2 Helpful / 2 Not
Great senic views and major elevation changes
Pros: This course is set on the face of a mountain, so you ride the chair lifts up to the starting point. Chair lift is about $20, and you can ride twice... a great day is one trip up for DG then one for mountain biking or hiking down. The views are fantastic as you head down the mountain, but do bring sunscreen and some water. More than anything, bring a camera to take some pics of the amazing moutainscapes. After you do the mountain 9 holes, there's another 9 holes (10th-18th) at the Big Sky base camp which is free... it has chain baskets and is reviewed separately on this site.
Mountain 9 is not a very challenging DG course and it's not very developed, but the big asset is just the location and the scenery. It's a nice course for a lazy day when you just want to relax, see the sights, and take things slowly.
Cons: The tees are improved, but they're still natural with just a number and a few logs or railroad ties at the border. There are no baskets... just wooden poles with some paint on them. The map and course design isn't ideal, but just follow the roads and ski slopes if in doubt.
There's really no obstacles besides the steep decline elevation, but that's enough if there's any wind. You will want some overstable discs... and a spotter in case they get away from you (forests are pretty thick on either side of the ski runs). Most holes are fairly easy birdie chances, but you may go out of bounds or have the winds pull a few tee shots on you.
There's some long grass, but Big Sky is pretty busy with hikers, mountain bikers, and other outdoor visitors, so snake or bear danger is pretty low.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun walk down the mountain. If you're a rec player who is visiting Big Sky and shoots disc for fun and relaxation as much as challenge, then you'll probably appreciate the senic setting at Big Sky. However, if you're a more serious DG player looking for a top notch and challenging course, you might want to take a pass this one.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -You get to ride a chairlift?
Cons: -All holes are wooden posts painted blue at the top
-Holes are spread out and sometimes hard to find. They are numbered, but the number is on the ground
-Tee pads are natural and uneven
-Course ends 2/3 of the way down the mountain resulting in a long steep walk back to the base area
-Holes are all steep downhill, and much shorter than they could be
-No obstacles, all holes shoot straight down the middle of a ski run
-$19 DOLLARS (plus tax!)
Other Thoughts: The Big Sky Ski Resort peak course is a 9 hole downhill course that works its way from the top of one of the lifts down the mountain. Lodgepole forests surround the wide open ski runs, and never play a role in any of the holes. Beautiful vistas of the surrounding mountain range are the only distraction from the shockingly bad course you are playing.
Hole one begins near the top of the lift and shoots over a ridge to a blind hole just over the ridge. A sign notifies you that the course is 'par 3 for pros and par 4 for ams.' All holes are easily obtainable in 3 shots, so I am pretty sure by 'Am's' they mean 'children.'
Walks between holes sometimes exceed 100 yards, and there are no signs pointing you in the right direction. The HUGE map provided at the base is completely incorrect for the first 4 holes.
There is only one more blind hole on the course, and it is a slightly left turning hole along a relatively flat ski run. Still no trees or obstructions to deal with. The rest of the course are holes down intermediate runs that are quite short considering the amount of land they had to work with.
One disappointing thing was reaching a tee pad, seeing an awesome opportunity for a long downhill shot, then noticing the post about 250-300 feet away, in the middle of the run, in a location that has absolutely no reason behind it. These holes were all short and simple enough that they were just a matter of aiming a putter in the right direction.
Hole after hole of saying "Really?" when arriving to the teepad left for probably the most disappointing round I have ever had. Furthermore, it ends 2/3 of the way down the mountain. We could see some abandoned tee pads on the walk down, and just chucked our discs from them out into the nothing just for fun. This apparently used to be an 18 hole course that was shortened for the installation of a skeet course at the peak. I have no idea why they removed the last few holes working their way back to the base. Probably because at that point you have discovered that you have been scammed out of 19 dollars and change and just want to quit.
The lift ticket allows you to ride the chairlift twice. We didn't even bother because the course was not fun at all. I was really excited for it after reading the review of it in the 18 hole layout. I got excited toward the end... at hole 7, you notice you are still quite a ways up the hill from the bottom. You are thinking 'There have GOT to be some epic downhills coming up!' But no, 2 more lame holes and the course just ends, leaving you in the middle of a ski run far from anything. If you are in the Big Sky area, go play Buckhorn Ridge, which is one of my favorite courses in Montana. Its free and only about 5 miles away.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Big Tosses at Big Sky
Pros: This course has some great views to enjoy while throwing a round. Also has some of the biggest downhill throws I have ever thrown. I had a few throws that just flew for 10 seconds or more. The scenic ski lift ride to the top of the mountain where the course starts is pretty amazing. First 9 holes play through the woods around the top and holes 10 - 18 are all downhill, some of which are quite steep.
Cons: You have to purchase a ski lift ticket for $19 to ride up to the top to start the course unlessyou feel like walking it. The course isn't marked very well and most tees aren't numbered. There are only a few baskets as most of the holes are poles with red tops. The baskets they do have are pretty cheap and old. There are no tee pads at all.
Other Thoughts: Considering all the money that this ski resort must bring in they sure haven't invested much into the disc golf course. With some tee pads, signs, and good baskets for all of the holes this course would have gotten a better rating. Definitely worth playing for the intense downhill throws and for the experience of playing on the side of a beautiful mountain.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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