13 Helpful / 2 Not
Worth the Trip
Pros: It's been awhile since I've been there, but Estacada was a place that was always very enjoyable to play. Nice setting, nice park, we camped in or near the park, and there was other lodging close by also.
The course is moderately wooded /moderately open, and while the holes in general had some variety, there is only one really distinguishing topographical feature on the course.
In the center of the park, there is a large natural amphitheatre (like a big giant 3 sided bowl) where they host (or used to host) lumberjack competitions - hence the name Timber Park (I think). This feature comes into play on two holes that force you to throw over the edge of the bowl in one instance, and across the heart of it in another - both extremely fun shots. The woods are generally very large old growth trees, and so even in the summer time, it's well shaded and not uncomfortable to play.
Cons: Maybe just a little off the beaten path - about 20 miles east of Portland. But that's not much of a con.
Signs are needed.
Other than the one topo feature, the course is mostly flat.
Other Thoughts: Teepads were natural when I was there last, but apparently now has concrete pads.
I liked the mix of shots in and amongst the big trees. There are a couple places to let loose, and a few others that encourage creative shots off the tee (i.e. rollers, skip shots, etc.).
I think Estacada has been overshadowed by courses that have gone in since (McIver/Dabney) - but it's still worth the trip if you're in the area.
13 of 15 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
The name say's it all
Pros: *Beautiful wooded course
*Well maintained course
*Trash cans and benches are provided
*Alternative basket locations
*Mandatory flight paths
*Nice tee boxes
*Baskets are in ok condition
*Offers fun playability for all skill leveles
*Offers other activities for non players
Cons: I didn't like that the course didn't offer hole maps/guides. I can see it being hard to navigate for that reason alone. No posted pars were made available either.
A few of the baskets were beat up and w/ the change of one of the hole locations, makes them now numbered wrong.
some of the baskets were hard to see, it would greatly improve the visibility of them if numbered correctly and or painted in a bright color or even having a few flags as the bare metal blends in w/ the course's natural surroundings. it also was crowded.
Other Thoughts: i really loved this course and enjoyed playing in the canopy of trees. i was very happy that it flowed well and the space was utilized perfectly not being a crammed course. Having the mandatory flight paths made it fun and challenging. there are many other offered activities to do if you don't play disc golf making it a good family outing. Milo McIver is just on the other side of the river offering a 2 course playable day.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Nice course and very challanging. Lots of trees and alot angles. Some long holes and some short. Nice park.
Cons: No Tee signs. Baskets are hard to see because they have no color on them.
No maps or scorecards. Pars are not posted anywhere.
Other Thoughts: Could be a great course when its done.
3 of 8 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
The "other" Estacada course
- Nice variety of holes.
- A few birdie opportunities, but no easy gimmes.
- Well-defined fairways on every hole.
- Very little underbrush; almost impossible to lose a disc here.
- Well-drained land; never sloppy/muddy, even in winter.
- Most holes have alternate pin placements.
- Excellent concrete teepads.
- Very little elevation.
The part of Portland General Electric's Timber Park set aside for disc golf is used ONLY for disc golf, and has been for years. So it has the feel of a "mature" course with straightforward fairways and very little brush to get lost in. Most of the course is under trees, but with enough open area that you don't feel like it's a crapshoot. No one hole stands out in my mind as much better or worse than the others; they're all different, all fun, and they flow together well. The only real negative I can come up with is that there isn't a lot of up and down; most holes are flat.
Timber is right across the Clackamas River from Milo McIver State Park, and lot of people think of Timber as an inferior alternative to McIver. I disagree; I think McIver has too many long, wide-open shots, whereas Timber mixes it up better. Besides, every time I finish at McIver I feel like the course has beaten me up, but I've never felt that way about Timber. It's not only that it's easier or shorter -- it's just more fun somehow.
Update, November 2009: they've finally re-opened the road down into the "bowl," updated the map on the kiosk, and changed the numbers on the baskets and teepads to reflect the new 19-hole layout.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
A Good Time at Timber
Pros: Huge evergreen trees throughout the course. Should gives some good shade during the summer.
I think the quality of the holes is excellent, some short, some long, mando's to keep everyone safe and add to the difficulty. Enough open shots to really show your distance and some technicals thrown in.
Multiple Baskets, not sure how often they get moved.
Tee Pads are made of concrete and have a good length to them. Most have the hole number painted on them.
I think it is pretty hard to lose a disc on this course, except for hole 17. If you over shoot that one its a 50 foot drop off towards the dam. Elevation only come into play on #19.
Many of the tee's have benches next to them, some have picnic tables, and almost all of them have a trash bucket. This place was clean, no bottles or cans stuck in the bushes like other courses.
Cons: No tees sign made navigation difficult. That is the biggest con of this place. The tees are pretty easy to find but finding the basket was hard. I walked out on many tees to find the basket. On Tee 2 I got a heads up from a local on where the basket was. It wasn't where I was looking. Mach 2 baskets are hard to see in the trees for the first timer in the park. I prefer Discatcher Pro for that yellow band on the top.
The map of the course from this this website and the course home page are hard to read. Both are missing the new hole 19. I'm not a big fan of satellite pictures made into a maps. To much extra useless detail. The box for maps at the course was empty. No distance listing at the course or on the maps.
Other Thoughts: Of course it being winter the restrooms close to course are closed, but there is a porta-john at #19 tee and the restroom at the outer parking lot is open. The bridge over the creek is closed right now. This forces everyone to park in the outer parking lot and walk in. I think that is why I only saw one non-disc golfer on the course.
With economy the way it is I wonder if PGE could be persuaded to install tee signs? (Portland General Electric owns the park) They did install #19 tee pad and basket recently. That would give it another ½ point on the rating scale in my book.
I think it's great that this place is so close to Milo. If you have the time play both courses in one day do it. I would definitely like to live near this place if I worked somewhere in the Portland area.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Well laid out design.
Good variety on the tee, mandos, shots that force you to curve it left, right, or keep it straight.
Course is kept up very well, Nice benches on the tees, trash cans.
Good use of OB areas give the course some well needed difficulty.
Cons: Nothing too challenging, outside of hole 17, could be a con for some advanced players.
No tee signs, it can be a bit difficult a few holes.
Can get quite crowded in the summer.
Other Thoughts: Timber park is a great all around course, it just seems to fit the needs of all players. I can come out on a nice summer day and find first time players, kids, and 20 year disc veterans enjoying the course. It's tough enough for most amature players to find some real challenge but not too tough to take out some first timers. Timber is also a great course to try out new shots, develope that forehand you always wanted.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: This is probably one of the best course designs I've ever played. I makes the best out of the land used. Long, short, tight, open. Flows extremely well.
Cons: Needs tee signs. Gets crowded.
Other Thoughts: I don't think this course gets as much love as it should due to it's proximity to McIver.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Timber Park is a great course that is well thought out and well taken care of. It is a great place as gwillim stated in a previous review to practice, giving players a chance to work on all aspects of the game. The tee pads are all cement which makes for nice traction, and the baskets are in great shape. The course flows smoothly and is easy to find the first hole. However, players need to look on the cement pads to find what hole they are on to make sure they haven't skipped any. Garbage cans are spread throughout the course which is why it is so clean and inviting, making it a huge plus. The whole atmosphere of the place really makes for a great time. With this course being so close to Milo McIver, it is a nice change of pace (allowing for many more birdies than it's brother course).
Cons: The state of Oregon does a really nice job with their courses, making sure they have thought of most issues before putting them in. Because of this, it makes it difficult for me to find many cons. However, tee signs would deffinately improve the course, but once you've played it is easy to remember the layout.
Other Thoughts: I came down to Estacada for a road trip this summer hoping that it would be worth the drive from Seattle, WA. which it was and more. The parks and rec as well as the locals do an incredible job here as well as in Portland, and it gives me hope to think that Washington will have more courses that can be as well thought out as this one. Even though Wasington has some amazing courses, it would be nice to have MANY more.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice Course For Anyone
Pros: Well maintained.
Plenty or trash cans and benches.
Variety of distances and hole layouts.
Enough trees to make it interesting.
Not too many nasty places to lose a disc.
Just down the road from McIver
Cons: Can get really busy in the summer.
No signs to next tee (a few tees harder to find).
Dark discs hard to spot in the shade.
Other Thoughts: A great course for any player and significantly shorter than McIver for new golfers. With McIver so close, you can play both courses in one trip. This park also offers fishing, picnicking, soccer fields and can be reserved through PGE.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: it is hard to lose a disc and is a great course for all skill levels. nice variation of holes. some elevation changes but mostly flat.
Cons: no signs and usually no maps. if you dont know the course it is hard to get through.
Other Thoughts: this is my home course and do love it. the course has a good flow.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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