7 Helpful / 1 Not
Spectacular Seven Springs
Pros: A whole bunch of spectacular extreme shots. Well-designed Par 3s, Par 4s, and Par 5s that will make you giddy when you step to the tee. In addition to elevation, the course is designed to let you have a lot of fun with groves of trees at the tee and near the basket. There are 6 steep downhill holes, 2 long less steep downhill holes, and 10 more that play at the base or across Seven Spring's ski slopes. Riding the chairlift makes for a unique disc golf experience, and playing the holes on top of the mountain is a lot of fun.
The course actually is very satisfying in terms of rewarding good shotmaking. As strange as it sounds for a course built on the side of a mountain, throw good shots and you'll be looking at birdie putts. Shorter arms should still have opportunities for birdies on most Par 4s and Par 5s. There's also a fair balance between lefty and righty-favored holes.
The amount of air you get to play with on your tee shots makes this a phenomenal course that I'd even love to play on a regular basis.
The snack shack at the bottom of the hill was a nice bonus.
Cons: The holes decrease in memorability as you go from top to bottom of the hill. Also, it might have just been because the course had just opened for the winter, but it's hard to navigate without a map (which is accurate...follow it) and not all tees markers had been set up. Paths down the hill were not yet mowed in some places. Where they were mowed, the grass clumps could eat discs (I lost a bright orange putter thrown right down the middle of Hole 15 that landed somewhere between the ledge and the basket). Tees are just marked in the grass, which decreased driving distance but otherwise weren't too much a problem.
I think I'd prefer the blue tees to be a little more challenging, as shooting par would not really feel satisfying. Pros should tear this course apart. In particular, I'd like to see more difficult blue tee positions for some of the shorter Par 3's, especially 11 and 17 (and maybe 1, 5, 8, and 13).
Other Thoughts: It's a grueling course, especially if you're still learning to control your discs. Plan for intense hiking and being under the sun for a long time. I can't imagine playing this course over the course of an afternoon at the height of summer. I don't know if it's possible, but next time, I might try to arrive two hours earlier than the lift starts (10/11am), park at the top of the hill and try to be done by lunch.
The tees look to play at the PDGA Color Rating: 950 for blues, 900 for whites, and 850 for reds.
Find some reason to get to Seven Springs Resort, because it's worth the trip.
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