Father's Day 2015 #1: Pleasant Surpise
Pros: Vinsonahaler Park is an 18 acre city park with large mature trees and bright green mowed grass. The park sports a huge swimming pool and an adjacent wading pool for kids. It has two tennis courts complete with lights for night play. It has a baseball field and a softball field complete with a concession stand, dugouts, press box, and scoreboard. It has multiple picnic and bbq areas and two childrens play areas. The park also has drinking fountains and restrooms to make for a very relaxing park. The disc golf course was a fairly nice rec course with DGA Mach V's and adequate concrete tees. The park is perfectly flat using the mature trees as obstacles and requiring you to keep a lot of your shots low. This course will serve as great quick throw off the 5. Great course for family and beginners. Also a great warmup for the more challenging black butte lake course west of town. There is a practice basket located next to the parking lot and picnic areas.
Cons: Most of the holes are pretty short and not going to require a lot of power for better players, but the holes are fairly well laid out to provide at least a fun round. There is only a tee sign at hole 1, a standard DGA fiberglass sign, the rest of the holes have markers in the concrete tees, identifying hole number, par, and distance, and making navigation a little more difficult but definitely doable. I would imagine with all the other park activities this course is going to get busy with non-disc golf traffic, although there was no one here the entire two hours we played several rounds. There will be some safety issues as the holes play close to other activities such as horseshoe pits and tennis courts and picnic areas.
Other Thoughts: This was the first course on my recent 11 course Fathers day weekend roadtrip. I had a difficult time turning east on 32 to come here and not going west to the great lake course, but I managed as I wanted to only play courses I hadn't played before this trip, and found it to be a pleasant surprise and a nice warmup, and break from a long drive on the I5. We had the course to ourselves the entire time we were there, it was just us and the sprinklers going off throughout are round. We got there about the crack of dawn, and if this is like most city parks I would imagine traffic will start filtering in as the day goes on. The course itself is a fairly nice above average rec course and a fun play, if short.
Great place to play and BBQ!
Pros: Lets hit the basics first.
Concrete tee pads of adauate length.
Mach 5 baskets in the eye catching orange. Very easy to see.
Tee signs at each hole with a possible alternate tee pad for each hole. (Alternates are still mostly natural.)
BBQ pits and tables between holes 9 and 1.
This is a great course for learning and perfecting your abilities. The holes are all flat land, but have quite a good mix up of trees. Lots of room to throw all types of shots. From rollers, to overhand. A pro isn't going to unwind here, but for the average player this is the place to be to fine tune your game.
Cons: For a small inner city course, I do not see a lot of cons. It has all of the needed amenities for a relaxing day under the trees.
Other Thoughts: For a fun family day I bring the family out and we start the BBQ and throw a few rounds. Lollypop land is right across the parking lot for the smaller kids, and plenty of disc for the bigger kids.
the perfect warm-up for Black Butte
Pros: pretty straightforward, but a great little course to work on the short game. a few holes allow one to throw a long mid or even a driver at 75%.
Cons: straight fairways and it is easy to see how this course can be difficult to navigate with other people using the park.
Other Thoughts: the park was empty when we arrived and we played 3 rounds in about a 1.25 hours. one of the very best 9 hole courses I've played. under par is most definitely in play.
Short and sweet
Pros: Has lots of low trees, for most holes, making you practice your aim not your distance(making it a great starter course. Still has some challenging holes even for seasoned players.
Cons: Compact and kind of close together. Some nights it's hard to get in a full 9 with all the kids practicing football and cheerleading. Most of the time I haven't had to many problems with people at the park but you do share it with all the people at the park.
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