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Redmond, OR

Coyotes Den DGC

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3.585(based on 6 reviews)
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hugheshilton
Experience: 13.9 years 44 played 6 reviews
4.00 star(s)

2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Jun 23, 2017 Played the course:once

Pros:

First off TIPS:
- Bring lots of water and use sunblock (it's the desert, it's hot and dry, duh).
- This is NOT a cart-friendly course, bring a bag.
- Expect a long round and a good hike even if you're alone.
- This is a not a beginner friendly course so if you've only been playing for a year, maybe skip this one and go to Hyzer Pines in Sisters instead.
- Pay attention to the little sun thing at the top of each tee sign because it points to which of the 3 basket positions the hole is in.
- Take a pic of the big course sign at the start of the course because navigation from basket to next pad is not always super obvious.

Actual PROS:
- 3 basket positions and 2 pads on almost every hole makes for a lot of variety. I'd love to play a weekly league here, so much variety.
- Great signage. The large course sign at the beginning is nice and accurate as are the tee signs. I didn't realize until I'd been playing a few holes, but there is a little sun thing at the top of the tee signs that points out which of the 3 positions the basket is in.
- Fairly nice baskets that are bright orange and thus easy to spot.
- Very challenging course design. Of course most of the holes were in the medium and long positions when I played which increased the challenge level quite a bit. The scrub brush everywhere makes 2nd and 3rd shots much more challenging than your typical park-like course because you can almost never do a run-up after your initial tee shot.
- Lots of elevation changes which add to the challenge.
- I'd call the teepads dirt rather than gravel. They are mostly hard pack and I had no problem getting a good run up and drive on them. I'd always prefer concrete, but these were honestly fine.

Cons:

- The scrub and the plethora of blind tee shots means that it's easy to be searching for your disc on almost every hole. As long as you pay attention to the flight and throw bright colors, it usually doesn't take long to find them, but you will almost always be looking for at least a minute or two.
- Blind teeshots are the norm here rather than the exception. Maybe it was just because the baskets were in medium to long positions, but I found myself walking up to look for the basket on almost every hole because I couldn't see it from the tee pad. I don't mind a few blind tee shots on a course, but throwing blind on 3/4 of the holes is a little excessive. At least the baskets are bright orange so they're pretty easy to find.
- The paths through the scrub are narrow enough that pulling a cart around is really impractical. I was traveling and all I had with me was my cart rather than a bag or backpack which was a pain. It would be nice if at least the main fairway paths were wide enough to pull a cart on.
- Like all desert courses, it's pretty dusty.

Other Thoughts:

Great course, pretty underrated for what it is. It's very challenging and not beginner friendly, but if I lived in the area I'd play here a lot. As long as you know what you're getting yourself into at the beginning, it's pretty great!
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Cruz Duck
Experience: 1 played 1 reviews
4.00 star(s)

Very Fun, Underrated Course 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Apr 3, 2017 Played the course:once

Pros:

Fun elevation shots - Up, down, across the side of a hill. Often the longer tee pad will have more elevation. Even if you have a pretty wimpy arm, I highly encourage you to try the longer tee pads.

Multiple Tee pads, Multiple Basket Locations - I don't know how often the baskets are moved, but clearly there are lots of options. Two tee pads and three basket locations on every hole. Plus, the tee pads are not just shorter or longer, they are at a different angle, giving a different look and a different challenge.

Great signs - New tee signs have been put up by each tee pad. It was easy to see the layout of the hole and to get the distance and location of each basket.

Bag holders - Many, but not all tee pads have a bag holder. A nice touch.

Challenging, yet fun for all - I played the day after a local tournament and several of the locations were very challenging. Yet, there are usually easier shots from other tee pads.

Cons:

Personally, I have no complaints. Others might complain about:

Gravel Tee pads - This did not bother me. The tee pads are in pretty good shape, but I know it bothers some people.

Sagebush - Like many courses in Central Oregon, sage brush is in the fairways and off to the side of the fairways. I throw mostly brightly colored discs and it never was a problem. I threw some truly awful drives, but it never took more than a minute or two to find my disc. I guess if you like to throw rollers, this is the wrong course for you.

Actually, I do have one complaint, I wish the course were closer to Bend so I could play it more often. :)

Other Thoughts:

I had a great time playing this course. I moved to the Bend area about a year ago and I had never heard of the course. I had heard of Pine Nursery and Hyzer Pines, but never this course. I think this course is at least as good, if not better.

I would advise printing the course map from the Central Oregon Disc Golf webpage. Sometimes it was not obvious where the next tee pad was located. The sign at the tee pad had an arrow to the next hole, however I usually forget that by the time I got to the basket.
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Fletcher
Experience: 17.1 years 124 played 4 reviews
4.00 star(s)

Much Improved 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:Oct 4, 2019 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

The views are nice, and it's one of only a handful of courses in the area. The shots with elevation are fun, and more challenging than you'd expect. Great tee signs. Lots of variety.

Cons:

The foliage on this course can be unforgiving, and it's quite easy to lose a disc in the sage brush and Juniper. You'll want to watch every disc you throw because they can disappear in a heat beat.

Quite a few holes have blind tee shots, which isn't an issue for the locals, but can be a real drag for new players. If you are new to the course then prepare to get your steps in as it can take a good walk off the tee pad to finally spot the basket you should be throwing at.

There are a few tough walkouts that could use better signage at the basket for direction, but a nice course map at the main kiosk is a great reference. If you have trouble finding the next tee pad give Udisc a shot. Thankfully the course map on Udisc is accurate, and dead simple to navigate.

Other Thoughts:

I played this course 4.5 years ago when it was pretty fresh, and it needed a lot of work back then. I gave the course a 1.5 star review at the time, which I think it deserved. Since then the course has become a fantastic challenge. The locals that work on the course have done some major work, and it shows. There are great tee signs at every pad with a pin position designation. The pads themselves are made of pavers, but are nice to throw from. This is definitely a course for big arms, but there are plenty of birdie opportunities for all. And if your round isn't going well, there are always the views to make up for it.
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