Arlington, WA- Twin Rivers:In the floodplain of a river, this tightly wooded short course feels like a rainforest. Tight tunnel fairways mostly open but bordered with woods, and 3-15' tall thorn bushes and vines, some will shred you. Almost no clean 'fairway' to land on on any hole-either knee high bushes and thorns or the small footpath, and on the 3 open fields shots, the grass is so tall and thick on the sides you're more likely to lose a disc there. Dirt tees, most signs gone, without the map at the beginning, it'd be impossible to navigate and is still very hard. You will get cut and dirty. Many holes overgrown with shots partially blocked by fresh growth. Good mix of shots types however, and several interesting holes. It's a lot like hole #2 at WaterWorks, Ypsilanti, MI.
Bellingham, WA- Cornwall:A very scenic and clean course, playing in a forest of old, towering pine trees. Tests all basic throws. Nothing long-longest is 250' and wide open. I shot -8 and hit metal on that other putt. Unmarked-no #'s on anything, and the back 4 are separated from the front 5 by a long unmarked walk to the back of the park. It was busy so I had no trouble following, but otherwise it'd be hard. Worth checking out, just grab one putter play a one-disc-challenge.
Mt. Vernon, WA- Bakerview:I was way ahead of schedule so I looked on my phone to see if there were any new courses in the area not in my guide. Luck had it, this one was new and just happened to be 3 miles off my route to the next course, of only 2 new ones in the state, that's a small miracle. Extremely short, there are two holes over 300', but one is only 90' and the average is about 150'. It uses the same wooden post that is the target as the next hole's tee marker. Distances and #'s are listed on them. That design allows for such proximity you could easily run through this course in under 10 minutes, maybe even 5. In a grassy field on the edge of a park, with just a few sparse trees and even more tree stumps. Grass tees.
Sedro Woolley, WA- NSRA:There is not much to be said about the course. Even with a map from online, it's pretty much impossible to figure out. The first hole shoots across a field, to a basket completely hidden from view behind a tall row of intensely scary looking thorn bushes. No clue which way to tee off and where the basket might possibly be. The next tee is just an unmarked small patch of gravel next to a gravel trail, I think..beware of bees, they'll swarm you on #2. The grass is not mowed, looks like it has never been mowed since the course went in last year. It got to be taller than me, right in the middle of the fairway and around the basket, blocking shots and making it hard to see anything. Goodbye to all your discs and your patience. Unmarked, unmaintained, blind holes, bees..don't bother. Make sure it's been mowed and you have a map or don't even play it if you live there. Yuck.