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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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