Good Place to Practice
Pros: I played the course with a small group of family who never play disc golf. It was a nice small 9 hole course to casually throw a few discs. The baskets are new and the course was quite empty at the time. They do recommend a donation to play but you can in theory walk up and play for free. The course (and the whole park) are dog friendly.
Cons: - Only 9 holes. No hole is memorable or challenging.
- Grass was very long and the fairways are very narrow. For beginners you will end up searching for your disc more than you actually play. I have seen photos were the gross is mowed shorter and that would help a lot.
- No tee pads. The tees are supposed to be spray painted on the ground. They did not exist when I went this past weekend. Even when they were painted they are very hard to find and you end up just picking a spot and throwing if the paint is worn out or you cannot locate it.
- There is a rack for borrowed discs. It was empty. I did find several discs in the weeds of hole 9 that had been obliterated by dogs.
Other Thoughts: Overall the only reason I would go to this course again is to practice on certain holes. Due to the fact that out of the 10 or so times I have gone there I have never seen anyone playing I would say you could sit and practice putting or mid range shots for quite awhile on a hole. I believe this was a big open space with some elevation change and a disc golf course just made sense. If the grass is managed it could be a fantastic beginners course to introduce kids or friends to the sport. Definitely not worth paying even $1 to play at.
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Pros: This isn't a memorable course and by no means shoudl you seek it out or travel to it. But man, do I wish it had been there when I lived down the street. Having moved out of the area, I was both excited and infuriated to find out that a course had been put in at the park where I had used regularly for trail running. If this course had been there back then, I would have likely played a round after work 2-3 times a week.
Twin Brook is a fantastic course for working on drives, both in placement and distance control. There are no real obstacles in your extremely open path to the basket so playing frequently will help locals to quickly learn discs and discover exactly what they can do off the tee.
There is some actual distance here so even bombers will get a few chances to air it out. The shorter holes should give them a chance to find out how to land with precise distance.
The best holes on the course are 3 and 7. They are no less open, but they feature nicely angled doglegs, that will force almost anyone to use a long upshot. The first drive of even the experienced player will likely be aimed for the spot at which the fairway doglegs. Both than force significant upshots towards the pin.
It is very much a learner's course, and one that would be excellent for newcomers but it still passes for an excellent practice course for veterans. While there are no trees(at least in the way) there is a variety of distances. (195-540)
Additionally, the upkeep is great. The fields here are regularly mowed, and I'd expect it never to fall into disrepair.
Cons: But the course isn't a destination and I wouldn't want to lure anyone here thinking it was. There are no signature holes. There are no risk/reward throws. There is no obstacle, tree, water or rough, that should impede throws in the slightest. Experienced players looking for a challenge will be disappointed.
There are also no tees. At least, no paved tees. While the baskets are nice, and new, the tees are spray-painted onto the grass. They are relatively flat, and I'm not bothered by natural tees, but in this case they can be tough to find without a map, and a few of them can be entirely concealed by fallen leaves in autumn.
The major issue, that will likely influence some players' experience on the course, is the amount of times that holes cross areas used for other activities. When I was there, the only issue was dog walkers but soccer games could definitely ruin some of the holes, and I imagine some events would make the course unplayable.
Other Thoughts: Really, really glad there is a course here. Personally I just wish it had been there a few years ago. I'm sure many will be introduced to the game here, and many local veterans will appreciate a course being installed north of Portland.
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