Umatilla, OR 
McNary Dam Share
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3 / 252ft. Par / Distance:
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Nice little course

1    6/20/2017   6/29/2017
Review By: palfalvy
Played: 26  Reviewed: 11
Pros: Holes are well marked and easy to find. Map at the start really helps. Pleasant, manicured lawn for most of the course. A few trees here and there added a nice challenge.
Cons: Part of the back nine gets a little weedy. If they'd more frequently or landscape, that would make it all very nice. In spite of that, the elevation changes on that part of the course are a nice change.
Other Thoughts: I really liked this course because I could find each of the holes easily the first time I played it.

 Let The Corps Of Engineers Build Your Next Course!

1    9/1/2013   9/4/2013
Review By: The Valkyrie Kid
Played: 1167  Reviewed: 1115  Exp: 39.5 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course built by the Corps of Engineers sits in a little green manicured park right beside the McNary Dam. The sound of the water is always with you as well as different looks of the engineering features of the dam itself. It's interesting and you can always take the tour if you're interested.

The course is pretty straight forward with the first three holes playing out, then # 4 starting back. Then a walk across the parking lot to #'s 6-9.

There is a small kiosk at the beginning with a course map and a booklet for comments and info on lost discs. As I was looking at the course map, a dam employee asked me if I needed a course map and scorecard and proceeded to go inside and came out and handed me a very nice little postcard sized map on one side and scorecard on the other.

The tee signs are simple with just the hole #. There are no tee pads, just barely visible worn spots in the grass.

It's a short recreational type course throwing through and oftentimes under the trees. Often a roller is the preferred shot off the tee. The baskets are brand new and there are ACES to be had here.
Cons: There were a couple of holes where a wildly errant shot could end up over the fenced area like on 1,2 and # 8.

Previous reviewer mentions cannon fire? I thought maybe fishermen were using dynamite to fish with. Or maybe the Oregon folks were shooting across the river at the Washington troops. Some kind of civil war maybe? There was constant booming noises. It was kinda disconcerting at times but then you get used to it.

Other Thoughts: This is a nice little recreational course. The corps has done a very commendable job here putting in this course. I'd like to see something more done with the tee pads but other than that, it's first class all the way and a fun little throw.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Below a Dam

2-4    4/23/2017   8/5/2013
Review By: chevis
Played: 76  Reviewed: 13  Exp: 14.5 Years
This review was updated on 4/24/2017
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Well manicured course (12of18).
-Easy to navigate
-Course Map w/scorecards(sometimes)
-Veiw of the Dam/spillway, fish ladder viewing.
-Turf pads (about 1/2 have them right now)
-Not busy
-Plenty of parking
Cons: -Picnic tables close to baskets.
-Fenced/UnRetrievable areas (holes 1,15,16).
-Other users of the park.
-Cannon fire
-Thorns and dust on the hillside holes
Other Thoughts: Nice little course right off of I-82. Playing on green mowed grass is great when the sun is shining. The stand out hole for me was #7 where the fairway gets skinnier as you get closer to the basket (surrounded by pavement). The fence along the right side of hole 1 is a disc eater & you will have to call security for your disc if you go over the barbed wire top. There is cannon fire going off consistently to scare sealions & birds & it can be distracting to someone trying to putt. All holes have some kind of tree in the fairway to make for interesting shots. The park wasn't too busy the day I was there, but still found myself waiting a few times for people to pass & one lady playing w/her dog finally moved far enough away from the basket for me to throw (though I still threw short just in case). The course is split into 2 by the parking lot so you could just play 4 or 5 holes if you just wanted a break from driving, but still wanted to make good time on your trip.

2017 Update: They redesigned the front 5 to make it a little more friendly to other park users and the fence out of play (mostly).
They added on 9 more holes to get 18. 6 of these new holes are off the nice mowed grass and go up the dry dusty hill; So 3 of the new holes are a nice park setting like the rest, but the 6 on the hill are like a different course. I commend them for getting an 18 hole course and using the hill for some shot variety, but it's too bad they couldn't make those holes as nice as the rest. Maybe I'm a little bitter because a got a thorn in my throwing finger when I picked up my disc in the fairway of one of these holes.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

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