4 Helpful / 0 Not
Enjoyable and Scenic Course
Pros: Located in a well manicured park on the banks of Silver Lake, this course is a great little "executive" course, with most of the holes playing pretty short, but providing nice challenges.
The tee pads were nice and grippy on a rainy weekend day and the navigation was very intuitive, as the tall 4x4 posts are quite visible.
This course has some of the feel of Pier Park (All the large trees and manicured feel) with the elevation of a place like Horning's Hideout. All the holes but #1 and #2 benefit from the use of a major slope that encompasses the rest of the course. The combination of elevation, trees, and varying types of shots required make this course a blast. Most experienced players will see birdie opportunities on a majority of holes, and will be inspired by the chance to rack them up.
Cons: Though there is rumor that they will expand the course to 18 holes, the fact that there's only 9 does not really bring my rating down. The current offering is quite nice and only makes us wanting for more - but only 9 holes would limit this as a frequent destination for those like me that have to drive 40 minutes.
Played once on a sunny Labor Day and the park was full of people doing everything from walking the paths to geocaching. We had some stray drives that came really close to pedestrians. I would say that I wouldn't recommend playing at all on these busy family days, as it's too terrifying to watch what "I wasn't trying to do" become reality. I surely will stick to weekday mornings!
Hole 1 & 2 (though not bad holes) suffer a bit. Hole #1 from its openness, and #2 from the wet bogginess that seems to prevail.
Other Thoughts: We played with a local who was knowlegable of the "safari back 9" which is a longer version of the current course. He showed us this course which stacks holes (like combining 1 & 2) to make for a very challenging and fun course. For obvious reasons, it can only be played when the park isn't crowded. But what fun it was!
My suggestion- if more land cannot be obtained, perhaps go the route that Northpark has and install more teepads to the existing holes if possible to create a back 9.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Feel good track
Pros: great scenery
some fun tee shots
nice tee pads
park is well maintained
Cons: if you want be challenged this is not the track for you
hole 2 basket a little swampy
Other Thoughts: a nice job of making some fun holes in a compact space.
possible for less experienced players to make birdies
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Located in a fairly decent park. Out of the way of park activities. Maintained well. Not much congestion.
Cons: Only 9 holes. Not very challenging. Hole 2 is way too swampy around the basket.
Other Thoughts: This course has a lot of potential! Can't wait to see if they add another 9 holes! Across the street would be a perfect location.
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: good use of space, excellent views all around, challenging but easy to navigate, the suggestion binder at the start is a great idea! Tee's and baskets are all in great shape and the rubber is great for getting a grip!
Cons: Could be longer but not a super lot of space. part of the course goes along the volley ball pits so you run the risk of hitting or disturbing a game going on there. There was also a large trailer and a storage container right in the middle of the second fairway
Other Thoughts: if they could find a way to add more holes this course would be perfect!
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Definitely a "feel good about yourself" course. It's short, but technical enough to provide a challenge. To add even more of a challenge, my friends and I play that if your disc lands on a paved area, it's considered OB. Even still, our average score is 1-2 over par.
Cons: Even though there is plenty of parking, you have to walk through a pretty crowded family area to get to hole 1. The fact that there's no smoking is pretty irritating. If you need to light up, however, you can step outside of the park at the tee to hole 5.
Other Thoughts: I wouldn't call it a destination course but more of a warm-up on the way type. The tee pads are brand new and the baskets are fresh. It is a fun course and there is enough shade and breeze to keep you cool on hot summer days!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: Nice layout and challenging too! Very clean as well.
Cons: 18 holes would be nice but there's not room unfortunately. And a port-a-potty would be cool too.
Other Thoughts: It plays plenty fast. We put in 27 holes in under 2 hours. Definetly a good time!
0 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Set In A Beautiful But Busy Park!
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The two previous reviewers have both written eloquent, informative reviews. The course plays from the shore of Silver Lake up to the street. This is a fairly smallish piece of land but the view of Silver Lake and then the North Cacades snow capped foothills off in the distance make this one of the prettiest spots for a course anywhere. Being a brand new course, the DGA baskets with numbers on top are in like new condition. The teepads are fly pads which are great here in the NW. The course plays at kind of a recreational to beginner level. There are signs at each hole. Slight elevation comes into play on many of the holes.
Cons: Because this is such a multi-use park and gets so much use, there are going to be conflicts which other park users. The day I played there was a outrigger canoe festival of some kind. Holes 1 and 9 were not playable due to cars parked on and around them. I didn't want to risk hitting some giant Hawaiian's rowers car and have him throw me in the lake. I know there aren't always going to be canoe races going on but I'm fairly certain that this lovely little park by the lake is always packed on summer days and holidays. Many of your throws cross over one of the park's entry roads so be extra careful there. The area around the # 2 basket was extremely marshy but we have had, like a 1000 days straight with rain.
Other Thoughts: Did I talk about the gorgeous setting? OK, enough on that. If there is room across the street, I could see maybe having the first seven holes on the lake side and finishing up with the last 11 on the other side. The hole # 1 teepad will be parked on most of the summer.
This is a nice addition for the folks around Everett. Hopefully, the additional holes will be added soon and a minor re-configuration will help things.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Silver Lake is pretty!!!
Pros: The Excalibur course is the newest disc golf course in Washington and the first in Everett. The first thing you will notice is that the tee pad for hole one is very close to the shore and actually on the beach front of Silver Lake. This is actually the first course that I am aware of that followed ADA guidelines so that every tee pad is wheelchair accessible. Navigation is easy and was thought of in the planning so that every tee pad is visible from the previous basket. Speaking of the baskets; they are all brand new DGA Mach III's with the circle on the top of them with the hole number built in. The tee pads are all brand new fly pads which I just got done playing in a classic Seattle downpour and they still grip even when flooded with water.
With the length and difficulty of this course I would say it benefits intermediate players on down to beginners. Every hole is in the 150-250 foot range and moderately treed with good elevation that was used extremely well on holes three through nine. This is the perfect place to learn a new mid range or putter with a one disc round and be able to be challenged with many different shots.
Cons: This is a great little piece of land and a well looked after park which is nice but this place gets busy when it's nice outside with non disc golfers because of this. Some of the baskets and tee pads are close to others fairways and such so with many groups on the course this could be a problem and slow down play quite a bit. Walking from the previous basket to the next tee pad is walking into other fairways sometimes so you have to watch out for that as well.
Other Thoughts: The beauty of this place is wonderful on a sunny summer day. This was just installed and there is talk of expanding to 18 holes using the other side of the street which would be a more wooded area and would round out this side that is more open. There other things this park offers is fishing in the lake, swimming in the lake, bathrooms, play ground equipment, floating docks and more.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Silver Lake-Excalibur DGC
Silver Lake-Excalibur DGC is located in Thornton A. Sullivan Park, in Everett, Wa. This beautiful nine hole course is just minutes off the freeway and easily accessible from both north and south of I-5. When pulling up to the massive gravel parking lot, it appears to look more like a park and ride, and the park sign can easily be missed so be on the lookout. However, once you enter the park just head along the cement walking path, which meanders throughout the entire park, and stay to the right. As you follow along the path through a very well manicured park you will pass several amenities, including bathrooms, picnic tables, BBQ's, a beach and swim area, and a large playground. Tee one is located along the lake just on the other side of the play area.
The course itself was installed in May 2010, and therefore is in great shape! The nine permanent DGA baskets are all brand new, with four additional temporary ones for tournament play. The tees are all fly pads, which grip extremely well and are ideal for northwest weather. They are also great since they can be relocated at any time in case the layout needs to be reconfigured. Tee signs are located at every hole, and are easily visible throughout the course. Hole distance ranges anywhere from 125-275 feet, and are all currently par 3. The design of each hole is unique, and offers multiple approaches. Most pins are well protected, and most of the obstacles are incorporated to add to the challenge.
Navigation on the course is quite easy, but first timers would still benefit from printing off a map under file links, as well as a park map. Since the course is fairly short and tee signs are located near every tee, there should be no issues getting lost. The flow to the course was well thought out as well. The designer spent a lot of time carefully planning the layout and therefore has players beginning and ending in the same general vicinity. The designer also did a fantastic job utilizing the land given as well as the elevation. With the exception of holes # 1 and 2, the rest of the holes incorporate some sort of uphill or downhill shot. The wind is also a major factor at times, which is great! Because of this, the overall difficulty of the course increases, making putts that much more challenging.
Last, the scenery. Thornton A. Sullivan Park, or locally known as "Silver Lake", is extremely well manicured. There is little evidence of trash, grass is mowed regularly, and the trees and plants are well kept. Because of this, the course has no underbrush! The views of Silver Lake absolutely beautiful as well, and is the perfect place to take a quick dip during those hot summer days.
Because the course was planned out so well there is not a whole lot wrong. However, some of the biggest issues I could think of really had nothing to do with the design but rather where the course was designated in the park. Hole #1 is about a quarter mile from the parking lot, and has players walking through the rest of the park where the majority of people gather. It is not a huge deal, just a bit of an inconvenience.
Length of the course might be an issue to some as well. Although most of the holes could be reached with a mid or putter, each hole is still challenging and quite enjoyable. The designer who installed this little gem was given very specific requirements, and truly did a marvelous job with what he had to work with. It is the perfect course to get recreational and intermediate players out on, as well as a place to work on upshots and putts if you're an advanced or open player.
Last, tee pad #8 is pretty close to pins #3 and #7, which could be somewhat dangerous at times if the course is crowded. Just make sure you are on the lookout and all will be fine.
There is talk of eventually making Silver Lake-Excalibur DGC 18 holes. They want to eventually expand to across the street, which would have players throwing near the freeway. With careful planning, it would be more technical, and a great additional to the more open nine near the lake.
This course was the very first course that I have had the privilege to be apart of in regards to the installation. It truly made me feel good to give back to the disc golf community considering all that disc golf has given me. There were a ton of volunteers that helped put this in, including the designer, the Parks and Rec, locals, and Chainbanger'z DGC. We all came together with one purpose in mind, worked together, and installed a beautiful course! Afterwards, we were rewarded by the fruits of our labor by getting to play a few rounds on a brand new course. Even better, I was able to get the first ace on the course, hole #4! This course was a blast to install, and will always have a special place in my heart.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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