Pros: Lots of blind shots. Beautiful view over city and river! Mostly open space with few obstacles. Many tee offs are below a ridge line and the hole is on the other side. If it isn't blind, then the hole is behind pine trees. There are now 17 holes!
Cons: Very windy from the river up the hill.
Other Thoughts: Watch out for prairie dog holes when walking between holes.
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Great 10 in Great Falls
Pros: I was pleasantly surprised with this course. Fun 10 hole that offers plenty of elevation change, a couple of blind shots, some good distance, and easy to navigate. Rubber tee pads on all of the holes and the baskets are in great condition and seem fairly new. OB comes in to play on holes 3, 7, and 8 and when the wind is blowing that adds another element of challenge as well. Hole 8 is a really fun downhill bomb around 540+ ft., just have to watch for wind carrying your disc into the OB area to the left or getting stuck in one of the pine trees that run down the left side of the hill. Hole 3 is a blind hyzer shot with the basket sitting pretty close to a drop off of about 20 ft. or so down to the street below. Whoever designed this course really made good use of the land they had to work with. There is elevation change on every hole of this course and a good dose of big bomb shots, not to mention that every hole is fun. The only short hole comes in at just over 200 ft. and the rest of the holes are all longer than 300 ft. with about half of them being over 400 ft. I will definitely be stopping by this course any time I am passing through Great Falls.
Cons: No multiple pin placements. Although the rubber tees do the job, it would be nice to see cement tees installed here. Signs are not at every hole and the pars are not listed on the signs.
Other Thoughts: There is a cement pad next to the parking lot that could be used to play to the baskets for holes 7, 8, and 10. The first time I played through I threw from 1's tee pad to the basket for 10 by accident. The basket for 1 actually sits up and over the other side of the hill nestled amongst some trees. Extremely blind hole so it is a good idea to scout the basket out the first time around.
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Still the best show in town!
1) Best course in town!
2) Good elevation change.
3) Variation in distance and forestation provides challenges for experienced players.
4) Short rubber tee pads for all 10 holes
5) Baskets in place for all holes
6) Tee signs at most holes
1) Poorly marked tees. Had to poke around a bit to find where most of the tee pads were and a couple of the signs were missing. Most of the signs that were
present did not have accurate distances.
2) Short rubber tee pads - very slippery when wet!
3) Not a full 18. They did a nice job using the space available, but it's still a bummer that there isn't 18 holes.
4) Typically windy conditions. I've played the course more than 20 times, and in my 3 years in Great Falls, there may have been a handful of days where you didn't have a screaming wind at Warden Park (which is up near "Flag Hill" or more accurately Overlook Park). That's just the nature of the beast, though...no fault of the course designer.
Other Thoughts: This course has made a move towards respectability with the upgrades (added baskets and revamped - though very short! - tee pads. It's still the best (and only) course in town.
I would recommend it to anyone that's in the area or is passing by - it's a fun course!
Some basic directions from what I remember of the course:
Hole 1 tee is to the left of the parking lot and you throw diagonally uphill towards the basket - Blind throw.
Hole 2 tee is off to the left of a gravel path (field is on your right, tee box to left near pines) and you throw across a large open field to a hidden basket (just downhill at end of field) - Blind shot.
Hole 3 tee is on the south side near the wooden fence and you throw over and downhill with a slight dogleg left. Careful you don't overdo it on the tee shot, as there is a road about 15 yds past the basket - Blind shot.
Hole 4 tee is along the walking path and you throw uphill over some pines to a basket - Blind shot.
Hole 5 tee is on a hilltop not far from #4 basket. You throw across a small valley towards the gazebo.
Hole 6 tee is slightly downhill from basket #5 and you throw a long way downhill to basket. Great hole to open it up!
Hole 7 tee is slightly uphill from #6 basket and can be one of the most punishing holes on the course if the wind is in your face (the basket location has changed from old layout and wind usually comes from right to left now). Throw uphill back in the general direction of the middle telephone pole - Blind Shot.
Hole 8 tee starts uphill and goes a ways downhill following the telephone pole lines. This is a great hole, just beware of getting caught in the wind and going over the barbwire fence (if you're skinny you can slip through the gate if you toss into the equipment yard instead of jumping barbwire fence!) - Blind shot.
Hole 9 tee is down in the corner of the park throwing over a drainage ditch (which was generally dry anytime I played there) and near some pines to the basket.
#10 tee is towards the interior of the park from basket #9, keeping east of the playground. Throw up to the lower ridge with the basket being uphill and slightly west of the parking lot.
The course is a bit more navigable now that there are pads for all the holes, so just poke around and you'll be fine! That's the best I can do from memory! Good luck, and feel free to drop me a message if you find something of the review seriously lacking or just totally wrong!
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