9 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Nice course on a college campus. Most of these straight forward college courses are open, short and usually all the same like they came off an assembly line but this course looks a little different. First off there are hills and the course uses them by making you throw up and down and on the sides of hills. Holes like number three are deceptive in that it looks very short and it is but the small climb in elevation may make your putter or mid come up shorter than expected. The reverse can be said about holes like number four that are slightly downhill and short with a low ceiling but sailing past the basket 100 feet is easy to do. Speaking of low ceiling I like some of the low ceiling approaches to this place like hole number seven which is a classic keep it under the branches skip shot or my favorite a roller.
Cons: Most college courses that I have played bring the buildings dangerously into play on the course and this place is no exception. It's not incredibly dangerous here but errant shots from noobs are going to hit things and lets face the fact that the majority of people playing here will be college students who are noobs.
Hole eight is a good hole but hardly a par four for anyone who can throw more than 300 feet or so. The hole is probably 380 feet with some good trees blocking your path but it is downhill and very reachable in one throw. My problem with this hole is that you are forced to take the path to the right which is clearly more open and just a smarter play all around and there is potential here for a great split fairway, if the basket was moved up the hill a little more it might force you to choose the left or right side. It would also be nice if some of the hanging bush on that left side were trimmed up like the right side to open that area and make for a better hole.
The tee areas are muddy and destroying the pretty grass here. Most of the time I found a solid alternative in throwing from the sidewalk and this is possible on just about every hole out here and I would encourage people to do so.
Other Thoughts: This is a surprisingly good little practice course on campus that is lots of fun for your short game practice. There are enough obstacles, elevation, and variety of throw style here to keep you busy and having fun for a while. We didn't have any trouble finding things with the exception of the jump from three to four and seven to eight, so the map is still desired for these two sections but once you do it once you have it.
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Northwest University Blue and Gold
Northwest University DGC is a fun and beautiful little nine hole course located right off I-405 in Kirkland, WA. Established in 2010, this course plays directly through the center of campus exposing thousands of college students to this great game. What this course lacks in distance it makes up for with its unique course layout. Holes range anywhere from 150 - 435 feet, with eight Par 3's and one Par 4. Although the course isn't very difficult, it is the perfect place to bring children, spouses, or those new to the game. When I played I found myself making a lot of ace runs with my putter, mids, and occasionally a fairway driver. The replay factor here is high for all skill levels considering there is plenty of room to practice both putts and approaches.
The course is extremely clean due to being located in the middle of campus, offering areas to throw trash away, seating, vending machines, and bathrooms if you look hard enough. The tee signs on every hole give detailed information regarding par, distance, and pin placement. The DISCatchers are truly unique as well, using NWU school colors on the baskets, blue and gold, with large bold numbers on the top to help first timers navigate.
Best hole(s): Hole #8
Considering this course was intended as more of a recreational type of course, the challenge for a more seasoned disc golfer may not be there. However, as I stated above, the enjoyment factor makes this course well worth your time. Please be aware of pedestrians and parked cars as they can come in to play quite often. Just be patient and give them the right away.
Navigation can be an issue for first timers so I recommend printing off a map on the links tab. When my friend and I played we had some troubles locating holes three and eight. Fortunately there were some college students playing who were more than willing to help.
Last, the tee pads. Currently the tee pads are large muddy divots near the tee signs and during the wetter months they become quite slippery making drives more daunting. The erosion is an issue as well as the tee pads are becoming increasingly larger due to students kicking the dirt around, making the tee pads longer and longer. Eventually it would be nice to see some rubber mats installed to help with this issue.
Least favorite hole(s): Hole # 5
The signature hole for this course may vary depending on who is reviewing the course but in my eyes it was hole eight, the only hole on the course that requires both distance and precision. However, they have recently adjusted the tee pad, making it about 100 feet shorter, which allows for a more natural throw off the tee.
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