4 Helpful / 1 Not
Still a bit rough around the edges
Pros: Bicentennial is a fun, but often painful romp through a tiny neighborhood park down the street from Terrace Creek DGC. All of the holes here are quite short (no driver required!) but that doesn't mean there aren't some fun and somewhat technical shots to throw. Several holes in fact are reasonably challenging either because of low ceilings, small greens, or strange lines like a hole that throws up and over a small fence.
Cons: Although as I mention below, this course is slowly getting less thorny, poking things are just a short griplock or early release away. Add in wooden posts for baskets, nearly non-existent tees, frequent muddy conditions and it probably isn't worth the trip for most traveling players. The final challenge of this park is that it is quite small and several holes play near neighboring fences, a playground, and a small pavilion. If this place has more than a handful of pedestrians around, best to head over to Terrace.
Other Thoughts: Over the past several months, Bicentennial has been getting cleaned out a bit due to extrodinary efforts of local scouts I believe. After seeing the before/after of some of the thorny areas they have attacked, my hat is certainly off to these guys. Although I do worry that once this park gets increased traffic, the appeal of having a disc golf course on the premises will fade.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Waste of time
Pros: Located in a quiet park and a quiet neighborhood, and seldom used. Tee 1 is located in the parking lot.
Cons: No concrete or gravel tee pads at all. Tee 6 and the launch point for Tee 7 are nowhere to be found. Many of the holes are blocked by layers of trees or brush, so first time visitors have no idea where they're supposed to be going. No baskets.
Other Thoughts: This course is definitely a good one if you aren't advanced enough to handle Terrace Creek or if it's too busy down there. Unfortunately it's too discouraging for beginners to play. I recommend Ferguson Park in Snohomish if you're just starting out and need a short course to improve your skills on that isn't too confusing to find your way around.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 1 Not
Stickers are gone and the course is playable!
Pros: I am re doing my review of Bicentennial Park because it is a different course now than it had been in the previous years. First off the city is in the process of upgrading this park and they have taken out all of the sticker bushes that used to eat up discs and make the course tough to navigate and mostly unplayable. Right now almost no one plays this course and many locals aren't even aware of it's existence because of the years of neglect. There is plenty of room to make a redesign and bring in baskets and a dedicated few are in talks with the city and attending meetings to try and do that. This is a great course to bring everyone out to play on as most holes are short and this will be enjoyable to less than experienced disc golfers.
Cons: The tee off pole for hole four had to be pulled to removed all of the sticker bushes. navigation can be somewhat tough for holes eight and nine but all poles are in trust me. The holes are so short that you will use a mid range or putter for every hole. This course needs baskets and a redesign!
Other Thoughts: This is a great little course for practicing especially when no one really plays here. This is one of the oldest courses in the Northwest and we are trying to save this place, please spread the word that this course is now playable! Please pack out your trash and keep on your best behavior as you as a disc golfer are an ambassador to the sport whether you want to be or not.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
This Course Is On Life Support!
Pros: As Mr. JR explained in the previous post, this course was built/designed by someone as an scout project. It sits in a fairly small city park located just a few blocks from I-5. The park has enough towering Douglas Fir trees to shade it on our many blistering, hot summer days along with other typical park amenties, small ball field, gazebo, playground equipment, etc. The holes are long enough to provide some challenge.
Cons: First problem is that this is a pole hole course. Second and probably the most current pressing problem, is that the blackberry bushes are slowly consuming much of this park. A few of the poles and tee areas are sitting in the middle of huge blackberry jungles making them almost unplayable. If not unplayable, then how about? extremely unenjoyable. Much of the orginal signage has been vandalized or weathered away. It's now difficult to follow. I think the # 9 pole is gonzo, I never found it.
Other Thoughts: Neglect, weather, lack of maintanance and vandalism have all taken their toll on this little course. At one time, it might have been a decent, little course for the neighborhood kids to come to for a quick throw. Someone (neighbors, Mountlake Terrace Parks & Rec Dept. or the local Disc Club) needs to step up here. Put a very minmal amount of work into this course and restore to it's orginal 1 star rating or.............put a bullet into it and put it out of it's misery.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 1 Not
Great For A Novice
Bicentennial Park is located in a quaint residential area just minutes from I-5. This park contains a small gazebo, playground, picnic benches, and nice football sized grass field, great for families to have picnics on. The course directions make it easy to locate, and is right next to Mountlake Terrace DGC. The course was put together by local boyscouts which is great, and it helps youngsters to develop their skills and prepare them for larger courses like its big brother down the road. This course is perfect for children and those learning how the game works. Each hole is anywhere from 100-250 feet with bushes, trees, and even a mini backstop between some of the tees and the pins. Shade throughout the course makes for a pleasant time on those hot days (which is about 2 months a year). Also, hole four which was the longest hole had a great line between the tee and the pin making for a fun hole.
The course was way too small and had no baskets. There were posts for the tees and posts for the pins, and sometimes just posts. Although most of the posts had yellow paint indicating where to hit it and numbers etched into it, there were no arrows pointing to the pin or towards the next hole. Holes 7-9 were a bit difficult to navigate and even worse, hole 9 was primarily all thorn bushes with no fairway.
I know this received a low rating but realistically nobody who was a serious DGer would want to come here to play when there is a really good course down the road not even 2 miles away. It is great that they turned what looks like potential real estate into a course for kids, it just isn't anything more than a great spot for a quiet picnic and maybe a chance to throw the putter or midrange around.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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