8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: We arrived to camp late afternoon, and immediately went and played this course, where I shot -8. At midnight we went back [nicely toasted] with two discs each[white] and headlamps and I shot -11. My buddy dinked his in the water's edge at #5 and fell in getting it. I fell all the way down the trail going to hole #12 but only got dirty. He lost a Leopard on #13 but we found it the next morning. We decided rolling down the hill at #18 was easier than walking. The hardest part was not giggling like giddy schoolgirls as we walked back to camp past the owner's residence.
Its not quite a beginner's course: the open shots have unusual and/or sudden elevation changes, and the closed-in fairways require precision or you'll be invoking Olde Scottish oaths as you explore the local shrubbery. There's enough woods/undergrowth at the sides of the open fairways to spend some time disc-hunting if you're Driving While Imbibing. An overthrow at #2, 12, 18 can add a couple strokes each. Underthrow at #5 and you're in the lake.
None of these are a con, however: they're just stations on the way to the pot o' gold. Which is exactly what the baskets look like: giant semi rims repurposed and painted brilliant yellow, that go "DONNNNNGG!!!" like a county Cork church death knell when you flub your putt.
If you've blown your driving ability on the other two courses you might still have enough arm to play this one and really enjoy the variety of shots, elevation, woodsiness and isolation. And the peacocks.
And bring some Scotch. For the Little People.
Cons: The long concrete tees and bomber homemade baskets are lighted, but not all the lights work or solarly charge well enough to illuminate the moors. Best to play this in the daytime first and learn it.
During concert events like String Summit, all the field holes will have campers, and the woods will have drunken, wasted wanderers.
Other Thoughts: The camping is excellent and cheap, and if you're here in the off-season/weekday, you'll have enough room on the various grassy tent terraces for a large game of catch-and-toss. Quickie marts, grocery, pubs and restaurants 6 miles away.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Playing Under the Lights
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: One of the only courses I know that has lights on the baskets and tee pads! This is a fantastic warmup or wind-down for a day at Horning's Hideout. Most of the course plays as an old school pitch and putt (only 4 holes are over 200' - the longest being 245') and will serve your short accuracy driving game.
The first part plays up through open rolling grassy hills with pins placed along woods edge. Then it goes up in the woods for awhile and gets narrower and a little more technical. The pin positions on many holes are devilishly perched on the edges of hills. Will you go for the ace or lay up? Fun.
Cons: Very minor pick - The only problem with the solar lights is the ones that are located in thicker trees = dim sunlight = low charge = low light at night.
Other Thoughts: This course may not blow you away, but I see it as an essential part of the Horning's experience.
I've gotten two aces out of my three rounds played there!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Start it off right
Pros: *Surprisingly fun hole designs.
*Good use of elevation.
*Easy course navigation.
*Quick (I did 18 in under an hour)
*Every hole is an ace possibility.
Update**** 3/15/10.... They have new signs, just like the other two courses made by Houck (sp?) Design. They're really sharp looking, and very accurate.
Cons: *Some tee's are very close to other pins, this is fine if the players behind are courteous and cautious, if not, keep an eye to the sky....
Other Thoughts: What a great, fun way to warm up for the big courses. The neat thing, even though it is kinda just a warm up course, the design is good enough that the round is fun in-and-of-itself.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Best short course ever made
Pros: The Highland course plays up and down on the upper portion of the Hideout. All of the holes are very short with the majority of them being under 200 feet but this course is supposed to be this way because of the other two (one for now but two soon) courses that are built for advanced and pro players so the Hideout has a course for everyone! This course has elevation shots both up and down including a tunnel shot straight down hill about 125 feet and off to the right. There is a water hazard on hole five as you have to throw across the side of a small pond and if you can throw more than 80-100 feet then you are in the clear. In the upper wooded section the course changes from the mostly open earlier part of the course to a more rugged and technial part. Hole eighteen is a short but very fun straight down hill throw that is very easy to bogey if you go long. For a short beginner friendly course I was impressed with the couple of risk vs. reward shots the course has to offer.
Cons: The course is a pitch and putt and the biggest disc you will grab for will be a midrange and most of the time you will use your putter but this course is supposed to be this way and the course is really fun despite the length or lack there of.
Other Thoughts: The Highland was an absolute blast and I would for sure play it again. There are sun powered LED lights built into the top of the baskets here for some fun ace race style night golfing. The work that is done to keep this place so beautiful on a daily basis is amazing to me, I love Horning's Hideout, did I mention onsite camping and fishing?
I played night golf on the Highland course last night and had a blast! The tee pads and baskets have solar charged L.E.D.'s on the top of them so finding your way around in the dark is easy, though not all of them get charged properly because they don't get enough sun, if you take your flashlight and shine it over the op of them they charge long enough to finish out the hole. I think it's more fun playing this course at night to be honest and it's a blast during the day!
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
ACE Run Pitch And Putt!
Pros: The second of the HH courses, it sits mostly in a lovely forrest enviroment. The first three holes are mostly open, then you play through wooded pinicicking/camping areas with some wonderful elevation changes to contend with. The Highlands course has the same homemade baskets as the Canyon course. I rate them the best homemade baskets I've ever thrown at. And these even have solar LED lights in small cages on top of the baskets for night golf. Many of the teepad signs also have the solar lights for helping you find the tees at night. Although the average hole is perhaps 175 ft., they are very well planned out and IMO, will provide an enjoyable discing experience for all levels of player. Every hole is an ACE op waiting to happen. The tee signs not only give the distance but also the elevation loss or gain. There are a couple of really fun downhill, touch shots like # 18 which is 207 ft. slight anhyser shot with about a 25 ft. elevation drop. The deer and the peacocks add to the ambiance of HH.
Cons: It's a pitch and putt for sure. Natural teepads seem to work well here and fit into the enviromental scheme of the entire complex.
Other Thoughts: Combined with the more middle of the road Canyon course, this makes for a nice disc golf experience. When the third pro-style course is complete this fall, this will make for a truly awesome disc golf destination. With three courses at one destination with three distinct skill levels, what more can you ask for?
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Fun addition to the original course, allows for a nice putting and approach warm-up to the other course.
Great use of available space to create a very interesting layout.
Great tee signs that direct you around the course.
Capability for great glow golf.
Lots of elevation forces you to try putter shots that might be new to you.
Great for all skill levels from beginner up.
Beautiful natural scenery all around.
Cons: Both Horning's courses have home-made baskets that spit out some good putts.
Very short, and not particularly challenging.
45 minutes from Portland.
Gravel tee pads.
Other Thoughts: I thought this course was a great addition to the Horning's property, having 36 holes makes it more of a destination for folks on the east side of Portland, this is a very fun, warm-up/ego boost course, birdies are easy, but it trains good up-shots on longer courses.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
-Excellent usage of elevation
-Best home-made baskets I've ever putted on
-Great variety of shots including left and right dog-legs
-All holes are short, but the basket placement is very good with moderate sheltering.
-Very good course for skilled players who don't have a lot of distance
-Fantastic place to practice long somewhat technical upshots (here, they are teeshots :) )
-Wonderful chance to practice new throwing techniques; thumbers, grenades, side-arms, etc
-Port-a-Potty available about halfway through the course.
-Trash/Recycling bins available every 4 or 5 holes to empty bag contents
-Great course to bring new players to, or family members, or co-workers
-Great warm-up for the other course
-Well defined fairways, some about the size of hiking paths
-About 500 feet away from HH#1, which is a full size course.
-Gravel teepads (not a real big deal on a course with an everage hole length of 170')
-Both courses are at least 15-20 minutes away from the nearest store. If you're going to play both courses, it's a really good idea to get some snacks for between rounds, and a bottle of water.
-Um...I would say it's too short, but with the other course a disc's throw away, the shortness of the holes doesn't bother me at all.
When I heard how short this course was going to be I pretty much lost all expectation of enjoying it. Then it was put in and I kept hearing my friends rave about how much fun it was, some of them being very, very experienced golfers. My interest was piqued. And besides that, my girlfriend is a very experienced player who doesn't have much distance (tops at about 280') so I figured it be a good course for the two of us to play together.
What a blast! I was totally surprised at how much fun this course is. The first few holes start out in the open, but with a lot of elevation, and you slowly work your way into the woods. Every hole is an ace run for experienced golfers, but very few of the holes were boring, due to great basket placement and use of elevation/terrain. One hole is about 180' and pretty much straight off a cliff to the basket 60' of elevation below you.
Like I stated earlier, the average hole length is only 170', with the longest hole at about 240'. Normally this would be a red flag for me to avoid the course, but it's just designed so well, and after you play 18 holes on this course, there is the original course, which is a full size course, just a few feet away!
I shot 13 under par my first round, my girlfriend shot 3 under par, and we both had a blast with it!
I guess this course would fall into the "Don't knock it 'til you try it" vein.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 2 Not
Fun, easy short course
- Great for beginners & families, but not ridiculously easy
- Nice use of elevation & trees
- Very open fairways and minimal underbrush (no poison oak and few blackberries), even in the woods
- Excellent homemade baskets (with solar LED lights for night golf)
- Good flow, impossible to get lost
- Another (longer) course on-site
- Most holes are a little too easy for experienced players
This is a tough one to review. If it were the only course at Horning's Hideout, I'd rate it a point lower; I probably wouldn't drive all the way out there to just play this course. But you have to keep in mind that with an average hole length of 170', it's a "pitch 'n' putt" course designed primarily with families and beginners in mind, and it's meant as a complement to the original, longer course at HH (and the future third course, which may be even longer).
And as far as pitch 'n' putts go, it's fantastic. A lot of holes go uphill or downhill enough to make you think about it (especially #12 and #18, which are severe downhills), and there are a number of slight doglegs to be negotiated. The bright yellow homemade baskets have plenty of chains and catch everything; they've even mounted solar-powered lights on both the tee signs and baskets for those who want to give after-dark glow golf a try. It'd be a perfect course for an "Ace Race" tournament.
The only problem is that most holes are a little bit TOO easy; on my second time around, I got thirteen deuces. You almost have to think of each hole as a Par 2; a three feels disappointing. Again, I realize that it's meant as a short course -- and I don't think anything should be changed -- but I just don't feel like I can give four stars to a course where I'm almost guaranteed a score of -9 or better!
(By the way, I disagree with a number of points that the previous reviewer made: the 40 feet of water on #5 is not much of an obstacle; it's not very easy to lose discs here; and the condition of the gravel teepads isn't much of an issue because there are only two holes where you need to do more than a one-step windup.)
13 of 15 people found this review helpful.
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