Very nice place to play
Pros: Very clean and well maintained. Good veriety of play options. When trees or limbs fall on the course of play they are removed or cleaned right away. Under brush has been thinned to help you find a lost disc, but still looks natural and healthy. Shelton is proud of this course and it shows in its maintenance and design. Well done!
Cons: Would like to see at least one more outhouse mid course or near the PUD building...
Other Thoughts: All around an excellent experience for new players like myself and the more prolific throwers as well.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
-2 tees on every hole(red and black)
-Good signs at the tee breaking down distance, par, etc.
-Course is very well maintained, don't really have to worry about looking for discs unless you have a really poor shot
-Good Variety of holes, allowing you to use all the shots in your arsenal
-I would've liked to see a kiosk at hole 1 with some course info and such
-Some of the next tee signage could've been better placed. This is a minor concern and once you play the course once the layout is natural
-Seems like parking could be a bit of an issue on a busy day
Other Thoughts: Overall I would say this is a great course. I really like the variety, long and short holes, some wooded, some wide open. It really allowed me to mess with a variety of shots. My favorite hole was probably 11, which wasn't very long but had a mandatory 'island' you needed to land in. Seems like the local club is doing great things here, you can tell the course gets a lot of love and i'm sure it will continue to get better and better.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Love this course
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Love to play here. Course is very challenging yet very playable. Playing from the red tees is as hard as playing from the black tees. Both set of tees have different challenges and types of throws from the pads. If you get in the thick stuff...hard to find your disk. Wish this course was closer, would play it more!
Cons: Not really a 'con' but course could use a locked 'found-lost' disk box. Drove to disk shop to turn one in this week.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
One of my Favorites!!!
Pros: Great layout! mostly through the washington forrest, uses all of your throws,challenging, some actual par 4's from the pro tees! fun! stroller friendly. great all around local course!
Cons: wish it had some elevation...but i guess you cant have everything. on some holes if you make make a bad throw or hit a tree, there is some thick ground brush or foliage that will "devour" your disc...
Other Thoughts: awsome tee pads, good sign placement, pro and am tees for every hole...good stuff!
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Shelton Springs DGC
19 Helpful / 2 Not
Located in the city of Shelton across from the local High School/Jr. High, Shelton Springs DGC is one of the premier courses in the state of Washington and eventually perhaps the entire northwest! With ample parking near the entrance thanks to the local park and ride, the course can be accessed through the Huff n' Puff Trail, just stay to the right. As players make their way toward hole one there will be wooden tee signs in black and red indicating where the next tee is located. Just look up as they are nailed in to the trees about 15 feet high. There are also white arrows indicating where the bends in the fairways are that are essential to players reaching the pin.
As other reviewers have stated, a lot of time and effort went in to the design and development of this course in order to make it a champion level course. Originally, the MCDG crew installed wooden posts as targets rather than permanently installing baskets at first so that they could get feedback from local pro's, course developers, and fellow disc golfers to ensure that everything was done right! Duel tee pads were installed on every hole (red/Am and black/Pro) to offer variety and difficulty, as well as another unique look from the tee. None of the Am tee pads are the same as the Pro tee's which is a rare feat, and allows for two completely different rounds. A year installing the targets, and after many work parties and fundraising tournaments, Shelton Springs DGC fianally installed 18 brand new Chainstar baskets and officially put this course on the map!
Due to selective cutting over the years, Shelton Springs has beautiful natural fairways with massive Douglas Firs separating the holes. Although there are some open areas, the course is mainly heavily wooded. However, every fairway is fair and requires a great deal of accuracy off the tee and then again near the pin. The course offers three Par 4's and three Par 5's on the Black course and six Par 4's on the Red course, paving the way in the state of Washington as to where disc golf is headed in the future. Accuracy and placement are heavily rewarded, where raw strength and luck can be brutally punished. There are some opportunities to let you disc rip, but for the most part your mids and fairways drivers will be getting the most use on the course. Holes on the course range anywhere from 215 feet (Red) to 965 feet (Black), with little elevation but lots of variety.
For being such a new course, MCDG has done a tremendous job with the installation and upkeep. However, in order to truly be a championship caliber course they need to make a few minor improvements to help solidify itself as one of the best in the state.
First, accurate tee signs that offer distance, par, pin placement, and any major obstacles players might face. Something like Horning's Hideout would be amazing!
Second, a kiosk near hole one or at the park entrance that tells players about upcoming work parties, local vendors, PDGA tournaments, weeklies, and includes an aerial map showing the layout of the course so that players can get a sense of where they are and where they are going during their round.
Third, the continual development of fairways and greens. Those issues will be addressed as the course is played more.
All in all, this course has made tremendous progress including the recent addition of cement tee pads!
The Mason County Disc Golf Club, since first being created in 2009, has come a long way in the short amount of time they have been together. They have done a lot for the city of Shelton as well as our state, and I feel lucky to have been apart of it. Although I live 2 hours north, I have had the privilege of playing with this club in the Cedar Arms tournament they hold each year as well as team disc golf at Lake Isabella. I am so pleased to see that they finally have Shelton Springs DGC, and feel that the club continues to be wonderful advocates for this sport. Steady Ed would be quite proud of these guys as they truly represent what the spirit of this game is all about. Thank you.
19 of 21 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 4 Not
Long and Tight
Pros: Massive number of trees and beautiful setting. Loved the moss covered fairways and it was easy to find most discs. I probably shouldn't have played the Black course first cause it was LONG!! Great marking and arrow signs to get around.
Cons: No much elevation change. Looking forward to those cement tee pads. Too many trees but that's also a Pro.
Other Thoughts: Nice work MCDG.
6 of 10 people found this review helpful.
16 Helpful / 0 Not
Top 5 in WA State
Pros: The Mason County Disc Golf Club has been working on this course for more than a year, doing work parties and taking suggestions from players about the course including Discraft sponsored player Scott Papa. Finally the baskets are in for good and the hard working members of the club are seeing their hard work paying off. Shelton Springs is located in town and once you park you must follow the Huff N' Puff trail until you see the tee pad(s) for hole number one. First thing you will notice are the two tee pads of the course that are very different and make an almost new course compared to the other, we aren't talking about tee pads that just add length we talking pads that add another landing area and different avenues for the flight of your disc. The Red tee pads are a little shorter and a little more straight forward, maybe a little more appropriate for less than skilled golfers while the Black tee pads are the more challenging tee pads that are the equivalent of PDGA Gold level pads. Navigation is fairly easy because of the color coordinated signage that tells you where to go no matter which of the tee pads you are playing. The course has very little elevation to it, I'm not sure if this is a bad thing or not because it lets you play multiple rounds out here in one day and not feel too tired.
This course is very wooded and makes players shape their shots very well and also makes players play smart. If you don't learn where and when to go for a birdie instead of going for the basket on every shot like most disc golf courses have trained us to do you are going to be punished. This course also teaches you how to pick landing zones in the fairway to shoot for instead of just throwing it as hard as you can towards the basket with reckless abandon. If you can't throw it far and accurate Shelton Springs is going to have its way with you. You may find yourself at times throwing forehand rollers and trick shots to get you out of trouble or even swallowing your pride and throwing it thirty feet into the fairway. Still There are holes where long players are going to have a big advantage like holes 3, 7 and 8 as these are the open fairway drives where distance plays a larger part or the only part of the drive.
Cons: The main con that I found while playing here are the natural tee pads dug out of the earth. There are some roots still in the tee pads that aren't too bad to navigate around and some rocks and sticks but again not too hard to avoid. My main concern is that when this course gets some age and more play is that those tee pads are going to have holes all over. If you have ever played Lake Stevens DGC then you know what I am talking about. I also wonder how muddy they get when it rains hard. Not too many other cons, very solid all around course.
Other Thoughts: The Mason County Disc Golf Club really has their stuff together in knowing how to build courses. Like I said they have been working on this course for a very long time having many fund raising tournaments and even more work parties to prepare the course and now they have one of the best courses in the entire state of Washington. I played one of these fundraisers last year and the club was very instrumental in getting feedback from all of the players who played, this is a rare thing with a Club, especially a Disc Golf Club.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful.
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