Worth the stroll
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is very accessible. Take exit 52 and drive west about 100', and you're there. I've always wanted a place to stretch my legs on the drive between PDX and Seattle, and I've finally found it.
The baskets are in great condition and catch well, and the course is reasonably well designed. Ignoring the length of the holes, I have to say that there are some creative lines here. You have hyzers, anhyzers, and as much elevation change as the land will allow. Notable shots are hole 6 from the wooden platform and hole 8 from the entrance. Hole 5 was memorable too, but that's because I dropped a thumber into the bed of a pickup truck.
I don't often go to disc golf courses for anything but disc golf. In fact, I never go to disc golf courses for anything but disc golf. But the other activities here are definitely worth bringing the family for. Paddleball, giant croquet, badminton, a playground...
Cons: The challenge just isn't here. I'm not a good player by any stretch, and I was still bored by the end of the course. Holes 5 and 6 were okay with a tight window and a low ceiling respectively. Any semi-serious player will be bored before they're halfway done though. Grab a putter and maybe a mid and you should be good here.
I feel like this next one is a con on waaay too many courses: The teepads are awful. They're well marked, but any time that a tee is non-existent it's going to get worn in, pitted, and treacherous. This course obviously won't get a ton of traffic, but I did hook at least one drive because I was concerned about my footing.
It was pretty easy to navigate here, but a map of some sort would be helpful for the target audience. A family walking up with a Frisbee that they found in the woods probably won't even figure out where tee 1 is.
The other activities at the park can get in the way, with the croquet field being in play on hole 2 and what I'm assuming used to be the BMX track following that. Hole 9 is the only one I would truly call a con though. The basket is placed far too close to a playground, which is an accident just waiting to happen.
Other Thoughts: This course is great for the crowd that it's designed for: Beginners and rec players. I hadn't officially introduced my girlfriend to this addiction yet, and it was a perfect place to hand her a Gazelle and a Fuse and watch her catch the bug. But if I'm reviewing this against a lot of the other courses that I've reviewed, I can't give it a good rating. Definitely worth a stop for the accessibility, but not anywhere close to being a destination.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Very fun short course
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great baskets, nice easy flow, good variety of shots, super easy to find.
Cons: Very short.
Other Thoughts: This is an awesome little pitch n putt course in an RV park. Free to play, get a pass at the guard shack. Most of the holes are around 150' to 200', with a couple stretching it to 300'. If you want to work on your short game this is a good course for you. Also good for practice because of the low traffic and very safari-able layout. We played 3x through then safaried the last round to stretch it out for some real drives.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
One Of My Two Favorite Rest Area Courses!
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Location, Location, Location! Like a previous review commented, it's probably 20 seconds off the freeway. This makes it the perfect little "Stop and stretch your legs and play a quick nine course between Seattle and Portland." There are plenty of excuses you can feed the wife for this stop. Tell her the kids can play in the play area. There's covered basketball and ping pong tables. Play the world's largest croquet course. Have lunch. Meanwhile, you can play a round in 20 minutes and be back in the car. The baskets are brand new (2009). There's no cost to play. The tees are clearly marked between two yellow posts. It's just a fun little easy throw. As everyone has mentioned, the signature hole is # 6. The hole is really not so signature, it's the well constructed, raised wooden platform that has been built there. That's the signature feature of this course. EVERY COURSE IN AMERICA would love to incorporate this raised wooden platform into their course somehow. It's perfect for course baggers like myself to add another course. It's a great spot to introduce someone to our favorite sport.
Cons: The grass field was probably two feet high. I'm sure it's normally cut short. We just happened to play after days of rain. It's just a little pitch and putt. There is little to no challenge for anyone past a beginner. But like someone previously mentioned, challenge yourself to shoot 9 under. Rack up another ace. The course is somewhat bland and easy but the quirkiness of the place adds to the experience.
Other Thoughts: This is just another perfectly placed rest stop course right along Washington freeways (along with the Moses Lake Course) that allows you to break up the long drive with a quick 9. The course is comical in a sense with the piles of logs, equipment, etc. Obviously, the owner is a character of sorts. I would like to meet him.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Twin Cedars Disc Golf Course
Twin Cedars DG course is located just off I-5 at the Toutle River RV Resort. As the course description says, this course is a mixture of open and tightly wooded holes, with a few guarded pins and various OB's. With the exception of holes #5, 6, and 8, the course is relatively flat and offers little challenge for an experienced player. However, this place is the perfect place to stop and stretch out your legs while traveling the I-5 corridor from Seattle to Portland. As another reviewer stated, this course is short and pretty straight forward, but not poorly constructed. It has a lot of ace opportunities, and is very realistic to come out shooting a perfect score of 9 down!
Hole #6 at Twin Cedars would be their "signature hole", with an elevated man-made wooden platform, the hole was designed to have players shooting down a fairly tight fairway (for this course), over a bunch of plastic tubing toward the main field. Behind the pin, you will find a large pile of cut wood that could be a bit of an inconvenience if your disc happens to go inside. The tee box itself was built between two massive cedars, which are where the course got its name from.
The flow to the course worked well since nobody else was out there, having players beginning and ending near the same general vicinity (near the large covered basketball courts). The holes seemed to range anywhere from 125-210 feet, any really only required a putter and perhaps a midrange disc. Players can navigate from hole to hole by looking for the two large yellow posts from in which you drive in between as well as the numbers directly on each basket. The course would be perfect to play glow golf on considering there is little to now brush on the entire course since it is primarily played on grass. The DGA baskets are probably the best part about the course, as they are brand new (installed in 2009) and are blue sparkle powder coated. They seem to be in great shape and catch quite well. The entire course can realistically be played in a half hour.
Since the course is set in a multi-use park, during the summer months I imagine it can get quite crowded. Holes#1-2 and #7-9 play along the perimeter (and at times center) of the grassy field, which makes them unplayable if others are partaking in the many other outdoor activities Toutle River RV Resort has to offer.
The overall challenge of the course is much to easy for experienced players as I mentioned before. However, it is perfect for it's target audience, families new to the sport who are on vacation and novice players alike. What this course has going for it though is the fact that it is so easily accessible, making travelers want to stop for a quick break and even perhaps that elusive dg ace!
When traveling to Twin Cedars DGC, make sure you drive up to the wooden booth to get a parking pass. The course is free and the owner is very welcoming. Once you have your pass just flip a U-turn and park immediately to your left, pass the outdoor basketball courts and bulldozers.
The Toutle River RV Resort is full of personality, with a lot of things to do including the "world's biggest" croquet game, basketball, ping pong, badminton, a playground, a mini BMX track, etc. If you bring your family, you can BBQ and make a whole day of it!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Stretch them legs
Pros: The Toutle river RV resort and Twin Cedars DGC is 20 seconds from the I-5 off ramp, check in at hut for free parking pass, and you can be playing very quickly. While if this course were located anywhere else it would be a disapointment, it just so happens that being located in prime I-5 rest stop area between Seattle, WA and Portland, OR coupled with the non-disc activities for fellow travelers makes it a very valuable resource. Throwing from the signature twin cedars man made tee structure is more fun than it seems.
Cons: No food/restaurants on same freeway exit. There is fast food on other I-5 exits near this DGC. No privacy on course, as is set around open fields. I Did not see any or ask about bathroom facilities.
Other Thoughts: Thanks for editing my photo's with the proper numbering. The course seems to rate as a 1.5, but the whole experience as a rest stop should garner a 3 of 5 in fun value, worth the stop. While the course is short and made for beginners, some fun can be had. Safari holes are easily do able, to extend the distances by throwing from tee pad 3 to pin 6 for example. They had benches in a pile near the course, I imagine those could be added in the future. Looks like a covered full size basketball court is installed, but they need to get the construction equipment moved to make it available. If I were an RVing Disc Golfer, it would be a great place to stay the night and play some beer rounds with glow discs, as there is no brush to loose your disc in, and plenty to entertain any children you may have with you.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
A little wacky but still fun
Pros: One of the best things that this course has going for it is that it is located pretty much right off I-5, making it a really convenient stop for anyone doing the Portland-Seattle trip. Twin Cedars is half wide open field shots and half semi-tight woods; its all very short and simple although not poorly constructed in any way. It just suits the main target group who will be playing there, which are probably almost all very new to the game.
I think that if you had to choose one hole to represent this course, it would have to be the Twin Cedars hole (#6?). You are basically teeing off from a small wooden platform between two cedars (hence the course name) and throwing a very short straight shot with just a few scattered birch on either side of the fairway. The other part that makes this a representative hole is that you are also throwing over and around several small storage sheds, lots of bundled fence supply, and piles other building/maintenance supplies - oh yeah, and don't go long or you'll end up in a 5 foot high pile of cut firewood! The course is comical in that way, but in a positive way.
It was free to play, which is a big pro and probably a good choice to keep it free for the owners because I could see myself stopping by again sometime during the summer and trying out the gigantic croquet set or buying some food there in between a short round.
Cons: Multi-use - In the summer, you might have to skip some holes if the place is packed or if people are using the gigantic croquet court.
Challenge - The holes out here are all legitimate for the true beginner player but much too short and simple for experienced players. Without realizing it, I was shooting -8 going into our last hole which I promptly choked :) If you are only into championship golf, this won't be your cup of tea - the most difficult hole is probably about a 150' shot through a tunnel of trees, but its worth a stop for those who like to play at lots of different venues just because it is so easy to get to.
Other Thoughts: As another reviewer has noted, the place itself is a bit loony. There is construction equipment everywhere, a giant barn pavilion stuffed with toys, benches, a triple-decker golf cart, and a whole bunch of other craziness. The croquet court looks pretty crazy as you use oversized mallets and hit soccer balls instead of those little ceramic ones - they market it as the largest croquet course in the world!
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
This place is kind of nutty
Pros: Twin Cedars DGC starts out on this little field next to a bulldozer, you can tell where the tee off locations are by two bright yellow posts sticking in the ground and you throw from between them. This course is very short with the exception of one hole but only about half are in the open and there is a couple of really fun, short and technical shots through the trees but there are a lot of ace runs here. The baskets are brand new and are in really good shape. The course doesn't get utilized most often from what I can tell and playing the nine holes takes all of twenty minutes.
Cons: The course does a good job for what it's supposed to be but there just isn't enough potential for anything above a 1.5 rating at best. The course is small, open and easy, there is no reason you can't shoot eight or nine under consistently here.
Other Thoughts: As soon as you get off of the freeway and into the parking lot for disc golf you realize this place is a little on the nutty side. There are multiple bulldozers for a small piece of land, multiple forklifts, a tour style golf cart, random sheds, piles of firewood and other random assorted debris all over the place. They also have the world's biggest croquet game; LARGE mallets that you use to knock a soccer ball (basically the croquet ball) through large wooden croquet thickets. This looks like a ton of fun, in fact we had the idea of taking a bunch of disc golfers down here and playing a huge game of giant croquet.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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