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OK... with lots of potential.
Pros: On the premises of a beautiful resort so there are lots of other activities around. Plus this area in general has a lot of outdoor activities available (hiking, boating, rafting, fishing, etc.). It's also within about 15 minutes of Red Neck Disc Golf in Confluence, PA, a short, executive Par 3 Course.
There's a map available from the Adventure Center. They will rent you discs. There are brand new Lightning baskets. (They're single chains, but seem to catch pretty well.) Red markers with the hole # on them easily identify the tee for each hole. There are flags on each pin to make them nicely visible. (For some reason, though, pin #7's flag said "4" on it. They must have gotten mixed up somehow.)
The course plays on, across and around ski slopes so there is a good bit of elevation change. There is enough ground that they were able to create some relatively long holes.
The hole layouts dictate straight, left turning and right turning plus level, uphill and downhill tee shots so a nice variety of drives is helpful.
Although most of the holes are relatively open, there are two holes that play in or through the woods. Plus, on most the open holes, there's some sort of obstacle between the tee and the pin, whether a ski lift pole, a shed or just the fact that the tee shot is blind, so you do have to pick a good line or you can get in trouble.
Cons: There are no signs at all and the map doesn't list distances. There's no score card available.
The course is very new and rough. The tees are grass and not very level or smooth. Be careful to check the footing around your approach and landing spots on the tees before throwing.
There's no truly "epic" hole... which was a disappointment to me considering this course is on a ski slope. There are some nice holes, don't get me wrong... but there's nothing that really made me say "Wow, that was awesome."
Oddly enough, for a course that's at a resort and probably added just as an extra activity for the customers, this would not be a very beginner friendly course. It's a pretty long 9 and could be hard to navigate if you've never been on a disc golf course before.
It's a pay to play course. But see my "other thoughts."
Other Thoughts: When I asked for help finding the first tee, the very nice girls working at the Adventure Center gave me the information. Then they said, "but you'll have to get your discs at the golf (ball golf) club house." I said "I have my own discs" and they seemed very surprised. And when I asked where I paid, they said don't worry about it if you have your own discs. This was cool as I thought it was going to cost $15 to play.
As my title suggests, this course has a lot of potential. Right now, the distance and elevation changes make it fun for me. I think that it would be a good idea for them to add additional tees, mostly in shorter positions for the normal customers at the resort. I am assuming, based upon playing the course just once, that this would be Pro Par 3 course. And although I would have difficulty ever birdieng a couple of the holes, I don't believe that it would be that difficult for a pro or other really good player.
Holes #3 & #5 would have to be my favorites. #3 almost looks like it might be the "half pipe" in the winter. The fairway is pretty wide, a little downhill and perfectly straight. But the way that the woods lines the hole on either side really makes it visually appealing.
#5 is a really nice hole. It starts out in the open and you have to throw around 150' before hitting a gap in the tree line. Then you play about 125' through the woods and back into another opening with the basket 75' away. This would probably be the hardest hole to birdie, or even par. It would take a really accurate tee shot the get very far into the path in the woods without getting into the deep stuff for your 2nd shot.
I was measuring the holes and just finding my way around the course with my family today. I'll definitely go back very soon to just take it all in.
If they added even some simple signs, and even leveled the grass tees (or added gravel) it would make a big difference on this course. It's just nine holes, but has the potential to be a really nice course. I hope that it's successful as this could be a whole lot of fun with just a little work.
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