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Eugene, OR

Stewart Pond

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3.55(based on 7 reviews)
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wolfhaley
Diamond level trusted reviewer
Premium Member
Experience: 20.2 years 1105 played 681 reviews
3.00 star(s)

Reviewed: Played on:Jun 17, 2024 Played the course:once

Pros:

Stewart Pond is a mixed bag of an 18 hole course. The majority of it plays in some field areas with a few modestly wooded holes sprinkled in. Even on the more open holes there's pretty much always some trees to deal with. Moderately hilly terrain on the beginning and ending holes with the middle section being almost completely flat.

The baskets are Innova Discatchers. These are all in good shape and catch great. Hole 18's is a pretty cool elevated pin too, which spices up the last hole a bit. There's a single basket and multiple pin positions per hole.

Good sized concrete tees on each hole. These are all poured level and they have good traction to them. One tee pad per hole.

The design is actually pretty solid for the land they had to work with. The majority pf the holes are between 250 and 400 feet, but they did fit a couple 500 plus footers in there. The course actually requires some shot shaping off the tee for as open as it is. The few trees out there are used well to create some challenge from the tee. It doesn't appear like it'll be much of a challenge walking up to hole 1 but it actually is.

The tee signs are nice. Big. bold signs attached to metal posts. These things have a pretty solid hole map showing the different pin positions as well as the hole #, pars and distances to each placement. All the info you need.

Cons:

The course played mostly in what felt like a hay field. The grass was mowed by what had to have been a tractor. Like a farm tractor. This made looking for discs in the fairway a challenge. Don't recall ever playing in stuff like that before. Pretty obnoxious. Hopefully it's not always like that.

There's nothing on the signs to tell you what pin is in play. This is one of my biggest annoyances when you have multiple positions. You either need to walk the fairway or take a wild stab at which one is in the ground.

The parking lot is a little bit of a ways from hole 1. Not a huge deal but it's a little tricky to find the start of the course without a map. It doesn't look at all like there'd be a course out there from the lot, much less the road driving to the lot.

I'm not sure where the pond was. I didn't see one anywhere. I didn't even see any water of any kind in fact.

Other Thoughts:

This course was decent. A little too open for my taste but it did have some challenge to it. I'm not sure how the hell it's rated as high as it is. It's a 3 at best in my opinion. Worth a visit if you're in the area but not worth any sort of trip out of the way to do so. Kind of a letdown honestly. At least based on it's rating.
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royvin
Silver level trusted reviewer
Experience: 8.1 years 199 played 66 reviews
4.00 star(s)

What a course! 2+ years

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:Nov 29, 2019 Played the course:once

Pros:

-Nice concrete tee pads.
-Just about every hole has multiple pin positions.
-Nice signs at the tee pads.
-Easy to navigate.. I only referred to the online map once.
-Clean and well maintained.
-Several raised baskets or baskets on slopes.
-The elevation factor was great.
-Hole 18

Cons:

-I have been told in the rainy season there are a couple of spots that can flood.
-Not very stroller friendly.
-A couple of the signs have been vandalized.
-Beginners might not get many birdies. I would call this an intermediate level course with many pars to be had.

Other Thoughts:

I was looking forward to my first round at Stewart Pond, but I didn't realize this would become one of my favorite courses. The weather was great and the leaves had all fallen, so that definitely added to my enjoyment.
What I liked most was the elevation changes- a good variety of ups and downs and the long downhill shot on hole 18 was a fantastic way to finish the round.
Another factor I appreciated were the options I had off the tee pad- I often was debating between which line to attack. This a great for both backhand and forehand players.
The people of Eugene have some great courses and Stewart Pond tops the list for me!
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Upshawt1979
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Premium Member
Experience: 21.1 years 551 played 429 reviews
4.00 star(s)

Ducks on the Pond 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Aug 31, 2018 Played the course:once

Pros:

There are a lot of good disc golf holes at Stewart Pond. The grass covered open areas are broken up nicely by stands of mature trees, so the lines are generous but not vacuous. Pins will often be placed with many trees in close proximity. There are a couple of holes that will drop downhill off the tee a fair amount. Several are on the lengthy side, with only one par 4.

The tees are concrete, and provide a nice good sized space to launch your drives. There are tee signs, and the Innova baskets were holding up well. The layout is not too hard to follow for the most part. If you're short on time, you can play a nine hole loop by skipping to hole 14 after finishing hole 4. The grass was mowed nicely, perhaps stunted from a dry summer.

There are only four holes under 300', so you will need to get good distance with accurate placement, or make some longer putts if you want to get way under par. The quality of holes is consistently good, none would qualify as boring to me.

Hole 4 is fun, with a long and open downhill drive, and the pin set near some large trees on a sloping hillside. I liked hole 6, which plays along the crest of a low berm with an early tree dead center and scattered trees and brush to either side. There is a canal with thick brush on the banks to the right of hole eleven that will put you in danger of losing a disc if you pull it that direction.

Cons:

The parking situation isn't really clear, Google maps got me close but I parked on the street and walked around the barrier to a gap in the fence next to the second tee. If you look at the linked map, you can see the actual parking area next to the metal building.

I joined a couple of other players that I also ran into at Dexter Park earlier that day, and we missed the the for 12 after putting out on hole eleven. It isn't far but 13 is in sight and we just began moving that way. There is a long walk between 13 and 14, but it is along a clear walking path, and you will see it very near the fifth tee on the front nine.

Poison Oak is out there, so be careful before going into the rough to retrieve that disc.

Other Thoughts:

Stewart Pond is a fine quality course. Well equipped, and maintenance was good when I visited. Seemed to be fairly clean also, I don't remember seeing noticeable litter issues.

There aren't many highly technical, woodsy throws, but shaping the tee shot correctly is important on most of the holes. The distance will put added importance on a good short game to keep you around par.

I was unable to make any birdies at all on my round. My final score was a +4 (59). I took 4 bogies and made par on 14 holes. Eugene is a fun town to visit, and Stewart Pond/Dexter Park combo is a fun day of disc golfing.
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bneffer
Experience: 25.2 years 56 played 16 reviews
4.50 star(s)

Great field course... Entrance not easy to identify. 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Jul 18, 2018 Played the course:once

Pros:

Great tees, well marked with
great signage.
This course is a passion project by the local club, working with the BLM. They have laid out a great course.

Cons:

The entrance is hard to find, on the west side of an industrial business/lot. They are trying to improve this.

Other Thoughts:

The last hike is a show piece Ave is unique in my experience. Every hole was solid.
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Discbear
Bronze level trusted reviewer
Experience: 24.6 years 1532 played 25 reviews
3.50 star(s)

unheralded Oregon gem 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Nov 3, 2017 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

Tremendous work has been done carving out a fine course in the hills and woods of Eugene.Course continues to improve. Excellent concrete tee pads, seemingly long enough and wide enough for everyone. Fine tee signs on all holes. Nice 2 tiered benches on at least most holes if not all. Elevation factors on several holes.Challenging but fair fairways, however the abundance of trees make their presence known and unless you are a supreme master of the sport you will find some of them. Some nice boulders have been placed in some areas of the course giving it character, along with rock work around the tees making it look a little classier. There are many alternate basket positions on some holes, so sometimes you may think you've played very well, only to come back another day and see the baskets in long positions and find it's not so easy. Birdies will be rare except for the elite player, but pars are abundant if you hit your lines. 2 holes offer a par 4 position. Yellow baskets show up well in the surroundings.Undergrowth has been well cleared. Nice rock steps or gravel paths have been placed in otherwise tough footing areas in wet conditions. It is a nice walk in the woods and hills.

Cons:

I have seen that the course can be hard to maintain, like in the mid spring when things grow so uncontrollably fast and in the fall when the many trees shed leaves so fast that in some areas it can be challenging to find a disc even when you think it's an easy find. Wandering homeless personnel keep the trash coming onto the course, but thoughtful volunteers do their best to keep it to a minimum. 6 holes are lost due to water in the winter but make a glorious return in the Spring. I can see that navigation can be a problem for those unfamiliar to the course.

Other Thoughts:

Course keeps improving because of the hard working volunteers. A huge thanks goes out to those people.
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fantomhockey
Experience: 18.4 years 69 played 4 reviews
2.50 star(s)

A Step in the Right Direction 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Jun 12, 2016 Played the course:once

Pros:

-Teepads. The pads are level concrete. They get wider at the release edge, face the right direction and are nicely grippy.
-Baskets. New Innova Discatchers are in good condition and can be easily spotted if not right from the teepad then from a short walk down the fairway.
-Two practice baskets. It's definitely a nice way to warm up, throwing from one to the other vs. throwing at one basket, collecting and repeating.
-Course is on BLM land, I'll add more on this in the other thoughts category but it is a sweet thing for disc golf to start a relationship with the agency that manages so much public land.

Cons:

-Repetitive. There are 2-ish holes where a RHBH anhyzer or LHFH shot is the only way to access the green. Every other hole is some form of hyzer. Long hyzer, uphill hyzer, downhill hyzer, straight with a hyzer finish etc.
-Poison oak. I started to notice a few plants on hole 5 and it just got worse from there. I had a great drive on 7, landed on the fairway 40-50 feet from the pin in poison oak. It did lighten up after about hole 10 or 11 but something really needs to be done. A sign or billboard that educates the public on identifying poison oak and what to do if you come into contact with it would be a great idea here. More work should be done to clean it out of the fairways and greens.
-Maintenance. This course is going to take a lot of mowing and there's clearly no way to keep up with it. Playing this course will mean budgeting extra time to locate discs.
-Navigation. Hole 1 is difficult to find as is navigating between several holes even with the map on DGCR. In addition to quality tee signs, signs showing where the next tee pad is at the end of the hole would go a long way to make this course more enjoyable.

Other Thoughts:

Disc Golf forming a relationship with the Bureau of Land Management is huge. Part of the agency's mandate is to manage these public lands for multiple uses. Large, organized recreation groups such as dirt/mountain bike groups are heard by the BLM and accomodated. The bikers have tons of trails on BLM land in the coastal range. It is great to see disc golf going in this direction and hope that support for this grows to the point that more courses appear on public lands.
As a final note, if you are going to play this course please follow the advice on the tee signs and pack out what you pack in. Today there were empty glass beer bottles at many teepads, trash and other things present on the course that shouldn't have been left. Help disc golf put its best foot forward!
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The Valkyrie Kid
Diamond level trusted reviewer
Experience: 46.2 years 1562 played 1507 reviews
3.00 star(s)

Two And A Half Season Course! 2+ years

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:Jun 2, 2016 Played the course:once

Pros:

What a great piece of land to build a course on. There are basically two separate areas, a large sloping, meadow area with scattered mature trees and a lower, could be wetter area comprised of large Oak and Ash trees.

You park in the parking lot at the dead end of Stewart Road. Walk in past the sign listing all those environmental groups who are not going to be happy with discs golfing trampling through their lovely, pristine piece of land.

The course has these nice, large concrete tee pads which are rounded off at the front end. This helps in navigation right away. The tee signs are currently just small laminated pieces of paper attached to small sticks. I would hope to see them replaced with more permanent and vandal proof signs. The baskets are new Discatchers with the red number on top.

Stewart Ponds starts out with three consecutive holes climbing upwards. They are 240', 250' and 300' but provide a challenge with their hills. # 4 finally gives you a chance to throw some air, it's 410 down the hill. Now holes # 5-15 all play through the lower forested area. They're almost all between 250' to 350' and all come with tight lines or mature trees or some kind of obstacle. Then 16-18 lead back to the sloping meadow area. # 18 concludes your round with a 490' downhill blast.

Stewart Ponds is long enough and technical enough to provide challenge for most players. It's not Blue Lake or McIver but probably plays similar to Dexter or Alton Baker in difficulty.

Cons:

Long and could be confusing walk into # 1.

You're playing on a field of grass (18" high). This would result in an awfully wet walk after rain. But it doesn't rain in Eugene, does it?

BLM lands make me nervous. There are so many environmental groups involved here. I'm afraid if two discarded cans are found on the ground, there could be pressure to close this lovely course. The course designer has pretty much assured me that this area of Stewart Pond is designated for recreation use thus will be mowed regularly and all the environmentalist will accept the course. Good news!

The site has some lowlands area, combined with tall grass could make this course not playable in winter and large parts of spring.

Current signs are just laminated papers attached to small sticks. Vandals will trash them.

Other Thoughts:

If I was convinced that this course was to be mowed on a consistent basis, I'd feel a lot more comfortable. With all these environmental groups having a say, I think they might wish to keep the grass high. If the grass is kept 12-18' tall, it's means players are going to forever be searching for discs and wet feet will be the norm half the year.

I'll be looking forward to coming here again in the future and see what's going on as regards to tee signs, cutting the grass and in general, tolerating that small minority group of our disc golfers community, who tend to be lazy and sometimes discard their bottles and cans in the brush.
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Designer response by jeverett
Hi Valkyrie Kid,

Thank you for the Stewart Pond review! I don't know if I can assuage any of the 'cons' you listed, but I can at least provide a little background as to our relationship with the BLM. ;)

The footprint of the course is a tiny portion of the BLM's overall West Eugene Wetlands holdings, and one of the few areas designated as primarily for recreation (rather than habitat restoration). Thankfully, there aren't a lot of environmental groups and interests involved here. The site itself has a history of large-scale illegal camping, and it was the BLM (as opposed to our local club) that actually originally proposed disc golf on the property. We're also trying to be proactive about mitigating the impact of disc golf on the property, of course. :)

We've been working hard on getting a more frequent mowing schedule, with a mower rather than a tractor, and are hopeful that mowing is going to be more frequent. Long grass is indeed a drag. :( Amenities like real tee signs are also now funded, and will be installed this Summer. :)

In terms of the layout (my primary responsibility), yes, I would agree that the most-comparable course in terms of difficulty would be Dexter. Dexter is very slightly more technical, but Stewart Pond is slightly (200-300ft) longer.

If you would be willing to make one tiny change to your review.. In attempting to be mindful of the neighbors to the south of the property, we're trying to encourage players to come in on Bertelsen Rd. rather than Bailey Hill Rd., and then take Stewart Rd. to the parking lot right before the dead-end. i.e. Not parking on the Bailey Hill Rd. end of Stewart Rd.

Thanks again! If you're ever back in the area, I'd be happy to play a round with you out there!
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