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The nicest snarly course ever!
Pros: I have played this course many times and over the years it has had constant improvement. Gordy and family are currently clearing much of the underbrush and cleaning up the lines on 2 through 5.
This course is just a bit over 6000 ft. In it you will find a need for every shot, except for rollers because this not a park course. It is a wilderness course and as such it is not rolling green grass nor a park where there is a public money to help with the maintenance and upkeep. What it is, as are the other 2 courses here, are a labor of love by Gordy, his wife Jaymie, and their children.
In this course you will find you have to be accurate to score well. There are no bomber holes, Gordy believes in disc golf as it should be. A place where lines have to be shaped and placement is a must. This is not a distance contest, albeit at the same time if you have a good to big arm you may have more choices as where to place a good shot.
It begins with a straight shot over a seasonal pond that is marked when it is dry to still be played as one.
Next on 2 you have to navigate a tight tunnel and once you have done that it goes steeply up hill.
Three's teepad is about 60' above the basket and is blind throw behind a BIG pine and both the lefty and righty have lines.
Four about a is 60% turn to the right and then uphill with lanes through the trees. Get errant here and you will pay dearly because it is all about placement.
Five is a righty big flex shot or for the lefty out over the trees and hyzer back in.
Six is down an old roadbed with OB to the right. If you cannot reach it just stay on the hillside on the left and you will have a line for an upshot.
Seven is the first of 2 top-of- the-worlds. Don't let the obvious route here fool you here it is not the best one. Look to the right (if your are a RHBH). It also has OB to the right.
Eight is straight in front of you. It can be played for a 3 straight on or if you have some nerve and a good side-arm, RHBH, go left and let ride in around the correct tree and it can be parked. Lefties have this made if they hit it accurately. Also OB on the right.
Nine is the second top-of-the-world shot with OB to the left to protect the fairway for 11.
Ten is set up for a good righty backhand with a small hyzer finish. The 2 big snags in the fairway will make you be careful though.
Eleven is one of the toughest holes anywhere but is a legit par 3. It has OB all down the left and if you are courageous enough to go out over the OB you can make this really work for you. But beware the last 125 feet are going to make you hate life if you are not placed in a good spot for your upshot because it is very uphill.
Twelve is affectionately called the toilet bowl hole. You have to visit to see why. :) A precise line is needed here but if you get it a deuce can be yours. Thirteen is a nice righty backhand and is a hard left for the last 90 or so feet. If you miss the turn and throw long or release early your chance at 2 just became a 4 (at best).
Fourteen is my nemesis. You can throw up to the bottom of the hill (better get it in the right spot) take your upshot and putt for a 3. If you can throw a spike hyzer to a basket that is about 50 feet above you over the trees you can park it. This one favors lefties if you know the line.
Fifteen is straight but you have to get past that pine in the middle and do not get off to the sides. It can be deuced if you keep it straight and get past the tree.
Sixteen is straight downhill for the first 225' and then flattens out with the basket on a little knoll. Don't get off the fairway trying for the 2 or guess what.
Seventeen is protected by a set of guardian trees. but is straight out there. The big tree on the left will keep lefties from bombing it and a lone smaller pine keeps righties from a nice straight throw with a hyzer finish. So not as simple as you may think.
Eighteen is a fun finish basket. It can be deuced if you have a good arm but beware it is guarded with the green. while big, being surrounded by trees.
They now have rubber Fly 18 mats on all 18 teepads.
I have played courses and DG complexes in a lot of places. Yes many are more pristine, and yes many have some nice amenities but this course and its 2 kin will MAKE you play golf and make you a better player.
Cons: There are cons here. Of course there are no bathrooms (except the nearest tree). TAKE water! You will bake out here if it is summer. Contrary to popular belief 1/3 of Washington State is high altitude desert and this place is in the transition zone between the Rockies to the east and the Columbia Basin to the west. It is can be very wet and muddy with lots of water everywhere in the spring and dry as a bone in the summer.
Wearing good shoes here is a must. I would strongly urge you to not try and were flip flop because you will regret it.
Other Thoughts: I enjoy playing here. It is never crowded and Gordy and Jaymie are fine people. If you want to be a better disc golfer and not just a big arm come here. Saying that on the other 2 courses having an accurate big arm can be a real blessing, but as always lines and placement still rule here.
I wanted to rate this better than the 3.5 I gave it but in all honesty when I compare it to the other 2 courses and some others I have played (in particular Hawk Hollow in Virginia) I could not. Saying it is "3.5 Very Good" is very accurate.
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Pros: - New flypads were grippy for days. They were excellent.
- Good baskets. no chains missing or anything wrong with them.
- Many right,left, and straight holes
- No Trash
Cons: - Wind is pretty common out on the prairie at four mounds. Bring your overstable discs.
-Very thick OB bordering a lot of holes.
Other Thoughts: Lots of hills to walk up and down, but well worth it. Most of the holes were between 300 and 400 feet. Four mounds is truly the disc golf gem of Spokane. Gordy takes good care of his courses. Not a single piece of trash was seen the entire 18 holes. Incredible.
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Hawk @ Four Mound Reserve
Hawk DGC is one of three wilderness courses located on the Four Mound Reserve in Spokane, Washington. This eighteen hole course is heavily wooded and incorporates a lot of elevation, offering a great deal of variety in terms of layout and terrain. Hawk plays alongside Cape Fear, and is also incorporated into the famous "Jumanji" course. Similar to the other courses on the reserve, the layout has players throwing around, through and even over tightly lined fairways of pine trees as well as large rock formations, requiring a combination of precision and power. Of the three courses I found Hawk to be the easiest but not by much. There were a decent amount of birdie holes to be had out there and if played right, allowed a little more room for error on some of the longer more challenging holes. Rubber tee pads have been added to a majority of the holes that were incorporated into "Jumanji", greatly improving the course. However, there are still some pads that are natural or carpet that will eventually need to be replaced but that is an ongoing project that will take both time and money.
Because this course is private and doesn't have the constant flow of money coming in to improve the amenities, Gordy has to spend a lot of his own time and money to make the upgrades needed to keep it at a championship caliber level. He is constantly updating the 50+ baskets and tee pads he has on site, along with the clubhouse/restrooms, mowing of the fairways, and general upkeep of the courses. His generosity is insurmountable, along with his wife Jaymee who like Gordy, are very passionate and selfless in what they do. Over time with more donations and time spent from the local club on course maintenance, this course will get better over time.
I have played over 200 courses in 12 states and 3 countries thus far and find Four Mound Reserve to be one of the best all-around destination spots I have been to yet! With camping minutes away from three championship caliber courses, this should be on everyone's "wish list", especially if you live in the Pacific Northwest.
Spokane is a beautiful city with a ton of quality disc golf courses, restaurants and lodging, making it a fantastic vacation spot whether you are a "weekend warrior" or a family man. Locals are very friendly and the SDGA takes a lot of pride in their courses through hard work and quality tournaments. It is always a pleasure for me to travel over the Cascades from Seattle to Spokane and I look forward to the next opportunity I get!
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