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.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: really awesome course with alots of trees that block your shots and make it fun and challenging. there are even some par 4 holes that are good for people who throw frisbees a long way. lots of bathrooms and garbage cans so no litter. beer is allowed. easy to find tee pads and baskets
Cons: it costs $3 to get into the course but its fun anwyas so its worth it. the water on 18 kind a sucks.
Other Thoughts: good course lots of fun with 2 other ones here so worth the drive
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 1 Not
The First of the Amazing 3
- Lots of variety in length, terrain and difficulty. Holes range from 225' to 700' and can be open or wooded with elevation changes.
- Awesome new concrete pads
- Great flow.
- Multiple pin placement on a few holes. Hole 13 has dual tee pads.
- Highly visible, custom homemade baskets. Durable and unique.
- Lots of elevation changes. Elevated tee pads on holes 5 and 6. Hole 13 has a 463' uphill, spiral shaped fairway.
- Beautiful and secluded with awesome views.
- Private grounds with drinking water, porta-potties, camping, hiking, fishing, concerts, weddings and more.
- The lip and top design on the baskets can deny good putts.
- Could use more benches and trashcans but does have a few well placed ones throughout the course.
- A few ravines and other rough spots can be unforgiving.
Other Thoughts: When this course first opened it was well worth the 40 min drive from Portland but now that there are two other courses on site, Horning's Hideout is a major disc golf destination. The Canyon course would be considered the medium level difficulty of the three on site. $3 a day or a pro-rated per-season golf pass is well worth the 140 ares of Horning's heaven!
Favorite Hole: #5 - A brisk 500' walk from hole 4 and you will find the tee pad for 5 in the middle of the trail. The trail is carved into the side of a hill and the tee pad is elevated. Pull it too hard right or left and your in ravines but with a straight shot up the gut between 4 trees and you'll be looking at bird. This hole now has two pin placements.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 5 Not
A middle child everyone can love....
Pros: *Awesome hole designs.
*Great use of elevation, ups, downs, and sides, but nothing too extreme.
*Most of the holes run through the forest, which is good if you're like me and you love wooded holes.
*Awesome new concrete tee pads.
*Which brings me to my next point, and its not really a con, and its not exclusive to this course, but if it has rained the day you're playing, EVERYTHING off the fairway is SLICK. I fell on my butt twice, and nearly fell close to ten times.
*Hole 15-16 have to be the two dumbest designed holes ever. I did like both holes, but the fact that you tee off on 15, then walk back to 16 tee (pretty much right next to 15 tee) to throw to 16 basket (pretty much right next to 15 basket) This was the only moment in all three rounds (played all three courses) that I was confused and slightly bothered.
Other Thoughts: So this is the "middle child" of the HH courses, and you definitely can tell you're not on the pitch and putt any more based on the length and difficulty of the holes. But its not overly-challenging by any means.
The course starts in the open and ends in the open, but pretty much 3-17 either start, end, or are entirely in the woods.
Holes 6-11 are really close to each other, the day I played, there was a Boyscout Tournament, which was WAY cool to see all those kids (many of whom have never played before) enjoy this great sport... BUT, it was like a war zone, especially on 6-11. Disc were flying EVERYWHERE. Luckily, none of them have the power to cause damage, if they did, I'm sure there would be a couple ambulance rides.
But the course is way fun, I'm not sure what it is, but I had a big smile on my face nearly the entire time I was there, and if it wasn't for 15's and 16's silly design, the course would have gotten a 4 from me.
The tee pads and general awesomeness of this course has led me to upgrade to a 4 disc despite the somewhat silly design of 15 and 16, and again, I love both holes independently, just not the way they flowed together.
5 of 10 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 10 Not
Fun and very Challenging!!
Pros: -Long but not too long...
-has 2 other 18 hole courses onsite..
-great place for family
-Just all around AMAZING!!
Other Thoughts: costs $3 but she trusts you to pay she won't hunt you down but I might...
0 of 10 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: ~ Beautiful Setting: Very good representaion of a NW Forest: Big Firs, Ferns, and Vine Maples.
~ Course was easy to find (Thank you for the signs on the way in)
~ Easy to see baskets! Neon Yellow!!!
~ While the signage was primitive it was effective. We had no map and navigated the course w/o error.
~ While the hole diagrams were backwards, at least they were there.
~ The blind holes are NOT an issue. Every course has them.
~ Good use of elevation changes
~ Several very unique and fun holes. I really enjoyed the par 4 on the back 9 that took you up and around the hill 180 degrees.
Cons: ~ The holes felt very short overall. I was using a fairway driver or midrange the majority of the time. Only got to let loose on the first four and then again on the last couple.
~ I appreciate a good technical hole as much as the next guy, but it felt like I had to guide my disc thru a sloloum of trees. I have a heizer and anheizer as well as a forehand and backhand. But I felt like what I really needed was a chainsaw and/or remote control. I love trees, but they were a bit too densely packed for my enjoyment.
~ I did hate the tees though. They were definitely uneven (most of the gravel having been washed away or ground into the dirt) and messed with my approach.
~ While the scenery was a Pro, it also became a Con. I can't imgagine what it is like in the spring, but there is still a great deal of underbrush late in the summer. It is the "nature" of the beast I guess (pun intended). But losing a disc is a VERY real possibility on many of the holes (unless you have the aformentioned chainsaw or remote control).
~ Was NOT a fan of the homemade baskets. They are durable and easy to see, but I found them awkward and offputting. I think it has to do with the loss of visibility that you would get from a wired basket vs the solid semi wheels these are made of. I don't know if that makes sense to anyone else. They are great for homemade, but I would prefer the Mach 4's and 5's I'm used to.
~ NOT friendly for new or beginning players! Spare them the frustration of hitting trees and wasted time searching for discs.
Other Thoughts: This was my first time at HH. And I don't know if I'll be going back. I have heard nothing but great things about it from everyone. I'm torn though. I see the potential the place has. With cement tees and a bit more thinning of the trees and brush it could be GREAT. I know I'm in the minority, but I don't think it lived up to the hype or was worth the $3. Maybe I'll try the Highland Course before writing the place off.
5 of 14 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 2 Not
Now with upgraded signs and tees!
Pros: Horning's Hideout or as I call it heaven is one of the best destinations for disc golf, camping, fishing, weddings, concerts and more in the country. The Canyon course is a great compliment to the newbie disc golfer friendly Highland course as it is made more for intermediate and advanced level players. The course starts out in the open area near the parking lot and by hole three and four you are in a dense forest area with lots of wildlife and beauty not to mention amazing disc golf holes with excellent technical fairways. The back nine weave in and out of the wooded and open sections of the property with the open holes being much longer. Hole eighteen would be considered the signature hole as it is a 700 foot down hill bomb towards a basket nestled into the tree line near the parking lot. The amount of work it takes to keep this place clean is amazing and everyone seems to be keeping thier trash in the bins provided, in fact they have cans for cigarette butts and recycling bins out on the course as well as bathrooms. I can't believe there was no underbrush what so ever, that was a surprise to me judging by the look of the place. I love these baskets better than the mach 3, mach 5 or any other baskets and they are homemade and very durable. Really I could go on forever here.
Cons: Seriously very few flaws. They recently installed brand new concrete tee pads which was the biggest con and now that's taken care of.
Other Thoughts: Do yourself a favor and go camp on site, with doing so disc golf is free other wise it is $3 per person per day which is the best 3 bucks you will ever spend in your entire life. My plan next time I come down is to camp out on site, play disc golf all day, eat fresh caught trout from the lake, play disc golf all night.
10 of 12 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Just Another Of Oregon's Premier Selection Of Courses!
Pros: Horning's Hideout is a 160 acre paradise sitting at the end of a one mile dirt road. The grounds are open for camping, RVs, music (they just had 3000 folks in for a Bluegrass festival), fishing, weddings, etc. and of course, disc golf. There are currently two courses here. Fall of 2009 should mark the opening of the third and most difficult course. The Canyon course plays mostly through an old growth forrest complete with large ferns, cedar trees and well defined fairways. Peacocks roam the grounds and deer are frequent visitors. The teepads are natural but I had no problem with them. The baskets are extra special. They are made here, incredibly heavy duty, catch well and painted bright yellow. And when your disc falls into the wheel catch, it makes a musical note sort of tone. Very pleasing to the ears. I really believe these baskets should be marketed and sold to some of our courses in neighborhoods where vandalism is a problem.
The course plays well to the rec or average player, I think. There are only two longer holes but they're both fairly monstrous. # 13 is a 435 ft. uphill hyser all the way and # 18 is a way fun 600 ft. sloping downhill bomb over the seasonal marshland. There are sani-cans all over the place. Three bucks to play all day is a bargain. The tee signs are really basic, home made but they convey the information you need. I found navigation to be fairly easy the first time.
Cons: I'd have to play the natural teepads after some Oregon rain before I fully pass judgement on them. Some of the middle holes were pretty similiar.
Other Thoughts: When the third course opens this fall, you'll have, maybe the Northwest's best disc golfing destination here. You'll have three courses; One championship caliber, one recreational/mid level player calibier and a really enjoyable ACE-Thinking-All-The-Way pitch and putt. Having HH and Lucky Mud so close really gives this part of Oregon/Washington the market on magical, enchanting, incredibly beautiful private courses. And for the players living in the Portland area, you guys are really blessed to have such an abundance of wonderful courses so close.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 3 Not
Lord of the Rings
Pros: - Awesome elevation changes
- Primarily a tight and technical woods course, but extremely fair and playable with designated fairways and groomed undergrowth
- Couple of open and long armed holes as well
- Never felt at risk of losing a disc
- Well marked and easy to navigate- they have clearly listened to previous players and made adjustments
- Complimentary towels for cleaning your discs while playing
- Very close to Portland- 20-25 minute drive from downtown
- Clean port a potties
- Beautiful fauna: Peacocks and Deer
- Spectacular flora: Huge Old Growth Rain Forest, Mondo Ferns and Moss and a Lord of the Rings type ambience
- Natural dirt/gravel tee pads, but very level and had no issues with slipping
- Best home made baskets ever
- Each hole had signage that showed the direction to the basket, elevation change and total distance
Cons: I cannot seriously find a complaint or something I think could be improved. The Hornings have heard from the masses and have made the necessary tweaks. Some people will always knock a course that doesn't have cement tee pads, but I think this is a non issue on this course.
Other Thoughts: - Definitely more shorter distance holes in the 200-300 foot range than long holes in the 300+ foot range, but that is the layout for this course. There are a couple of very cool longer holes in the open. A 475 foot uphill Par 4 and a 600+ foot downhill Par 4.
- They are developing a 3rd course that will be a true championship Gold Level course, so there will be complete balance in one venue, when combined with course 2, which is a Pitch and Putt course that challenges you to go double digits below par in the most insane and fun setting
- I think this has become my favorite course in the country and I am pinching myself, because I am moving to downtown Portland this weekend and will be able to play here frequently
- I played Luck Mud yesterday for the first time and it blew my mind. I figured it would be a long time before I found a comparable course and then BANG!- I find myself at Hornings and get my mind blown out. This is a DG paradise and now clearly makes Portland THE disc golf destination vacation in the USA, when you can play McIver, Pier Park, Horning's 1, 2 and soon to be 3, Trojan and Lucky Mud (OFF THE HOOK)- Oh I forgot, Portland is the Micro Brew capital of the country and incredible wine country is just a short drive away
13 of 16 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Beautiful setting--very serene, picturesque landscape - scores of peacocks strutting around, deer -- old growth forest
Surprisingly close to Portland--about a 30 minute drive
Very friendly hosts, they give very clear directions--they even give you a clean towel for your discs that you just leave when you're done
Tee pads are level, stable and more than adequate--plus they fit into the environmental theme of the resort
Numerous and very clean porta-potties
Good use of elevation changes
Very good signage, with not only distance but elevation changes noted
Great mixture of holes...short, long, very technical, right and left fades, sharp right and left doglegs, superb elevation shots--something for everyone
Wooded holes are incredibly manicured with a number of very distinct paths to the basket that each offers a different risk/reward
Very easy to follow course...numerous signs giving direction to the next tee
Homemade baskets are all consistent and solid--they grab even laser putts
Cons: Not really any cons...this course has everything a serious disc golf enthusiast could want
Other Thoughts: This course is an amazing example of the love of the sport...who could ever imagine that a private course could be so complete...if you want a good DG mini vacation...this is your place...all skill levels can enjoy the complex because course 2 is a very fun short course.
They are creating a 3rd course right now up in the hills...I can't wait until it's done
This course, with Lucky Mud, can be an anchor for a serious road trip to the Northwest and should be on the wish list of anyone who enjoys being pushed to the limit
12 of 14 people found this review helpful.
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