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Alpine Desert Course
Pros: - Great mountain backdrop scenery!
- Signage and tees are decent.
- Elevation changes (uphill and downhill)
- A lot cooler in temperature than I expected. I just assumed that each Nevada course was a desert inferno. Then again, given the altitude, the temperature shouldnt be a surprise.
- Not too far off US-50 and is the only course within hundreds of miles!
- I liked the "wooded" holes on holes #5-7. I say "wooded" because there are larger and denser selections of trees on these holes, requiring a little more accuracy.
#1: Slightly blind hyzer goes along the hillside.
#2: Pretty much a straight shot with the fairway being a dirt road. Basket is placed in a grove of shrubs/trees.
#3 and 4: downhill and uphill shots, repsectively:
#5: Throws across a dirt road and up a hill to a well-guarded grove of pines. Excellent and challenging shot!
#6: Throws into the course's first forested hole. Dual fairways are created by lines of evergreens.
#7: Plays through a virtually non-existent fairway of evergreens slightly downhill. Many trees are between the tee and basket. Can somebody say overhand shot?
#8: Goes down a beaten path and is a straight shot. The only obstacle here is the wind, which crosses from both directions.
#9: Long downhill drive to the basket and parking lot. Slight hyzer shot.
Cons: - This course is WILD! And by that, I mean that you're pretty much playing in the straight wilderness. The good part is that it makes for a nice round of nine/hike in the wilderness; the con is that there are no real paths of navigation for fairways. It's kind of like they just dropped nine holes down from space.
- The tees are more or less camoflauged with the shrubs/trees/rocks, and finding each teepad is a scavenger hunt.
- Kind of one of those deja vu courses when most shots seem the same. No real "WOW!" holes, although I enjoyed 5 the most due to its uphill elevation and precarious placement around a bunch of trees.
- WIND! I've never played a course so windy and guessing on the mountainous geography, I'm gonna assume it's always like that. I brought my only overstable disc on the trip, a firebird, and the wind turned it over like a feather.
- Keep an eye on your discs or bring a spotter; it's not hard to lose a disc in this thicket of shrubs and trees.
- Only 9 holes.
Other Thoughts: This course is as wild as the area in which it's located. It doesn't look like the course is played often, as the tees are overgrown and there are no defined paths. Otherwise, the course is well-kept. As far as improvements, I'd like to see tall signs to show where each teepad is.
With only 12 NV courses on DGCR, you know you're playing one of the top 15 courses in the state! Seriously though: play it if you're in the area but don't make it a destination course if you're coming from more than 30 miles away. Oh, and bring a bag of overstable discs!
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Worth Playing if You're There
Pros: -The only course in a couple hundred mile radius
-Beautiful desert setting
-brand new disc catchers
-decent layout and hole designs
-plenty of birdie oppurtunities
Cons: -Course is covered by low brush, which makes finding discs and tees difficult.
-almost all holes are medium/short
Other Thoughts: I only played this course once (two rounds back-to-back). It's not a bad little course, but can be difficult to navigate. Each basket has an arrow hanging from the bottom pointing you in the general direction of the next tee, but the tees are just an outline of peeler core, and being virtually flat are hard to see with all the low brush. Tees are natural, but flat and generally good, with hole numbers on them. It took quite a while to find a couple of them.
There are some mild elevation changes, and topography is used effectively on many holes. The first 5 or 6 holes are mostly wide open, with a few low trees, the elevation changes, and the low brush, but a couple of the later holes are up in the trees and a little flatter. Hole 9 is the only one that could be called long.
As the first course in the area I think it's great. If the game takes off up there they have plenty of nice course locations, including this one if they want to add on. Once the local level of play evolves, adding another, longer 9 holes here would be awesome.
Definitely worth playing for an avid disc golfer passing through town.
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