tee pads and putting up tee signs and directional markers would make the course a 3 with no other alterations.
5 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Nice technical course with some distance towards and @ the end. Hole #3 is played off of the pad that is up the hill from #2 basket(north) and is changed periodically from a fairly strait shot to a dog leg to the left. Hole #6 is potentially a disc eater, I personally throw strait through to the clearing and usually end up with a good lie...............good enough for birdie :P
Cons: I had a very hard time reading the course a few years back so I would recommend taking a friend who knows the course or getting a map of the course before hand. Personally I would like to see some better use of the area and make some more holes but other than that I do not see anything to improve.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Solid wooded 9 hole course
Pros: - Mostly wooded, makes the course difficult
- Nice Discatcher baskets
- Feels like your outside city limits, not in a park after the first hole
- Nice use of topography on 3 of the holes
Cons: - Very hard to follow if it's your first time (although the baskets to have an arrow on them that points you in the general direction of the next tee pad)
- Natural tees fit in with the atmosphere of the park, put are a problem in the rainy half of the year.
Other Thoughts: - No tee pad on #3, the locals usually tee off from the cement pad, behind and to the right of the second basket. Hole #6 is rough. If you go off left off the tee, you will be in thick blackberry bushes and you could easily lose a disk. There really doesn't seem to be a good route on the hole unless you're really precise with a forehand otherwise luck is key. If you can toss 320 ft, all the holes are easily reachable from the tee provided you know your plastic well enough to bypass the maze of trees. If you stray to far of the "fairway", you're going to be looking at some creative upshots. A really fun course that will improve the accuracy aspect of the game of intermediate players.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Nice Scenery
Great Practice Hole
Easy to Find Disc
Shaded and cool on hot days
Cons: Hard to Navigate, Need Course Map
Hard to find Tee on 2 holes
Small, Only 9 holes
Very Thick Woods blocking basket
Other Thoughts: It was fun, very challenging but a little to thick for my liking. In the pics you can see how many tree's blocking the basket. Surprisingly easy to find your disc as the ground cover is light. I love the seclusion of the course, the shade was especially nice as it was hot. Definately make sure to bring the course map your first time out or else you will have no idea where to go.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun and in the Trees
Pros: -Many obstacles makes it a challenge.
-I really liked the tree on the 1st basket. That limb is a disc blocker.
-After the first basket you forget your in a city park. The trees are very dense.
-There is a practice basket set up near the first tee.
-The park has restrooms nearby, unlike some others I have been too.
Cons: -Blackberry vines and poison ivy. I got to deal with both of those. The local cub has been working hard on this problem.
-Hard to navigate to the next tee. Without someone who played there before you will have a hard time finding the next tee. I hear someone has signs in work. Vandals have been a problem with some earlier temp signs.
-Tee pads are just dirt. When its wet they turn into mud and the slip sliding starts.
Other Thoughts: This place is coming along nicely. The only thing it really needs are signs directing you around. I hope they make some adjustments before they to much work on the tee's. 1, 4, 5 could be made longer. Good job to those who made it happen.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Definitely nice for a quick 9
Pros: Fun 9 hole course with a fair amount of diversity. Lots of tight wooded shots with some open. It also has a bunch of reachable blind shots (which are always fun). The course should help players improve many aspects of their game
Cons: No tee pads, though I'm sure they'll be going in soon enough. Blackberries. Oh, and #6 is pretty rough :).
Other Thoughts: I gave this a 4 because of what it will be in a year and a half...... It's also a good compliment to Salems other course at Cascade Gateway Park.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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