Camp Serene disc golf!
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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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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