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.
Fun mountain golf
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays up and down a set of beginner level ski runs and through the woods in between. Though I would prefer a little more wooded golf, there were enough technical shots to keep things interesting. Several holes had baskets tucked into the woods or tight enough shots that you really did have to shape a line. The holes in or near the woods had enough rough that you will have to be somewhat creative on your recovery shot after an errant drive.
The elevation is used really well here. There's a great balance of tough uphill holes and payoff downhill shots including the last three holes which make for a very fun finish to the round. There are several places where the pin offers rollaway potential or you're shooting across elevation so a bad shot can fade way down the hill. There's pretty good distance variety throughout. The views are incredible, and despite some weeds the course was maintained pretty well for a ski hill setting.
Cons: Signage would go a long way here. With nothing above ground, it can be a little tricky to find your way to the next tee especially if it's early or late in the season and there's a little snow on the ground. It also makes it tough to know where to throw on a few blind holes (and when it means a big uphill hike you don't really want to run ahead to scout on some of them).
The course is just a little open for my tastes. The fun factor is still very high with the great elevation but that's the major thing that keeps it from a higher rating in my book.
Other Thoughts: Beginners might be a bit intimidated by the big hike and the chance for some long walks to retrieve errant shots. More experienced players won't get a real workout for their technical game, but it's definitely a cool place to play with some tough elevation to contend with. I highly recommend a trip here if you're in the area.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Incredible views and stunning elevation change.
Solitude- Did not see any other groups the entire Sunday that we played.
Wildlife- Need I say more
Cons: Hard to find hole one- It is right by charlift #9
Map- The map is not entirely accurate, finding tee pads can be difficult.
The walk to hole #9 is long and confusing
Other Thoughts: This is sort of a hidden gem in the Tahoe area, as many people do not want to drive 30 mins to play this when there is soo many other options around the lake. This has elevation and danger on many holes, including a 1200' downhill smash. Relatively easy to find your discs, especially when compared to Squaw Valley. This is a must play, just be prepared to do a little searching for the holes. Enjoy the solitude and smash some birdies!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Beautiful & Technical
Pros: One of the most beautiful courses you will play at for sure. Snowmelt creeks running all over, so lots of places for dogs to get water (although they are almost gone already due to the dry winter). There is a large variety of shots and terrain - short uphill tree shots, long downhill curve shots, and everything in between. Each hole is challenging enough to be rewarding when played well, but not too daunting for beginners. Rubber tee pads and decent trails.
Cons: A bit of a drive from most places - although this could be a pro since it is usually deserted. The tee pads are a bit too small/confined in some places, so players who like a big run up will have to start on a slope. The course is hard to navigate your first time there, so make sure you grab a map or go with someone who has played there before.
Other Thoughts: This has probably already been mentioned, but it's hard to figure out where to start. Turn into the lot on your right that is adjacent to the Timber Creek lodge. The tee pad is right by the northernmost chairlift. BRING BUG SPRAY.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 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.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Very Difficult to HIt Par But Fun
Pros: Elevation challenges from tee to basket were a great change from a lot of my time spent on valley courses. The scenery was amazing this time of year. Dry conditions, very few mosquitoes, everything that could grow and bloom was doing so all at once. Great fun on the par 5 1200' hole near the end. I was surprised that no one else was up there.
Cons: Not to fun in sandals. Wear boots or solid walking shoes. I can imagine it being too wet any earlier in the season and too cold any later. I think we hit it on the perfect weekend. The baskets and tees were not always where indicated. We just played through and made our best guess. Time was spent walking from the tee to where you thought the basket should be, searching around until you found it, and then walking back down to throw.
Other Thoughts: This course appeared daunting but was not so upon reflection. I am out of shape and heavy but I got around by taking little steps and taking my time. It took us almost 4 hours to get through 18 holes. It is very dry no matter the temperature so take lots of water. My six year old caddy thought it was a blast also. He slept all the way home. Bad copilot.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is an excellent challenge. There's a lot of variety from hole to hole. You'll use almost every disc in your bag.
Cons: There is almost no signage. You really have to search around for the next tee and on a few holes you'll have to search for the basket as well.
It's a difficult course to hike. I say hike, because that's what you'll be doing. Through the course you venture up two ski lifts and back down.
Other Thoughts: If you're playing the course before mid-summer, bring mosquito repellent and think about wearing pants. Also, bring lots of water. You'll need it.
4 of 4 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.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I am pretty sure we were the first to play this course this season as the snow is still on the ground in some places and as we rounded #9 we ran into the guy installing the baskets!
What a great course. All kinds of different holes, up down, left, right, straight...
Bring at over 8K your disc does different things here so be prepared. The course flows well and is easy to follow thanks to some trails laid out with rocks and limbs. Starts at the first lodge as you enter the resort, works up and across some runs then winds it way back to finish right by where you started.
Baskets are all in great shape and with the yellow on them pretty easy to spot.
Cons: Non, this place rocks
Other Thoughts: We had a long late winter this year and there is still some good snow on the ground, if your reading this after July 1 I would say its not an issue but prior to that BE CAREFUL if you are walking on the snow. The are hidden creeks that you can fall into if your not careful. You will get hurt or possibly worse if you fall into one of these.
If your anywhere near here (about 45 min from tahoe, hour and a half from Reno and Sacramento)
If you play here please respect the forest and pack out your trash.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
-The views at Kirkwood Mountain Resort probably top any other disc golf course I have played.
-Course design is intuitive and flows quite well.
-Rubber tees are adequate for summer alpine disc golf.
-Innova Discatchers help provide visibility in the high desert/alpine environment.
-Great shot variety between uphill, downhill, traverse, and left/right hooks.
-Holes are challenging, but not as unforgiving as chairlift mountain golf.
-Trails from basket to next tee were helpful, yet unmarked.
-Kirkwood General store open for snacks, drinks, a small amount of discs, and course maps.
-The resorts main entrance sign has a disc golf symbol on it right next to the skiing and hiking signs!
-Restrooms available at General Store. (on the mountain, you're on your own)
-Course maps with scorecard on back help with navigation.
-Course is free to play, which is rare for a private mountain resort course!
-Some really cool basket locations, inside of stumps, on fallen logs, etc.
-Benches on most holes to rest if need be.
-No tee signs at tee pads. Some holes have little metal plaques with hole number and distance, but at least 1/3 were missing.
-Signage leading to next tee would be helpful. Walking uphill in the wrong direction is a big bummer for mountain golf.
-Hole 11's teepad was pretty iffy, not made of the same material as the rest of the tees.
Kirkwood Mountain Resort is a fantastic mountain course. Driving through the main entrance and noticing that they acknowledge disc golf with it's own symbol right next to the skiing and hiking gave me a really good feeling. I only wish they had a t-shirt with their disc golf logo on it for me. I asked the lady at the general store and she said they might do t-shirts for next year!
The course itself is definitely all mountain, and starting at just over 7800' things are pretty fun, pretty hard, and pretty rough. Hiking boots and long pants are a good idea, but not 100% necessary. The main selling point for the course is the scenery. The course is set on the the side of the mountain giving you fantastic views of the surrounding mountains, with beautiful rock outcroppings and sheer rock walls.
Other than scenery, the course design is quite good as well. The thing to remember is that this is not Chairlift style mountain golf. You have to climb up, in order to shoot down. This will probably frustrate a lot of people. Some of the holes are steep enough that they should almost be par 4s. But then again, after you're down climbing up, you are rewarded with throwing down. The 1200' par 5 is pretty awesome considering it's actually a placement shot hole. After that you get to throw a +600' hole straight down the mountain with little in the way.
Bring some water, two or three granola bars, and a camera. This is a must play course if you are visiting Tahoe or the surrounding area.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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