Distance, distance, distance
2 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: Long downhill shots are a joy to behold and the views around this course are exceptional. The trees are majestic and as you walk the course you sometimes cannot believe the beauty of the surrounding trees, mountains, sky and forest. This is easily the finest venue I have ever played and a must-experience course.
Cons: The location means that it has a season, but the wait each year for the course to reopen is worth it.
Other Thoughts: Climb up to the top, walk down to the bottom and have fun in both directions. If you live in Northern California and have never experienced Kirkwood, you need to get out more.
2 of 10 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This place is really a special place to play discgolf. It is situated at 7800' of elevation along the sierra crest and the views are amazing. The wildflowers come out in full force and the mountains in this area are beautiful. The course is a good mix of shots (long, short, left, right), and utilizes the hill side of chairs 7 and 9 well. There are tough uphills for a chunk of the course, but you are rewarded with some really amazing downhill shots. 16 is great being 1200', but downhill. As a par 5 it can be done, but that is still a tough 5. All in all if you want to take an amazing hike and play 18 holes of golf that will test your skill, this is a great place to play. Finally getting tees on the back helped out a lot with some of the bigger throws. (I know this was a couple years ago) I have played this course a lot and I have to say that the course sees little traffic so unless it is a holiday weekend it is pretty nuch yours.
Also closeby is Caples lake for a swim afterwards and if you needed to camp there are places that are faily close to Kirkwood.
Cons: Seasonal with it being a ski area and one that gets a ton of snow. The mosquito season isn't terribly long, but it is bad when they are at peak. Its out there, maybe thats a pro or con in some book. It can be tough to figure out where it starts because in the summer at kirkwood there are not many people around and it isn't signed on the way in to the 1st tee. You are just "at Kirkwood" when you turn off hw88.
Other Thoughts: If you get a chance to play this gem in the sierra do it. You wil be happy you did. Just make sure you bring plenty of water and are prepaired for a hike. The 18 hole course can take a few hours to play so plan on that.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Let me start out by saying that my opinion is biased. I live and work at Kirkwood, and walk to the course several times a week. The course is tight and demanding on some holes, and forgiving on others. A good mixture of trees and meadows. There are quite a few long holes that will test every disc in your bag.
Cons: You need to know the course, or go with someone who does. The signage is non-existent and the scorecard doesn't help much. We need to fix that, but we're too busy throwing!
Other Thoughts: Be prepared for a hike, bring bug juice, wear sturdy shoes, and take time to enjoy the scenery. If you haven't played the course before, I would recommend finding someone who knows the course (or hanging out at the first tee after work).
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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