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Seattle, WA- Lakewood King County Park:Hilly and in an open park setting, with plenty of trees, no rough. Small water hazard on 2 holes. Many baskets (at least 3) tucked near the corner of a fence, which could easily get you OB. Several paths OB and one basket on an 'island' in the middle of the parking lot. I think that's a horrible idea. It puts half the cars in the lot at risk of getting hit by someone's shot. Also, you cannot tell from the tee where it crossed out of bounds, so that could be a problem in a tournament. I doubt it's a 'must-land' on island as the hole is about 280'. That's never a good idea in my opinion. I don't want my car getting hit. There's no sign that says to watch out if you park here, there could at least be that. Not the first time I've seen that, but I hope it is the last. Several 'long' holes near 400' and over, but nothing out of my reach. Some of the shorter holes are really tricky. Well marked, map at 1st hole, some signs and benches all have tee # as do baskets. Good use of hills, several on the sides of hills. Good roller opportunities. Backtracks a lot on the front. Area clear of other park users.

Bremerton, WA- NAD:
Finished the round with a local guy. Very well marked, unlike anything else in the region. Map, tee signs, next tee arrow markers EVERYWHERE. It's nice. Several places to rest, every tee has a thing to hang your bag on. Dual cement tees and signs. Deep and thick old growth pine forest, with some of the biggest trees I have ever seen. Lots of ferns, stumps, wildlife (Bald Eagle, Pleated Woodpecker, Squirrels). No open or long shots, everything is tight and technical. A few have almost no fairway requiring a bit of luck. Some elevation changes, one steep uphill tunnel by the Bald Eagles nest. Best set-up in the state so far. Limited parking at the first tee..supposedly more up the road.

Port Orchard, WA- Van Zee:Features about 5 holes like the ones at NAD, tight and in old growth forest. It's in a tiny city park though, with the other 5 holes being more open. 2 uphill open drives, 2 downhill sidearm shots. Well marked, dual tees. Looks like it's been re-designed. I sold 3 discs and traded 1 to Scott who might be writing a story about me. The woods holes are way harder than they look.

Sumner, WA- Riverside:I played with a guy 'Tracy' from disc golf course review, he contacted me about showing me the course. I'm glad, because it's absolutely impossible to play a course here without lots of help. Lots of tunnelly holes through open-ish fairways, lined with thick but short bushes. Well maintained. Mix of gravel dirt and cement tees. With all the possible holes here, there's at least one of everything except a hill or water. Shady. The big issue here is the layout. There are something like 7-9 different courses playing to who knows how many baskets and from how many tees. Not one layout is well marked. I don't get the theory behind this, it's set-up so that you can't just come out here and play a round without losing your mind and just making up an 18 hole course and calling it a round. There are orange, blue, green, red..etc layouts. Some baskets are used 5+ times, so people can be throwing at your hole from another angle, sometimes you step right into the line of fire. It's utter nonsense and a real disaster. It'd be nice if there was a sign describing that at least, when you pull in there are 3 tees next to a post with 3 signs showing different holes on each sign, with different colors. No clue what that all means, what 'color' to play or how to play it. There are some maps inside, but no description of what's going on here. I'd never have figured it out without help. If you go here, get help or just play until you've played 18 holes, call it a round. Not at all designed for out-of-towners, like on South Park the episode where the Trapper-Keeper keeps absorbing items into itself and growing into a mass of cra*.

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Comment by Kyle Jacob Smalling on July 29, 2008 at 9:24am
How many courses left until 1000?

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