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Extreme Mountain Disc Golf
Pros: • Relaxing ski-lift ride up to Lincoln's Peak; amazing mountain views; beautiful & peaceful setting amidst an abundance of nature
• Extreme elevation changes throughout
• Some ridiculously long holes especially on the back nine (in a 7 hole sequence starting with #10, 5 of the holes total 4510ft from the blue tees which is just under half the entire course length of 9235 ft)
• To assist in navigation, use the map/scorecard available when paying (there are a couple next tee signs where needed - specifically from 2 to 3 and 16 to 17)
• Fairly logical flow for the most part (backtracking down 2's fairway to #3's tee is one obvious exception)
• DISCather baskets in good shape and yellow band on top makes them easier to see from a distance
• Dual tees with adequate signage showing distance/basic layout
• Not a good place for beginners or the casual player, this is a pro-style course which forces disc control and mindful shot selection - otherwise frustrating disc hunts and lost discs will be incurred.
• A time investment is required (two people playing took approx. 3 ½ hours)
• There's a second course on site also (Base Course) which contains elements seldom found in the Peak Course.
• Pro shop & other amenities on site
Cons: • After a while the holes became repetitive and seem like transitions down the mountain for the sole purpose of playing those epic downhill holes (which are awesome btw). You're basically throwing down a gravel/grass path bordered by thick woods/rough/mountain run off streams with significant elevation drop offs on one side or the other.....over and over again. #17 is the lone woods example with a tee in them featuring an uphill drive, THEN incorporating the gravel path (with the same attributes as described above) & finishing with a pin tucked in the wood's edge behind a bridge covered mountain run-off stream. This course could use more aspects like the ones found on hole #17.
• Many of the tee pads have weeds growing through them. This did not affect footing as the gravel underneath is packed tight. However some of them look abysmal.
• Tremendously overgrown off the fairway (played during peak of summer) & even on some fairways therefore disc loss/hunt probability extremely high due to ridiculously thick rough/trees & drop offs (to be expected since it's on a mountain in the middle of Vermont)
• Runoff water from the recent rain caused mushy conditions throughout
• Bugs were abundant the entire time and diminished the enjoyment of the course
• $15 pay-to-play is high (even taking the ski lift into account) as it appears the course is somewhat neglected/not a maintenance priority
Other Thoughts: This is without a doubt a place you have to WANT to play - it's extreme disc golf for the serious disc golfer and depending on the type of player you are, this can be good or bad. I would be the in the former group as I was expecting an intense, over-the-top DG experience and that's exactly what I got.
Many of the tips in previous reviews are spot on, highly recommended & cannot be emphasized enough: wear proper footwear, use bug repellent, utilize spotters (actually they are a necessity), keep control of your disc (minimizing fade is best - you do NOT want to go off the fairway here as punishment is beyond brutal), 'disc down' (use dependable/broken in discs that you can repeatedly throw accurately), bring provisions & conserve energy as best you can. (We did so by purposely playing on a cooler, overcast day as the course is mainly open and exposed to the elements.)
The repetitive nature of the course was the most disappointing - it required me to use the same type of throws and the same handful of discs on a large portion of the holes which stifled creativity. However this strategy could be attributed to 'survival technique' since after being in the rough on a couple early holes, the harsh lesson was learned and I made certain to stay on the fairway thereafter.
I struggled with my rating of this course for a few reasons. It's in the middle of Vermont, on top of a mountain and rugged - consequently many of the cons listed above are well-known and to be expected (but worth mentioning). With many mammoth holes (seriously, a 1200ft par 5 - that's nuts!), it's going to sacrifice elements generally found in a 'typical' disc golf course to achieve these astronomical goals & perhaps alienates a good segment of disc golfers in doing so. Words like 'fun' and 'enjoyable' aren't going to be used to describe this course. Excessive exertion, pain, suffering, exhaustion...these words seem more accurate & appropriate!
Therefore while I feel it's a rating 'tweener' at 3.75, I'm rounding up to a four as the current overall rating appears inappropriately low & punitive.
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Pros: Long holes, steep hills, beautiful scenery. Variety of shots, left, right, straight, and all long.
Cons: Super thick trees and underbrush are disc eaters. Not an ace run type course (could be a pro).
Other Thoughts: I thought the long holes and steep hills were a pro instead of a con. This course will eat your discs alive if you don't throw it low. If you throw it straight and flat, it'll sail super high since the ground drops and you'll lose your discs.
This course is an experience all by itself. 15 dollars for the lift is not cheap, but it's definitely worth it. It's for all day, so if you can get a couple rounds in, it's very reasonable.
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