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Grazing Station Number 9, Number 9, Numb…
Pros: This is a course that has an open field, with a few trees, flat, and new baskets. This looks to be a course that was put here with two small pieces of land divided by a road. There are maybe, 2 good holes here. Hole 1 has tall brush on the right of the basket and a big tree on the left. The basket is in a good spot here. The next hole is a blind dogleg right with the basket is out in the open. The tee pads were adequate and in decent shape. This might be good for beginners and it is close to Canada.
Cons: There are no bathrooms, trashcans, or tee signs. The tee pads do have a number plate on them. Hole-3 through 9 are flat and wide-open. There is no challenge at all after hole-2. The grass needed mowing or someone should bring a cow and let her hang out for a while. There is only parking, roadside.
Other Thoughts: I liked the first hole and maybe the second. The Fun Factor here was blah. I like that they put a course up here, as courses are few and far between in this area. Without going over the border, this will at least give the local area a place to play and MAY inspire someone to build something else nearby.
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Lynden DGC - Perfect for its Intended Audience...Beginners
About 20 minutes from the border of Canada, Lynden DGC is located in a mostly flat and lightly wooded park. Designed in 2011, this course is best suited for novice to intermediate players considering most holes are wide open and straight forward with little to no obstacles. The two holes that do present a challenge are holes one and two, which are both doglegs right with dense brush on the right side of the fairways. Holes range from 145-435 ft. in length and throw toward brand new DISCatchers with numbers marked on the top. Holes six through eight play near a huge mural with cows in a pasture depicting everyday life on the farm in Lynden, giving this course some character.
Although this course has some strengths, it is overshadowed by its weaknesses. It is obvious that the locals work hard to keep the course properly maintained, but the gravel tee pads are a major issue. The gravel sits about six inches above the ground and therefore makes it very difficult to have run-ups with fear of rolling an ankle or releasing at an awkward angle. A lot of the gravel bunches up in corners of the tee pad or gets knocked out of the box all together. This course could benefit greatly by installing rubber mats that could easily be moved if needed.
As mentioned earlier in my review, besides holes one and two, the course is wide open and presents little challenge in terms of obstacles. Fortunately, the course has a nice variety regarding length. This course is also ideal for players to practice putts, drives, and approaches. Players can work on flight characteristics without the fear of losing a disc or hitting an obstacle every 10 feet. Just beware of the nasty brush on holes one and two. They are full of thorns and stinging nettles, making poorly executed drives nearly impossible to retrieve if thrown too far off the fairway.
Last, the stinky water treatment plant that borders hole three seems to stick with you during the entire round and can be a bit distracting, especially on those warm summer days.
Although the course is wide open and presents little challenge to more experienced players, it is ideal for its intended target, families and those new to the sport, and therefore serves a purpose in the disc golf community. Lynden is a beautiful town with wonderful people who are very welcoming to outsiders, and it is great to see that they have been so supportive of this sport. Perhaps in the near future they will entertain the idea of installing a second and more demanding course to compliment this one.
If driving through Lynden this course is worth a quick stop to get out of the car and throw. However, if you've only got limited time then I would suggest hitting Langley in B.C. about 20 minutes away. It is far more challenging and one of the best courses in all British Columbia. If not looking to cross the border then I would recommend Glacier near Mt. Baker.
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What Is That Smell?
Pros: The new Lynden DGC has brand new yellow DISCatchers greeting you to the course. So new that none of the baskets have any ugly ace markings on them but I'm sure this will change with age. Navigation is fairly simple, just look for the tee pad with a wood square, some of them have gravel in them, some of them do not at this point. This course is brand new and in a small town but already there were groups playing it while I was around late in the afternoon on a Thursday. Hole distances were very good for such an open course, not going too long and yet still staying somewhat challenging, yet any player who's played for a couple years should be able to reach these holes fairly easily. This could be a fun driving practice course and should entertain locals fresh to the sport fairly well.
Holes one and two were the lone bright spot with hole one being a slight left to right under the trees and I'm guessing somewhere in the 250 foot range but kind of fun. Hole two was a more dramatic left to right around some trees with danger lurking for players who go to long in a small stream and the road which I'm guessing/hoping is played as out of bounds. This hole is probably less than 200 feet long.
Cons: There just aren't enough obstacles here to really make it very interesting. There are a couple of skinny random trees spread around but didn't really make their way into design of the course. Also walking was a little harder with all of the uneven ground. A badly thrown disc could land in some tall stuff never to be seen again or worse yet land in horse poop.
The tee pads are just horrible here with some being gravel and others being dirt. The gravels ones aren't too horrible but with gravel they don't stay level very long and you lose most of the gravel over time and have to refill it anyway. The dirt ones were so uneven you couldn't even "stand and deliver" without one food being higher than the other. Overall some of the worst pads I have ever seen.
Other Thoughts: The course has a stinky neighbor in a water treatment plant that smells like ... well human waste. I usually wouldn't mention how a course smells but it is very noticeable and actually hard to get away from until you are on holes seven through nine which go to the other side of the park.
A little directional parking note for you is that you can park on 7th ave close to hole one in the gravel parking lot. Hole one is a couple hundred feet in front of that, look for the gravel tee box.
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