I'm a first year grower, and also didn't want a huge pole contraption in my (parent's) yard, although it ended up being pretty big anyway. My design actually turned out to be pretty successful, I have a thread with about 8 pics here:
I trained my bines horizontally, but Only after they had enough slack to continue growing upwards (I'd let them grow 3 feet, then train them 2.5 feet to the side so there'd still be 6" or so pointing up, let them grow another few feet, repeat, etc etc etc).
All four of my plants have started to show cone production, one of which (Chinook) has probably more than 50 baby cones on it now, and a different plant (Centennial) has about 25 that are about half the size of my thumb. Using the horizontal training along my trellis net gave the plants much more room to grow, which seems to be great since the tallest one has the most cones.
So uh...in short....."yes".