shooting discs around history
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: +mach x baskets
+tee signs & benches
+shot variety: length, left/right, up/down, open/wooded, par4s & a 5
+views of the river/ocean & ft. steven's history
Cons: -weather (it is the oregon coast)
-uneven rubber tees
-other people (state park)
-rough (stay on the fairway, right ;)
-1st time navigation (fine w/map)
-5$ (not really a con, worth it)
Other Thoughts: there are lots of cool historic structures to look at such as the tank-like turrets around 14s tee (see 14 basket to tee pic).
more open than most (western) nw courses.
prevalent onshore wind (bring those headwind drivers).
multiple pads/baskets, which is both a pro & con, cuz with more variety comes more confusion of where your playing (pay attention to the tee sign).
dry grass when i played (late summer).
when i see a 1000ft hole i get excited. hole 16 starts with an elevated tee above some shorter trees & curves left the whole way to the pin. i wanna play again cuz the wind put my drive right into the trees below the tee (btw tailwind forces a disc down). so a scramble roller out of the trees puts me on the other side of the fairway, where i find the thick rough (blackberries & fence). from there, i try a high sidearm that hits trees right in front of me, but at least now i'm in the middle of the fairway & can see a basket. a good drive puts me in putting distance, and i put it in for a 5. i start questioning the 1000ft as i'm walking to the next tee (longish walk) and as i round the corner there lies another basket. turns out i would have likely took a 7+ on the correct basket (2 baskets not shown on the laminated paper sign; back 9 still in development). i know i could get there in 5 if i just hit the 50ft wide fairway every time.
my 4.5 rating might be a little high for 3 reasons: i played on a nice sunny day (the oregon coast doesn't get a lot of them); rated with the assumption that the back 9 will get developed to mirror the front (multiple tees/baskets, rubber tees); the first reviews were for the first 9, before the full 18.
this course has short tees to appeal to the novice & long tees that will challenge the most experienced players. that said, it isn't the most challenging (w/o wind), but has a lot of fun shots. if the back 9 is developed to be like the front, it will beg to be played a second time (i already wanna play again to try some of the alts i didn't get to the 1 time i played, & also to execute the shots i failed).
if you have time, explore the rest of the park & learn all about ft steven's history. there are also lots of paved bike trails in the area & the ocean is just 4 miles west.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
This course shines on the back 9
Pros: Where are you going to throw discs in the middle of a WWII base that was in a battle with a Japanese submarine?
Cons: gravel tees on the back 9, and not very easy to follow
Other Thoughts: Back 9 is still coming together, should be one of the best when its finalized.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Cool place to play
0 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Love the course. You play through old bunkers on the old military base. It's a nice course in a cool setting.
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