9 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: VanderYacht Park is a brand new disc golf course located in Ferndale, about five miles north of Bellingham. The first four holes are on the north side of the park while the last five holes are on the bigger, south side of the park. Holes one through four are fairly short and wide open, while the final five holes are quite long that play in an open field. There are two teepads to make eighteen or to use as the amateur and pro tee pads and teepads are the rubber with painted on numbers on the ground to let you know you are on the right hole or not. The course plays near a river and also has a medium sized pond in which alot of holes throw around and the pro tee for hole seven throws across the pond. The local disc golf club donated money for two (yes two) practice baskets that were placed next to the parking lot so multiple players can warm up before a round. The baskets are all brand new Innova disccatchers with that big yellow band on the top.
Cons: The course starts out as a friendly course and by hole six it becomes wide open with tons of length. Navigation is fine for most of the course but there is a huge walk from hole four to hole five and hole five to hole six and not knowing your way around the place as a first timer it can be hard as there are no tee signs or next tee markers. The disc golf portion of the course is just wide open fields with tall grass and by the end the course is pretty boring with exception to holes five and seven in which one basket is placed in the trees and makes you throw a dogleg left and hole seven has the pond and the tree line in play. There was more trees and obstacles that could have been put to use here that would have given the course more life.
Other Thoughts: It seems as if they architects of VanderYacht Park couldn't decide whether they wanted a short and open family friendly style or a very long and open advanced or pro style course but this was done on purpose and it makes sense as the whole family can use holes one through five and advanced players can have a challenge on holes six through nine after ace running the first ones. If you are a novice player, skip holes six through nine as these are long and danger awaits at the pond. I wouldn't drive out of my way to play it and can't endorse it as a great course but it's better than nothing I suppose.
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