Bob Burton, John Ross, Gene Fackler and I spent President's Day on the road. We traveled to Horning's Hideout just north of Forrest Grove, Oregon to play a course that Gene found out about by word of mouth will visiting one of our local Disc Golf retailers All Star Buy and Sell. This place currently sports two 18 hole courses and has plans for a third by this summer. It is a "Pay to Play" course but was well worth the modest investment of $3.00 per person for the day. We started on the short course which is basically a pitch and putt course. All the holes are from 130 - 240 feet in length with the first four holes out in the open which meant a lot of birdies. Hole five was 240 feet across a pond to a basket nestled inside a quartet of older cedar trees. This course would really be good for an Ace Run tournament as most of the baskets afford the thrower a very good chance of scoring an ace. We had several very close ones here. The wind was also a factor on many of the holes as it kind of swirled and was hard to pin down what direction it was really coming from. The low scores for our foursome were at 47 and a high of 50 I think, Gene kept score and has those. We finished this course in about 90 minutes and still had a couple of hours before lunch.
Next it was on to the long course. You tee off below the parking area, where peacocks abound, to a small cove 240 feet away nestled between the road on the right and a grove of alders on the left. You don't want to be left as I learned. Hole two was a hard dog leg right with a large fir on the right front corner of the tee box to a raise pin location. Hole three was a slight downhill to a pin guarded by tree right in front and a modest creek on the left, John Ross got his feet wet. The next hole is a verrry tight fairway to a basket out and down to the left in a hole. Bob Burton sent a laser right down the middle like there was nothing to and ended up with a 25 foot by 8 foot downward put for a birdie which didn't quite make it in. It was a slight walk to the next hole which was a slight bend to the left through the trees which didn't pose a problem making birdie for three of our group, myself included. The next series of holes played back and forth through an open grove of alders with a ravine at the lower end that you didn't want to find and an elevation change of 50 - 60 feet and 180 to 230 foot lengths. Gene found the ravine on one of those holes and was fortunate to get away with a bogie coming up and out. Holes 11 and 12 are some tricky dog leg lefts through a lot of trees and to get birdies you have to be right on line. The next hole is really tough one, 400 feet with 100 feet of uphill and a sharp left hand turn. We all got fours on this hole and were thankful for them. Hole 14 was then downhill and sharp right behind some firs. Hole 15 was straight away with sentry trees guarding the easy access. Sixteen was another dog leg left between two large firs and above on a bench near the top of a rise. Hole 17 posed a formidable challenge as it was from a upward sloping tee over a mound, between some small trees and down to a pin surrounded by large firs some 260 feet away. Needless to say we all were happy with par. The last and final hole was a 635 foot downhill 100 feet over a hill with a mando to the left of the two large firs in front of the tee box. If that is not enough to slow you down, there is a 50 foot swamp about 80 feet in front of the pin placement along side a grove of alders. Gene Fackler bested us on this one with a long putt for a bogie. The rest of us didn't fair so well. On the way back to the rig and lunch Bob Burton said he would like to play that course again and we decided to stay the rest of the day there instead of our plan to play the Haag Lake course. After a brief lunch we headed back out to the long course a this time didn't do as well, probably because we were playing faster as a result of the threesome behind us that was close to being on our heals. It couldn't possibly be because of fatigue, we are not that old yet. After the conclusion of that round it was only 3:10 and we decided we could get one more round in if we played doubles. The Corvallis guys through the gauntlet down to us Springfield natives and the contest was begun on the short course. Since this was the short course and a best disc format there were few pars and a lot of birdies. By the end of the round the Corvallis duo shot a 41, but the Springfield team managed to hold them off with a 40 for 18 holes. All in all, a great day of disc golf and fellowship with friends/competitors. A most enjoyable experience at Horning's Hideout. We can't wait to see what their new course will be like.