6 Helpful / 2 Not
A boat load of fun!
Pros: - Difficult, but fun even if you're a novice.
- Most of the course is in the woods.
- quiet semi-secluded country setting
- well-worth the $3 course fee.
- Well-designed home-made targets. Durable and vandal-resistant.
Cons: - course is poorly marked
- flight path diagrams are drawn from a backward perspective making them extremely confusing.
- Minor nit: uneven tee surfaces
- Minor nit: it's often difficult to find the target from the tee.
Other Thoughts: I'm new to the sport, and this is only the second course I've played. (I've played Orchard Park several times.)
First and foremost, I will return to this course often. It's just a ton of fun, and a great way to kill an afternoon. You actually take a hike through the woods to play the course. So it combines one of my favorite sports (hiking) with my newest endeavor, disc golf.
the holes are difficult, no doubt, be even a novice like me, managed to par a couple of holes, and most of the rest were either single or double bogey.
When I arrived, I asked for a course map and was told there is no need, as the course is "self-explanatory." Unfortunately, it's really not... at least not entirely. All the signs are hand-writen with magic markers and/or sharpies, and they are poorly maintained. Hand-writen/drawn in and of itself is not bad, but everything is faded and many are impossible to read.
For a couple of the holes, I had to traipse around looking for the tees because there were no signs guiding me to them, or they were completely faded.
Flight Path Diagrams:
These were the most frustrating part of the course for me. They are drawn from a backwards perspective, and often you have to stand with your back to the flight path to read them.
I'm an old fat man, and by the time I got to the to the back 9, the last thing I wanted to have to do was flip the diagram around backwards in my head to figure out where to throw the frizbee.
Ok, well now that I've slammed the signage, I will reiterate that this is an incredibly fun course to play and I will return often.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
An instant favorite
- Excellent variety of terrain and length: some wide-open shots, some through trees, no boring shots. #18 is a classic -- 600 feet down a hill and over a seasonal swamp.
- Elevation is a factor on most holes.
- Real fairways in the forested sections; trees have actually been removed to create the course.
- Homemade yellow baskets are extremely visible and catch quite well.
- Beautiful setting in the foothills of the Tualatin Mountains; suitable for year-round disc golf.
- Two other disc golf courses on-site, and the $3 entrance fee is for "all you can play."
- Nice concrete teepads.
- The homemade baskets aren't perfect.
- Maybe a few too many similar short holes in the middle section.
- In the middle of nowhere (but the existence of two other courses on-site makes this less of an issue).
Other Thoughts: Horning's Hideout is a peacock-infested privately owned venue for camping, fishing, picnicking, weddings, concerts, etc. The first disc golf course, the Canyon Course, materialized out of the blue in May of 2008 and was an instant success. With barely any input from the local disc golf community at large, Bob Horning and his crew managed to build one of the best courses in northwestern Oregon. Since it's private land, they can do whatever they want, whenever they want to make the course better -- and they have and will.
As another reviewer mentioned, HH is 10 miles away from any other services (restaurants, stores, etc.), so pack a lunch if you're planning to spend all day golfing. There are a few snacks and sodas available for purchase at the main house, though.
UPDATE, November 2009: With the addition of concrete teepads, my rating goes up from 4 to 4.5 stars. Very nearly a 5.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Peacocks and Birdies
Pros: -Peacocks all over the place.
-Maps available and well posted holes.
-Fun and challenging holes.
-Lots of great scenery.
-Things for all to do. Such as hiking, fishing, volley ball, horse shoes, camping, and concerts during the summer.
-Towels are available to use and return for the wet Oregon ground.
-Season passes are now available.
-Fair price for a day away from it all.
-Nice home made baskets.
36 holes and more coming.
Cons: -I guess the ground can be a little moist, but its disc golf.
-Long ways off of highway.
Other Thoughts: The two cons were a stretch for me. I just really love this place. I have been going there for years and now it has disc golf. Wow! I cant complain.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 12 Not
Pros: This is my home course. I have been helping out there for years and have helped layout a couple of the courses there. This being said, The Canyon course plays very fair all year but in early spring you will want to watch were your disc lands because the underbrush can get very nasty. The baskets are made of semi truck tire rims and have the best sound in the world when you miss a long shot and hit the side of the basket. There are now multi pin placements and a few alt tees. This course is still getting more love to it, to bring it up to where Bob wants it.
Cons: Some people don't like all the hills that are around and some complain about all the trees and blind baskets. I like these things because they make you think and learn to control you disc very well. One big con right now is No benches and kinda confusing signs. Both of these are going to be fixed with the upgrades later this year. On hole 6, 8 and 10 there is a big disc eating ravine there that will also be in play on the new course. If your disc goes down there be ready to look in chest high bushes and a small creek (That you can walk over in the summer and be shin deep in the winter). There are some of us that help out there that will go down there on a regular basis to find as many disc's as we can then they call..
Other Thoughts: At the house they have a lost disc collection point and they call and hold your disc till you come and get it from them. This course is so much fun. There is a quick 9 option to play too where you play 1-5 then 15-18. I will also go out and show anyone that comes though town this course and the whole property if you shoot me a message and I am free. This is my home for most of the year and the course I consider my home course even thought there are 5-6 courses closer. We told Bob that if you build it they will come and they have so much he is going to have 3 course's out there. The baskets on the Canyon course will be worked on soon to conform with the pro course so that when the basket gets approved both will be able to have pro tourneys on them. Bob seems to want to host something very big out there.
Once again Will be tour Guild out there if you want one shoot me a pm.
4 of 16 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Lots of challenging shots in the wooded areas also w/ a few long drive holes up and down bending fairways. Marked tee boxes w/ hole maps and hole lengths provided. Trash and recycle bins provided through out the course. Beautiful scenery!!!
Signs are provided to direct you either way of playing 9 holes or the entire 18 holes.
Cons: Long walks between some holes, especially from basket #4 to #5's tee box (I think it was 520 feet). The gravel tee boxes tend to get muddy durring winter season. Smaller trash problem than course #2 had. The baskets don't catch disc's as well as course #2's redesigned baskets (lack of extra chains).
Blind throws ( use a spotter buddy system)
Other Thoughts: The $3.00 is defiantly worth the now 36 holes provided. With the amount of love that was put into both courses I would pay more to play!!!
camping and other events/activities are provided on the land for non players making it fun for every one.
4 of 8 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Large variety of holes.
Course tests all parts of your game.
Lots of elevation change.
Two more courses in the works.
Reasonable pay to play price.
Solid tee signs, navigation is possible without course map.
Cons: Home made baskets spit out a fair number of putts.
Large numbers of significant walkouts.
At least half the tee shots are blind.
Thick underbrush a huge challenge.
Gravel tee pads, some very unlevel.
Little chance to air out drives.
Other Thoughts: I came back to edit my review, a number of my original complaints have been fixed, playing the course a second time with a spotter definitely helped.
9 of 14 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 1 Not
Finally a touch course
Pros: Think you know how to throw? I know, lots of guys can cannon down the fairway 300' to 400', cool. But how about a controlled 200' shot that HAS to turn to the right or left? This course will test your ability to throw controlled shots that HAVE to be on target; you hit your shot you are rewarded, you miss, you add strokes. As one of the active older PDX golfers I've been waiting for this style of course for some time, a course where touch and control are more important than just being able to throw a disc long distances. The pace of play is relaxed and the property is staggeringly beautiful.
Cons: Some folks say the gravel pads; I'll take gravel over slippery Fly 18 pads any day. Sure I'd love concrete but the gravel is fine. The pad on 17, like Ryan said, needs to be leveled, no biggie though. And while I don't mind paying 3 bucks a day I'm hoping Bob sets a season parking pass rate soon.
Other Thoughts: Biggest strength of this course, 12 miles from my house. Another is the touch layout. Bob has 2 more courses in the works, a longer one for those howitzer arms that just have to throw everything as hard as they can, an a short Rec level course geared toward families. The setting is hard to beat and Bob and the Horning family and staff are really warm welcoming people. And don't forget your trout rod if you feel like doing a spot of fishing while you are there. This is a really special course. Oh, I forgot to mention the baskets - LOVE 'EM - they have an awesome tone that rings back to the DG days of old. If you're in the PDX area this is a must visit course on par with Milo, Pier, and Trojan. We are blessed to live in the Rose City.
Soft Magnets From There, baby
14 of 15 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Well marked.
Lots of elevation.
Well defined, although challenging fairways.
Amazingly beautiful location.
Best homemade baskets I've ever seen, they catch really well.
Cons: Tee pads not all level.
Though they aren't "gimmes" by any means, most holes are on the shorter side. I hear they might be lengthening a few though.
Other Thoughts: Beautiful wooded holes and a few great open ones. This course was built in an awesome setting just far away enough from the city to keep the crowds away but close enough that it's accessible.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
17 Helpful / 0 Not
-Best home-made baskets I've ever seen!
-Great tee signs with hole distances and even elevation change!
-Wonderful use of elevation. Many shots play into and out of little ravines and such, but without too much concern for lost plastic. Some of the holes gained or lost up to '80!
-Multiple dogleg holes, something missing from most courses.
-Realistic fairways! (No 5' gaps required for to get to the basket)
-Overall course flow is wonderful. It's a full loop back to the first hole, no crossing fairways, very little risk of getting hit from errant drives.
-Seclusion! This course is out in the woods, and I doubt it will ever be too crowded, except maybe during festivals happening on the grounds.
-Great variety of shots required, pretty even between lefty vs. righty. I had to throw both backhand and sidearm almost evenly.
-Great variety in hole lengths. Most holes are around 250', with a few longer holes.
-Overall scenery was VERY beautiful. Reminded me of Ewoks!
-I believe they have food/drinks available?
-Gravel tee pads. For most of the holes, the gravel teepads weren't an issue due to the shortness of the shots, but I'm not a big fan of gravel teepads anyhow, and a few of them, hole 17 in particular, were not level.
-A lot of people will not like the baskets. They WILL NOT take in sloppy putts. Most putts that are not near the core center of the basket will not stay in. However, I found that if you threw a good putt, they stayed in fine, this will irritate many people.
-The trails between the holes will be quite muddy in winter!
-Overall, I'd like it if some of the holes were lengthened a bit, I talked to the owner and he said that this will probably happen in the next couple months.
Playing this course was the most fun I've had at a new course in a LONG time. It is definitely a course that you will want to immediately head out for your second round after you finish hole 18. Lots of very fun technical shots, almost all which were very fair. There was a lot of work that went into the fairways, some trees taken down to make the holes more realistic, which makes the overall feel of the course that much more solid. It's not often that I play courses that are this wooded without feeling that half the holes are flukey. If you throw a good shot, it will reward you plain and simple.
The elevation changes and dense forest made this course feel pretty surreal. Like you're walking through the wilderness playing golf. And because the course is so fair, it will be enjoyed by players of all skill levels. My g/f is an 840 rated Adv AM and I'm a 970 rated pro. There were no shots that confounded her, and there weren't really any shots that bored me (except hole 1).
If the course had a bit more length and more solid teepads, I would have rated this course higher.
Go play it! It's a breath of fresh air for the west side of Portland.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 3 Not
Wow! A Beautiful Private Course!
Pros: Very beautiful course with plenty of room for more holes.
Great elevation changes.
Amazingly well kept by Bob Horning.
A nice variety of holes.
The home made baskets look great.
The gravel tee pads do their job.
Temporary signs have been made for each hole and there are many signs to guide around the course.
Cons: There isn't really anything bad about it other than some of the tee pads aren't level and the baskets will kick a few putts out. Also, several of the holes have a huge ravine behind them which is hard to find and get a disc from.
Other Thoughts: I had a great time playing there and will try and go there whenever I can. The word on the street is that 2 other 18 holes courses are eventually going in for a total of 54 holes! Also, multi day passes and stuff are in the making right now.
12 of 15 people found this review helpful.
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