2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Beautiful mix of elevation, narrow fairways.
Tall trees. Makes you stop and look around.
Plenty of tree cover for the rain and sun.
Got there around noon on a friday and it wasn't packed like everybody said it would be.
Cons: Signage not good enough for a first time player. I found myself getting lost and had to catch up with an experienced group.
Kind of in the middle no where.
Apparently it gets super packed during peak hours.
No stores nearby to stock up on drinks, snacks...etc.
Other Thoughts: I brought my GRIP bag with rain fly and it was a life saver cause it does rain in Portland whenever it feels like.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: love how this course plays huge douglas fir trees with a few cedars mixed in , i love these trees they make you feel really small throwing discs around and past them is sooo fun . some of the fairways are forgiving others really tight . light elevation threw out
Cons: its in the city best to come early [am] or weekday
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 11 Not
Pros: Went about 7AM on Friday before Labor Day weekend. Only saw one other disc golfer out there. Beautiful park. Nice pads and tee signs. Well manicured. Various layouts and obstacles.
Cons: Came across two hole 6's that confused us.
Other Thoughts: Most favorite park I have ever played!
0 of 11 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Pier Park is a very challenging course built in a city park in North Portland's St. Johns Neighborhood. It is the only course in the city owned by Portland Parks and Recreation. Massive Douglas Firs envelop most every hole and make it a beautiful, challenging course. From the holes in the middle of the park, there are Douglas Firs in every direction as far as the eye can see. The dense Douglas Firs shade the course incredibly well. Never is it a worry about being too hot.
-It is very close to downtown Portland and therefore extremely popular and well-loved.
-The tee signs are great. They are full-color and show both pin placements. However there is no indication to which pin placement is in use at that particular time. There are PVC pipe bag holders on the tee sign post.
-Shout out to Next Adventure for being a major sponsor of this course. Check out their shop if you have a chance, on Grand and Stark. They have a wonderful selection of discs.
-There is a separate winter layout. Basically this is because holes 3 and 4 are a mud pit in winter. Many of the holes are the same in the winter however. The winter layout is: 1 and 2, 18 backwards, a temp hole, 17, another temp hole, 6-16, and another temp hole. I think all four of the winter-only holes were brilliantly designed, the last hole especially. It is 300 feet and tight, but straight downhill. If you don't have a big arm this is one of the only real birdie chances. I almost think the winter layout is more fun than the normal layout.
-You have to work for a good score on this course. The trees are so frequent you will inevitably get some bad bounces. Plus, there aren't very many short, birdieable holes. All the holes are par 3, so I say aiming for +5 or +10 is a good goal.
-Some of the noteworthy holes are #2, a downhill forehand hyzer shot into a field, hole 6, a long downhill shot where you just have to pick a line and hope you hit it, and hole 15, where the basket taunts you 450 feet away between two narrow rows of trees.
-The Mach X baskets have been well loved, but they still catch as expected. The teepads are spacious and grippy. Trash cans are not very frequent, but people seem to do a good job of not littering.
-There is only a few patches of undergrowth. No serious blackberries or anything. The heavy foot traffic keeps the weeds out.
-To protect the trees especially vulnerable to tree hits, on some holes strips of wood have been fastened to the tree.
Cons: -If you are a novice player, this course is frustrating as hell. Precision is a must an most every hole. There are hardly any nice easy shots. Most every hole is over 300 feet through trees.
-The course can get very muddy in winter and dusty in summer/fall. Spring is the best time to play here.
-The course gets awfully crowded. Not a good place to squeeze in a quick round. I would plan for around 2.5 hours to play on a nice day. At least players here do a good job of keeping group size to 4 or under.
-There are no good bathrooms on site in winter. There are some ancient, locked up shacks that once may have been bathrooms, but now they have ferns growing on whatever parts of the roof that hasn't fallen in. During the summer there are some Port-a-Johns.
-In a few instances, especially on #16, a few trees have been planted recently. They're small, have low-hanging branches, and do more harm than help to the hole in my opinion. The course would be better off without them.
Other Thoughts: -This course is an absolute must play if you're in Portland. The trees make this course feel so surreal and peaceful. After a bad day there is nothing like a round at Pier Park to calm the nerves.
-There are some negatives about this course, but they are so small I can't take off more than a half-disc for them.
-Overall, this is an incredible course you can't pass up the chance to play if you have it.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
You're gonna hit a tree
Pros: Pier is an awesome park to play at!
-multiple pin locations that are switched pretty consistently
-summer course vs winter course, great that they move the baskets completely around (although it only changes 4 or so holes) still fun to have different placements for different times of year
-trash:recycle bins at every few holes
-bathrooms at beginning of course and in the middle of the course (in the middle of the whole park)
-very friendly park, discers and park goers alike
-lots of ways to approach your shot on every hole, almost always 3 or 4 different ways to throw (righty or lefty)
- pretty much every hole there are dozens of trees to play thru but oddly enough they're not too envaisive to where you can't get to the basket in one throw
- decent range of length to the holes, practically all holes are around 300ft with a few short ones
- 8 or so baskets you do have elevation change whether you're throwing down the hill or up and over or just up the hole time
The list can go on and on!
Cons: Not too many things wrong with this course
-can be over crowded with its popularity, with disc golfers and other park goers. Big groups will often times play here causing for back ups.
-Holes 7-10 can be a bit noisy since they're near the playground area so if you're shooting for a good score can be troublesome to focus
- can be confusing to play the first time at certain parts of the course. When they switch to winter course the signs don't necessarily match up correctly for what number hole the tee pad is.
Other Thoughts: Beautiful park. It's always a great feeling when you're playing the baskets thru the middle of the park and you can look up at the hundreds of feet high trees that are surrounding you and just stare at the sky with the branches in your view.
I'll always love playing this park. Always fun. Haven't come across anyone who has played disc golf in the Portland metro area that hasn't played here yet. It's a local iconic park here in Portland and I'm glad we have it.
Reason I didn't give this a 5 rating is because I would love to see multiple pads for baskets (always fun with even more variety!) and beaches of the over popularity causing slow play at times.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
crowded for a reason
Pros: -huge trees and a lot of them with not much undergrowth. so you get to feel like youre in lord of the rings without losing all your discs.
-so many different shots
-great teepads, relatively level with surrounding dirt which kinda makes em bigger
-mach X baskets, doesnt get any better
Cons: only 2
- people, theyre everywhere, i mean its free, its right in stjohns, whatta ya gonna do, get there early
-no next tee markers could be tough for newbs
- i used to think the trees were a con. some holes just felt like a crapshoot to me the first dozen times i played here. but play a couple rounds with a group of pros, and you quickly realize EVERY hole has an "alley", and after watching the other four people in your group use said alley effortlessly you realize youve just been pouting/lost.
Other Thoughts: another plus for this beautiful course is the ability to jump around within it. being that its so crowded because its the go to "portland course" for what seems like EVERYONE, its nice that after hole 8 you have the option to go to hole 9, hole 12, or hole 15. when youre on hole 5 you can hop over to 16, etc etc. i realize most folks wanna play 1-18 in order and completely but when you just wannathrowthrowthrow and not worry about playing through or sitting and watching a group of five thats doesnt know what playing through is, its nice to have that optiion.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Still one of the top courses in Portland
* Good signage at each tee, concrete tees, neon green baskets (a huge improvement) are easy to spot. Benches on most holes.
* Beautiful location - big trees, grassy fields, understory vegetation. Lots of shade for hot summer days. Most of the holes are in the trees, but #1, 2, 14-18 add more open space and keep it from getting too repetitive.
* Challenging for even the best players - there are a lot of trees on this course, and many of the holes are about choosing tiny windows, taking complicated gambles, and ending up with huge puts. You will want a wide variety of discs for this course.
* Nice variety of elevation changes and shot types. #5 is an up-and-over-the hill, then #6 has a nice long drop down - if you don't hit a tree.
* Out of bounds areas are not punishing. Few rocks or tall grass, no blackberries or poison oak. Low likelihood of lost discs.
* Free to play, parking on nearby streets is close enough. Friendly locals, even non-players.
* Restroom facilities are somewhat run down but usable.
* Park may be busy due to close proximity to the city and lack of a fee. Sometimes parts of the park may be closed for filming TV shows like Grimm, Portlandia, or Leverage.
* Dust/mud - because of the dense tree canopy the ground is mostly dirt and pine needles. Can get muddy in the winter, and dusty in the summer. Bring some wet wipes or hit the restroom to wash up when you're done.
* Map or guide is recommended for new players of this course. Path from basket to next tee can be difficult to discern or may be longer than you might expect.
* Good course for: Intermediate and advanced players looking for a lot of technical challenge, as opposed to the length and brutal out-of-bounds of the challenging Blue Lake. Beginner players who don't mind ending up way over par.
* Bad course for: People who don't like the thought of throwing a disc full speed into a tree (especially soft plastic types), or players looking for a lot of wide-open bomb shots. Total beginners will probably get frustrated here, especially without a map.
* King for a day: I would renovate the restrooms and put in those "next tee" markers at the bottom of the baskets like they have at Milo McIver.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Big teepads and mach x baskets
Good mix of distances
Tons of beautiful trees
Cons: Navigation was adequate but not perfect for first timers
Teepads got a little slick with the intermittent rain we experienced
Other Thoughts: Coming from Michigan, we were in awe at the size of the trees at Pier Park! My depth perception was certainly influenced by the massive vegetation and it took nearly half the course to acclimate. Although there were primarily abundantly wooded holes, I felt like there were multiple options off the tee on almost every hole. Usually on such wooded courses I find that i'm being forced to use mostly putters mid and fairway drivers, however, at pier park I was able to utilize distance drivers more often. There seemed to be more space throughout the lines of each hole than what appeared at first glance. Overall, my rating boosts what is probably a 4.0 course up to a 4.5 because of intangible factors such as mystical course vibe and it's unique canopy feel under massive trees. It's also very close to downtown Portland.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: The course is beautiful. Tall evergreens provide great scenery and serve as worth obstacles. For me, the perfect wood concentration.
Cons: Can get a little crowded at times.
Other Thoughts: Loved this place. Our favorite course to date.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Among the region's finest
Pros: - Varied holes: The open routes have trees you need to throw around, and the tight routes have reasonable openings.
- Elevation: Some subtle changes in elevation is very much welcomed.
- Trees: Most of this course takes full advantage of very mature trees, with very little underbrush.
- Teepads: Concrete, large, in good shape.
- Signage at teepads: Very clearly illustrates where the basket is.
- Baskets: BRAND NEW. Amazing baskets, with woven inner chains that catch discs consistently.
- Ambiance: Nothing beats playing under 100-foot trees. Just incredible.
- Difficulty: Good shots are rewarded, and bad shots are punished. A decent mix of easy, average, and hard holes.
Cons: - Trash: Needs more garbage and recycling cans
- Length: A little short for my taste. Some of the holes are very easily ace-able by above-average players.
- Course signage: While signs at the teepads are good, there aren't enough wayfinding signs to help new players along.
- Water: From what I can tell, there's only one nearby water fountain, near the start of the first hole. Considering the park has a wading fountain in the middle, a drinkable water fountain there would be a nice touch.
- Benches: In a perfect world, there would be a sitting surface at every hole. But that's a minor gripe.
Other Thoughts: For my money, this is the best disc golf option for Portland residents who don't want to travel too far, or may need to travel by bicycle. Takes about an hour to bike from downtown PDX, and it's a nice ride.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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