The Locks Are Gonna Be Locked Down And Sold Soon!
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is a tale of two courses. The holes out in front are set in the area of an industrial vacant lot. Then you move into the middle holes which are heavily forested so there's quite a contrast. As sillybizz so aptly explains, the open holes in front aren't the most impressive areas for a course. This area is mostly open with a few scattered trees, noisy from I-84 and features the always present Colombia Gorge winds. This wind makes this area a world famous destination for the sail boarders on the nearby Colombia River but I had no interest in battling it on the back nine.
The baskets are awesome while the tee pads confused me more than a little. You start on the first few holes by teeing off marked sidewalks and streets. Then I came to # 4 and found the BIGGEST, MOST HEAVY DUTY pad I've ever seen. I'm talking logging truck, heavy duty, industrial strength here. It's a standard issue concrete pad, surrounded by another two feet of gravel with a log border around that. These logs are two feet around so the pad is raised at least a foot! The # 5 pad is the same heavy duty type. Then you find normal concrete pads? Confusing, just a little?
# 5 is a downhill, hyser throw with the basket tucked way back into the woods to the left. A spotter is surely needed. I walked halfway down the steep trailway and still couldn't spot the basket.
# 8 stands out to me as the signature hole on this course. It's a downhill, maybe 270' to a visible basket, but you need to keep your tee-off low and the tunnel is very tight. The rough here is not too unforgiving.
The next hole, # 9, is a uphill shot, where I think the basket should be placed right at the top of the hill. I have a couple of reasons for this. First, so it's visible off the tee and secondly, that would make for some treacherous putts and possible rollaways.
After 9, the course just fell apart for me. Navigation was ridiculous even with the map I had printed off. The Gorge wind was blowing gale force, right in my face and that terrain is frankly, pretty uninteresting.
Cons: The open industrial feeling area is mostly uninteresting and not too stimulating. Navigation is a nightmare on the back nine. The ever present winds were just no fun throwing into.
I think moving the basket to a visible spot on both # 5 and # 9 would make those holes more enjoyable than they now play. # 5 could be made a fun little downhill ACE run. It wouldn't have to be an easy ACE run, just the possibility would be great!
# 9 too, would be a much more interesting hole with the basket peeking out from atop the hill.
Other Thoughts: The industrial lots up front are all posted as being for sale. You can buy a quarter of an acre to 25 acres. I'm wondering? Do you get these nice baskets with your purchase? Here's your chance to purchase your very own wind blown disc golf course or maybe just buy one hole??
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Got it on lockdown
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is quite different that what you expect when you show up to the dirt patch that is the parking lot. Seeing four or five baskets in the open and mixed in with a few trees I'm not expecting much but don't let appearances fool you. Once you start playing and getting into the back end of the front nine you leave the windy fields, noisy traffic of I-84, annoying grass/weeds and sadly the nice views of the surrounding hills. The way heads down off the plateau and into the woods! You go from the longer open holes to a shorter and tighter wooded course. Hole eight is a nice stand out hole to me throwing downhill in a low ceiling canopy to a guarded basket maybe 280 feet or so, keeping the disc straight here is mandatory for desired results. You out of the trees and back up the to sparsely trees and throw some longer holes again until you reach back around to the beginning of the course.
Cons: There are arrows or ribbons on the majority of the course but there are a few areas that I got lost on or was confused on where to throw. Like the previous reviewers mentioned finding the back nine was especially difficult for me as I ended up walking all over the place. Some people may find the rough a little much for them but for me I like it and believe it to be necessary for punishing those off line throws, with the one exception of not knowing where the basket was and throwing in the wrong direction I didn't have too hard of a time.
Other Thoughts: This is a surprising course that is a good little option off of I-84 that I would play again if I was in the area. Designers of the course did a fair job with land they were given and my gripes are minimal and nit picky. Better course than it looks like from the start for sure. When you are on the second of the wooded holes (can't remember which hole, six maybe?) there is a little trail to the right which takes you out to the waters edge where you can take in the Columbia River and the surrounding rocks and ledges, very nice little spot for relaxing.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
an adventure in the locks
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: really fun course! new teepads and baskets make for excellent play.
nice variety of open/tight shots
as well as some big distance / ace runs
Cons: the rough is mostly all blackberries and thorny bits. make sure to avoid it or at least wear some sturdy boots and pants to avoid being scratched to ribbons.
until signs are added, bring a course map for your first time through (after that it is easy)...
9 is a blind uphill shot (not really a con, just requires a walk up hill to see where to throw)
spotters are suggested on holes 5-8 due to excessive rough.
a bit swampy in certain areas...
no trash cans - so come prepared to pack out your trash. ;)
Other Thoughts: an excellent addition to the area!
for being brand new it has a lot of potential!!!
with some signage and some more rough removal it will be smooth!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
New Beast in the Gorge!
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The new course in Cascade Locks was well designed to challenge all skill levels. You start off in somewhat open areas with large oaks and throw a few longer open holes. The course then leads you down in to the woods by the water with a good mix of elevations. The course has great large tee pads and awesome Bentley Baskets as well. DC was also nice enough to leave some free open land for a driving range near the parking lot. All in all it is a great course that is only going to get better!
Cons: The one thing at this point is the lack of signage, I do believe this is going to be remedied soon though. After hole 9 finding 10's tee can be tricky. Part of the course is located in a abandon cul-de-sac and cars may park just off the fairway of some holes. Some holes tee from the cul-de-sac and once again this could be a problem with the cars. One holes(12 maybe) basket is pretty close to a road. I am really nit picking here, none of these issues will really effect how you enjoy the course. As someone mentioned on another site it could be renumbered to move the walk out from the end to the middle of the course. Six in one hand 1/2 dozen in the other I suppose.
Other Thoughts: My hope is this course brings more disc golf interest to the Columbia Gorge. With North Bonneville right across the river this is becoming a great head quarters for Gorge Disc Golf. Hope you enjoy the course and happy hucking.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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