7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Overall this course is just a blast to play. Its like a nice hike in the woods, with some views of the Canadian Rockies, but with Baskets. In addition to the setting the golf is really really good. Every hole has its own unique challenges, par is always a good score, and birdies are well earned.
The course has 18 teesigns/baskets, and is fairly easy to follow around. There could be some confusion navigating between holes 13-15. The Yardages are fairly accurate, but with the big elevation changes they are not all that relevant much of the time.
It is mostly made up of challenging par 3's, with a couple of true par 4's. I think there is a good mix of Righty and Lefty friendly holes.
Cons: The fairways are wide open here, but if you stray off of them you can often find yourself in jail, by that I mean you have NO shot other than pitching it back into the fairway. The course would be a little more fun if there was some alternate routes through the woods.
Footing can be bad in spots, especially the #7 fairway where there is a lot of loose rock.
There are also a few blind tee shots where a spotter can be useful.
Beginners will find some of the holes very tough and frustrating (#1, 16, 18...). First timers might have more fun at the nearby Fox Lake course.
Keep an eye out for hikers and mountain bikers as its a popular multi-use park. It is also Grizzly bear country.
Other Thoughts: This course is an absolute must if you are in the Calgary/Banff area.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 2 Not
Beautiful course in the Canmore Nordic Center with vistas of the Canadian Rockies. Some really nice elevation change holes (up and down) and a fair balance of lefty vs. righty holes. The targets are unique custom made baskets painted with Canadian colors on top. While they're obviously showing their age, their double chains and deep cages still catch fine. The first several baskets which are harder to see have been augmented with bright orange cones on top of them for enhanced visibility. Very nice tee signs and scorecard (with map and rules). Navigation of this well marked course is quite easy with a scorecard/map. There are a couple "next tee" signs on the course where applicable. Ample parking and restrooms on site.
The distances on the scorecard don't match the distances on the tee signs, neither of which matched very well with the laser distances I measured. In my opinion #13 needs a sign for mando forcing the leftward path off the tee. On a couple dogleg holes a spotter can be helpful. The tees are natural and several of them are a bit slippery with loose gravel. Always a danger of bears and mountain lions.
First pick up a scorecard at the "Trail Sports" sporting goods store (which also sells discs, although pricey at $15CAD for DX/Pro-D and $20-25CAD for Champ/Z), then walk across the parking lot to the small course sign. If you walk past the sign you'll run into basket #18, keep walking to the next trail and follow it down to the practice basket. Just past that is the first tee box.
Not an easy course, but surely not the most difficult course either with me shooting a 62 my first time there. The off fairway rough isn't too bad and will typically cost you only a stroke to recover if you play safe. Hole #16 was my favorite: a 440' hole teeing off from a bridge over a steep (for disc golf) valley to the basket on the other side, the gap is relatively narrow the entire way. I'd call this a good destination course; for what it lacks in challenge it makes up for in scenic beauty.
13 of 15 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
I Love it and it Hates Me
Pros: This course is very challenging and can become frustrating, but it is one of my favorites. It is on a cross country ski course, so elevation changes and both left and right turns abound. The majority of the holes have a very clear fairway and thickly-wooded rough. It is easy to find your way around once you find the first tee. The scenery is absolutely stunning.
Cons: The ground is rocky, which prevents predictable skips and also is hard on discs. Climbing up and down the hills will give you a good workout, which could be a pro or a con, depending upon your frame of mind. The first time you throw to an elevated basket and watch your disc clang off it and roll past you back down the hill, be sure and take a moment to breathe deeply and take in the beautiful surroundings!
Other Thoughts: In the summertime it is daylight here from before 5 a.m. until after 10 p.m., so there are ample opportunities to play.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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