May I Operate The DC-9 Cat Today, Please?
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Pros: The Thousand Pines Christian Camp is one of those camps which provides every kind of recreational activity imaginable. They have a swimming pool, two disc golf courses, zip lines, paintball, BB gun course, skate park, volleyball, horseshoes, hand grenades, a malt shop, poker room, archery, etc. You name, they offer it! Kids shouldn't get bored here.
One thing I like about the disc golf course is they tended to hit their target audience. The course wasn't designed for advanced players. The baskets, while homemade and kinda ugly with single chains, catch well enough. The tee pads are natural and are in need of work. The tee signs are laminated and stuck on boards. Many are missing and without their helping me, I struggled with the navigation.
Does the lower course start right next to the skate park? I found a # 1 sign there. Or does it start way back by the Tree House? I kept walking up to tee pads with one or both signs missing.
Cons: The terrain leading from the Skate Park in towards the Tree House looks like a cross between an old logging site and a current construction zone. I finally decided this is the area where the camp offers heavy equipment operation. Little 9 year old Molly wearing her little pink hard hat with the cross on thle front, "May I take the DC-9 dozer out and push some dirt around today?" Camp Counselor, "Sure you can, Molly. Just be sure to buckle up your booster seat."
Some tee signs are set right at the front of the natural pads. Watch your follow through.
Navigation was a total nightmare.
There really aren't any Par 2's in disc golf? Even a little short 150' hole should be listed as a Par 3. I found Hole # 3, a 300', listed as a Pro Par 2. I can hear Dave Feldberg bitching now.
Other Thoughts: I found a few neat little holes like # 18 with the basket atop a small hill. But I never really knew where I was. Is this one course or two? Why are there two # 1 tee signs? I don't think this was the upper course? Who's on first? This was one of the most discombobulated courses that I've ever attempted to play. Good luck campers! You might want to stick to safer things like BB guns, paintball and operating heavy equipment, Molly!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Great camp course
Pros: The course plays through the lower part of the Thousand Pines camp. This course seems to have been designed for the younger campers, and is a nice complement to the hillier and longer upper course. There are several spots on this course with great views, and the course seemed clean and taken care of. The layout is easy to follow, and because it uses the same 9 baskets in both directions you can start and end anywhere.
Cons: The course is not designed to have multiple groups playing at the same time. With the same baskets being shot at from both directions, you could have some conflicts. Also, all the tees are within 10-20 feet of the baskets, definitely a safety issue without proper supervision. Several holes play through or near other camp activities as well.
This course has great shots for young campers with no disc golf experience, but I rate courses based on the same scale across the board. That means this one is too short and doesn't have enough challenge or variety to score highly for me, but that doesn't at all mean that I think it missed it's intended audience.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will have a blast here, the holes are short but have enough trees to present some challenges. More experienced players won't find much to test their skills here. Don't go out of your way for this one unless you just want to check off a couple courses or you're in the area and you want to introduce someone to the sport.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
More than expect, room for growth...
Pros: This is a private course - you will be the only disc golfer on the course. As a result of this you will find yourself in a very serene setting if you hit the fairways when there are no private group outings occurring on the property.
There are actually two 9-basket/18-hole courses on the property. Listed on this site is the easier of the two; what I call the "lower" course. The lower course has a series of easy to follow holes - with the dirt teepads almost directly on top of the targets for the prior holes. If this course was populated by any regular play at all this would be a distinct negative - however the private nature manages to negate this somewhat.
The fairways on the lower course are, for the most part, very easy to make out. There are not any totally "un"fairways. Additionally the baskets, despite their distinctly cheap look, catch far better than I expected upon first spotting them. It is actually shocking how well they catch.
Cons: As said - the teepads for the next hole are almost invariably within 15 feet of the basket. Unfortunately - in many cases - this means that the tee sign is obstructing otherwise simple putts.
The course has "PDGA Approved Disc Golf Course" (a paraphrasing, but it is directly along those lines) on every tee sign. With the safety hazards involved with the horrible footing on the dirt teepads and the teepads directly on top of the baskets, along with every tee sign being at the front of the tee (and not a few feet off of the tee either) - this is a definite falsehood.
The fairways, although definitely "fair" (on this course, less so on the "upper" course, which is not listed here) - unfortunately are very awkward. On many of the holes you will find yourself with what should be a decently challenging shot up a moderate fairway (this is a deuce or die course), but the teepads are placed in a very awkward spot, often angled incorrectly and behind a tree immediately off of the pad.
Other Thoughts: The main reason I gave this course a 2.0, or "reasonable" score - is because of the potential that exists. It is a 1.0 course on a 3.0 or even 4.0 piece of land. The space is limited by other activities on the property (it directly interferes with a few) so it is probably more like a 3.0 piece of land.
However - I am living on the property and working for the camp for the next nine months - and I promise that by the time I leave Thousand Pines this course will deserve an updated review with many of the cons erased. Hopefully I can help to turn them into true strengths on the back of both the natural and monetary resources available here at Thousand Pines.
I will attempt to get a page added for the "Upper" Course on the property as soon as possible, and will review that as well.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
a day away
Pros: This course has a very crisp, clean atmosphere. Never crowded as long as you call in advance and make sure there is no retreats going on. There are many tight and challenging holes with small windows that challenge your accuracy. Hole lengths differ and the view is amazing. Some elevation changes are nice and welcomed. Beautiful counrty up in the mountains
Cons: 1st hole plays to close to some cabins. You really have to be carful on hole one. The baskets need upgrading or some remodeling. Some of the fairways are tight or over grown and need grooming more often. Holes could be marked or have fairways alittle more manuverable. Where pants in the winter months. More signs to point to tees would help. Paying to play is always a con
Other Thoughts: I really like the fact that in the summer its cool here. I like the mixture of hole lengths and terrain. U need many different shots here. The vibes from this course are good and the land has a ton of potential. This course has room to grow and get better. I will play it again and more often.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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