2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Great course, very well marked and maintained.
-played with first time players, course was accessable and playable for them. Very low chance of losing disks
-first Time playing this course, was easy to navigate without any help
- tee boxes are all concrete
Cons: About they only problem we had was there is a practice area in the front if the park, someone has marked the tee boxes with numbers and we started playing that thinking it was the course.
Other Thoughts: Actual course has maps at each tee pad, blue and red tee boxes. Look for the signs pointing to the first tee box near the playground
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Best disc golf day trip to date!
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -This course is in an incredibly beautiful park
-Each hole is unique
-Elevation changes are used perfectly
-Tee pads and signs are in perfect condition.
-Baskets are hard to see on many holes, but the signs help with finding them.
-Mostly densly wooded, but a few holes offer a bit of a break (hole 8 comes to mind)
-This course has a good vibe to it, it feels professional, but also with the home-y-ness of a local course
-There are only a few holes with mandos, they don't really come into play unless you are planning a "creative" line
-Forehand/Backhand is equally represented
-No intersecting fairways
-No Garbage, minimal graffiti/ non-native artwork
Cons: -Navigation is a major issue beyond hole 5. There is no course map, and yellow arrow signs in the ground point to a different spot than those on the Baskets.
-Not a fan of Mach V Baskets, I had a few gnarly spit outs from 30 feet
- Paths are sub optimal, especially on hills
-Some fairways are almost too cluttered with trees (hole 13)
-Some holes have little (if any) distinction between fairway and rough
-Most holes have stumps to put your bag on, but are too high to comfortably sit on (some holes have manageable benches but over 2/3 don't)
Other Thoughts: This is definately one of the best courses I have ever played, it is similar but different to other top tier Washington courses.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Great course in middle of town
Pros: Awesome course for a round with friends or family, the holes are well laid out, garbage can at most holes, tee pads are concrete
Cons: Dont really have any cons for this course except some times cans are overflowing but that shouldn't go against the course
Other Thoughts: Its a good place to show begginers how to putt at the practice hole out front by the jet, has playground for smaller kids and covered area
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Technical Forest Course
Pros: The course is built in a beautiful mature forest, with huge evergreens throughout. It is a tight, technical course that hugely favors accuracy over distance. In fact, you can leave your distance drivers at home and drive with putters and mids, and perhaps a fairway driver or two.
Great variety of fairway shapes from dead straight, to right and left curves, to right and left doglegs. Being comfortable with both backhand and forehand drives is a plus here.
You will get discs kicking off of trees, but for the most part the ground is clear. Some areas have enough thick ferns to hide a disc but there really isn't much brush to deal with.
Two concrete tee pads and two pin positions give a lot of flexibility. The local club moves the pins on a regular schedule. The red vs. blue teepads are interesting in that the blue pad seldom adds significant length, and is often within about 50' of the red pad. But the angle to the pin and the obstacles can make the hole play significantly different from red to blue.
The tee signs are as rugged as any I've seen, with the sign set into a concrete pedestal that is about 18" thick and maybe 30" tall. It is a great design that places the sign in an easy to read position yet out of the way of play. Vandals would have to work very, very hard to mess these up.
Mach V baskets are in great shape and catch well, though they can be tricky to see in the shadowy woods.
Cons: Most of the holes present the same challenge, which is hitting gaps in the trees. I enjoy this type of course, but there is a certain "sameness" to it after a while. No real opportunities to air out a long drive.
I felt like a lot of the elevation on the course occurred during walks between holes rather then within the holes themselves. There are a couple of downhill drives and one steeply uphill drive, but for most holes elevation didn't come significantly into play.
While only an issue for travelers and first-timers, navigation was a little tricky in spots. Some baskets had "next tee" indicators but many did not. And while there were plenty of next tee signs around they weren't as useful as they could have been. From some spots you could see two conflicting signs. I will say that the long walkout from 12 to 13 was very well signed, with several signs giving a distance "countdown" to the tees.
Other Thoughts: A beautiful NW forest course. Just the walk in the woods is worth the time. But with an excellent disc golf course in the middle is it is a great destination.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Great Well Used, Well Maintained, Tight Wooded Course
Pros: - Excellent signage at tees, with a lot of baskets having an arrow directing you which way to go to the next tee (except no overall course map at entrance). Very easy to navigate without a map once you find #1. We didn't play with a map and had no issues.
- All baskets in near-new shape.
- All the baskets had a 30 foot putting circle cord, which is always helpful.
- Clean forest floor (not much underbrush) means it's as good as it can get for finding discs. It's a forest, so there are still spots you can lose discs, but you can play without a spotter no problem. Holes 8&9 are only ones with a bit of a swampy/mucky hazard you really don't want to get into.
- Good sized concrete tee pads.
- Two different sets of tees with two different basket placements that offer different challenge levels and substantially change the lines.
- As far as I could tell, it's really a disc golf only area, didn't see any other public/hikers wandering through fairways etc.
Cons: - Overall great use of space, but there aren't always obvious lines for technical shots, or maybe being a MA2 player I'm just not good enough to recognize them, but it feels like they created the challenge by just having a lot of trees in the way in some spots rather than creating challenging lines to the basket.
- Can be difficult to know which basket location is in play at the moment, that's not indicated on the signage.
- No course map at the beginning (apparently was vandalized) and hard to find online. If you just show up there without a map you might have some trouble finding Hole #1.
Other Thoughts: - Not a lot of wide open driving situations and not a lot of ace runs/short Par 3's for rec/intermediate players. I don't consider this a con because if that's what you want there are lots of courses where you can get that, but if you like wide open shots and easy ace runs, this isn't the course for you.
- Not much for elevation changes.
- Apparently can get very, very busy during peak times.Was good when we were there on a Thursday morning, can't really speak to business on weekends/evenings etc.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: There is a big airplane at the course entrance and the park is named after genitalia, so right off the bat you're in the right mindset.
I'm a fan of courses with multiple tee pads because of the replayability factor. Nearly every hole has two, and they are good concrete pads. All holes have two pin positions but just one basket in use at any given time.
The course is well worn in, so you don't get drives knocked around by straggler branches.
I played from the shorter tees and thought the design was good. There were few holes that didn't have reasonable lines to throw. My favorite was a hole around #15 (I can't identify it from the pictures) a forehand shot with a dogleg downhill fairway. I wanted another crack at this hole.
Cons: Elevation is pretty limited.
While the holes are good, there is no truly memorable hole. By the end it feels like you've already thrown whatever fairway you're on.
Navigation was okay, but in a few places I wasn't sure where to go next. You won't get lost here since the park isn't that big, though.
Other Thoughts: I had a good time in the Northwest visiting the national parks, and this was a stop on the way to Olympic National Park. On the way here, I even got to drive across the famed Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Its collapse is one of the best videos you watched in high school science class. There are a lot of courses right off of Highway 16, so you'll have no shortage of outdoor entertainment here.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 8 Not
Not technical, just trees
• Concrete pads.
• Good signage, which is nice since many pins are difficult or impossible to see from the tee.
• Very pretty course.
• Practice baskets.
• Red/Blue pads and A/B pin layouts.
• Blue pads on some holes are incredibly poorly positioned for B pins.
• Fairways are short. Feels like you're putting around in the woods more than playing a round of DG.
• There are some well designed fairways, but there are also some that are pretty bad.
Other Thoughts: This has got to be the most overrated course in the area.
There's a difference between "technical" and poor design. Technical courses require you to use your skills and shot variety to overcome technical obstacles, elevation change and other challenges.
This course doesnt present you with a variety of challenging shots - its forehand heavy, and the lines are just not good for disc golf. They're fine if you want to throw 100 feet at a time and take your pars and go home, or wing a disc into some trees and see what happens.
The PNW has tons of technical wooded courses in Washington and Oregon that are fun to play and have well designed fairways that require paramount skill. This is not one of those courses.
Pier is a great example of a course that is technical, but has real disc golf lines, and actually deserves a 4+ rating.
No one in my group felt like they'd played a round of disc golf by the end of 18 and decided to go to another course afterwords to get some satisfaction.
3 of 11 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Great woods course
Pros: Beautiful course in the woods. Great course for all levels.
Mostly mid ranged holes that need to be accurate. But if you do miss your line, it is forgiving for a woods course.
Blues pads makes this course a lot more difficult. It's a fun challenge for more experienced players.
Tee pads are easy to find due to bright yellow signs pointing you in the right direction.
There are plenty of lines for each hole. It can test your forehand and backhand. Also a few holes are great for overhand.
Nice elevation changes that can be a challenge on power control.
Cons: The only thing would be that there is no test of max distance for any holes.
Other Thoughts: Great course. Definitely one of my favorites. Great views by looking up just walking through the holes.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
An excellent place to play
Pros: I've now been to most of the higher rated courses in the area. NAD tops the list in many categories: It is very well marked and laid out logically. There is very little underbrush and the fairways are wide - lost discs are never impossible, but unlikely. However, there's plenty of obstacle trees. The two tees per hole are well thought out with the blue tees providing a different angle, a few more feet, a more narrow lane - good enough to provide a handicap or even to play a second round with new challenges. I think it is a great place to bring beginners or part-timers. The lack of undergrowth and the relative short length might help equalize different levels of competition.
Cons: If there have to be cons: Length: There's very little here to test your longest drivers. Busy: I've been there two different Sunday mornings 8 weeks apart and both times the course has been packed. Having said that, my daughter and I never had to wait for a hole this weekend.
Other Thoughts: I've taken my adult daughter and only part-time player to Stielacoom, Lakewood, Sea-tac, Sumner, White River, and Lake Fenwick. This is the first one she has suggested we try and get back to. I did not read the other reviews here before writing mine. I didn't mean to reiterate what has already been said. Suffice it to say that it's still as good as they say it is.
6/10/16...With a few more courses played and another year's experience I still believe this course to be one of the clearest marked in Western Washington and excellent for introducing part-timers to a different couse in the area.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Fantastic Northwest course
Pros: This is a GREAT course. It's set in a beautiful old growth, northwest forest. Monster cedar trees and Douglas firs dominate these woods. Minimal undergrowth (a good thing). Nice elevation, but not overly so. ...... Very nicely marked - both A/B basket positions with distances, and signs pointing to the next tee. ...... It's a VERY CLEAN course! Trash cans everywhere. ........ Bag holders are on almost every tee. Benches/picnic tables/huge stumps grace most tees also. ...... Brand new baskets. .... Nice use of the terrain. ..... Concrete red / blue tee pads. ..... I could go on and on with "pros" for this course! ....... The new 'junior' course set up in the park is a FANTASTIC IDEA!!! Looks like a great use for some of older used baskets that were replaced. Not only is this a great place to bring kids / newbies and introduce them to the game, but it's also a great place to warm up and work on your approach shots. (*** Your 2nd shot on this course is EVERYTHING. Drives are very tight 'n technical through some serious trees. But you can salvage every hole if you can throw a respectable approach shot.)
Cons: There are very few cons about this course. ..... A couple holes have some very long walks to the next tee. The hill climb leading to #9 will leave you wanting to take a break. And the walk leading to #13 is a bit long, but it's downhill and scenic....... A little confusion after #5. Stay up 'n to the left to get to #6. (a dirt lane wants to lead you down and to the right.) ...... This is not an "air it all out" kind of a course. But that isn't really a con. It just means that this is a shorter, technical course through massive trees.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course! Beautiful, clean, well marked, easy navigation, challenging, all that you want in a course. ...... And if you get a chance, check out the town of Gig Harbor just down the road. If you're like me (and are new to the area) you'll love this entire part of the country. .... ************************************************************** TREAT YOURSELF !!! Juanito's Taqueria, just around the corner at 6721 Kitsap Way, has some serious, authentic, high quality mexican food!!! A tiny little place, nondescript, but quite the hidden gem! .... And right next store - The Goody Cottage has the most delicious, freshly baked, melt in your mouth cupcakes! The best you'll ever have!!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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