12 Helpful / 2 Not
HH Park - Unique and Quaint!
Established in 1998, Herbert Hoover Park contains a beautiful nine hole course within a heavily wooded gully located in the quaint city of Newberg, Oregon. What this course lacks in difficulty it makes up for in creativity, with plenty of elevation and OB's due to a meandering stream that runs along the bottom of the course.
What makes this course so inviting, with the exception of holes #4 and #6, is the way the designer incorporated elevation in to every hole. HH has a nice balance and shot variety, with three anhyzers, one hyzer, and five holes that are straight forward. Holes are all Par 3 and range anywhere from 177 to 295 feet, making the course length 1,909 feet. The DISCatcher baskets are durable, well maintained, and include black spray painted numbers on the top to help with course navigation.
The course seemed to be clean and well maintained. The local club and parks dept. seem to put a lot of time and effort in to the upkeep. The cinder blocks around a few of the tees was a nice addition as well. Locals seemed friendly and energetic.
Favorite hole/s: #7 and #8
Because the course was installed at the bottom of a heavily wooded gully in the Pacific Northwest rainfall and mud can be a major issue. I imagine the course can become unplayable during the wetter months due to improper irrigation and elevation. Fortunately, there are a few other terrific courses nearby.
Most of the cement tee pads are in excellent shape with the exception of tee's four and six, which get swallowed during the wet season by the nearby marsh. Tee pad five is pointing the wrong direction as well, making players throw across the tee.
Hole #6 can be a hazard as well, having players throw across the fairway of hole #4. Just beware of pedestrians and other dgers.
Worst hole/s: #6
HH Park is the perfect place for disc golfers to learn the sport of disc golf considering the longest hole is around 300 feet. Most players here use a putter and mid or maybe a fairway driver at most. With Herbert Hoover Park, along with Ewing Young and Champoeg (just right down the road within 15 minutes), they make for a complete round and offer great variety. Although individually they might not be championship caliber courses compared to their big brother courses in the Portland area (like Milo or Pier), together they provide some quality disc golf and make for the perfect day!
This is also the hometown of where our 31st president Herbert Hoover spent his childhood.
12 of 14 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
President Hoover would be proud!
Pros: President Hoover would be proud to have his name be aligned with this great park and disc golf course. It's located less than five minutes from Ewing Young DGC and right on the street, in fact if you shank one off of hole one you could have a local laughing at how bad you suck! This is a short course so don't look to be challenged too hard unless you have brought your ultimate disc with you but what it lacks in challenge it has made up for in fun, short holes.
Elevation comes into play on about half the course with equal throwing up and down a hill; the elevated tees were quite a hoot for my putter and sidearm disc.There is a little creek running through the course that protects one basket and runs under a small land bridge. Navigation is fairly simple especially if you take a look at the huge course map just to the right of hole one, looking from the street.
Cons: There is nothing to challenge advanced players here and they will get bored playing this course too often, I rate this just below Ewing Young and Champoeg, the other two courses in the area. I was there during a freak rain storm and slippery grass and elevation make a bad combo; I still have mud in my car that came from Herbert Hoover Park. This place could become extremely dangerous with multiple groups playing on it with some close and crossing fairways.
Other Thoughts: Like others have said before you can make a trip out of Ewing Young, Herbert Hoover Park and Champoeg State Park in one day and get three different but fun courses done and not have to drive far, just stay away during the rainy months.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 5 Not
An alright course
Pros: - Most of the holes were short, making for a fairly quick game.
- The trees in the park are used well to require some pretty technical shots.
- Nice baskets
- Nice sign at hole one, definitely helpful in figuring out the course.
- Hole 5 is just rediculous. You have to throw perfectly between 4 trees that are right in front of the tee
- There are no directions on the course showing where the next hole is.
- Since the course is basically in a bowl, the course was extremely muddy after it rains
Other Thoughts: In the summer, this course will be fun but until then I would advice you to stay away from this course.
5 of 10 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
Short but with Options
Pros: Baskets have been there a while but work well. The grass appears to be cut on a regular basis and the leaves are raked.
Some the good things about this place are the walking paths, bridges, benches and a place for the kids to play.
If you like to play off camber and up hill this is the place for you. You can get some good practice for that. Of course you also get to practice your reverse rollers here. I ended up with three rollers away from the basket on the up hill shots.
I did get one disc deflected off a tree and into the creek. The water was clear and I recovered the disc with a stick.
Cons: Tee Pads are made of concrete and they are narrow and short. It is a short course though so most won't need any extra length. Right now they are rather slippery. Tee pad #6 is covered in mud. It looks like that area floods in heavy rains.
No tee signs at all. The course map sign is not much help because it doesn't have the creek on it. A printed map is a must for first time players. You can find that under the file section.
Unfortunately the bottom creek area is mostly mud with grass growing in it. This is a course where if its the rainy season, wear your boots.
Other Thoughts: I really think they were trying to hard when they set up this course in this tiny park. I would hate to be in the middle of this course on a nice summer day. All the fairways are so close together you definitely get hit.
This would be a fun course with a group of guys who are not to serious in their game. A couple guys who were there were throwing from Tee #8 to basket #9. That's a much better shot compared to the normal nine. Safari golf make this course better.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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