There’s wooded, and then there’s cluttered
3 Helpful / 2 Not
-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.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Fun and interesting
5 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 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.
2 of 3 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.
2 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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Baskets from outer space!
Pros: A fun very wooded course. Large trees and a few swampy areas add to the challenge. First couple of times you/I might need a guide. Locals love to play with you to show their course off. And of course the baskets! Makes course management a must...what side do I want my disc to be on when I'm putting? Not counting the weird baskets the course plays fairly consistent...good technical drive-correct approach-putt=par! Enjoy it even when your grumbling about the baskets :)
Cons: Parking is a problem. Just a few spaces on the street at the start of the course. Sign recommends you park downtown (a few blocks away). Summer play when the school is out parking will be better. No bathrooms, signs to the next hole are hit and miss. AND the baskets are from hell. Locals told me on short putts that are blocked by the chain you slam it into the chain and maybe just maybe it will stay.
Other Thoughts: During school a couple of holes run along side the schools playground. Signs say not to play during school hours, locals say the kids are okay and if by accident you throw over the fence they usually will retrieve your disc. Best advice...don't throw over the fence! It's on the left side when facing the basket.
Because the baskets are so weird I think its fun and a great place to bring a group for some weird action.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Good mix of terrain and well laid out.
Cons: The holes are way to short, you can have a bad first throw and be using your putter on the second. The targets are stupid. I understand they are to make the holes more difficult but that only seemed to be the case for me on one hole.
Other Thoughts: If you want to play a short course in the woods this course is for you.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Lots of space and a couple of holes really let you get distance. Lots of local players that seem to be willing to help. They guided me and my wife a few times and we got through the course and had a good time.
Cons: Some of the holes are hard to find the baskets for due to vandalism of the hole map. You can get turned around easy if you are not sure where you are going.
Other Thoughts: The course could use a little more upkeep and replaceing or fixing the shot maps would be a big help. Also repainting the baskets bottom blue or white would help so you know that you are playing the right line. There are two to choose from. (Blue or White)
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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