One time through the New Red
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Pros: -Easy family layout.
-Easy descent in some nice meadows
-Some nice scenery (but not that great really).
Cons: -Constant presence of hikers, bikers etc.
-Not really a 'Course', just an 'Activity'.
-Pretty long hike down if the kids get bored.
-Worst sounding baskets....really...that bad.
-Over-priced unless you buy the 'Perfect Summer Pass'
Other Thoughts: NOTE: I never write a negative review without a very compelling reason. However, this version of the course has not been reviewed, and I would have skipped it if I had read what follows. So I hope this is helpful.
I gotta say that even by the reduced standards of the four "Pay a Lot to Play in the Panzies' Ski Lift Disc Courses I have played this summer, Snowmass Yellow was lame. IF you pay the $28.00 Advance purchase price for the 'Perfect Summer Pass', ($32 on the day of), you could think of the boring gondola ride up as being free. That pass gets you the pretty cool Silver Queen Gondola over at Aspen, the bus up to Maroon Bells, plus a couple food and drink vouchers. I found it easy to buy and worth it.
Make sure you park down low in lots #1 to 4 or so. From the Mall up higher you would have to take a lift down. (And for the other 'Yellow' course, park up high in lots #11 to 13). Once off the Elk Gondola, the course is just on your left and heads back down, with a long walk after to the bottom. Hole #18 was missing BTW. Tip: After you finish, don't hike the Bike Only trail to the mid-station...you can't get on.
Not much to say about how the 'Course' plays. The first hole plays flat and over 300', but after that, most players can putt and maybe 'Roc and Buzz' their way down, down down. You might bring water and leave your bag....it's that basic.
I know it's odd...but the totally dead sound of these baskets was a first. What really was annoying was that they literally are just spaced out every couple hundred feet down the meadow. Not even an attempt at interest.
Meanwhile, this 'Family Activity' course puts you in constant contact with hikers and bikers. One of the least 'conscious' layouts I have yet played.
If you are already up there or can look at the ride as a free bonus on that Perfect Pass, it's something to do I guess. Otherwise, I would head all the way down valley to CMC in Glenwood and play a real course.
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Pros: Pro's - What kid (of any age) doesn't love standing on the top of a mountain and throwing a disc to a basket a few hundred feet below! I got butterflies in my stomach a few times watching my disc sail into the blue. For example - When i played 17 (not sure I was on the official tee box - see cons for more below) - I was throwing to a basket 800 - 1000 feet away. My normal drive is about 250 feet - and I was putting on my third shot from a pin high up shot. Generally the pro's are the views and the awesome drives you can attempt. Most of the holes have a number mounted on a piece of pine and someone has put distances with a label maker on over half - so that helps finding the basket.
Cons: Cons - Dirt tee pads are inconsistent -some smooth and well marked - others very rough, bumpy and unmarked. Some tee boxes are quite hard to find -(two I am not sure I ever found - 17 and 18). Some course maps and more consistent marking of T-boxes would really help.
Other Thoughts: We were in town for the Jazz fest and stayed at the Timberline. When we got to our room - the balcony looked out over one of the ski runs and there - right in front of me was a basket. I was right across from the last baskets for both the Yellow and Red courses.
The Red course is billed as the more technical of the two and I would agree - there are more holes that cut through the woods and require you to have ability to throw several different types of upshots.
Getting there: chair lift (smaller and shorter of two parallel lifts) for $10 (unlimited use for that day - so with two courses its probably worth it); car - there is a dirt road that I am told you can drive up - I saw several roads- problem is, you still have to get back up there to get your car when done since both courses end down near the upper village mall where you pick up the chair lift; Foot - it is definitely walkable - but not easy. I walked up to play the yellow and it was a reasonable up hill hike till you get to the "last hill" and its damn steep. Just follow the chair lift up from the ground - if you can get a town shuttle to take you up to the Top of the Mountain condos - you cut your walk in half.
Once there, both courses start out the same and share the first 4 holes. Hole 1, 2, 3 and 4 are "across the slope" holes of medium to short length - a nice warm up. #2 tee is straight down hill from the #1 basket behind a pile of dirt. #4 is a shared tee box for two different baskets. Yellow is a very short ace run and a sure birdie unless you go right down the hill. Red fairway follows the road and the goes up hill - the tee box shows both Red and Yellow info and the cross cut pine markers sort of point the way. From that point on Red goes up hill for a few holes. Dont forget to turn around once in a while.
#6 basket if I recall correctly was a bit hard to find. The tee box say 390 ftt and seems to point to the left a bit. But the basket is actually tucked into an aspen stand across the road to the right. the next hole is beautiful - long down hill that is nestled in trees. I had real trouble finding #14 tee box. After you finish 13 (again - I think its 13) - short hole in the woods across a low lift line - there appears to be a tee box just out of the woods. It is unmarked but many have clearly thrown from here - but there is no red basket to be seen - only two yellow baskets. But if you walk down hill - following a trail that traverses the side of the hill - you will see a very well marked #14 (or 15) - just a bit of a hike down to it. From there it is pretty straight down hill following the ski runs. I could not find a marked tee box for 17 or 18 - so i threw from dirt spots that others have clearly used. So I may have missed a hole - not sure. There is water on one hole - a shot over a lined holding pit - if you land near the edge you can easily retrieve.
Sean, a guy I met who works in the restaurant at the Timberline - is one of the main locals who takes care of the course and plays it often in the mornings he says - so he would be a good one to look up with navigation help.
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