With Pads This Could Be A Great Little 9 Holer!
Pros: When you combine the large, mostly open rolling expanse of lawn below the wine tasting room with the lovely green, wooded, hilly green park-like area across the road, you have more than enough room for a great little nine hole course. All you need now is someone with a minimal knowledge of disc golf and nine tee pads and PRESTO, you'd have a nice little course here. This rolling terrain is pretty sweet and offers plays a chance for a couple of 350'-400' downhill wide open bombs.
Currently there are nine temporary baskets randomly placed about the property with seven below the wind tasting room and two more across the road in the more wooded area.
Because there are currently no tee pads of any manner, players are forced to either play safari or just play basket to basket.
Cons: Without tees, players are just practicing. It's a lovely place to throw a few discs. Kind of like going to the beach and throwing along the sand.
Personally, I'm at a lost without pads and signs. Playing basket to basket isn't something I take too seriously. It's just like going out to the closest school and practicing your drives.
Other Thoughts: I see a world of untapped potential here. The area across the road could easily support four shorter holes and they would feature some nice elevation change, mature trees and a small stream. The area below the wine tasting room could then have five holes including one or maybe two big downhill throws to air it out on. I'd love to have the chance to design a course here. In my mind, I'd envision it being about a 3 rated course.
Most players would chip in the added 1/2 point rating just for the wine tasting at the end. Maybe it could become an ultra exclusive club where players have to wear "Whites" and would sip their glasses of wine whilst playing. Yeah, I can see most of the disc golfers I know playing here in those conditions. Noo, maybe not! Especially not recent formerly esteemed reviewers JR Stengele and sillybizz, who obviously, do not recognize star potential when they gaze upon it!
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Wine Buzzz Recommended
Red Hills Run @ Stoller Vineyards is located in the foothills of Dayton, Oregon just below the wine tasting room. The piece of land the course was set up on is a rectangular ten acre grassy lot with about six trees along the perimeter of one side and one massive tree with a tire swing in the middle. Although, the massive tree in the center with the tire swing never comes in to play, it is more for looks.
The course itself has six baskets along with one up toward the tasting room with discs in it for guests to borrow. Four of the baskets go along the perimeter with the tree line and two are positioned on the opposite side of an open field. Red Hills Run is ideal for recreational players who are being exposed to the game for the first time, families, more seasoned players looking to practice, or for glow rounds. Being that the baskets are all portable, safari golf could be done. Most people play from basket to basket since there are no tee pads but I recommend skipping a basket from time to time to add some distance and make it more interesting.
As the last reviewer stated, this course is wide open and unimaginative. With the exception of a few trees, this course is more like a Canadian football field. However, it does serve a purpose. These types of courses or "practice areas" allow people who would not normally be exposed to the sport a chance to play. Baskets over time have broken down some, with rusted chains and bent cages but work fine for its target audience. Unless you are looking to taste wine or are a course bagger like myself, I would just skip this course and head straight to Newberg.
The fact that the designers installed baskets at Stoller Vineyards is awesome! I am sure that drinking wine and playing disc golf in the foothills of the Willamette Valley would be relaxing and enjoyable. The facilities seemed very nice and the winery is known for having some award winning wines. So drink up and enjoy!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: The Red Hills Run course is a mostly flat and almost completely wide open course with the exception of a few trees. The property is beautiful over looking the Vineyard and drinking is allowed on site as long as you are tasting wine. There are no tee pads here which is kind of nice because you can either play from the last basket or make up your safari course.
Cons: With the exception of a couple of trees near the parking area this place is wide open and unimaginative. This really is nothing more than a place to practice driving in open fields with a couple baskets to throw at. The baskets have also seen better days. These baskets looks like they have been through a war zone, being old and rusty and some even being bent out of shape, literally.
Other Thoughts: This is one of the more interesting places I've seen for a course. This place could be fun if you figure some cool safari holes. This is a decent option for someone who is traveling with their spouse or partner and want to get some wine tasting and disc golf into one stop and the disc golf can take as long or short as you want. This isn't a place for serious players but it does serve a purpose.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: There are no tee pads so the course is very dynamic. You can play from wherever you want. The baskets are set up in a flowing order and are between 275 and 400 foot long drives, if you drive from basket to basket, so bring your driver. Mostly flat course with a little up and down. Not a lot of trees except for a few holes in the woods. The course can be played in either direction so its actually an 18 or more especially since there is not a set order for the baskets to be played. The street works really good as a tee pad.
Cons: some of the baskets could be located in better spots. The woody area should have 1 or 2 more baskets up there.
Other Thoughts: Nice location between Mac and Newberg
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Beautiful vineyard setting
Good course to introduce newbies or children to the sport
Total flexibility of where to tee off, so you can create any distance you want
Good place to practice different types of shots and get to know different discs
A bunch of discs that you can use for free, so if you want to try out a particular disc and see how it works for you before going out and buying one, they might have one there you can play a round with
Wine tasting and throwing some plastic at the same place
Cons: Very flat and open
Not very challenging
Other Thoughts: The baskets are permanently set up as a year round course, but they are the portable type baskets. Most are in the flat/field area, but two are across a service road in a very cool little wooded area that has a little elevation.
It would be worth asking the owners if you could set up most of the baskets over in the wooded area for a round or two...that would make for a fun time.
The scorecard at the tasting room says there are 18 holes, but there are only 9 baskets on site.
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