10 Helpful / 0 Not
Worth a try - at least once
Pros: I played on a beautifully sunny Sunday afternoon, and had the entire course to myself. I was expecting at least a couple of other golfers, but not a one. I did however share the course with two different types of ducks, three different types of geese, and two beautiful cranes that followed me for a short while.
The beginning four holes are set up very well to build up confidence, which will definitely be needed after hole 5.
Cons: WATER! I wanted to like this course, I wanted to rate it higher, but the ever-present danger of losing a disc prevents people from really opening things up and experimenting. Bring throw-away discs! The minute I trusted myself enough to throw my beloved Roc was the moment I lost it. And I didn't even get to say goodbye. It's the kind of course where you play for bogeys instead of birdies.
Another semi-frustrating thing about the course is the occasional long walk between the basket and the next tee. Not only are the tees unmarked and difficult to find, the are sometimes far enough from the previous hole that any sort of momentum is lost. Definitely print out the map provided on this website.
Other Thoughts: I think this course suffers from being just a bit too far from the Portland/Vancouver metro, at least without having a sister course to make a day of it. Definitely worth it if you haven't tried it yet, but I doubt I'll make the drive back. I just have a thing against disc-gobbling courses.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
I love PGE!
Pros: *Every hole is like opening up a Christamas present.
*The water makes it unique and untouchable in this area
*Great mix of distance shots and short, tight placement shots
*Each hole is fair-- a good shot rewards you with birdie putts
*Of course, bad shots will be punished with lost discs and frustrating bogeys
*Well-defined fairways and hazards call for specific shots and lots of cold-blooded courage
*Deserted, which makes for fast play
Cons: *Goose poop
*Too darned far away from PDX
*The course's water hazards are fun, but the bottom drops off quickly, so my friends lost discs
Other Thoughts: *Built on former nuclear reactor site, so there are lots of three-legged ducks
*This course needs to have a major tournament, complete with alternate teepads
*It's a blast, make the drive!
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Improved since last review
Pros: It's a pretty challenging course. It is also a beautiful walk. Now the teepads are actually blacktop which should make it more playable in the rainy season.
It is nice to have a few longer holes. Lots of courses in the area are smaller and don't really afford as much room.
It is far anough out that it isn't crowded. I have driven past many times and seldom see anyone on the course.
Cons: The tee pads aren't numbered, just the baskets so in a couple spots it is easy to play the wrong hole without realizing it until you hit the basket.
There is no clear way to tell what is par for any given hole. Some signange would be much appreciated.
Other Thoughts: The course is probably 45 minutes outside pdx on highway 30. I suspect this makes it a tough for most folks to make the drive, However, if you do, I think it is well worth it. Bring a picnic and a fishing pole and make a day of it. The larger park is closed in winter, but the disc course remains open.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 0 Not
water, water, water.
-60% of holes have water hazards
-Brand new tee pads installed by local DG club (fall 2008).
-Quite challenging, but not ridiculously so.
-Great test of mental fortitude, throwing over water can be very stressful.
-Best place in the NW to practice for The Memorial!
-Can be windy, add the water hazards and you've got a very challenging round.
-No maps, no markers, no teesigns! (no guide, no way).
-Bit of a flooding problem at rainy times.
-Due to stagnant water and flooding, this place has a HORRIBLE mosquito problem in the spring and early summer. I highly suggest some type of insect repellant.
-Bad shots equal lost discs in the lake.
This is a very fun place for advanced and pro golfers. Having the water come into play so closely on so many holes brings a whole new aspect of decision making into your round. Do I really want to throw my money disc? Do I really want to try to birdy it? etc. It's great to play out there and watch golfers change their game out of concern for losing discs. Most people lose at least one disc per round when they play here!
If you're planning on playing The Memorial in Arizona some day, Trojan Lake is by far the best course in the NW to practice on. The wind can kick up and it can feel very similar to Fountain hills, and even Shelley Sharpe.
Trojan lake is a great test of skill and the all important "head game". The only thing really lacking at the course is markings. There is no indication of where hole one is, where hole two is, etc. And there are no tee signs once you find the tee pad. It's a good idea to try to contact someone that knows the course before heading out there for your first time. With proper signage, this will be a fantastic course.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful.
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