4 Helpful / 0 Not
My Favorite Of The Three Local Camp Courses!
Pros: Canyonview Camp is a Christian based camp with an emphasis on equestrian which runs camps all summer long. The camp features a creek running through the middle as well as a swimming lake, both of which are highlighted and provides obstacles for the DGC. It also plays through the camp's buildings, past the zipline, right next to the enclosed paintball field, into a corral and past the jungle gym as well as through lots of wild Oregon forest lands complete with some major elevation to contend with.
The course features great blue Bentley baskets. The tee pads are rustic and sometimes hard to locate. Improvements are being done constantly to improve the course's playability. There are no signs at present. I was lucky to stumble in when a Sunday afternoon tourney was just starting and drew a group with Club Pro, Camp Director (??) and advanced type player, Rick Saffeels. He barely edged me out for honors, by 15 strokes.
The course is definitely difficult, both in length and technical nature. Playing alone would have been awfully tough.
There is quite a bit of variety in the holes from a big open field bomber hole (535' downhill) to a very clever straight downhill (245') technical throw over a bus. # 12 is another straight downhill to a basket in the corral but it's tight through the trees and branches. #'s 15 and 16 both throw over the lake. Neither are short but both over shorter, easier alternative tee pads.
Cons: The course is a bit on the rustic side. Some cinder block tee pads really help. Basic little laminated signs would also be nice. They won't get vandalized here.
I'd love to see some clearing on # 8 to bring the basket into view from the upper tee pad. It should have been my favorite hole on the course but throwing to a blind spot left me wanting more from this hole.
This is another course which totally and completely misses what I think should be it's target audience. That is, Jr. Hi. and elementary school boys and girls playing the course with one loaner disc. The course in Stayton would be the perfect example of what they would enjoy most. Short, easy holes, no underbrush, no searching for lost discs, no throws into shark infested waters and no throws that look to a camper like they're trying to thread the needle of a single wide's hallway.
Other Thoughts: There are two fairly difficult, steep hikes up mostly undeveloped trails at this time. I'm sure steps are in the works. They got my heart pumping but typing this review gets my heart rate up. Rick bounded up them like there was a cold beer at the top...Oh sorry...Christian Camp Director guy....make that a cold soda.
Great guy! Welcoming environment! And a course that'll make you sweat and make you question your manhood at the same time!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
God, Horses, and Discs
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Here's another isolated and woodsy summer-camp course that gives you an option for an extended break on the way to Oregon Gardens, Silver Falls, etc.
Utilizing a lot of the existing camp fields and byways, the course plays well already by not having been cut new from the forest as a lot of Taloali was. There's plenty of mature trees on the field edges, and the undergrowth is brushy enough to disc-hunt a bit if you're more than a few feet off the fairway. It also has an urban farm feel, playing first near the bunkhouses and office, then near the paintball course, zipline, jungle gym and lake. Drift Creek provides good risk on a few holes when the water gets up Nov.-May.
#s1-3 throw west and slightly downhill through fields paralleling the creek, with scattered alders, maples and pine obscuring some lanes and the creek fairly close to pin #3.
Climb the hill to
#s4-7, which rise and descend in a field recently reclaimed from blackberries[watch for ankle-high bushes] with a pine or orchard tree thrown in here and there..
#8 throws steeply, narrowly downhill through trees and dense underbrush to a pin near the camo bible bus.
#9 continues downcreek in a large field to an elevated pin not far from the zipline anchor.
Trot across the footbridge to
#10, which drives from inside a gazebo across a large field to a pin by the fort/gymnasium, next to the creek.
Plod uphill to
#11, which is a long dropping left hand turn with a low ceiling near the end.
#12 resembles greatly the #8 downhill descent, but finishes in a grassy fenced corral.
#13 drives across an open field with hanging limbs giving lefties the business.
#14 rises in the open to a basket perched riskily at the lip of the lake retention dam.
#s15-16 both drive across the lake, #15 with more water and #16 with a more uphill finish.
#17 drives a lane with the hill of the entrance road crossing halfway down, and the creek on the right.
#18 throws directly across the creek through large pines to a basket at the back of a large field.
Cons: Holes in the ground where the teepads should be[soon to be rectified].
The only signs were laminates from a tourney. No next tee signs except for walk-ups.
Once these are done the course will gain a full point on this review.
Summer is an iffy time to play-the camp is very busy then.
Other Thoughts: Stores a couple miles back in Silverton. Remember, its a Christian equestrian camp [hale and hearty horsepeople about!], so no alcohol/drug indulgences.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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