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National Park Goodness!!!!
Pros: *************RANDOM NOTES*************
-This course is in a National Park. Please ask Bell Desk at Hotel for permission to use & map. Do NOT litter, disturb wildlife, plants, or other park users while playing. Abusing the course will result in it's removal.
-It's a course in Yellowstone!!!
-Large variety of shots & angles considering small area of course.
-Four baskets. In a National Park!
-Plays quickly for multiple rounds.
-Bench and cigarette butt can located at awesome viewpoint visited several times during play.
-Natural unmaintained fairways really are spectacular for having no human influence.
Cons: Most cons are typical logistical issues such as:
-Most holes are object targets.
-Many holes use the same fairways multiple times, difficult for more than two groups to be using at once.
-Some holes use the same target/basket.
-No OB (including roadways), and no mandos.
-Natural tees, but are usually marked.
-Some holes play across and down roads that ARE used by park-goers.
Other Thoughts: This is a beautiful course set around and on top of a dense spruce pine forested hill overlooking Lake Yellowstone and the Lake Yellowstone Hotel. The high elevation at 7800 feet can make otherwise easy holes a new challenge for those used to playing at lower elevations. Natural fairways dominate the majority of the holes, with some open downhill/uphill shots.
Most would consider the course to be short, as most holes are obtainable for a birdie shot if played correctly. That being said, if your disc knocks a tree and heads into the woods, you will be shooting for bogey or worse in a hurry.
While designed by non professionals, there really is a huge variety to be had while playing. A few holes feel a bit repetitive, but being able to play an established course in a National Park more than makes up for it.
Most variety is found at the beginning. The course starts with an uphill tunnel to a target, followed by a long, narrow downhill tunnel with dense woods on either side.
A few open shots follow eventually leading to a tricky right turning fairway with a narrow window before the right hand turn. Navigation becomes difficult at this point and to follow the course correctly, you will need a map or guide. All errant throws are rewarded with dense woods that require at least one shot to escape.
The course opens up about halfway through with a great downhill shot with million dollar views. It eventually works its way back to the basket portent of the course before heading back downhill via a fantastic double fairway toward cabins.
The last few holes are in a developed area with some dangerous OB's, such as cabins, parked vehicles, and a trash dumpster. Not to mention a few more right turning fairways which are particularly challenging for me. Take caution before throwing as several of these holes are blinds.
It is a luxury to be able to play this course while visiting the area and is truly one of a kind. A bench near several of the holes/tees provides views only Yellowstone can provide. Please treat this course with respect so others can play it for years to come.
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