8 Helpful / 0 Not
Some Good Wooded Holes
Pros: This was actually my second trip to Keizer Rapids with my first time being Winter and I wasn't able to play all of the holes due to flooding. This time around the water is gone and the course is playable. There is a contrast here between holes between the first 10 or so holes and the rest of the course. The opening hole is open and longer and hole two is short and wooded; a trend that will continue. The wooded section here is on the shorter side and full of obstacles both on the ground and in the air. There are many fun throws here and tons of different paths to the baskets that you could try every time you play this course so it will never get boring. The more open holes with the scotch broom are more of a longer challenge and yet have more of an open fairway but still keeping the doglegs about.
The fairways on the wooded holes aren't completely defined and have ferns and other rough but I didn't have too much of a hard time trying to find discs as some of the other reviewers did. That being said spotters are recommend but I think aren't needed. Navigation is fairly easy except for the transition between 10 and 11 and course flow is pretty good too. I think they are using the land here pretty darn well, I have no major issues with the course design.
Cons: These tee pads aren't too bad but with enough play the dirt will get dug out and be uneven. Already there are roots grown in the middle of them and the pads are really short making throwing very far or straight a little tougher, luckily though most holes aren't too far.
Yes there is stinging nettles, poison oak, scotch broom and ferns all over the place and Summer time makes it even worse. This is the Northwest though so we have to expect these things but still it would be nice if the fairways were a little more defined on the ground.
During the Winter the course is flooded from the nearby river making only holes two through ten playable. I also think that at some point the baskets are pulled out during the Winter, but I'm not exactly sure when.
Other Thoughts: This is a great option down I-5 driving from Portland towards Albany. This isn't really a great place to take the family out to have fun at even though most holes are fairly short the obstacles and ground coverage could frustrate newer players.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Great in Concept - Weak in Reality
Pros: I can see the potential in this course through the course layout. It's clear that there are plenty of variety of shots that you can utilize here. I see this by playing the long hole of #11, and the holes that have the pond in play. Those few holes really does show the possibilities this course have to offer.
Cons: There are quite a few problems with this course. First of all, I have tried to play here few times when I'm in town. The previous two or three times, I was not able to play all 18 because of the flooding. I am incredulous about why this site was chosen for disc golf if it's flood-prone?
Now, in the summer, there's an insane amount of brush and the "rough" is really rough. This is especially evident to me in the back 9. The course doesn't feel like it has been maintained by anybody in a while.
There's no concrete tee pads, and there's lack of signage that would have helped speed up the play for everyone who visit here.
Other Thoughts: I found it to be difficult to justify giving this course a rating of three as some other reviewers have. There are more noteworthy courses deserving a score of three (or more) such as Pier Park, Milo McIver, Adair, Willamette. Those courses provide you with more pleasant playing experiences Again, I really believe that the lack of maintenance on this course really does hurt the ability of a person to truly unwind and enjoy playing a game of disc golf.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice course but needs some love.
Pros: Nice design, good mix of technical and some distance. Has a good mix of lines, really does not favor rightys or leftys. The pond adds a nice bit of diffaculty.
Cons: Lack of signage is one of the biggest things, finding the first tee was not really that easy,, had to ask a few people before I found it. Distance and pin placement would be nice. There are a few tees that are hard to find after finishing holes, but not really all that difficult with a bit of wandering and some more asking.
Other Thoughts: This course has lots of potential. Some clearing of the underbrush and brambles, and it could be really great. Really looking forward to seeing how it can be in the future.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Time And Player Use Will Improve This Course!
Pros: This course is set partly in a fairly thick forest area with plenty of trees and thick underbrush and partially out in an open area. The forest area is still very dense in some areas with ferns that hide discs, six foot tall nettles, poison oak and a large variety of trees. The open area is a cross between a meadow and a vacant lot. It has lots of scotch broom and enough smaller trees to keep it interesting. Being a new course, the baskets are new. The teepads are currently natural and were slippery when wet. Navigation is a little dicey. There are some small signs pointing the way but more are needed. The on-line map helped but still we walked in three different directions trying to find # 1 tee. As stated before, there is one hole over water but the average recreational players can clear it. If not, a alternate pad is available.
Cons: The course is in it's infancy. Currently, a spotter is recommended on many holes. If the local club can stay ahead of the vandalism, continue to make improvements such as concrete pads, benches and better signage, and if the park department will contribute to the cause by taking care of the poison oak and if the course gets enough play to naturally beat down the nettles and scotch broom, KR can continue to grow and get better. BUT, if the local disc golf population is content to play it like it is, it will remain average.
Other Thoughts: I'll be back to play this course again sometime. I'll be curious to see what has happened. With some much needed improvements, I'll be happy to improve upon my rating.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: I loved that it was/is still fairly new!!! It is reminded me of Woodmansee back in the day, very rugged NICE :) SWEET mix of distance and technical!!
Cons: Unfortunatly I was on a lunck break from work and did not have the time to find a course map and the one provided was hard to follow..............I found hole 11 and played from there as I did not have the time to piss aboot LOL But I can not WAIT to go back and get the layout of this one!!!!!!!!
0 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Best in Salem
Pros: Nice trails.
Good mix of short/long and technical/power throws.
Great aesthetics... Backwoods feel yet 5 minutes out of town.
Cons: Still in development process.
Sometimes hard to see where disc lands.
Other Thoughts: Technical course not ideal for first timers. However, beginners should do fine with a spotter.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
I ended up with scratches
Pros: Wide terrain variety, challenging layout, and an abundance of trees make this a difficult course. It's definitely a challenge if you're looking for one but be ready for some intensely wooded areas, and thick bushes and undergrowth.
Cons: The course is almost completely un-groomed, which makes it very easy to lose discs. Very hard to navigate, especially due to the lack of provided maps. Poison oak was present and the woods have a tendency to be hard to traverse.
Other Thoughts: Be ready for a hard day. Definitely not a course to just go play for a fun relaxing time with buddies. Someone needs to take a lawnmower down there. Your discs will hit trees, that's almost a guarantee. Just be ready for a temper testing ride. If you are not an experienced golfer, I wouldn't recommend it for fun. However, If you are a player comfortable in your abilities looking for a challenging day of blood and sweat this course does offer a serious challenge.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 4 Not
Good for now
Pros: -Its a full 18 shots which is nice.
-Its a lot of fun trying to avoid the trees
-Theres a mix of woodsy and open fields
Cons: -Poison oak is literally everywhere right now.
-Easy to lose disc on the first 10 holes.
-Hornets are around holes 5-7. I got stung 4 times on hole 7
Other Thoughts: All in all its a really fun coarse but just need to watch out. If you throw bad just one time it can be the end of your disc. I recommend having a spotter for some of the first 10 holes. If you cant throw the disc that far then do the alternative route for hole 12 cause you have to cross a pond.
6 of 10 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Still rough, but great potential
- Challenging but not exhausting
- Excellent variety of terrain (woods vs. fields)
- Excellent variety of lengths and shot types
- Pretty good flow; can be followed even without a map
- No hard-surface teepads...yet
- Poison oak & stinging nettles
- Disc-eating ferns and other underbrush
- Some wooded holes are really a crapshoot
- Poison oak (it's worth repeating)
Keizer Rapids Park sits on a swath of undulating terrain on a bend in the Willamette River (although you never actually see the river from the course). About half of the disc golf course is in a thick fern-filled forest of maple, fir, and alder, and half is out in the gravelly open, with scotch broom, cottonwoods, and willows for obstacles. There's one water hazard, which shouldn't be much of a hazard for anyone who can throw 200 feet. A few holes have minor elevation changes, but most of the course is flat.
The holes have a great variety of distances and layouts, although I think many people will find a few of the wooded holes to be a little frustrating. Some of those fairways are very narrow or nearly non-existent, and for most people, there's going to be a lot of luck involved in getting a good drive through there. The good news is that the worst of them (#3, #4, and #7) are fairly short.
While I don't usually enjoy wide-open sections much, I think Keizer's "meadow" holes are different enough from each other to keep it interesting. The pond adds some variety, and a few well-placed trees and shrubs can get in your way. The longest hole, at 460 feet, is not ridiculously long.
Note that the course was first worked on in June of 2009, and baskets were only just installed in July; the teepads are still dirt rectangles marked by simple toe boards. A map is very helpful, but even if you don't have one, you can still follow the course; look for spray-painted arrows and red rocks on the ground.
While lot of work has been done to clear the big plants and small trees that were in the fairways, the underbrush is still very, very thick. Few, if any, of the big sword ferns have been (or will be) removed, and those fronds are very good at hiding discs -- even when you think you made a pretty good throw to the middle of the fairway (this is especially true on #9 and #10). And poison oak is EVERYWHERE. In the open areas, it forms a border around the trees and shrubs; in the woods, it grows as small plants and also climbs as a vine 50 feet up the trees. Hopefully the Keizer Parks Department has plans to eradicate more of it.
I think that some day this will be a 4-star course; it's both challenging and fun, and that's what you want in a disc golf course, right? So I'll give it a "4" for the layout and the nice new baskets, and a "1" for the current rough conditions. (I'll update my review once the brush gets cleared, the poison oak gets sprayed, and the concrete teepads get poured.)
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 8 Not
Currently a rough work in progress
Pros: - Brand new Mach III baskets
Cons: - Uneven natural pads
- Thick undergrowth even in the middle of fairways
- Poison Oak and Stinging Nettles are everywhere, including fairways and greens
Other Thoughts: This course is brand spanking new.
1 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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