One of my favs
Pros: I love Camp Serene and it's one of my favorite places to play. Pros include: beautiful scenery with a nice variety of shots (downhill and uphill drives, turnovers, over the water, etc...) throughout the 18 holes; accuracy pays off more than power here as you will need to hit your lines to score well --- playing here will make you a better disc golfer!.
Cons: Only 2 cement teepads with most "teepads" now just carpet patches. Teepads are on the wishlist as well as permanent baskets.
Other Thoughts: James and volunteers work really hard to make this a special place. It's well worth the drive from Albany/Corvallis, especially to escape the crowds on most area public courses. New hole placements are currently in the works to bypass the common camp areas, which will allow the course to became a year-round haven for disc golf.
Pros: I love playing at Camp Serene. Such a classic Western Oregon location and setting. Forest, streams, pond. James is an awesome host and the experience is well worth the fee. Lots of effort, love and care put into this very young and still developing course. Technical, wooded and fun, with some variety in the open areas and water in play on several holes.
Cons: Course is short and still maturing. Permanent tee pads are on the horizon but not there at present. Same goes for baskets, some are still portables. A little bit of punishing rough but nothing out of the ordinary. You might lose a disc in the water and pout.
Other Thoughts: Camp Serene is a very fun disc golf outing! You are really in the woods here and it is indeed Serene. Not crowded. Peaceful and fun are the description here. Well worth the drive and the fee and getting better every week.
Camp Serene disc golf!
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Pros: Amazing topography and variety in a nicely secluded area. The course design is firmed up, with signs on each hole and course maps available. Nine baskets are permanent, 9 are sturdy portable. Very challenging course with a variety of shots. Beautiful scenery as you play through forest and along the Long Tom river. Fun over-the-pond shot. Facility has lodging and camping as well as a large mess hall with industrial kitchen available.
Cons: No cell phone reception (or is that a pro?). Tee pads are mostly just carpet patches. The course is closed when summer camps have the facility booked.
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Accommodating Folks Here At Camp Serene!
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Pros: Camp Serene, the name just seems like something out of a Stephen King novel. Actually, it's a very pleasant Lutheran based camp of 40 acres located about 22 miles outside of Eugene. Because they had temporarily loaned out four of their baskets to another course for a tournament, the course was a little difficult to follow. So James and another staff member personally guided me through much of the course.
The course is fairly rustic. The baskets range from brand new Discatchers to temps. They do have a practice baskets along with a couple of minis to throw at. The tee pads are mostly carpet.There is no signage but much of the course is intuitive in nature. Other parts were confusing especially with the four missing baskets. Part of the course plays through the middle of the camp and # 18 throws into a horse corral.
The course plays as a difficult recreational level with many blind basket placements, one very long (450') and extremely tight hole down near the small creek and one fairly routine throw (#11) over the lake.
# 1 was probably the coolest hole right now. It's a long downhill throwing over grass to a basket perched fairly close to the lakeside.
Cons: Much trimming and removal of brush is being done at this time. I don't think this course will ever get enough use for it to get "beat down" as many courses do therefore I think it will always be slightly in "need of a trim."
$3 to play.
Lots of blind basket placements.
Thick underbrush-stay on fairways.
Other Thoughts: This is another of the camp courses that I believe that completely missed their target audience, which is their campers. This course is way too wild, long, difficult and overgrown for campers to enjoy. Campers want short holes with the basket in sight and no chance of losing their discs in the brush.
There are some tournaments held out here. James is a great guy and is working hard to make this course playable but "Wow" that's a lots of brush and fairways to keep cleared. I say "Good Luck" to James and Camp Serene.
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