Langes Ranch Park - Rugged and Raw!
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Langes Ranch Park is a recreational nine hole disc golf course nestled up in the hills of Poulsbo, WA. This pitch and putt style course was designed with the novice/intermediate level player in mind but offers enough difficulty and variety to entertain all skill levels. Par for the course is 27, with holes ranging anywhere from 165 - 300ft (although averaging closer to 200ft). With the exception of holes one, eight, and nine, the course primarily plays tight and technical through the woods. The other holes play wide open along the hillside in the tall grass. Once tee one is located, navigation is made simple with the use of basic white number signs near each pad along with "next tee" markers after each hole. The new Bentley baskets are a nice touch as well and add the overall enjoyment.
Favorite Hole(s): Hole #4 - 165ft downhill shot offering multiple technical lines toward the pin. It made for the perfect ace run with my putter.
Designed in 2013, Langes Ranch Park is still quite rugged throughout many of the holes. Several holes through the woods still lack a true fairway, making natural lines quite difficult to find at times. Although the holes were not very long, the excess branches and brush from the canopy and floor made walking and throwing frustrating at times to say the least. However, as the course becomes more broken in with time and maintenance, this will be less of an issue.
The tee pads are quite hazardous as well on a few holes. With the exception of the cement tee on hole one, the rest are a mix of gravel and dirt. The most hazardous part right now is that some are not level and others have a wooden 4x2 frame around them as they wait for concrete to eventually be poured but for now are just in the way. I just chose to throw from behind the frames so that I didn't mess anything up.
Lastly, the amount of llama poop on the course. Hole one is the "signature" hole on the course for most I am sure due to the fact that there is a group of them that lay lazily around the fairway. I assumed that since they were fenced in on hole one that they primarily spent their day there. However, like the geese poop at Trojan in Oregon, there is an unbelievable amount of llama poop throughout the entire course. Be on the lookout and be sure to clean off when done because you are bound to step in it!
Least Favorite Hole(s): Holes #5 & #6 - no real fairways with tons for growth that block throws from off the tee. Needs some serious TLC.
I made the trip over on the Kingston Ferry with my wife and son and it took us about 20 minutes to arrive at Langes Ranch Park once we got off the boat. The cost to ride the ferry was $17.30 for the driver and $8 for each additional passenger. On the way back you only pay for the driver. It makes for quite an expensive trip, not to mention gas and food. We knew what we were getting ourselves in for ahead of time and just chose to make a day of it! Although the course was mediocre at best, the ferry ride and time spent in the Poulsbo area was quite pleasant. After all the rave reviews we decided to eat at the Oak Table (located a mile off the ferry on the left next to the theatre). It had an amazing selection of fresh breakfast and lunch items along with the best bacon I have ever had! The only downer is that it closes at 3 pm every day so plan accordingly! I highly recommend checking it out.
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Currently It's Rustic But It'll Improve With Time!
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Pros: Langes Ranch Park is a little 9 hole pitch and putt that plays around this small resort. The resort is on the small side and I imagine is busier during the summer months. Once you locate the #1 tee pad, the course is easy to follow. The baskets are the Liberty models with the ultra shiny galvanized chains. Even with the shiny chains. they're a little hard to spot in the NW forest here. The pads range from a nice concrete pad on # 1 to natural to roughed out versions on the many of the holes. I assume more concrete pads are in the plans. The signs are very simple little wooden ones which simply have the hole #. There are also simple next tee signs pointing to the next pad making navigation easy.
The holes all seem to be about 200'-250'. # 1 might reach 300'. Those holes in the woods tend to be fairly technical with tight lines. The four in the llama pastures are much more open. I found # 8 to be the only real easy hole on the course. It's just a 200' throw across a field to an open basket, an easy ACE run.
Cons: Except for # 1, the pads are pretty rough right now. On a couple of them, you're kinda throwing out of a hole. I'm never a fan of that.
# 4 was a short 200' (???) downhill through the trees and branches. I couldn't find a route here.
I thought there were places on this course where you could have been teeing off up high and throwing some neat "touch" shots to a basket below.
Other Thoughts: Playing through the llamas on # 1 was interesting. Just remember that male llamas will try to eliminate their mating competition by biting them right in their llama prize packages therefore rendering their opponents unable to breed. Keep that in mind if you happen to play through the male llamas pasture during their breeding seasons. And maybe think about holding your putter in front of your package!
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