4 Helpful / 1 Not
Great Mountain Course
Pros: A spectacular and serene setting for a course located in the foothills outside of Missoula. Be prepared for a hike as much of the course winds up and down steep terrain and through many large trees. The fairways vary widely. Some have heavy trees on the edge with little in your way Others are heavily treed to force a shaped shot. And there are signature holes such as 4 & 10 that are bombs from the top of hills that are scenic and fun. The course is very challenging and will demand both strength and accuracy.
Cons: It's Montana, so you can't play year-round due to snow- well maybe some wacky people do!
It's steep here! Hiking may wear you out here, especially if you're out of shape, or having a bad round.
Teepads are dirt (a clay type), so wet dirt means very slick mud. I know that snow would still make for icy tees with concrete, but the black rubber tees would perhaps help snow melt faster since they are black.
Other Thoughts: The course was quite crowded on an early March day (even though holes 1-2 & 13-18 were still really icy, making it tough to get decent traction). Translation- Locals are hard core and really into this course - they are also super friendly. That's MT hospitality for ya! Oh, bring your camera- it's really pretty.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
A must play
Pros: Scenery is first rate!! Very nice layout with all kinds of shots...love the #4 and #10 hole. Very long downhill shot that you can watch your disc soar forever!! Very challenging with lots of hills for a great hike. Will definately play this course again!
Cons: Dirt tees which were slightly muddy after rain the night before. Need a map if playing for the first time due to vandalism of the markers. Concrete or solid tee boxes and repair the marker and my rating would be a 5+
Other Thoughts: A must play if you are even close to this course. Played on a Monday morning/afternoon and there were a few groups playing...might be busy on the weekend or evenings. I played back to back rounds and it was definately a workout so be prepared.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
A Nice Montana Treasure
Pros: This course is beautiful and very well planned out! It will test quite a few aspects to your game. The course is quite a workout too so bring lots of water. I played by myself and I ran out of water by hole 13. The downhill throws on #4 and #10 are amazing as you watch your disc soar for seconds. And the alley shots through the woods are really rewarding if you get the toss that you are looking for. A definite must-play course if you are passing through the Missoula area.
Cons: Dirt tees. Some signs are missing that show where to throw to. The climb to the first tee can get you winded before you even start.
Other Thoughts: Have a course map if it's you're first time. Rest every few holes because you'll need it! You may need a spotter on the downhill throws depending on skill level, other than that you shouldn't lose any discs. Be prepared to spend several hours here, it took me around 3 hours.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
One of the Best
Pros: Has everything but water. Tight shots, open shots, uphill, down hill... super sick course!
Cons: Dirt tee pads sometimes muddy, caution. parking at the 1st or second parking lot is recommended, do not park on the road, you might get a ticket.
Other Thoughts: US National Forest Land, keep it clean. Please pack out what you pack in... i.e. beer cans and pop bottles
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Your my boy, Blue!!
Pros: Lots of shots involving elevation, up/down and across. Good mix of tightly wooded holes and open bombers. Usually playable year round. Beautiful views of the Missoula valley and surrounding mountains.
Cons: Very crowded from March/April till the mosquitos come in June. Legal parking can be an issue at times. Some long blind shots. Can be very icy at times during the winter.
Other Thoughts: More course markers would be helpful for the first-timer. Bring lots of water during the summer months. Some of the hills are used for sliding during the winter so please respect other users.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Don't miss it if you are in the area
Pros: Million dollar views of the Missoula Valley and some long way down the hill shots. Truly an experience to play. Long and challenging.
Cons: Can be very crowded on nice spring days. Bring water.
Other Thoughts: Fire danger in July & August (usually) and icy slippery pins in February
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Great Course, needs a map!
Pros: Great variety of holes from bombers that go on forever to technical tree-lined testers. Wonderful views from many tee boxes. Excellent aerobic workout if you want it to be. At least a couple of signature holes - #4 & #10 stick in your memory with their huge downhill tosses that you can see all the way to the basket (or gully in the case of #4).
Cons: Difficult to find hole #1, many locals start at #10, #12, or #13. While tee boxes are well marked, they aren't always easy to find. Lung busting climbs if you aren't used to exercise at altitude. Several holes (#3, #9, #13) are disc eaters, use spotters if possible.
Other Thoughts: A great course, but if you are just visiting, find a local to help you around the course and spot for long, blind, downhill shots. This course gets a lot of play, so finding a friendly local is easy. Hole diagrams at tee boxes are helpful, but often vandalized. Great course that would be world class with better tee pads and signage.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Awesome scenery with the tall pines and the snow capped mountains. The most beautiful course that I've ever played. A great mix of shots using the natural landscape. Even though there seemed to be a lot of people playing, the course didn't look trampled or tore up.
Cons: Definitely need some signs marking a path to the next tee pad. I spent 10 minutes looking for one of the holes. It is quite the work out with the hills. You better plan on doing some climbing. (This is one of the things that makes it so great) Dirt tee pads are a bummer also.
Other Thoughts: If you are anywhere near this course it is a must to check it out. Next time I'm in Montana I will definitely play it again, even if I have to drive a few extra hours to get to it.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 10 Not
Pros: Super fun, especially the bombing shots off the hills.
Cons: I screwed up my knees one summer running down the steep hills every day.
Other Thoughts: Was even better when all holes were tone holes, rather than baskets!
1 of 11 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Surprised this course hasn't been reviewed yet.
Pros: Very well designed using all the features of the land-mountainsides, gulleys, thick pine forest, cliff shots. Well marked- tee signs showing length, image of the hole and almost all are still there. Amazing views of mountains in the distance and above you. Good variety of shots, mostly straight with all types of hills-up so steep you can barely walk up it, down so steep your disc just soars, and along the sides of hills. Many technical shots.
Cons: Physically challenging- you will be out of breath by the time you get up the hill to the first tee pad. Dirt tees can be hard to tell exactly where to throw from, and are rough and rocky. Some high grass. Many blind holes make for a long day the first time around.
Other Thoughts: Needs good tee pads, waymarkers to point you along to the next hole, and flags in the trees to show where the basket is on the many long blind holes. With all that, it'd go up to 4.5 of 5 stars for sure.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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