Gorgeous, but the tee pads....
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Pros: Without a doubt, this is the most beautiful course i have played, and i have backpacked over 400 miles of the Colorado Trail.
Stunning views, with wildflowers in bloom in late July.
Beautiful, well thought out pin positions that will put you in a grove of aspen, pine or near a creek.
A lot of birdie opportunities
Pretty nice tee signs. Some, but not all have pictures with the optimum line shown on it.
Well marked trail signs point the way to the next hole. There is no crossover or playing up on another hole.
Pretty much all downhill, with varying degrees of descent on each hole.
Very clean course, with several nice bench spots to enjoy the view
Again, the view makes this a life-list course.
The caretaker obviously cares personally about the course, instead of just making it another Summer money maker for the mountain.
Cons: A huge detriment was the tee pads. Most are only 4'x3', rocky, rutted and in some cases you just throw from the tee sign on the trail itself. On a majority of the holes you are either throwing from a standstill, or just one step, but still worrying about being able to plant and turn your foot. This changes everything about your disc selection and line that you take. I don't expect concrete, but for $17 + tax for a lift ticket, i do wish to have passable pads.
As previously stated, have a spotter or you will definitely lose a disc in the knee to waist high grasses on the lower slopes. It's just a part of nature, so no knock on that; just be prepared. I spent an inordinate amount of time looking for discs, and found myself throwing for a "safe" shot, rather than the best shot.
There are only 1-2 holes that require a gain in elevation. I suppose this is a plus and a minus.
Slight possibility of having to wait on mountain bikers, but it did not come in to play today. It's no big deal.
Other Thoughts: A great course and a must visit, worth it's semi-remote location. The only drag is that you have to be willing to lose your favorite discs, or compromise and bring discs you don't care about.
Because of the acres and acres of wildflowers, there are acres and acres of bees. They don't bother me, but if you are the type of person that runs in a circle screaming and slapping yourself because a bee is around your head, stay in the lodge.
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Quite an Experience
Pros: -Lots and lots of elevation, many of the holes have some kind of elevation on them whether it is throwing downhill, across the side of a hill, or sometimes down and then back up a hill
-Lots of distance and many chances to let the disc fly, it is a lot of fun watching your disc fly down the ski runs
-The best tee signs I have ever seen on a ski resort course (Each sign has a picture of the hole, the distance and the par)
-There is some walking between the holes, but the course is easy to follow as there is a well worn path and there are numerous little red arrows all over the course pointing your the next tee and then toward the basket after teeing off
-Benches located throughout the course
-Each basket is in good shape and has a pole with a orange marker on top of it, so it is very easy to see the baskets from the tee
-The "Evil Tee" of Hole 9, as it is called, is quite an awesome shot, though it is quite possible to lose a disc if you throw off that tee and not the alternate tee
-Nice big information board at the top of the course giving you lots of good information about the course
Cons: -The teepads are natural and while I know there is not much that can be done about this several of them either had standing water, or rocks or some ruts in them.
-There is a lot of tall brush on the course. The top holes of the course have pretty short brush on them but as you get lower on the course, the brush seems to get thicker and deeper and there are definitely some bushes on the course that if you throw in you will probably not find.
-You either have to pay for a $15 dollar lift ticket or take a pretty long somewhat steep hike up the mountain to reach the course. If you decide to hike, it can be slightly confusing to find the course, just keep following the Red Lady Epxress Lift and you will find the course at the top of the lift.
-There could be a conflict with some of the other mountain users on some holes, but we did not experience any while playing the course so its not much of a problem.
Other Thoughts: This is a spectactular course with some amazing views and some really awesome holes. I really enjoyed this course. This course is definitely worth going out of your way to play. It is the best of the three ski resorts courses that I have played.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Great views, lost discs.
Pros: Very well-marked course with gorgeous views of Crested Butte and surrounding mountain ranges.
- Each hole has very nice tee pads.
- Signage includes photographs and extra arrows tell you where to go. You cannot get lost on this course.
- Baskets are in great condition.
- Each hole is very challenging. Distances range from 450' - 650'.
- There was very little traffic when I played. I only saw a couple other people on the course.
- The views from the mountain are amazing and I felt like I was in a sea of wildflowers. Unlike any other course I've played.
Cons: Exhaustion may get the best of you. I spent about 2 hours looking for my discs and about 1 hour actually disc golfing.
- No multiple tee pads/holes.
- The grass is very tall, and there's bushes and wild flowers everywhere. The wildflowers are so numerous, it worsens the issue of looking for your disc since the colors all blend together. After losing my driver on almost every single tee-off, I got very frustrated and exhausted looking for my discs. I'm thankful that I was only looking for my discs... I can't imagine how tough it would've been playing with multiple people and losing 3, 4 or 5 discs on every hole. The family of six behind me quit on hole #6 because they got too tired of looking for discs. I feel very fortunate that I only ended up losing one disc on this course.
- Compared to other mountain courses, there aren't as many trees to throw around; making it a litte less challenging. However, the long distance drives make-up for it.
- It'll cost you $15 to get a lift ticket to get up the slope.
- Mountain bikers are constantly racing through the course. You really need to watch yourself when you cross the biking paths.
Other Thoughts: I've played a handful of mountain courses and this is the most challenging one out there. The holes have great elevation and are long-distance. You should expect to double or triple your play time since that's how long its going to take you to find all your discs. If I played it again, I would bring all my crappiest discs with the expectation that I'll lose a few.
Bring a lot of water (at least two 32 oz. jugs/player). I'm a Colorado native and the altitude actually had a profound affect on me. To save your energy for the course, do yourself a favor and take the lift up rather than trying to hike it. It's worth the $15.
If you want to play a nice disc golf course at a ski resort, this is the place to be!
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