Spokane, WA 
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 Confusing but cool

1    11/8/2011   11/10/2011
Review By: Joey Pauley
Played: 25  Reviewed: 9
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - There was a nice variety of holes.
- Unless you were way off the water was not in play but made for great scenery.
- Trash cans were prevalent and the course looked very clean.
- Nice maps for individual holes and well designed.
Cons: - Confusing layout.
- I thought the hill could have been used more.
- A full map closer to the parking area would be nice.
Other Thoughts: If you shoot for the correct hole then following the next tee signs will point you in the right direction.

There is potential for a great down hill hole between 5 and 6. There was an old tee pad up on the hill where we were able to shoot at the hole for 9.

The day we went the scenery was drab but I could see how it would be beautiful when the leaves are out or changing.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Thoroughly Mediocre

1    9/15/2011   9/23/2011
Review By: JamesXC
Played: 44  Reviewed: 7
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course was fairly interesting in terms of various shots being required to reach the baskets from the tees. Right/Left/Up/Down and combinations of the four were all present, and the holes were long enough that I needed to throw drivers on most holes instead of just pulling out a putter on every teepad.
Cons: First of all, the course was fairly confusing, even with a map. There are several holes which tee off from within 80 feet or so of one another and the order in which you play them seems almost completely random. I was fortunate enough to have a couple of locals to tag along with or I would have been quite lost.

Several of the holes feel very similar (there are at least 3 left-to-right downhill 350' drives), and that makes it feel almost monotonous at times.

Also, maybe I was just there at the wrong time of year, but the park that the course was located in was not very appealing. There was a lot of dust, a few large trees, and not much else. There were a couple of pretty views of the river, but for the most part, I was underwhelmed.
Other Thoughts: The course is not bad if you happen to have a couple of hours in Spokane, but I much prefer Cherry Hill in Coeur d'Alene if you are traveling through on I-90.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.


5+    4/17/2011   7/5/2011
Review By: DiscNoid
Played: 22  Reviewed: 19  Exp: 11.6 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Challenging course with variety of throws being compatible. Great area for a DG course next to the Spokane river. Good signage. Several holes that require accuracy. Decent flow through most of the course.
Cons: 3 fairways cross one another so flow can be affected. 2 holes near the river can be disastrous. Busy busy course due to the nearby college.
Other Thoughts: Could use some rearranging by the Spokane disc club to better improve flow. Still a course to be played when in the area.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Local Heretic

5+    5/27/2011   6/19/2011
Review By: Dadio
Played: 126  Reviewed: 58  Exp: 33.2 Years
This review was updated on 8/21/2016
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Challenging layout in pretty area. Requires a variety of throws and many holes punish distance if not accurate. Many course improvements over last year or 2, including signs, improved practice pin/waiting area, and removal of worst of crossing holes.
New in 2013. Pads are improved, much of the underbursh and small trees are cleaned out. Pro and a con. Nicer but makes some holes easier. Many Pins are moved, still not sure if this is an improvement. Some holes harder, some easier.
New in 2016. More minor but good changes! Instead of 7 being long along river and 8 down the hill as a crossing hole, tee 7 has been moved back and they added a pin so pin 8 is old pin 7. I miss the throw off the hill(last of 3 on the old course) but nice to lose the cross.
New cement tee pads are in on all the holes, will be much easier to play in wet weather or winter.
Pin for 11 has been moved way to the right so that is much less hazardous.
They have done alot of rock work so OBs are obvious and it improves the overall look of the course. I really appreciate the improvements.
Cons: Greens are generally hardpacked dirt due to traffic and weather so well placed long approach can skip a heartbreakingly long distance. Signs are nice but read sideways instead of showing hole running up/down so can be hard to puzzle out. Removal of holes, while necessary, messed with flow of course. Very crowded on a nice day and that won't change until more courses in area. Before noon is best time.
Hopefully new tee signs are in works, as the ones there are becoming increasingly inaccurate.
New in 2014. Signs are better and fairly well maintained.
Other Thoughts: River is close on many holes and bad shot will lose disc. Make sure to mark them all but that is no garuantee(sp! :-p) of return, some locals troll river but don't call. One scubas river and will return for modest fee. Like course overall but really feel should be redesigned as pro course. Not likely, many locals have been playing it for years and are resistant to change, understandably so.
New in 2013. Very glad to see work being done on course.
New in 2014. Talked to club officials and course can not be redesigned because of new rules requiring man made stuff to be at least 200ft from river. That is most of course. Good news is they have continued improvements on existing tees. This will remain a fun yet dangerous course and a good glimpse into course design of an earlier, less busy time.
New in 2016. So good to see the old problem of this good course addressed! Slight rework of holes, new pads and different rockwork have improved not only playability but look of this venerable course. If you haven't played Downriver in a while, give it a try, you should be pleasantly surprised.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.


5+    5/17/2011   5/19/2011
Review By: tyezerian
Played: 5  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 6.5 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The course has a good layout overall. Almost all of the baskets can be seen from the tee box so you know where you are going. The course is pretty well maintained.
Cons: If you haven't played this course very much, it could be a little hard to figure out where the next tee box is. All of the holes are a Par 3, even though some of the holes are pretty long and should be a Par 4. When the river is high, there are three holes that you can easily loose a disc on. You either have to skip it, or downscale your throws and play them save.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Great course to play

1    4/12/2011   4/26/2011
Review By: rstevens77
Played: 4  Reviewed: 3
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A beautiful setting for this course. The Spokane river is not only great to look at, but forces you to really think through your shot selection and several holes.
Cons: The course layout leads to some confusion as well as a few holes crossing over each other - which obviously is can be little dangerous.
Other Thoughts: This was a tough course, but well worth the time. Courses like this definitely make me want to work hard to step up my game so I'm ready for the challenge next time! I will definitely play this the next time I'm in the Spokane area.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Scenic and Gorgeous

1    9/9/2010   10/5/2010
Review By: Daffron24
Played: 155  Reviewed: 25  Exp: 12.1 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
A beautiful setting for a disc golf course that is located near the Spokane River. With scenic views and great terrain this course offers a really fun experience. This well-maintained course has an ok amount when it comes to the variety of shots required, but does have a good variety of hole distances which make for some challenge. Downriver has a good mix of technical and open holes throughout the course as well as good use of elevation. Rubber team pads added for good traction, but some of the pads were worn. The signs were good but tended to be a little confusing when trying to figure out the flow of the course. The first hole is situated right near the 11th hole and goes off in one direction and you zigzag though the course. Once you get to about the 5th hole you get a little better idea of navigating the course. The locals were very friendly and helped me get around the course.
Cons: The main flaw of this course was maintaining a constant flow throughout the course. It was confusing and not well laid-out. There weren't any restrooms or running water. Even though the course used a good mix of technical and open holes, the course was missing the wow factor.
Other Thoughts: Even though this course was missing a few things to make it an elite level course, it really did offer a lot. The overall challenge of the course was about a 3.5/5. The course was a really fun course to play and absolutely gorgeous views of Western Washington. The Spokane River was right to the course which added to the scenic beauty of the course. There are two parking lots and it can get a little crowded which means back-up and discs will be crossing each other. This course was a fun course to play and if you are in the Spokane area it's worth the time to go and play.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Great Slice of Spokane

5+    9/3/2010   9/10/2010
Review By: Sean Johnson
Played: 22  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 9.2 Years
This review was updated on 10/2/2010
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Downriver is a great example of the beauty found in Eastern Wa. There are excellent views of the Spokane River and even though we don't have the lushness of the West Coast there is a certain rugged charm to the terrain around here. I think that this course is the better of the two public courses in Spokane, though Highbride is beginning to catch up to Downriver in terms of difficulty.

Downriver has a good mix of open and tight holes, but it definately favors forehand/right turning shots. There is little elevation change, but some of the best holes on the course (4 and 8) utilize what is available. There are risk/reward holes and many holes require very accurate placement to even have a line at the basket. Hole 5 is a good example of the several tough par 3s. It is a tight 300'+ s-curve that leads to pin that is protected on all sides save 2 (1 1/2) lanes. As someone said before, the front side is much harder than the back 8 or 9, but there are few "throw away" holes to be found.
Like Highbridge, there are changes in the works, and this will include changes in pin placements (more on that later), better teepads, and improved signage.
Cons: The main con for Downriver is the same as Highbride; one gang of posers with sharpies and the teeming masses that can't seem to pack out their cans. I mean, you got it in here didn't you? Just because there isn't enough trash cans, that doesn't give you the right to litter. Course can be very crowded, but I like to play early so it's not really a problem. Also, despite losing three great holes because they crossed fairways, there is still some danger zones. Hole 1 gets frequently bombed by 12, and 8's fairway (downhill elevation shot) pretty much includes 7's teebox.

If you throw RHBH on this course, you'll get a feel for what lefties and forehanders go through on other courses. This course has open holes where both FH and BH are an option, straight shots, lots right turning holes, and about 2 holes where a hyzer is the dominant line.
Other Thoughts: The powers that be are requiring us to move several holes to help prevent erosion around the Spokane River. I agree with them completely on this issue, as respect for the environment is one of the fundamental tenants of our sport. However, we have limited space and there are limited options for moving placements. No matter how the course turns out, it will still be a must-play for the area.

It is worth noting that I do not think that this is one of the hardest courses in Washington. Seatac, Ft. Stelli, and all three Fourmound courses are more difficult by a wide margin. That said, this course is no pushover. For reference, Avery Jenkins set the course record at -9 and Dave Feldburg broke it at -10. Scores like that are certainly in line with a tournament level course.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Best Course in Spokane

5+    5/25/2010   5/31/2010
Review By: Sixth Man
Played: 4  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 9.4 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Incredible diversity and beauty on this course. It The Spokane river wraps around most of the course making for beautiful backdrops. Plenty of long holes to air your arm out as well as interesting terrain (elevation, water, trees). It's a very well designed course and my favorite in Spokane. It's definitely worth playing a round if you're in the area.
Cons: It's very crowded. I don't even attempt to play on the weekends unless I can get out there early in the morning. I also lose a lot of discs here, so be careful with your favorites.
Other Thoughts: If you are family oriented and can get there early it's a great place for a round and a family picnic. There's a nice little beach area by the 7th hole where you can have lean up against a log and have some lunch. The front nine are MUCH tougher than the back nine, so it's nice to know that if you can survive holes 2-9 you should have a good round. There's more direct sun here than at Highbridge, so if you're looking to get some rays or a little more heat I'd head here rather than Highbridge. It also seems to be pretty protected from the wind. It's an awesome course (when it's isn't too crowded).

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Great Variety of Holes

1    3/6/2010   4/15/2010
Review By: forehandfranz
Played: 201  Reviewed: 127  Exp: 25.4 Years
This review was updated on 5/26/2010
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is located on the bend of a scenic river and amongst tall pines and grassy fields. It plays as a classic "fairway" course with most of the perils on the edge of the play zone, and many of the holes scatter a good mix of trees in the fairways and around the greens for good measure.
Cons: It was extremely crowded on a sunny March Saturday. The locals told me this was common when spring starts to show her face. Nonetheless, there was a lot of waiting around!

The fairway of #8 crosses right over the front of #7 tee box. I know they have corrected several criss-crossing holes, but this one still seems quite dangerous.
Other Thoughts: The beauty of this course is a real highlight. It attracts more than just disc golfers and can add to the crowd.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

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