So Scenic Skyline
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Dual concrete tees or dual DisCatcher baskets on every hole. The over 1000' of elevation changes were designed well into the course providing more variety than I thought would there. Lots of downhill bombs and uphill and across slopes and valleys. Fast greens galore. I recall 3 benches with cold water that were much appreciated. The lift ride up the mountain was spectacular and the views playing down are just as grandiose. I did have Verizon 4G service on the course. Restrooms and shop at the bottom of the mountain. Two other courses and restaurant on site and $5 gets you access to all courses and the lift for the day.
Cons: Treacherous terrain to traverse - pro tip when walking down steep slopes, zig zag down them, don't go straight down them, and also grass is better than rocks. Even though the tees are concrete, most are plum with the grade of the elevation(not bubble level) and in some cases quite steep. I rolled my ankle pretty good on hole 3, a rock I stepped on slid down the slope with my foot on it, I thought it was broke at first, but I hobbled down the rest of the course with a bit of hesitation after that. Every basket is on a super fast green and roll a ways and skips can be relentlessly stupid. The elevation is so steep in places that I nearly left my disc in plain view, I just didn't feel like climbing more elevation. I imagine there's lots of lost plastic in the woods, I amazingly didn't lose any of my discs although I kept them mostly in the fairway even when throwing them 666'+.
The course is almost entirely in the open/exposed to sun and heat which can make it feel like hell combined with the amount of hiking elevation. I found myself stopping mid fairways to take a break from the constant downhill hike burning my quads and to get some shade. My sea-legs weren't meant for this mountain goat terrain. The rough off the edges of the fairways can be gnarly. More benches and water would be nice. Crazy mountain bikers and hikers intermittently run through parts of the course. The course was a little tricky to navigate after hole 9, and more/better signage would be a big help even with the map.
Other Thoughts: Overall I have mixed feelings about this course, it started out with a big bang and then kind of fizzled and turned into me just wanting to survive. It's either ironic or sadistic that the short layout is 6, 666 feet long. Some of this extreme style of golf borders on the line of just because you can, doesn't mean you should. The highlights for me were the lift ride up the mountain, and then Holes 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, and 14. I was surprised I didn't enjoy the course as much as I thought I would considering how Warwick which is done by the same designers is one of my all time favorites. I think the ski terrain is just too extreme and not conducive to actual golf holes, yeah it provides some of the best scenery and epic shots you can imagine, but from a scoring/playing golf strategy standpoint I was disappointed. Hole 18 was a head scratcher for me, there's only a tiny gap between the line of trees, or are you supposed to throw over the trees? - I have a pro level arm, but Steve Brinster arm I'm not, maybe the trees have grown a bit since the course's inception? I'm glad I got to play this course once, but seriously doubt I'll play it again though. The $5 is worth it just for the lift alone, if I went back I'd just take a ride around on the lift a couple times and play the valley course and have some brews and play the Slopeside in the evening. So with that said, I'd recommend this course as bucket list type course.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Scenic. Great tee pads and baskets. Very nice layout that uses a whole bag of shot types. Beautiful course design.
Cons: If you lose a disc in the woods, good luck finding it. Some nasty terrain to walk over in between some holes and even on some holes, especially if you go slightly off course. Beginners should wait until next year when they put in the Valley Course.
Other Thoughts: My first review on this site, but since I got to play this course today, and supplied the pics and hole info., I figured I had to put in a review. I played Pro tees, but next time will play Am Tees. Pro was way too long for me. I hope to play here at least 2 more times this year.
4 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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