2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: First off TIPS:
- Bring lots of water and use sunblock (it's the desert, it's hot and dry, duh).
- This is NOT a cart-friendly course, bring a bag.
- Expect a long round and a good hike even if you're alone.
- This is a not a beginner friendly course so if you've only been playing for a year, maybe skip this one and go to Hyzer Pines in Sisters instead.
- Pay attention to the little sun thing at the top of each tee sign because it points to which of the 3 basket positions the hole is in.
- Take a pic of the big course sign at the start of the course because navigation from basket to next pad is not always super obvious.
- 3 basket positions and 2 pads on almost every hole makes for a lot of variety. I'd love to play a weekly league here, so much variety.
- Great signage. The large course sign at the beginning is nice and accurate as are the tee signs. I didn't realize until I'd been playing a few holes, but there is a little sun thing at the top of the tee signs that points out which of the 3 positions the basket is in.
- Fairly nice baskets that are bright orange and thus easy to spot.
- Very challenging course design. Of course most of the holes were in the medium and long positions when I played which increased the challenge level quite a bit. The scrub brush everywhere makes 2nd and 3rd shots much more challenging than your typical park-like course because you can almost never do a run-up after your initial tee shot.
- Lots of elevation changes which add to the challenge.
- I'd call the teepads dirt rather than gravel. They are mostly hard pack and I had no problem getting a good run up and drive on them. I'd always prefer concrete, but these were honestly fine.
Cons: - The scrub and the plethora of blind tee shots means that it's easy to be searching for your disc on almost every hole. As long as you pay attention to the flight and throw bright colors, it usually doesn't take long to find them, but you will almost always be looking for at least a minute or two.
- Blind teeshots are the norm here rather than the exception. Maybe it was just because the baskets were in medium to long positions, but I found myself walking up to look for the basket on almost every hole because I couldn't see it from the tee pad. I don't mind a few blind tee shots on a course, but throwing blind on 3/4 of the holes is a little excessive. At least the baskets are bright orange so they're pretty easy to find.
- The paths through the scrub are narrow enough that pulling a cart around is really impractical. I was traveling and all I had with me was my cart rather than a bag or backpack which was a pain. It would be nice if at least the main fairway paths were wide enough to pull a cart on.
- Like all desert courses, it's pretty dusty.
Other Thoughts: Great course, pretty underrated for what it is. It's very challenging and not beginner friendly, but if I lived in the area I'd play here a lot. As long as you know what you're getting yourself into at the beginning, it's pretty great!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Very Fun, Underrated Course
Pros: Fun elevation shots - Up, down, across the side of a hill. Often the longer tee pad will have more elevation. Even if you have a pretty wimpy arm, I highly encourage you to try the longer tee pads.
Multiple Tee pads, Multiple Basket Locations - I don't know how often the baskets are moved, but clearly there are lots of options. Two tee pads and three basket locations on every hole. Plus, the tee pads are not just shorter or longer, they are at a different angle, giving a different look and a different challenge.
Great signs - New tee signs have been put up by each tee pad. It was easy to see the layout of the hole and to get the distance and location of each basket.
Bag holders - Many, but not all tee pads have a bag holder. A nice touch.
Challenging, yet fun for all - I played the day after a local tournament and several of the locations were very challenging. Yet, there are usually easier shots from other tee pads.
Cons: Personally, I have no complaints. Others might complain about:
Gravel Tee pads - This did not bother me. The tee pads are in pretty good shape, but I know it bothers some people.
Sagebush - Like many courses in Central Oregon, sage brush is in the fairways and off to the side of the fairways. I throw mostly brightly colored discs and it never was a problem. I threw some truly awful drives, but it never took more than a minute or two to find my disc. I guess if you like to throw rollers, this is the wrong course for you.
Actually, I do have one complaint, I wish the course were closer to Bend so I could play it more often. :-)
Other Thoughts: I had a great time playing this course. I moved to the Bend area about a year ago and I had never heard of the course. I had heard of Pine Nursery and Hyzer Pines, but never this course. I think this course is at least as good, if not better.
I would advise printing the course map from the Central Oregon Disc Golf webpage. Sometimes it was not obvious where the next tee pad was located. The sign at the tee pad had an arrow to the next hole, however I usually forget that by the time I got to the basket.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Not Much Fun...
Pros: The views are nice, and it's one of only a handful of courses in the area. The shots with elevation are fun.
Cons: Despite having to pay $3 to play, the course does little to earn players' money. There's no signage at the teepads other than hole number, no maps available at the kiosk, poorly maintained gravel teepads, unmarked pin positions, and a layout that feels disjointed, and poorly designed.
Other Thoughts: I was visiting Sisters for the week, and thought I'd play somewhere other than Hyzer Pines. I made the drive out to Crooked River Ranch, paid $3 for me, and another $3 for my partner. There were no maps available at the unmanned kiosk, so we started playing using the google map that's linked to on the course page on DGCR. We realized on hole one that the map was outdated, as the basket was easily 250 feet farther from the tee than the map indicated. We continued on, but honestly, we didn't have a lot of fun. If you can overlook the rough terrain, sandy hillsides, and the unmowed cheatgrass you might have a good time. However, My partner and I felt the course just wasn't very fun. Many of the holes are needlessly long, and probably very frustrating for newer players. This course doesn't have well defined fairways, just dirt, cheatgrass, sagebrush, and impenetrable junipers. There's little shade on the course so come prepared with water and sunscreen.
After seeing the 3.25 rating, I came expecting a good course. I left feeling my time would have been better spent elsewhere. If I had to do it again, I'd play the course first, and decide afterward if a donation was worth it. Hopefully my $6 actually goes toward course improvements because this course needs a lot of work.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Breathtaking setting in the Crooked River Gorge.
Nice new baskets, in a bright orange that makes them very easy to see from the tee areas.
Good use of elevation changes.
Multiple tee pads on many holes for beginners/more advanced players.
Challenging shots, great overall distance for the course, doesn't feel like many "duplicate" holes, each have a unique feel.
Cons: Dirt teepads are in a decent shape right now, but are already showing "pitting" at the front end.
No tee signs.
No distances given for the holes.
No garbage cans.
Some teepads difficult to find.
Other Thoughts: Great start to this course. It could easily be a 4 or 4.5 rated course by adding concrete teepads, good tee signs and some better directional signs for next tees (look for the yellow flags on the bushes to signal your way to the next teepad right now).
There is potential here for an amazing "top of the world shot". There is a rock outcropping up the hill from hole 10 that looked like it would work great (of course, not sure if whomever controls the land there would allow it).
Loved playing this course.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Beautiful setting in the Crooked River Valley offering a full 18 hole course in central Oregon.
-Bathrooms and garbage cans in parking lot.
-Nice sign at the beginning of the course with map, score cards, and practice basket.
-Flags are set up in between holes for easy navigation if you don't know the course.
-Great variety of shots from 190 to 664 foot holes with enjoyable elevation changes.
-Nice, easy to see Kingpin baskets.
-Some holes have multiple tee pads.
-Very little undergrowth, besides the Sage brush and Juniper trees, makes it easy to find discs.
Cons: -Tee pads are gravel.
-Part of the course has a mountain bike track.
-No signage at tee pads, so once this course is played more the flags in between holes might disappear making it harder to navigate.
Other Thoughts: I thought this was a great course. Very fun to play. The gravel tee pads are not that bad, level with nice hard ground underneath. When I was there I didn't see any mountain bikers and saw only a few bike tracks, so I didn't feel that it interfered with the disc golf course. Lodging, camping, and store close by in Crooked River Ranch. Not far from Bend, Redmond, and Madras for restaurants and other disc golf courses. I gave it a 3.5 due to the tee pads and very little signage. However, this course is only a few months old and it will be interesting in the future if there are improvements made.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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