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Porcupine @ 4 Mound Reserve
Porcupine DGC is one of three wilderness courses located on the Four Mound Reserve in Spokane, Washington. This eighteen hole course is moderately hilly and wooded, offering a great deal of variety in terms of layout and terrain. The course has some tight fairways lined with massive pine trees and rock outcrops, but also incorporates some open fields and at times extreme elevation. Holes on this course are some of the shortest at the reserve as well as the longest, ranging anywhere from 225-600+ feet, and include a mix of par 3's, 4's and even a 5. Water is present on hole #13, where the players are throwing from on top of a rock formation down in to a valley 585 feet away with a large pond on the left. Easily avoidable but if looking for a birdie, golfers will need to run it along the water's edge due to pin location.
Like the last reviewer, I too got to play this course during the Lilac City Open. However, I played in 2012 and a lot of improvements had been made over the course of the year. Majority if not all the final 13 holes were rubber mats, with mowed fairways and OB ropes much like the USDGC. Players like Feldberg, Leiviska, Hokum and Crabtree battled through this course showing what it truly took to be a pro. Me…not so much. Although I had some birdies and a lot of pars it was difficult, much like the other two courses, to maintain the high level of play needed to score below par.
Favorite Hole(s) #1 & #13
Because this course is private and doesn't have the constant flow of money coming in to improve the amenities, Gordy has to spend a lot of his own time and money to make the upgrades needed to keep it at a championship caliber level. He is constantly updating the 50+ baskets and tee pads he has on site, along with the clubhouse/restrooms, mowing of the fairways, and general upkeep of the courses. His generosity is insurmountable, along with his wife Jaymee who like Gordy, are very passionate and selfless in what they do. Over time with more donations and time spent from the local club on course maintenance, this course will get better over time.
I have played over 150 courses in 13 states and 3 countries thus far and find Four Mound Reserve to be one of the best all-around destination spots I have been to yet! With camping minutes away from three championship caliber courses, this should be on everyone's "wish list", especially if you live in the Pacific Northwest.
Spokane is a beautiful city with a ton of quality disc golf courses, restaurants and lodging, making it a fantastic vacation spot whether you are a "weekend warrior" or a family man. Locals are very friendly and the SDGA takes a lot of pride in their courses through hard work and quality tournaments. It is always a pleasure for me to travel over the Cascades from Seattle to Spokane and I look forward to the next opportunity I get!
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Super Wilderness Experience!
Pros: After finally experiencing the disc golf that is Four Mound, I am left somewhat perplexed. One previous reviewer says it's 144 acres, I was was told Gordy owns 170 acres and only uses about one half of that for the courses. I was able to play the Porcupine course by myself as it was set up for the 2011 Lilac Open. The next day I watched the top five pros including current world # 1 Dave Feldberg play their final round on it. Believe me, my round did not, in any way, resemble the amazing round they played. Four Mound is an amazing, rugged, wilderness section of land on which Gordy has designed ultra difficult courses that are made to challenge the top rated players in the world. The Porcupine course terrain consists of open fields, a 300' mostly open island hole with water hazards in front and on the right, then the next six or seven holes are played through scattered to tight pine trees, some with extremely tight fairways. For the pro final they teed one off the top of the small mountain in the center of the Porcupine course to a basket guarded by a small pond on the left. # 13 is another tough hole playing 584' across a marshy area with tight out of bounds. There are quite a few 450' to 500 tight par threes. Shooting par wasn't in the cards for me.
$5 to play all day is a great deal and goes to support a super disc golf enterprise.
Cons: Being a private course, the money just isn't there for some amenities yet. The teepads are carpet. Some were flat and level. Others were not so good. The baskets are the temporary ones. I think they're moved around quite a bit. The regular Porcupine course and porcupine course that the pros played the finals on are slightly different. The signage that was up for the Lilac open was easy to follow including next tees signs. The normal signs for the porcupine course are the small metal ones with the usual information.
Other Thoughts: Above all, remember that this is a wilderness course. You are walking on rough uneven terrain, oftentimes on volcanic rocks. The chance for twisting an ankle is great. I think boots are a must. As of late May, there was still a lot of standing water on the course. Expect to climb up and down hills and mountains, over and under logs and bogs. They keep talking about rattlesnakes. I saw no snakes but was startled as a large doe came bounding out of the brush.
I've played some of the premier private disc courses in the country such as Paw Paw in West Virginia, the Circle R courses in Wemberly, Texas, Horning's Hideout near Portland and Braxtons Bluff in North Carolina. While I don't think this course is quite as far along in it's development as those courses, this wonderful piece of land doesn't need to take a backseat to any of them. This really is a magical place and I'm sure Gordy will continue to improve and develop it.
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