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: -The course seemed very forehand-friendly. Holes 1, 2, 3, 8, 10, 12, and 15, all lend themselves heavily to forehands, where as only holes 4, 9, 13, and 14 lend themselves heavily to backhand shots.
-Terrible routing. I think the course would be better if holes 4 and 5 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.
-Overall it's a decent course, nothing special, but fine. 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.
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.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Gotta work with what you got
Pros: The holes in the latter part of the course that go through a wooded area are a bit challenging and a great deal of fun.
Cons: The holes that shoot over the parking lot are... dumb.
Other Thoughts: It's nice that the powers that be put up a disc golf course where they were able to, but sometimes more is not better. They worked with what they had and ended up with a real dichotomy. Half the course is lame, the other half is really quite fun.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Time for Lunch
Pros: Easily accessible to all of greater Portland
Plays as its billed - all 15 holes in the span of a "lunchtime"
Mix of distance and technical shots
grounds well maintained
While there is a bunch of concrete, the OB areas make shots more interesting
Dual Tees on most holes
Cons: Not the most beautiful course in the pacific northwest
Course closed saturday evenings and sunday mornings due to services at the church. (this is reasonable but still a con)
Other Thoughts: I think this is an underrated course.
Other holes aren't that hard to find.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: A and B tees, And a few nice longer shots. there are a few shots that wind through a small patch of woods, with some blackberry vines that can eat discs. this is definately A fun quick course
Cons: lots of concrete, High winds, A few shots are just through an open field
Other Thoughts: i have only played this one once, but i hope to go back soon
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Thank God, or at least the Church
Pros: ~There are a wide variety of holes on this course of 12, with decent elevation changes, open fields for strength (#10B is 598'), and wooded holes for precision.
~Dual tees on all but #11, where B was closed due to discs landing in the neighbors garden, and cement and sign of #5B were removed, but is still played by many.
~Decent but small signage at each tee.
~Its hard to find a course of this quality in the middle of a metro area, especially ones which do not have networks of running paths and the subsequent pedestrians and picnickers.
~Personally, the pavement OB zones prevent holes such as #11 and #12 from being mundane shots.
~Grass has been kept especially low this summer!
~Blackberry bushes (first ripe mid summer) throughout the course, and the remnants of a pear orchard (ripe early to mid autumn) between the basket of #5 and tee of #6. Yum!
~Dog friendly, and a portapotty at #1.
Cons: ~Can be confusing the first time, but the uploaded map is current.
~Some of the tees are starting to break down.
~No water on-site, and benches may be nice, but its rarely overcrowded.
~Immediately left of the #1 fairway is a field of tall grass - just avoid ending up there or you'll be looking forever.
~Discs inevitably roll down to the street on #7 and #8, whether you hit metal or a tree 30' in front of you. These holes are also unfriendly to forehand shots.
~Be wary of the blackberry bushes on #9. You'll probably come out with a disc, but it won't be the one you threw.
Other Thoughts: ~Overall, I think this course is underrated. Its appreciated by much of PDX, and I have never been completely alone on the course, whether its at 9am or 11pm.
~Be careful to not park next to the #12 basket.
~I have dreams of the unused field next to #1 being acquired and expanding the course to a full 18 holes.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
- Lots of variation in hole length. There are two ~180', 2 >500', and the rest are 200-300'.
- Elevation changes make the course more difficult, but not too difficult.
- Hole 4 features a throw, from the long tee, over ~250' of OB.
- The course requires a variety of big arm shots and finesse shots.
- The baskets are super awkward. They are really tall for some unknown reason.
- A few of the long tees are surrounded by trees so it's hard for people the use big hyzer shots.
Other Thoughts: It's a fun course, but I would only recommend to people that are intermediate or above. The short tees are good for beginners, but the long holes can be daunting.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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