Great local course, worth the $
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: This course is 18 holes of well thought out, well maintained disc golf in the beautiful green mountains. I started playing dg this spring, and of the 13 courses I've played, this is probably my second favorite.
Cons: It does cost $5 per person, and it's not super close to anything but the ski resorts in Smuggs/ Stowe area. But the $ is worth the nice job they do keeping the course up.
Other Thoughts: Continue to support this course, they're going to build us another one with the money we're giving them!!!
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
As challenging as it is beautiful
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: +Clean and professionally maintained.
+Top notch tee pads, signage, and baskets.
+Multiple tees to accommodate different skill levels.
+Beautiful setting nestled in the mountains of Vermont with vistas on many holes.
+Gold layout is very challenging with a combination of length and tight lines.
+Well stocked pro-shop.
+Well-designed with a great mix of elevation, left/right doglegs, and length. You need a well-rounded, controlled game to succeed here.
Cons: Nothing significant but if I'm looking for downsides:
-Like all of Vermont can be VERY muddy in the spring. In fairness I played the course for the first time after a historic spring rainfall.
-Alternate tees don't add variety to the holes, just change distance. More variety from additional tee/basket positions would be a cool addition.
-Bow hunters on-course in October made me nervous.
Other Thoughts: One of the most challenging courses I've played - right up there with Maple Hill. I'd play all the time if I lived closer. Definitely worth the drive from New England and beyond. Our group of 4 rented a condo at the resort overnight and had great accommodations on the cheap.
Check out the "Green Mountain Championship" coverage on Youtube for a great preview of the course as played by the world's best. Look for them to make the adjacent 9-hole "Fox Run" (added for 2013 GMC) a permanent addition in 2014. 27 holes of this caliber would really be outstanding.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
- Beautiful location
- Excellent variety of holes
- Very clean and tidy
- Multiple tees to accomodate varying skill levels
- Very well maintained.
- Nice rubber tee pads
- Good signage on holes with information and layout.
- It appears that the resort has dedicated real resources to the maintenance of this beautiful course.
- A couple spots could use better or brighter signage to point you to the next tee.
- Hunters. Whlie I was there I was taken aback that there were bow hunters on the course. I recommend wearing bright colors during hunting seasons.
Other Thoughts: I wish this course were closer to me so I could play it more often! This is what a disc golf course should be. I played here in the fall during foliage season and it was incredible. This course is pretty centrally located to quite a number of disc golf courses so it is easy to make a weekend of disc golfing.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Great layout. Good mix of wooded and open shots. Requires accuracy. Several nice long holes.
Gold tees were in pretty good shape.
When played sept 25- 0ct 10th this is probably one of the most beatiful courses in the world.
Cons: Could use better signs and concrete tees.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Course is well designed, has four different tee pads to choose from. Gold - Championship; Blue - Pro; White - Imtermediate; Red - Beginner/Kids. Played the course around 1.5 rounds (rained out the first time through on 8/1/2013 and made it only 10-11 holes)
Cons: Muddy, the two maintenance guys are working hard to solve the muddiness issue but have not as of yet. They were in the midst of chipping up some wood to lay out on the muddy sections when I played through.
Other Thoughts: Stopped by the pro shop at Hole 1 (started playing at hole 12 as it was closest to our condo) and talked to the guy there, they are looking for more people to play the course as they only get around 30 players a day currently and would like to see somewhere closer to 60 players a day. He also mentioned that they are starting to build a small beginners 9 hole course across from the pro shop this week and have plans for 3 more 18 hole championship level courses in the next 5-6 years. I wish I lived closer to the resort (around 4.5 hours from where I live) because I would play this particular course a lot. Really well done even though it is still a work in progress mostly.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: I like the easy basket to next tee box as well as the fairness of the fairways. If you hit your shots you will be rewarded.
Cons: Good course flat out
Other Thoughts: I have played over 400 courses and this is my first review now go play this course
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Great Tee Pads
Cons: Tweener pars - think it will be fixed with the slight extension of a couple holes
Many tee shots are throw straight 300 with a touch of fade(rhbh)
Other Thoughts: A great course. Finally a quality course close to home.Lots of work had been done and smuggs is supportive of disc golf. I look forward to continued evolution of the course.
If you haven't played the new course you have to check it out!
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
A New Course!!
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Very nice and accurate T-signs, with level rubber mat layered pro T's. The Am T's are gravel still, but looked playable. Only a couple of the pro T's were gravel, but they are soon to be changed. I played the pro layout.
- Course flows naturally, and challenges you with the elevation. Good mix of right, left, straight, low ceiling, etc holes.
- Awesome baskets and as I mentioned above, course has both Am and Pro T's.
- Design is a good mix of par 3 & 4 holes. Hole 14 (I think) is a 525 up hill dog-leg left, then dog-leg right, par 4. Nuts!!! My first thought was that it should be a par 5, but now that I think about it, I believe it should be left a 4. Every great course has at least 1 par 3 and par 4 that make you work for the par. well done!
- Holes 1 &'18 start within 50 feet of each other. Convenient.
- The course is FREE!!!!
- Course is safe and everyone is crazy friendly. Family enviornment is a major plus.
Cons: - A small thing.... Need trash cans on the course.
- Had to wait on some hikers and a few runners, so heads up, but it also was a small thing and they were patient and friendly.
- Benches need better stability....topple over if sat on without caution---I know the course is still new, even saw guys working on it when we played. Just a heads up.
Other Thoughts: Immediately disregarded the course after reading the 2 year old reviews. Im a visitor here, so it wasn't until I was pestered by a friend to go and re-play it that I realized it had been totally reworked.
Smuggs hired a local pro to come and replan it...he and his team did a very good job!
- Need DESPERATELY to add pics and correct T layout on this review. The 2010 reviews and info nearly kept me from playing the course.
- Pro shop needs more discs.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Smuggler's Notch DGC
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Multiple tee boxes on all holes.
-Signs directing you from hole to hole.
-Bridges put down anywhere it gets wet.
-Good variety of holes.
-Tee boxes are in pretty good shape.
-Extremely friendly and helpful staff.
-Wood chips put down along pathways and where it gets wet to help with mud.
Cons: The only real negative thing I can think of about the course is that some of the distance markings are way off.
The tee signs aren't anything fancy, but with the amount of work they've been putting in I wouldn't be surprised if they were putting in nicer more permanent signs in the future.
Other Thoughts: I first played this course three years ago and it has been drastically improved to the point that it's almost a completely new course. I've played courses throughout Vermont and Michigan and this is one of the best courses I have ever played. The staff is friendly, the course is well marked and there are holes requiring all different throwing styles. Some holes are wide open while others require precision to get through the trees. The short tees are great for beginners while the pro tees are for experts that can throw long. I'll gladly pay the $5 a day to play this course to help make sure it stays around.
Overall it's a great course that I'll make sure to play any time I'm back in Vermont.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Now This Is More Like It!
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: 3 tees per hole (white tees on the way for 2013) / rubber on gold - gravel elsewhere
- better use of available elevation
- uses more terrain off the XC ski trails
- benches at most tees
- easy navigation, good "intuitive flow" to most next tees, signs where necessary
Cons: not much "risk vs. reward"
no bag hooks? (okay, that's nit-picky)
Other Thoughts: This great new layout still uses the same area, and even uses some of the same old pin locations. But even where those are used they are almost unrecognizable now. The strength of this redesign is in better thought out fairways, and an amazing set of tee pads. There are now memorable or signature holes that can make a round more interesting (or challenging).
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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