Try Not to Hit Someone
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - 18 hole course north of Seattle
- Good variety of shots required
- Pretty trees scattered throughout
- Open field in the middle of the course good for playing catch or warming up (though in 5's fairway)
Cons: - Dangerous course design (see "Other Thoughts")
- Lengthy walks between holes
- No signage
- Counterintuitive navigation
- Litter; no trash cans
- Poor/uneven teepads
- Rough/thick foliage with thorns
- Erosion; steep hills with poor traction
- Crowded; many runners, dog walkers, etc.
Other Thoughts: Terrace Creek is the most dangerous disc golf course I have ever played. More than half the shots require a significant risk of hitting a person or car even while following the designed throwing line of the hole. Full list below:
1: RHBH anhyzer over a popular two-lane road; guarded basket encourages this route
3: Straight shot across a valley that goes over 4's teepad
4: RHBH hyzer; straight shot or any turn goes directly at 2's teepad.
5: Along the popular two-lane road
6: Over walking path and bench; overthrow can reach 8's teepad
8: In range of 6's drive; blind throw over walking path; early hyzer lands right on 9's teepad.
9: In range of 8 and 7's drive; limited vision of walking path beyond teepad (UPDATE: on 6/30/16, one day after original review was posted, I saw a player hit square in the chest from 7's drive on the walk from 8's basket to 9's teepad. The player who threw the drive on 7 could not see anyone in the area and did not know he hit someone until the man starting cursing at him)
10: Fairway is a walking path; walk to 11 crosses 18's fairway with no view of teepad
12: Walk from 12 to 13 crosses 11's fairway
14: Early RHBH hyzer goes over 15's teepad
18: Throw's down valley over walk from 10 to 11
As an out-of-towner, I am shocked this course is still in the ground. I have played approximately 10 rounds at this course, and have seen a non-disc golfer hit in the stomach from a turned over drive on Hole 5, a disc golfer hit in the chest walking from 8's basket to 9's teepad, and countless other near-misses. This course puts players and park visitors at extreme risk for injury.
Safety issues aside, the course navigation is terrible, and the only course maintenance comes from foot traffic that causes erosion. With no signage, it is next to impossible to find where to go next. Four holes (1-4) form a loop on one side of the road, and the final 14 zig-zag forward while going further and further away from parking. The walk from 18 to 1 takes approximately 10 minutes.
There are a few fun shots at Terrace Creek, and a lot of the holes do present good golf holes if safety and other course features are not considered. Many of the holes require good finesse with midranges and drivers, so skilled players will usually score better than inconsistent players. I very much enjoy playing 7 (straight drive through tight gap in front of basket), 12 (short downhill ace run), and 18 (top of the world).
Overall, I am not inclined to play at Terrace Creek on a regular basis. Despite my close proximity, I prefer field work to showing up for the risk of hitting someone or losing a disc in the thick rough. A lot of locals really enjoy Terrace Creek, but I have to imagine it is because of the lack of good courses north of Seattle and not because of the course itself.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 2 Not
Like Playing At The City Dump!
Pros: The park is really a nice location for a course. The holes are well thought out and challenging enough. There's some elevation change.
Cons: I'm sorry, I couldn't get past the litter, the vandalism and the generally dumpy feel of the park. It's a shame because underneath all the junkiness is fairly nice course. We also had a very hard time navigating our way around the course, owing mostly to vandals ripping out the signs.
Other Thoughts: I have to feel sorry for the many, hardworking volunteers who have this wonderful park to work with, but are constantly fighting a battle with the neighborhood punks who are undoing the many hours of hard work put in by so many.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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