0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: 18 holes of differing terrain, hazards, elevation, and vegetation. Multiple tee pads and baskets for each hole. So much variety!
Plenty of benches and trash cans throughout, very clean. Several locals helped look for a lost disc, great folk. Not windy for being next to the Columbia River.
Cons: A bit compact and overlapping for safety--bring your patience. Thick Russian olive trees and swampy water ate my bad throws. Concrete tee pads are either very narrow and short or older cracked slabs.
Other Thoughts: Skip around if it becomes too crowded. Hole 14 forces you to walk back up the fairway and could be skipped.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Good (if short) course
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: + Most holes have multiple tees and/or baskets
+ All but one hole had well made tee signs showing lengths from various tees to various baskets, including directions to the next tee (would be easy to get lost without those)
+ Many holes are clear, would be hard to lose discs
+ Decent shot variety with some lefty hyzers, an island green, some righty turnovers, short hyzers and elevation changes
Cons: - Despite good variety for a Par 3 course, it lacks the Par 4s and 5s of a championship level course
- Some layouts were effectively repeated; a <300ft flat/hyzer down a wide fairway will net you birdies on 4+ holes
- Unusually thin teepads, a couple of which are large, uneven concrete slabs.
- A couple holes have you throw parallel to the fence/freeway, take care not to grip lock or flip your disc
Other Thoughts: Now having played both, I'm a more partial to Two Rivers in Finley because it has a bit more hole variety (especially in length). Still, Columbia Park almost makes up for it by having multiple teepads and baskets--if you're going to play 18-21 holes, play Two Rivers. If you're going to play 36 holes, play Columbia Park.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
the heart of the cities
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -good baskets and concrete teepads
-multiple tees and pins on a lot of holes
-flow: 2 loops of 9 (other loops too)
-open fairways with some trees allowing for both left and right lines
-mixture of short and long holes
-not many places to lose a disc
-views of the columbia (also a good place to cool off in the summer)
-benches/picnic tables and garbage cans
-maintenance: grass gets mowed & cans get emptied
-plenty of parking
Cons: -no restrooms
-no map(the one on here is not so good)
-hole 14: you play it then walk back up the fairway to the next tee
-a few tees in other holes fairways
-crowded (esp. in the summer)
-the interstate runs along the south side
Other Thoughts: there is a reason columbia park is the most popular course in the tricities; not only is it in the heart of the area, but it has many combinations to keep it fresh. you could play 2 rounds w/o having to play the same basket/tee combination.
a problem with it being so popular is there is bound to be hooligans destroying the nice things, so the tee signs are frequently not there (could be the wind, that's what destroyed the original park sign).
my favorite hole is #4. it has a ring of logs that is played as an island and has long and short basket. the short basket is in the middle of the artificial island and elevated; it is a real challenge to putt at if you haven't put your approach/drive directly beneath it (not to mention the trees to get through off the tee).
there aren't many tight/technical shots, but overall it's a fun course.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: --Concrete tee pads
--New signs on tee pads (last one put up as we arrived)
Cons: --Tee boxes too close to previous hole's basket...often had to wait for tee box ahead to clear before throwing.
--Oldest course in town and not really difficult -- I have been playing only a year, and my standard goal is to throw better than a "bogey" round (no more than +18 for a round).....I threw a +7 and had no hole worse than a 4!
Other Thoughts: Very fun round! 2 1/2 hours from my home, but I will definitely go back! Well maintained course (they were having a tournament the day after I played -- was being polished up while I was there...).
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Decent challenge,good mix of hazards,open fields,long and short pads,beautiful scenery,especially at sun set
Cons: The course is weathered and a few signs are missing,u might need a local to navigate some of the course
Other Thoughts: This is my home town course and i play it a few times a week,im a member of 2 great clubs that have lots of club events here and the locals have made me feel like family since i moved here on jan 1 2012
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Good Local Course
Pros: Good for beginners, without being wide open and too short.
Locals for the most part seem inviting and friendly.
With the exception of hole(s) 14-15, the flow is pretty good.
Cons: Vandals destroyed all but a few signs.
Tee pads are nice, but potential hazards if you get to the edge/ fall off.
Other Thoughts: I am pretty certain the only maintenance that happens here is by dedicated locals. This place seems to be "forgotten" by the city/county. From what I understand, there is no possibility for any kind of improvement here due to "local natives' claiming some form of pre-ownership. Shame really, this course has great potential with some work.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Well designed course with multiple tee pads and pin placements. Some elevation changes. Clear fairways with a few trees thrown in for good measure. Next to the river with restrooms and such. Easy to find right off the highway. Good course to play when passing through the Tri-Cities.
Cons: Vandals have made it difficult when first starting out on the course as they have destroyed signage. Terrain can be rough in a coupe areas and the region can be HOT in summer months and don't forget about the wind. It can be brutal here as well.
Other Thoughts: The city needs to do something about the maintenance on this course...
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun Course Rude Locals
Pros: Fun course with lots of alternate basket locations and variety of terrain and distances. Great use of the natural hazards to make the fairway a challenge to navigate.
Cons: No maps or signs or directions on the walkouts. If you try this course without pre-printing a map or playing a bunch of times you will get out of sequence.
Other Thoughts: This is the first course I've played in years where I ran into belligerent locals. To be fair, I did not have a map and got out of sequence and ended up a throwing behind them while they were trying to play for skins. But was basically told to quit pressing them and go skip to the back nine and get out of their way.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This was an awesome course. I was just passing through Kennewick and stopped to play. After searching around for five minutes to find tee 2, the course picked up. The hole placements were extremely nice. When we got the feel of the course the awesomeness of the layout came alive. Hole 6 was very nice, and if played well is a great birdie hole. From 7-10 the holes are tight and are challenging but still doable. 14 was extreme. The elevation of the tee box is huge and drops to the hole. 15-18 are fairly simple, but the layout and design is very scenic. I play ball golf on occasion and this course was just as beautiful. Well done Columbia Park.
Cons: The signage was ruined on quite a few holes making navigation hard. The map was adequate but could be simpler and easier to read. There were alternate basket placements with the baskets still in them, so knowing which hole we were throwing to was tough. But really not much to complain about.
Other Thoughts: Very nice course. Will play it again at first chance I get. If you have a lot of time, play all alternates as well making the course 25+ holes. Great course!!!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Enjoying this course
Pros: First off I'm new to the sport...
I like a lot of things about this course. There is wide open long baskets to work on your long game and there is baskets that have lots of trees to deal with. The two creeks make you work too on the few baskets that go by them. The wind that is in this area can be a killer to your game when it whips up. If you come in the summer the sun will put a beating on you so play in the early morning or late evening. Bring water!!! I'm getting better every game because of how this course pushes me.
Cons: I'd agree that the city needs to put a little money into the course. Clean up a few things and paint arrows on the tees pointing out the hole that your going to throw at would be a huge help. Also a web page that you can down load a map would help out in a big way.
Other Thoughts: Over all I'd highly recommend visitors playing this course. Fun and safe place to play yet you still have a feeling of being out in the sticks at times. Too bad that the photos only show a fall time of year. It is so much nicer looking then in the photos!
On #14 we use a "spotter" system. Due to how this basket is you have to throw through & above a tree line and 30ft above the fairway. Then dogleg to the right. Very easy to loose a disk in the heavy trees. So we put a man down range who spots where the other players discs go. Then the spotter gets to chuck his. One last thought.... There is no way that #5 can be a par 3. Wow what a ugly run to hit in 3 with a bunch of very large trees that all hang very low playing gate keeper to the final approach to the bucket. My best on #5 so far is 4 (it goes down hill fast from there and I don't want to talk about it)
One last comment from me. From what I understand (and I might be wrong here) the land is Crop of Engineers land. Given the huge court battle that was fought over "Kennewick Man" (who was discovered just a very short distance from the park) everyone is on pins and needles. Doing any improvements to the course is a very hard sell as the entire park is possible Native American burial ground. It is to the point that when the local club sets up a temp 18 hole course next door in the abandoned RV park they can't hammer in wooden stakes to mark tee's as they are not allowed to penetrate the ground. (At least that is what I was told)
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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