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Simple But Good Play
Pros: -New Tees are great
-BBR Seems interested in acitve improvements
Cons: -simple layout
-too many wide open holes
-Tees and baskets are unnumbered
Other Thoughts: This course is just a fantastic addition to a nice vacation spot. I wouldn't go out of my way to play it, but while at Black Butte, it's a nice 30-45 minute play.
The folks of BBR seem to be interested in improving the course. Fairly recent tee pours are well done, and right sized. Throw up some signage and it'll be Grade A setup, even if the course layout isn't overly challenging.
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Much improved. Nice concrete tees.
Pros: - Great concrete tees.
- Fairly easy to get around, since most tees are visible from the previous basket.
- The woods can be quite challenging on holes 7-9. Perfect warm-up for close-by Hyzer Pines.
- Nice length for each hole, and a good variety. Better grab the birdies on holes 3 and 4, because 5 and 9 are well protected and can be difficult to par.
- Gorgeous views of the Cascade Mountains on the first 6 holes. Even holes 7 through 9 in the woods have a great view of Black Butte.
- Easily reachable by bike for people staying at Black Butte Ranch.
- Can pick up free golf range balls on holes 5 and 6.
Cons: - Hole 1 plays through the soccer field, so it can be "closed" at times.
- No signage numbering the holes, but the wood posts have potential.
- Holes 1 through 4 are fairly open shots with few obstacles and not much elevation change.
- The walkout from 6 to 7 needs a sign, since it isn't clear without a map.
- Possibility of hitting someone doing some other activity on holes 1 and 6.
- Some of the baskets are showing their age with missing/broken chains.
- The tall grass on holes 2 through 5 can leave you looking for your disc. On other courses I often use orange discs so they standout, but my darker orange discs blend into the ground and brush on this course.
- Proximity of ball golf driving range to holes 5 and 6. I've seen balls come flying over the fence. Big con: my wife makes me wear a helmet to play this part of the course.
Other Thoughts: This is an updated review for a much improved course. The terrible u-shaped dirt and wood tees have been replaced by nice concrete tees. The tees may be a little small for my run-up, but they are definitely some of the better tees I've played. I'm really glad the old dangerous blind left turn over a bike path onto a multi-use playing field has been removed. The new hole 6 is a much better use of this piece of land. The woods housing holes 7 through 9 used to have 5 baskets with some jokingly short holes; now the three new holes form a challenging loop worth playing twice.
Black Butte is clearly trying to make improvements to the course. The baskets used to be painted green, due to some of the residents finding them unsightly. Now they are a bright red, which makes them easy to see.
When I heard Black Butte Ranch has a disc golf course I had hoped it was through the woods on the other side of Hawks Beard road. The land is still there; maybe someday BBR will have a disc golf course on par with its two ball golf courses. I'd love to have an additional 9, or perhaps 18.
I highly recommend making the 15 minute drive to Hyzer Pines, but if you don't have time BBR DGC can satisfy your desire to play some disc golf. It can also be a good warm-up course for Hyzer Pines, or a cool-down course for late in the day.
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