Plenty of Trees
Pros: This 18-hole course is located in a wooded area next to the College of the Rockies Campus in Cranbrook.
The only challenge is the trees. The course was placed into a heavily wooded area, and trees were cut to shape the fairways. The ground is pretty bare and the trees are all trimmed up so you are looking only at the trunks as obstacles. This makes the course a bit strange as you can generally see a tight direct line to the basket, but many "fairways" are cut in such a way to encourage a turning or fading drive to the basket. Even if you hit a tree off of the tee the ground is so clear that saving par is often possible.
Most of the holes are in the 200' to 300' range, with only Holes 9 and 10 getting past 400'.
Nice concrete teepads at all holes. Some holes have nicely done simple wooden signs, but many have nothing. Some baskets have hole numbers, but many do not.
There is a short 9-hole front loop available, or you can add in the back nine for a full 18 holes. Having the course map is handy the first time to understand the path to the back nine and direction to a couple of tees.
Large parking area near Hole 1. No other amenities like water or restrooms were seen.
Cons: In spite of a couple of gullies and a steep hillside, the holes have virtually no elevation change. Throwing across the gully is fine, but the distances are such that it isn't a significant challenge. A basket or tee down in the low area would have been interesting. Likewise a basket closer to a hillside edge to bring it into play.
WIth little elevation change and similar distances on so many holes, there is a repetitious feel to the course.
This is a multi-use park and we had to wait a couple of times on a group of mothers with kids who were either unaware that they were on a DG course, or didn't care. We waited about 5 minutes at Hole 16 as their kids were playing on the large rock that the basket is located near. Most other users walked on through without causing significant delay.
Signage is hit and miss, with some nicely made wooden signs up on trees near the tee for about half of the holes, and nothing for the others.
Other Thoughts: There were some distance errors on the Course Map and DGCR Scorecard that I have corrected.
Pros: Challenging but fun course! Lot's of trees, alternate routes. Holes 4 and 9/18 are really fun due to a large gorge.
Cons: I learned to play disc golf on this course, and have never played a course better than this. It's hard for me to name cons, but since I must here they are. It's easy to stub your toes on cut down trees, and your disc will also hit a lot of trees throughout the course.
Other Thoughts: Love this course! Played almost everyday in summer 2009
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Challenging wooded course
Pros: Front nine is tightly wooded with well-defined narrow fairways.
Back nine is more lightly wooded and a little rougher, with less well-defined fairways and some chances to air it out, but accuracy is still crucial.
The shots over the gulleys are really fun. They offer the same challenge of shooting over water hazards without the risk of losing your disc in the water.
Front 9 is short enough to be a good beginner course if the beginners don't mind bouncing some discs off trees.
Cons: Front nine favors the left-handed back hand player a bit.
Only one set of tees.
The terrain in the back nine is still pretty rough, with lots of large dead branches everywhere.
Very little in the way of elevation changes despite the terrain offering some opportunities in the form of the gullies.
Other Thoughts: This is my favorite "in the woods" course that I have played, with Bandemer Park, Thornhill Park and Saltspring being the others that I have played. I really like how there are well-defined, but narrow fairways that require very accurate shots to get to the pin in the front nine.
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