Gorgeous 27 Holes
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This was the 170th course that I've played, and certainly in the top two or three in terms of beauty. Playing through the giant trees and across the lush grass, with the Clackamas River rushing alongside the course makes for a really pleasant day of golf.
Holes lengths vary wildly from 175' out to the 1185' Hole 2 (west) from the pro tee. Overall there are a lot of long, open holes on the course. The fairways are surprisingly wide and forgiving, and the course favors those with big arms.
I was surprised at how few truly wooded holes were here, given the amazing forest surrounding the course. Holes 2 & 3 on the west course are the real stand-out wooded holes and I enjoyed them. Most of the other holes were fairly open.
Great textured concrete teepads on all holes, with most offering an "am" and a "pro" tee. The pro pads really stretch the course out. There were very nice tee signsat all 36 pads on the East 18.
Baskets were showing some wear and tear, but caught fine. Most of the baskets had a flag on top with the hole number, and that was a help for first timers like myself.
Two giant parking lots make it easy to access either course.
Cons: While I thoroughly enjoyed the course, I hoped that there might be a little "more". More elevation, more water in play, or more heavily wooded holes.
Signage on the West 9 was non-existent. Navigation was a little tricky, but with the map and "next tee" arrows you can make your way around.
Other Thoughts: A standout course in a beautiful location. A bit out of the way but worth the trip.
I played this course after many days of heavy rain, and it remains completely playable with very little mud or standing water.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
My favorite course
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: - This is a good course if you can throw it pretty far or really far.
- Long tee pads.
- Easy to find the next hole.
- Great maintenance.
- Different layouts.
- Walking paths.
- Steps down from elevated tee pads.
- Fairways and rough.
- Great bathrooms!
- Very quiet because it is a huge piece of land.
- No thorn bushes.
Cons: - This is not the best for beginners.
- There are some missing signs at the tee pads.
- Pay $5 for parking unless you have a state park pass
Other Thoughts: Milo is my favorite course to play. Known for the Beaver State Fling this course offers stunning views and and a crystal clear Clackamas River. You should come to the Beaver State Fling if you haven't been here. It is cool to see the pros play.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Top Notch Disc Golf
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Milo McIver Disc Golf Course is easily one of the best disc golf courses in Oregon. It is located in the beautiful, massive Milo McIver State Park near the town of Estacada. The disc golf course occupies a healthy portion of the park-- I'd estimate 75 acres.
-The scenery here at Milo is absolutely stunning. From the moment you drive in, you can sense that you're in for a treat. The entry road winds down a hill through a forest thick with lovely Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar trees. At spots you can catch a glimpse of Mt. Hood as well.
-The regular course is made up of 27 holes, with an 18-hole east course and 9-hole west course. Whether you decide to play 9, 18, or 27 holes, you'll have a ton of fun. The course design is phenomenal. The Riverbend day-use area, where the course is located, features open areas with scattered trees, plus areas with more dense woods, perfect for a top-notch course.
-No hole at Milo McIver is a gimme. All shots are needed to succeed at this course: long crushes, right to left shots, left to right shots, straight shots, flex shots, low shots, precise approach shots, straddle putts, and hack-out-of-the-woods shots. You name it, you need it.
-It's a long course, but not too long. The course features many par threes, par fours here and there, and two par fives as well. Most of the longer holes have a short teepad, making the course manageable for newer players.
-Almost every basket is tucked into a nice setting, between or behind some trees. This makes you really have to focus on throwing your disc to a spot where you aren't blocked. It is very easy to throw a shot 20 or fewer feet from a basket and have no look at a putt because you're behind a massive tree.
-The scenery is so beautiful, it can become distracting, and you will inevitably throw into the woods at one time or another. But the undergrowth is almost all native. Ferns and vine maple abound. It is much easier to find your disc in these plants than if the woods were overgrown with blackberries and other nasty invasives.
The Clackamas River is in view from a good many of the holes and within earshot at a couple of points, too. Nothing is more calming than hearing rushing water. Too many disc golf courses are within earshot of a freeway. This is a hundred times better.
Wildlife abounds. Don't be surprised to see deer, eagles, chipmunks, and maybe in the river, salmon. This adds even more charm to an already splendid course.
-Timber Park is right across the river. Two terrific courses within a ten-minute drive is anyone's dream. Timber Park has more of a city park feel, and the holes are closer together, but it's still a wonderful challenge. If you come here to play Milo, check out Timber, too.
The course is generally flat, but many of the baskets are set on a small hill in the woods. However, holes 6 and 11 on the East and hole 9 on the West all offer fun, downhill throws.
-Every June, Milo McIver State Park hosts the Beaver State Fling, and for good reason. Come out if you haven't already. It's a ton of fun to watch the top pros at one of the best courses in the country.
-Numerous top professionals have named Milo McIver as their favorite course. Nate Doss, Will Schusterick, Philo Brathwaite, and Gregg Barsby just to name a few.
-There are frequent restrooms, which, for a state park, are really nice. I wonder if that is due to the Beaver State Fling.
Cons: -The one real issue with Milo McIver is navigation difficulty. The regular layout is an 18-hole east course and a 9-hole west course that start from the east and west parking lots. Or, you can skip around and play all 27. For the Beaver State Fling, they add 9 holes to make for two 18-hole courses that start from the middle parking lot. And in the winter, the west course is closed and the extra Beaver State Fling holes on the east side are opened. It's all very confusing until you've been to the park a few times, so make sure to print a map.
-Because there are so many different layouts, the tee signs aren't always correct and half the time, aren't present.
-The baskets are older Innova Discatchers. They catch all right but some of them have rusty chains. This isn't a big problem, but for a course like this that hosts a PDGA NT event, I'd expect to see new top-notch baskets.
Other Thoughts: -Some people might complain about the park entry fee of $5, but I think that is more than worth it for a course like this.
-Milo McIver State Park is a long drive from most anywhere except Estacada. Take advantage of other park opportunities while you're here, including picnicking, fishing, boating, and hiking. If one day here isn't enough for you, reserve a campground!
-Many of the baskets are elevated, either on a mound, a tree stump, or on the side of a hill. It's a lot of fun but make sure to give your putts enough power. Watch out for those front-rim bangers!
-The baskets do have a little doodad at the bottom pointing the direction to the next hole. Sometimes they are correct but not always. I just look for a path leading away from the basket.
-This course hosts the Beaver State Fling every June for a reason. Come out if you haven't already. It's a ton of fun to watch the top pros at one of the best courses in the country.
For sure, Milo earns a 5-star review. Yes, there are a few small issues but nothing worth dinging the rating for. Milo McIver State Park is a wonderful experience, start to finish.
-If you're just starting out, this course is probably a little much for you. But you certainly don't need to be a pro to have fun here. The short and long tees make this course fun for everyone. I always look forward to my next round at Milo McIver.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Pretty Good Course
1 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: Very good course!! There's a Pro and Am tee for just about every hole. Provides some good challenging shots, long distance shots, and elevated shots. Great mixture. Beautiful Park and very fun
Cons: Some of the Tee Pads are hard to find signage or arrows would be great. Some signs are missing off the Tee pads so you don't know where the basket is and you have to go find it before you throw. If it wasn't for those this would be 5 stars
1 of 9 people found this review helpful.
One of the best
1 Helpful / 11 Not
Pros: You can't go wrong if you decide to give this course a shot as it has tons of variety and is in as beautiful of setting as you will find. Even when this course gets crowded, it is still fun to play.
Cons: Occasionally, the grass in the fairways is allowed to grow too long which is an annoyance. There are also a couple of opportunities to lose a disc in the river.
Other Thoughts: I have played this course probably 30 times and it doesn't get old. One of the best I have ever been to period.
1 of 12 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
* Challenging course with wide variety of shots across 27 holes with Pro and Amateur tees. You will want to come back again and again. This course should be on your bucket list.
* Holes usually have multiple angles of approach, and reward a variety of play styles. Quite a few risk/reward shots to take. Nice mix of long/short, open/trees, and elevation/flat shots.
* Beautiful scenery along the Clackamas River - wildflowers, wild berries, trees, meadows, bald eagles, blue herons, etc. This is everything disc golf should be.
* Concrete tees, good signage, good benches, nice facilities.
* Ample parking, restrooms and water fountains near some tees for pit stops.
* Well maintained grass, OB, facilities (that's what your fees pay for).
* Paper maps available at the entrance, very helpful.
* Really helpful staff at the front desk and campground. Don't be afraid to ask questions about the facilities or where to go.
* Camping and day-use facilities available at this enormous state park. Clackamas river has a boat launch and an old (but operating) hydroelectric dam to check out. Lots of hiking trails and good picnicking.
* Short drive to another great course, Timber Park.
Cons: / Thoughts:
* Some water fountains don't work at present and need to be repaired.
* Watch out for people crossing your path on the way to the river who don't know there is a disc golf course there.
* Watch out for poison oak and blackberries. They are minimal but they do exist on a couple holes. There is a hornet's nest (marked with signs) on #17 right now as well.
* Due to the awesomeness of this course, if you are playing on a nice-weather weekend day get here early, say 10am or earlier.
* Some shots are very long. I recommend playing the amateur tees the first time you play, or you may find your arm too exhausted to finish all 18 / 27 holes. The pro tees really are for pros at this course - they will wear you out.
Good course for: people with a half day to full day to play disc golf. Good for pretty much any reasonably experienced player, although even the amateur tees may still be too much for new players.
Bad course for: absolute beginners, green-colored discs, people who don't look before they throw
King for a day: I would fix the drinking fountains and get some crews to eradicate the occasional poison oak and blackberries, but otherwise, it's great.
Definitely a 5/5 - "best of the best"
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
The tops. Nothing more to say.
3 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: Everything except the signage. Gorgeous natural beauty. Good mix of shots. History. Location. Views on the drive out and back. Truly world class.
there is a reason (there are lots of reasons) why it is a top course for anyone who has ever played it, and a favorite among many top pros.
Cons: Needs better signage and next tee markers for visitors.
Other Thoughts: As good a course as I've played anywhere. Ever.
3 of 11 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 15 Not
Pros: Incredible course. Played twice and loved both rounds. Challenging and long (both good things). If I lived in the area it would be my goto course.
Cons: A bit of a drive to get there. Can be tough to follow some layouts.
Other Thoughts: This is a world class course. No question.
1 of 16 people found this review helpful.
as good as advertised
7 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Massive variety- hole length, elevation, wooded & non wooded, a bit of water.
Great (dual) teepads
27+ holes with more than one signature hole
Helpful and plentiful scorecards on site
Cons: Super crowded. We got there at about 10:45 on a Saturday so we definitely weren't expecting to have the course to ourselves. However, 3.5 hours later we were actually relieved to have finished after struggling to pass MULTIPLE mob groups that were extremely slow due to either lack of ability or obvious use of alcohol or other substances.
There weren't any real threatening water shots, which in my personal criteria is what keeps this particular course from being a perfect 5.
Other Thoughts: More on the casual mob groups: like I said, we got there late morning so we weren't expecting the fastest round ever. I was just so taken aback by how many large groups there were! To top it off, why did it seem like everyone regardless of skill level played from the long pads? Coming from Michigan, we aren't immune to large groups and casuals on the weekends, but the novices are usually good about sticking to the short pads which expedites things a little on days when playing through is difficult. As a group of four with various skill levels playing Milo for the first time, we chose to play a mixed layout (mainly the longs with the beautiful elevated shots). But I just couldn't stomach watching and waiting on groups that obviously didn't have the overall skills to efficiently play the longs on such a crowded day. Sorry for the rant; for the record, the crowds and slow play did not affect my rating of the course. We were from out of town and it was our fault for getting there late on a weekend. I'm sure there are plenty of smoother rounds to be had at milo.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Beautiful Top of the Class Course
7 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Milo is a simply beautiful park, your surrounded by a mix of old growth hardwoods and towering evergreens that line well maintained fairways, with views of the thundering Clacamas river.
Easily one of the most beautiful courses I've played.
There are two sets of pads on almost every hole, the pro pads play longer, but mainly they play more interesting. Big hooking doglegs and S curve fairways are The signature here and every hole is well thought out.
Layout is nice and mostly very easily followed.
You have to work for par here. Hit your line nail the approach you can have a 3, knock a tree or shank an approach and you might be having a rough round.
The use of mature trees, elevation and some fantastic technical lines make this course interesting and non repetitive.
Really nice pads as well, fairly large with a grid texture laid in.
Baskets all have flags on top and have red bands so they are easily spotted and very well balanced.
It's not at all hard to find the pros here, the whole thing is a pro.
Cons: Not much to list here, personally I wish some of the technical 400+ par threes were par fours but I can't take off for that.
I wish the bathrooms had been unlocked. Only con worth listing.
Other Thoughts: This is a true pro caliber course, in a beautiful setting.
A must play for any player with the means and just truely stunning.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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