Played on June 9, 2016.
course is on the banks of Hagg Lake, and there is a Scroggins Creek recreational area, which is nowhere near the disc golf
course, and there's a Sain Creek recreational area, which really isn't near the disc golf course, either, but somehow they
all come together for the name of this course. So if you aren't confused before you ever get on the course, don't worry.
There's still plenty of time for confusion.
The first tee pad is a puzzler. First, it's not clear that it's a tee pad at all. It
could be a really big step. A sign would help. And there is no obvious basket that you're throwing to. I
had to wonder around until I found a basket. Luckily, it was marked.
After the first hole, keeping up with the standard set on number one,
I wandered around until I found three tee pads clumped together in the middle of a field, each going off in a different direction,
only they're not marked, except for the one broken tee sign that's pointing nowhere. Sure, the baskets that sit at the
far ends of that field are marked, but what those numbers are is not obvious, sometimes not until you are standing on the
other side of the basket.
The front nine, more or less, is all open field shots. Not that there's anything wrong with an open field
shot. Maybe even two. Three tops. But, counting seventeen and eighteen, over half the course is in the same
open field. Let me say that walking across a hot field with only slightly different levels of grass to mark the fairways
gets old. And it really gets old when you realize how much land that wasn't in the middle of a field they had to work
hole number eight, the course takes off through the woods. Finding hole nine, though, was ridiculous. There are
at least three choices of trails heading off into the woods (assuming that was the direction I was supposed to go).
It was the third one, by the way. Even at that, I'm not sure how I found number nine. After nine... I mean, I'm
no judge of distance, but if I were still a Boy Scout, that hike would count toward a merit badge.
Luckily, though, after nine the course was marked... well, for the
most part. But guys... marking the second half isn't very effective if you can't find it to begin with. Once in
the trees, the course became very tight, winding through dense woods with pretty heavy underbrush. Not losing my disc
became more important than par. That's not to say that there weren't interesting shots on the back nine. I rather
enjoyed several of the holes, and the lake view was pretty. But there really is no reason why the course doesn't head
straight to the woods, with maybe a few open field shots to get there, and then there is no reason why there is so much distance
from one hole to the next.
All told, the course is not laid out very well at all, and it's not marked worth a hoot. But aside from that,
and aside from the entire course being in the middle of now here, and the course droning on for much too long, and the front
half all basically being the same shot from the same unmarked tees across the same field... hey, it wasn't bad.
Be advised that the course is
in a county park, and there is a day use fee (I think it's five bucks). I'm not sure if I could use my state pass for
it, but I did, and nobody cited me. But if you go there and you get cited, don't blame me.
Should I ever want to return here, which probably means I need to step up my meds, from North Portland take the St. Johns'
bridge to Germantown Road to Cornelius Pass Road to Highway 26. Take 26 West to Highway 47, then 47 south. After
about 20 miles, look for the signs for Lake Hagg, or any other combination of those names, but you're going right on Scoggins
Valley Road, then left on Shore Drive. In about two and a half miles, the parking lot will be on your right, but like
the rest of the course, it's not marked very well, either. If you get to "Boat Ramp, Recreation Area C," you've
gone too far.