A Tribute Course
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is an incredibly good warm up course or beginner friendly course. You have obstacles and tougher holes like number three to let newer players know this game isn't easy but the course is short enough that it shouldn't discourage anyone from playing it. The lines are just fun enough that even seasoned players will have fun throwing here. Like a previous reviewer said this course starts out on one of the old layouts of the course (15 different layouts at one point, not making that up either) and you can even see old signs pointing you in the wrong direction towards tee pads that don't excist anymore. Luckily it's not too though to find your way around here, the baskets for this course are all painted red and have a picture of Ray Seick on the number plate along with the hole number. Also on each of the real tee pads (more on this later) it has a little red number indicating which hole you are on. This course is in between the NW and SE layouts and starts right next to the gravel parking lot on the side in which you drove in.
Cons: There is still confusion here but it's not quite as it used to be at FSP. Problem is with all of those different layouts they used to have they still have concrete tee pads randomly throughout. The easy way to know if you are playing the right tee either on this course or another is that the tee pads with no tee sign or little red number are no longer a part of the course here so if you find one of those you've gone the wrong way.
Other Thoughts: I'm glad that whomever is in charge here has decided to make a few great courses instead of the crazy different safari layouts that they had before. Tee signs and next tee signs are in here and a few more in some tricky places would be even better. Put some yellow tape on the basket in the direction of the next hole, that is a simple and effective way of leading people in the right direction on top of everything else. I don't think I've ever seen navigation overkill before. This piece of property is slowly becoming the destination resort for DG that it has (mistakenly) been known for in the past. It's good to see all of the hard work put in here and I can see myself more and more making the trek down from Seattle to play it.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Great Tribute To A Nice Man!
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The Ray's Nine course starts right where the original 18 started but at the amateur tee. The baskets are painted red and feature a picture of Ray. They're in sight from every concrete tee pad except # 8. This is just a straight forward amateur course. Most of the holes are on the shorter side, playing around 200 feet making it a great warm up course for the two other more challenging courses on site here.
The course utilizes some of the pads from the other course so don't be alarmed when players will veer off from this course and head off in other directions.
Cons: There aren't any signs up yet. Hopefully, they will be forthcoming. The course is fairly intuitive to follow but I did help a couple of newbies navigate it. Once you've played it, navigation is simple the second time around.
Other Thoughts: I've seen a few holes, benches and baskets honoring players at various courses around the country but I must say, the folks here at Ft. Steilacoom have really done an outstanding job of paying tribute to Raymond Seick. Ray has volunteered almost 30 years of his life to this disc golf complex including personally mowing the entire acreage with a push mower in his younger years. Entire generations of disc golfers have benefitted from Ray's tireless work and dedication. He is truly deserving of this honor.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Great 9-hole warm up.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Same starting point as the former Amateur layout. Great easy to see red baskets, and I love the respect and dedication shown to Raymond Seick with his portrait on each one. The layout is organized with fairways well separated, and minimal walking from basket to the next tee. You can see every basket from the teepads, or on the short walk to the teepad, so you know where to throw.
Cons: No signs at tees like on the Northwest and Southeast courses, but hopefully that will be coming soon.
Other Thoughts: Without signs to direct players to the correct next tee, old habits/laziness take over and you sometimes have to deal with "roamers" not playing the course as laid out.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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