Bring Your Rabbit's Foot
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Pros: -Lots of variation in holes
-Not much foot or bike traffic on the park's paths, so you basically have the place to yourself
-The "Ace Pole" by the first tee is a nice addition
-The fairways are mowed (when grass is involved in the hole)
Cons: -I titled this review as I did because you'll be lucky to navigate this course w/o an additional hour of wandering around, jogging to baskets to check the hole numbers, and looking for your disc in the ditches and/or thick foliage. The layout makes zero sense, and the map I had from the pdga website was very wrong.
-Poor or absent signage. The few signs there were were drawn on a piece of paper and stuffed in a flimsy plastic sheath, although even some of these were not attached to a sign board or post, and their accuracy was iffy at best.
-Your guess is as good as mine as to what par was on at least 6 holes.
-Some of the holes have no possible line to aim for, and you're left hoping to avoid all of the trees and bushes on your first shot, and then hoping you have a line for your second shot to the basket...assuming you've found the basket by then...
Other Thoughts: I have no idea how this course is so highly rated. I'd seriously rather play Stewart Park in Roseburg or the course in Oakland. There is potential, but the layout is so poor that I'd automatically give it a 3, even if everything else was perfect.
Either way, it was free and it's always a good day when you're out on a course.
Oh, and a few tips. If you're on the tee box on hole 3, don't aim at the basket in the middle of the field in front of you, that's the basket for 16. The basket for 3 is in the treeline on the right, and you need to walk and find it before you throw.
Also, when you've finished 4, walk on the paved path back toward the tee box for 4, and the tee for 5 will be around the path's bend to your left.
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8 Helpful / 0 Not
Decent Course With Some Serious Design Flaws!
Pros: North Regional Park plays between a freeway and a Waste Treatment plant. A few holes play along a open area (partly a field) while most of the course plays through woods and next to a drainage ditch. The tee pads 1-16 are textured and taper down in the front. They're great! There are no signs yet. The baskets are new. One feature that I really liked here, although I'm worried about vandalism, is an "ACE POLE" they have near the first tee. It's a pole with people's aces typed on laminated cards and attached to the pole. Much better than players signing the baskets.
Cons: I think there are a couple of fairly major flaws with this course. Three holes in a row play with this ugly drainage ditch looming on the right side. There is a very small fairway here so the chance of going into this ditch is very high. We thought # 7 was borderline silly with the basket just a few feet from the ditch and nowhere to throw. We just picked up our discs and skipped this hole. The risk/reward of getting down into the ditch was just not worth it. # 12 was another hole that I was not too keen on. It's a blind, uphill throw with a very narrow little fairway. We saw lots of beginner/novice type players on the course the day we played and these holes are just impossible for them.
My final con is that the area on the final couple of holes was just an eyesore. It looks as though there's been some heavy machinery driving through mud here. I'm left with the opinion that this is not a particularly pretty course.
Other Thoughts: There are some nice things about this course, pads, some of the terrain, etc. But then again there are some serious design flaws in my opinion. This is one of those courses that could and should be a nice little recreational course but the designers have tried to challenge it up and in doing so, I think they've lost what should be their target audience, the casual recreational player. The course they should be trying to emulate here is Riverfront Park in Roseburg. That's just a nice little city park course that doesn't try to compete with the big boys like Whistlers, Dexter, Milo or Adair. It just uses the terrain they have very effectively!
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