Nine Hole Church Course
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Pros: This nine-hole course offers a nice variety of lengths from 215' out to 562', with holes averaging around 325'.
There is an interesting number and layout of trees, many of which appear to have been planted specifically for the DG course. The trees are thick conifers which do an amazing job of grabbing and holding discs. I don't think that I've had one fall from a tree yet. The trees aren't particularly tall, but they make many of the holes challenging in terms of shaping a drive and approach to the basket.
The only water in play is on Hole 9, but that basket is well guarded right-front by the pond, and an OOB road down the left side. The pond is full of vegetation and kinda' nasty, so don't expect to recover your disc until (unless?) things dry up.
Cons: The tee pads are just rough spots in the grass/mud. There are some rocks delineating the sides, but nothing more. When I've played the tees have been muddy and slick.
Tee signs are simple wooden signs with hole number and par. Distance info would be a nice addition.
The baskets are noted as homemade, but they are identical and symmetrical, and not bad. With 8 light outer chains and 4 inner chains, cut-throughs and chain-outs happen somewhat frequently.
Hole 8 has a playground potentially in play, especially for RHBH players. On the weekdays I've played there hasn't been any activity there, but I think you'd need to consider skipping the hole if there were children present.
Holes 6, 7, & 8 play on slightly lower ground and can be very soggy. Like 1" of water rising around your shoes soggy.
Other Thoughts: I very much appreciate this church building a decent nine-hole course and allowing public play. Upgrading of the tee pads and signs would go a long way towards improving a decent series of holes.
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Nice walk in a church field
Pros: A nice 9 hole challenge. The baskets are visible from the tee pads but no easy throws to the baskets. (Except maybe #2) The OB's are understandable and reasonable. I believe Hole #6 is a par 4 and it should be. Thoroughly enjoyed the 2 times around the course. The church staff are pleasant and even told us how to use their bathrooms.
Cons: Sunday's are probably a day not to play (of course, I'm at church somewhere anyway.)
If you're a beginner and have a problem going to the left...All the out of bounds are trouble for you and Hwy 101 is involved in some of those OB's. Dirt pads at tees are muddy and not level (most Northwest courses are that way.)
Other Thoughts: If there are kids playing on the playground...that throw might be a challenge (hole #8). I liked holes 1,4,9 for technical throws. Recommend playing this course any time during the week. UPDATE: Some work is being done around course to give it a more park like look, however, no one is keeping the tee pads weeded or it looks like no one is using them. I still enjoy playing here and I can see some very good changes coming.
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Home Of The Tall Thin Baskets!
Pros: The first thing you'll notice about Calvary Chapel's disc golf course is the large sign out on highway 101 reading "Public Disc Golf Course." Pretty welcoming, I'd say.
The course plays around the church in Sequim, up on highway 101 on the Olympic Peninsula. Sequim, in some kind of a geographic anomaly, sits in a sun belt on the rain forest, (heavy on the rain) part of Washington state. For some reason, known only to weather forecasters, Sequim recieves far less rainfall than the neighboring cities.
The church's property is a fairly tight fit between the highway and the property surrounding it giving the course tight out of bounds on most holes. The terrain is flat grassland with just enough scattered medium sized (20 feet tall) mostly pine trees to add to the difficulty. The course is long enough to be difficult with only # 2 playing under 275'. # 6 is listed as a Par 4 and plays an estimated 600'.
The pads are natural and a few are getting fairly rough and uneven. The signs are homemade and basic giving the hole # and par. I'd like to see the distance on them. The baskets are a pretty fair homemade copy of the real thing. They're made of all thinner guage materials. They stand a few inches taller and although they're double chained, they don't have the offical number of chains. I'm sure they'll spit a few putts out. They wouldn't stand up to the vandals in a public setting but here on church property, I think they'll be just fine. They also have the hole number cut out of the metal plate on the top.
The length along with the tight OB's make this course challenging. 1-7 play along the front (Highway) side of the church. Then # 8 plays along the back of the church and # 9 plays along the street right in front of the church and ends right at the # 1 teepad.
# 9 was my favorite hole. It's probable 275' but you're teeing off from a slightly elevated box. The basket sits just underneath a Weeping Willow tree with OB close on the left, a parking lot OB on the right and a wetland area right and front of the basket.
There's no room for error on your tee shot here.
Cons: The natural teepads are rough in places and will only get worse with more play. Replacing them with patio blocks would be great! The baskets are kind of strange looking. They're not vandal proof. I'm sure they won't catch as well as regular ones but.......I bet the church saved a few platefuls of offering coin by fabricating their own.
The course is pretty tough! I could play this course a lot and never par it. I know, I suck! But, what I'm saying is, This is no easy Pitch and Putt! But I wonder about the church youth groups or beginner types playing this course. It's really designed with their skill level in mind.
Other Thoughts: I don't know how much of a disc golf community there is up here on the peninsula. There is a course in Port Angeles, just a few miles up the highway, and one not so far down the highway south in Chimacum so maybe the sport is gaining in popularity up here too. I hope so.
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