Pekin Ferry Pirates
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Pekin Ferry is a fairly short nine hole disc golf course located in Ridgefield, WA, about 10-15 minutes from both Paradise Point DGC and I-5. Tucked into the hillside near the Lewis River, Pekin Ferry DGC was designed more for the novice to intermediate player. The course plays mostly around, and at times, across an open field, weaving in and out of the tree line and incorporating even some nice elevation at times on holes 6-8. Holes vary in length anywhere from 200 to 350 feet with birdies available quite easily on nearly every hole! Tee pads are marked with wooden markers and laminated tee signs but are often difficult to spot due to their location to the ground and/or surrounding foliage. Just know that hole one starts on the cement path and throws out toward the open basket in the middle of the field. From there, hole two takes you into the woods and has you playing in there till you get to hole four. Baskets are fairly basic and lack inner chains, but are more than sufficient for this type of course.
Favorite hole: #9 - Hole nine required the most precision on the course and was targeted more for the advanced to open player. The hole had multiple approaches through a tight S curve fairway but required the thrower to throw from left to right and land in a designated area in order to even attempt a birdie. The basket was protected by several trees and was really the only hole that required a lot of thought. I could have just played that hole nine times and left fairly satisfied.
Although I always enjoy the challenge of water holes I still always warn players new to the course, no matter their skill level, that there is a possibility of losing a disc in the drink. Holes six and seven have players throwing a putter shot across a small pond toward an elevated green where there is a VERY high probability of your disc picking up and rolling away down the hill back toward the pond. Players will want to bring a floating disc or some kind of throwaway disc so you don't end up like me with a park job that hits a root and rolls thirty feet down into VERY murky water.
Another issue that may be apparent to some but perhaps not all is the amount of energy it takes hiking up the small foot trail to play hole eight. The designer is still working on course maintenance but it seems like a lot of work to get to the tee box just to throw an easy putter shot back down the hill you just spent time hiking up. Novice players may want to skip holes six through eight and stay toward the bottom of the course.
Least Favorite hole(s): #1 - wide open with little to no challenge/obstacles & #8 - long hike with little reward
I had the chance to meet the course designer Chris Robison as he was out playing with his son and was quite impressed with his attitude toward the sport. He is the caretaker of the property and has really gone out of his way to work with the DG community to bring disc golf to Ridgefield. Although it is still and work in progress and not what I would call a destination course, it IS worth a stop to help support his cause…a place where families can come to learn this sport. He also holds an annual family friendly tournament each year called the Pekin Ferry Pirates. It is what it is and sometimes that is all that you need! Although I may not be back anytime soon I am always happy when I have the opportunity to play a new course. Thanks Chris!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Has potential.
Cons: It is definately not ready to play. Very rough. No tee pads, no markings and not all the baskets are put in as the map says. $5 to park is definately not worth it. I want my money back.
Other Thoughts: They have a lot of work to do to get this up to tournament level. The Pirate Riot is on 22nd of Sept. I just hope it's done by then.
4 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Not Yet Ready For Prime Time!
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course (and I use this term loosely) is located around the camping area of the Pekin Ferry Campground. The campground complex is located on the river at the end of the road. You can't miss the campground. It's a field with a picnic area, some RV's and some planes, boats and other vehicles parked near the river. There are, I think, seven (7) baskets placed around, mostly in the wooded area behind the camping area. Someone has done some work on the course. Earthern stairs have been carved out near two baskets, a path has been roughed out going from (and this is only conjecture) basket # 3 to # 4. Much clearing has been done in the woods and mulch has been spread and I think I found what might turn out to be the # 9 teepad. The baskets are a brand I don't recognize. They're not homemade, but they're slightly thinner than most. They wouldn't hold up in any public course but will probably suffice here. Some are currently set in small buckets of gravel and consequently, are kinda wobbly. I did see a small can with concrete so I think the course owner is getting ready to set them all in concrete, which would be an improvement. Because there are no signs and I didn't have a map, I was clueless about which way to play so I guessed and tried to play clockwise. There are no teepads of any kind except for the aforementioned possibility of a # 9 so I just kind of played basket to basket. Currently, I would classify the course as an unfinished pitch and putt.
There was a practice basket by some buildings with a few discs lying nearby. I think they might have been returns from players who have lost them.
Cons: Lets see, missing baskets, no signs, no teepads, cheap baskets, pitch and putt distances, no map. I'm hoping I was missing something here, like most of the course. More likely, I'm thinking it's a work in progress course.
Other Thoughts: If..................????????????????.....This course is a work in a progress, I see it as a perfect course for drunken 16 year old campers to play with one disc after getting fired up around their campfires.
The # 9 teepad I spoke of looked like it might be aiming at the one basket set way down near the river. Lying between that alleged teepad and the river basket were two floatplanes, a spare set of floats, a boat or two, a pick up and trailer, a tractor and maybe a few other forms of transportation I've forgotten. I'm not sure if advanced players would enjoy playing through the world of transportation now cluttering the # 9 fairway!
I'll gladly moniter this course's reviews and upgrade my rating if I read about any future improvements that are implemented.
It's also pretty amazing that this area 10 miles from the nearest course suddenly now has two courses practically within a long tee off from other with this one and the course at Paradise Point State Park just 1.5 miles up the road.
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