Come here for a tournament!
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Pros: The setting here is beautiful. The course is in a park at the top of Gurten, Bern's own little mountain. The park features (allegedly) fantastic views of the Swiss Capital and the Berner Oberland (I had the misfortune of being there on a very cloudy rainy day!). The park is incredibly well maintained and there's a ton else to do while you're at Gurten. The baskets are in good shape and it's one of the few places in Switzerland where you can hone your skills in tight woods. There are trash cans and benches throughout the course and there's a restaurant with very clean public restrooms on sight. The Swiss disc golf clubs host tournaments here a few times each year and they put together a wonderful tournament course here. If you ever find yourself living in Switzerland for even a few months, you MUST join your local club and get involved in the tournament circuit around the country. It's top notch. I played the Spring Clang tournament here today and had a great time. The course is also very easy to get to without private transportation. You will probably end up paying to take the cable car to the top of the hill; you could walk it, but you might be out of energy when you get up to the top.
Cons: Unfortunately, the permanent course is mostly a pitch and putt kind of deal. The permanent tees are grass with a plank nailed into the ground and most of the shots are really short. That doesn't stop you from designing your own tees (as many Swiss players are wont to do). Also, because of its location, Gurten is a prime spot for people to set up picnic blankets and barbecue, and often that means people set up shop right next to a basket.
Other Thoughts: Basically this a great place to come for tournament play and if you're local to Bern, it's not a bad training ground either. I wouldn't recommend making a significant trip here for casual play though. The marked tees are way to short, and you may not even be able to play if it's a nice day.
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Pros: Very nice park, very friendly locals, great views. Easy to get to with public transport. Very different layouts ( you have to know them though... )
Cons: Can get very crowdet, specialy with good weather. During the summer, some of the permanent baskets get pulled out because of the festivals up there. The market tees are only the beginner course.
You realy have to play a tournament there to see the course in its full glory :/ Some of the crazier holes arent permanent unfortunately.
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Not the tourney course!
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Pros: Mild elevation and some trees come into play near baskets. Gurten is a beautiful park with awesome views of Bern and its surroundings. Apparently from tourney map posted here on DGCR, there is a pretty cool and challenging course that is sometimes played here.
Cons: The more permanent summer course that I played, like much of the other summer fun at Gurten, is probably directed at children. Maybe three holes push 200'. I can't tell from their website if the locals really play here, but the park staff was pretty mystified when I asked about disc golf--even the English-speaking guys. Among all the activities at Gurten, disc golf is clearly not a priority. Over half of the natural tees were missing their toe board, leaving me to guesstimate from the map. I had to double- and triple-take a few times: is this really where they want me to throw from? More than frustrating or disappointing, this disc golf experience was boring.
Other Thoughts: When I played it, twelve baskets were pulled in preparation for a big concert in Gurten. I still walked the whole course according to the map seeking tees and basket sleeves, throwing whenever possible. Gurten is rightfully on the Bern sightseeing list, regardless of disc golf. To get there you can take the #9 tram from the Bahnhof towards Wabern, getting off at the Gurtenbahn stop. Walk back a few paces to the nearest intersection and turn southwest uphill to the Gurtenbahn station. The street names aren't clear from Google Maps, so print a map, follow signs, or ask someone. See Gurten's webpage (in DGCR links) for Gurtenbahn schedules and fares. Walking all the way up to the park is feasible, but I'm sure you can find better walks around Bern, and the Gurtenbahn is rather cheap.
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