9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set on private property that is set up for a few different activities. But, it seems like if the course is open, then there won't be any interference by default!
- Holes are pretty evenly split between open areas and some moderately populated forest. Some of the more interesting open holes include a wide, wide RHBH anny around a mando tree on #2, a big, long uphill dogleg left around the woods on #13, a long downhill anny shot into some trees on #17, and an up-then-down bomber around a giant tree on #18. These all take a very particular shot off the tee, and are long enough where placement is important for the second shot. A couple others are more straightforward, like a straight shot on #1, and a little RHFH flick shot on #3.
- The rest of the holes are all in the woods, which provides some tighter windows and forces line shaping. There are a ton of straight shots of varying difficulty, due to different sized gaps, like #4, #5, #8, #15, and #16. Also some obvious hyzers; #9 is a longer trickier one, and #12 is a tough uphill one with a kink halfway up. Anny/flick friendly holes as well, like #7, #10 can go either way, and #14 is a sharp turn around some trees. Pretty good variety.
- Elevation changes are definitely a factor in many spots. The biggest ones are the uphill trek on #13, the big downhill slope on the back half of #18, and an elevated tee over some nasty rough on #5. Some more subtle ones as well, like the uphill on #1 and #12, and the downhill on #14 and #17. Definitely helps to keep things interesting.
- Swampy area on #18 is in a good spot to possibly force a lay-up shot, if it isn't too dry. I was there in the dry season, but I can imagine it becoming a major factor in the rainy months.
- Homemade baskets are sweet! Tee signs are very nice, as well as the teepads. Navigation can be a little tricky in some spots, with a few different baskets/tees in sight, so the map can help save some time the first time through.
Cons: - Some parts of the course are really crammed together, particularly #6-#10. These five holes are stacked together like sardines in a can, look out if other people are playing here!
- While there are some long holes here to crank some drives, a good amount are on the short side - especially in the woods. Eight of the holes are at or under 252', with pretty simple lines. Not super exciting.
- A little rough around the edges in some places, like a huge dumpster next to the green on #17, port-a-potties scattered here and there, and some roads in play. Not a big deal, but it hurts the ambiance.
Other Thoughts: - All in all, a fun course that has a good balance of wooded and open holes. Some of the holes are pretty tricky, but there are also a ton of birdie opportunities to be found. Well suited for an intermediate-level player; a little too easy for expert players, and some spots might be a little rough for some beginners.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Middle child of the Hideout.
Pros: - Baskets here are all home made, painted bright yellow with giant black numbers on them (very easy to see), and well made at that, they catch disc very well... maybe beter than any other basket I've played.
- Tee signs are excellent!!! they are very nice and accurate. They also have the elevation change for each hole from tee to basket (EXAMPLE: +11ft or - 25ft), this was nice as it made me think about if I need more or less on my shot, which I rarely pay attention to otherwise.
- Tee pads were long, concrete, and had a good circular brush pattern for traction layed in them.
- This course was great, it had all kinds of shots, open to protected, left to right, to straight. Elevation changes throughout... a great all round course.
- Faily easy to navigate. The trails help a great deal, I only really looked at my map once... to realized that I had just missed a trail.
-You can get towles from the house were you pay. The towels are free to use, just bring them back where you got them.
- Normally a pay to play course is a con for me, but $3/person for ALL DAY and for ALL 3 courses... that is a deal!
- Drinking water available for free (not bottled).
- Porta-potties all over the place. Not so many on the courses but before and after for sure.
Cons: - I know it's not the courses fault, but plan accordingly to not have cell phone service here. (It works before you start down the dirt road so it's not that far to drive back out if you really needed to make a call).
- Also not needed, but kind of a con for me since this place is so great for disc golf is the fact that they don't have disc for rent or for sale. (This would really put them over the top in my book, as it is the only really major thing I think this place is missing).
Other Thoughts: - Be prepared to drive down a narrow dirt/gravel road with blind corners. (I drove a lowered honda and made it just fine, but it wasn't ideal) I don't think there is any car that couldn't make it, just be ready for it.
- This course is harder than Highland but easier than Meadow Ridge... however is challenging enough to be well worth playing.
- This is the middle child here at Horning's Hideout; that being said if you need a warm up or cool down before this course try the shorter Highland course (only 30-45mins), if you need more of a challenge you can try the Pro rated Meadow Ridge course.
- Camping and fishing available here... I paid $15 dollars to camp on site... it was well worth it since I was in the middle of my trip and wanted to play all these courses.
- I was able to play all three courses after palying Pier Park and taking lunch and dinner breaks. If you have the energy... it's completely possible (and recommended) to play all three courses.
7 of 8 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.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
The Rec Player's Best Bet
Pros: The Canyon course at Horning's offers a great variety of hole layouts that can challenge the average player without tearing him up and spitting out the pieces (like Meadow!!).
The course includes wooded and open holes, doglegs in each direction, and a lot of scenic beauty. This is a great course to take your time and enjoy playing.
Cons: The baskets are deep. A lot of putts are from height differences, many players have a tendency to misjudge the distances. When viewed from below, the basket hides much of the chains.
There is a lot of undergrowth. There are also a few steep drop-offs. With a lot of trees around, you need to keep an eye on your disk.
Other Thoughts: Bring a camera. It is a private course open to the public at a cost of $3/day, worth the money.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Its just majestic being there. There is peacocks all over the place. This course takes you along a mountain side and provides lots of elevation changes. There is also a nice variety of shots. I would call this place a disc golfers must play if you are anywhere near Portland.
Cons: I just cannot think of cons
4 of 9 people found this review helpful.
17 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
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