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Played on May 23, 2016.  27 holes (give or take)

I really enjoyed playing Milo McIver, but I haven't a clue which holes I played.  Apparently, nobody plays the entire course from start to finish. They may play it all... but in their favourite order.  When I first started, I played with a group of guys who may have started on one, but I haven't a clue what hole we were on when we parted directions.  Then I joined up with a couple of other guys, but they weren't playing the set course, either.  When we got to the "end," where they were parked, it wasn't the same parking lot I started from.  Luckily, one of the guys took me around to that parking lot.

So here's the deal.  The course has a lot of really great shots.  Truly, it's never the same shot twice.  There are some ridiculously long shots (there's one around twelve hundred feet – that would be far for ball golf), and many more reasonable shots.  Trees, water, elevation, left, right, open, tight – they have it all.  And it's a beautiful park.  But it all (seemingly) winds around on top of itself.  It's like a bunch of crisscrossing circles, so you can make it up as you go. 

The course is well marked.  They even have maps.  It's just that nobody particularly seems to care which order they play it in.  My kind of park!  It would be a fun park to learn, and it's not that far away.

Directions:  From Portland, take 205 South.  Right (south) on 212 / 224.  Stay on 224 (right at the fork).  Turn right in Carver (about a mile) and cross the Clackamas River – look for the signs for Springwater Road.  Continue on Springwater for about 9 miles.  Left into park on Entrance Road (it's marked).