-Quick Play when not crowded
- Elevation Change
Cons: - Crowded
- Unplayable many months out of the year
Other Thoughts: Thanks for the park but often too crowded or flooded. Luckily there is another decent park nearby. Don't ever set your heart on playing it before you get there.
-The course is in a beautiful park and makes great use of little space.
-Great use of elevation, retaining walls, streams and bridges.
-These are fun holes, albeit short, very fun.
-Cement teepads are another nice addition to this short and fun course.
-Nice short variety for only having nine holes and fairly RHBH/LHBH balanced.
-Holes four and six have crossing fairways.
-Many of the baskets are crooked.
-Some of the teepads are not level and when muddy are very slippery.
-This course has no tee signs
-Hole five's teepad is about 45 degrees clockwise of where it should be.
-Gets pretty slippery when wet out here, watch your step.
Good use of elevation, but safety issues and confusing holes are frustrating
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Good use of elevation changes (fairly balanced w/flat, uphill, and downhill holes).
Creek presents an interesting water hazard.
Some holes will require different types of shots (ex: using overhand shots to tee off holes 5 and 8, will suggest mixing up forehands and backhands).
Cons: No sinage and missing pieces on the map makes it difficult for me to locate the holes.
Lack of trees to separate fairways and no mandos or sinage will require you to yell fore if other people are playing on the course, because stray discs can easily cross more than one hole's fairway.
Hole 2 and hole 9 both have baskets in relatively the same flight path from the hole 2 tee pad. Without sinage, mandos, and the hole 9 basket being too close (compared to the hole 2 basket), I even got a "black par" with the hole 9 basket and had to redo the hole the 2nd time I was at this park. Also, inadvertent hyzers or annys will get you closer to hole 9's basket from that tee pad.
Hole 3 and hole 5 do not have the tee pads set up in a way that lets you see the basket while leaves are still on the trees (sinage would resolve this issue).
Blackberry bushes and underbrush are pretty thick with hole 5 and hole 8, lost a disc on hole 5 when the throw bounced off some trees and could not see where it went after that.
Flat hole tee pads are slippery and during wet conditions, unplayable (also slipped and fell on the hole 7 tee pad).
Be careful while running up while teeing off on hole 3, there is a steep downhill slope after the cinder blocks holding up the tee pad.
Saw some bums sleeping on the course during summertime (close to the hole 5 basket).
Had a bad experience with some obnoxious "trophy locals," did not encounter this at other courses in the area.
Other Thoughts: Overall, elevation is good, but if you don't live fairly close to Newberg or want to play all the courses in the area, skip this course. It has the potential to be a 3 star 9 hole course, but that will have to wait for signage and (if possible), redesigning some holes. If you have to just pick one course close by, go with Ewing or Champoeg instead.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set in a pretty small city park, which has a walking path but not much else going on. The only possible interference is most likely going to be from other disc golfers.
- Decent amount of trees here, as well as a small section of forest, to force some tricky lines. #1 has a tree to go under or around, and #4 and #6 have a smattering of skinny trees to avoid. #3 and #8 are both pretty similar, a blind RHFH flick shot around woods. #7 shoots up into a clearing in the forest, while #5 is a hyzer with a couple gaps to hit off the tee.
- Pretty good elevation changes here as well, which appear even more extreme due to shorter hole lengths. #2 and #9 play up a steep hill, and #7 is definitely uphill as well. #3 and #8 are the more extreme downhill shots, and #1 and #5 are noticeable as well.
- Water hazards come into play in the form of a small creek. Four of the holes cross it; #4 and #8 are closer to the basket than the tee, while #6 and #7 have the creek closer to the tee. It's easy to avoid getting wet without much difficulty, but it's a possibility.
- Nice pads, baskets are old but are fine. The map in front is plenty good for navigation.
Cons: - Since the park is so small, a lot of the holes are extremely crammed together. Some fairways cross (#4 and #6), lots of potential close calls. Always keep an eye peeled for errant (and not so errant shots) from other places.
- Because of that, hole lengths here are on the very short side, with an average of 218'. Some play a little longer due to elevation changes, but it's still small.
Other Thoughts: - Well, this course has some good features, and some bad features. The holes, though short, are pretty interesting and have decent variety. Different lines and elevation changes help out a ton. But, the short distances, and the crammed layout, really take away from the quality. Best suited for beginners, or a quick round for more experienced players.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
My Home Course
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: -Quick Par 27
-Quiet a few ace runs
-Good set up for lefties
-Good course for beginners & families
-Hills make for good workout while playing
-Course is well maintained
-Tee pads are decent.
-Baskets are old innova, but still catch fine.
Cons: -Can get pretty cramped during peak hours of summer
-Holes are relatively short, only one hole is close to 300 feet.
-Water builds up on tee pad 6 and other areas of the course. During wet season, its pretty much a mud hole at the bottom of the valley.
-Holes often cross over each other, which makes for some pretty unsafe throws.
-No bathrooms on the property.
Other Thoughts: This is the first course I ever played being that I live close by. Course is definitely for beginners and/or people wanting to get a quick round in. All holes are shorter than 300 feet so you could play a round with minimal discs. Holes 3 and 8 are my favorite. The course flows pretty well. Take a look at the kiosk at the top of the hill to get acquainted with how the course flows. This is a good course to go out and practice your putter drives off tee or midrange game.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Usesthe small area very well. Basically it's in a small valley. So lots of elevation changes. Park cared for well.
Cons: Two holes (4&6) cross paths so be aware of that. DO NOT GO LEFT ON 5!, heavy blackberries on a steep hill = lost disc.
Other Thoughts: 3 tee is blind so make sure no one is at the hole before throwing. Really like the land usage! I'll be back! Smaller course but fun.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Great for beginners, fun for the more seasoned.
Diverse holes, down hill, up hill, hyzer, anhyzer you name it. Shorter holes good for beginners to gain confidence and become more familier with their drives.
Cons: Often muddy. The park can be crowded at times and due to the fact that the course overlaps quite a bit, this can be a problem.
Other Thoughts: Look out for the creek running down the middle, I've found lost discs more often than not in the murky water.
Update: Visited Oregon over Christmas(2013) and had a blast playing the courses around here. Herbert Hoover will always be a favorite.
I take my in-laws, who don't play unless I take them, this is one of their favorite courses as well.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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.
2 Helpful / 14 Not
Pros: alot of people play her in the summer. watch out for the locals, dont get in there way.
Cons: this course is short and alot of fun.watch out for discs flying towards your dome piece!
Other Thoughts: ya...ive seen blood shed at hoover.
sorry people i was drunk when i wrote this review so it came across a bit harsh, im not going to change what i wrote tho because its true, in mid summer this place gets packed, so keep a fast pace or people will get pissed, iv litrally seen blood shed at hole 5 by someone that wasnt moving fast enough. its a great course with short drives and good elevation changes awesome for beginners, i mean this is where i learned how to play. but if you cant throw and the parking lot is full chances are your just gonna be getting in the way.cool thing about newberg is that there are 3 courses all within 10 miles of each other. go play a round at ewing or champoeg and wait for the crowd to die down.
2 of 16 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 13 Not
Muddy but Amazing
Pros: Well placed holes, challenging shots, awesome layout, calm environment. This is a great 9 hole course for anyone. Herbert Hoover is a must play for anyone in the Portland Metro area.
Cons: Always muddy and down in a bowl so wind can be an issue...
Other Thoughts: GO PLAY THIS COURSE!!!
1 of 14 people found this review helpful.
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