Hilly, open, wooded, and a Home Depot-sized parking lot
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Nice 15 hole course, with a good variety of holes close to the city on church grounds. It's nice they put a course in here. Many holes lend themselves to either forehand or backhand shots.
-Multiple tee pads on most holes.
-The open holes, #1-7, 13-15 are all pretty easy birdie chances, #s 8-12 are the fun ones. They test all shot shapes. But watch out for rollers on those holes, discs can roll down a hill onto a road.
-Parking is very ample. I estimate ~ 400 spots.
-Stays pretty dry during the winter months, since it's on the top of a hill. But, this makes it windy.
Cons: -Can be difficult to find. You have to to watch for the Bible Church sign on Vermont Ave and drive through an apartment complex and around the left side of the church, past #3, #4, #14, and #15 before getting to the 1st hole on the right side of the church.
-On #3 watch for cars. Too big of a hyzer and you're down at the bottom of the hill on the entrance road.
-Scraggly grass will tickle your calves. Wear pants or be prepared to pick things out of your socks.
-Many holes are over or near large expanses of concrete. Bring crummy discs or be prepared to screw up your good ones. #1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 14, and 15 all present a chance to throw it into the parking lot (OB) while #s 9, 10, and 11 have the possibility of throwing into the road (also OB)
-The course could be better if some of the Home Depot-size parking lot were removed. The lot isn't even full on Church Sundays.
-Can get very windy on the open holes.
-Tee pads are small
-It doesn't appear to get super frequent maintenance. The hole locations are only changed every couple of months or so.
Other Thoughts: -Handmade signs scratched out of wood remind you not to cheer or cuss loudly, children are listening.
-Terrible routing. I think the course would be better if holes 4-6 were removed, and the loop of holes 7-13 were turned around, so you played them backwards. This way you would not have to throw across the parking lot or have to cut across #13 fairway to get to #7 tee. Or they could remove part of the parking lot, it's so huge and never full, even on Sunday.
-There's a big field next to #1. If the church owns this property, they could add 3 holes there and make it a legit 18-hole course.
-I play it frequently only because it is convenient.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Aptly named - good for a quick game
2 Helpful / 0 Not
* Decent tees (some concrete, some rubber), DISCatcher baskets, some signage. Some alternate tees.
* Ample free parking, free to play, friendly locals.
* Nice variety of longer drives and short technical shots.
* Some very challenging holes even on a short course. These will keep you guessing and recalculating your shots. This really adds to the rating for me, as a lot of short community courses lack challenging shots. I have seen very, very good players seriously challenged at this course.
* A map is definitely needed for this course - layout can be confusing for getting from one hole to the next.
* Going from #6 to #7 requires crossing the fairway of #13 - be careful!
* Asphalt hazards - #3, 4, 5, and 6 all require throwing over asphalt, and #1, 14, and 15 have asphalt hazards to the right hand side. Bring old discs you don't care about.
* No restrooms or water available, few benches.
* Alternate tees can be hard to find.
* Entrance can be hard to find, which is from the north through an apartment complex. Then you drive all the way around the church and park on the west side of it.
* Closed most of Sunday due to church services, and too many cars parked on the asphalt holes.
* Some people say it can get crowded, but I've never had an issue myself.
* Good course for: locals wanting to fit in a quick round, and players looking for something a little different
* Bad course for: people with brand new discs, and people who haven't played some of the other courses in the area (Pier Park, Milo McIver, etc.)
* King for a day: I'd rework this course as 9-hole course with clearly marked, concrete alternate tees that are significantly different from the main tees. I'd remove #4 and #5 entirely and rework the layout so you don't have to walk across the fairway of #13.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Well kept fairways. DISCatcher baskets. Concrete tees. Variety of wooded and open holes. Some elevation changes.
Cons: A few holes had lots of brambles. Way too much OB.
Other Thoughts: It's just kind of another disc golf course. Nothing really outstanding or horrible.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Pros: - Quick play when not crowded
- excellent baskets
-solid tee pads
- A challenge for what it is
-great mix of long and short
-OB rewards shot placement
- Private property
- Awesome club that does great by the course and community
-only room for 15...maybe 18...maybe
-some problematic elements
Other Thoughts: The added 3 holes really add a lot to the course. OB makes it a challenge every time. Some easily birdied holes and a few really rough ones. Solid overall course. Play an event here for a real treat. Was my home course for 2 years.
Need more of these courses...
Pros: Varied shots required
Nice baskets and tee areas
Some longer holes, some finesse holes
Different parts of the course feel different.
Up and coming landscaping
Nice wooded holes
nice scenery and views.
Church is very accepting of disc golfers
Cons: - Over crowding can be an issue.
- Some holes play through the parking lot
confusing course layout - non logical progression of holes sometimes (3 -6 mostly)
Neighbors are close on some holes.
Other Thoughts: We need more courses like this. Creative, open, friendly, local. Some wooded, some wide open holes, some short, some longer...
Course plays a bit longer time wise than I expected.
Worth playing, and great for a local course
Respect thy neighbor!
Improving almost daily
Pros: -Pro/Am tee pads
-Baskets that catch quiet well
-Multiple pin locations
-Variety of challenges, including a few parking lot holes where OB comes into play.
Cons: -Can get crowded at times
-Pretty soggy during the winter months, but that is a given almost every where if you are playing golf during winter months in Oregon
-A few more garbage cans would be nice
Other Thoughts: This course keeps getting better and better. The people that take care of this course have put a lot of time and effort into making this a pretty darn nice course. Every time I have gone out there, there has been some sort of improvement on the course.
Cramped, but fun.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Despite this course's shortcomings, it's still very fun to play, and has a great deal of charm.
* Lunchtime has a nice variety of holes with some favoring a RHFH, and others favoring RHBH.
* The course has nice baskets, and decent tee pads.
* Lots of character.
Cons: While Lunchtime is fun to play, its layout can be frustrating at times.
* The course feels cramped with some walkouts passing through other holes' fairways.
* Poor signage - many of the tees are improperly labeled, and it's not always clear which basket you're supposed to be shooting at, or where the next tee pad is.
* The course plays very close to houses, gardens, roads, and backyards, so be sure to pick your shots well.
* About half of the holes (#1, #3, #4, #5, #6, #12, #13) at Lunchtime require you to throw over large areas of pavement. These shots have a higher likelihood of chewing up disks, so play accordingly.
Other Thoughts: I feel like this course would be better if the church removed the shots over the parking lot (#4,#5, and #6), and rearranged some of the holes on the east end of the property. As it stands right now the course is quite fun, but it can be confusing to navigate for a first time player. If the course were reduced to 12 holes instead of 15 it would make for a better overall experience.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: A few courses where you need to bust out a distance throw. Nice elevation changes, and a decent mix of open / tight holes. Fairly challenging with all of the OB. I played here during a tournament, so I got the full 18-hole treatment (and the temporary holes were always really fun--not a standard feature though). You can get here by public transportation!
Cons: Lots of pavement on this course. I would imagine the course is relatively crowded during even a semi-decent day of weather.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Ups and Downs
Pros: This is obviously a course that quite a bit of TLC and local pride goes into, the church grounds are very well kept and it also seems to be in a constant state of improvement.
-Tee Pads, from the new launching pad at hole 13 the pads out here are great, multiple pads on almost every hole offer both beginner and more advanced looks at most holes.
-Parking, thanks to the church side lot you should never be left looking for a space out here.
-Friendly local players, thre ALWAYS seems to be a group of people hanging out here, and they have never been anything but super friendly to me.
-League and events, probably the best run weekly league I have ever seen happens out here, along with pdga and ace race events.
-Holes 7-12 for me are the most fun/entertaining out here, shorter, more technical holes that reward placement and punish chucking as hard as you can with no plan.
Cons: -Plastic Wear, with the amount of holes that happen over parking lots this place can beat the hell out of your discs quick!
-First time navigation, the holes have changed places and numbers a few times, if you dont already know where you are going there are probably a few spots that will leave you a little lost. There are also wrong hole numbers on a few signs that dont tend to help the course newbie.
-Crossing hole hazards, the worst spot being 6/13, you have to keep your head on a swivel while putting at 6, never know when some big bomber on 13 has let loose and maybe not seen you.
-Random casual people wandering through the course, seems to happen at least once a round that some random casual wanders into a fairway and decides to hang out or really take their time getting out of the way.
Other Thoughts: A fun course that is great for a quick round or some upshot practice. While not my favorite in the area I still find myself coming to play here often because of the fun environment and its easy access.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Portland Lunchtime DGC
Portland Lunchtime DGC is located on a moderately wooded 21 acre plot of land with rolling hills surrounding a church. Over the years this course has been reconfigured a few times but still has the same feeling...a place where you come to practice, play a casual round with friends, and perhaps walk away with an ace!
Established in 2000, this fifteen hole course was installed with duel tee pads, DISCatchers, and a combination of cement, asphalt, and rubber tee pads. Holes on the course range anywhere from 155-511 feet on the short tees, making par for the course 56. From the long tees, holes range anywhere from 160-598 feet, making par for the course 45. Many of the holes on the course are wide open, having players work on approach shots and at times, distance. A few of the holes on the course play into/through the woods and although fairly short, require accuracy and precision.
Like previous reviewers stated, there are a lot of opportunities for your disc to hit pavement. Although those holes didn't bother me very much since I was just visiting and liked that it was something a little different, I would imagine the wear and tear on my discs if I were a local would get old quick. Throwing over parking lots when it is empty is no big deal but when cars are around it gets dicey quick. Just be aware of your surroundings and if you think there is a good chance to hit a car then just skip the hole!
The other issue that seemed apparent when I played was how congested the course got at times, especially in the woods. Fifteen holes at Lunchtime feels a bit forced in my opinion. The amount of land that this course offers is ideal for a professional nine or twelve hole course. Sometimes less is best. Although I enjoyed many of the holes, there were times where I felt that some of the fairways were too close together or that the walkouts to the next tee were, although necessary, awkward at times.
I know this course has come a long way since its original installation due to the hard work of the church, local clubs, and the weekend warriors, and it is much appreciated. The redesign of the course, the addition of the new holes, and the new baskets, have all helped make this course much more enjoyable for all skill levels. I was excited to finally play the last remaining course in Portland and no matter what the course, ALWAYS enjoy disc golfing in the beautiful state of Oregon. Even though this is not a top tier course like some of the others nearby, it does have a purpose for the DG community and is a perfect place to learn this great game and/or get out and just throw. Thank you to all that help keep this place going!
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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