Nothing special, but if you're in the neighborhood...
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Pros: Nice scenery at Okemo ski resort. Tees are natural, but they are flat, safe, and fault lines are clearly marked with wood planks. Baskets are homemade and have a cool, salvaged, DIY aesthetic. Each hole has a clear sign and maps are available when you pay "greens fees" so navigating the course is no problem.
The course loops back to the start and foliage is well maintained. A couple neat holes.
The course is located at a nice resort with a lot of other amenities during the summer, especially for kids. Elevation is present and incorporated into many holes. Discs are available for rental ($3 on top of 'greens fee') and they are good beginner discs. When I went, the disc selection was basically Innova Champion Leopards, Panthers and Aviar Putters. The Champion plastic was in good condition and the discs were well suited for beginner throwers.
Cons: The baskets, while they look cool, could use more slack in the chains. They are not particularly well suited for longer putts. Some of the short tees were tough to find; only the long tees were marked with a sign.
The terrain was quite difficult. a lot of steep slopes. In order to get from the tee to the basket on 2 and 5, you actually have to cross a bridge around the fairway because the slopes were too steep. This made spotting discs somewhat difficult. Hole #4 is a blind shot around trees. The holes are unusually short, even the 'pro' tees. #9 does go +400 feet though. The shots were mostly dead straight, with a few gentle curves. There is only one hole in the woods. All in all, the course was quite underwhelming in terms of challenge and variety.
Elevation, while present was not entirely well optimized. A good player could place shots well enough to avoid any elevation related challenges. You do have to pay to play and even though it's only $3 to play all day and $3 more to rent discs, it's barely worth the cost. You could probably get away without paying, but I'm not condoning it. The terrain here is also very under-utilized, and they probably could expand to 18 holes and adventure a little further up the mountain. The course stays pretty close to the base. While fairways do not cross, they are crammed together quite tightly.
Other Thoughts: If you're already staying at Okemo, this course is worth checking out. I drove up from Mount Snow (about an hour's drive) to check out the course and probably wouldn't come back. It was enjoyable, but Southern VT probably has much better to offer. That being said, this is a good course to take kids and beginners to in order to introduce them to the game, as the short tees are good beginner distances and the disc rentals are great for beginners as well. Experienced players will probably be underwhelmed.
Let me know if there's anything I can do to improve my reviews. I'm hope to continue to make them better.
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