A River Runs Near it
7 Helpful / 0 Not
- free course
- clean, well maintained fairways
- ample parking
- bathrooms on location
- multiple pin positions
- multiple tees. longs were concrete and the shorts were rubber matted.
- informative tee signs with distances
- great mix of technical, but fair - ways
- fairway rough helps create scoring separation, but aren't overly punitive on missed shots
- great directional signs attached to the bottom of the baskets
- only one hole presents the hazard of actually losing a disc
- RHBH / LHBH fairways design equally represented
- paved trails through the course creates a hazard to pedestrians
- mostly flat
- nothing indicating pin positions
- no practice baskets
- tight fairways are not necessarily geared toward beginners
It's my understanding this place can get pretty busy and the rough can be quite a pain. I came here on an overcast Thursday at 11:45 am in April and experienced no such annoyances. A majority of the pins were set in the longer configuration and I played from the longer concrete tees as well. There wasn't much wind either.
Most of White River's fairways reward smooth control over raw distance ability. There were a few longer open holes that appeal to bigger arms, a couple shorter holes for ace running, but a majority were somewhere in the 300-350 ft range and required a little finesse. The shorter holes allowed me to try some ace runs, but still enabled a reasonable save for par. I usually found my drives just at circle's edge on longer holes with a chance at bird. This is the kind of course that doesn't appear overly difficult; however, players will have their flaws exploited here if their fundamentals aren't sound.
Visually, the woods of Western Washington are truly unique and awe inspiring. There's also something about the muffled sounds of the woods mixed with the river that just feels relaxing. I'd love for it to be my local home course.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Disclaimer there are two courses here, winter and summer. Summer is a 3.0, but winter is a 3.5, but it's in the winter set up most of the year. It's in the summer set up as I write this, hence the 3.0.
An easily navigable course, good signs and trails.
Two tee-pads (red and blue) for most holes adds nice variation.
Well maintained course by a local disc golf shop owner, I play here often and I see him often out working on the course.
Only one hole that's a to high risk for losing a disc, next to a river. All other holes are quite nice.
Challenging holes without being too frustrating.
Wooded but not too wooded, only 2 or 3 holes that are a throw and pray because of too many trees.
Cons: The summer course has three holes that are different than the winter course and they are not as good, it does change the whole feel of the course.
One hole too close to the river (for me).
Other Thoughts: I like this course a lot, I play it at least 3 times a month, year round. Would recommend.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Always a good time playing White River!
Pros: - Benches on nearly every hole.
- Blue (farther tees) and red (closer tees) on every hole.
- Tom is constantly maintaining the course making sure it meets/exceeds people's standards. The baskets are moved fairly consistently through the year it seems. There are a few holes that stay the same but at least half of them get switched around from time to time.
- Restroom at front of park.
- A good amount of shots that go up, down, right, left. It's a course that makes you think but it's nothing too extreme.
Cons: - Some holes are pretty vulnerable to lose your discs but as long as you know what you are doing (or at least have an idea and are playing with someone else) you should be fine. There are lots of holes with pretty bushy/brushy areas but most courses seem to be fairly heavily wooded and can have the same problem so it's probably not too much of a constantly trying to take care of that problem.
- Be careful throwing on hole 12 (river hole). Don't throw your favorite driver or anything you care about in case it rolls down the hill into the water. It's very easy to try to ace the hole and have your disc float downstream before you can see it.
- Lots of ants on most of the holes but I know Tom has been out there consis
Other Thoughts: A very nice, manicured, well thought out/designed course. Mark and Tom make sure everything around there is well maintained and up to par with their standards and making sure people want to come back there. If you are in the area, definitely recommended you check this course out! I constantly play there multiple times a week and love it every time.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a great course! Set along the White River, it meanders through some nice old growth woods. Red tees are quite challenging. And then you can take it up a notch and play blues to really test your skills. .... The 1st couple of holes are reasonably tight shots through the trees. Then #'s 3-5 are out in a field (the 'winter' course that is). RHBH works well until #5, at which point you'll need a good sidearm. #6 gets really tight. Serious trees test your skills, but there are nice windows available. (stay right on #6 to make it a lot easier for your approach shot). ...#7 (the 'duck' hole) is pretty straight forward. Watch out for the serious deadfall tree hanging over the red tee (left over from a major storm in Nov.'14). .... #8 will also test your tree avoidance skills! ...Water doesn't get involved until #13. Some people are really afraid of 13, but it is an aceable hole. (just watch out for pedestrians on the path - the only real problem spot on the course, along with #18). ... #14 !!?? In the long position it is a serious par 5!! ..... At #16 the river can come back into play, but usually only for the real long throwers with a very errant 1st shot.
Cons: It could use more signage. MOST of the paths make this course pretty self explanatory. But #s 14 &16 could use some markers showing the way to the next tee. .... Some of the baskets can be hard to find if you don't know where to look (#3, #6 in particular, #14, and #16 when it's in the long position). ..... The course could use a few more trash cans scattered around. 'Locals' will try and pick up after others, but what is it with IDIOTS that can't fathom the idea that if you pack it in -- you also pack it out? ..... This is definitely a 'partying' course! If you're easily offended by the smell of marijuana then you might not like this course. But then again, if you're offended by it then you're probably playing the wrong sport!
Other Thoughts: This is a really nice course and you should make it a point to play it. ......... This course DOES GET CROWDED. Play early and not only will you enjoy a terrific course, but you'll also meet some really nice local regulars. ..... FYI - the 1st tee is behind the picnic pavilion.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: One of the best courses around. The more I play it, the more I love it. Every hole has its own personality. It is as if each is a signature hole.
Cons: It can get busy, real busy. In the summer you can wait in line forever. Luckily in the winter the course has a stark beauty to it and the lack of foliage makes it much easier to throw and find your discs. Of course, the lack of foliage also makes it so you are going to get soaked, but this is the northwest, deal with it.
Other Thoughts: I have a few other courses I love around here too, but White River is my home base and the course that made a serious player out of me. It and Mando's will always make me tip my proverbial hat. This is what I love about dolfin'.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -wonderful layout.
-challenging lines from the blue tees through the trees, really putting your abilities to the test.
-great to walk though, the course it cut through a old forest with some of the holes running next to the river.
-good mix of long and short holes even with it being in winter layout, can't wait to play summer!
-benches by most of the tees.
Cons: -this course needs marking up in a super bad way, in fact that is why i didn't give this course a 4.5 or 5.
- there are little wooden pegs by the launch pads but those are hidden or obscured by the underbrush and are maybe 10 in high. these need to be bigger!
-the baskets also need some marking in the way of a flag or some sort of eye catching marker in a massive way! also a little marker or something pointing to the next hole would be nice.
-my buddy and i had to walk a couple of holes to even see the basket visible high contrast basket markers would fix this. (spray paint the baskets orange)
-some tees are rubber mats which were slippery after walking through the grass.
Other Thoughts: my buddy and i caught up to a local who plays the course on a regular, after chatting for a couple of mins he offered to "guide" us around. turns out this guy has played the course 3x a wk for the last 2 years. it was great playing with this guy and getting to play with someone who knows the really good lines and how to avoid the tricky spots. he also knew where all the baskets are!
all in all this is a 4.5 course but since it since its poorly marked i'm only giving it a 3.5.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great course layout and flow. They've improved things here and you can really tell by how well course looks and flows, especially on the back.
Beautiful scenery: trees, river, etc.
Hole 14 triple mando is AWESOME and challenging
Cons: I would've rated this excellent or higher if there was better signage on both red and blue tees. I know my way around here, but better/more signs would help newbies or non-locals.
A couple Natives were shooting at squirrels or something with .22 rifles behind fence by holes 8, 9, and 10. Kind of unnerving while trying to drive to be worried about getting shot in the back
Other Thoughts: awesome course, Great improvements, I'm sure they'll update sign situation soon, too
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Great White Park
Pros: This slightly-out-of-the-way course defines and adorns the old-growth riverbottom style. I played the winter layout.
A towering mix of second-growth firs and giant maples/alders provide great shade in summer, and heavy leaf cover on about half the holes in the fall. There's some flattish, open fields on a number of holes, but most of the ground is humpy or sunken, and river rock becomes a good bit of the ground cover on #s 11-16. #s 1-2 and 6-7 have disc-hiding undergrowth lining the fairways.
#1 has all of the above features, and has got to be the toughest 1st hole I've ever seen. #2 is similar but gives you a bit more lane.
#s 3-5 let you air it out on the flattest, grassiest part of the course, but a couple of very full firs require some honest effort.
#s 6-7 give you uneven ground, big trees, big undergrowth and a big RHBH anny.
#s 8-12 have various-shaped lanes through smaller firs and mixed hardwoods, in a flattish, rocky, old highwater river channel.
#13 is a mid-range RH flick along the walking trail cut, to a pin tucked in the 30' pines on a bank that slopes into the river, where the water is deep and swift, and a slip means a dunking.
#s 14-16 again use old rocky river paths for abrupt elevation changes among nice lanes.
#s 17-18 use the fields below the parking lot for some wide-open hucking.
2 tees per hole, with the shorter mostly being rubber instead of cement. Benches on most long tees, trashcans in the lot and the gazebo near #5.
Cons: Its possible to throw the entire course RHBH, with a couple of big annys on #s 6-7, the exception being #s 13 & 15. I threw a lot of lefty flicks, but managed a par for the round.
Signage was the bare minimum to navigate the course--mostly just little blocks with numbers propped up on the ground. The original signs, of which there are a very few left, were beautifully rendered diagonal-cut rounds of cedar.
Pedestrians can give you a few moments' pause on #s 13 and 17 with the sidewalks so close.
Other Thoughts: Though this course isn't as readily accessible to I-5 as Fenwick, its well worth the extra 5 miles, so play a few rounds.
Plenty of stores/eateries 1-2 miles before the park.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: * Varied terrain
* Tight wooded shots
* Opportunities to air it out
* Red/Blue course with different pin positions
* Great park with river setting
* Bathrooms on site
* Challenging course/pin positions!
Cons: * Crowded if playing popular time/day
*UPDATED TO ADD: DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR CAR. My car was broken into in the parking lot.
* NPC's on course
* Parking could be an issue if crowded
* Several holes are 'poke and pray'.
* Mats on a couple of tees
* Seats lacking
Other Thoughts: Great course. Probably my favorite Seattle area course given the multiple tees for every hole (red/blue courses) and the varied and well utilized terrain. There are also multiple pin positions for several holes keeping it interesting. The course is set in a park with a trail that the course runs along.that is popular for walkers/runners/bike riders. The terrain and trees/foliage exemplify the 'PNW Experience' with huge old pines, ferns and moss with some holly and blackberry thrown in to keep it interesting. Lots of trees on this course, lots and lots of trees. Interspersed among the tight tree shots, the course has a couple of open bombers (14 is currently playing 655' par 4) as well as some birdi-able 3's - if you get the right line. I don't believe that a couple of the holes have 'fair' fairways.. (new #1 red being one of them) and feel like it takes more luck than skill to make a good shot - but still - the huge trees, the rushing river, the elevation changes - this course has it all. Well done to the course designer and Mandos DGC maintaining the course. The only down side for this course I can think of would be the need for more trash cans and benches - which you need to deal with the crowds - both disc golf players and the walkers/bike riders on the paths that come into play on a couple of holes. Get there early on the weekends and beat the crowds - or play weekday if you have the luxury of doing so! I'm hard pressed to pick a favorite hole - I aced red 15 playing it the second time, which was beautiful, but I think I'll remember taking a 7 on hole 13 in a tournament even more. I think that has to be the signature hole for the course, even though it's not the longest or most scenic - it's really nerve jarring and a great risk/reward shot!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Course is very popular...all ages were playing even on this late fall day. Course has many unique and hidden baskets which required many different drives and then many different second shots when the drive didn't (or did) work. Great bathrooms and park amenities.
Cons: Small parking lot. I can see this is one busy busy course in the summer. And is probably way more scenic then also. Signs were all over but it didn't help for us visitors. Luckily a local player joined us or we would probably still be looking for the number 6 basket. Watched the video on YouTube which seemed good---downloaded a score card which seemed good. None of that helped.
Other Thoughts: Even with the cons the course was fun and challenging. Looking forward to playing it in the spring or summer.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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