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Launching Off Lava
Pros: My friend best described this course as a "Rollercoaster Ride" - a novelty course that really does not resemble anything that you would play in your everyday discing. I would agree - you start your day by riding the chairlift up to the Pine Marten Lodge and doing the right thing - getting a good meal, sipping suds, and soaking in the views of the high Oregon desert and the Cascade Mountains! Then, you pick up your disc bag, saunter off and let the ride begin....You spent the first few holes hanging on top of the mountain, with minor elevation gain/loss as you start to scuff up your discs on volcanic pumis stone. It's fairly open and not too exciting. By hole #5 you're getting what you truly paid for, launching your discs from some decent elevation - downhill, crosshill, even uphill on a couple occasions. There are a couple of really breathtaking holes with views off the tee. The most interesting hole is one were you shoot blindy to a hole perched a hundred vertical feet below (but hidden from the protruding buttress in front of the tee pad) but all you can see off the tee is this spectacular view of the Cascade Mtns. in front of you! The other neat hole goes to a hill in which the pin is nestled up top, surrounded by a hood of various alpine firs. The rest is good as it works its way to the base lodge, but becomes a bit predictable in its feel (see cons).
Cons: The course feels a bit gimmicky as many of the holes fall into a routine of "Launch another shot down a cascading ski run to that pin waaay down there, get some distance, hope it doesn't fade or flip into those big trees on the edge."
Three of the first four holes seem a bit of waste, as they are not that interesting (too open), and not very challenging. I wish they would get rid of some of these while taking some length off some of the later holes in order to utilize more cross-slope shots to add more variety and interest to the overall layout.
No Teepads! No Tee Signs! Just a red flag to mark where you are supposed to drive from - a flattened area of crushed pumice stone. Navigation became an issue on several occasions.
Other Thoughts: A few corrections, as mentioned above and I think this would be a truly destination sight for me. If people have to pay the $14 lift ride up (especially locals) you truly need to make it worth their while and make it world class (it has the makings of it!). I will certainly go if I'm in the area visiting, though.
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