Glorified ATV path
Pros: *It's nice the camp has a dg course
*Easy to navigate
Cons: *Cone shaped baskets
*Incredibly small fairways
*Way to generous on pars
Other Thoughts: After reading the lone review on this course I was really looking forward to playing it. But I have to say I was disappointed. For most of the course you are throwing up a ATV path with tight tree formations on either side. Considering this is at a kids camp I can't believe they would make the fairways so small. Also they pars are odd. For example a par 5 344 ft hole? In all fairness the tee shot is super tight with a late sharp turn hyzer needed at the end but still, I eagled it 2/3 times, and I'm not that good. I guess the pars are set for youth not adults.
The baskets are good quality but they have some issues. First off the chains are too small so there is a big gap between where they end and where the basket actually sits. Also the baskets are cone shaped instead of flat. What this means is the only way to make it is to hit the chains or they spit right out if you just hit in the basket. These are probably the worst baskets I've played on due to these issues.
I question whether this course was set up by someone who knew much about disc golf. Many of the tee shots are very odd calling for extreme hyzers/anhyzers that occur down the fairway. It's kind of hard to describe, you are on the tee box and looking at what the course designer set up and wonder what they heck was this guy thinking. This is a weird shot I have to make. Take the 2nd hole, you need an extreme anhyzer (forehand is a WAY easier option) but then you will still struggle for your 2 as the basket is buried in the trees off to the left. They call it a par 4 but I just can't get over having a par 4 under 300 feet. So I guess their idea is to lay up at around 150 feet then throw a gentle hyzer in close for birdie. Just weird stuff like this throughout the course. I would say there are only 3-4 "normal" holes and the course has a heavy emphasis on anhyzer (forehand) shots.
I probably won't play this course again unless I'm up at Camp Morrow for a different reason. You would never want to drive out here just to play this.
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Pros: With a large variety of challenging shots, dry weather most of the time and a great use of the up and down terrain, Camp Morrow's 9 hole course, Northwest of the town of Wamic, is well worth checking out.
The pars are generous and produce some high scores once you learn the course.
Long and accurate shots are needed on many of the holes while some are quite easy.
Because of the hilly terrain, a bad shot can cost you dearly, which adds to the challenge.
Weather at Camp Morrow tends to be a lot drier than the West Side so it's worth the drive on a rainy day. Holes are well marked and easy to navigate though some of the baskets are not visible from the tee.
Hole number 1 is across the footbridge next to the basketball court, turn left at the mini putt putt golf course. The first hidden basket is up the road and to the right.
The 9 holes consist of 2-par 5's, 3-par 4's and 4-par 3's. You can bring your portable basket along and set up number 10, "a par 3" out in the field.
Some major course improvements were made recently. Removing rocks of all sizes, "one of them about 3 feet in diameter", to allow you to throw without the possibility of twisting an ankle.
Installed were some heavy duty 4 foot by 7 foot rubber pads on six of the holes that needed it the most with one more in the works. This has been a 100% improvement from what it was before.
Cons: The rubber tee pads are on the small side for some players but for the most part these areas are smooth enough to allow you to start from behind the pads and get a longer run-up but in most cases, it's not needed. The wind can sometimes pick up during the day and adds to the challenge, which may or may not be a good thing. On some holes, a good throw with a bad landing can cause your disc to roll down the hill, through the trees and ruin you score. The creek at the bottom can swallow your disc too.
You must call ahead to make sure the course is not in use which means that it is tough to use in the middle of summer when the camp is in full swing. If you happen to be there for a retreat, this is not a problem.
Other Thoughts: This is the first course I ever played disc golf on and how my brother and I got hooked on this sport is a mystery to me because this place chewed us up and spit us out.
Thanks to a friendly camp staff member who showed us the tricks of the course, it is now one of our favorite places to throw and to escape the rain.
This place will challenge you and force you to make some good shots and with decent weather and little to no crowds, this is well worth the trip. Some would mark this course down for being off the beaten path and not open all the time but still this is a great place to hone your problem solving skills. Should you decide to give this place a try, you are most likely to have the whole course to yourself.
With the lake, cabins, lodge, kitchen facilities, dry weather, fine scenery, friendly staff and the disc golf course, Camp Morrow is a fine place for your large group to rent and enjoy.
Even though the camp is open to everyone, it is primarily a church camp, therefore drugs, booze, yelling obscenities and other bad behavior is not allowed. If you want to try it out, call 541-544-2971.
For more information about the camp, check out their web site at campmorrow.org
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