Canby, OR 
North Eco Share
Uploaded By: Adam Schneider Hole #1 (Taken 7/2012)
3 / 162ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #1 Tee

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1    8/7/2018   8/7/2018
Review By: radsnowsurfer
Played: 168  Reviewed: 49  Exp: 14.6 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: By a good margin, the best thing I would highlight about this course, and want to applaud the course designers for, is the nice tee pads, baskets and navigation signage. I would say that most Oregon forest courses, at this relative level of quality/age, don't have the consistent signage that I found out at North Eco. The tee pads are grippy rubber, and while they aren't particularly long, they work well for the mostly shorter holes on the course.

There were a few fun hole designs, in particular, the first three holes were quite a lot of fun, as well as the last two holes on the course. I really liked the distance and shot shapes on these tightly wooded holes, providing birdie opportunities for a well-planned and executed tunnel shot, while punishing mistakes with some thick, but not overly dense rough (not counting ground cover). Hole 1 in particular I would highlight as one of my new favorite local wooded holes. It's a perfect width tunnel shot, to a tight, but not overly punitive green.

Generally nice scenery throughout. There were a good number of dog walkers out and about when I played, so it's good the park is getting some use.
Cons: It's been mentioned in most of these reviews, but the walk from the parking lot to the first tee is very long. The directions here on dgcoursereview list it at about 1/3 a mile, the sign at the parking lot says .4 miles, I measured it on my phone's GPS and got 1/2 half mile, and I think that's likely accurate. It's all concrete too, with views of a large fence bordering a country club and a sewage plant, it's not exactly an enjoyable trek.

I really didn't want to mark down the course too much for the thick rough, as I expected it going in. And, generally, I do think that reviewers often overly punish NW wooded courses for the undergrowth. I don't think we should discourage designers from working with true forest properties, nor do I think that it's necessarily a bad thing to design longer wooded holes that require the use of a spotter. All of this is to preface the fact that unfortunately, the undergrowth at North Eco is bad enough that, playing solo, about half of the holes are essentially unplayable right now. I had to skip holes 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12 just because a perfect drive down the middle could still end up buried in dense undergrowth. Sadly, outside of regular maintenance, the only other thing that could help this issue would be a regular stream of players tamping down the brush, which, due to the plethora of better courses in the area, is not going to happen any time soon. At the minimum, having a spotter on most of the forest holes can help, especially as most of the holes are short enough that placing one spotter halfway to the hole should cover enough eyesight.

The three field holes, while a nice change of pace from the forest holes, are almost featureless, and are all essentially the same distance. I was also unable to find the tee pad for hole 9, and had a hard time finding the pad for hole 8.

This is a small con, but, for a short course, North Eco has pretty long walkouts between holes, which don't couple well with the mile of walking required just to play the course in the first place.

While I appreciate novel hole designs, hole 6 is a bit of an eyesore. No tee pad, and the hole throws up and over a steep ~20 foot high dirt wall to a hidden and protected pin.
Other Thoughts: North Eco is a bit of a tough course to rate for me. I have a lot of respect for the moxie of the course designers to carve a course out of some fairly unforgiving terrain. I think that as a solo experience, given that even as an experienced, ~930 rated player I only felt comfortable throwing 7 of the holes, I would say that North Eco was a 1-disc sort of experience. Playing this course with a group of friends might be more like a 2-disc experience, though if I was playing with a group, I would likely take my friends out to one of the better courses in the area. I would strongly recommend avoiding this course, unless you are a true course bagger, unless you bring someone to share in spotting duties throughout the course.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


1    5/1/2018   5/1/2018
Review By: sarpin
Played: 19  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 10.6 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Could be a fun little course. Should be an asset to the area. Could-a-should-a. Not many positives to say about North Eco in its current disused state.
Cons: Ferns, stickers and overgrown bushes everywhere. Use a spotter for nearly every drive and don't throw beloved discs at all.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Could be nice with some major work.

2-4    8/10/2016   12/31/2016
Review By: WKS01
Played: 5  Reviewed: 5
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Enough land for a short 18 hole course in an area that could use one, also the area is very light on foot traffic.
There is a good mixture of technical wooded and open holes available with some course redesign.
Cons: A lot, read most, of the fairways or either overgrow or non-existent.
Easy to get lost finding the next tee pad.
Other Thoughts: This course needs a could overhaul to improve flow and layout. Fairways need to be properly cleared and maintained. Thorns along the rough need to be removed and/or trimmed. It certainly has potential and could make a very nice course in that area.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


2-4    6/19/2016   6/20/2016
Review By: colink
Played: 74  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 3.5 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Variety of open and technical shots
Nice signage for fairways, and between baskets and the next tee.
Very natural park, playing along the Willamette River in Canby.
Cons: 6/12 holes are overgrown with bushes, tree limbs and tall grass. Bring spotters, or be prepared to spend 1-2 hours total searching for lost discs.
Tee pads are rubber covered lumber, not concrete.
Other Thoughts: There's room to grow this course, and if it was maintained (mowed, pruned, etc.) it would be incredible. That being said, I probably won't play this course on my own.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  Don't waste your time

1    6/11/2016   6/13/2016
Review By: DGPlayer
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The good: Well-marked course with quality baskets. Holes 5 and 6 have a beautiful view of the Willamette River.
Cons: This course is completely overgrown with brush. If you want to lose a few frisbees, this is the course for you. If you still insist on playing, be sure you bring along a frisbee spotter. And be sure you don't use a green frisbee. Also, there is an 0.4 mile walk just to get to the first tee.
Other Thoughts: I think this course has potential, but it would require major brush removal and ongoing maintenance, which clearly isn't happening. As it is, the course is an exercise in frustration. I will never play this course again.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Land of the Thorns

1    1/18/2016   1/19/2016
Review By: Pierparknut
Played: 52  Reviewed: 51  Exp: 5.5 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -It's a nice little 12-hole course with some wooded and open holes. There are a lot of short holes but they are so wooded you have to concentrate. The three open holes (7-9) are a nice change of pace and longer.
-Nice rubber tee pads, elevated to keep away the rain. They are small, and elevated so big run-ups can be a challenge but then again most of the holes are stand-still shots anyway.
-Wonderful views of the Willamette River on holes 5&6.
-Great signage, and I don't know how I would have made my way without it in this jungle.
-Nice new discatcher baskets.
Cons: -The biggest issue here is the thorny stubs of blackberry bushes in the fairways. Some of the fairways are cleared but most are just awful. You can tell they are mowed frequently but the stubborn thorny blackberry stubs need to be removed and replaced with grass. Holes 5, 7-9 were especially awful. I cut my hand picking my disc out of a bush on one hole. And just off the fairways are full-grown blackberry bushes. I had to play very conservative so as to not lose a disc.
-Hole 6 was about the worst hole ever. 150ft hyzer straight up a hill with nasty-looking water on the right. The teepad was gone, too.
-On a few holes there was really disgusting looking water. I wonder if this was from the sewage treatment plant next door. I could definitely smell the sewage from most of the holes. Stunk worse than hell.
-It's almost half-a-mile walk to the first tee from the parking lot along a paved path. Normally I wouldn't mind, but after 18 holes of ball golf next door, I didn't appreciate it.
Other Thoughts: -There is no map on file. Next time I play I'll make one but this time I was too rushed.
-This course has great potential if all the thorny brush were cleared. It's a beautiful site, just needs some TLC. There's space for 6 more holes in the field which would make this a legitimate 18-holer. But for now, bring your beat up discs and heavy gloves to pick your discs out of the thorns!
-I am down this way quite frequently and I think I'll come back. Only course in the area!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Beware of the brush

1    8/10/2015   8/25/2015
Review By: gdnelson72
Played: 5  Reviewed: 5
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course starts and ends with some fun, technical holes. It is also a beautiful setting as it takes you down next to the Willamette River.
Cons: It is .4 miles just to get to the first tee. The pads are a couple of feet too short. Once you get in to the middle of the course, beware of the brush, particularly the blackberries. One hole you have to play blind so playing with a partner is a must to lessen your chances of losing a disc.
Other Thoughts: With some work, this could be a really fun course, but in it's current state I wouldn't recommend it unless you just want to try something new. Blackberry vines vs an expensive disc is not a fair battle.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.


2-4    4/17/2015   4/21/2015
Review By: durby800
Played: 13  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 5.6 Years
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Fun course, not crowded. Great beginner course. shorter distances. Well worth the short walk to the course. Nice t boxes.
Cons: Hole 5 had a tree fall and crushed the Disc catcher, lots of stinging nettles.
Other Thoughts: Great course will play again when I return to Oregon. Had so much fun played back to back rounds.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Pitch and pull

5+    2/19/2014   6/19/2014
Review By: mbressler13
Played: 50  Reviewed: 26  Exp: 6.6 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Baskets catch well
-Good mixture of holes while in the trees
-Not ever crowded
-Good practice basket
-Raised tee pads keep you out of mud for drives
Cons: -Stinks like hell
-Lots of broken glass in the field holes.
-Grass in field holes can get quiet overgrown
-Whole course can get pretty overgrown
-Trash all over the place
-One bathroom
-1/3rd mile walk down path to find course
-Raised tee pads keep you tip toeing to not break a ankle.
Other Thoughts: This course has a lot of potential. Too bad it doesn't get the TLC it deserves. Nice little pitch and putt course. Fun when not overgrown. At one point I saw stinging nettles that were as tall as I am. Gotta make it out there again soon. There is plenty of room out in the field to make another 6 holes and make it a legit 18 hole course.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

5+    3/28/2017   1/21/2014
Review By: mpacker5
Played: 30  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 6.5 Years
This review was updated on 3/29/2017
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - The baskets catch well and are visible from the tee on most holes
- Raised Rubber tee-pads are excellent for muddy days
- The signs are helpful
- Trash cans throughout
- Beautiful scenery
- Good variety of holes.
- Not too crowded, I've never had a problem waiting or felling rushed.
Cons: - Sometimes the fairways on the field holes get out of control. Though it has been better as of late.
- Next door to a sewage treatment plant. Some days the smell lingers in my nostrils the rest of the day
- The nettles get out of control on hole 5 quite often
-only 12 holes, there has got to be room to make it 18.
Other Thoughts: This is one of my favorite courses I have ever played. I play 2-4 time per week on my lunch break by myself. I haven't lost a disc in 6 months. This course taught me to control my drives. I am a much better disc golfer because of this course.

Keep in mind I'm from Idaho, our idea of a wooded course consists of a couple trees halfway down the fairway.

The short walk doesn't bother me one bit, I often run into friendly folks and have a good chat on the way.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

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