I feel bad trespassing on shrek’s home...
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Baskets are visible on approach to the hole and/or from the tee
-Most fairways are good but... (see bullet 3 in cons section)
-Elevation is used really really well, hole 18 is a massive downhill, so massive in fact that you can expect to lose a disc. (This is a pro and a con)
-This is a mostly wooded course where trees come into play often, they make it challenging, but not too hard.
-Terrace Creek Park is a really pretty park
-Lots of options in terms of what to throw, many creative lines, as well as a few traditional ones
Cons: -Tees are too small, and sometimes awkward to get on if they are on a hill
-There was one tee sign (#7) and it was covered in graffiti
-Hole 11's fairway is a concrete running path which has many runners on it, hole 9 you have the option of concrete path, or a swamp.
-Disc Golf Paths are awful, running Paths are decent. Hole 18's path is basically a dried out waterfall, bring your butt padding.
-Navigation is impossible without a map, and very difficult with a map, No Tee signs + haphazard layout + unclear markings on Baskets=impossible
-Only a few benches, many of which are rotten wood
-Many fairways intersect, or end within 20 feet of the next tee. Fairways also cross running paths (or are running Paths) frequently.
-This course gets a 1/4 on the New Shoe Index, Of someone can play this course without getting mud all over their shoes I will buy them dinner.
(Not actually but you get the idea)
-Holes 1-4 are completely separate from the rest of the course, also hole 18 to parking lot is a really long walk, the course doesn't loop around at all.
Other Thoughts: If you are tired of playing the same old courses, give this one a try, it is nice and close to Seattle. However, don't go out of your way.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 4 Not
Try Not to Hit Someone
Pros: - 18 hole course north of Seattle
- Good variety of shots required
- Pretty trees scattered throughout
- Open field in the middle of the course good for playing catch or warming up (though in 5's fairway)
Cons: - Dangerous course design (see "Other Thoughts")
- Lengthy walks between holes
- No signage
- Counterintuitive navigation
- Litter; no trash cans
- Poor/uneven teepads
- Rough/thick foliage with thorns
- Erosion; steep hills with poor traction
- Crowded; many runners, dog walkers, etc.
Other Thoughts: Terrace Creek is the most dangerous disc golf course I have ever played. More than half the shots require a significant risk of hitting a person or car even while following the designed throwing line of the hole. Full list below:
1: RHBH anhyzer over a popular two-lane road; guarded basket encourages this route
3: Straight shot across a valley that goes over 4's teepad
4: RHBH hyzer; straight shot or any turn goes directly at 2's teepad.
5: Along the popular two-lane road
6: Over walking path and bench; overthrow can reach 8's teepad
8: In range of 6's drive; blind throw over walking path; early hyzer lands right on 9's teepad.
9: In range of 8 and 7's drive; limited vision of walking path beyond teepad (UPDATE: on 6/30/16, one day after original review was posted, I saw a player hit square in the chest from 7's drive on the walk from 8's basket to 9's teepad. The player who threw the drive on 7 could not see anyone in the area and did not know he hit someone until the man starting cursing at him)
10: Fairway is a walking path; walk to 11 crosses 18's fairway with no view of teepad
12: Walk from 12 to 13 crosses 11's fairway
14: Early RHBH hyzer goes over 15's teepad
18: Throw's down valley over walk from 10 to 11
As an out-of-towner, I am shocked this course is still in the ground. I have played approximately 10 rounds at this course, and have seen a non-disc golfer hit in the stomach from a turned over drive on Hole 5, a disc golfer hit in the chest walking from 8's basket to 9's teepad, and countless other near-misses. This course puts players and park visitors at extreme risk for injury.
Safety issues aside, the course navigation is terrible, and the only course maintenance comes from foot traffic that causes erosion. With no signage, it is next to impossible to find where to go next. Four holes (1-4) form a loop on one side of the road, and the final 14 zig-zag forward while going further and further away from parking. The walk from 18 to 1 takes approximately 10 minutes.
There are a few fun shots at Terrace Creek, and a lot of the holes do present good golf holes if safety and other course features are not considered. Many of the holes require good finesse with midranges and drivers, so skilled players will usually score better than inconsistent players. I very much enjoy playing 7 (straight drive through tight gap in front of basket), 12 (short downhill ace run), and 18 (top of the world).
Overall, I am not inclined to play at Terrace Creek on a regular basis. Despite my close proximity, I prefer field work to showing up for the risk of hitting someone or losing a disc in the thick rough. A lot of locals really enjoy Terrace Creek, but I have to imagine it is because of the lack of good courses north of Seattle and not because of the course itself.
6 of 10 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Trampled Down to Perfection
Pros: Well used; no matter your level its been there for 21 years so there are trails to all the strange spots your discs may end up
Beautifull if you go on low traffic days/times
Most tee pads in great condition, cement
Orange cones highlight a lot of holes
Challengeing holes with good twists (3,15,18)
Course now has all its baskets
Cons: High Traffic on the weekends
No water unless you go to the rec. center at hole 12 so bring some
Can be hard to find the holes the first time
Hole 1 is right by the street dont park your car near the Basket unless you like dings
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Quite the Hike
Pros: -Lots of hole variety. Short, long, uphill, downhill, trees, open shots.
-Nice tee pads
-Full 18 holes
Cons: -Hard to navigate (there is a google map with the new layout that works well, but I played it alone for the first time and definitely had to do some hunting for tee pads)
-Vandalism: Lots of graffiti, missing basket on hole one (I assume stolen)
-Layout: the walk from 18 and between some of the holes is pretty long. Play doesn't really flow all that well when you have a 5 min walk between holes.
Other Thoughts: I liked this course for the most part. Definitely had to mix up the shot types to reach the baskets.
THIS COURSE IS A HIKE! I read some reviews that said there would be elevation changes and long walks and man were they right! Not a course that can be played quickly!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Great course, could use a few improvements
Pros: Variety of shots
Elevation changes (uphill, downhill)
Signature holes - #3, #18
Cons: Vandalism to tee signs
Some tee-boxes small or in poor shape
Hard to follow
Park goers in fairways
Other Thoughts: This is a challenging course with a lot of variety on each hole. This course could be fantastic with a few improvements such as better tee-boxes, and new signs and maybe a slight layout change on a couple of holes so it flows better. Although I'm not sure how long the tee-signs would last due to vandalism.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: great basket placement
exceptional teepads, concrete
solid baskets not chinsey
great use of land and course layout
variety of looks and challeges with OB and mandos coming into heavey play
Great discgolfing community good vibes
18 is one of those holes you remember
Lowell who designed the course often is selling discs out of his disc van, super cool guy and local disc golf legend. Guy gives good deals on plastic
Cons: no practice baskets
in a crowded park with occasional oblivious kids around baskets
lack of water features
muddy at 7 and 8, thats not a big deal to me but is mentionable
Other Thoughts: Terrace creek is sweet, the group of golfers there can really put down some rounds, super cool guys i would suggest playing a dubbs tourney if your close.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Lost my favorite disc
Pros: Nice layout. Holes have some challenging elevation shots. Course skirted a park and walking trail but never had an issue with a park goer in the way
Cons: Lots of undergrowth. easy to lose a disc. Lots of elevation changes. shoot uphill to said basket then turn around and throw right back down the hill you walked up.
Other Thoughts: I lost my favorite disc here. A transparent Orange Discraft Surge SS with a Blue ring and writing. I also learned to start writing my number on my disc. Can't wait for the Disc Beeper to come out.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Could be great
Pros: -good variety, in terms of layout almost every hole is unique, only a few holes seem similar, distance wise there may be a few ace runs but due to trees an ace run can't be a guarantee
Cons: -hardly any signs, not many palces to sit, hardly any trash cans, last few holes can be confusing to navigate
-I really don't care for the walk to hole 12 or the walk back after the 18th
-course seems dirty and like a place where "no-goodniks" might go to hide from the public eye to do unsavory activites
Other Thoughts: Overall this course is fun and a good challenge. I feel like the course is somewhat neglected or under appreciated. If the resources where available and this course put through a major renovation it could be championship level. The area of the park is 60 acres, if more holes could be in the woods that could cool, and it'd be nice to see dual tee pads and multiple basket placements.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
SPOTTERS ARE A MUST--very challenging (but fun)
Pros: As someone that first played this course as a beginner two years ago, it has definitely changed. The course contains a ton of thick brush, which makes it very challenging to find discs on at least half of the holes. However, compared to when I last visited Seattle (summer of 2010), the brush is greatly trampled down, which really helped us find our discs.
My favorite thing about the course is the challenge. Also, it has, in my opinion, two signature holes: #3 and #18 (See below). Other than that, it has a cool variety of holes, almost all of which are highly wooded. There is good use of elevation and foliage windows.
Cons: There are a decent number of cons to this course:
- It is very easy to lose a disc, so spotters are a must. If you play this course alone, be prepared to lose a disc.
- The signage is pretty poor.
- The course flow is not good, and a map is essential.
- The walk back to your car after 18 is annoying.
Other Thoughts: #3 is a cool shot from hillside to hillside, across a valley that is *highly* wooded. It's a hole that will keep you coming back, as it's pretty tough to get it across the valley without hitting a tree, especially given the limited tee space. I had daydreams of coming back to Seattle to play this hole.
#18 is a 500+ footer, with a huge elevation drop. Very cool shot. The first time I played the course (as a beginner), I didn't play the hole because I was scared (wisely) I'd lose a disc. This time, my buddy and I spotted each other and he helped me find mine. The guys playing in front of us were not so lucky, as they lost one of theirs. We helped look for a little bit, but to no avail.
#14 is an example of the importance of pin position. The hole has a lot of open space and is ideal for a RHFH shot. What makes it a great hole, though, is that the basket is just a couple feet from a ledge, so you could easily go from birdie to bogey. More course designers should guard/protect the pins with difficult hole locations like this course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Wish There Was Better Signage
Pros: I generally love this course after just the one time of playing it. It's like going on a hike and playing a little disc golf at the same time. Beautiful park!
Cons: I would love to see better signage, or at the very least an updated map on here.
After hole 13 it became terribly difficult to navigate, and I'm sure we skipped a few holes.
My buddy lost a disc on 18, which is not a difficult task. I'd toss a cheap disc on that last hole, just in case.
Other Thoughts: With better signage or a map, this would easily be a 4.5-5 for me. I had a fantastic time playing this course.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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