Drive By Course On I-84!
Pros: Three Islands State Park sits right on the Snake River. The course here is just a little more fun and challenging than your typical little state park course. It plays through the picnic (mostly flat), cabin (on a slight hillside near the lake) and back to the bathroom/picnic areas (some elevation to contend with). When park guests are present, this could present a problem but somehow I doubt whether this little out-of-the-way state park is ever filled to capacity.
The tee pads are gravel enclosed by four timber beams and are actually pretty smooth. There are simple little fiberglass tee signs and the baskets are fine.
The holes are probably a little longer than most state park courses a few over 300' and one 475' Par 4. Scattered trees and distance are the challenges here.
I really liked # 5. It's 228' straight through a natural fairway to a basket just up a small hill. Pretty little hole with an interesting basket placement.
And # 9, when no-one is present, was a fun throw. 277' to a basket kinda hidden behind a picnic shelter with two routes are available.
Cons: $5 to enter the park.
Out of the way location.
Gnats were out in swarms.
Had to dodge the sprinklers.
Luckily no campers/picnickers were present.
Gravel tee pads.
Other Thoughts: The course has a nice variety of holes so it doesn't get boring. I could see someone playing this course on a regular basis. Another 9 baskets would be great but I don't quite see where they would fit in. There didn't seem to be much unused space available.
Pros: • Nice park with decent lawn and large trees.
• Very uncrowded, I rarely see other golfers.
• Nice scenery along the Snake River.
• Enough trees to require moderate accuracy.
• Easy navigation between holes.
• Good signs and a course map posted in the parking lot.
• Nice "Birdie" run on holes 3-7, so you can throw down a low score if you're on target.
Cons: • Only 9 holes.
• Gravel tees (I hate gravel, so I usually tee on the grass to the side).
• Mostly short holes, so pros and long drivers won't be challenged.
• Bugs can get bad in summer.
• Alternate pins would add a lot to this course.
Other Thoughts: This course is only 30 minutes from home for me so I play it frequently. 9 more baskets are being added soon. I talked to a park ranger recently who told me that the baskets are sitting in a storage shed at the park. Please put them in! My buddies and I are tired of waiting! We are really looking forward to the upgrade to 18 holes. I wouldn't make a special trip to play this course, but if you're passing through on I-84 and need a rest break, take the Glenns Ferry exit and follow the signs (or ask a local).
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