Fun and Challenging Private Course
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Worth the Trip. I played this course on a disc golf trip to Washington. This course immediately made my "DGCR Favorites" list. The design takes full advantage of the variety of terrains and elevation changes. This is a privately owned 18 Hole course that plays through wooded areas, across a long meadow and around a hidden grassy glen.
I used bullet points if you don't want to read the entire review.
Variety and challenge. Except for the more wide open holes this design takes full advantage of the moderately wooded areas and the elevation changes. The wooded fairways were wide and fair with ample landing zones. There is a large grassy clearing around holes 5-6 and 12-14. It is a rolling grassy glen that provides some open fairway shots and more elevation challenges.
Two sets of Tees. Both sets of tees are fun and challenging. Most of the tees are natural, but all were very well marked and made navigation very easy. The shorter red tees were all dirt/natural and had easy to see tee markers. Some blue tees had pavers. Hole 18 is a concrete tee shared by Red and Blue. The Blue tees have benches, signs and trash cans.
Blue Tees. These are longer and more challenging and require a greater variety of shots. Except for the meadow holes, nearly every Blue tee has some type of elevation change in play along the fairway. Players must also navigate dog legs and choke points. These natural obstacles place a premium on hitting specific landing zones if you want a chance at par. New players might be frustrated by the length and challenge of the Blue Tees.
Red tees. All the Red tees are clearly marked with cut logs that have been numbered and painted red. These are better suited for newer or less skilled players. The Red tees remove most of the dog legs but players still need some accuracy and skill to score well. There are different Red tees on every hole, except 18 tee which is shared with Blue.
Navigation was very easy. There were framed signs on all the blue tees. The graphics were great with current information including directions to the next tee. There were painted fairway markers on the longer holes and to mark the dog legs. There were also color coded navigation arrows pointing to some of the Red or Blue Tees. The signs and trash bags are very creatively mounted at each tee, some using downed logs, a funky branch, a nearby tree or stump.
Disc Golf Only - Except for the one area fenced off for paintball, players have this beautiful area to enjoy playing disc golf. No need to worry about joggers or dog walkers or people having picnics in the fairways.
Practice basket. There is a nice practice green and open area next to the parking lot for warming up before the round. There were information signs and maps next to the parking lot that borders Hole 1.
18 in a row - or not. Once you leave Hole 1, the course does not return to the parking area until after Hole 18. If you plan to play all 18, plan accordingly. However, it is easy enough to play a smaller 6 to 10 hole loop if you don't have time to play all 18. For an 8 hole loop, play 1 through 4, then turn around and play 15 - 18. For a 6 hole loop play 1-3, then 16-18. To play a 10 hole loop add 13 and 14 after you play Hole 4.
New players. Red tees are more appropriate since they are shorter and easier than the Blue tees. There is not a lot of underbrush in the woods where players can lose discs. The meadow and grass areas were well maintained and not overgrown. While it does have elevation, it is not super steep or too rugged. First timers could also play the smaller loops if they can't play a full 18.
Unique extras. Nearly every blue tee had homemade benches along with signs and ash buckets. The Red tee markers were created from wooden logs that are painted red. All the baskets are topped with custom number plates also made from logs. All this helps with navigation, plus gives the course a unique personality. All these custom touches add to the experience and are visible in the course photos.
Clean and well maintained. It is obvious the owners (and players) are taking great care of this course. There were ash cans and trash bags on the Blue tees . The cans are being serviced. I did not see any bottles, cans or cigarettes butts on the course. Thanks to those that carry out garbage.
Personality without gimmicks. Some private courses rely on gimmicks or cute hole names and unnatural OB to add personality and challenge. This course if full of truly unique holes that take full advantage of the distinctive natural features without being gimmicky. Blue 6 is a challenging Par 4 dogleg that plays along the edge of the grassy glen, turns right at the Red tee and then plunges back into the woods. Blue 4 requires players to throw over a live electric fence. The basket for 7 is mounted in the rocks. Hole 10 basket is mounted on the stump of a downed tree that adorns the uphill fairway.
Custom Made and Recycled. All the markers, benches and sign posts are custom made from wood and/or repurposed materials. There are also DIY ash cans on the tees. The ash cans are an extra nice touch because I don't recall seeing a cigarette butt on the course. Thank you to all the folks that devoted the time to make all these extras.
Kids and Strollers. Red course would be OK for older kids that can play and/or walk along. If the youngsters can't do an entire 18 holes, there is an option to play the shorter 6 or 8 hole loops described above. I don't know that you can push a weighed down stroller in the meadow, even when dry. Overall, the course is probably a little too rugged for ordinary strollers and the toddler crowd. There was only one portable restroom located in the paintball parking area. There are no facilities of any kind on the course.
Private Course for daylight use only. Please be respectful of the owners and the posted hours. Pick up after yourself.
I did not personally experience a lot of cons.
Natural Tees. The natural tees could get a bit muddy. They were fine when I played and it was raining lightly when I played. Perhaps the owners are trying to keep the land as undeveloped as possible.
Competing Fairways. Players must cross a couple of fairways walking from basket 11 to Hole 12. The grassy glen fairways have landing zones that could overlap a little. Tee 13 Red could get unwanted action from 12 and 14. If it is not crowded, these are not concerns.
Paintball. If paintball is in progress you cannot play 4 Blue. I played on a weekday morning without paintball players. I enjoyed a quiet and peaceful experience in the woods. Having people on the paintball could change that.
Soggy. The meadow on Holes 2 & 3 that other reviewers complain about was very dry when I played. There was no standing water and no tall grass.
Restrooms - The only restroom I found was a portable located in paintball check in area. Maybe they have more during the summer.
Recommended by locals. I am glad I got to play this course. There are a lot of great choices in the area. Some local players I met while playing NAD recommended I play Bud Pell instead of other area courses or going to Seattle.
Electric Fences. Some of the fences and gates on and around the course are electric and will shock you if they are turned on. Please follow the signs to the proper gates at 4 and 15. Please close all gates behind you.
Keep it Clean. Please use the plentiful trash bags and the custom ash cans to keep this course looking beautiful.
Daylight use only. Please be respectful of the posted hours.
Private Course. The course is well maintained and offered lots of amenities on each tee. All the extras I expect from a private facility. Be polite and respectful when using the course. It is a privilege to play here.
Bremerton Area. Wish I had more time to play the courses in this area. There are some top notch disc golf courses on the West Sound. In addition to great disc golf courses, the area has enough population to have all the comforts of city life without all the crowds and traffic.
Hotel. I stayed at the Baymont Inn and Suites in Bremerton. This is right next to the NAD Disc Golf Course. The room was clean and included breakfast. I got a rate in line with other hotels in the area. It was right next to the freeway, so the noise might bother some folks. However, it looked nicer and better maintained than the other nearby hotels.
Full set of course photos. The photos show the extras on each tee and the great course conditions. However, they don't begin to capture all the natural beauty of this disc golf course.
Rating. I give a 5 for fun and overall experience. 5 for providing challenge, variety and elevation changes. 5 for being worth the trip and a 5 for personality and custom touches. However, there is room for improvement, so I rate it 4.5.
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Variety, variety, variety! A+
Pros: Red and Blue tee boxes make this a great course for beginners and more experienced players.
Wide variety of hole angles coupled with various types of terrain make for a great course.
Overall, this is my favorite course to play.
Cons: One of the blue tee boxes in not available on weekends while paintballers are present.
This just means you will shoot from the red tee box but if you are like me, you only get to play on weekends and the blue tee is never available. I have played on weekdays and started from the blue and would like to play from it more often.
Other Thoughts: Some people list the wet conditions of hole #2 and #3 as a Con however, with a good pair of shoes this should not be considered a Con.
While being on Private Property is not directly a Con this course is at risk of being closed down due to litter and prohibited acts on the course. Please be respectful on this course to keep it open.
If you have ever had the pleasure to speak with the man leasing the property, Donnie I think it was, great guy, you would know that the Paintballers pay the lease to the Disc Golf course. If they are present near any of the boarders of the course and their field, please give them the right away.
If you do not choose to give them the right away then you can atleast chip in a couple bucks into the metal donation tube near the billboard by Tee #1.
If you come across trash do your part and bring it to the trash bag at the next tee box.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Super long course in Kitsap county
Pros: this course is super long. having you play over 2000ft in the first 3 holes, can we say ridiculous. This course has the open holes for those with cannons, tight fairways for precision, and tons of elevation change. If i had to compare to other nearby courses, I would say this course is a cross between Shelton springs openness (if thats a word) and Fairgrounds DGC woods. I am extremely pleased with this courses, especially since its the longest one from what i hear in Washington state. Theres 4 other courses all within 10 minutes of here and 1 thats about 25 minutes away. From my understanding, theres 2 Par 5's and 6 Par 4's shoulda kept the course map, sorry. But there are laminated maps for those that dont know there way around, just be sure to return them to the kiosk.Theres a hole to test any kind of shot you have in your arsenal. Overall great course.
Cons: Like the description says no cement teepads, and when I played it there were only 8 temp baskets that Mr. Paul Wright left out, the rest were poles in the ground marking where the baskets were going. None of these are real cons, just things being worked on obviously since this course just got completed.
Other Thoughts: Cant wait till its completely done. I know the Organiztion is holding some work parties to clear up the fairways and to install baskets when they come in, in about a week. Lovely long holes, which is what we needed in Kitsap. Since the other courses all play par 54. Definately a little tough for beginners, they can play it but be ready for a very long round. With skilled players your loking at 2.5 to 3 hours for a round. Good luck and enjoy.
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