2 Helpful / 0 Not
Scruffy but fun
Pros: The course plays through a sprawling park that's mostly flat. A small hill comes into play for a few of the wooded holes, adding a little bit of variety. There is a decent mix of more open field type holes and tighter technical shots. There are some interesting lines to hit with low ceilings and lurking rough, even some of the shorter holes will still challenge better players.
The drainage ditch is nasty, but it does add some risk/reward decisions on a couple holes where you have the choice to risk getting wet by going for the two or take a safer shot without the birdie in play. There is some length variety, with a few of the open holes that are long enough to throw a driver and plenty of reachable but tricky shorter shots.
Cons: The park is pretty scruffy, with nasty thorny rough and gross water in the drainage ditch, That's not a big deal, but it does take away from the aesthetics of the course, and the rough is bad enough that less accurate players might get pretty frustrated (and bloody!). A lot of the more technical shots turn left, it would have been nice to see a little more variety in line shaping required, especially since it seemed like there was room and opportunity to do that.
The alternate pins change things up quite a bit, it would be nice to see a little better signage though that made it a little easier to figure out which position was in use and how to approach the hole. There are some next tee signs, but there are a few more places that could use them with some funky navigation. The walking path doesn't seem too busy, but it cuts through several holes and can be a safety issue on a nice day.
Other Thoughts: Beginners might find the rough a little punishing, but the course is a reasonable difficulty level overall for most newer players. Experienced players won't find quite enough variety to be a good overall test but there are some interesting challenges. This isn't a bad place at all to stop if you're passing through on the 5.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
A solid Oregon course
Pros: - It isn't Dexter. Now, North Regional is definitely not better than Dexter, and if you want a world class course you should head there. However, North Regional is a nice break from playing the same course over and over again.
- The course is extremely efficient. Each hole maximizes the minimal space allotted for the course.
- The forest holes (12-15) are a nice break from the flat and give the course a nice, somewhat rustic feel
Cons: - Call me odd, but I'm not a fan of randomly raised holes. Hole 2 is the prime example of this.
- Odd smell from the waste water treatment plant on occasion.
- No water or bathroom on the course
- The course is common recreation area, so throw with caution
Other Thoughts: A solid course overall. I would recommend it as a stop if you are in the area, and I would even recommend it for all you Eugenians who are tired of Dexter and despise Westmoreland. The course is a great example of how to maximize unused land to the public's benefit.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Eugene Area Alternative
-Par 4's on two holes in long setting
-Multiple pin placements for most holes
-Water in play on several holes
-Plays along a multi-use recreational path
-No bathroom or drinking water
-Some tee pads are a little short
-No tee signs on most holes
-Not a beautiful park
The course at North Regional Park is the best thing to happen for disc golf in the Eugene area since Dexter was built over ten years ago. There is finally another 18 hole course in the area to give players an alternative to just playing Dexter as well as take some of the pressure off of that course. And "The Grove" is a worthy alternative. It is a very fun course with some unique holes and a little bit of everything from tight and technical to air it out big. Plenty of birdie opportunities and plenty of punishment for missing your line, including o.b., water, and areas you really don't want to go.
The course was designed and installed on a very accelerated timeline from most installations and it probably would have benefitted from a play-in period to test the layout and configuration. Still, it is well laid out and has a pretty good flow, especially considering the odd shape of the park space available, which is mostly along a multi-use bike and hike trail. The shape of the course is long and narrow, with two "loops" - one at the far end of the space and one in the middle - and several holes bringing you out from and back to the parking lot.
Hole 3 is a short but sharp left -right hole unlike any others I can think of in the State. Hole 4 requires carrying seasonal water or going the long way around for a safer par. Even when it is dry, the wet area is o.b. and has some dense disc-eating grass. Hole 5 is a short left-right with seasonal water all along the right side and trees on the left. All three of these holes can be birdied, or your whole round can be ruined. I like that!
Hole 8 is probably the signature hole of the course, especially in the longest setting, when it is a par 4. The long pin is tucked into a small landing area with a creek on one side and dense blackberry, willows, and brush on the other. It takes a good placement drive, and a great upshot to yield a putt for three.
Holes 12-15 are probably my favorite part of the course with the holes situated on a forested hill away from the multi-use path. Thes holes are short but tight and fun up and downhill shots which once again can yield birdies or pain for inaccuracy. Hole 17 is a unique hole which tees off a huge round elevated teepad and throws over flat ground to a huge mound of what I think at one time was fill material. Just one tree on the right side of the fairway, but a very fun shot to bomb at the pin. Hole 18 is a long open shot to bring you back to the parking lot with an o.b. fence off to the far right and some trees along the length of the hole to punish bad placement. In the long setting it is also a par 4.
This course has a lot of replay value and is very fun. Because of the odd shape, the multi-use path running through most of the course, and the not exactly beautiful setting it isn't an awesome destination disc golf course overall. But it is definitely worth a stop, very convenient to I-5, and for the locals who had only one 18 hole course to play for over 20 years it is the best thing since sliced bread.
One final note: this course was built, funded, and maintained all by volunteers, local club members, and the community. It was and is a lot of work by a few people and is a great example of disc golfers pulling together.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: A new course with a lot of potential. A mix of very tight and open shots. Every hole was well thought out and genuinely challenging.
Cons: It was hard to find my way through without a map, but was fortunate enough to meet some locals who were nice enough to show me the way. Still really just barely cut out in several areas, spotters highly recommended.
Other Thoughts: This looks like what will be a great course soon, just needs a few more paths worn through, and a couple more tee pads.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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