9 Helpful / 2 Not
Alton Baker Park
Preface: Alton Baker Park is still being developed, so I will be updating this review as course improvements happen. To rate this course I used the Disc Golf Course Rating System described here: https://docs.google.com/sprea...h1ZjRPdTNDbVE
Beauty/Peaceful (5/6) - Alton Baker Park is a very pretty, well-maintained multi-use park. Right near the Willamette River, the course is surrounded by duck ponds, running trails, a community garden, open grassy fields and covered eating areas. The course itself plays around oaks, under firs, though old filbert orchards and out into open grassy spaces.
Shot Shape Variety (5/6) - The course includes a good mix of left, right, and straight shots, including many holes with multiple viable routes. A few holes require forced hyzer or anhyzer shots, and there are one or two slight downhill shots, as well.
Tight/Open Variety (4/6) - Although the course is more open than wooded, it makes good use of available trees. There are numerous tunnel and low ceiling shots (e.g. holes 5, 8 and 17), several gap holes (e.g. holes 1 and 4), and a couple open ripper holes (holes 12 and 14), one with OB.
Multiple Configurations (4/5) - There are four (occasionally five) pin positions for every hole except #13, and baskets are moved on a weekly basis.
Tee Pads (4/4) - The tee pads are recycled artificial turf, placed on a bed of leveled gravel. Each pad is 12ft. In length, including 2ft. of walk-through past the tee pad front line. They seem nice and grippy even in wet weather.
Maintenance (4/4) - The course is impeccably maintained, thanks to constant work at the course, including frequent mowing, undergrowth removal, spreading wood chips, etc.
Cons: Shot Length Variety (3/6) - Most holes are 250' to 330', with a few over 350' and a couple pin positions under 200'. With a reasonable drive, you will be putting on your second throw.
Risk VS Reward/Punishment (3/6) - Overall, there is not much risk around the course greens (e.g. low chances of rollaways). Some holes include guarded baskets or OB, providing risk vs reward/punishment opportunities, and the old filbert orchards the course plays through can also punish bad drives.
Layout / Flow (3/4) - The layout is a little confusing, with several loops and crossing points. Fortunately there is lots of signage to help direct players to the next hole, so a guide is not essential.
Benches (0/3) - Currently, there aren't any benches, tables, or really anywhere to sit on the course. There are a number of covered eating areas with tables in the park itself, but these are quite a distance from the course.
Other Thoughts: Alton Baker Park is a greatly-needed (and greatly-anticipated) addition to disc golf in the Eugene, OR area! A white-level recreational course, the course is ideal for new players, while still providing some challenge for competitive players.
This course has been in planning/development/negotiations for a number of years, and many aspects of the course layout (e.g. the overall footprint of the course) have changed greatly over the years, due to pressures and concerns raised by various groups. Despite these concessions, I feel like the course and layout makes excellent use of the available space and features. In particular, the holes that play through old filbert orchards (holes 8 and 10) provide unique risk / reward opportunities, and although the course is very flat in elevation, the few holes with elevation changes are excellent, particularly hole 4.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Alton Baker - finally pay-to-play!
Pros: Located right in the heart of a disc golf - starved community. Utilizes the space that the city made available very well. The tee pads are very nice, and I love that they are made of recycled materials. A lot of variety with all of the pin locations. The park is open until 11 pm so it will see some glow action, too.
Cons: It's brand new, so it still needs some amenities like benches and a porta-potty.
Other Thoughts: This disc golf course could really turn the tide in finally getting the Eugene area some more course. I love pay courses and happily will compensate someone for this great sport.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Some tight fairways.
-nice typical oregon park
-lots of basket locations that will move often
-manicured cut grass through most of park.
Cons: -a little Repetitive.
-pay to play (if it wasn't, wouldn't exist)
Other Thoughts: You can buy an annual membership. I think the course is still young and needs time. A lot of the basket locations were straight ahead but there is possibility for more variation. I would like to see other setups before I completely make up my mind. Better than west Moreland.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: -18 hole course in Eugene
-Very well maintained and groomed
-Clear cut fairways and rough
-4 pins on nearly every hole
-Long artificial teepads that extend past a marked foul line to allow for a safe follow through
Cons: -No signature hole, every hole feels the same from the teepad. Short, straight and low.
-The flow from hole to hole feels confused at times
-Missing markers as to which of the 4 pins your playing
-Most pins are straight in front of the teepad and not long. If you can throw a Roc 300' that may be the only disc you need here
-Other than tunnel shots, lack of trees. No manipulation of trees necessary. If you get a fair drive off the tee, par on every hole is easily attainable
Other Thoughts: This course gets better everyday!
Andrew is doing a great job making this the course that Eugene has needed for a long time!
6 of 14 people found this review helpful.
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