Pros: Killer set up for a 9 hole! I love how they have 2 different teepads at each hole to make an 18. I thought there was plenty of technical value, without being overwhelmed by too much tech. I'm a newbie, so it was a perfect combination from my perspective. Mellow, fun, and the different teepads actually give the holes significantly different views/approaches on a couple. I think 11/2 and 16/7 we're probably the most different
Cons: Playing this course as an 18 hole might conflict with smooth flow of players on a busy day due to the seperate teepads playing the same baskets.
Other Thoughts: We showed up to play this course around 9:30 am which appeared to be an awesome time since there was only one other small group on the course. I would assume that this course can get quite busy though. This is my first review, hope it helps someone :) if you're in salem though, it's more than worth the stop
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Pros: Great variety of right/left doglegs, straight shots, uphill/downhill, open fairways, and trees. You'll get to use a variety of skills. For the most part the next tee is close to the basket so the course plays fast.
Not much rough. Less time looking for discs = more time throwing.
Great tees. Great baskets. Good signage.
Good facilities - garbage cans and bathrooms.
There are two tees for each hole so you can play 18.
The course plays out and around the other park facilities so you don't have other activities blocking the fairways.
Bottom line: It's a fun 9 hole course that has more variety than a lot of 18s and it plays fast.
Cons: Occasional logjams. It's a 9 hole. On a nice day there's going to be some standby time.
Alcohol not allowed.
Other Thoughts: This isn't a destination course, but it's worth checking out. If you're close or have an opportunity to play it you shouldn't pass it up.
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Pros: Tight wooded holes that are fun. (hole 6 is my nemesis) lots of shots needed, uphill, downhill, etc.
2 tee boxes for each of the 9 holes so 18 can be played.
Cons: Hole 6 is thick, newer players might need to use a spotter.Blackberries on 6 need more attention and need to be kept on top of. Holes 8 & 9- the grass can get tall.
Each hole having 2 tee boxes can create "log jams" if they course is busy.
Other Thoughts: Always a fun time "log jams" are the only thing that can really slow the pace of a round.
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A lot of work recently!
Pros: There has been a LOT of work done in the last few months on this course. In fact, one guy was working on the tee signs while we were there--sealing them and replacing them.
All concrete tee pads exist now, and all are clearly marked, 1-18. Everything was in great shape.
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A fun little 9
Pros: Variety - The course has an immense amount of variety as no two holes feel the same. Different distances and elevation changes.
Scenery - I really enjoyed the shade from most of the holes, especially when the summer heat makes playing Cascade unbearable.
Technicality - Most of the holes force you to throw differently, unlike Cascade in which i can throw all backhand or forehand, i have to mix it up a bit here.
Crowds - Its never really been crowded here at all.
Cleanliness - The park is very clean and for the most park kept up super nice.
Alternate Tee boxes - i only use a few alt tee boxes, but its still nice to have them, i dont ever play all "18" holes, but its a nice touch for the space of the park.
Cons: Vandals - The practice basket was stolen not too long ago and some vandals messed up all the tee signs. :(
Pedestrians - Although there arent a ton of disc players there is a lot of foot traffic in the course sometimes.
Overgrowth - Sometimes its hard to find a disc because of all the undergrowth and on a few of the forest holes its very hard not to hit a tree that will send your disc flying out of your view. (Spotters reccomended) Ive lost two discs on hole 6 when it was messier (its been cleaned since then) sadly i feel like they were found but no one called me for them.
Other Thoughts: I have always enjoyed Woodmansee, plus its just a few miles from my house. During the summer its been great to go there and get away from the heat. I think beginners to advanced players would get a little of something from the course. I would like someone to run an Ace Run competition here. There are bunnies sometimes on the path and the park itself is actually pretty nice.
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Better than I Expected
Pros: Right off the bat, I have to say the course has a lot of potential. Based on other reviews I have read, it seems like it's been a while that the course has been worked on?
For many 9-hole courses, it's difficult to justify taking a road trip only to play for a short time. I really do think that this course benefited from having second tee on each hole.
Although the course is relatively short in length, it was still enjoyable because there are enough variety in hole designs to throw you some challenges.
It seems like the course is geared toward intermediate players, but I imagine the more advanced players might enjoy this course as potential ace run.
Cons: I had to take pictures of the "map" at the kiosk to help me navigate which tee pad is "A" and "B." I found it to be slightly frustrating, and not having the tee signs completed definitely didn't help.
There are some tee pads that didn't have any concrete, so the course definitely feels a bit incomplete without them. I'm not sure who's responsible for building them?
I thought the tee location of hole #6 was one of the weakest on the course along with the tee location for #17. I felt they were awkwardly placed and a bit out of sync with all of the other tee locations.
Other Thoughts: I don't know if there's any other improvements being planned for this course, but this course is definitely more enjoyable than Keizer Rapids Park and Cascade Gateway.
I can see how the park can get too busy with walking public weaving through the course, so I'm not sure if it would have affected the playing experience too much?
When I played on this course, the course seems to be well-maintained, but I can see the possibility of it getting a bit wild. If the course is constantly getting maintained, then I see no problems with people enjoying throughout the year.
I hope that by the time I come back for another visit, the course will be completed, and I probably want to revisit my review.
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Must see Woodmansee
Pros: Wooded city park with a masterful layout using only 25 or so acres. This technical short courses features 18 tee-pads to 9 baskets. NOT AM. and PRO. tees but front 9 and back 9 due to the distinctively different lines to the basket from both tee-pads. If played in order designed, the front 9 is all the tee-pads on the LEFT, and back 9 tee-pads on the RIGHT. Some walkout signs are in place to guide your way around now and course is due to be finished by July 9th 2011. Tee-sighns, walkout signs, Tee-pads, kiosk map and all! At Woodmansee you must focus on aim and find the lines. Many optical illusions that make you see other routes from the pin looking back to the tee egging you on to try it another way. A city park with a challenge to get under par for most.
Cons: Trafic! Be cautious of other park patrons and remember to yell FORE! Mud in the winter months, not enough hours in the day to play.
Other Thoughts: Local club (Capital City Disc Golf) has worked hard to make this course the best in the area to introduce people to disc golf. CCDG also hosts mixed format events there using the 9 hole loop. CCDG's GLOW events there are great cause the park is open till midnight and it gets DARK there!
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Credit where credit is due
Pros: All holes but two (both of 5's are dirt & 7's alt is a mess of ankle breaking nastyness) have 2 very nice cement Tee pads (plural).
Excellent 9 hole layout for the space
- available elevation change is used well.
- the "flow" of the course is natural feeling.
Forces technical shots
- trees are a major factor throughout the course with interesting lines to the pin from each pad.
- forehand, backhand and overhead throwers (even you lefties) will see the balance of the course's dog legs and natural obstacles.
Great course for those without big D
- if you're more accurate than powerful, your game will shine at this course. Power throwers will also enjoy the ability to reach the pin from the pad IF you can find the windows. (the open field holes will also let you flex accordingly)
Unique pin placement
- No two holes are the same, or feel the same.
- multiple pads for each hole add a level of difficulty and variety.
- greenskeeper changes pin placement often to keep the course interesting.
- pins are tucked away in well thought-out spots that use the natural obstacles quite well.
-yup I said that.
-bring the significant other & kids to feed the rabbits that inhabit the briars by the playground while you play a round.
Cons: Slippery when wet
- The local DG club has to ask the city parks dept. before doing any maintenance. When the weather is wet, no vehicles are allowed in for maintenance and the course becomes very muddy. That said, I've noticed that only a couple days of sun and foot traffic pack the mud nicely into regular dirt walking paths and can be played without boots.
Multiple tee pads can be confusing to first time players.
- Wait, do I throw from this one or that one? With vandals having ruined the original signs, there is nothing telling the course-goer which tee is the front or back 9 for that hole. Asking a friendly local helps, and from what I've been told, there are new tee signs on the way.
The walkout from hole 1 to 2, without a sign would be a stab in the dark for the first timer. (walk west along foot path, cross small footbridge & you're there)
Other Thoughts: The group in charge of maintaining this course has done quite a bit of work since it's inception. With some preventative maintenance in the fall, the mud issue could be lessened. I look forward to playing here throughout the summer!
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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.
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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.
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