11 Helpful / 0 Not
Best short course I've ever played
Pros: Very strategic use of a small area
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 design for such a short course
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
Takes "pitch and putt" to a whole new level
Great for beginners
Awesome course to introduce people to the sport
Cons: For what it is, a definate pitch and putt, it has few cons...it doesn't try to be something it isn't
Other Thoughts: This was such an fun course...it would be worth driving to if it stood all by itself, but the GREAT thing is that Horning's 1 is right there :)
This course is a great way to warm up for the other course
To make this course more interesting, try chosing different shots you want to work on...like doing the whole thing forehand if that's not your normal throw.
A few holes in we thought, "let's go double digits below par" and set a goal of par two on every hole...talk about an energized round :)
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
-Excellent usage of elevation
-Best home-made baskets I've ever putted on
-Great variety of shots including left and right dog-legs
-All holes are short, but the basket placement is very good with moderate sheltering.
-Very good course for skilled players who don't have a lot of distance
-Fantastic place to practice long somewhat technical upshots (here, they are teeshots :) )
-Wonderful chance to practice new throwing techniques; thumbers, grenades, side-arms, etc
-Port-a-Potty available about halfway through the course.
-Trash/Recycling bins available every 4 or 5 holes to empty bag contents
-Great course to bring new players to, or family members, or co-workers
-Great warm-up for the other course
-Well defined fairways, some about the size of hiking paths
-About 500 feet away from HH#1, which is a full size course.
-Gravel teepads (not a real big deal on a course with an everage hole length of 170')
-Both courses are at least 15-20 minutes away from the nearest store. If you're going to play both courses, it's a really good idea to get some snacks for between rounds, and a bottle of water.
-Um...I would say it's too short, but with the other course a disc's throw away, the shortness of the holes doesn't bother me at all.
When I heard how short this course was going to be I pretty much lost all expectation of enjoying it. Then it was put in and I kept hearing my friends rave about how much fun it was, some of them being very, very experienced golfers. My interest was piqued. And besides that, my girlfriend is a very experienced player who doesn't have much distance (tops at about 280') so I figured it be a good course for the two of us to play together.
What a blast! I was totally surprised at how much fun this course is. The first few holes start out in the open, but with a lot of elevation, and you slowly work your way into the woods. Every hole is an ace run for experienced golfers, but very few of the holes were boring, due to great basket placement and use of elevation/terrain. One hole is about 180' and pretty much straight off a cliff to the basket 60' of elevation below you.
Like I stated earlier, the average hole length is only 170', with the longest hole at about 240'. Normally this would be a red flag for me to avoid the course, but it's just designed so well, and after you play 18 holes on this course, there is the original course, which is a full size course, just a few feet away!
I shot 13 under par my first round, my girlfriend shot 3 under par, and we both had a blast with it!
I guess this course would fall into the "Don't knock it 'til you try it" vein.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 2 Not
2 of 3
Pros: This a great course for all levels. For the Pro's they should try as an ace race or all holes a par 2. For the non-pro they can play it as a par 3. It is also playable by kids. They is the option to play night golf by lights on tee's and pins. these are all short holes with most under about 200 feet
Cons: There are not many cons with the short course. The one big one is in the winter when it gets wet it can get very muddy and very slick in some spots we have been trying to fix some of that with wood chips and stuff but it is an on going battle. Also in the spring time the nettles can get very very very bad in spots. They teach you to stay on course.
Other Thoughts: This a fun course that I tend to warm up on before i go play #1 course. It works well to be played as glow golf. I have done that twice and both times it was assume but man the trees sucks. you can't see a single tree in the dark.
This is course 2 of Three. This one is for kids or people that are just learning but pros can have fun too. 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.
Will be a tour Guild out there if you want one shoot me a pm.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: A really fun course to play. Lots of trees and a little bit of water. Not to hard to hike and flows well. Not to crowdedand plays fast. Good chances at some Aces.
Cons: They are still cleaning up the course and there is alot of down branches and the course can get real muddy.
Other Thoughts: I really nice place to play. I must for Disc Golfers. Its The next Best Northwest course around.
6 of 9 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 2 Not
Fun, easy short course
- Great for beginners & families, but not ridiculously easy
- Nice use of elevation & trees
- Very open fairways and minimal underbrush (no poison oak and few blackberries), even in the woods
- Excellent homemade baskets (with solar LED lights for night golf)
- Good flow, impossible to get lost
- Another (longer) course on-site
- Most holes are a little too easy for experienced players
This is a tough one to review. If it were the only course at Horning's Hideout, I'd rate it a point lower; I probably wouldn't drive all the way out there to just play this course. But you have to keep in mind that with an average hole length of 170', it's a "pitch 'n' putt" course designed primarily with families and beginners in mind, and it's meant as a complement to the original, longer course at HH (and the future third course, which may be even longer).
And as far as pitch 'n' putts go, it's fantastic. A lot of holes go uphill or downhill enough to make you think about it (especially #12 and #18, which are severe downhills), and there are a number of slight doglegs to be negotiated. The bright yellow homemade baskets have plenty of chains and catch everything; they've even mounted solar-powered lights on both the tee signs and baskets for those who want to give after-dark glow golf a try. It'd be a perfect course for an "Ace Race" tournament.
The only problem is that most holes are a little bit TOO easy; on my second time around, I got thirteen deuces. You almost have to think of each hole as a Par 2; a three feels disappointing. Again, I realize that it's meant as a short course -- and I don't think anything should be changed -- but I just don't feel like I can give four stars to a course where I'm almost guaranteed a score of -9 or better!
(By the way, I disagree with a number of points that the previous reviewer made: the 40 feet of water on #5 is not much of an obstacle; it's not very easy to lose discs here; and the condition of the gravel teepads isn't much of an issue because there are only two holes where you need to do more than a one-step windup.)
13 of 15 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 3 Not
great addition to to make 36!!!
Pros: Absolutely wonderful course!!! It starts out in a field makes its way up and down terrain wise. Hole #5 you drive off across a pond, after hole #7 then the fun begins!!! After Hole #14 you make your way back out onto the field again.
Advanced players should par every hole and there is plenty of ace and defiantly birdies opportunities. Hole maps/guides offer elevation and length info and direction to walk to next tee pad.
Short challenging holes w/ custom made baskets w/ huge #'s painted on them that work very well. Each tee pad and basket has a solar powered light allowing night time playability. The course flows very well.
Trash/recycle bins offered every 4 to 5 holes and one porta toilet is located after hole #14.
awesome gong sound that is totally different from any other basket... it catches discs extremely well!!!
Cons: Gravel tee boxes that can get muddy.
Hole map/guides are vague and not very informative navigation wise.
Lots of beer cans people were just leaving them around sometimes inside the baskets!!!
Can be slippery when wet
Some challenging holes for beginner players ( if you are one my advice would be play #5 safely or skip it as you drive over a pond)
The potential to loose discs is very high!!! (it may be a safe idea to use a friend as a spotter.)
Other Thoughts: Wonderful course that was not crowded when I went (3rd day being open). I drink but I was very disappointed in seeing all the beer cans. There were at least 1-3 on every hole some even laying inside the baskets. Take the time to dispose of your trash/recycle in the provided bins. In my opinion the course was only open for 3 days (11-26-08) and it felt as though it had been played for years w/ all the cans. Please do us all a favor and take care of this course. ( I spent time on every hole picking up these cans) Other than that a truly great addition and compliments the adjacent 18 hole course that has been built on the same land. I highly recommend playing this!!!
COURSE photos w/ yellow arrows were shot by Richard Dixon and edited and uploaded by me... contact me if you have any questions or suggestions.
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