10 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Lakewood is located in a very beautiful park in Southwest Seattle. The local players take great care of this course in the midst of vandalism and trash leavers. The course is mainly open with lots of big lines - bring your imagination!
Deceptive holes - My favorite aspect of this course is how you are constantly thinking about ways to improve your average score on some of these holes. Ones that come to mind are 4, 13, 14, and 17. My first impression of how to play these holes is vastly different than the way I play them now and I expect will be revised in the future as well. There are also a few tricks out there such as the fence bounce hyzer on #3, the fence roller on #2 long, and generally using hillsides effectively (landing "above" the basket) on several other drives.
Multiple ways to approach several holes - Probably due to the openness of the park, there are often many ways to throw a particular hole which allows for different interpretation which is always cool. This becomes an even greater factor when the wind starts blowing as you may have to throw a different shot to minimize the wind.
Danger - Almost all of the holes out here have some form of OB danger which makes this course GREAT for tournament play. You have to stay focused the whole round to avoid it all.
Windy - Wind is usually present in some form and adds a fair amount of challenge to even some of the easier holes.
Aesthetics - The course is gorgeous with rolling hills and well maintained lawns. While there is a significant problem with graffiti and trash, golfers, the parks dept, and a neighborhood group "Friends of Hicks Lake" do a great job of keeping on top of things.
Cons: Some challenge in navigation - Not too much difficulty but there are some extra tee pads floating around out there and a couple of places where you will have to backtrack or will need to know where you are going (after holes 7, 11, 13, 16).
Shots are not extremely challenging - Its more about how many shots you can execute on a given day rather than learning new shots. There aren't many "technical" holes which require placement shots or a specific shaped shot - its usually open enough where you can stick with your strengths off the tee.
Other Thoughts: I'd say this course is the "sweetheart" of the Seattle courses - pretty much everyone enjoys playing here no matter what skill level.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
My Home Course
Pros: My home digs are a testament of love, sweat, tears and I hope I don't sound too biased in my review as a result! The land that Lakewood sits on is gorgeous rolling grassy hills and a mix of Madrona and fir that shapes the fairways. The fairways play mostly open but require a mix of power and finesse, as there are many OB perils such as fences, roads, lakes and sidewalks that will penalize a poor shot. Scoring can sway both ways depending on how much game you bring. You can bring your longer drivers here, but also bring your accurate short range game as some pin placements can be testy on sloped ground.
Cons: Lots of hard work goes into this course, but sometimes it is destroyed by VANDALS who paint the benches, trees and tees signs. Many signs are in disrepair depending on which day you show up.
Trash is a constant problem with the course bordering a junior high and high school.
Navigation can be quite difficult so print a map (warning - holes 7-11 on this map have changed a little, so consult any existing signs!)
Some holes shoot blindly into others so proceed with caution!
Other Thoughts: If we are able to get some of the listed problems into check I think this course rates a solid 4-4.5!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
70 minutes of disc golf fun
Pros: This course has something for everyone. Multiple hole positions makes it a joy year-round as it is constantly changing - and always adding a challenge. Fortunately you do not spend time finding the basket - as most of the new pin positions are subtle - adding 15 feet or moving left 20 feet, etc. There are a few hill holes - with an upshots on 2, 6, 9, 11 and 18, and downshots on 4, 10, 12, and 14. Hole 8 is a tight and narrow corridor shot - or if you have the arm - a huge heizer. Look to holes 1 - 3, 7, 10, 15,and 17 for birdies - though all the holes, except 12 long, are in range for many players.
Cons: The biggest con this course has - and this will apply to someone new to the course - signage. It is terrible. Luckily this course is busy enough you can stalk the group in front of you - or if you are feeling friendly join them.
Other Thoughts: The course is the main attraction to the park, and encompasses most of the available park space. Most of the folks that go to tha park are either players - or are familiar with watching people play. There will eb construction happening that will affect about 6 of the holes - luckily there is local leadership that has ensured that a new course layout - and funds to make it happen are ready to go when the construction starts. There is also a water fountain and restroom at hole 14 - seasonally open.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: great elevation changes. Good variety of shots needed. The fairways are very well kept and the tee shot views are beautiful.
Cons: Dont know what it's like normally but it was extremely windy today. I wouod've liked to have it a little calmer for better putting conditions.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Multiple pin locations!
-Lots and lots of elevation, both up and down. Much different than my typical courses in MN and SD.
-Most tees had accurate signs, although some did not.
-Nice benches at each tee box both help find the next tee and provide a place to sit while waiting for other groups.
-Enough trees and cover to make good obstacles but not to provide many opportunities for lost discs.
-Playable all year due to Seattle's climate.
-Tee pads and chains are both in good shape.
-Varieties of shots, no two holes are too similar.
Cons: -Broken Glass and garbage lying all over most holes.
-Some faded tee signs make it hard to find the basket or the way to the next tee. Also, some tee signs were inaccurate and not proportionate.
-Very busy course so it took over 90 minutes to play when it could have been less than 1 hour.
-Somewhat hard to find of the road. Entrance is not clearly marked but after you've been there once it isn't hard to find.
-Could have used the pond in a few holes to make an interesting water hazard.
Other Thoughts: If this is the only course I get to play while in the Seattle area I would be happy enough with it. If you aren't in the best shape be prepared for a hike up and down some of the holes.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Awesome long fairways with enough technicality and elevation to add variety and depth to the course layout. When I was there this morning they were mowing the grass and the park does a great job of maintaining this very large park. Trash bins and benches are available at almost every tee pad and the pads are cement. The locals are very nice. The pin locations are moved every once in a while to make the course play a little different but flow of the course and navigation are affected little. The course is challenging but not to the point where newer players will get frustrated. The view of Mt. Rainier is breath taking and there are a couple of holes you won't forget. There is some wind on this course sometimes that makes the round more challenging and fun but not too much to get you frustrated.
Cons: The course gets very busy during the summer months and the parking lot can fill up quite fast. The course is in a less than classy neighborhood and there is some vandalism. A sign or two pointing to the next tee pad would help out.
Other Thoughts: All in all one of the best courses in Washington state, if not the best course. The cons mentioned are very minor and don't distract you much from your round if at all. This is a great course for just about anyone and it is worth the drive from just about anywhere. They have a random doubles tournament on Thursday night.
The reconfiguration is underway and already a couple of hoes had to be moved and the course flow has suffered and there are some long walkouts now so I'm going from 4 to 3.5 stars.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Everything about this course is good, there is a great mix of super long holes and ace holes, there are techincal shots and a lot of hidden pins, but not difficult to find. It isn't as wooded as you might like, but it is definantly worth trip from anywhere in Western Washington. The sun stays out late for evening rounds and the grounds are manicured as it is also a x-country course for highschools.
Cons: I wish there were a little more trees because the course doesn't have a lot of astetic appeal, but there aren't too many negatives.
Other Thoughts: There are baseball fields near some of the holes that you should be careful of when you are throwing. Also don't swear by the preschool children playing next to hole 15.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is a gem, a must play if in the area, and close enough to SeaTac to take the two in on one day.
Coastal fog in the morning working on my tan by afternoon.
Long concrete tee pads on most holes, the coffin on hole 7 is cool.10 is a sweet down hill tunnel shot.
Great doubles turn out on Thursdays and competition!
Lots of trees and options.
Park directory and maps by hole 1.
Lots of technical and a couple of long holes!
This course has all the options for throwing and plenty of challanges.
Cons: Crowds show up on a sunny days!
Beware of the high school kids that cruise through the park, grey jetta stole a disc golf bag, they were caught, be carefull!
Other Thoughts: This is a gem a must on the Northwest tour, along with Seatac two miles down the road is this Heaven?
Meet a local named Jeff on his B-day hung with his friends and BBQ afterwards....must be Heaven!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Course demands a good mix of shots to be thrown with accuracy as their is a lot of OB. Several nice turnover shots on the front w/elevation changes. Back is more open and somewhat longer. Friendly people makes it easy to find a local guide. I had no troubles in recent travels to Seattle. Thanks Randy, Pete, and Devan.
Cons: Busy course with some crossing of fairways. Could use some better signage but fairly easy to follow anyway.
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - A lot of wide open holes, you can really let it rip
- Even though not every tee pad has a sign, still easy to navigate
- Plenty of elevation changes
- Multiple pin placements
- Concrete tee pads with benches
- Very little chance to lose a disc
- Course starts and ends at the parking lot
Cons: - Public park so there is plenty of traffic
- Next to a school, also baseball fields so it can be busy
- Though there are plenty of garbage cans, but not all trash is making it to it's rightful place
- Can get packed in the summer
- Could use some new signage
Other Thoughts: Overall a very fun course for beginners and advanced players...not overly technical. The word is the first 6 holes will have to be moved because of construction in that area. It's a large park so there's room to relocate the holes. Locals have been given maps of the area so they can add their input.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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