If the point is to have fun, the baskets ruin the experience
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: The course has a strong layout and could be great.
Cons: The baskets just suck. Unique does not make them cool. Disc Golf is a simple sport and I've played with baskets made from wind chimes, tone poles, you name it. All of those were fun and made the course fun. These don't. If you haven't memorized where each set of chains are located you are not making par.
Each basket has a different chain layout, if they are still there, and most will kick out putters for no reason at all. These baskets require luck and memorization over skill and practice and that detracts from what makes the game fun.
Other Thoughts: I actually avoid this course, despite it being one of the closest to me because the baskets and experience of playing them suck that much.
I'd rather play Ferguson or Tall Firs anyday.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Lake stevens has a nice huge sign with lake stevens dgc as soon as you arrive. Good parking, and very nice tee signs for the white pads on each hole.
The tee signs are beautiful here with pin location, and distances. The white/ blue pad combo offers a nice variety, and some different shots. Good mix of lefty/righty holes. With nice technical lines through the woods. Some ace runs here as well as a couple holes over 275. Some fun elevation change shots, and good place to practice your mid range game.
Cons: Let's just start off beating the dead horse...address the elephant in the room....lol these Baskets maybe cool
To look at, but are the absolute worst baskets I've played on. I'm sorry but if you're 2 feet out you shouldn't have to worry about your putter not going in. I'm all for homemade baskets but tone poles would be an upgrade to these. The main problem I have is they're not consistent. Some have chains blocking certain sides, some have bars through the middle forcing you to miss weak or strong side. Hole 17s basket is only one that's actually good and allows you to throw a normal put. Some of the chains actually push your putter back out
To get to hole 9 you walk over like 5 fairways.
White tee pads are short and uneven. blue tee pads are just dirt pads marked with logs somewhat easy to find but a few aren't.
A couple lines and holes aren't very good but most are fun
Other Thoughts: With even better homemade baskets this would automatically be bumped up. I heard there's actually a big turnout for league's out here and that's so awesome. There is some really cool shots here and would love to see this place continuously grow
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Unique Baskets; Unique Experience
Pros: The highlight of this course is the unique baskets. They are all different shapes and/or chain placements. Truly unique.
Cons: Halfway through the course I began thinking that while the baskets are unique and cool- I bet it's really hard to drain a long putt or get an ace. They don't catch very well! The main tee pads were uneven and the alt tee pads were dirt/mud.
Other Thoughts: Having alt tee pads is nice for locals to get a different local at each hole. The area is sort of disc-golf-poor without very many courses nearby.The baskets were a unique experience. I'm glad I played them. I wonder how locals like them? Do they feel like they are gimmicky? Overall they did a nice job putting in a full course in this small park.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 3 Not
There’s wooded, and then there’s cluttered
-Tee signs and Pads are phenomenal, very useful and well kept. Baskets are often obscured and the signs are really useful when throwing blind.
-Fairways are typical of a forest, lots of dirt and roots, the occasional hill, easily traversable.
-This course has a surprisingly large amount of elevation, and it is used very well, Baskets are located over a valley, in a down slope, etc...
-Watery Bogs come into play on a few holes and aside from the millions of trees they are the only other obstacle, unlike the trees though, the holes play around these bog areas well.
-The Park is pretty and not a bad place for a walk.
-This course starts off strong with holes 1-3 being super nice, but it begins to go downhill from there.
-Baskets, while unique, are total crap. Many have chains missing or in the wrong spot. The sphere shape yields a small quadrant of space to putt into which is significantly smaller than normal baskets (like half a Gateway bullseye).
-The Rough is super rough, and often times muddy.
-As the title says, there is tightly wooded, and there is cluttered. There is a difference between a technical woods shot with multiple gaps to hit along the fairway and a wall. Many holes here are like a wall, and when they aren't they require you to hit a 5 foot gap from 150 feet away. The trees are not well placed and a lot of them subtract from the course's play.
-Navigation is hard. Many tees and baskets bunch up and it gets super confusing especially around holes 5-9, many times I found myself thinking "haven't I thrown to this basket before?"
-Little to no variety of shots, almost all holes are the poke and pray type.
-A couple fairways intersect or almost intersect or basically blend together because of tree kicks.
-The Holes are understandably short, but even for the amount of woods anything under 200' is kinda a joke. It is harder (in my opinion) to shape a shot around trees with a putter, than it is with a fairway.
-This course gets a 2/4 on the New Shoe Index
Other Thoughts: This courses biggest flaws are the baskets and the distances, this park is probably better suited for a 15 hole course than a 19 hole course.
6 of 9 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun and interesting
Pros: 18 hole course located in a nice city park and next to a school in Lake Stevens, WA.
Concrete tee pads, one per hole. They're not the greatest tees in the world, but they're plenty sufficient for this course. Grippy, mostly level, and just big enough, even if some are showing some wear.
The baskets here are one of a kind. Locally made, and more of a "net and bowl" kind of configuration. These are definitely not your typical configuration, but are interesting and different enough that you'll have to be cognizant of where you land, and how you're going to putt. No laser beam hyzer putts here! I kind of enjoyed the strategy of these. Not a huge fan of the different chain configurations on each, though. If you're going to have completely unique catching devices, at least try to make them standardized.
This isn't the biggest piece of land for an 18 (19) hole disc golf course, but it's used well. Short holes are made difficult but a plethora of wide-trunked trees, and the elevation that's available is used well. Most holes offer multiple lines, but typically with one line most well defined. Plenty of replay value in that regard.
Nice amount of shot variation, especially considering the length of most holes. A couple spots of yucky water offer more obstacles as well.
Cons: Navigation is kind of a nightmare here. Just a few tee signs, and a few spray painted directions on trees are used as the navigational tools. Even after having played it, I'm sure I'd still get mixed up if I went back. The holes all play in pretty close proximity to each other (watch out for tree kicks!) and the baskets are not numbered. If it's your first time, your best bet is to tag along with a local, or at least follow them around the course. Even with a map I was turned around a couple times.
I really dug the baskets here, but some people may not be as into them as I was. The chains could definitely use an update.
There's a couple holes that are kinda sorta let-er-rip, but mostly it's short and technical.
Other Thoughts: Lake Stevens definitely isn't the toughest course out there...but it's also not the easiest. It has an unique feel to it that will appeal to players of nearly every skill level (at least for a couple spins). Without a doubt, the most obviously different feature about this course is the baskets, and in my book, that alone makes it worth a spin or two. A definite play if you're in the area.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is a beautiful forested course. It was clean of garbage the when I played and the locals were generally friendly.
Big trees with decent "fairways"
Not crowded and groups let us pass.
Cons: Egg baskets presented a challenge and added strokes.
More signage or indication of location of next hole. At one point we threw to the wrong basket.
Other Thoughts: I highly recommend playing this course. Beautiful, cool forest. Variety of shots.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: It is in the woods. The day I played it the temperatures were creeping up into the 80's and it was nice to play in the shade. It was a little difficult for me but I enjoyed the challenge. Yes sometimes there are no obvious or clear paths but even that helps you to focus on precision and not on raw power. To me this is a plus since I don't have all that much power to begin with.
I liked the egg baskets. I thought it made the course unique and I really had to think about placement on an upshot and precision for the actual putts. It did not detract from my experience at all. Yes I could have had a wee bit lower score but that's just part of the game
Over all I really liked this course and will definitely be back
Cons: Parking. I parked downtown and it was a short walk really but it seemed longer in the sun.
No restroom facilitys
Signage to the next tee would have been helpful. If I hadn't been following some locals I'd have been wondering around a lot more.
Other Thoughts: The locals were great. Helpful and friendly.
The game store downtown has course maps and scorecards.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
nice big douglas fir and cedar trees around park!
Pros: they had many many trees in the way, which make it more fun and challenge for everyone.
techinical throws most holes.
well balanced with up, down, trees, narrows, etc.
some has good teepads
Cons: all baskets are oddballs! they are old school basket, that you don't see it everyday. it is not fair if you hit those basket that are "supposed" to be in.
some natural grounding, need some good teepads, and some steps needed to be covered.
mostly no signs. i had to depend on trees, they had painting marks to tell us which to go.
Other Thoughts: would love to play there it again!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Technical holes. Great for practicing controlled accurate shots.
Cons: Needs some care/upgrading.
No course map at the start.
Tee pads are irregular, and sometimes hard to spot.
Baskets are not the standard style you will find at most courses. They were designed locally and somewhat difficult to putt at since none of the baskets are the same. Most have four outer bars sourounding where chains normally making it almost like a selfguarded basket every 90 degrees and if it's on the side you're putting, a strsight putt Is out of the question.
Some baskets have chains as a wall not allowing a disc to enter. Some have no chains to hit at all and just hope you hit a bar at the right angle to cause your disc to fall in the basket.
Baskets are also hard to distinguish from one another on a few holes. They need clear indicators, maybe make shift "lolly pops" on top with the numbers.
Signage is also a major issue I had. Maybe only half of the holes have signs, and the ones that they do have are in poor condition.
To help find the next tee pads, they did have arrows, but these arrows were spray painted on the trees making it look trashy. Simple brightly painted wooden arrow signs saying next tee would be a good improvement.
Trash. I don't believe any of the holes had a trashcan at the pad. This might be the cause of some of the trash I saw around the course since people might be too lazy just to pack it out. Trash cans at every 3rd hole maybe? It is a short course, but having a place to put your cans/trash without holding until the end of play would be nice.
Other Thoughts: I talked to some local players at the course, and it seemed they got a little upset when I compared it to other courses I've played. One said that the baskets will never change since a local made them. And some almost seemed like even the suggestion of improvements to the course was an insult. The course seemed decently rated as a 3.9 on my udisc app, but I don't believe it comes anywhere near a 4. Maybe in the future if it receive some tlc. The rating almost seemed baiest by the locals boosting it with 5s just for the sake of it being their course.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Needs some TLC
Pros: Lots of trees and ferns to play around.
The 'bog -1' penalty zones posted on some of the tee signs.
Friendly locals, without which the course would have taken twice as long to play. Thank you!
Cons: Some baskets have (One of the locals told me this was called 'jail') a wall of chains that prevents a disc from getting into the basket from one side or the other.
About half of the tee signs were missing. Some of them you could see the post where they were that had been vandalized.
The only signs from the basket to the next tee were spray-painted on trees, which made the place look trashy.
No public bathrooms.
No map at the beginning to take a picture of.
Other Thoughts: I left wondering how to remove spray-paint from trees.
I was told (by a local) that the custom baskets were designed by a local dentist. That actually explained a lot.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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