Very fun golf in a beautiful setting
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -18 Hole course with 1 set of level concrete tees, tee signs, and DiscCatcher Pros in nice condition that stay in one location.
-Great use of elevation. Almost every hole has a noticable elevation change.
-Differing shot shaping requirements. Some holes dictate your line, some offer multiple lines, and some look like they should be RHBH or LHBH friendly and really aren't. Love this aspect of the golf.
-Fairways are very fair and the rough is manageable. Fairways get mowed frequently and the rough has been cleared and drastically improved in the last few years. You can still find yourself in the proverbial cabbage but if you're there, you probably deserve to be.
-Diverse terrain. The course plays through meadows and woods as well as along hills, ridges, and a creek.
-Beautiful scenery. Course is located at the base of the East side of the Bridger Mountain Range. Spectacular views from a number of places on the course.
-$5 per day for this and the Upper Course. The owners really do invest in the property so I've never felt bad about the fee.
Cons: -Only one pin location per hole. There's a lot of extra space to create new pin locations. This could add more unique looks, some difficulty, and really, overall course value as this is one to come back and play time and again.
-While technically challenging due to elevation change and line shaping, the course lacks in the distance department.
-Seasonal course. Due to geographic location and use as a cross country ski/biathlon complex, the course is only open during summer and fall months.
-Early season can be a bit swampy on some holes which also leads to it being a bit buggy.
-$5 per day. Some folks don't like to pay, regardless of quality.
Other Thoughts: -Really nice mountain course that bridges the gap between traditional mountain golf and manicured fairway park golf. While on the shorter side of great courses I've played, the Lower Bohart Course will still present a challenge for all skill levels.
-Playing at over 6,000 ft of elevation will cause you to adjust you game(unless that's what you're used to).
-Amenities include 3 "forest service" style bathrooms and a ground water tap with some of the most delicious drinking water I've tasted. There are also 2 pavilions if you need to have a sit in the shade. One is at the base before you walk out to the course and the other is on the Upper Course between holes 10 and 11. Some benches have been added at tee boxes as well.
-Bohart is a little out of the way being 20-25 minutes from the town of Bozeman but I drive about 2 hours from Billings to play there because it's awesome golf. If you're even remotely near the complex, do yourself a favor and play Bohart Ranch.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
I am coming back for you!!
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is just a beautiful scenic course set in the mountains of Montana. If you hit your lines you can definitely score well on this course. but if you miss there are definitely still opportunities to scramble and save par.
Cons: DO NOT HIT TREES. haha but seriously there are no real cons except bad play will not be forgiven score wise. and hole 4 completely ate me alive and I want retribution!!
Other Thoughts: The testament to this course is I played decent and only got eaten up by a few holes and immediately when the round ended I wanted to do it againg!
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A Great Disc Golf Experience
0 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: Fairways are always manicured and a lot of work has been done to thin up the rough. DISCATCHERs on all holes and concrete tee pads. This is the easier of the two courses on the property (par 55) and is a great place to play for novice players and experienced players alike.
0 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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Scenic Mountain course
Pros: Well maintained scenic course with concrete tee pads and innova baskets.
Cons: Far too many OB's. OB on hole one on lower course. Plenty of space to design course without OB's even if it does wind through a ski hill. Charge per play even though you have to deal with pycho dog on course. Don't care dogs and Discs don't mix. Your dog may be friendly to you but not others.
Other Thoughts: Another course that favors RHBH throwers on the whole but plenty of holes that favor left handers and forearm throwers. Not in favor of course where no clear shot exists when you hit the "green.". Problem with many Disc Golf courses - no greens.
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Worth The Trip!
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+ All Concrete Tee Pads, All Discatcher 28's as of Last Year
+ Great Variety of Shots: Elevation Change, L-to-R vs. R-to-L, mix of Open and Tight Fairways, some greens are easy whereas others are punishing.
+ High level of maintenance and consistent course improvement. Mowed fairways, somewhat cleaned up rough (still punishing though!)
+ Very Discerning Course: expect a wide variety of scores on most holes and the overall score. This is NOT a course where everyone gets par on every hole--it's a good measuring stick to let you know how well you've thrown.
+ Decent level of signage. Most of the signs have tees with distances and pars noted. It's not too difficult to find your way around the course, even playing it blind.
- The weather can be harsh. Let me explain: I'm not a fair-weather golfer. I'll happily play in a little rain, snow, wind...whatever. Believe me when I say that the weather can be really, truly horrible on this course. It's located just downwind of the Bridger Ridge, which creates a micro-climate zone that gets a lot more precipitation than anywhere within 50-100 miles. For the 2014 MT state tourney, it rained consistently for 3 rounds over 2 days. I went through over a dozen towels, but moisture was actively condensing onto my discs as soon as I wiped them dry.
- This course can and will eat your discs. Some of the roughs have been trimmed back, but many are still super harsh. If you have yellowy-green "Day Glow" colored discs, they are camouflaged in the leafy undergrowth when the sun filters through the trees.
Other Thoughts: Talking with the locals yesterday, the new name for the lower course is "Saddle Peak". (The name is inspired by the awesome view of Saddle Peak that you can see when it's not too cloudy, especially from the 11th fairway.)
The course is Pay-to-Play. Back when I was a broke college student that was definitely a CON, but now I'm happy to pay $5 for an awesome day of disc golf. All of the money (and then some!) goes into course improvements.
The course is at noticeable elevation (roughly 6100', depending on where on the course you are). Disc flight characteristics are affected by the thin air, and it also makes your cardio-vascular system work a little harder.
You want to wear quality hiking footwear. The terrain is mountainous and rugged.
Bring insect repellent.
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Bohart Lower Updated
Pros: Par 55 - 5,548'
Brand New Discatcher Pros (28 chain).
Brand New 5' x 10' Concrete Teepads.
Lower is a bit shorter than Upper but what it lacks in length it makes up in elevation.
Both the Upper and Lower ask the Risk vs Reward question every time you have a disc in your hand.
Lower is beginner friendly but is also a joy to play by advanced and Open Players.
Some minor changes to the layout have been done over the past 3 years and now the course has a wonderful flow.
Just like Upper it plays equal to the backhand and forehand thrower. Success will be had if you are proficient in both types of shots.
The views are magnificent - Hole # 5 and #11 may be the signature holes for both courses. Views combined with tricky and subtle double fall lines make for a wonderful experience.
Lower also enjoys mown grass fairways in the middle of the forest in the Northern Rockies.
Both courses play over 269 acres of cross country ski trails. The owner likes to be able to open the ski trails with minimal snow so he actually mows every fairway tight.
Its kind of culture shock to look at fairways perfectly mown in the middle of the Rocky's with Mountains tower around you. It is a sight to see.
Cons: Lower still needs better signage for navigation but when it arrives in the spring of 2015 there will be no more cons
Other Thoughts: 2 Amazing courses on one piece of property in the Northern Rocky mountains of Montana.
Home to the new Elite event - Rocky Mountain Disc Golf Championship
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Well designed mountain course
Pros: Beautiful course. This course illustrates the difference between the courses that are jammed into a space without much thought and courses that are designed by experienced disc golfers that know what they want out of a course. There are a couple of tight fairways but most holes are somewhat open. But even the more open fairways have some challenge to them, whether it is a clever elevation change, a tricky turn, or a few trees standing in such a way to make your shot difficult. Good risk/reward birdie attempt shots. Overall this course is open enough that beginners could have a fun time while at the same time more advanced players can go for tight shots and low scores but be challenged to do so.
I played here last year as well and the course was in a little rougher shape at that time. There are now pads for every tee (if I remember right) and I think some brush and dead trees have been cleared out since last year. It is nice to see effort being put into the course.
I know some people don't like the hoop hole, but I think it fits in with the local charm of the area and the course.
Beautiful mountain views. I wish I could describe them more but I wouldn't do them justice. Go play this course and find out.
Cons: It can be tricky finding the next teepad on a couple of holes, especially where some of the teepads are close to each other and the course layout crosses itself. This isn't a huge detraction, it might just take you a minute or two to find your way. Once you've played the course, after that you will find your way easily. There are arrows pointing you to the next teepad on some holes, but I don't think on all of them. There is a map that you can grab at the sign in area that does help a little bit, but if you can I recommend printing out the nice one in the links/files tab.
I also wish there were better tee signs that gave the distance to the basket and a better idea of the hole layout on some of the blind shots. Again, not a huge problem after a little scouting. If it is your first time playing this course, some of the blind shots you would want to scout even if there were good tee signs.
Other Thoughts: I played here once last year and three times this year while on vacation. I played the upper course as well, and the upper makes this spot even more of a great disc golf destination. I hope the course owner and the local group continue to make improvements on the course. Good on them for what they have done so far. I will definitely be back next year.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
First course I ever played
Pros: Very challenging well developed with nice elevation and wooded shots. Beautiful scenery and wildlife on the course. Great location 20 minutes from bozemon.
Cons: None come to mind
Other Thoughts: Made trek from denver to replay this course awesome experience.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: .all lower teeboxes are now poured, 10x5 concrete
.hole2 got longer and a lil straighter, still has left to right shape
.hole 3 moved back behind skitrail, but the fairway has also been cleared of several stumps and a downed tree, this is the "straight up a hill" throw, still an easy 3 with two 930 rated throws
.11 teebox shifted right off skitrail, makes the tilted fairway more pronounced and brings right side trees into play, still one of the best views on the lower
.15 teebox bumped left uphill and basket pushed a lil straighter, an easy rhbh hyzer no more, needs some D late trees to swat down pure hyzerbombs
.16 also shifted off skitrail to the right, pinching the throw, demanding a straight to turnover (rhbh), another rhbh mindless hyzer tweaked into interesting
the rest of the teepads have been poured in their traditional locations, plans are to pour maybe 9 of the upper this fall
Cons: .always more to do, we've got brushpiles layin around so hope you dont land in or behind them, we are moving what we can and will burn some in the winter
.$5...thanks for the support, buy a season pass early for best value next yr, free play may return as teebox sponsership becomes a reality in the future
.no dogs... sorry but that is a huge can of worms in this uber dog-friendly town, your reward is no fido-poo piles and a greater chance of seeing wildlife
Other Thoughts: been doing lots of other work for our upcoming tourney, he just mowed again and we've been doing huge cleaning esp. on the newer upper course, mostly just deadstuff but should be more humane in the areas just offthe fairways-this also applies on the lower...
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Beautiful and Thoughtful
Pros: Beautiful setting in the forests and mountains of Montana
Very easy to follow - a tribute to the designers because this is not an easy feat in a ski area
Challenging and yet reasonable. I walked away wanting to play it again, even though I struggled with many holes.
Nice length for my arm with various lengths
Concrete T-pads were about half installed when I was there
Great map made finding the holes a snap
Curves both ways, hills up and down, tight forested holes and open ones, too.
Cons: Be in shape to hike the hills!
Big arms might consider it too short for 4 stars, but I would disagree.
It costs $5.
Other Thoughts: I have played all over the US and this is one of my favorite courses, blending aethetics with challenge.
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