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First played on March 10, 2015.  9 Holes.

Herbert Hoover Park (named after the President, not the vacuum) is a small, nine hole course pretty much in the heart of Newberg, though that’s not saying much.  The course plays into a small valley that also doubles as a flood plain, so if you like mud, you’re in for a treat.

All told, the course is fun, but not much of a challenge, and if can be a bit confusing.  The baskets are all marked, but the tee pads are not.  The first time I played it, I couldn’t find the tee pad for six at all.  Comon, guys!  Get some signage!  At least tape one of the spokes on the basket to give a general idea where the next tee pad is.  I’m sure if you lived here you’d figure it out fairly quickly, but when you’re just in for the day, it gets to the point where you don’t even care if you play every hole.  And that doesn’t say much for the quality of the holes, either.  There was change of elevation, some nice shots through the trees, and water that came into play – all the makings of what probably would’ve been a fun course if I hadn’t spent the entire time lost.

All told, if you’re ever in Newberg and want to play a quick nine, this would be the course, except it could easily take longer to negotiate the one way streets to get to the course than to actually play it, and if you’ve never played it before, you’re probably going to spend more time finding the baskets than playing them.

 

Directions:  From Ewing Young Park, go North on Blaine St.  Take a Right on First and then a right on River.  The park entrance is immediately on your left.

From there I headed to Wennerburg Park in Carlton.