Looks Good In Pictures, Not In Person
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -This is a 9 hole course in a pretty park near downtown Newberg, Oregon. The course plays up and down the hills surrounding a small creek.
-There are lots of fun shots. Uphill, downhill, hyzer, anhyzer, this course fits it all into just 9 holes. I believe every hole except 6 had elevation change. It makes the most of the small property.
-There's a sign with a map near the first tee.
Cons: -This course looks great in pictures, also from the first tee. But after that, it is a mess.
-First, they have serious flooding issues. The holes at the bottom of the valley are muddy even in summertime. I wasn't wearing waterproof shoes, and my feet were soaked. I don't want to imagine what the course is like in the winter.
-There's a huge swampy area right in front of the third basket. My disc just had to land right in the middle of it. It took forever to find a stick long enough to poke the disc out.
-There's no signage at all, or numbers on baskets. Multiple baskets are often in view from a tee and the fairways of holes 4 and 6 cross. The course was all around poorly designed.
-The teepads of holes 4 and 9 were simply patches of dirt.
-The baskets were the very old Discatchers. The chains were rusted and did not catch well. A few of the baskets were tilted, too.
-Hole 8 is on my list of Top 10 most Stupid Holes. It's straight downhill, and the tree branches are too low to afford any look at the basket. Plus, the creek is right in front of the basket, very easy to slide into.
-The creek that winds through the course is small, but it is deep, still, rich with algae, and stinks. Fishing a disc out of the creek would be no fun. Plus, dangerous looking red and yellow bugs seem to nest in it. Hole 6 was so filled with these bugs I skipped it.
Other Thoughts: -It's a shame a picturesque course like this has so many issues. Remove the creek, fix the flooding, and new baskets & teepads would make this course easily worthy of a 3.5. But unfortunately it's not there yet.
-It would stink to be a disc golfer in Newberg. You have two courses in town, neither of them that great. I guess if I lived here I would go to Champoeg State Park across the river. If you're in the area, Champoeg is much more worth your time.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Nice city course
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice park setting
Not too long
Nice variation in elevation.
The planned water hazards and trees are used to good effect.
Cons: The course floods so badly in the winter that it moved a 10 foot long bridge 75 feet down the small creek. As of April 6, there's 4-5 inches of standing water in the fairway for hole 3.
No tee signs.
Basket markings are old and faded.
If the last two were fixed I would definitely bump up the rating.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Park like 9 hole course in Downtown Newberg
Pros: This to me is a fun course. Its not terribly difficult, but requires some touch on a few shots, and good accuracy on most.
Park like setting.
Continually improving due to work by local community.
Easy to play a quick 9 or play twice through.
Hole 3 is a favorite - nice sweeping forehand midrange or turnover shot which plays over the fairway for 6. Basket is tucked between some large old trees. Just a fun shot for me.
Hard to lose a disc.
Cons: No tee signage or Hole 1 sign.
Layout can be slightly confusing the first time through.
Hole 8. Play it, I just don't like this hole.
Other Thoughts: Parking is found on River road just off 99w. 1st tee pad is right next to the parking and kids playground and plays down the hill, to the left. Hole two goes back up the hill to the far basket (some people mistakenly play 9's basket on 2).
Three is the elevated tee playing over the fairway, then it is mostly straight forward from there.
Easy to play as a circuit with nearby Ewing Young park which has 12 holes. Champoeg is about 10 minutes away as well.
Ive only played in the dry months as Ive heard about flooding issues in the winter.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
-Quick Play when not crowded
- Elevation Change
Cons: - Crowded
- Unplayable many months out of the year
Other Thoughts: Thanks for the park but often too crowded or flooded. Luckily there is another decent park nearby. Don't ever set your heart on playing it before you get there.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
-The course is in a beautiful park and makes great use of little space.
-Great use of elevation, retaining walls, streams and bridges.
-These are fun holes, albeit short, very fun.
-Cement teepads are another nice addition to this short and fun course.
-Nice short variety for only having nine holes and fairly RHBH/LHBH balanced.
-Holes four and six have crossing fairways.
-Many of the baskets are crooked.
-Some of the teepads are not level and when muddy are very slippery.
-This course has no tee signs
-Hole five's teepad is about 45 degrees clockwise of where it should be.
-Gets pretty slippery when wet out here, watch your step.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Good use of elevation, but safety issues and confusing holes are frustrating
Pros: Good use of elevation changes (fairly balanced w/flat, uphill, and downhill holes).
Creek presents an interesting water hazard.
Some holes will require different types of shots (ex: using overhand shots to tee off holes 5 and 8, will suggest mixing up forehands and backhands).
Cons: No sinage and missing pieces on the map makes it difficult for me to locate the holes.
Lack of trees to separate fairways and no mandos or sinage will require you to yell fore if other people are playing on the course, because stray discs can easily cross more than one hole's fairway.
Hole 2 and hole 9 both have baskets in relatively the same flight path from the hole 2 tee pad. Without sinage, mandos, and the hole 9 basket being too close (compared to the hole 2 basket), I even got a "black par" with the hole 9 basket and had to redo the hole the 2nd time I was at this park. Also, inadvertent hyzers or annys will get you closer to hole 9's basket from that tee pad.
Hole 3 and hole 5 do not have the tee pads set up in a way that lets you see the basket while leaves are still on the trees (sinage would resolve this issue).
Blackberry bushes and underbrush are pretty thick with hole 5 and hole 8, lost a disc on hole 5 when the throw bounced off some trees and could not see where it went after that.
Flat hole tee pads are slippery and during wet conditions, unplayable (also slipped and fell on the hole 7 tee pad).
Be careful while running up while teeing off on hole 3, there is a steep downhill slope after the cinder blocks holding up the tee pad.
Saw some bums sleeping on the course during summertime (close to the hole 5 basket).
Had a bad experience with some obnoxious "trophy locals," did not encounter this at other courses in the area.
Other Thoughts: Overall, elevation is good, but if you don't live fairly close to Newberg or want to play all the courses in the area, skip this course. It has the potential to be a 3 star 9 hole course, but that will have to wait for signage and (if possible), redesigning some holes. If you have to just pick one course close by, go with Ewing or Champoeg instead.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set in a pretty small city park, which has a walking path but not much else going on. The only possible interference is most likely going to be from other disc golfers.
- Decent amount of trees here, as well as a small section of forest, to force some tricky lines. #1 has a tree to go under or around, and #4 and #6 have a smattering of skinny trees to avoid. #3 and #8 are both pretty similar, a blind RHFH flick shot around woods. #7 shoots up into a clearing in the forest, while #5 is a hyzer with a couple gaps to hit off the tee.
- Pretty good elevation changes here as well, which appear even more extreme due to shorter hole lengths. #2 and #9 play up a steep hill, and #7 is definitely uphill as well. #3 and #8 are the more extreme downhill shots, and #1 and #5 are noticeable as well.
- Water hazards come into play in the form of a small creek. Four of the holes cross it; #4 and #8 are closer to the basket than the tee, while #6 and #7 have the creek closer to the tee. It's easy to avoid getting wet without much difficulty, but it's a possibility.
- Nice pads, baskets are old but are fine. The map in front is plenty good for navigation.
Cons: - Since the park is so small, a lot of the holes are extremely crammed together. Some fairways cross (#4 and #6), lots of potential close calls. Always keep an eye peeled for errant (and not so errant shots) from other places.
- Because of that, hole lengths here are on the very short side, with an average of 218'. Some play a little longer due to elevation changes, but it's still small.
Other Thoughts: - Well, this course has some good features, and some bad features. The holes, though short, are pretty interesting and have decent variety. Different lines and elevation changes help out a ton. But, the short distances, and the crammed layout, really take away from the quality. Best suited for beginners, or a quick round for more experienced players.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
My Home Course
Pros: -Quick Par 27
-Quiet a few ace runs
-Good set up for lefties
-Good course for beginners & families
-Hills make for good workout while playing
-Course is well maintained
-Tee pads are decent.
-Baskets are old innova, but still catch fine.
Cons: -Can get pretty cramped during peak hours of summer
-Holes are relatively short, only one hole is close to 300 feet.
-Water builds up on tee pad 6 and other areas of the course. During wet season, its pretty much a mud hole at the bottom of the valley.
-Holes often cross over each other, which makes for some pretty unsafe throws.
-No bathrooms on the property.
Other Thoughts: This is the first course I ever played being that I live close by. Course is definitely for beginners and/or people wanting to get a quick round in. All holes are shorter than 300 feet so you could play a round with minimal discs. Holes 3 and 8 are my favorite. The course flows pretty well. Take a look at the kiosk at the top of the hill to get acquainted with how the course flows. This is a good course to go out and practice your putter drives off tee or midrange game.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Usesthe small area very well. Basically it's in a small valley. So lots of elevation changes. Park cared for well.
Cons: Two holes (4&6) cross paths so be aware of that. DO NOT GO LEFT ON 5!, heavy blackberries on a steep hill = lost disc.
Other Thoughts: 3 tee is blind so make sure no one is at the hole before throwing. Really like the land usage! I'll be back! Smaller course but fun.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Great for beginners, fun for the more seasoned.
Diverse holes, down hill, up hill, hyzer, anhyzer you name it. Shorter holes good for beginners to gain confidence and become more familier with their drives.
Cons: Often muddy. The park can be crowded at times and due to the fact that the course overlaps quite a bit, this can be a problem.
Other Thoughts: Look out for the creek running down the middle, I've found lost discs more often than not in the murky water.
Update: Visited Oregon over Christmas(2013) and had a blast playing the courses around here. Herbert Hoover will always be a favorite.
I take my in-laws, who don't play unless I take them, this is one of their favorite courses as well.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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