Ok if in area
Pros: This park 9 hole course is in a rectangular park along a popular trail in Carnation. It is about 1/2 in a tighter cedar grove and 1/2 around a field with fairly thick roughs or fences to private property. Early on a weekday there were no other golfers but a fair number of people on the trail.
Port-a-potty by parking lot, much appreciated since it took a bit to get to Carnation.
Cons: This seems to be a popular trail and 2 or 3 of the holes either cross it or throw along it, you will need to be alert and on a busy day may need to skip holes. Signs are adequate but missing on many holes and numbers on the pins are very small which led me to throw at the wrong hole on 1. I didn't realize this can be a double 9(2 tees per pin) until 5 so didn't try, only saw 1 other well marked alt tee and 2 possibilities. Would be difficult to do without guidance from someone that knows the course until marking/signs are upgraded.
The carpet tees were saturated and slick enough that I threw beside or behind them after slipping badly on the 1st one. Not uncommon, there were places well set up for doing this.
Other Thoughts: More cons than pros listed but it really isn't a bad little park course. Very shady so would be good on a hot day. Really didn't have much to work with in this space, did pretty good with what they had.
Nothing really stands out but if you are traveling through the area it is worth stopping and throwing a quick round.
Glad it's here!
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Pros: This is spaced nicely for being a fairly little park, with opportunities to air out a few and carefully pitch a few too.
I was mostly alone when I was out there and so had time to learn the layout and make my way with ease. I thought the drive was lovely too, just as far as having to get out to Carnation. I tend to play early so maybe it's more active later in the day.
Two tees per, making it 18 holes. Many of the tees are carpet pads now. This is maybe newer than some previous reviews. I've not played on carpet before. It was ok...a bit squishy but not too slick even with late winter rains. The natural tees are also decent. The course is mostly marked on the front 9. (#2 and #5 are missing)
The canopy areas can be pretty confounding but it forces me to stay low which for me is a plus.
I only ever saw dog poo while walking to 1, far as previous comments go.
Cons: Some of the tees on the back 9 are not easy to find...especially the natural ones. I lucked into a couple, actually. Once you know the layout, it's ok, but I was constantly aware in the back of my brain that the signage needs work.
Need to be modestly careful on holes 5/14 or you'll climb the fence for the football field, and need to be more careful at 6/15 because the out of bounds there is fenced private property. My guess is they're sick of stray discs in those yards. Another reason to throw low.
There's one honeybucket out there but no actual facilities.
Other Thoughts: For the season (wet) this course was in fine shape. I played the bog that is Juel Park a few times recently, and this is better on many levels...especially that it's not a swamp. Loutsis is a nice flat course, fun, clean, seemingly maintained, and with a mix of shot types. It plays fast despite the trees...not quite pitch and putt, but nothing huge either. I'm glad and grateful it's there and will be back.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Cool little Carnation course!
Pros: Fairly easy to find stray discs. Even with some moderately wooded/brushed up areas, its very easy to track down errant discs. Locals are great about asking if you lost any that they came across (no collection area tho)
Fairways are well maintained, and there are very few muddy spots, even in wetter weather
Not as much dog poop as some are saying. Just saying. Folks seem to be pretty good about their dogs crap.
Great little 9 hole course. For what the city of Carnation has done with this sliver of property nestled between 2 developments (along a walking path), I have to commend the planners for how well everything works. Theres very little overlap between holes, and it makes use of every inch of the allotted space.
2 tee pads are provided, which adds to the complexity of some holes, and or could double as a 2nd 9 if wanted.
Nice equipment. The city went with some decent baskets, and come around often to check on the condition of everything.
For the type of land available, theres a surprisingly wide array of holes, with varying degrees of technicality required. It makes for a challenging, yet overall fun and enjoyable experience for beginners - Advanced.
Cons: Tee pads are not all labelled properly. Some are missing, and its ads to confusion for new players. Technically, the tee pads are there... but not in the best condition. Rated a 5/10. Most are well worn gravel patches marked by 2 faintly visible bricks embedded in the ground. More could be done to show where these are, and make them visible from the prior basket/area.
Lack of benches gets tedious at times, but the overall length of the course makes it so it isn't a necessity.
There are no amenities at the park, which isn't a kicker, but should be known if youre making a drive. Bushes abound. And no drinking fountain/water available onsite.
Signage for each hole is still missing, or overall confusing. But once you make through the course once (usually quickly), it (layout) makes perfect sense.
Adjacent properties. If you lose a disc to the neighbors, good luck. A lefty friend with a tendency for late releases lost 2 discs to the folks lining the 6/9th holes. They just didn't want to allow access to their yards. Beware.
Other Thoughts: Not heavily trafficked by discgolfers, so theres a chance you may not even see anyone through 1-3 rounds. There have been days Ive seen large groups, and plenty of waiting time spent at tees, but overall, it relatively empty weekday afternoons and weekend mornings.
No practice basket(s). Again, these aren't essential, BUT there have been a few occasions where people wanting to practice, or show their toddlers how to play... will end up on one of the holes (oblivious to the fact others are playing that hole). A dedicated basket for these and other folks would lessen the chance this continuing to happen
No lost disc collection area present. Not a big deal, but the last 2 times Ive played the course, a local player has approached me asking if I had lost any of the discs they had come across. A collection bin and a smidgen of oversight to try to return lost discs would be a welcome addition.
An excellent course for an intro to new players, or those looking to build their confidence in the game, I highly recommend this park. Its near level elevation for 90% of the course, and moderately woody areas (60%) make for a fun, challenging and new/interesting round anyday.
Plenty of opportunities for technical shots, controlled mid-range shots, and a few wide open bombers make for a cool little course tucked away in the armpit of Carnation. who knew!!??
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4 Helpful / 1 Not
Great course for space provided
Pros: Great layout for space
Decent variety of shots
Stays reasonably dry in winter
Grass is mowed regularly
Cons: Only 9 baskets
Carpet tee pads, or dirt
Other Thoughts: Shorter 9 basket course with a great variety of shots. This is a fun course to play and even though it is short, most holes provide some sort of challenge. I'd play this course more often if it were closer to my home. This might be the best course on the east side at the moment.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Quiet, Serene, and Wooded
Pros: *Disclaimer* : My husband and I are beginners. This course was great for us; the courses that we're used to playing on have long, relatively straight fairways leading to obvious baskets. This course is heavily wooded, and we had to put a lot more thought into our throws. This is really good for us.
Course was maintained from a mowing perspective.
Nice quiet park in a residential area.
The flow of the course seemed to work really well; the tee for #1 is near the parking, and the basket for #9 ends in the same area.
Cons: Fair amount of dog poop on the ground.
One or two easily avoided mudholes.
Tee signs were inconsistent - some were there, and some were no longer in existence. This created a problem for us only on #2, where we spent time looking for a sign when there was only a relatively inconspicuous tee pad.
When there are tee pads (sometimes there are just brick markers), they're made of carpet. This wasn't bad when we were there, but I wouldn't want to use them when it's been raining.
Other Thoughts: There are alternates for many of the tees, although it wasn't entirely clear to us which tees were supposed to be more advanced (no signage/markers that we could find).
Although there are only signs at around half the tees, once we figured that out, we had no problem navigating the course.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: great use of the limited space, nice group of locals always willing to show a newbie the course, trees make many of the holes play longer than they are. carpet pads hold up better in the rain than you would think.Rarely busy. This is the ONLY course i almost always get lost discs back from.
Cons: lots of dog walkers that don't clean up the poo!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Wouldn't go back
Pros: -Only course within 30 minutes
- Variety of holes for all players
-Wasn't a lot of traffic at the park
- Desent flow if you can find the tees
Cons: - Tee pads are covered with carpet, can only image how soaked they are after it rains.
- Hole one is very confusing, there is a sign but no pad
- Couldn't even find the tee for hole two, and only accidentally stumbled onto hole 5
- Tee signs were greatly inaccurate, sometimes the baskets wasn't even where the sign said it would be.
-Outside of the course is covered in thick brush, and houses making it a bitch to find a bad through.
- No locals present to help navigate the course
Other Thoughts: -Probably fun for locals that play the coarse often
-Pain in the ass for out of towners
-Could be really fun if they repaired some of the holes by add concert pads, and making sure all holes are properly marked.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
A Fun 9 Hole Course
Pros: Excellent use of the land provided. Even with the short distances of the holes the setup is such that no hole feels the same as the other. Quiet course. Friendly players.
Drains well and plays well in the rain.
Cons: Natural tees. Though #1,2,5 utilize existing gravel paths.
Other Thoughts: #5 is one of my favorite holes anywhere. It is a short hole with a slight elevation drop. The shot from the tee is through an overhanging branch and a tall shrub. It provides a great frame for the basket.
The other hole here that I love is #8. It is a alley shot through a grove of trees.
This is a great course for taking the kids along and is stroller friendly.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
A sweet and fast course
Pros: Short, but well thought out holes, utilizing a variety of techniques. Friendly and helpful locals. Much under brush removed recently, a big project to clear out blackberries, makes its even better. Its a small area, but they did a great job with the design.
Cons: Some of the alternative tee's could be farther from the first set.
Other Thoughts: Never a wait, never an attitude.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun little intermediate 9 hole
Pros: The baskets are pristine. Navigation is simple. Good use of the land provided. A good amount of challenge even though eight of the holes are well below 400 feet. Not too much rough but plenty of tight windows through the trees. The designer did a great job here.
Cons: The signage is temporary and won't survive the fall if my own experience of being a teenage boy was any indication (if you know what I mean). The signs rotate easily too, so it can be difficult to navigate if you aren't being alert. Elevation never comes into play on this course, but one can't quite call that a con when the piece of land provided is completely flat.
Other Thoughts: I really did enjoy this course. I didn't mind the natural tee pads because the course was so new. The designer made use of the gravel roads several times in place of tee pads, which is a great idea. As Carnation is isolated from the greater Seattle area, I don't expect a ton of play that will ultimately turn the teepads into obstacles like the ones at Sunnyside Park in Pullman. I would place this one right behind Howling Coyote in Bothell as the best 9 hole that I've played. Word is that there's sponsor money sitting out there waiting to be used too, which could turn into better signage and something other than white bricks in the ground to mark a teepad. Although I wouldn't drive all the way to Carnation just for this course, it's worth a look if you're in the area or heading up to Spirit Ridge.
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