It was less than 70, sunny and breezy today. Could get used to that for August.
Portland, OR- Portland Lunchtime DGC:On the grounds of a large religious cult. Surprisingly long, with two holes over 500' and a few more over 400', with only 12 holes. Plays along the parking lot and entrance road, near buildings on 2 holes, then goes out into a field, down into some woods and back across the field. Very hilly, the first basket can be troublesome to sail past downhill. Several holes go into tight woods, and are very short. One hole throws 380', but 293' to clear a parking lot that you tee off from, if you can't throw that far you HAVE to bail out right through a line of trees to some grass then play from there, big arm has a huge and unfair advantage there. OBs, hills make it tought enough. Cement and rubber tees, well marked all with signs.
Newberg, OR- Ewing Young:Jim Waterbury, the man behind getting this course in the ground and designing it, contacted me and I met him and a friend for the round there, and Jim again at the next course. He did a good job with the land available. Mostly open, but plenty of trees and a few really tight short holes. 2 big arm bomber fields shots, with thorny hazards for stray drives. One small water hazard. Well marked, has signs, map. I told him about putting bolts into the wooden tee posts to show pin A or pin B, and he said he will do it, then it will be as well marked as possible. Such a rarity in this area. The grass isn't cut well enough to throw rollers here, but it's not bad either. Good variety of shots, well balanced. On a bad day a few holes could destroy a round, or you could tear it up.Hilly.
Newberg, OR- Herbert Hoover:Also has a map, so it's navigable. Short and old, up and down hills with a flat area in the middle with a small creek running across it. One hole has a 30+ ft elevation change. Solid design, several downhill sidearm shots, one nice hole uphill across a small rock wall, lined by woods and across a creek. Well maintained.
Newberg, OR- Champoeg State Park:A basic flat picnic area type park setting, with lots of old tall oak trees. Feels a lot like many midwest and texas courses. Nothing too open or too tight. Variety of everything, a few long holes are hard to reach. You have to throw a decent shot to park a hole, but a bad drive doesn't mean a bogey automatically. Cement tees, not well marked on the course but there's a map and it's easy to follow. Very busy today, one hole had a football game going on in the fairway. Lots of Roc shots. Beware of big skips if you come in on a hyzer. One of the better courses around.
McMinnville, OR- Wortman:Lots of other park users make it play slow waiting to throw, at least on a Saturday with a fair going on next door. Tough due to some holes being tight, no rough just lots of trees in the park, more than a typical city park. A small creek mostly dry comes into play. A paved path as well, many times. Most holes are either lefty or righty favored, not many have a lot of options. 2-3 holes need a driver. Tees have a #, but no signs, first hole didn't have a # so I wasn't sure where to start the round.