4 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: -Very, very long, challenging course that hosted the 2014 Worlds, and for good reason. It was built out of a huge overgrown field in a regional park. I'd estimate at least 70 acres' land.
-Impeccably maintained, perfect tee pads and discatcher baskets.
-No interference from other park users. The rest of the park is nice too, by the way.
-Great vandal-proof tee signs that were super helpful. I never got lost.
Cons: -It is RIDICULOUSLY long. I don't have a big arm and it made me crazy. 8 holes are over 600ft, and it is 10K yards total! Throw throw throw throw throw throw and throw. My arm was killing me after the round.
-The first few and last few holes are the only ones with trees. You feel lost in a gigantic field the rest of the way. No fun. Bring sun-screen, as a round here can easily take ~3.5 hours.
-The rough sucks. It's a mix of scraggly grass, blackberries, ivy, and tons of other crap you don't want to be in Some of it is completely un-navigable. Unfortunately with the extreme length of the holes you're going to end up in there plenty of times anyways. Wear pants or else!
-Flat as Kansas. Not one hole has elevation change.
-There were shorter tees, but they were rubber, overgrown, and not marked.
-Not the most logical routing. Hole 5 tee is super far from #4 basket and #5 basket is right next to hole 4 basket. With this much land I expect a good routing. The course felt as if it were hastily designed.
-The course never comes back near the start until hole 18. Plan for at least 3 hours to play. Once you're out, you're not coming back. Unless you want to pick your way through masses of gnarly, thorny bushes. Definitely not a good after-work round.
Other Thoughts: -This course is so terribly long and demands such precision as well, I can't see anyone other than very accomplished players enjoying a round here. If you can't fit the ticket, try Dabney S.P. instead. I don't think I'll come back until I get much better.
-If you're visiting Portland, this should not be on your bucket-list. A good itinerary would be Pier Park, Milo McIver SP, Dabney SP, and Champoeg SP. Don't bother playing here unless you're truly a terrific player.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Designed for a very specific audience
5 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This course is designed to be a challenge for those that can drive more than 300 feet. That said...
For those that drive less than 300 feet, it's really challenging. It really forces you to work on your distance and since I enjoy working on my game I consider this to be a pro for this course.
It's laid out well with the land that was used. The area is mostly flat but the pins are thoughtfully placed in order to change up the approach and angle.
The biggest challenge on this course is the excessive amounts of OB. And if there's no OB there's usually an obstacle (like a steep ravine) that will render the disc lost. This was both a pro and con for me. Considering the flatness of the land it did make all the shots interesting. But it also added a layer of frustration to the game.
The course is well-groomed. The brush is clearly kept trimmed back, keeping the fairways clean for play.
All the tees are concrete and every hole is mapped out, which are major pluses for me. The baskets are also a nice quality and, since the World's tournament, practically brand new looking.
Cons: To me, the OB on this course is just ridiculous. It's one thing to have the OB markings. But the actual land that comprises the OB consists of thorny bushes and ravines. So even if your disc lands just five feet into an OB area you're forced to risk a layer of leg skin trying to retrieve it.
Overall there was just this extreme sense of risk and reward on the course. You're ecstatic if your disc doesn't go OB but the excitement stems more from not having to trek through the thorns rather than making a good shot.
This course is also long. Like really, really long. Again, as someone who can't throw over 300 feet I felt this aspect acutely. There are several holes than are 700+ feet and are listed as a par 3 or 4. Really? And that was 700 feet from the short tees.
It's just not a friendly or relaxing course if you don't meet the specs.
Other Thoughts: I disc golf regularly (like at least once a weekend for years) and this was possibly the most physically challenging course I've ever played. I've been on courses that have required intense hikes but this was the first time where my throwing arm/shoulder started to just give out after awhile.
NOT recommended for novice players. And if you're an intermediate player beware.
5 of 8 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 2 Not
-Blue Lake has excellent signage, they're well built and look great.
-Every hole has a bench at the tee which is nice since it's such a long course.
-There is pretty nice kiosk with a map of the course including all the pars and distances.
-The OB is marked really well with red wooden stakes at the edge of the fairways.
-The fairways are kept mowed, however if you're not in the fairway it's very rough.
-The park has lots of parking.
-Many holes have a risk/reward element.
-Long mostly open holes for those of you who really like to throw those power shots, this is the place for you.
-This course has some of the roughest rough I've ever experienced. Thorns, bushes, trees and tall grass are waiting just off of every fairway. I have left several discs in the thick rough after looking hard and only finding bloody shins and pricked fingers. Its so frustrating it's not even worth my time/plastic.
-First timers may have a hard time finding their way from basket to box in a few spots. The course could use some 'next tee' signs.
-I'm not a fan of this type of course, wide open and long may be fun for some people but I much prefer tighter technical holes.
-The line of cars to get into the parking lot on the weekends can get very long - come earlier on weekends to avoid this or come during the week.
-This course was built in the wetlands, if you're planning on playing in the heat bring lots of water.
12 of 14 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Work in Progress
Pros: Highest level of difficulty around
Near a park
Very flat (stroller friendly)
Cons: Eats Discs
The rough is really rough
Barbed wire on #17
Tee pads not poured
Other Thoughts: This course is still very new, and my review is applicable to the day I played it. Several of the tee pads were just dirt, with 2x4s staked around them for formwork. Hopefully nobody falls on the steel stakes.
The grass/blackberry bush rough is a disc eater and leg scraper. Do whatever you can to stay on the fairway or you will be searching for a good part of your round.
The difficulty was a plus for me, and I was having a good time until hole 17. This hole looks as though it had a bomb dropped on it. If you go right watch out for the barbed wire that is buried deep in the ground on one end. It wrapped around my leg and got me pretty good.
Once all the tees are poured and #17 gets groomed a little, this will be one of the nicest courses around. As it stands it's good but not great.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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