Top Notch Disc Golf
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Pros: -Milo McIver Disc Golf Course is located in the massive Milo McIver State Park near the town of Estacada, Oregon. The disc golf course occupies a healthy portion of the park, I'd estimate, at least 75 acres. The disc golf course is located in the Riverbend Day Use area.
-The scenery at Milo is absolutely stunning. From the moment you drive in, you can sense that you're in for a treat. The entry road winds down a hill through a dense forest thick with beautiful, massive Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar trees. At spots you can catch a glimpse of Mt. Hood, as well.
-Once you make it to the course, you're in for a treat. The course design is phenomenal. The Riverbend day use area features open areas with scattered trees, and areas with more dense woods as well, perfect for a championship-level course. No hole is a gimme. You have to work hard to make a good score here.
-You seriously need to throw all types of shots to succeed at this course. Long crushes, right to left shots, left to right shots, S-curve shots, low shots, precise upshots, straddle putts, hack-out-of-the-woods shots, you need it all.
-It's a long course, but not too long. About 2/3rds of the holes are par 3s. Par 4s are scattered here and there and the park features two par 5s as well. Many of the longer holes feature a short teepad, making the course manageable for shorter-armed players.
-Almost every basket is tucked in a nice setting, between or behind some trees. This makes you really have to focus on throwing your disc in a spot where you aren't blocked. It is very easy to throw a shot 20 or less feet from a basket and have no look at a putt because you're behind a massive tree.
The scenery is so beautiful it can become distracting, and you will inevitably throw into the woods at one time or another. But, the undergrowth is almost all native. Ferns and vine maple abound. It is much easier to find your disc in that than if the woods were overgrown with blackberries and other nasty invasives.
-The Clackamas River is in view from a good many of the holes and within earshot at a couple points too. Nothing is more calming than hearing rushing water. Too many disc golf courses are within earshot of a freeway. This is a hundred times better.
-Wildlife abounds. Don't be surprised to see deer, eagles, chipmunks, and salmon in the river. This adds another charm to an already splendid course.
-Timber Park is directly across the river. Two 18+ hole, terrific courses within a ten minute drive is anyone's dream. Timber is such a nice course as well. It has more of a city park feel, and the holes are closer together, but it's still a wonderful challenge. If you come here to play Milo, check out Timber, too.
-The holes are spread out nice and far apart. Every hole has its own space, seperate and not within griplock-range from another.
-The course is generally flat, but many of the baskets are set on a small hill in the woods. There are some fun, downhill holes, as well. Holes 6 and 11 on the East and hole 9 on the West all offer fun, downhill throws.
-There are frequent restrooms, which, for a state park, are really nice. I wonder if that is due to the Beaver State Fling.
Cons: -Navigation your first time, can be tricky. The regular layout is an 18-hole east course and a 9-hole west course that start from the east and west parking lots. Or, you can skip around and play all 27. For the Beaver State Fling they add 9 holes to make for 2 18 hole courses that start from the middle parking lot. And in the winter the west course is closed and the extra Beaver State Fling holes on the east side are opened. It's all very confusing until you've been to the park a few times, so print a map. Maps are super helpful, they show the layout and where the short tee is. However they don't show the paths between holes.
-Because there are so many different layouts, the tee signs aren't always correct and half the time, aren't present.
-The baskets are older Discatchers. They catch all right but some of them have rusty chains. This isn't a big problem but for a course like this, that hosts a PDGA NT event, I'd expect to see new top-notch baskets.
Other Thoughts: -Some people might complain it costs $5, but I think that is more than worth it for a course like this.
-Many of the baskets are elevated, either on a mound, a tree stump, or on the side of a hill. It's a lot of fun but make sure to give your putts enough power. I might have set a record for front-rim bangers in a round here. :-)
-The baskets do have a little doodad at the bottom pointing the direction to the next hole. Sometimes they are correct but not always. I just look for a path leading away from the basket.
-This course hosts the Beaver State Fling every June for a reason. Come out if you haven't already. It's a ton of fun to watch the top pros at one of the best courses in the country.
-There is no way to not give Milo a 5 disc review. Yes, there are a few small issues but nothing worth dinging the rating for. Milo McIver State Park is a wonderful experience, start to finish.
-If you're just starting out, this course is probably a little much for you. But you certainly don't need to be a pro to have fun here. The short and long tees make this course fun for everyone. I always look forward to my next round at Milo McIver.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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* Challenging course with wide variety of shots across 27 holes with Pro and Amateur tees. You will want to come back again and again. This course should be on your bucket list.
* Holes usually have multiple angles of approach, and reward a variety of play styles. Quite a few risk/reward shots to take. Nice mix of long/short, open/trees, and elevation/flat shots.
* Beautiful scenery along the Clackamas River - wildflowers, wild berries, trees, meadows, bald eagles, blue herons, etc. This is everything disc golf should be.
* Concrete tees, good signage, good benches, nice facilities.
* Ample parking, restrooms and water fountains near some tees for pit stops.
* Well maintained grass, OB, facilities (that's what your fees pay for).
* Paper maps available at the entrance, very helpful.
* Really helpful staff at the front desk and campground. Don't be afraid to ask questions about the facilities or where to go.
* Camping and day-use facilities available at this enormous state park. Clackamas river has a boat launch and an old (but operating) hydroelectric dam to check out. Lots of hiking trails and good picnicking.
* Short drive to another great course, Timber Park.
Cons: / Thoughts:
* Some water fountains don't work at present and need to be repaired.
* Watch out for people crossing your path on the way to the river who don't know there is a disc golf course there.
* Watch out for poison oak and blackberries. They are minimal but they do exist on a couple holes. There is a hornet's nest (marked with signs) on #17 right now as well.
* Due to the awesomeness of this course, if you are playing on a nice-weather weekend day get here early, say 10am or earlier.
* Some shots are very long. I recommend playing the amateur tees the first time you play, or you may find your arm too exhausted to finish all 18 / 27 holes. The pro tees really are for pros at this course - they will wear you out.
Good course for: people with a half day to full day to play disc golf. Good for pretty much any reasonably experienced player, although even the amateur tees may still be too much for new players.
Bad course for: absolute beginners, green-colored discs, people who don't look before they throw
King for a day: I would fix the drinking fountains and get some crews to eradicate the occasional poison oak and blackberries, but otherwise, it's great.
Definitely a 5/5 - "best of the best"
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
The tops. Nothing more to say.
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Pros: Everything except the signage. Gorgeous natural beauty. Good mix of shots. History. Location. Views on the drive out and back. Truly world class.
there is a reason (there are lots of reasons) why it is a top course for anyone who has ever played it, and a favorite among many top pros.
Cons: Needs better signage and next tee markers for visitors.
Other Thoughts: As good a course as I've played anywhere. Ever.
2 of 10 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 15 Not
Pros: Incredible course. Played twice and loved both rounds. Challenging and long (both good things). If I lived in the area it would be my goto course.
Cons: A bit of a drive to get there. Can be tough to follow some layouts.
Other Thoughts: This is a world class course. No question.
1 of 16 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: -Huge tee pads
-Pro and AM pads
-Multiple pin locatoins
-Garbage cans through out
-Shots of all kinds, bring your whole bag for this course!
Cons: Not sure of many cons. May be a little long for beginners. Other than that I can't think of any other issues.
Other Thoughts: This course is absolutely amazing. It is well kept. Lots of volunteer hours go into making this one of the best courses in the world. Take a lunch. You'll be wanting a nice meal after a round at this monster.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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one of the best
Pros: has some of the best shots around, tests every aspect of your game............................
Cons: gotta have a big arm to make par..........................................
Other Thoughts: leave the tournament pins in year round plz............................
2 of 22 people found this review helpful.
My Favorite Course...
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Pros: - Amazing layout: green grass + huge trees
- Concrete teepads
- Different elevation looks
- Variety of open/flat to tight wooded holes
- 27 holes (spring/summer)
- Bright red rimmed baskets with huge red flags (awesome)
- Recycle bins every couple holes
- Great use of park space
- EMPTY during the week
- Good signage
Cons: - Signage is confusing if you don't have a map.
- The course flow can be confusing at certain points (Hole 9e to 10e; Hole 15e to 16e) if you have no idea where your going, again bring a map the first couple times.
- Someone (Stumptown DGC) should make one map that includes both the 9w/18e layout with the 27 hole flow labeled as well. That would be sweet.
Other Thoughts: Picture a course with wide green fairways, the occasional giant Douglas Fir in the middle, combined with tight forested holes every now and then, over a huge expanse of area on a bend of the Clackamas River.. If someone asked me to imagine "What would be your ideal course in the Pacific Northwest", it would be this course. There's a reason there's a national tour event here.
There is enough space to have two 18 hole courses here (which happens during the Beaver State Fling), but the seasonal recreational layout is 27 holes (9 west, 18 east) during summer/fall and 18 holes on the east side of the course during winter. It should be said that the 18 east winter holes include holes not used during the 18 east summer/fall layout. This is due to alternate park use in some areas during summer.
For the 27 holes used in summer/fall, locals use a 27 hole layout (the Stumptown DGC map is included here), which numbers many of the holes differently than what's on the signage. Before you go, do yourself a favor: print out both the 18 hole and 27 hole layout (NOT THE WINTER) maps and write in the 27 hole layout numbers on the 18 hole layout map and use that map to play the 27.
Confused? It's really the only "complaint" I would have for this course. After playing it now in all seasons, I totally get it, but I will always use a map. Always. If it is your first time here, ask or bring a guide.
I've played 63 holes of golf here over 8 hours, which makes it about 8 cents a hole for the $5.00 you pay to get into the park. This is for the most beautiful layout I've ever seen. There were few people there with me.
The course is big, with two lovely par 5's :1w is my favorite on the course; 2e is both pretty and ridiculously long. Combined with the fair amount of par 4s, it is a course for big arms, which I love, but not might be for everyone. They do have Am tees to ameliorate this, but I wouldn't necessarily call this a course for beginners or newbies.
I think the perfect scenario would be to camp here for a couple of days in the middle of a week during the summer fall. You'd totally get the most out it, then.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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A Week With Milo
Pros: Well maintained
9, 18, or 27 holes (and at times 36)
Pro and Am tees on most holes
Beautiful old growth setting
Pro, Advanced, intermediate, and Beginner friendly options
Cons: Remote (almost an hour from downtown Portland)
Can be crowded on weekends
The layout may be confusing to people who do not have a map or guide
$5 OR State Park Parking Fee
Some holes may intimidate some Beginners (i believe that there are some holes here that even intimidate pros too)
Other Thoughts: Well maintained and cared for by tenacious volunteers this course is truly one of the great courses in Oregon. The combination of long holes with wide fairways, Short technical holes, elevation changes, and all the permeations in between leaves one tired at the end of 9, 18, or 27 holes but fulfilled. The fact that there are so many ways to play the course makes spending a week a Milo worh every penny. Living far from Portland (200+ miles), I try to get to this course at least once a year however, if I lived closer I would be there more.
4 of 8 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -the park alone is worth the drive,its big and very beautiful
-27/36 DISCatcher's,many with alt pin settings,most of the pins are are tucked into a pocket or a clump of trees,a few parking lot-island green's, and 1 in a stump
-large concrete tee's,Pro and Am
-short,medium,long,and extra long throws, from 175' upto 850'...then the super-sized extra long 1196'
-great layout and use of what elevation there is,many of the fairways do have some slope to them and there are quite a few shots with elevated tee's.
-no boring or repeating holes
-signs,benches,trash/recycle cans and 3 clean bathroom buildings
-usually not much of a crowd,but even if there is alot of people, its a BIG course
-all the old growth fir,pine and cedars, ferns and vines,deer,bald eagles and even saw a coyote on hole #W8
-3 miles from timber park
-and finally, home of the Beaver State Fling, a National Tour event that brings in some of top men and women players from all over the country,including many top players from all over Oregon
Cons: the only thing for me is that its not 36 holes year round
Other Thoughts: ive always loved this park even when it just had 18 holes,you could look around and imagine shots everywhere.
this is a championship park with 2 championship courses.a majority of the holes are 400-600' range,plus a 700,850 and 1196',but there are quite a few 300' and some in the 200' range.
this is a big-arm course, but alot of it is about placement too.
Milo McIver is truely one of the top five courses in the world!
tied with Meadowridge as my favorite course
9 of 11 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: nice grass that is mowed and big tee pads and good baskets. 27 holes is a nice big long day of playing and good for picnick with the kids. good throws from the hill for downhill fun and near the river
Cons: its really long and hard so its frustrating to try and get good score. its hard to find your wya around so its good to play with people who know the course or ask some one who knows. it costs a lot of money to play it because its in a state park that charges money to play.
Other Thoughts: really great course but its too far from town so its a long drive but worth it
1 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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