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Got to throw shots in Yellowstone
- Disc Golf in a National Park. The National Park Service's mission is:
To preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.
Because of the resource damage associated with disc golf (discs hitting trees, erosion of fairways, social trails associated with finding plastic, wildlife disturbance, etc…), disc golf has not been an allowed recreation opportunity within our National Parks - it's part of that "preserve unimpaired" part of the mission.
Before you get all upset about that concept, think about this… you can't take a dog for a walk down a dirt trail inside most of our National Parks… you can't ride a mountain bike down a dirt trail in a National Park… you can't hunt, mine, gather anything besides berries or mushrooms, or do anything else that would alter the experience of other visitors both today and in the future.
Therefore, the idea that Yellowstone, our first National Park (1872), has a disc golf course within its boundaries is amazing to me. But, that's about where the Pros stop for this course.
- No Map = Go See the Rest of the Park. I went to the hotel, like the directions said, and asked the bell hop for a map of the course. They didn't have any. But, since I've been able to get through courses in the past without a map, I decided to go for it anyway. The bell hop described where to go and I found what I thought was the first hole's tee-pad… a natural tee with logs laid out on three sides. I played that hole which went to a basket. I easily found the next tee-pad and basket too. After the second basket, I found what appeared to be the third tee-pad… but, I couldn't locate a basket for it. While scouting, I found an employee in a little village and he told me the third target was the fire hydrant. He then showed me the next hole which also went to a fire hydrant and the next hole which went to an electrical box. He then told me about the hole with the leaning tree as a target and told me that several holes shared targets. That's pretty much when I decided that walking around trying to figure this course out would be a waste of my time since there was so much else to see in the Yellowstone. I played the fire hydrant and electrical box holes and left.
- Overall… I'm glad I got to throw some shots inside a National Park, and Yellowstone at that. However, with that said, I would not recommend that anyone waste their time trying to play this course (unless they work there) as opposed to seeing the rest of the sites in the park. It's just not worth it. The hour+ I spent walking around could have been the difference between my buddy and I seeing the pack of wolves or not. If I had tried to finish the course, we would have missed them. But instead, we ditched the course and went sightseeing - which is what you're supposed to do in Yellowstone anyway. We saw Old Faithful, other geothermal features, elk, bison and a pack of wolves.
- My Disc Score. I realize that my disc score is way different than the other reviewers below me... all I can say is they either had a map or a guide. I think my score of 1.5 is a gift based on my experience there.
- Old Faithful. To me Old Faithful was kind of a bust - not that exciting really. But, at least I can say that I've seen it. The other geothermal features on the trail there were far more impressive than the eruption itself.
- Other Geothermal Features. The Grand Prismatic Pool was awesome, as was the Opal Pool (right next to the GPP). I would recommend stopping there and seeing that.
- Hayden Valley… was a hotbed for wildlife. We saw two herds of elk, several hundred bison and a pack of wolves. To find the wildlife, simply drive along the roads until you see a traffic jam, pull over and get out of your car (if safe). Lots of people were at this one particular overlook near sunset (which we would have missed had we tried to complete the course). Several visitors had spotting scopes trained on a pack of wolves which were probably ¾ of a mile off in the distance. 4 black ones and a coyote-colored one. Pretty awesome experience.
- Lamar Valley and the Bear Tooth Range. From what I understand, (we didn't have time to do this route), the Lamar Valley is the best place to see wildlife, especially Grizzly Bear and Moose. And, the drive into or out of the park over the Bear Tooth Range is supposed to be the most beautiful drive in America. Enjoy.
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