8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: At first glance, when perusing the hole distances and looking at the different fairways you would think there is a large advantage to having a big arm on this course, and there is. But the overlooked aspect of having a big arm is accuracy. It really is no different than midrange except that if you miss the shot you miss by a long ways. This is where this course shines. There are indeed a variety of shots and lengths on this course and many of the drives have different paths available. Often on the long distance drives available on this course if you miss the shot you will pay a penalty, whereas your buddy playing conservatively won't. The middle range holes reward accuracy greatly. Getting the proper distance on your throw is the difference between walking down a ski slope after a disc and a parked disc.
The holes are set up in a sensible manner, the teeboxes are in good shape the are long and short teeboxes for most holes. Signage is good. Fairways are pretty well maintained and it has a air conditioned proshop with food and drink.
Cons: Some of the fairways are pretty rutted and the out of bounds areas can be very thick. There is a lot of walking up and down ski hills. Wind will play a large factor on some of the holes.
Other Thoughts: It is pay per play and is rarely overcrowded. When driving down the last hole it is smart to have multiple sets of eyes on the discs thrown. There are multiple opportunities for aces on this course even if you don't have the huge arm.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
A Challenging Climb
Pros: This course bodes well for those with big arms. Great elevation changes. Some very scenic holes here.
Cons: If you are a beginner, this is not the course for you. If you are not in good physical condition, this is not the course for you.
The wind can be your worst nightmare on this course, along with errant shots that can and often do roll where you don't want them to.
Other Thoughts: If you are a disc golf enthusiast, the $30 season pass will cover you here and at Bryant lake would be a smart investment.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Scenery, Overall Challenge, Snack Shop
Cons: May be a little tough for beginners. Beware!
Other Thoughts: I am not sure how anyone could have a problem with this course. For 2008, I chose to get the $30 season pass and would do it again in a second.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Flex those Big Arms
Pros: A variety of shots, with some extreme terrain in play. Most holes are either up, down, or across the ski slopes.
Has some interesting, and definitely unique holes (many wouldn't be possible anywhere but on a skill hill)
Some holes play through/into groves of trees, such as you would find in the woods to the side or above a ski run.
Cons: A lot of walking out in the open, up and down steep hills. The whole course is very long, especially for the par, which seems impossibly low. (par 3, 400+ft across the ski hill, rollaways guaranteed)
Since it plays along the ski runs, all the fairways on this course are pretty wide open, and really takes accuracy out of the picture.
This is a course that separates the big arms from everyone else. Accuracy helps somewhat, but big distance is far more important on this course, especially uphill distance.
Also, the wind whips across the open ski runs relentlessly, so bring a firebird/predator, or watch your discs fly all over the hill. Needless to say, rollaways can get very ugly on this course.
The main challenge here is to get the disc to land safely without rolling away, while still airing it out to get to the hole.
After the first nine of long, open holes with large elevation changes and lots of wind, it gets a bit tiresome, redundant and boring. It is a very challenging course, though I did not find it particularly fun.
Other Thoughts: If you are a big arm, you will love this course. If not, its going to be a long round. This course is exhausting to play on, so make sure you have plenty of water before you start.
Despite the wind, the horseflies can get pretty thick here, so bring DEET or regret it later.
DISCLAIMER: I was unfortunate enough to play this course on an afternoon when huge storms were brewing. The sky was tornado green by the time I finished the front nine, and by the time I got home, trees and torrents of rain were falling everywhere.
Needless to say, the wind was downright brutal on the course, and wreaked havoc with my discs. I had a putt hit the center of the chains from 10 ft out, then as soon the disc turned sideways to drop into the basket, a gust sent it flipping end over end back 10 ft behind me.
By hole 9, I was using two discs for almost ever shot: a CE Firebird for driving, and a Star Gator for putts and approaches. They were the only two discs overstable enough that the wind did not have complete mastery over.
The abnormal conditions made for a very frustrating round. With the added inaccuracy of the wind, most holes felt 200ft longer than their actual distance.
As such, I concede that my experience on this course was likely far from typical, but know that this course is drastically affected by weather. Most courses, I would play in rain, shine, tidal wave, earthquake, etc, and probably have about an equally good time. But this course really got the better of me.
On a calm day, or at least a less windy one, this course would be a fun, good (3.0) course. But this underlying variability of possible experiences and drastic unpredictability knocks it down a notch, IMO.
Just like a course in Texas that gets really flooded EVERY time it rains at all (Tom Bass), or a course in the east that is not maintained and gets overrun with Kudzu, this course is on the rag half the time, and good the other half.
Play here on calm, cloudy days for the best experience.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: A great variety of different holes, and the layout is well done for the location. The last hole straight down the hill is especially fun. Its pretty difficult to lose discs on this course so its a good place to go for the best shots. Plus there's a nice shop in the ski lodge with food, beer, and a lot of discs.
Cons: This course makes for a long round. There's a lot of walking uphill, and its not fun when your disc rolls down the slope. Bad throws are costly.
There is little shade on the course and it will get pretty hot, so bring sunblock and water.
Other Thoughts: Its worth playing, especially since its a common place for tournaments; casual, amateur, and pro.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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