1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: although somewhat short at times, this course is still quite challenging and fun. since i last played three months before there have been dramatic improvements. some of the pins have moved to longer positions, which upon viewing took a hell of a lot of work. this is evident in some of the brush piles that havent been removed yet (massive) theyve also been adding steps into some of the steeper holes which is no ez task either.
holes are spread out so no overlap is always a plus. and practically every is has a comfy shaded bench area, plus brooms for teepads
Cons: some of these new pin locations look like they might still be a work in progress, to which i say, why not leave the pin in the short location till its a bit more playable. 14 in particular is one of the largest prettiest holes on the course, but the pin is tucked deeply away in a pretty ridiculous cluster of trees, that seemingly will be more thinned out eventually and WILL be pretty damn cool....but for now? kinda not worth playing as is. and on the same subject tee signs would really help with this, but again, if theyre changing stuff around i can see not wanting to commit on signage yet, but maybe some lil temp laminated signs or something
Other Thoughts: everywhere you look theres work being done around this place, little trees coming down, steps being dugout, brush cleared and hauled out.....i thinks this WILL be one of my favorite courses in another year or two. i love tight wooded courses where if your drive or upshot goes ugly, you literally have to pitch out to fairway. thats real golf in my opinion. but this place is just a lil too rough around the edges to give a perfect rating, YET
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Great course with a dedicated staff
Pros: Multiple shots required,
technical woos golf
Nice Pro Shop
Cons: a bit short for me personally
its not my backyard
Other Thoughts: The dedication and hard work the staff put into this course amazes me. Long story short they are very good people that enjoy the sport.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Deep in the woods
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Tucked WAY back into Buxton but still less than an hour from PDX this place is a must go if you are discing in NW oregon. Very easy to tie into a trip to LL Stub or Hornings It is a couple miles down a bumpy dirt road so if you have a really nice, or really low car keep that in mind.
-Facilities, The pro shop is well done, bathroom and water on site for golfers. They have put a bit of time into signage so even a first timer shouldnt be too confused as to where they are going.
-Ever hole has a really well made concrete pad with a picnic bench near by, and a broom somewhere nearby as well.
-Variety, lots of different shots, tunnels, downhills, little water carry shot.
-Baskets, really like the bran new bentleys out here, they catch great and are all bright blue making it easy to spot them.
-Well maintained fairways, everything is nicely mowed down, very little lost disc chance out here.
Cons: Even with some of the new longer placements it is still a bit on the short side, not a big negative to me but will bug folks who really want to air it out.
Other Thoughts: As more and more work is put into Buxton Woods I can see it really becoming a DG destination point. The owners are super friendly and I have always had a good time when golfing here, every time I leave Im already thinking about the next trip.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Worth the drive
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Constantly improving course
Multiple tee pads on some holes increase the difficulty
Nice, easy to see Bentley blue baskets
Challenging tunnel shots
Easy flowing full length course
Tables and trash cans at every tee
Chill atmosphere in the hills
Off the beaten track, can be not as busy...since its a full course, less chance of running into other groups
Cons: Location/size can be a deterrent for a quicker round
Other Thoughts: 3 Bucks to play. Well worth it given all the work they have put into this top private course.
I have played many rounds here now, and the owners are constantly improving their course. A new nine holes is planned and will be great.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Great Mid-Summer Round
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Very well thought out with a great variety of holes
-Moderately technical with still being accessible to all skill levels.
-The water hole is fun, getting it over the water and uphill makes it a bit of a challenge.
-Still new enough to not be really crowded
-Very cool, laid back atmosphere
-The 19th hole snacks and drinks are a nice perk when finishing on a hot day like we did.
Cons: The trees and brush are still a bit thick in spots.
A couple really narrow fairways (although this could almost be a Pro since it contributes to the variety of the course).
Other Thoughts: -Played this mid-day on the 5th of July. Only a couple other groups on the course but everyone was very cool, friendly, and helpful.
-Cody the course dog is friendly and curious.
-Like others have said, this is a great course for improving your game and it will be really nice to see how this course evolves over the next few years.
Thank you to the property owners - this is a great addition to the area disc golf courses!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Private Course Done Up Well!
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Kevin,the owner of this lovely piece of property wanted to do something with it. A disc golfer friend suggested installing a disc golf course and offered to design it. All he asked in return was that Kevin allowed him a couple of days a year in which to hold tournaments. The results is this wonderful new private course. But what separates it from and elevates it above almost every other private course I've ever played; Everything here is being doing first class sparing no expense. Where other privates courses offer dirt pads and crazy homemade baskets, Buxton Woods has brand new blue Bentley baskets and nice flat concrete tee pads. Brooms and benches are provided at each hole. Only the signs remain laminated homemade ones.
The course plays mostly flat through forested land but does feature a couple of sweet downhills and one short hole throwing over a small pond. There is a nice mix between tight hyzers (3, 8 & 12) and annies ((4, 15 & 17).
# 11 is the short little 191' ACE run toss over the pond. It's followed by a short but steep uphill with severe penalty for hitting a tree and then seeing your disc drop deep down near the small stream below. Believe me, I know!
Cons: The course is recreational in length. So it won't challenge the most advanced players. It's quite a distance out in the country. $3 to play is quite a bargain. I saw a lot of evidence of the clearing of brush/trees. I believe it's much better than previous reviewers have noted.
Other Thoughts: The 19th hole, Kevin's home, where you pay your $3 also features drinks, food and discs for sale as well as picnic tables which make a great viewing site for watching others finish on the long downhill, # 18.
Owner Kevin, has only played one disc golf course in his life, his own! He's working hard to make this an enjoyable experience for all. Buxton Woods has Friday night glow golf, bag tags, ample parking, porta pottis.
Basically this doesn't feel like a private course, it feels more like a new county/city course. Great job and getting better!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Great little course
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great layout.
Excellent concrete tee pads with brooms
Challenging without being frustrating
tables, benches, garbage cans and brooms at every tee pad. I sure wish more courses had this stuff at even every 5 or 6 holes let alone every single hole.
Really cool bunch of players on this course
Technical, technical, technical. IF you play this course on a somewhat regular basis, your game will improve at other courses!
Cons: Can be seriously muddy in the wet times.
Fairly short holes - few bomber holes
No distance or basket markers on the holes. So many holes are completely blind and if you don't know the course, you have to run out to find out where to place your shot.
Other Thoughts: This course is still in work in progress. The guys who designed this course however have done a fantastic job and at this point (4.21.14) the course is in decent condition. Personally I loved playing this course. It was fun, challenging and different. I can't wait to see what this place looks like in 5 - 10 years. I think this course is good for all skill levels also. The pace was quick for us which I like. Great job people. You deserve a hardy thank you for your hard work!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Nice, large tee pads and locally made Bentley Baskets
- Most holes are birdie-able, but often with real penalties for throwing into the rough
- Good variety of shots required
- Picnic tables or benches at almost all baskets
- Easy to navigate and even easier with the help of the map/scorecard provided by the owners
- Owners are committed to making a great disc golfing experience
Cons: - There were still some piles of cleared brush in a couple fairways when I played, although I'm sure that will be resolved in time, since the owners seem committed to improving the course.
- There are a few fairways with some rough ground/small stumps due to clearing out trees and such. As with the above, I'm sure this will be resolved in time.
Other Thoughts: I believe the problems with hole 15 noted by another reviewer have been resolved. There was definitely a well defined (although somewhat narrow) fairway when I played the course. The basket is set off slightly to the right, so it's an easier hole to birdie for a RHFH or LHBH shot.
There are a number of holes with very tight fairways with thick trees on either side. They tend to be shorter holes in the 175 - 225 foot range, so they are very reachable for most players. I actually like these holes since they should be birdie-able for most players, but they impose a heavy penalty for an errant shot. It helps add a little to the difficulty level for the shorter holes.
This is definitely a small to medium sized course in terms of driving distances. There are only 4 or 5 holes where you will want long distance drivers; mostly it's finesse work with mids and putters. For what it is, it's very well done; just don't expect to pull out a lot of distance drivers. It's actually a nice variety to have a well designed but shorter 18-hole course. We have blue lake, milo, and pier already if you want larger courses. This is more comparable to the medium and small courses at Horning's and I think I actually prefer its design to those courses.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
New private course
Pros: Course Update:
Played in a tournament this weekend that debuted two new tee pads. 12 &15 both become more difficult.
The new 12 pad is behind the original pad up on a hill, with a big cedar tree blocking the view to the basket. I estimate it would take roughly a rhbh 400' hyzer to reach the basket. A shorter hyzer is available, but then you have to approach uphill & between some trees.
The new 15 pad is set back about 150' behind the original pad in a copse of trees. The easily navigated tunnel now is a bear to get through, and the overhand option is only available to major league quality arms.
Since Buxton Woods' opening we've seen new (longer) pin positions on every hole, and new tees on 12 & 15. There is also a new pin position planned for 11, even further up the hill.
There have also been an additional 9 holes built on the property, aimed for gold level. They are waiting tee pads and baskets which Kevin tells me should be ready in about a month.
Cons: still needs some clearing of brush, branches & other lumbar removed during building/updating the course.
Other Thoughts: Great support for local dg: designed by Local, uses locally made baskets, plastic on sale. Actively presenting tag leagues, tournaments, and other dg-related events.
Private course with reasonable day-use fee ($3)
Plays quickly: possible to hit Buxton, Stub, and Hornings in one (marathon) day.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Great tee pads and Bentley baskets with benches or tables at every hole.
-Layout is good with elevation changes, ravines, and a great throw over a pond.
-Beautiful course in the woods with good views. A great escape from the city.
-Grounds are clean with most fairways mowed and several garbage cans distributed throughout.
-Course maps available at on site pro shop which has friendly staff.
-Practice baskets & tables near parking area and pro shop for relaxing before or after your round.
-Close to other courses, restaurants, and stores for a full day of disc golf.
Cons: -Course is still under construction, but all 18 holes are playable.
-Some holes are short, but it sounds like different pin positions will be added.
-The rough is thick, due to second growth forest that needs dead branches trimmed.
Other Thoughts: This course has amazing potential. All cons I saw were due to the course being under construction. However, the staff seemed determined to listen to the disc golf community to create an awesome course and it sounds like there are good things in the works for this course. Don't be scared because of the construction, course is very playable. Best new course in the Portland area.
Edited by KBS (Thanks wifey)
Many upgrades to this course since my last update. Played this course many times since it has opened. Fun bag tag league on Sundays at 10am. Owners continue to add longer tee pads, and additional pin placements. The course has been substantially upgraded in terms of underbrush cleared out, trails added, & upgraded signage. This is a great course and very worth the drive from Portland.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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