Fenwick: a course with character
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Tees are adequately sized, overall good.
-Tee signs are visible from a distance and helpful with hole number and distance
-Baskets are in good condition, 2/18 are Mach V, the rest are DISCatcher
-Fairways are clearly defined as separate from the rough and in good condition
-Elevation, when present is used very well, hole 4 has an unspoken OB created by the massive drop off, many other holes have to be analyzed to prevent roll-aways
-This is a very wooded course, the trees come into play on every hole and are a major defining aspect of this course
-Water only comes into play on one hole, but it is used very well and not extremely daunting
-Nice benches on every tee
-The course's surroundings are beautiful, it is a very nice forest area typical of the Pacific Northwest
-Wide Variety of shots required
-There are two cool features I was particularly excited about, and elevated basket, and an island hole, basket number 6, the island, is also in a boat, kinda cool, i have also never played on a basket that has been elevated with a pole, so that was cool.
Cons: -Tee signs are not helpful with basket location or flight route
-Most shots are blind from the tee, the lack of flight path on the sign makes it really hard to tell where to throw
-Paths are quite nasty, the walk between 4 and 5 might as well be a sledding hill, made of mud
-Navigating this course would be impossible without a map, so you better get it from DGCR, because it isn't on the kiosk
-While the course design is great, the course has an unclean vibe to it, probably due to the obscene drawings and messages on every bench and sign.
-Mandos That are apparently present according to the map, do not show up on the course, or they do, but as a mossy sign that looks like part of a tree.
-Pretty forehand dominant course. There are backhand lines, but they are really difficult to hit, where the forehand lines are easy and obvious.
-18's elevated pin is (in my opinion) too high, I played with my 6'4" friend and even he had trouble getting our discs out
Other Thoughts: Well Worth the half hour drive, I will return soon.
New shoe index: 2.5/4
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Really beautiful.
Lots of elevation.
Cons: Challenging to figure out the location of tees and baskets. A graphic and a few more markers would make a HUGE difference.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Technical - Meaning lots of "thread the needle" shots in between the trees.
Signs at every tee pad to give you a hole number and distance to basket.
Some signs on the course to help navigate
Good trails maintained by locals, many of them created with trees that fell down and were cut up to frame the trails.
Sometimes has course map pamphlets at parking lot.
Good use of terrain.
Cons: Needs better signs at the teepads, they dont show the shape of the hole or the pin positions, just the distance for either position A or B.
Needs better signs on the course or at baskets to lead you to next tee. Got lost my first time.
Needs a large course map.
High risk of losing a disc in the heavily wooded area or in the pond. (lost one and found one in said pond)
Some holes are close enough together it's confusing like holes 5 and 17, teepads right next to each other.
A few holes that put you out on the fairway of another hole when you are done so heads up.
Other Thoughts: A good workout this course, my fitbit tells me I hike 30 flights of stairs on this course, half of that on the first 4 holes. It's a good course, I know I have a lot to say in the Cons but I do like this course, if it was easier to navigate it would be rated much higher.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Lost but having fun!
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Beautiful course nestled in mostly shaded park of old growth trees. Was blown away by the beauty of this course and appreciated the variety of shots. If you enjoy traversing small bridges, conquering hills, and standing akimbo from raised concrete platforms--this is the course for you!
Oh my God--signage not so great! Being this was my first time here and was solo, I had to rely on other park goers or had to walk ahead to figure out which basket I was throwing to. Pads are poorly marked and the baskets, if marked, have the wrong number posted on them! This is what hurt the course with my score. Still, I will come back here again when heading up to Seattle. I had a blast playing it! Was just a bit lost.
Other Thoughts: Not to harp on the signage thing, but I find it such a shame when such a simple thing like signage detracts from the enjoyability of a course. Just numbering the baskets would have made all the difference to me, just so I am confident that I'm driving and putting at the right basket. Arrows pointing to the next tee pad are always nice too!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Pros: Technical course. Good parking. Almost good signs. Bring your 'A' game or you could be looking for disks in all the wrong places.
Cons: Signs need a little drawing showing the general direction of the basket. Had to scout ahead to see the baskets especially the 4 holes criss-crossing the large ravine. Make sure you fly all the way over the ravine shots...heavy underbrush and blackberries.
Other Thoughts: The signature hole, the boat hole, should always be in play. The basket was not in the boat when we visited. Sad :)
I would venture to play it again but probably not in the winter. I think this is a really wet swampy course.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
not a good fit for a sidearm
Pros: i liked how it is based in wooded area. nice tight pathways, has a monster hill that you putt or let it roll down.
teepads are concerte.
Cons: for those who throw sidearms, may disc golf god on your side.
the teepads in some area are unbalanced, and have dangerous step after throwing off.
signs are missing
Other Thoughts: none
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Favorite course in the Seattle area
Pros: - Very interesting terrain
- Lots of variety with many technical shots and elevation changes
- Wild and rugged feel but still well maintained
- Friendly locals and really positive vibe
- Good signage on every hole
After just one round of 18 holes, this is my now my new favorite course in the general Seattle region (have played 7 of them). There is more variety and challenge packed into the relatively small area for 18 holes than most the other courses in the area.
Cons: - A bit hazardous when wet out due to steep muddy inclines and elevated tees.
-Gets muddy in areas but not as bad as some others in the region (Juel...caugh)
- Going OOB can be quite a nuisance on some holes: brambles, bog, water hazard on a couple holes
If you go over the right side of hole #4 (and to a lesser extent #3), you could be rappelling down a very steep fern "wall" to get your disc. I had to use a clump of vines as a makeshift rope to reclaim my Orc. While a bit sketchy, it sure started the 18 off with quite an adventure:)
If recent rain, expect to get a little muddy and possibly slip since it is very steep in places. Watch your footing on hills and elevated tees.
Other Thoughts: Overall a really great course, and look forward to many more rounds here. If you are in the Seattle area from out of town and only have time to play one course, I would recommend this one if it hasn't rained a lot. It is very unique with the Northwestern vibe, woods and elevation, and the classic boat-basket on hole #6 really adds some flavor to the course.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Work to improve any issues is constant and almost weekly and certainly monthly there is noticeable upgrades to either holes, paths, placements, etc.
There's more elevation change in this course than any of the other local courses and the challenges are unique and varied. Errant throws are costly. The course definitely rewards accuracy over distance. Not to say there's not a few holes that will test the longer throwers but even if playing with a pro that can regularly outdistance me by 100 ft., I usually have a chance to win the hole with accuracy.
Tee pads are mostly protected from surrounding hole play. Many have benches.
Cons: See: Errant throws are costly. For competition this is a pro, but for good clean fun it can be a detriment. Expect to spend some time searching for your discs. Underbrush can be very thick and there are a lot of places even a good shot can slide under it to be hard to find.
With the elevation differences come the dangers of that element. The course is often wet and even the main paths can become treacherous in the rain despite the efforts of the course managers. I wouldn't trade the 'Pro' for the 'Con', but you should be aware of the higher danger factor.
There could be more signage. It may not be easy for a player coming in for the first time to find the next tee and not all the baskets are in view from the tees. (I've tried to help this problem in the "Hole tips" section above).
The nearest restrooms are up the street a ways at the Park proper.
Other Thoughts: Parking is atrocious and it can be a busy course. This may be the reason there seems to be more garbage on this course than the others I've played. Please pack it out.
The pics here are out of date and I recognize few of the holes. None are numbered correctly. I hope to improve this later in 2015.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Good Fun for Everyone
Pros: -Challenging, but not intimidating
-People (I usually note people as a toward the end 'pro' if I encountered good people there - I found the people at this course to really be exceptional, helpful, advocates of the sport and of this course specifically, so they are near the top).
-Great elevation change holes with some 'uh oh' areas if you miss bad, leaving you chasing a disc down a long hill, but not likely to lose it even in those cases.
-Great shape to holes, uphill, downhill, right turn, left turn, good varying distances (nothing to rip your arm out of its socket) and obstacles are used very well.
-You are in the woods, but the underbrush is well worn as a good mature course should be so you get to deal with the 'obstacles' and not the 'garbage'.
-Navigation is reasonable, and any nav difficulties are well mitigated by the great people who are welcoming and ready to give you a point toward the next basket or tee.
-Typically wet areas (none were wet as I was there in a dry July) have raised wooden walking paths and physical bridges.
-There is at least one seating bench at each tee number.
-Woods provide good shade if it is a sunny day - nice alternative to some nearby 'out in the open' courses that can be real scorchers.
Cons: -There is parking, but its not hugely abundant and you might end up parking in a (safe) area up or across the road.
-Navigation is not 'readily apparent' so if you visit for your first time and it is not a typically 'good DG day' (i.e. there is a chance you will be there alone) I could see it being hard to find your way around.
-Tee signs indicate distance, but not direction or shape, so you can find yourself continuing walking even after arriving at the teebox in order to identify the location of the target.
Other Thoughts: My 13 year old daughter (learning the game and how to throw) and I (ridiculously overconfident and tend to be in 'trouble' a lot) both enjoyed this park immensely. We played Lakewood, then found our way south to Fenwick and had a blast at each. Being in the woods on a hot day, it made for very 'muggy' conditions, but it was a great contrast to Lakewood where you are very 'exposed' to the sun.
If you want a fun, wooded course that is simultaneously challenging and unintimidating, this is a great option. The only place you might be disappointed is if you are looking for 500'+ shoulder ripping wide opens - you won't find any 'wide-open' here, so 500' would just be a missed opportunity to have 2 great 250' holes.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Forest course? Yes please!
Pros: Firstly, if you're looking for a course smack dab in the middle of a forest, this is it. Which means...
- it's extra challenging. Some might not like this, but I had a blast... And I'm fairly new to this whole thing!
- Obviously being in the forest means you'll encounter lots of trees and brush, so this is a good course that will help shape your technical shot.
- Elevation is an added element here, with the first 4 holes going uphill. Definitely a challenge, but a lot of fun.
- Holes loop you around to the beginning of the course by hole 18. Very handy.
- I had little trouble with finding the next hole, it was relatively easy to figure out. Most of the baskets had the hole number on it.
Cons: - Excessive trees and brush can be a nuisance to some, but honestly, why go here if that's the case?
- Easy to lose a disc, although that hasn't happened to me yet. I would suggest using discs that are bright colored.
- No signs that point to the next hole. It wasn't really an issue with me personally, but I can see it being annoying for some.
Other Thoughts: Distances vary, but most of the holes are either short or medium range, which I prefer. There are a couple of longer ones too, but I think the goal that's in mind here is not distance but rather strategy in getting to the basket.
There was only 1 water hazard that I could see, and it was pretty minor and out of the way. Nothing too much to note in that department.
Also, it should be noted I played this on a dry, sunny day. There were no wetlands or swampy like features to note (other than above), but that might be different when playing in the rain.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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