Played on June 23, 2016. 18 holes.
I've played a lot of private course, and for the most
part, to speak the plain truth, they suck. Not this one. This is one of the better courses I've played anywhere.
What makes this course
so good, in a word, is balance. There are tight shots and wide open shots. Short shots and long shots. Left,
right, up and down, over water, and even a hole where I had to throw over a pretty nasty looking thicket. And, of course,
plenty of trees. Hence the name.
is also a very pretty course. Aside from the scenery, it's very well maintained. There are picnic tables at almost
all of the tee pads, and some of them are covered. Where necessary, steps have been carved out of the hills, making
it overall a safe course to play. The paths are marked with no backtracking. And the signage is fairly decent
(though copy paper in the rain doesn't really work). True, the map I got at the pro shop (yes, there is a bro shop where
you can buy discs and snacks) was not much help, but I really didn't need it. You would have to work at getting lost.
The only real negative is that this course is a bit
removed. It's over 20 miles from my house. But in the greater scheme of things, it's not that far. There
is a $3.00 fee to play this tournament-quality course, and it's well worth it. I'll be back.
Directions: From Portland, take 26 West. Just before you get
to Highway 47 North, you will see NW Fisher Road. Take a right. Fisher will become Bacona – keep going straight.
The paved road turns to gravel, but keep going. It's around three miles from the highway to the disc golf course, but
it seems longer. When you finally get to John Lee Road, take a right. It's the second driveway on the left.
They have a big sign. 48454 John Lee Road, Banks, OR, 97106