Course of the future...
14 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Nice, unique signage (all blue)
- Grippy concrete teepads
- Trash cans/recycling every 3-4 holes
- Good baskets
- out of bounds stakes give a nice feel
- LONG (6 par 3s, 9 par 4s, 3 par 5s)
- Good balance between easy/difficult holes
- Excellent use of all park features : woods, water, elevation, and length
Cons: (This is being nit-picky)
- No amateur tees (not designed for it, but will frustrate some)
- No practice basket
- Not the most scenic course
Other Thoughts: When Dave Feldberg and others designed this course, they did it with A-tier tournaments in mind. Between the length (only 6 par 3s), the openness, the designs of the out of bounds stakes, and the swirling wind that comes off the nearby Columbia River in summer, this place might turn into the disc golf equivalent to British open ball golf: instead of guys being 30+ down after 3 rounds, they'll be 10 - 15 down.
The course is pretty much a giant field, with trees surrounding the outside and long grass in the middle. Fairways are mowed down (nice) and red stakes line what is out of bounds. Holes 1 - 12 pretty much follow the outside west - south - east parts of the course (which shifts between wooded and open); Holes 13 - 16 move open grass bomb throwing holes, with some decent elevation (nothing extreme); and holes 17 and 18 are more wooded to finish.
I played in winter, so the long grass that lines the links style holes (usually OB) isn't growing as much, but it has been beat down to the point where I never felt in danger of losing a disc. My playing partner (who was my guide) told me that he had never played there on such a calm day. During the summer, the strong NW wind comes off the Columbia might make some of the more open holes soul crushing.
12 - You have an 80 foot tunnel of trees (15ft wide?) which opens up, then funnels back to a wooded basket.
7 - A thickly wooded par 5, with the road on the right. You have to hit three tunnel shots for distance then an approach to the basket, which is an island surrounded by a moat (there is an easier, closer position). That ties for the hardest hole on the course with....
17 - another long par 5 that's unique to the course in that it was the only hole that carved out the woods. You have to accurately crush a drive down the middle, then have three low ceiling shots to laser through to the basket. Both of these holes are made to destroy the scores of the weak.
I think my favorite part of the course is the transistions from easy to challenging holes. Great mix of unique challenges, but not much that I would consider unfair/ridiculous hard. Keep in mind that have a big arm and it wasn't windy. I'm sure the wind would make this course exhausting.
Even though the length and lack of shorter tee pads will turn off some of the weaker arms, my hope is that the construction of this course inspires others to make similar higher par, long courses in the future. This course is 10,000+ feet long, almost twice the size of most courses I've seen (except Milo). It was a real treat and I will most definitely play it again...
14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: *Location - short drive from Portland, great parking.
*Layout - requires every shot you've got, many interesting risk/reward shot opportunities. One of the best thought out course layouts I've seen.
*Difficulty - challenging for all, still accessible to intermediate players.
*Aesthetic - Attractive site with pleasant views, well groomed and maintained
Cons: *Rough - thick brush is one thing, thick brush with thorns... well, it is risk/reward. That said, playing in late fall/winter mitigates this somewhat
*Single Layout - No shorter tee placements for beginners. This is likely by design though.
Other Thoughts: *Signage - neither a pro nor a con, there could be better indication to the next hole, but the signs are good overall
This course is a fantastic addition to the already strong group of courses in the greater Portland Area. It is particularly well suited to experienced players, and i will certainly be back.
With fewer thorns it would be a 4.5 easy.
Perhaps this will be the case as time goes on.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 5 Not
The Future of Disc Golf
Pros: Design, Course Flow, Baskets, Teepads, Course Atmosphere.
Cons: Thick Rough, No Rope, Tee Signs
Other Thoughts: This course is setting the standards for the future of disc golf. OB on every hole (there is no rope, but you can tell what the OB is with the cut fairways) with a perfect mix of par 3's, par 4's and par 5's. If your a player who appreciates the "golf" aspect of disc golf, you'll love every second of your round. It feels like the way disc golf is supposed to be played. As a pro who can throw accurately up to 400-500ft, this is one of the best courses in Oregon. It forces you to throw every type of shot and it is pretty much wide open with 75-100ft wide fairways, so it's not really challenging to hit the fairway. But if you do decide to "go for it" you can easily find the rough, which is extremely thick with grass and blackberries and likes to eat your plastic. I would recommend playing it safe off the tee and then going for it on your second shot.
The first 10 holes are relatively simple if you take what the course gives you while the final 8 holes are long and challenging, so get ready to grind out some pars. The tee signs could use a little more work. They don't show the OB at all and they could outline the entire hole better, instead of just showing a line through some trees. There are only a few spots where it would be nice to know which way the next hole is, but it's pretty easy to find your way around. This isn't the best course to learn how to play disc golf on, but once you get serious about disc this is a great course to learn how to throw every shot in the bag.
Blue Lake is definitely worth checking out, but you better focus on every shot or you will probably lose a disc in the deep rough. Once this course get fully established, it will rival Milo McIver as the best course in Oregon but as of now it's a close second.
Can't wait for Worlds in 2014!!!!!!
7 of 12 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Challenging, Great Tee Pads, Nice Fairways, benches
Cons: This course is a disc eater. Major blackberries and thick brush if you don;t hit the fairways. Good signage but no directions to next tee box.
Other Thoughts: This is an amazing course. Played it today for the first time and love it. Super challenging, we were fully worked by the end. This is a course for big arms, I think 17 is nearly 1000'. Good mix of Par 4 and 5 holes. Teeboxes are sweet with good signs and benches, not enough trash cans but that is no big deal. Park is very scenic but mostly follows 84. Huge course that is very challening, NOT for novice players. You need to really try and keep the disc in the fairways and if not, you better have your eye on it. The rough is terrible, some of the worse blackberries I have encountered but I think this will really be reduced once the course gets played more. If you go out with a big party, be prepared to spend a long time on the course. Holes 7 and 8 were a little bit of a pain. 7 has an elevated basket but there is a pond right in front with a fence around it. On 8 you need to get over a fairly large gully. I did not and the slop in the gully is stanky. All in all, an excellent new course to the Portland area, I can't wait to go back. Go play it if you want a challenge.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: You know how you look forward to Grape Soda? Until about 10 glasses in you start to feel a little woozy? That is a good description of this course.
- This course is brand new!
- Great looking park and the nature of this course is wonderful (especially at sunset).
- Is is definitely a challenge course for high level players.
- The signs and pads are brand new and look great.
- I really like the bridge they built.
- Also there are benches at every tee and the baskets are stellar!
-Good placement of the bathrooms and trashcans/ recycle bins.
Cons: Here is the woozy part. Since the park is new some of the holes are still being shaped or worked on. There were some that you just shook you head in wondering why I should throw in that direction because you would just end up loosing your disc (and I did). The group I was with and most we saw were spending time looking for discs. Not fun. The grass around the fairways is very tall and very easy to loose discs in. Also there are a lot of blackberry bushes!!!!!!!!! Ouch! Signage would be nice to know where the next pad was. Easy to wonder around and not find the next pad. The fairways are narrow and need accurate throws. Would not recommend for new players (or just moderate players). Also, there are water hazards not marked and due to an unhealthy algae bloom is it not recommended to go into the water. So say goodbye to your discs.
Other Thoughts: This is a work in progress. I really want to like this course but in its current state it was miserable. A few tips:
1) Knee high socks or pants. Otherwise your legs will be shredded quick!
2) Have a spotter....down field. Otherwise you spend most of your time looking for discs.
3) Bring lots of discs.
4) Week days are the best time to play. Weekends parking will be nightmare (parking is $5)
5) This is really accessible by bike. Marine drive to 223rd, or Halsey to 223rd, or Springwater to Fairview bike path to Halsey to 223rd.
6) Take a picture of the course (or print one out before hand). There are no signs pointing to the next tee box and it is easy to get lost.
7) Thanks to Stumptown and Next Adventure for planning this course. I see what you are trying to do. More work needs to be done on this course to make it playable. Time will tell if this is going to be a worthwhile Pro Course.
This plays as a nice winter course. The tall grass has died so finding your disc is much easier if you throw into the out of bounds areas. Think about playing this course like an actual golf course. It is designed to be played in sections but does reward long arms. The brambles are still an issue but most have been trampled. Wear water proof shoes (lots of mud in places). Enjoyed plaything this a second time around.
8 of 9 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.
6 Helpful / 6 Not
Bring a machete
Pros: Challenging course that requires long accurate throws
Lots of par 4s and 5s so lots of room to air em out
Tee signs and bench at every hole
Large Tee pads
Close to Portland
Cons: Some holes have water completely unmarked on the tee signs including #10 with a mud pond like 10 feet behind the basket.
The roughest rough I have ever seen in my life.
Some holes only defined by Brutal blackberries and tall grass that eat discs.
Sometimes confusing to navigate.
Other Thoughts: For the early part of the round we were enjoying ourselves but after a while it just became stupid with even a slightly errand shot punished by minutes of searching through the thickest most brutal rough ever. By the end of the round in a 5 person group we had lost 6 discs. With several others recovered only after a lot of time spent hacking through blackberries that were cutting all of our legs up. Basically it got to the point that the main thing defining the holes was blackberries and tall grass which is not only boring but if you get off the fairway by as little as 4 or 5 feet you could easily lose your disc. Spotters highly recommended on many of the holes. Every time we saw another group they were hacking around in the blackberries too. We got sick of it and left without playing the last 2 holes.
I have to say that the disc golfers that put in this course must have done a ton of work and I feel bad giving it a bad review but I have to be honest. Also because this course is so new it is probably as bad as it will ever be right now. The good news is that it can only get better as more and more people play here and hopefully tame the blackberries a bit. I however will not be playing here again any time too soon with so many more enjoyable courses in the area.
6 of 12 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 5 Not
Big Beautiful Blue Monster
Pros: True "golf" experience.
Requires every shot in the game.
Par requires TWO or THREE good shots rather than only one.
Beautiful fairways which will only improve with time.
Pay to play will weed out less desirable elements.
Cons: Hole 12 goes against the general feel of the course, it is antithesis to the flow and feel of the rest of the course. I think it is a good hole, just felt peculiar considering all the rest of the holes. It felt like a throwback to the traditional idea of a disc golf hole where the rest of the course was more of a departure.
Hole 17 needs work, and to be played alot. Right now it is very rough, but Im sure in three months this will be remedied.
Other Thoughts: Blue lake is an amazing venue. It has the feel of a ball golf course. It requires a full drive from nearly every teepad, and much like ball golf good numbers will be determined by up-shots and putts. It is awesome to get away from the drive-putt-drive-putt rigors of most "par 54" disc golf courses. As disc technology evolves and players throw farther and farther courses like this are required to continue testing the abilities and limits of our sport. The winner of any tournament at Blue Lake will not be the best in the woods or the biggest arm, but rather the most well rounded competitor. I hope that out of towners who play this course will go back to their home courses and start looking for property to build a "Blue Lake" of their own.
8 of 13 people found this review helpful.
Join Disc Golf Course Review
for free to add your review. Have an account already? Sign In
to add a review.