1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: The fact that this is 4 full courses in one is awesome! The design/layout really makes good use of the available land.
Cons: Lacks any major elevation changes, big water holes, or fun/interesting mandos, though the holes are very fun by themselves.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Will Play Again
Pros: Course flows in and out of wooded, hilly and open areas. A great mix of terrain in one course.
Two sets of tees (concrete for gold/long, mostly dirt some concrete for silver/short) and 2 sets of backers per hole ensures that everyone can enjoy this course. Course navigation is quite easy, if you look at the map first. 18's pin puts you within sight of 1's tee pad. Gold pins (long) are newer Innova Discatchers and Silver (shorts) are Chainstars that are in decent shape but show their age from when the old course was redesigned into this new course.
Concrete tees are average size, and are in good repair. Many of the holes have a nice wooden bench that are in good shape as well. Trash cans were also abundant and well used.
Holes are well laid out to keep cross traffic and interference with others in the park to a minimum and include straight, left and right shots. I would say that a lefty has the same advantage as a righty does on this course. Brush was cleared back when I was there, grass mowed short and it was very clean. A few blind holes were exciting (3,5,13 & 15). A few elevated tee pads were nice and started off on hole 1.
Cons: Signs were laminated pieces or paper stapled to posts at each hole. I'm sure the course is saving money to get new ones though. Not a big deal but worth mentioning.
A few holes I felt were unfair, namely 15 gold-gold. Had to throw through a cluster of trees, up a hill towards a blind basket. It could use one more tree cleaned out.
Note that neither of these issues will deter me from coming back. I throughly enjoyed myself.
Other Thoughts: Signature hole: It's tough to chose a signature hole none of them really stand out and make you go, "I want to unload my bag". I suppose 14 would be a good candidate. Throw downhill, from the woods, into a clearing, into the woods to find a nice nestled basket 400'+ from the tee.
When moving from hole 2 to 3 get to the top of the ridge by 2's basket and look towards the other basket at the top of the ridge. That is 18's basket. Walk towards that and past is into the woods. When you are on the other side of the woods, look left for #3. Most likely you will end up near #14, just keep going.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Gold to Gold is a lot of fun for doubles. Also the course is a great mixture of open and trees. I drove 2 hours to play it and can't wait to go back for 3 more rounds! You can play silver to silver, silver to gold, gold to silver, or gold to gold.
Cons: The silver baskets are really old and spit out discs quite a bit. They are the old discraft baskets and some of them don't have the inner chains. Also some have the innova bottom baskets on them (I saw one I can remember) and the a few of the others are pretty beat up. Also the silver pads are dirt pads most of the time.
Other Thoughts: It was a lot of fun but like a said a few baskets can be a pain with the spit outs on shots that hit dead center of chains because the baskets are so old.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Challenging, yet Confusing
Pros: This course combines the things I liked about the original Oregon Park course and the second course that was in place on the old Bullard Stockton Property. So, good mix of open and wooded holes.
-Great Signs! Each hole had a nice wooden sign with a map of the hole which had both teepads and baskets labeled along with relevant landmarks.
-Nice variety in Lefty vs. Right Holes.
-Multiple layouts offer a variety of hole shapes and challenges.
-"Gold" Baskets are excellent.
Cons: -Navigation is a big issue. I know that there are several "Next tee" signs in place, but it's just not enough. I have played the old courses extensively, yet had a difficult time on some transitions (Hole 2 to Hole 3 is a bad one). More signage is necessary for better course flow.
-I like some of the newer holes, but find myself nostalgic for some of the original holes that are not a part of the new design.
-There are a lot of natural teepads on this course with roots and divots that can make a run up treacherous. This can easily be corrected with concrete or rubber teepads.
-Some fairways overlap or baskets play close to Tees.
-There are no places for drinking water on this course. A fountain at the "swing time" building would be awesome.
-A lot of the "Silver" baskets are in need of repair or, in some cases, need to be replaced.
-A lot of "One Discers" come out to this course on a regular basis. This is great for the growth of the sport, but makes things slow down a bit.
Other Thoughts: I understand the frustration from DGers who regularly play this course and had high expectations for the redesign, but overall I felt that the land was well utilized and was happy with the new course. Once you get navigation down and figure out which Teepads/Baskets correspond to which holes, this is a fun and challenging course for any level disc golfer.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice new baskets - The new innova discatcher pro baskets for the gold layout are great.
The re-design incorporates more land and tougher holes.
The tee signs are nice and are very clearly marked with distances to each pin, etc.
The few concrete pads that are installed are a little slick (no texturing) but are nice and large and level.
Lots of parking right at hole 1
Cons: Dangerous - I felt like I was possibly in danger of being hit by another shot on at least half of my shots.
Confusing - The lack of proper signage makes finding your way around this course a challenge at times. The different layouts only add to this.
Thorny - There are more thorns on this course than on all of Charlotte's courses combined (including in the direct vicinity of tees and baskets, as well as on fairways and walkways).
Mud pads - These are slick of course and mostly not leveled. There are tripper stumps on some of the pads.
Strange transitions - Some holes you only have to walk less than 50 feet to the next pad (conspicuously close to the previous basket/fairway) and some it seems like you walk a quarter mile. Sometimes you walk over/past/through more than one other hole/teepad/basket to get to the next tee. The lack of signage between holes 2-3, 5-6, and 17-18 are the most egregious. The course does not flow well overall and several hole locations seem forced.
Usually quite busy - This doesn't have to be a con for a course but it is here. There are often lots of new players and large groups, many of which do not know (or possibly care about) rules and etiquette. The multi-pad/pin layout makes it especially tough to manage your way around the course and all the other players.
Old baskets - The old baskets on the silver layout are in beat condition. It's great to have the option to play them and they seem to catch well enough but honestly they are just rough.
Other Thoughts: OP was my "home course" for most of my disc golf career until I recently moved away. It has always been a park with its own special set of issues but has always been a fun place to play.
I have played all the different layouts besides gold tee to silver basket more than once now and my first impression still sticks with me (although not as strongly as at first), that I miss the old course.
Silver to Silver layout seems fun and easy and I took my young cousins to play there over the holidays and had fun. Overall it is too short for me to play on a regular basis but several holes such as 4 and 7 stood out as holes I really enjoyed.
Silver to Gold layout is probably the layout with the most properly distanced hole designs. There are many holes in the 270-370' range which allow for decent scoring separation. There are still a few weird holes that seem like afterthoughts (with silver to silver and gold to gold taking preference to good design on silver to gold). Holes 6 and 7 come to mind as some of the best holes on this layout.
Gold to Gold has a lot of holes that are just unreachable in 1 but don't leave tough upshots so that a 3 is practically guaranteed and a 2 and a 4 seem like they would be rarities. It is fun to unleash some drives, but not so fun to par out over and over. Probably not much scoring separation here. Some of the most challenging and fun holes are 1, 3, and 8.
One of the things that most concerns me with the layout is the likelihood of people being hit by discs. Hole 2 is way too close to hole 1 (includes a hill so it's blind which only makes it worse). Hole 6's gold teepad is dangerously close to hole 5's fairway and is in a blind area from 5's gold pad. Hole 8's teepads are way too close to hole 7's baskets. Hole 13's gold tee is ridiculously close to hole 12's basket (it's a relatively short downhill hole and the tee is just past the basket - BRILLIANT!). Hole 17's gold layout is another short downhill hole and if you go 20 feet past the basket you are in the direct flight path of another tee that is 70 feet away.
In the 3 rounds I played this week at this park a disc from someone else's group landed or came within 30' of us at least 5 times and twice someone played through the hole we were playing on (on a different layout) without asking, one of which almost hit my 13 year old cousin and yelled FORE about 1 second before the disc hit a tree right above his head.
I'm glad the park got its chance at a re-design and hopefully things will continue to progress. It seems however that the work to install the course was done and not much (at least not enough) has been done since.
All things considered the fun factor on this course is low which is what garners the low rating. Improved pads, signage, and thorn removal would make this at least a 3-star course, and a redesign that incorporated the safety issues would increase it to a 3.5.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 9 Not
Waste of Resourse
Pros: Didn't really see any !!!
Cons: I'm a born again DG player, just restarted after a 30 years layoff !!! Being excited to play all the coarses in my area. I had been told about Oregan Park, by a friend. This has to be the biggest waste of perfect property in the game of DG !!! Now I must admit, I don't know what the designers had as far as rules to go by. But right off the bat, they use the old golf tee area, as a practice area, and use the old golf practice area as the first fairway. Which in turn made the first tee pad, right off the parking lot, ( I mean "right" off the parking lot ) when right behind the building is a perfectly beautiful tee area ??? Now I never saw the old 9 hole coarse, much less the old 18 hole coarse. But this design has no flow what's so ever !!! And really how hard is it to put up signs, or cover incorrect numbers on baskets, especially if you design it so it doesn't make a bit of sense ??? I never did find 18, and left without playing it, and a little aggravated to boot, which as we all know, is not the motive for playing in the first place.
Other Thoughts: If I were to be put in charge of redoing this coarse. I would pull most of the baskets, bust the concrete off of them, and start over !!! Use the entire property, and have 9 end up back at the building, and also, have 18 end up back on top of the tee area behind the building. And use the golf practice area along the road as a practice area !!! Oh, and put up signs !!!
7 of 16 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 8 Not
36 Baskets, 4 courses
Pros: Now that the new layout has settled down a bit, it provides a great set of courses for any level of player. I have played every combination of Ts and baskets several times and they all have their unique challenges that require a variety of shots and combination of distance and accuracy.
There are enough trees to be challenging and scenic, but rarely does anyone loss a disc on this course.
Cons: Will be an even better course when the Tboxes get concreted in and the signage becomes more permanent.
I miss the four holes that used to be along the creek.
Other Thoughts: This is my "home" course. I travel regularly and have played many courses all over the US. OP is still my favorite. The only course that might be better is the one in Lawrenceville, GA.
2 of 10 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Oregon, one of ATL's oldest and most played courses, was completely re-designed in 2011 into a dual teepad, dual basket 18-hole configuration. The new setup offers great variety of distances with silver-silver designed for beginner level players and gold-gold designed for gold level players. I played the gold-gold layout and enjoyed ALL of the holes -- every single hole has an interesting and valid flight path and the distances were well suited to the intended player level. Excellent variety of shots with ample risk/reward. This is a very fun, challenging track set in a very nice, safe park.
Cons: The construction from the redesign is ongoing, so signage isn't complete and the course flow is confusing in spots. Most of the holes have teesigns but several are missing. Dirt pads as money is still being raised to fund the concrete and the design is still being fine tuned. It's a pitch and putt style with only a couple of par 4's -- that said, its a difficult pitch and putt (at least from the gold-gold) and you will work for your pars.
Other Thoughts: I played the gold-gold layout, which is the longest, twice this weekend. If there were a 4.25 rating I'd give it that now and it goes to 4.5 with improved signage, teepads and fine tuning.
Disregard the reviews that slam the re-design, keep in mind that people don't like change. These harsh reviews are probably from the same people that have defaced the tee signs in sharpie with the same comments.
This should be a must play if you're on this side of town -- I'd visit here over most any other area course. Only big negative (for me) is lack of multi-shot holes, but there simply isn't more land available.
Tons of people playing here so its easy to hook up with locals. The Thursday doubles action gets 30+ people weekly.
10 of 13 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Very close to my folks, so easy to play when im in town for holidays. Good Variety of shots. Good baskets and tee pads.
Cons: Bad Signage. Confusing and can easily get turned around finding the next tee.
Other Thoughts: Fun course.
3 of 9 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 2 Not
Good course and and still improving
Pros: A common "pro" for many courses is "diversity" of shots and terrain, but Oregon Park stands out from the crowd in this feature. Not only is the course fair to lefties, but there are literally several ways you can play each of the 18 holes. This is because every hole features two separate, permanent baskets, which can both be played from either of two tee pads. This creates four distinct "looks" at each hole on the course that are more than just a matter of length. On most of the holes, the baskets are 100' or more apart, and the tee pads are similarly spaced. This creates an almost limitless variety of different ways to play the course if you want to mix and match the pads and baskets as you move through the course. The length of the course can vary from around 4000' to over 6000', depending on how you play it. Besides all that, Oregon Park has interesting terrain and a desirable mix of wooded and open fairways.
The course is fairly free of litter and it is situated in a safe residential neighborhood. You may see people walking their dogs around the disc golf course, but they're courteous and are usually on their way to or from the back side of the park, which is an undeveloped forest, so they will not be a nuisance. The disc golf course is generally only occupied by disc golfers, so you're not going to have to worry about picnickers or joggers or birthday parties slowing down your round.
There is ample signage around the course, and although it has been done rather inexpensively, the local club is working to install better wooden directional arrows to guide you from hole to hole. Every tee pad has a wooden tee sign with printed information on laminated sheets. The distances on these signs are accurate and true, and the colorful pictures give you a clear indication of the lay of the fairways down-range.
Another noteworthy feature of the course is that there are a bunch of baskets near the starting area that you can use to warm up on, as well as a large, open field, formerly a ball golf driving range, where you can air your arm out before rounds. These are great features for tournaments.
Parking is ample, and there is a climate-controlled bathroom next to the baseball fields not far from hole #11 if you need to take a break. There are also garbage cans and benches spread around the course, so you need not pack all your trash out, or feel like you have to stand the whole round. Relatively aged players will also appreciate that almost all of the tee pads are shaded.
Cons: The flow of the course can be a bit confusing to people playing here for the first time. The key is keeping in mind that each hole has two baskets to choose from, an Innova Discatcher in the "gold" position and a DGA Mach series or similar basket in the "silver" position. Signage is accurate at each hole and is improving, but the flow of this course will require some attention to the signage during your first time or two around it.
Also beware that the numbers you see on the baskets themselves (where there are numbers on the baskets) are generally inaccurate. This is a problem that needs to be resolved, but it hasn't yet. Again, the key is to read the tee signs, but you shouldn't have to ignore what is or isn't printed on the baskets themselves.
Several of the "silver" baskets need to be repaired or replaced, and several of the mostly "natural" tee pads are unlevel, with roots or other hazards that will make you watch your step when driving. The concrete pads are in good shape, but there aren't enough of them.
There is a lot of poison ivy in this park, and since much of the disc golf course is newly cut into the park as of the Summer of 2011, the vegetation is still a bit rough and wild. I have also been stung by hornets twice this summer while playing a round of disc golf, though one of these times it was my dog's fault.
Other Thoughts: 8 of the original 9 basket positions that have been on the property for more than a decade have been incorporated into the new layout, and the one exception, the pin position for old #3, was very near to where the gold basket is on #15. With this in mind, old timers will have no trouble playing a "safari" round of the original 9 if they like.
If you have trouble getting around the course, just ask a local where the next hole or holes are. If the tee signage has been vandalized by a stupid idle teenager and you can't find the next hole, there is bound to be someone on a nearby hole (this course stays busy year round) who can help you find your way around.
And if you find yourself behind a slower group, don't hesitate to ask to play through. I've never had any problems when I ask.
Something worth noting vis-a-vis the earlier reviews is that the numbering of the holes has changed since the course was first installed. Hole #18 now finishes right up near the starting area for hole #1. There are several other changes that I don't want to take up space defining, but when you read reviews that were written before mid-August be aware that the holes they refer to by number may not have the same number now.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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