Spring 2015 Update
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course at Hagg Lake is set in a beautiful regional park that plays half in a large meadow with rolling hills sloping towards the lake, and half in some tight, old growth forest. Elevation coming into play on nearly every shot, and occasional winds coming in across the lake both serve as redeeming challenges for the meadow holes that many golfers might otherwise find tiresome and repetitive. The holes where these appear to be the only challenges are 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 17. The elevation on #2 only matters if you overshoot by 30 or more feet, and if one chooses to go for the green on 6 or 7, a righty may risk turning a drive over (right), and going into a patch of tree-brush. I wouldn't think of attacking 6, as it plays about 450 with the uphill, but 7's downhill makes it play more like 360.
The wooded holes are each very unique, with some short ace runs, as well a couple very long par 3s, and I think hole 10 is a placement par 4.
The course was reinvigorated early in 2015 in preparation for the course's first PDGA-sanctioned event (the Lake Jam), and much work was done downing dangerous trees, expanding the parking lot, building new [elevated] gravel tee-pads, redesigning holes 3, 9, 15, and 16, building some cool stair features, and an awesome bench at pads for holes 2, 5, and 18. If I tried to name all of the leaders involved behind this effort, I'm sure I'd miss somebody, so I'll just mention the groups: Disc Golf Or Die, and Friends of Hagg Lake Disc Golf Course. I heard that artificial grass tee-pads were in the works to overlay the gravel tee-pads.
In combination with the revitalized interest in the course, the park staff has apparently committed to keeping at least ~20 foot wide fairways and ~30 foot greens mowed on the meadow holes, which make finding discs MUCH more reasonable. Searching for drives on the meadow holes used to be a huge deterrent, and now it's hardly a problem at all. If I get out there again in 2015, I can update whether the park is actually doing this. The staff seemed very interested and proactive in the work parties I attended.
Cons: Walkouts are often long, especially between 9 and 10. There's not much that can be done about this because hole 15 takes up all the usable land between the road and the lake, so you have to walk all the way past it one way, and play it on the way back. The course is still a little tough to follow, but with the new course map (posted on this site), and a few more signs, it's quite doable.
Permanent signs with distances, and firmer tee-pads would improve the experience, but the course is much more enjoyable and approachable than it used to be.
Other Thoughts: The 3 other DG locations in the area (Stubb Stewart, Buxton, and Hornings) are all excellent alternatives, and may continue to draw me and others away from Hagg Lake. However, the things that set Hagg apart are the open meadow holes (with beautiful views of the lake), which I contend are not boring, as long as there is some wind coming into play.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Scenic area to play some golf
-Baskets catch discs
-Really tests your mental game
Cons: -Overgrown most the time
-Lower fields are not mowed usually
-Long walkouts to the next hole
-Tee pads are what they are, they will never be cement.
-No enough trash bins
-NOT A BEGINNERS COURSE
-Tee pads are natural
-No tee signs
Other Thoughts: Went out and played a dubs tournament last summer at Hagg. This course is EPIC. I was really glad to have another 20 people on the course as well. If its just a few of you, TAKE A SPOTTER. Plenty of discs were lost that day. Take plenty of water. This course is rugged as heck. Total of 18 holes and by the end of it you'll be exhausted. Wish we would get this course cleaned up and more playable.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
No Enjoyment To Be Had Until They Mow The Fields!
Pros: Nice baskets.
Beautiful scenery with the lake down below.
Definitely a challenge for any player.
Elevation and natural terrain made for disc golf.
Many chances to show off the arm.
Technical challenge of throwing through tight gaps in the forested holes.
Cons: Mid-June and the grass in the meadows was anywhere from thigh to waist high. Trudging through it quickly grew tiresome. Spotting and finding my disc in it was a totally frustrating experience which usually involved walking back and forth in a grid like pattern for what seemed like hours on end. By hole 5, I was ready to give up and call it a day.
Navigation was a nightmare even with the map.
The natural tee pads were mostly atrocious especially on holes needing long run-ups.
Meadow holes, even is mowed, would be boring.
Some extremely long, confusing walkouts between holes.
Other Thoughts: This course may have been a good idea when it was first conceived. Obviously, someone from the State Parks Department "Promised" to maintain it properly. Now with budget cuts or lack of players or whatever, the field doesn't get mowed and no player in his right mind wants to drive clear out here and get abused by this overgrown, abortion excuse of a disc golf course.
My advice is to drive up to L.L. Stub Stewart State Park and play that wonderfully maintained, although not quite as challenging, course. You'll be in much better frame of mind afterward.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Straight up LONG
Pros: 1. Good use of the land with a wonderful view the entire trip
2. exceptionally long open shot holes in front 9 that are fun to test out your strength.
3. Nice spread of shot variancies, thankfully more shots to the left than right.
4. the wooded part of the course is very tight nit and it doesn't seem like theres a fairway, but it proves an exhilerating difficulty for those of us who stick to the safer rought.
5. Good long course so you get lots of exercise.
Cons: 1. no tee pads :(
2. no signs :(
3. not a lot of areas to rest
4. high risk water hazards
5. spikey bushes er'very wer.
6. muddy in most places.
7. no tee pads.... no tee pads... NO TEE PADS! (I seriously almost cried when I found this out, this is important to me..)
8. It's kind of difficult to navigate, I had to direct a lot of people on where to find hole #9.
Other Thoughts: To sum it up, a great starter course, but it needs a few improvements, maybe some teepads? Beautiful, and highly enjoyable though, just make sure you stop at the front gate to get a map.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 14 Not
Call to Action
Pros: This course is in a prime location on the lake with plenty of throwing room and hardly anyone else playing. The baskets are high quality and the tee pads are good nuf'.
Cons: The course is treacherous. The throws can be really long on, over, and through deep grass, heavy brush, thorn bushes, water, trees, downslopes, and blind spots. The course is strait up gnarly.
Other Thoughts: This course is in desperate need of a course re-design. The course is just NO FUN the way that it is set up now. It would be a lot more fun if the course was easier to navigate and if the baskets were closer on some of the more treacherous throws.
2 of 16 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: You will get a workout and have a blast in the nice views. About half this course plays through the wood which is so much fun to try and make it through.
Cons: One of the major cons on this course is all but the 1st tee are natural and can be slick when it rains. Also in the summer the grass can get very long if they do not mow it. Some of the holes are very blind and very tight and this can lead to lost disc's with out a spotter.
There are also a big lack of signs and took us a while the first time to figure stuff out and lots of walking to find the basket. But after some play you can figure out the layout and make it work.
The open hole are mostly strait but kinda long and very open. Without the elevation these would be a total waste
Other Thoughts: This course gets many bad views from many around town cause it does not live up to the many other nice courses around town. If some real tee pads where put in and a few good signs this would get a much better rating from me.
You can Play here then head down the road to play at the Grand Lodge while you have a beer and play a nice pitch and putt round there.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: There is a lot going on with Hagg Lake and hopefully I can explain most of it for you in detail, we'll start with the good, which is not much and work our way to the bad and the ugly later. This place has so much natural beauty, especially with the lake right next to you while you play.
Some of the holes that stood out were holes 3, 9 and 18. Hole three being a blind basket location, behind a clump of bushes with the lake on your right and the tree line on your left. Hole nine was a tightly wooded turnout shot for a right handed backhander. Hole 18 is a very long, uphill tunnel shot with trouble off the fairway on both sides.
There is a lot of elevation change here, different variations of obstacle amounts and variety of hole distances. This is a very challenging course and this piece of land has the potential to get to four stars if it was used correctly.
Cons: Navigation is atrocious even with the map of the course that they give out at the ranger station where you pay. There are a lot of walkouts and no signage, even with the map it's hard to tell exactly where you are and where you are supposed to be.
Most of the holes here are open, long and boring and in the end won't create much scoring separation unless you can throw 450 feet or more so half the course you will be getting a three no matter what you do because there are no obstacles. I thought that the wooded section of this course was going to save it but when I came across holes like number 12 that thought process was abandoned. Hole 12 is one of the most ridiculous things I've ever seen; so much trees and brush that there was no line to the basket, a real poke and prey.
There is a spot where three tee pads converge as one and there is too much space out here to do something like that. I feel that taking out most of the boring open holes and putting in more wooded holes will make this place more playable. While on one of the walkouts to the back woods holes there was room for three or four more wooded holes and it just blows my mind that such great areas were not used more.
The tee pads are all natural/dirt pads and have been used very much and they aren't in the best of shape; some concrete here would go a long way.
Other Thoughts: I think this place has a ton of potential but most of the potential is not being used or not being used correctly. I think with a small redesign an some better tee pads this could be a really good course.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 15 Not
Not very fun...
Pros: Not too many...It's a course so that's a pro
Cons: Very hilly, costs money, hard to find, terrible signs, I may have done it wrong but you can't see hole three from teepad and it's like 500-600 feet away... just all around not a good experience but alot of people like it so...
0 of 15 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 5 Not
i see how it gets the name CRAZY 18
Pros: - BEAUTIFUL SCENERY
- VERY CHALLENGING
- GREAT TERRAIN DIVERSITY
- TRASH CANS PROVIDED HOLES #9 TO #15
- A FEW VERY NEEDED BENCHES PROVIDED
- GREAT DISC CATCHER BASKETS
- MAC GRAND LODGE IS 7 MILES AWAY MAKING AT LEAST A 2 COURSE PLAYABLE DAY
Cons: - POOR/MUDDY NATURAL TEE BOXES W/ THE EXCEPTION OF HOLE #1'S TEE BOX BEING 1 FOOT SQUARE COBLE STONES
- HARD TO NAVIGATE (EVEN W/ A MAP)
- MOST WOODED FAIRWAYS AREN'T DEFINED
- VERY LONG ODD WALKS TO HOLE #9 TO #15
- OPEN FIELD FAIRWAYS ARE BLAND
- THE PARKING IS VERY LIMITED (4 CAR MAX)
- NO HOLE MAPS/GUIDES PROVIDED W/ THE EXCEPTION OF A FEW NAVIGATIONAL LAMINATED GUIDES TO THE NEXT TEE BOX WHEN FOUND
Other Thoughts: ***TIP!!! TO BYPASS THE LONG WALK FROM #8'S BASKET TO #9'S TEE BOX... SIMPLY WALK UP THE HILL FROM #8'S BASKET JUST PAST #16'S TEE BOX ABOUT 30 FEET INTO THE WOODS (YOU'LL SEE #15'S OUTLET MARKED BY A 4X4 2 FOOT WOOD POST) THEN GO DOWN #15'S FAIRWAY TO #9'S TEE BOX TO THE LEFT ( YOU CAN SAVE ABOUT 15-MINUTES OF WALKING ) IF USING COURTNEY'S MAP***
*** tip # 2 take the 1st left after the toll both towards boat ramp "C" if you go strait you have to drive the majority of the lake's road. (if you chose this route the disc golf sign is not readable)***
this by far has been the most challenging course ive played. it also has been one of the most beautiful courses i've played. i would say its a cross between the 2 horning's hideout courses with the endurance/commitment of milo mcgiver.
this course/park is a 5 buck day pass. it also offers many hiking/biking trails and fishing. you can even rent boats to fish which makes it a nice park for non discgolf players to have other options/activities to do while you are playing.
the best way i can describe the course would to be a lot of hiking w/ scattered holes along the way of the heavily wooded fairways/paths offering 5 to 6 bland long bomber holes in open fairways. (i can see this course being extremely worse/harder to play during full plant growth of summer).
7 of 12 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
Awesome, with some flaws
- Very challenging forested holes
- Long meadow holes that let you air it out
- Elevation is a factor on almost every hole
- Beautiful setting in Coast Range foothills
- New layout means most meadow holes are boring
- Horrible teepads
- Tons of underbrush in the woods
- Very long walks between some holes
- Limited parking
Hagg Lake has a reputation as a very hard course. It's true that the woods holes -- #9 through #15 -- are pretty tough, but most of them do have legitimate, if narrow, fairways. (My favorite is #14: 300 feet straight ahead, through a narrow gap, but the last 200 feet of the flight is down a very steep hill.) The problem is that if you go off those fairways, it's pretty tough to get back on course -- and if you play in the summer, you might not even find your disc. Winter is definitely the best season to check out Hagg -- plus, between Thanksgiving and the first week of March, it doesn't cost anything to visit. (At other times, it's $5 per car.)
The wide-open "meadow" holes at Hagg Lake are, for the most part, pretty long; the longest is about 600 feet, but it's so far downhill that getting a three isn't out of reach. Most others are three-able as well -- but at 350-400 feet, very difficult to deuce.
I have three main complaints about Hagg: First, the meadow holes are somewhat boring, and it wasn't always like this. Half of the course was closed for most of 2008 while they re-planted the grass; when they re-opened the course, they changed the layout of most of the meadow holes, and not for the better. Several baskets that used to be along the edge of the forest are now well away from any obstacles; they leave you shaking your head and asking, "WHY isn't this basket over there instead?"
Second, the tee areas are very muddy and slippery, and not always level. This is probably not as much of an issue in the summer.
Third, the flow isn't very good. There are very, very long walks between #8 and #9, #9 and #10, and #14 and #15. There are a few laminated 8.5"x11" signs stapled to trees, but for the most part you'll be sunk without a map.
Despite the flaws, I can't rate Hagg too poorly because the woods holes will really kick your butt (in a good way, I think), and there's more elevation change than almost any other course in northwestern Oregon. If Hagg were ever to be re-designed, there's potential for it to be much better.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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