3 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Very close to my folks, so easy to play when im in town for holidays.
Cons: Wish the new layout integrated more with the open space in the empty Golf Ball driving range. Very cluttered. Bad Signage. Confusing.
Other Thoughts: Fun course, but White Oak is just right around the corner, and is more fun.
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.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a newly designed, very diverse layout stretching through the old Oregon Park course and the newly acquired Swing Time/Bullard Stockton property. It offers some fresh design ideas and incorporates a good mix of holes in terms of length and variety. Keeping some semblance of the classic Oregon Park holes while bringing in some current design trends is a difficult task but overall I think the designer did a pretty good job.
The first things you'll notice are the multiple tee pads per hole, silver and gold. The silver pads are the shorter of the two while the gold pads are the longer, more difficult choice. Strategically placed, they offer two different "looks" at the basket and typically play like two different holes. You'll also notice multiple baskets per hole. The yellow banded Innova Discatchers are in the longer and in most cases more difficult position. The older "silver" baskets are in the shorter position. Like the tee pads, there's a difference in length to these baskets and in most cases a totally different shot type is needed. All things considered, there are virtually four courses in one, short to short, short to long, long to short, and long to long. I find all four choices to be very distinctive with silver to silver being very easy and good for a relaxing round. It's also very beginner friendly. On the other hand, gold to gold is considerably more difficult and challenges even the more advanced players. With the other two combinations in mind, you're sure to find a layout to enjoy.
The course itself has a lot to offer too. Varied shot types using available elevation and natural features define the course. Lots of sweeping holes require a good mix of hyzer/anhyzer shots as well. Playing the longer layout even brings four par 4's into play. Most notably is the combining of old hole five and old hole six into one big monster hole (to the gold basket). A creek comes into play on a few holes although only one, "The Rock Shot", will have people getting wet often. The rock ring around hole one's silver basket is unique too. Played from the silver tee, it acts as an island forcing you to be within the 60' circle. If you miss, you're O.B and have to take you next shot from the drop zone, with a penalty stroke of course . To the gold basket, the circle is played as a pond and landing in it means you're O.B, play it where it went out and again, take a penalty stroke. It's a great way to add challenge to an otherwise basic hole.
Cons: As I mentioned above, I do like the layout but designing the new holes while trying to preserve some of the old Oregon Park feel didn't come without penalty. A couple of almost overlapping holes and fairway crossings at the intersections of holes 3, 14, 17 and the walk to 18 at times lends itself to a confusing layout. At times you get what feels like a thrown together design. I don't pretend to be a course designer but I think the property had potential to host a much better course, even with the duel tee/basket idea.
The newly cut holes are still a little rough and there's a lot of poison ivy around. The tee pads are still being broken in and the pads from the old course are still in rough shape (except the cement tees). The county keeps the old part of the course mowed but the grass in the new area is a little overgrown.
The one thing that didn't change and is probably the biggest con of all is the abundant disrespectful and inconsiderate players. Besides littering, writing on benches and baskets, and general vandalism (including pulling down/breaking random trees they feel like were in their way, I presume), they are lacking in common etiquette.
Other Thoughts: There is a very active club (Cobb Disc Golf Club) so finding organized "action" is easy including Tuesday and Thursday night doubles along with monthly weekend mini's.
Remember the course is still under construction. Although the holes are finished and quite playable, constant improvements are steadily being made. Everything from tweaking the layout/numbering, fine tuning tee pads and fairways, adding signs, etc are happening. Once complete, this will be a very solid course and should be a pleasure for anyone who plays it. Enjoy.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Love the New Design! - Great Progress!
Pros: I have also been playing Oregon Park for a long time now (going on 13 years), and I love the recent changed to the course. I'm not concerned that the course isn't a 36-hole layout -- I would much rather have 18 really nice holes with different pin positions and tee pads. The designers took this concept a step farther with the installation of 2 permanent pins. I am interested to see if that becomes a problem over time.
I think that the designers did a great job of keeping some of the original holes that were well liked, and weaving the rest of the 18 holes around those. It's a good mix of shots that is very challenging and does not favor any particular golf style.
#7 blue to gold pin is a fantastic hole
#3 blue to gold is a great look down the fairway
#8 is a great shot to the silver pin with the elevated basket
#15 and #16 and even #17 were really nice holes from the 'old' design and I'm glad they remained for the new layout.
Cons: I understand that the designers are still tweaking a few things, so I will write my cons with that information in mind. . .
Some of the pin positions do encroach slightly on nearby fairways (#6 to silver pin throws right over #5's gold basket)
Path from #6 pin to #7 tee pad walks right through a blind drive from #3 Blue.
A little confusing going from #9 gold basket to #10 tee pad, but I understand why. Just need signage for directions.
#12's tee pads are awfully close to the fairway for #11. Furthermore, you can't see the golfers on #12's tee pad when you're driving on #11 (this is probably my biggest concern)
Other Thoughts: I think that this course is going in the right direction and we are lucky to have a group of guys driving the force behind its progress. I hope that any negative comments are not taken as discouragement and this course continues to evolve in to a world class golf course that would be worthy of hosting large tournaments and attracting golfers from all over.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Good new layout
Pros: First off, I have been playing Oregon park since it was a 9 hole course. I thought the transition to 18 holes was awesome, and was super excited when it was looking like another course was going in. While it's not really 36 holes, I think the new layout is pretty good, and that it gets a bad rap from the other reviews here.
It has multiple tees for each hole. Each set of tees has a nice, detailed(if not entirely accurate) sign.
Multiple baskets, not pin positions, so there's no playing "where's the basket"
Parking is at the old Swingtime, which they could do something with.
They left all of my favorite holes as parts of the course.
Some of the new holes are pretty interesting.
Nice mix of shots required through a good blend of open and wooded holes.
Varied distances on holes and between short and longs make it balanced for everyone.
Cons: It's a new layout of 18, not a second course.
Course needs some routine maintenance, mow grass, burn some of the rough, clar out some of the paths between holes.
A few holes(not many) can be tricky to find from the last one. I had to ask a guy where 10 was after nine. There are no "next tee" indicators.
they took out a couple of holes that I loved.
There hasn't been a thing done with the old swingtime building yet. Put in some bathrooms, water fountains, etc.
No bathrooms near the course.
My GF stepped in dog poop while wearing her fivefingers. new layout is not douchebag-proof.
Other Thoughts: I think it is a nice refesher for Oregon. I wish there was just another 18 put in, like I thought was the plan, but I'm happy with the new layout. It's not bad, most peoples' complaints just them being too picky. I play a lot of courses in metro-ATL, and this is one of the better ones. Have an open mind about it, and play it as a brand new course instead of a remake, and you'll be happy with it. The back nine can be a lot more difficult than the front, so save some " A game" until the second half.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: The "new" course is challenging. There are some new holes that make sense and will challenge your game. The "Silver" course will be good for beginners. Good parking and a beautiful property. The "new" design has a lot of challenge and plays well.
Cons: Signage (directing people from the old start..???) and direction still an issue...as well as lack of mowing, lack of trash cans.... some earlier CONS have been addressed somewhat...there is still a collision (maybe unavoidable??) at Gold 14 and 3 Silver and Gold as well as foot traffic going to 18...The kiosk at the old start (with the TOTALLY useless disc return slot!!!) needs to be moved or destroyed as well as ALL legacy signage and "basket stumps" ...several of which are MAJOR DANGEROUS hazards...Does the county know about the hazards???? FIX IT!!!
Other Thoughts: My previous review was made with a great deal of emotion because I really loved the old 9 (where I learned to play..) and came to love the old 18... I am learning to like this new iteration of OP... but I still hold onto the thought that so much more could have been achieved with the available property...
6 of 12 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Played the course again today and my experience was much better. The new layout is getting a little more love and it undoubtedly offers many difficult/technical shots...Was disappointed the first time I came out about a month ago, but gave it another shot and had a good time
Cons: With there being two baskets on every hole it does seem a tad cluster-filled...
4 of 8 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
• Clean, safe multipurpose park with baseball, tennis, pavilions, etc.
• Two separate tee pads and baskets on all 18 holes; lots of different ways to play.
• Natural tee pads are very level and spacious.
• Decent mix of lefty/righty shots.
• The silver tees/baskets are excellent for beginners/kids.
• Lengthy new holes #1 and #3 are a good way to stretch out your arm at the start of a round.
• Great use of elevation on the new holes #1, #2, #3, #9 and #10.
• Terrific mountain views from the new piece of land.
• The wooden tee signs make it easy to locate the tee pads.
• No conflicts with other park activities.
• Brand new course re-design that needs some kinks worked out.
• Very disjointed layout; feels like you play a few baskets over here, then a few over there, then some more in this area, and so on.
• Impossible to navigate without the map, and some holes are hard to navigate with the map.
• Very easy to wander into adjacent fairways and harms way--be careful!
• Long walks between #3 and #4, #4 and #5, and #15 and #16.
• No way to get off the course after #18 without crossing the #4 fairway.
• Really long walk back to the parking lot from #18.
• The #3 silver basket is either missing or not installed yet.
• The old Oregon Park, one of my favorites, is gone forever :(
Other Thoughts: I was sad to see the old Oregon Park layout and all of its charm go away. The new layout has lots of promise but needs some serious tweaks here and there. You can clearly see a lot of hard work has gone into this redesign and I have no doubt the new layout will soon be just as fantastic as the old one.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Plenty O' Potential
Pros: Finally! After years of patience (and impatience on many parts) there is a design in the ground that takes MOST of the disc golfers that play here into consideration AND leaves room for those who want to add challenge to their play.
Having two tee pads and baskets per hole is a HUGE plus to add variety to play every time.
Not putting a bunch of baskets out the middle of the fields just b/c people want to rip big, ugly drives all day, but requiring accuracy on hard and easy shots makes the game fun.
Getting to see the whole park without really interfering with any other park activities is great.
I enjoyed figuring out the lines that are there and looking forward to the lines that may be there in different seasons.
Cons: Tee pads are a bit rough in places- but I know it is a work in progress.
Some of the baskets are still not exactly as the design had laid out, but I know that some of this was neccesary and some if it will be fixed in the near future.
Still some brush from clearing on the work day in the way of play, but that should be cleared out soon.
Other Thoughts: Great Job with the course design, and the work put into making it a reality. It was a joy to play and I cannot wait to get back out there and try the different tee pad / basket combos!
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: The only pros to me are that the new course *somewhat* utilizes the swing time parking (which may be changing soon--county workers have been out there recently) and a few holes after 7 are decent new holes.
Cons: -The heart of the park is now very cluttered with baskets and tee signs everywhere.
-Even with people throwing proper tees, (gold to gold, silver to silver) it is VERY easy to end up throwing at a player on another hole or fairway.
-Walking between quite a few of the holes is much too lengthy, my group gave up playing after 2.5 hours and 15 holes the last time out.
-Teepads tend to be very uneven, with signs posted at odd angles that could've been moved five to ten feet for a level, spacious throwing space.
-Old "silver" baskets aren't getting any newer, which was often a complaint from the old course.
-New land is completely under used.
-Creek is almost completely out of play, which used to add some risk/reward to lackluster holes.
-Complicated concept for the beginner.
-Hole 18 ends a few hundred yards, through the woods, uphill and around a building from tee 1.
Other Thoughts: I gave the course a 1.5 because there were no signs at the time of play which complicated things (this will get better), and because a few of the holes at the back of the park were somewhat interesting. Otherwise it would be lower.
The new course just seems thrown together, with little concern for the roots of OP. The crowd of OP is heavily amateur/beginner, players who would continue to enjoy old 9 and some of the newer holes without a complete overhaul. The dual tee/dual basket setup is crammed in, almost as if there were no blueprints for the course at all.
I understand the want for a pro level course, as many of the people who wanted to change the course play a high level. What I don't understand is why the original 9 couldn't be left standing and another 9/18 could be constructed using the new land. The original 9 white and blue could've been restored, with the new land used for a more challenging course.
What seems to have happened in creating this monstrosity is that a few heads got together to try and make Oregon Park a "pro" course. By misusing the new Swing Time land and forgetting that there is a large crowd of amateur/beginner players here, they trashed a classic (albeit easy) 9 to 18 holes of disc golf.
I understand the desire for a more challenging course and agree with the thought, if done the right way. However, this layout is sloppy, with too much left to be desired. Everything is concreted in, and it seems the changes are permanent, which is just too disappointing for my home course of many years.
At least there is still Oregon Park disc golf.
8 of 16 people found this review helpful.
Join Disc Golf Course Review
for free to add your review. Have an account already? Sign In
to add a review.