An Absolute Favorite
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Long, stunningly scenic fairways on 27 beautifully carved holes, right on the Clackamas River. Very challenging with stroke bleeding rough. Nice mix of woods and open holes with lots of shot options. Concrete teepads, nice baskets. Benches on most holes. Lots of clean bathrooms. Plenty of parking.
Cons: The only two cons I really have with Milo is that they don't put the Beaver State Fling layout in more often and dual pin placements would be nice, as they are typically required for my rating of 5. I don't have a problem with either here as it is always a pleaser.
Other Thoughts: Not too much can be written, that hasn't already been said about Riverbend DGC at Milo McIver State Park. It is one of my all-time top 3 favorite courses and just an absolute gem. I was fortunate enough to play the 36 hole tournament layout after 2014 Worlds and equally as fortunate to play in the 2017 BSF. This course, as the 36 hole tournament layout is one of best and most beautiful courses in the world.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: this place has huge beautiful fir trees with a 27 hole championship level layout ,like hole 2 is 1200+ feet and all of it is just amazing ,hole by the river with elevated tee is one of the best and can put the water in play if you miss your line.
Cons: could have better signage
Other Thoughts: love courses in state parks n forests out west
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Wow! Spectacular course.
1 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: SPECTACULAR scenery!
Oh, and by the way, there's a disc golf course!
The signage at each tee is the best.
There is excellent signage at both the pro and amateur tees.
Cons: The drive is long to get there but worth it.
The hazards are serious, like if you lose a disc in the big, rushing river then history.
Other Thoughts: If you're in the area you should visit this classic!
1 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Top Notch Disc Golf
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Milo McIver Disc Golf Course is easily one of the best disc golf courses in Oregon. It is located in the beautiful, massive Milo McIver State Park near the town of Estacada. The disc golf course occupies a healthy portion of the park-- I'd estimate 75 acres.
-The scenery here at Milo is absolutely stunning. From the moment you drive in, you can sense that you're in for a treat. The entry road winds down a hill through a forest thick with lovely Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar trees. At spots you can catch a glimpse of Mt. Hood as well.
-The regular course is made up of 27 holes, with an 18-hole east course and 9-hole west course. Whether you decide to play 9, 18, or 27 holes, you'll have a ton of fun. The course design is phenomenal. The Riverbend day-use area, where the course is located, features open areas with scattered trees, plus areas with more dense woods, perfect for a top-notch course.
-No hole at Milo McIver is a gimme. All shots are needed to succeed at this course: long crushes, right to left shots, left to right shots, straight shots, flex shots, low shots, precise approach shots, straddle putts, and hack-out-of-the-woods shots. You name it, you need it.
-It's a long course, but not too long. The course features many par threes, par fours here and there, and two par fives as well. Most of the longer holes have a short teepad, making the course manageable for newer players.
-Almost every basket is tucked into a nice setting, between or behind some trees. This makes you really have to focus on throwing your disc to a spot where you aren't blocked. It is very easy to throw a shot 20 or fewer feet from a basket and have no look at a putt because you're behind a massive tree.
-The scenery is so beautiful, it can become distracting, and you will inevitably throw into the woods at one time or another. But the undergrowth is almost all native. Ferns and vine maple abound. It is much easier to find your disc in these plants than if the woods were overgrown with blackberries and other nasty invasives.
The Clackamas River is in view from a good many of the holes and within earshot at a couple of points, too. Nothing is more calming than hearing rushing water. Too many disc golf courses are within earshot of a freeway. This is a hundred times better.
Wildlife abounds. Don't be surprised to see deer, eagles, chipmunks, and maybe in the river, salmon. This adds even more charm to an already splendid course.
-Timber Park is right across the river. Two terrific courses within a ten-minute drive is anyone's dream. Timber Park has more of a city park feel, and the holes are closer together, but it's still a wonderful challenge. If you come here to play Milo, check out Timber, too.
The course is generally flat, but many of the baskets are set on a small hill in the woods. However, holes 6 and 11 on the East and hole 9 on the West all offer fun, downhill throws.
-Every June, Milo McIver State Park hosts the Beaver State Fling, and for good reason. Come out if you haven't already. It's a ton of fun to watch the top pros at one of the best courses in the country.
-The East 18 has brand-new, nice tee signs in full color. The West 9 could use them, too.
-Numerous top professionals have named Milo McIver as their favorite course. Nate Doss, Will Schusterick, Philo Brathwaite, and Gregg Barsby just to name a few.
-There are frequent restrooms, which, for a state park, are really nice. I wonder if that is due to the Beaver State Fling.
Cons: -The one real issue with Milo McIver is navigation difficulty. The regular layout is an 18-hole east course and a 9-hole west course that start from the east and west parking lots. Or, you can skip around and play all 27. For the Beaver State Fling, they add 9 holes to make for two 18-hole courses that start from the middle parking lot. And in the winter, the west course is closed and the extra Beaver State Fling holes on the east side are opened. It's all very confusing until you've been to the park a few times, so make sure to print a map.
-Tee signs are infrequent on the West 9.
-The baskets are older Innova Discatchers. They catch all right but some of them have rusty chains. This isn't a big problem, but for a course like this that hosts a PDGA NT event, I'd expect to see new top-notch baskets. There aren't any practice baskets, either.
Other Thoughts: -The course is definitely heavy on the RHBH friendly holes. Lefties or forehand players need to have a good turnover :-)
-Some people might complain about the park entry fee of $5, but I think that is more than worth it for a course like this.
-Milo McIver State Park is a long drive from most anywhere except Estacada. Take advantage of other park opportunities while you're here, including picnicking, fishing, boating, and hiking. If one day here isn't enough for you, reserve a campground!
-Many of the baskets are elevated, either on a mound, a tree stump, or on the side of a hill. It's a lot of fun but make sure to give your putts enough power. Watch out for those front-rim bangers!
-The baskets do have a little doodad at the bottom pointing the direction to the next hole. Sometimes they are correct but not always. I just look for a path leading away from the basket.
-This course hosts the Beaver State Fling every June for a reason. Come out if you haven't already. It's a ton of fun to watch the top pros at one of the best courses in the country.
For sure, Milo earns a 5-star review. Yes, there are a few small issues but nothing worth dinging the rating for. Milo McIver State Park is a wonderful experience, start to finish.
-If you're just starting out, this course is probably a little much for you. But you certainly don't need to be a pro to have fun here. The short and long tees make this course fun for everyone. I always look forward to my next round at Milo McIver.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
* Challenging course with wide variety of shots across 27 holes with Pro and Amateur tees. You will want to come back again and again. This course should be on your bucket list.
* Holes usually have multiple angles of approach, and reward a variety of play styles. Quite a few risk/reward shots to take. Nice mix of long/short, open/trees, and elevation/flat shots.
* Beautiful scenery along the Clackamas River - wildflowers, wild berries, trees, meadows, bald eagles, blue herons, etc. This is everything disc golf should be.
* Concrete tees, good signage, good benches, nice facilities.
* Ample parking, restrooms and water fountains near some tees for pit stops.
* Well maintained grass, OB, facilities (that's what your fees pay for).
* Paper maps available at the entrance, very helpful.
* Really helpful staff at the front desk and campground. Don't be afraid to ask questions about the facilities or where to go.
* Camping and day-use facilities available at this enormous state park. Clackamas river has a boat launch and an old (but operating) hydroelectric dam to check out. Lots of hiking trails and good picnicking.
* Short drive to another great course, Timber Park.
Cons: / Thoughts:
* Some water fountains don't work at present and need to be repaired.
* Watch out for people crossing your path on the way to the river who don't know there is a disc golf course there.
* Watch out for poison oak and blackberries. They are minimal but they do exist on a couple holes. There is a hornet's nest (marked with signs) on #17 right now as well.
* Due to the awesomeness of this course, if you are playing on a nice-weather weekend day get here early, say 10am or earlier.
* Some shots are very long. I recommend playing the amateur tees the first time you play, or you may find your arm too exhausted to finish all 18 / 27 holes. The pro tees really are for pros at this course - they will wear you out.
Good course for: people with a half day to full day to play disc golf. Good for pretty much any reasonably experienced player, although even the amateur tees may still be too much for new players.
Bad course for: absolute beginners, green-colored discs, people who don't look before they throw
King for a day: I would fix the drinking fountains and get some crews to eradicate the occasional poison oak and blackberries, but otherwise, it's great.
Definitely a 5/5 - "best of the best"
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 9 Not
The tops. Nothing more to say.
Pros: Everything except the signage. Gorgeous natural beauty. Good mix of shots. History. Location. Views on the drive out and back. Truly world class.
there is a reason (there are lots of reasons) why it is a top course for anyone who has ever played it, and a favorite among many top pros.
Cons: Needs better signage and next tee markers for visitors.
Other Thoughts: As good a course as I've played anywhere. Ever.
5 of 14 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 15 Not
Pros: Incredible course. Played twice and loved both rounds. Challenging and long (both good things). If I lived in the area it would be my goto course.
Cons: A bit of a drive to get there. Can be tough to follow some layouts.
Other Thoughts: This is a world class course. No question.
3 of 18 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: -Huge tee pads
-Pro and AM pads
-Multiple pin locatoins
-Garbage cans through out
-Shots of all kinds, bring your whole bag for this course!
Cons: Not sure of many cons. May be a little long for beginners. Other than that I can't think of any other issues.
Other Thoughts: This course is absolutely amazing. It is well kept. Lots of volunteer hours go into making this one of the best courses in the world. Take a lunch. You'll be wanting a nice meal after a round at this monster.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 20 Not
one of the best
Pros: has some of the best shots around, tests every aspect of your game............................
Cons: gotta have a big arm to make par..........................................
Other Thoughts: leave the tournament pins in year round plz............................
2 of 22 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
My Favorite Course...
Pros: - Amazing layout: green grass + huge trees
- Concrete teepads
- Different elevation looks
- Variety of open/flat to tight wooded holes
- 27 holes (spring/summer)
- Bright red rimmed baskets with huge red flags (awesome)
- Recycle bins every couple holes
- Great use of park space
- EMPTY during the week
- Good signage
Cons: - Signage is confusing if you don't have a map.
- The course flow can be confusing at certain points (Hole 9e to 10e; Hole 15e to 16e) if you have no idea where your going, again bring a map the first couple times.
- Someone (Stumptown DGC) should make one map that includes both the 9w/18e layout with the 27 hole flow labeled as well. That would be sweet.
Other Thoughts: Picture a course with wide green fairways, the occasional giant Douglas Fir in the middle, combined with tight forested holes every now and then, over a huge expanse of area on a bend of the Clackamas River.. If someone asked me to imagine "What would be your ideal course in the Pacific Northwest", it would be this course. There's a reason there's a national tour event here.
There is enough space to have two 18 hole courses here (which happens during the Beaver State Fling), but the seasonal recreational layout is 27 holes (9 west, 18 east) during summer/fall and 18 holes on the east side of the course during winter. It should be said that the 18 east winter holes include holes not used during the 18 east summer/fall layout. This is due to alternate park use in some areas during summer.
For the 27 holes used in summer/fall, locals use a 27 hole layout (the Stumptown DGC map is included here), which numbers many of the holes differently than what's on the signage. Before you go, do yourself a favor: print out both the 18 hole and 27 hole layout (NOT THE WINTER) maps and write in the 27 hole layout numbers on the 18 hole layout map and use that map to play the 27.
Confused? It's really the only "complaint" I would have for this course. After playing it now in all seasons, I totally get it, but I will always use a map. Always. If it is your first time here, ask or bring a guide.
I've played 63 holes of golf here over 8 hours, which makes it about 8 cents a hole for the $5.00 you pay to get into the park. This is for the most beautiful layout I've ever seen. There were few people there with me.
The course is big, with two lovely par 5's :1w is my favorite on the course; 2e is both pretty and ridiculously long. Combined with the fair amount of par 4s, it is a course for big arms, which I love, but not might be for everyone. They do have Am tees to ameliorate this, but I wouldn't necessarily call this a course for beginners or newbies.
I think the perfect scenario would be to camp here for a couple of days in the middle of a week during the summer fall. You'd totally get the most out it, then.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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