Pros: While Blue Mountain may be Missoula's premiere course, Pattee Canyon is the course that will help elevate one's technical game. Most holes are pretty straight forward from tee to pin, but each hole offers plenty of shot variety and lanes off the tee and elevation change. This course is very balanced for forehand and backhand throwers and is also a course that will appeal to players of all skill levels. Plenty of fun ace runs to be found for those that can hit their lines. The scenery is beautiful and there are plenty of woods to provide that much needed shade during the summer. And while there is plenty of up and downhill shots, the course is not as strenuous as some of the other mountain courses around the state making it much more desirable for a quick casual round.
Cons: No course map and although I have read in reviews about there being tee signs I don't recall seeing any of them. Rubber tees can get slick when moisture is present. No multiple tee or pin placements.There is a little bit of a walk to get to the first hole. You will come across 18's basket on the way to hole 1. Just follow the path to the left as you approach it and that will take you to the first tee. From then on it is pretty easy to navigate. This course is only open for about 4 months give or take.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed this course a lot and met quite a few friendly locals while playing there. The day I played it there was quite a bit of traffic so this course must be pretty popular when it is in play. With the addition of a map, signs, better tees and some other pin placements this course would definitely earn a higher rating.
Pros: ---Beautiful view with fairways winding through the trees
---Lots of work has been put into this course over the years..including teesigns and good tee areas/pads
---Intuitive design that makes it eays to follow, despite the craziness of the woods
Cons: ---Real long walk from the parking lot to hole 1
---Despite the awesome scenery, there is a lot of repitiveness to the holes
---Rugged terrain could turn off some frist-time or unprepared players
Other Thoughts: Pattee came into being while I was in high school, and though this is my hometown, I rarely am back to play it in season. This is a seasonal course, so be advised winter and spring you won't be able to play here.
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Pros: - surprisingly fun course
- some holes had multiple positions
- gorgeous, carved fairways through giant pines that show that the course designer thought about every hole
- fly18 pads that are in good shape
- nice drive up the canyon to the course
- fairly easy to follow with well worn trails
Cons: - no tee signs was a bummer, and the logs that do mark the tees don't have any marking on them
- holes 5 & 6 share the same tee (wtf?)
- can actually be a little tricky to find on your first try without some luck (when you turn into the park, just drive straight on the main road and you'll see a sign pointing to disc golf in about 1/4 mile)
- it has 18 baskets, but they're mixed between DISCatchers & different Machs, with no particular order to how they placed the baskets, and this can be a little bit confusing because you don't know what to look for off the tee.
Other Thoughts: Three holes are currently removed due to 'revegetation' by the US Forest service, but they have been relocated to after hole 11, and all three temp holes are quality.
I thought it was funny that there were serious signs that said if you get caught throwing a disc anywhere but the course you will be subject to a $50 fine... Watch Out!
All in all I feel that this course is a nice compliment to Blue Mountain and both are worth checking out if you're in the Missoula area. It needs good signs and more permanent tees to be rated any better though.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Nice course in national Forest. Lots of trees and distance from town are very nice. Just like many of my favorite courses this one makes you feel like you are out in nature.
Cons: Did have a bit of a tough time finding a few holes, but all in all had a great day passing through.
Other Thoughts: Busted a flat trying to get up a gravel road to a spot where some locals said the camping was good, so stayed in a hotel. Would have loved to camped out nearby and hit it again in the morning.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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a great walk in the woods
Pros: Flat course through a beautiful area. Will train you to throw a straight shot.
Cons: Only open for play for about 1/3 of the year.
Other Thoughts: Lot's of rehab work being done to make this course much nicer. 18 baskets, tee pads, and signs will be installed before it opens in 2009
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Very nice technical course
Pros: Good variety of holes, with most requiring some ability to throw where you aim! To play well you will use a wide variety of shots. Pretty course that wanders through dense woods. Cool and shady on hot summer days.
Cons: Due to wetland recovery, some holes are currently fenced off and closed for play. A few holes do not have any "official" marker at tee box so where you throw from is not clear. Some wet areas in the spring.
Other Thoughts: The course is transitioning from posts to baskets and currently has about half of each.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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