Best in the Southwest! (of Idaho)
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: During the Summer: Tall grasses make for challenging holes. Sometimes you're throwing into a four foot wall of grass and have to have a best guess as to where your disc should be going! Makes it very complicated and fun! The fairways, however, are mowed so typically easy to find your disc.
During the Winter: There are enough downed trees and good use of the terrain that the course is still really fun in the winter.
Tees are being worked on - mostly rubber pads but a few paved ones. All baskets are nice, though.
Cons: There are multiple walking/horse paths throughout the course, so just be aware of other people while playing.
The course is still relatively new, so the back 9 can be a bit confusing. Lack of signage and clear paths make your first time around a bit tricky - but if you stick with it it's worth it!
Other Thoughts: Being a state park, drinking is legal - but be courteous. There are trash cans around the course, but not at every hole. Just don't be a jerk - pack it in, pack it out!
Dogs: According to the rules, it is required that dogs are on leash. However, the ranger of the park is pretty laid back as long as your animal is under control. Be courteous to walkers, other players - have common sense and you'll be good to go!
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Reviewing just the back 10
Pros: I hope these are permanent!
It felt like playing on a mountain course.
Cons: Bring your hiking shoes.
No signs yet.
Other Thoughts: Follow the pink flags on the trees. Drive from the red flags on the ground. Let the stamped-down brush guide you if you get lost. Go with someone who knows where they are going.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Ring Around the Lake
Pros: I played the Summer 9 as they didn't have the winter course in yet.
These nine holes play clockwise around the small lake. As a RHBH player it is helpful that my shots fade away from the lake. The water would be a more significant hazard for LHBH or RHFH players.
While the trees in this area are not tall, they are brushy and thick, so missing your drives will require some "get out of jail" shots. Most of the holes have a narrow fairway that you'll need to hit, and a couple also have a low ceiling to work under.
Good range of hole lengths from 242 to 465 feet.
Huge parking area, nice restrooms and water fountains. Decent rubber fly pads that are starting to show some wear, and basic fiberglass tee signs.
Cons: This is a multi-use park, and a jogger came around a bend on the Hole 1 fairway just as I was getting ready to drive, so look out!
The tee signs are very basic and show two or three basket locations, but there is no way to know which pin is in use. On about half of the holes it is necessary to walk up a ways.
The area is brushy and overgrown, so you'll need to keep a close eye on your drive. Hole 6 had additional pathways mowed left and right of the main fairway that made it easier to chase discs.
Other Thoughts: It looks like the additional "Winter 9" would add a lot of interest to this course, as they play across a park-like area with large mature trees and rolling hills.
I am pleased to see another Idaho State Park with a decent disc golf course.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Summer 9 = 9 Holes To Lose Your Disc On!
Pros: I first attempted to play the summer 9 by myself. After paying my $5 to enter the park, I found it almost deserted. The lake with it's inviting little beach was shut down due to some problems with the water. There were only a few cars in the lot and they were going hiking.
The information sheet states that the first tee is near the kiosk. After looking at five different kiosks, I finally located discovered the start of the disc golf course.
# 1 is a 300' blind anhyzer following the road. On the left is ugly, brown wild brush and high grass and on the right is deep, tall brush and trees and the lake. I decided right then and there not to play this hole by myself. As I was walking up to find the basket I ran into a local playing . So he guided me through the summer 9.
The course has rubber pads for tees. The signs are the old school fiberglass models. Every hole features a element of danger (losing discs). The holes were mostly tight and technical. Missing your line meant hunting for disc in extremely grabby and prickly Russian Olive trees. Navigation would have been quite challenging playing alone. I asked my local guide why anyone would play here instead of Anne Morrison and he said he was playing here because he could bring his dog was welcome here. He did have a nice dog, real polite and friendly like.
Cons: Playing in late July, everything was brown, overgrown and mostly prickly.
Navigation would be a challenge.
Each hole presents opportunity for lost discs.
$ 5 to play 9 holes.
Russian Olive trees are disc grabbing machines.
Other Thoughts: For a recreational player such as myself, this is an easy course to get in trouble on with it's fairly tight fairways and nasty rough. On most holes an accurate tee shot can reward you with a birdie but anything off the fairway often results in a double bogie.
If I lived in Boise, I doubt you'd ever find me playing here in the summer 9 setup. I don't have a dog!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: • Front (summer) 9 has a safari feel. If you prefer groomed lawns, you won't like this ("Con" for some players).
• Challenging holes, hard to score low here.
• Water near many holes will force accuracy.
• Back (winter) 9 has some interesting holes including a cool downhill signature hole with the basket at the water's edge.
• Good workout, front 9 is pretty long for a 9-hole.
Cons: • I've only played in winter, but I've heard that the brush is thick in the summer.
• Water hazards will punish bad shots.
• $5 entry fee (most locals buy the season state park pass for $10)
• Winter holes are hard to navigate the first time.
• Ice on the pond can create a tough disc retrieval in cold weather.
Other Thoughts: LHBH's would love the front 9. I wonder if a leftie designed this course. I would play this in the winter to avoid the brush and get a full 18 holes. I like to combine it with Settler's Park in Meridian to make a nice day trip. I have yet to score under par on the front 9, but I like this challenge. I'm going to keep trying until I break par here. The back 9 has more birdie chances.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Winter better than Summer
Pros: Winter is much better than Summer for this course. Winter is good because it takes 9 of the baskets from Bogus Basin and sets them up in the front of the park, around the water slide area. Some technical shots through trees, a shot up hill, and way down the hill from the water slide to the lake side. The grass for the winter course is very well kept, and it is nice to play on. Lake edge is shallow to retrieve discs in. Back 9 in the winter is nice because the brush is mostly dead and you can find your discs easier. An overall fun course to play in the Winter.
Cons: Course plays the back 9 in the Summer, getting some pretty nasty overgrowth around the back of the lake. Some of the holes have rough that swallows discs, making them very hard to find. The park requires an entry fee, which could be inconvenient, though my family usually has a season pass because of horse back riding. They need to buy 9 more baskets and have an 18 hole year round course.
Other Thoughts: Have 18 holes year round, keep the brush down in the summer, it would make the summer course so much more fun. Take care with the lake, you will lose discs, and someone will find them eventually. I gave the course a 3 because I like the Winter course, I would give the summer a 2 or a 2.5.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Very pleasant and surprisingly challenging
Pros: Challenging: Its not ultra-challenging but several holes do require skillful shots to avoid 'thick-enough' brushy areas. Distance and powerful shots are needed right from the get go with hole one requiring a strong RHBH turnover which cannot fade out. There are also several other holes where a big bomb over smaller trees or down longer fairways will payoff in lower scores and bonus birdies.
Beauty: This course has a certain beauty that reminds me a lot of the midwest - lots of marshy areas, deeper grassy areas, and low trees some of which look like old orchard areas. Eagle Island Park isn't overly scenic, but just enough to enjoy on your walk through the course.
Replay-factor: This is only my impression from playing the course through but the land seems pretty optimal to nice safari layouts with scattered trees, hills, and the lake. Additional pin placements also help ensure to hold the repeat player's interest at least for a few trips out.
Cons: Middling hole distances: There are a few holes at Eagle Island that I feel might be starting to be eclipsed by newer disc technology. On the worst examples, what may have once been a really nice par four hole is now a 'tweener' hole which will nearly always yield an easy three with only massive errors resulting in fours (and a huge arm needed for the rare two).
There is a fairly long walkout which may only apply to the summer course. This isn't really a big problem for me and it is probably worth the chance to play the winter 18 but some folks may not appreciate the extended trip back to the car.
Other Thoughts: It is a bit tough to rate this course after only seeing the winter layout, but overall, I was pleasantly surprised with the challenge and rather nice hole design. This course is definitely worth a play if you are headed through the area and ranks much better than most of the other area courses for players of all skill levels.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I played the Summer course (nine holes) while I was here so my rating might be kind of low and my review will only be for the first nine holes. The course plays around the lake and Eagle Island. Many holes have incorporated the lake to come into play to add to the challenge but with that being said I can only see losing a disc if you make a really bad throw, otherwise you should be alright. The course that I played (Summer nine) was more rugged and bushy than the other side of the park that had nice manicured green grass and hills with picnic tables around. Even though the course was a little brushy we didn't have any issues searching for lost discs. Some of the holes like number six which comes to mind right away could have the basket moved back a little ways to create a par four or a more challenging par 3 hole to advanced players but most of the fairways and baskets were chosen wisely. Duel pins and nice baskets are in place that should keep the course fun to you and somewhat challenging, this course is better suited for advanced players. Unlike the previous reviewers I found that navigation was fairly simple just looking for the tee pads and signs I usually found them within a couple of seconds.
Cons: The multiple basket locations are nice but the tee signs do not do a good enough job of showing you where they are as there are a couple of blind pins so you are going to have to walk the hole to see where to go. I really wish that I could have played the back nine holes because judging by the pictures these look like the best of the bunch and more than likely would have made my rating of this course higher. It's a shame that the course gets too busy in the Summer that they have to take our half of the course. $5 to play might not be worth it to some people for only nine holes.
Other Thoughts: While we were there the part of the course where the back nine plays through was being used by Civil War people who had a huge crowd of people watching them as they fired off blank canon rounds toward the water which was pointed our way. You could feel the blast even from several hundred feet away and it was a little scary. Overall this is a decent stop on your way to Boise but if the Summer course is only playable you may want to skip it and head out to Ann Morrison.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Was able to play the full 18 prior to the TVC. Great layout with couple very unique holes Front 9 (seasonal) are pretty short and wide open. Back 9 is much more difficult with some tough distance mixed in.
Cons: Absolutely horrible to Navigate on the front 9. Flags were out, but it's pretty tight and had trouble knowing which flags were for which holes. Back 9 was much easier to navigate.
Other Thoughts: Many of the tee pads are torn pretty severly. Would like to see them replaced. Overall a fun course.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
I quite enjoyed the place
Pros: - some really nice shots where you can open up.
- hole 16 is a great "off the top of a hill" shot
- the course was fairly well maintained.
- the water hazards were well used and created a challenge, but not an "oh sh*t" moment.
Cons: - there were a lot of shots that felt like luck due to throwing through heavy trees.
- the course design was good, but I could see if it was a busy day where there could be crossed paths.
- a few holes were just...strangely designed.
- $5 per car.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed myself here. The park was empty, joined by some good friends, hey. can't complain.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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