Cle Elum, WA 
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New Course At Suncadia Resort!

2-4    9/1/2013   9/3/2013
Review By: The Valkyrie Kid
Played: 720  Reviewed: 671  Exp: 37.1 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Dawson Park is a lovely multi-use park that sits in Suncadia Resorts just outside Cle Elum. The park is beautiful with many activiites to choose from including basketball, tennis, playgrounds, ballfields, and a dog park. There are paved biking/walking paths and a hut in the center which loans out equipment including discs and course maps. There are the cleanest, nicest restrooms on site I've encountered anywhere.

The course starts over near the restrooms and plays at a recreational level. There is a course sign at the beginning with a map and distances for each hole. And then each tee sign has the distances for each hole. That's a problem I'll address later.

The tee pads are natural. Some are decent while a couple ( # 2 & 4) are very uneven and dangerous.

# 1 is listed as a 313' Par 4. It's an easy eagle waiting to happen, just a simple hyser bomb into the woods near the basket. The rest are played as Par 3's.

# 5 is a cool 199' downhill ACE run which has you throwing through a 20' wide swath in the trees.

The signs for # 6 and 7 are both incorrect as the holes have been redesigned. # 6 was a 345' throw straight up a forested hill to a blind basket. It should have been about a Par 6 for the clientele who are mostly playing this course, which are young parents with elementary school aged kids.

# 7 is listed as 52' but the basket is more like 200' and sits down a hillside.

# 8 is a clever little downhill anhyser throw and then you finish with # 9 being a short 210' ACE run through the trees.

Cons: This course plays as a recreational level course but probably 95% of it's clientele are beginners/novices who have borrowed discs from the hut. The course is way over their heads.

The problem with making these nice tee signs with the original distances is when you find out that you have to change a basket location, then you're stuck with all your signs being wrong! That's the case here. # 6 and 7 are now totally different holes. It was confusing for me and I've played almost 600 courses. These beginners were clueless.

# 4 tee pad is slanting downward on a throw most beginners are trying to crank on. It needs to be leveled. It's dangerous. # 6 tee pad is very rough and uneven.
Other Thoughts: The park is beautiful and heavily used, at least on a lovely summer day on the Labor Day Weekend. The course has some wonderful things going for it, nice park, nice baskets, a couple fun throws but it just doesn't reach it target audience. It's a little too technical and a little too long for them. But they probably aren't writing reviews for DGCR, are they?

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Nice New Course

1    8/21/2013   8/22/2013
Review By: Dadio
Played: 83  Reviewed: 35  Exp: 30.9 Years
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This 9 hole course is in a park in a resort just off !90 in Cle Elum, WA. The gate guard and lady in the activities shack were both really polite and helpful.
The course plays around and across a very well maintained park but stays away from the areas most likely to be busy. The park has a hill on one side and woods on both that the course makes good use of.
Holes require a good variety of shots, with some hard doglegs to both the right and left. There are a couple tunnel shots and many holes have good risk/reward with more trees in the most direct line to the hole. While holes tended to be short, there was still challenge presented by either elevation, trees, or both.
Cons: Really not many. Tees are short and unimproved but holes where a run up is needed have a trail by them. We threw from trail beside 1 and 10' behind 2.
Park is heavily watered so may have to deal with sprinklers on 1-3.
Maps and tee signs are very nice but last 4 holes(and maybe 3, 4) have been changed since they were printed. This improved the course but don't believe distances or pars listed on those holes. Corrected here.
No trash cans on course, may be one in park, didn't see bathrooms.
Other Thoughts: This is a well thought out and challenging park course. Between this one, Hanson Ponds in Cle Elum, or Blue Heron in Moses Lake there is a very nice variety of courses to play in the I90 corridor between Seattle and Spokane. For a quick stop this one is probably your best bet.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

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