2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Scenery, 5 stars. Fresh mountain air, 5 stars. Beer and food available at the base sometimes.
A nice hike, the base course features uphill and downhill throws with open and tight fairways. It has enough variety to make players throw most of the discs in their bag at some point, which scores well with me.
I really like the tight uphill holes that climb the mountain starting at hole 8. If you miss the fairway there are hundreds of small trees and drop offs that make getting back to the fairways extremely challenging. Then from hole 13 on it's bombs away on a string of downhill shots. I like elevation and watching a disc take a few seconds to land and there is plenty of that on the last 6 holes here.
Cons: DB-5 single-chain baskets will spit at least a couple of putts a round, you can bank on that...and when the wind blows even more. A few teeboxes are pretty eroded. I recommend playing behind or to the side of the teeboxes if you're not playing in a rare tournament at this course.
Signage is not the greatest, just a little tiny temp sign on each hole with no distance, but understandable since this is just a summer course.
Other Thoughts: I don't consider the condition of teeboxes or signs when rating courses, and this one is a lot of fun and very scenic (I do add points for great scenery).
The base course is free, while the summit course is $20 to ride to the top and play down. The base course is the better course of the two by variety, but I like the summit course just as much, because I like to let them fly!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Fun, Challenging, and... FUN!
Pros: This has one of the highest "fun" factors of any course out there. Awesome elevation changes, and super friendly staff, (Dee).
There is nothing like spending the day out at crystal huking some plastic, and getting to hike through some great scenery.
Cons: The only knocks I can think of are the single layered baskets (the only reason this is a knock is because it gets pretty windy sometimes).
Also it might be hard to find tee pad for number 10 because it is a hike and stay to the right.
Finally it is not a beginner friendly course.
Other Thoughts: Bring a friend!!! Its more fun, and have someone spot discs.
This course really is fun, after you enjoy some drinks at the Snorting Elk and driving home you will think to yourself... "man that was fun"
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Beautiful and Demanding
Pros: If you like a challenging course that is uncrowded and has huge elevation change (at least 1000 ft) then you'll like Crystal Mountain! It's a temporary course set up on a ski hill summers only. Youv'e got the first five holes that play up and back and forth across the bunny slope, then you've got four holes going up a narrow ski run, then the last eight or so are mainly big downhill boomers. The signature hole I would think is 18. It is a very steep long downhill and the basket is on top of a steep mound of dirt that's about 30 feet high. The course is mainly open holes except for the four going up the narrow ski run. This is the second (after Seatac) most difficult 18 hole course I've played in this state.
Cons: Portable baskets with a single row of chains and dirt/gravel short teeboxes. For some folks the fact that there is so much elevation change would be a minus. I think the elevation change really adds to the challenge of the course but you definitely fee like you've had a workout after your game. The course is a bit overgrown in places so it's easy to lose a disc.
Other Thoughts: It's a long drive to the course but the scenery both on the way and while playing the course is awesome! If you e-mail crystal mountain hotels they will send you a good map. The Snorting Elk Lodge has very good sandwiches, burgers, and drinks. If you inquire they tell you that the restaurant opens at 3 PM. Actually the restaurant opens around 9 AM but the bar opens at 3 PM. However the restaurant does have bottled beer.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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