Unique and Fun Course!
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+Makes good use out of the available elevation changes
+Tests a variety of shots and lines with moderate to heavy trees on every hole
+Good use of mandos to improve safety and flow of course. Mandos and water carries have clearly marked drop zones.
+Good mix of hole distance, from short ace runs to legit par 4's
+Beautiful scenery all around, and lots of nice mature pines on the course
+Lots of benches, garbage cans, and other amenities at many tee locations make it easy to get around all 22 holes.
-Some holes are just too tightly treed with no discernible fairway.
-Difficult to navigate for a first time player. Tee signs are helpful but it's still tough to see the targets on a few of the longer holes.
-Teepads are a work in progress; some sketchy footing off the boxes
This course is a blast to play! It's well worth the drive & nominal donation. Aside from the challenging and diverse course layout, there is also a unique flavor to the property and course that is tough to describe.
The targets are a mixed bag. Some old hand-made wooden baskets, some bushel baskets, some commercial baskets hanging from trees...a little bit of everything. I didn't mind this aspect since everyone plays the same targets, and it definitely adds to the character of the course.
A lot of the old targets are still hanging around the course. A variety of tones are scattered near the 1st tee and they are perfect for putting practice. There are also some non-traditional targets (a cherry bucket, a tailgate) scattered throughout.
I played during the spring melt-off so there were a variety of water hazards in play. This adds another dimension to a course that's already dynamic in many ways! Some of the creeks are small (only a few feet across) which doesn't really create a "fair" hazard, but this can be mitigated in many cases by playing across the water as OB.
Some of the smaller creeks run pretty fast, so if your disc goes in you might have to run to catch up with it.
The tee pads are listed as a "con" in my review, although two have already been replaced with concrete. Aside from those, most of the tees were loose gravel that was quite soft. I think they're working towards more concrete pads which would definitely have improved my experience. I'm fine with dirt tees, but the uncompacted gravel was too soft and caused problems on the longer drives.
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Worth The Drive
Pros: This course is set up on 15 to 20 acres just outside Victor, MT, about 45 minutes south of Missoula. It is a nicely quirky mature course that is set up by Nick, the owner/designer, with the help of other seasoned local disc golfers. This course is a labor of love and it shows. Set in woods of varying density with regular natural and manmade creeks it is a nice place to get out and play.
The pins are a VERY eclectic mix. There are 3 tones, 2 objects, and 17 baskets varying from good portables to repaired/refurbished Mach 3s to some of the most interesting, innovative, and functional homemade designs I have ever seen.
While mostly flat it makes good use of a hillside for elevation changes, especially with the 4 added holes on the 22 hole layout. There are obvious fairways on most holes but a couple require more threading or unusual lines.
Cons: While well worn in, there have been some changes made and the lack of signs can make it hard to follow on occasion. Holes are currently not numbered for the most part but that is supposed to change shortly.
Tees are natural and well maintained for the most part but pads of some sort would be nice and I imagine will happen eventually. that said, there were only two holes I threw from the side of the tee.
No drinking water or bathrooms on site but probably addressed for tournaments.
Other Thoughts: This is a really cool course and I am very glad I made the drive down to play it. You can see how it has been improved over the years and I expect that will continue. Nick was very personable and welcoming, please pay the very minimal requested donation and be respectful so that will continue to be the case.
This is a great course to play early in the year, was in good shape despite recent rains and with Pattee closed and Blue Mtn busy this is a nice alternative. I look forward to playing this one again and taking my friends.
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A nice break from the busy Missoula courses!
Pros: A nice variety of holes, with most being in fairly heavily wooded areas. The maze of irrigation ditches and creeks add to the fun (use a brightly colored disc in case it gets taken downstream) and make this a great course to bring your dog(s) to. The mix of baskets, tones, and unusual targets adds to the fun, especially if you bring the kids. The woods make sure Spiritwood stays reasonably cool on sunny summer days. Much less busy than the Missoula courses.
Cons: Even with the map, this course can be confusing. Several holes do not appear to have any particular "best shot" to reach the target, a little bit too much "huck and hope" for my tastes.
Other Thoughts: We've played a few times in the spring and the course was mostly pretty dry outside of the ditches. While there are some hills, the course does not involve nearly as much climbing as Blue Mountain in Missoula. This course is on private property, and the owners asks for $1.00 per round donation which is extremely reasonable.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Down Home Fun
Pros: A technical course that also has a few relatively open holes. Unique targets add to the flavor of the course. Receives less snow than other courses in the winter which makes it a destination course when other courses in the area are snowed in, but a lost disc in the snow probably won't be found until spring. Lots of water during the spring and early summer add to the challenge.
Cons: Some holes could use some trimming/grooming. First timers might not recognize the targets as targets w/o a guide.
Other Thoughts: Call ahead and let Nick know your coming. Well worth the beautiful drive up the Bitterroot valley to play!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Rocky Mountain high experience
Pros: A very tight technical course for the most part yet with some long holes as well. Loved by the Montana disc golf community as a challenging course that never fails to bite your ass when you least expect it.
Cons: Winter. If the snow is deep disc may be lost until spring thaw.
Other Thoughts: This course has been here for 25 + years in a number of different configurations. The owner/designer is an avid disc golfer and hosts three tournaments a year. Beautiful land with some great views of the valley and the Bitterroot Mountains. Water features during irrigation season. Call or email ahead and ask Nick if he wants to throw a round. Check out the homepage for info
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