Estacada, OR 
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Clackamas River in the background on this epic hole

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 It doesn't get any better!

5+    8/11/2009   9/2/2009
Review By: Reis Just Reis
Played: 11  Reviewed: 9
3 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: ~ Long Holes and Short Holes
~ Technical Holes and Open Field Shots
~ Always in GREAT condition
~ Great use of Elevation and Obstacles
~ Two pads on most holes
~ Multiple pin locations keeps things fresh.
~ Map/Score Card provided at the Ranger Station
Cons: ~ My score on this course!
~ Difficult to navigate w/o a map (don't use the map on this site as it is out of date. Go to the Ranger Station, they have a new map/score card)
~ $3.00 State Park Day Use Fee (per vehicle)
Other Thoughts: Beware the SCA! These ppl bring in a couple hundred members and camp out on top of 2-3 holes which makes for navigating the course a pain. This summer I've run into them twice. They're good ppl, but I wish they were't obstucting my course :)

3 of 12 people found this review helpful.

 27 Holes of Bliss.....

2-4    7/21/2009   8/26/2009
Review By: forehandfranz
Played: 194  Reviewed: 127  Exp: 25 Years
This review was updated on 8/30/2011
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: For those who truly want to get away from it all - and find it all! 27 holes that primarily roll through a massive terrain of fields bordered by forest and then a few that put you into incredibly tight woods to throw you off. The folks who like to air it out will have a hey day here - but watch out for the rough that will add strokes to poor shots! You will have a variety of shots (some with elevation) to keep you busy here. My favorite holes played from the hill that contains holes 2, 3, 6 & 9 - two of them short and very woody, and 2 that launch off the hill into fields. The Clackamas river borders the east end of the park and is a gooood cooldown on a summer day.

The red DiscCatcher baskets with red flags on them are a nice addition - they are VERY visible from a distance.
Cons: Some of the holes are pretty silly long. I don't mind so much, but hole #4 and #8 on the West course are probably the biggest yawners on the course, as they are open and with barely any trees in the fairway.

Navigation can be tricky - absolutely print a map. There are two maps on this site - use the one that has says "18 hole layout". It lists the 9 hole West course and the 18 hole East course. The other "Course Map/Scorecard" shows the OLD 27 hole layout, but you will be totally confused by the numbers as most don't match. I recommend playing the East 18, then driving to the far West Parking lot and playing that East 9 if you are a first timer.

Other Thoughts: I wish the flow would be 1-27 that included the front 9 and then just finished through 27. Those that want to play just a few holes will have their 9, and the people who want to play "fat" can finish out the other 18. It would improve flow, make navigation easier, and still allow a parking spot to accommodate the entire loop.

Camping is available at the park for both tents and RV's. We once found good camping 4 miles down the road at Metzler Park (but had to pay the fee again at Milo the next day).

11 of 11 people found this review helpful.

 Challenging! Even for Pros

5+    8/16/2009   8/18/2009
Review By: runnaman
Played: 42  Reviewed: 24  Exp: 9.8 Years
This review was updated on 6/2/2010
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Excellent variation in hole distances, some where less than 200 and some were greater than 1000.
- Great variation in hole placement. The course had multiple holes that were long and open, as well as multiple that were short and heavily wooded. As well as holes that were in between.
- The baskets and teepads, as well as signage, were all well maintained.
- I loved that the pro-tees made the holes harder than the ammature teepads, sometimes, courses with am and pro tees only differentiate then by adding distance, but the course designer took that into consideration as well as changing angles and in some cases even raising them and putting them on a hill.
- Very little foot traffic. I was there on a Saturday and a Sunday and I only ran into one or two people that I had to let play through and that was because they were playing the 27 hole layout and caught up to me that way.
Cons: - I played the course as the west 9 and the east 18 as that was what was printed on the course map on hole 1, and it was kind of confusing. After every hole I had to look at the map to see where I was going next. Some signs with arrows would go a long way in adding to the functionality of this course for first timers.
Other Thoughts: This is an absolutely fantastic course and I would recommend it to anyone that hasn't just started playing the game. The long holes might discourage them from wanting to play anymore, but more advanced players will have an amazing time looking at the scenary and marveling at the the wonderfully terrifying long holes.

*Update: after playing the Beaver State Fling layout, this course earned it's last half of a disc to make it a 5 star course. The "Genius Hole" alone makes this course worth visiting.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful.

 Love Milo

2-4    5/15/2006   7/27/2009
Review By: smokey102977
Played: 22  Reviewed: 12  Exp: 12.2 Years
1 Helpful / 15 Not
Pros: Choice of courses, combination of long and open and tight and short, beautiful landscape, great parking!!!
Cons: Public park and people are clueless as to that they are walking in a fairway when you are trying to tee-off.

1 of 16 people found this review helpful.

 Best Course I've Ever Played

2-4    5/19/2009   7/19/2009
Review By: anhyzer24
Played: 83  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 18 Years
3 Helpful / 13 Not
Pros: I can't say enough about this course, by far the best I've played. Excellent shot variety, good mix of length and technicality. Awesome design, well maintained, challenging yet rewarding.
Cons: None
Other Thoughts: If I had to choose one course to play every day for the rest of my life, this would be the one. Super challenging, but allows for scoring. I've only played it twice, and it was right before the Beaver State Fling, so I don't know if it's always so well maintained, but I was super impressed with the condition of the course. Must-play course, worth traveling for.

3 of 16 people found this review helpful.

 One of the best courses ever made.

1    5/18/2009   6/11/2009
Review By: sillybizz
Played: 240  Reviewed: 230  Exp: 14 Years
This review was updated on 11/22/2010
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is a challenge for even pro players with the massive length, dog legs and technical holes. Very well maintained course and very beautiful along the river there. Mostly flat but there is a couple of hills that the course uses to tee of from on a couple of holes. Excellent signs and giant tee pads to accomodate even you players that use a complete turn around or multiple step run up. There is so much room here you could have another hole from the last hole to the next tee pad or from the pro tee to the amateur tee! I love mowed fairways and water hazards, that is here with just about everything else you could want from a course.
Cons: There are twenty seven holes here but they have divided it into a nine hole and an eighteen hole course and some people still play it the twenty seven hole way and with multiple tees you can't be sure where people are playing too. It is a little tough to navigate for a first time and anyone less than an advanced player will be frustrated by the length and difficulty.
Other Thoughts: This is one of the most diffucult and fun courses I have ever played. Bring lots of water and a snack or two if you are planning to play all 27. new players might get frustrated here so beware. This maybe the best course in Oregon.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful.

 Milo McIver (Riverbend) State Park

5+    5/22/2009   6/3/2009
Review By: JR Stengele
Played: 212  Reviewed: 191  Exp: 17.1 Years
15 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Situated along the scenic Clackamas River, Milo McIver State Park is only 45 minutes away from downtown Portland. This beautiful park provides a variety of outstanding recreational opportunities including a pro caliber disc golf course featuring an incredible diversity of holes. You'll find holes ranging from tight wooded fairways to 800+ foot monsters. This course will test even the best touring pro golfer. Course maintenance provided by Stumptown Disc Golf and the Oregon State Parks staff at Milo McIver.

With so many pros to this course here are just some worth coming for:

•Overall beauty of the course, mountains, and river making the experience absolutely breathtaking
•Challenging holes ranging from 175-1196 feet
•Includes several par 3,4 and even an incredible par 5
•Pro and Am (cement) tee pads w/ the exception of a few rubber pads that are to be replaced, as well as DISCatchers that are in good shape
•Multiple layouts including 9 west, 18 east, local 27 (starting on hole one of the west course) and the most epic of them all the duel 18 hole layout for the Beaver State Fling.
•Camping for only $17.00 a night
•Restrooms, benches, trash cans, overall maintenance
•Parking, parking, and more parking
•Very friendly locals and great local DG clubs
•Amazing tournaments that are world class
•Timber Park DGC only 1 mile away
Cons: This course truly is one of the best if not the best in the Northwest and with that being said it is very difficult to find many flaws with this course. As others have stated, at times it can be somewhat difficult to navigate without a map (can be printed out from course links) so unless you are a local or are quite familiar with the course I would highly recommend coming prepared or it will be a long day. I hope that one day there will be signs that come up from the ground and are easy to locate but for now we must make do with what we have. It is well worth such a minor pain to play a course that brings so much happiness to all.
Other Thoughts: This is a State Park and requires a daily parking permit. Permits are available at the park entrance for $3.00 a day. It is the player's responsibility to have and display a park permit. Day passes are strictly enforced. Parking permit is included with your camping fee. Wood can be purchased when camping for $6.00 a bundle on site. Commemorative discs can be purchased at the ranger station so just look for the signs.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful.

  Good but not perfect

5+    5/27/2009   5/27/2009
Review By: MrThortan
Played: 28  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 20.4 Years
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Beautiful park. Lots of Parking. Alternate pads for pro/am players. Recently put in recycling cans to decrease litter. Good variety of shots from short skill shots to big distance, anhyzer and hyzer shots. Can play 18/9/27 holes depending upon how much time you have. Lots of people dedicating their time to this course to make it better.
Cons: Too many course layouts create chaos on the course. Between those that play the 27 layout, the 18east and the 9 west, throw in the bsf course and the safaris who just can't figure out where to go next, alternate pad locations; just a recipe for chaos and frustration. Course layout could be much better for the space. Some pads are poorly placed or are not finished which gives it an "unfinished" feel. Bottles and litter. I pick this up all the time, and even with the new cans, people still lack the respect and consideration to use the cans that are scattered throughout the park.
Other Thoughts: I live 4 miles from the park and play it quite regularly. I've been playing it for several years and can recall when it was just an 18 hole course. I thought it had layout problems back then and I still think it does. It has the potential to be one of the best courses on the west coast, if not the best. I personally think the whole course needs to be restructured, and even 2 courses of 18 established. There are just too many layouts and on busy days this gets pretty chaotic. Basket locations get changed on a whim, sometimes from week to week. At times, the locations are even changed so that one of the alt t-pads is facing the wrong direction. I love this course and recommend it, but I personally think it is in dire need of new, or better management.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful.

 Nice scenery!

1    5/15/2009   5/17/2009
Review By: SimonCarr
Played: 82  Reviewed: 47  Exp: 13.1 Years
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This was my first trip to Oregon, and I absolutely love the state. Driving to the park is a treat, with great views of Mt Hood from the road.

The entrance to the disc golf course is well marked, and there is plenty of parking available. A bulletin board by hole #1 has a course map, and score cards with the printed maps.

Every hole has multiple tee pad positions. On some holes the pro pad adds another 100+ feet. The fairways were well defined and often lined with cedar trees. Several holes play along the edge of a beautiful river.
Cons: Confusing layout. Even with the maps by the first teepad, the layout is incredibly confusing. After playing hole #1, the second basket said #24. Pretty sure I played the right one, but who knows? Also, the grass seemed to get fairly tall here and it could be easy to be lose a disc.
Other Thoughts: The average hole is probably around 350 feet, with one over 1,000 feet. This course compares favorably to many of the other top tier courses I have played. This course is not as pristine or challenging as Idlewild, but it is still tremendous. Great scenic beauty and enough length to challenge even the pro players. I would love to give this course a 5, but I feel the maintenance could be better, and the layout is a bit confusing. I hope to come back and play this one again!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 Paradise Golf, Minus the Baskets

5+    4/17/2009   5/4/2009
Review By: Oregon Southpaw
Played: 4  Reviewed: 4
7 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Amazingly laid out.

Long and fair. Forgiving in spots - Doesn't even feel overtly punitive unless far off course.

Great differentiation between pro and amateur positions. Both that the option exists and that each are pretty easy and pretty hard respectively.

Some targets are so beautifully positioned amongst the majesty of Estacada you want to cry.

"So Dang Far From Portland"? Uhh, no. Its like 45 minutes. And 100% worth it. Which is a better use of time - gorgeous drive past paradise-y digs or waiting for ten groups in front of you every hole at Pier?

Cons: Baskets suck. I'm sorry, they are terrible and need to be taken out. Makes you putt better, obviously, but takes away from such an otherwise (mostly) flawless course.

Lots of douchebags on the weekends and holidays you may as well just stay away (unless you are a serious morning person). Many families, and casuals, too, which are generally respectful but clueless. Again, douchebags drinking and littering the place up bothers me but its only minimal.

Also the layout is horribly confusing - I still get lost out there. Can't they throw up a "->" here and there? I've had deja-vu multiple times replaying holes mistakenly.
Other Thoughts: Great course. Make the trip if you're in Portland.

But I don't know if I'd say best in the Pacific Northwest necessarily.

7 of 14 people found this review helpful.

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