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The New And Improved 18-Hole Dawson Park Disc Golf Course!
Pros: Dawson Park is a lovely multi-use park that sits in Suncadia Resorts just outside Cle Elum. The park is beautiful with many activities to choose from including basketball, tennis, playgrounds, ballfields, pickleball, horseshoes and a dog park. There are paved biking/walking paths and a hut in the center which loans out equipment including discs and course maps. The course scorecards and maps are golf course quality although you probably don't need the map. The course is well signed, has next tee arrows on the baskets and clearly marked paths leading you to the next tee. There are restrooms here and they are the cleanest, nicest restrooms on site I've encountered anywhere.
The course starts over near the restrooms and plays at a recreational level with only one hole (# 16) playing just over 300'. Ĺ of the holes are sub 200'. There is a course sign at the beginning with a map and distances for each hole. And then each tee sign has the distance for each hole as well as the next tee arrow.
Most tee pads are smallish rubber mats and a few are natural. I actually preferred the natural pads as the rubber pads are too small to hardly take a step one. The baskets are Discatchers with the yellow bands and #'s. They show up well in the woods here.
# 1 is listed as190,' just a simple hyser bomb into the woods and the basket. All holes are Par 3's. With all these short holes, there are quite a few Ace opportunities as well as a number of blind basket placements.
Cons: This course plays as a recreational level course but probably 95% of its clientele are beginners/novices who have borrowed discs from the hut. The course is probably somewhat over their heads.
There wasn't a hole here that really thrilled me. Lots of fun little throws but nothing epic. Playing on this mostly rugged hillside, I was hoping for a couple more, easy downhill Ace runs.
What out for the trippers which are everywhere. They are the small, one-inch stems of bushes which have been cut off just above ground level. They're everywhere on the paths so you need to watch your step, however, with my uncanny sense of balance, coupled with my cat-like agility, I managed not to do any face-plants today.
It tends to be windy up here in the mountains..
Other Thoughts: The park is beautiful and heavily used. The course has some wonderful things going for it, nice park, nice baskets, a couple fun throws but I just don't believe it really reaches its target audience. It's a little too technical and a bit too difficult for them. But they probably aren't writing reviews for DGCR, are they?
I played and reviewed this course six years ago in 2013 when it was just a little rec 9-holer. This review has been partially copied from that previous review. I awarded it a generous 2.5 at that time and I'm still inclined to call it a 2.5. It falls into the average class.
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