4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Horning's Hideout is a beautiful 54 hole disc golf complex located way off the beaten path near North Plains, Oregon. In addition to this course, the original one (medium difficulty), there is also the Highland course, with short throws <250 feet, and the monster Meadow Ridge championship level course. There's something for everyone.
-To reach this place, you have to drive 25 minutes along a pretty country road, before making the turnoff to Horning's Hideout. It's another five minutes on the narrow, twisty gravel road that takes you down through the woods and to the main area. A very friendly woman came up to us, collected our fee, and told us where each of the three disc golf courses were, where to park, and where the course map signs are.
-The woods that most of the course plays through are absolutely stunning and serene. There are plenty of hills to add to the beauty.
-The bathrooms at the start are really nice. Make sure to use them. There are some port-a-potties on the course but they look old and they stink.
-The tee signs were made by John Houck design(!) They were the best I'd ever seen. They are in full color, and show every tree in the fairway, plus the elevation for the hole. Also they show all the possible routes you can take and the route to the next tee. The pictures on this site are too old to show them, though.
-My favorite holes:
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 14, 15, and 17 were all fun downhill shots through the woods. There are a lot of trees but always a line.
Hole 18 is a 700 foot par four demanding a long left-to-right drive to get around the mando tree, then a long downhill crush hyzer to the basket.
Cons: -The baskets aren't the greatest. The chains are too close to the cage, so if you throw one low or weak side, it'll likely skip out. Bounce outs off the center pole are also common. If you hit one off the solid iron cage, it sounds like you just rang the Liberty Bell. On the flip side, they are bright yellow and easy to spot!
-There were a few holes that were just dumb. Hole 2 is such a hard dogleg right, it's impossible to get close unless you have a Nate Sexton roller. Hole 9 is an uphill 350 footer. The shape of the fairway makes it impossible to get closer than 100 feet from the pin. Hole 13 is a 450 foot par four with a 90 degree dogleg right. The tee shot on that hole is so uphill, my drive only went 150 feet. However there were so many amazing holes that I hardly remember the Terrible Three.
-It is the Canyon course, and there most definitely is a canyon. Make sure not to throw far past the basket on holes 6, 8, and 10. There's a pretty steep drop off.
-Holes 6 through 10 were a bit too close together. In one instance, a basket was only about 40 feet from a teepad.
-There's a drop off immediately in front of some of the teepads (5 and 6 especially). If it's raining, watch out. This is quite a safety hazard that really needs to be fixed.
-It did not appear the course will drain very well during wintertime.
Other Thoughts: -It costs $4 per person to enter Horning's Hideout. I think this is completely worth it. This course is one of the best I've played. I can't wait to go back, hopefully when it isn't raining, and play the other two courses here.
-It is quite the drive, about half an hour from highway 26. Being an hour away from Portland, this is a place to come only if you have all day.
-The sheer beauty of this place is not something you find every day. I feel like if a few small issues were cleared up, it could be a 4.5 course!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
No Rain this time just discing!
Pros: The homemade baskets are great...when you hit the bottom, it gongs nice and clear. Course is in excellent shape. Very playable with okay parking and good bathrooms. Canyon course is just what it suggests...in very forrested canyons. I will come again! Signs to pads and baskets which were good.
Cons: Update: Holes 15,16,17 seem to be a last minute thought. They play really tight with each other. A few signs exist for directions to the next hole but there could be more of them. Otherwise not very many cons.
Other Thoughts: Update: I finally made it back. I really did enjoy the Canyon course and my thoughts about being prepared for the weather still are true. (Old comment-Because the courses are in the hills of the coastal range of Oregon be prepared for weather. I didn't come fully prepared and I had to walk away, sad!)
One more thought...if coming to play 2 or 3 of the courses here...you should do this course last or second to last, do the Meadow Ridge first and then take 1/2 hour break :)))
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Like Fern Gully, but more enjoyable
Pros: Unlike its exalted neighbor Meador Ridge, the Canyon course will challenge you but not defeat you. The course begins out in the open with an okay uphill hole and a nice sweeping right-to-left hole, but then the holes get wooded until the end. Pretty much all of the holes involve some elevation changes, as the name of the course indicates. You'll need to be able to hit some lines, but I don't remember any of the holes being frustratingly tight.
The course finishes out in the open, climbing a steep hill on a nice dogleg uphill hole, then playing some semi-wooded holes at the top, and then back down. #18 is a great hole, throwing a big left-to-right tee shot around a mando (a legit mando; otherwise you're throwing in the faces of the people coming up the hill) and then a huge downhill shot with woods on the left and a marsh acting as a big moat in front of the hole. I'd like to replay this hole.
This course has more porta-potties than any course I've seen. If you're incontinent, this is the course for you! (I'll be honest, I don't get to use that review line nearly enough)
Unlike Meadow Ridge, there are multiple pin placements here (but just one basket in use at any time on each hole). The tee signs are great, showing distances, elevation changes, and the basket locations along with possible alleys.
The homemade baskets are mostly a pro. Their bright yellow is very visible through the woods. They have three sets of chains, so spit throughs are almost impossible. But the bottom part of the basket is not as wide as normal baskets, so you won't get some makes that you would on normal baskets.
Cons: This course has much more undergrowth than Meadow Ridge, and losing a disc is a distinct possibility. Also, on some holes the path from the tee to the basket winds around, so by the time you're there you're a little disoriented. Spot your disc well.
Navigation is okay here but not always simple. A couple times we set off down the wrong path before finding our way to the next hole.
A few holes have steep drop-offs if you overthrow the hole.
This course is much busier than Meadow Ridge (which had no one on it when we played). It wasn't overrun, but we played through several groups.
On hole #1, you tee off over the road leading to the parking lot. We had to wait for cars that kept coming through. We were there on the 4th of July, though, so it's probably not usually this busy.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course to play in tandem with Meadow Ridge. Maybe play it first as a warmup. Or play it second, as we did, to remind yourself that you're not quite as inept at the game as your score on Meadow Ridge would indicate. But this course really stands out on its own as well. I had a good time here.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
A must play when in Oregon
Pros: -Absolutely fantastic new tee signs. Best I've ever seen. Everything you want to know is on the signs: distance, par, elevation, trees, etc.
-It was raining when I played here, but even still the course felt like walking through a rainforest. It was a transporting experience.
-great variety of shots required on different terrains and elevations.
-Peacocks and homemade baskets add to the unique atmosphere of the course.
Cons: -high chance of losing discs in the canyon
-a few holes in the middle felt repetitive
Other Thoughts: Truly a fun course, and there are 2 other courses on the property. Will definitely play this course again next trip to Portland. A disc golf mecca with such a high profile as Horning's should have a pro shop, though.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This kind of reminds me of the comparison that Timber Park gets with Milo McIver. You have such a monster of a course (Meadow Ridge) right next door to similar, but more modest cousin (Canyon Course). Both are very similar in appearance and terrain - a mix of open fields and heavy conifer forest and hilly elevation. I would say that Canyon is a bit shorter in length and in the extremity in elevation (though #13 and #18 do some serious climbing up and down through the main grassy meadow).
Canyon is a solid course that would be a magnificent stand alone anywhere. It has great challenges that require finesse (in the woods) and allow some power (in the fields). The variety of holes are nice with almost none playing flat, and the doglegs left and right mixed nicely with straight, but mostly tight shots. The edges of many fairways drop steeply into runoffs and creek beds, so shots that are shanked may end up in big trouble.
My favorite holes:
#11 - a slight uphill dogleg left, that straightens out to an approach that has the pin protected by many large trees. I think the approach is very scenic and unique.
#13 - elevated tee shoots down to a dogleg right pin protected in the trees. The entire left edge of the fairway slopes steeply off, forcing you to stay right. RHBH may not like this, but a lefty like me will (I AM Forehand Franz after all!).
I love the bright homemade yellow baskets (I did not like them at first), and think they are more challenging - if you hit too high in the chains, the disc may hit the rim of the basket and flip out! Just learn the sweet spot first and the rest will be fine.
The natural beauty of the course is the large timber and mixture of moss and ferns and salmonberry. Once you walk down the trail to hole #5, you really do feel you have disappeared from the world, all the way up to hole #13!
Cons: One of the pitfalls of the lush natural beauty is that even some well placed discs may disappear easily. Fortunately, they have a great return program there at Horning's! Use a spotter on some of the lush holes.
Total nitpick - not enough trash cans. I believe they do recycle, but on a couple occasions, the trash/recycling cans were so full, that people had piled bottles and cans all around them. BUT, we did not find much trash (if any) around the rest of the course.
Other Thoughts: This is a great introduction to Horning's. It fits in the middle of the 3 in difficulty - giving everybody their option.
Don't be fooled by the blandness of #1. It is a good hole, but kind of un-exciting (short, open, plays across the edge of the parking lot) compared to the rest of the course.
I saw a deer on Hole #17 at twilight - bring a camera with you! I'm glad I did.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
An Entertaining Course!
Pros: The course was clearly well-cared for by the owners. All of the tees had signs, and the navigation wasn't a problem at all. When you don't have to struggle finding the next tee, it makes for a drastically better experience.
The course layout provided plenty of variation in technical skills required from each player. There are doglegs, a couple of mandos, downhill and uphill layouts, and they all certainly will make you try to plan ahead your shots.
There are benches and garbage cans where you can dispose your trash, and it makes for a tidy course.
The $3 fee is very reasonable considering that they have three full courses to choose from!
Cons: I certainly did not like the steep drop-offs on few of the holes, but that's no fault to the course and the designer!
I'm not so sure if i liked the homemade baskets, as it seemed like there's a smaller "window" for getting your putts in? I could be wrong.
Other Thoughts: I think it's a great course and it certainly is a course that I will want to come back to on a regular basis if I moved back to Oregon. I have yet to play the other two courses, so if the Canyon course is a good indicator, then I imagine the other two will be enjoyable.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Horning's Hideout - Canyon Course
The Canyon Course in North Plains, Oregon, was the first course installed at Horning's Hideout by Bob Horning in 2008. This blue level course is a smaller version of the gold course, but similar in regards to the mixed terrain and style of play. The Canyon Course plays through a series of tightly wooded fairways as well as some large open grassy fields. The design of the course utilizes several of the elements on the property, including slight to extreme elevation changes, OB hazards (like the seasonal swamp on hole #18 and other small creeks that meander throughout the course), and strategic pin placements around some massive old growth Douglas Firs, Vine Maples, and massive green Ferns. Holes range anywhere from 227 - 700 feet, averaging 285 feet per hole excluding the 700 foot mammoth at the end. The course has 16 Par 3's and two Par 4's, making par for the course 56. Precision and form will prevail over power. Since many holes incorporate narrow doglegs on the course, controlled shots will land you with multiple birdie attempts.
Like the other two courses on site, the Canyon Course has some vibrantly homemade yellow baskets. Each one is extremely durable, has a large black number on the side to help navigate, and are easily visible from the tee on most holes. The tee pads are all cement, grip well, and are of sufficient in size for a run up. The Houck designed tee signs are phenomenal. Each one shows elevation changes +/-, par, distance, and obstacles down the last tree. The full color signs allow players to see where both pin positions are and their location compared to the tee.
This course seemed to have a few holes that stood out to me while playing including holes #5, #9, and #18.
Hole #5 is a 306 ft. Par 3 that has players throwing from an elevated tee pad across a small creek and ravine through a series of trees and tight fairways toward the pin.
Hole # 9 is a 315 ft. Par 3 dogleg left, that shows off the signature "peace" hand sign carved out of wood just off the middle of the fairway. It makes for a great photo with the basket in the background.
Hole #18 is a 700 ft. Par 4 with a huge mando forcing players left off tee around some massive Firs. From there players must throw several hundred feet over some rolling hills, over a swamp, toward a pin nestled amongst the trees.
This Canyon Course truly was a memorable experience for me, including the albino peacock that followed me around all day. It made me feel kind of awkward!
Bob Horning and crew have really done a phenomenal job installing and maintaining the Canyon Course. I would like to see some more benches throughout so players can just stop and take it all in and perhaps a few more garbage cans but really, I couldn't find much wrong with this course. The walk after hole #4 some may feel is a bit unnecessary but once you see hole #5 you will see it was worth it. Over time, I know the Canyon Course will continue to improve and become more developed, but for now I think it is pretty amazing the way it is.
Horning's Hideout is a ways out from the main road so quickly accessing food and supplies won't be easy. Having supplies and a cooler ahead of time is the way to go.
Although each course is unique unto its own, I felt this course had the most personality of the three. As an advanced level player, I felt most comfortable here and therefore had the most fun while playing. The Highland course is a blast but it is what it is, a "pitch and putt". The Meadow Course is like being at school; it is there to teach you how to play the game. It is where I go to challenge myself and work on my weaknesses. The Canyon Course is where I go to challenge myself, but succeed with and build up my confidence.
For $3 a day, this course is well worth the price. Bob Horning and his family have graciously opened up their hearts and their home to us so it is important that we support them in order to keep all our dreams alive! Other amenities include fishing, volleyball, camping, hiking, bird watching, and paddle boating. They put on some killer concerts every year and I have been told that the Dead have performed here as well, so it has a colorful history. Just know that during the summer when they host these concerts that it is near impossible to play.
Enjoy the Peacocks!
17 of 17 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
A Local Favorite
Pros: Great intermediate to advanced course.
Lots of variety in terrain, distance, and hazards
Really well maintained and mapped
Great fun for everyone for the $3 with the fishing, paddleboats, etc.
Cons: For the Pro level player holes 6-10 may feel a bit like filler.
Again only for the Pro but overshooting 6, 8, or 10, could result in a trek down a pretty steep hillside down to the creek to try and retrive a disc.
Really these con's are pretty nitpicky. Overall the course if one of my favorites that I play often
Other Thoughts: As one of the other reviewers said before, make this a destination if in the area! The $3 per person is a pittance for the ability to play 3 really fun courses and take advantage of the rest of the stuff available. Bring a group and a lunch, take your time, and play all three courses.
The only thing to watch out for is a few times a year there are concerts on site and the disc courses get shut down. Also, a couple times a year there are tournaments that should either be avoided or if you feel confident, sign up and join in.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very nice T-pads,well signed,beautiful setting in the woods,two other courses on site,challenging shots but not overly so.
Cons: The baskets-The baskets The baskets..These baskets will spit out putts like nobodys business.Dont get me wrong the course is great but these baskets are the only thing standing in the way of a 5 disc rating.Be prepared to lose a disc or 2 if your shank your shot or overshoot it.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is one of my top 5 disc golf courses in Oregon.If you are in or around the Portland area you owe it to yourself to play this course or the other 2 courses that are on site.This is the intermediate course out of the 3.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Worth the Trip
Pros: ~This course takes advantage of the natural northwest forest growth, like a good hike that happens to have tees and baskets.
~Does not put too much pressure on the individual player - an amazing shot may deuce it, but a less powerful arm has just as good of a chance of making par.
~There are many trees, but the ideal paths are wide, and I loved teeing off over the ravine on #5, but shots like these shouldn't pose a risk of disc-loss for anyone.
~Natural undergrowth is easy to find your disc in - just make sure you see where it comes down.
~New signage is beautiful and takes away the worry of blind shots - though it is always helpful to get a look at the basket prior to a throw.
~Many holes have several viable shots off the tee - friendly to backhand and forehand drives.
~The majority of elevation changes on this course are mild with many drives aiming downhill, but some approach shots will have you making your way up to a basket.
~Baskets make a satisfying 'dong,' and while a long or strong putt has a chance of bouncing out, a good one will stay in.
~Well maintained, dog friendly, fresh water, camping and fishing on-site, as well as two other 18 hole courses (one easier, one harder).
Cons: ~Hole #13: 225 feet straight up the hill, and then another 225 feet sharp left - get creative, a good roller will get you to the top pretty well. This would be a pro except it was a tiring hill, and the hole was more challenging than the rest of the course.
~Only Hole #18 (700!') gives you a chance to really go for distance, but at least it takes two of them to get to the basket.
~Signs don't indicate pin placement, not much of a problem though.
~I can imagine injuries on the parallel holes #6-10 when busy - be careful please.
~Needs more benches on the course.
Other Thoughts: ~A good plan is worth much more than a strong arm on this course - just going for it will get you a tree.
~A lot of leeway given to holes with a "steep drop-off," so don't worry unless you often overpower your shots by 50'+.
~Current photos on this site are not of the new signs.
~Watch what your disc lands near, twisting paths are disorienting from the tee.
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