Gone but not forgotten
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Fun, technical course on the property of Dr. Disc (aka Big Papa, aka Discraft West!). Mostly tightly wooded with some rolling but not extreme elevation.
Lots of variety off of the tees and some tricky OB to contend with. Home to a few of my favorite all-time tournaments.
Cons: This course is definitely about fun times and trick shots rather than an all out physical/cognitive test of disc golf skills like Bud Pell, NAD, or Fairgrounds and it excelled at that mission!
Other Thoughts: Sad to see this course headed to extinct status, but of course, thank you Scott and Jeanne for introducing disc golf to the West Sound - you have started something GREAT over there and I will certainly not forget that :)
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Great change up to other local courses
Pros: Papa has his own store in his garage for obtaining some new disc before a round
Wide variety of shots from open to in the woods including 2 massive ravine shots
Plenty of whole in one oppurtunities
Cons: No alternate tees
Small course maybe only a mile and a half to walk
Parking is on the side of the road make sure and lock it up
Only a couple whole to really open it up and drive far
Back 9 seams similar asking yourself if you have played the hole before
Property is surrounded by a fence which can get frustrating if u have a wild throw
Other Thoughts: This is a great course and a private one at that since the address is not listed u must know someone who's knows where it's at
But then again it's a good change of things around kitsap county with a somewhat country feel
Also the store has some very good prices usually alot cheaper than even online merchants
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Watch out for that tree
Pros: This course is very technical and challenging with trees lining every fairway. The course designers have done an unbelievable job with the layout in such a small property. Most of the holes at Dalaiwood are on the shorter side, but they really challenge you to throw the disc straight and accurate. There is very little confusion while navigating due to the nice signs which are easy to find throughout the course. Another nice feature is the disc golf pro shop located right next to the house which is stocked with anything and everything you need for a day at the course.
Cons: This is a first class course, but it just lackes ample room for it to be considered championship quality. Also, there are only 2 or 3 holes in which a big arm player can really turn it loose.
Other Thoughts: This is a private course, so calling ahead is important. your mainly going to need your mid range drivers and your A game. And just a friendly reminder, watch out for that tree
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 1 Not
*Dalaiwood is a beautiful private course located in a very rural community (Olalla) just an hour from Seattle. This challenging 18 hole course rewards those with patience and accuracy over muscle and distance. Dalaiwood is known in Washington as one of the more complete courses in regards to fairness for both left and right handed players alike. The course has a nice balance of open and wooded holes, with elevation changes throughout.
*The course design includes multiple pin placements (a, b, c), a short course distance of 4,063 feet, and a long course layout of 4,575 feet. Most if not all the holes on the course are technical, with very narrow fairways, some low ceiling shots, sharp lines and just enough elevation to affect flight. Holes vary in length from 130 - 446 feet, all par 3. Tee pads throughout the course are a mixture of cement and dirt, and include colorful informative tee signs indicating distance, hole layout (various pin placements), and ob's if any. The baskets are all solid in structure, with double chains and number signs on top.
*Maintenance of the course is impeccable. Scott as well as all the other visitors to this course does a really fine job keeping the course clean. The trees, bushes, and grass are always trimmed, and the course is continually being improved (trails, fences, signs, tee pads, etc). Navigation is very easy for first timers due to all the yellow arrows indicating the next tee. Baskets all have large numbers on top, and the tee signs are updated and accurate.
*Scott has a wonderful pro shop located in his garage that is open from 2:00 till dawn several days a week. He has anything one needs (Innova, Lightning, Discraft, Gateway), whether it is a bag, disc, mini, hat, shirt, anything! He does specialize though in Discraft since he is sponsored by them after all. His dyes are one of a kind, and his knowledge of disc golf is priceless. His prices are fair, and his generosity is like no other so it is important to support Scott and his course.
*Footing in the northwest is brutal about half the year due to all the wet weather so improving the remaining dirt tee pads would do go a long way. Some of the fairways on the steeper holes are a bit slick as well during the wet months so watch your step!
*The only other thing that comes to mind is course navigation regarding pin placement. It was not always clear as to what pin position the basket was in so I found myself walking the hole a bit to locate the target. More times than none it wasn't an issue though. Besides those minor changes that can easily be fixed, the course was truly well thought out and imaginative.
* Last, the fact that this course is closing on July 8, 2012 for good..
Thank you Scott and Jeanne for your years of personal sacrifice, hard work and the compassion you both brought to NWDG.
*Scott Papa has always been so important to the disc golf community here in Washington. His generosity is endless, with the instructional clinic's he puts on for the community, the tournaments he runs each year (Ace Race, Howliewood, Putt Up or Shut Up), or the Weekly matches (Tues/Sat, $6/person), he is always providing wonderful opportunities to learn this great game.
*Even though the whole course is memorable, the signature holes seemed to be the first three holes on the course in my opinion. Each one is unique unto its own, with hole one having you teeing off from the inside of a barn. You must drive over the fence at some point before the disc lands or you will be adding a stroke due to the long ob. Hole two you drive off a slightly elevated tee towards a heavily guarded basket. The drive must clear a three foot fence and pass through several trees in order to have a chance to birdie. Finally, hole three has you teeing off between two trees that are separated by about six feet. Once you clear the trees you must sail over the llama pin in order to reach a very tight landing area where the basket resides.
*Hole nine was memorable for me as well, as I ended up getting my sixth basket ace (10 overall) by throwing a FH tunnel shot with my Firebird. It went about 166 feet and skipped up about three feet in the air before directly hitting the chains dead center. It was truly a beautiful shot and one that I will always remember!
**Tournaments Played at Dalaiwood**
*2002 Dalaiwood Open *2009 Howliewood
14 of 15 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Excellent usage of private land owned and operated by a disc golf pro, the Papa family are probably the nicest people I've met in the game so far. Most technical course I have ever played, you are going to use every disc in your bag and every throw in your arsenal. They have improved the course every time since I last played and it stays well maintained. It's in a remote location that is quiet so you don't have to deal with non golfers like in park courses. Not a lot of markers pointing you in the right direction but the course is still fairly easy to navigate even for the first timer. The "furious five" are a group of holes strung together in the back nine that are incredibly tight and difficult that are like no other holes I've ever played. An abundance of different events are available here all the time.
Cons: There is really only one or two holes to throw big long drives on. During the back nine you have to throw and walk across a very deep valley coming and going that is hard to walk on, even though there are stairs, it can wear you out, especially with no benches. There is a possibility to losing discs here.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun course with a ot of different holes that is worth playing many times over. I usually do this trip by playing here once and then driving not too far away to Bremerton to play NAD. They have the Discraft ace race tournament here every year and I have played two years in a row and it's a ton of fun. It takes me about an hour and half to get here and it is worth the trip every time, highly recommended.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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