5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I expected a lot better course.
That being said here are the pros:
The mountain views are simply amazing. I absolutely love playing the resort courses for the views, the clean air, getting away, hiking and playing disc golf all blended together makes for a good time.
The course is challenging. It's not often that you find a course that makes you bring your big arm, but this one does in a big way.
Multiple lines for just about every hole. This may be in part due to the lack of trees as obstacles.
The course flowed pretty good. I had a guide who had played it many times, but the map was pretty good and the navigation was pretty easy to determine.
The fairways were pretty devoid of long weeds. This may explain my final con...
My favorite hole was hole 10, the shortest hole on the course, but the huge drop in elevation makes you have to use finesse when you're used to using brute force.
Cons: With a rating of 3.63 at the time of this writing, and hearing a ton of hype about how amazing it is, I expected a lot more from this course. I was quite disappointed though.
To begin with, the tee pads are the worst I have ever played on. I've played nearly every course in Utah and the tee pads here are worse than the worst natural tee pads at Base Camp. The worst part is that these ones are new! They used to be just a log or something showing where to tee off from, now they are framed in and filled with uneven dirt with huge rocks. I've never feared for my knees more than on this one. Seriously, the tee pads knocked this course down a full point they were so bad.
The baskets aren't much better. Single chain, beat up old things with gaping holes in the basket big enough for your disc to fall out. Many of them were at odd angles and a couple of them are a good 5 inches short (from the top to the bottom of the cage).
Not a lot of variety in throws, strangely. Don't get me wrong, there are 2-3 uphill shots and a couple flat ground ones, but virtually every hole is the same thing: long shots with very little obstruction. There is literally not a single tunnel shot on the course. In fact, the only real time trees come into play is if you get off the fairway.
It is a disc eating course. There are rocks everywhere, and given the number of times you are throwing downhill your disc gets some speed going before slamming into them. For the first time I heard a disc's slapping sound as it hit a rock actually echo! The long downhills give plenty of opportunity to lose discs too.
Lack of tee signs. This was offset somewhat by a good map they provide though.
And last, (and certainly least), there were cow pies EVERYWHERE!
Other Thoughts: It's very windy and is prone to quick weather changes. Wind mixed with big throws was not a great combo. Bring a jacket.
It is extremely high elevation, so be sure to bring sun block. There are also a ton of bugs. You can expect to get bit or stung by something before the day is out, so bug spray is also recommended.
Wear shoes with good traction. The terrain is very loose and it's an extremely long course.
Overall I think this was a good course, but not deserving of the high rating it has been given. It's not a course I will go out of my way to play again, at least not until they fix those horrific tee pads.
*PS I'll upload a picture of one of the new tee pads so all can see them in their glory. Just look for a picture titled New Tee Pad.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: This is one of the more scenic courses I've played. The red rocks that define Utah, surrounding mountains, and I believe you can see part of Cedar Breaks National Monument (which is similar to Bryce Canyon). Anyway, good stuff.
There are some huge downhill drives to be had here. Probably 40% of the drives could be described this way.
You'll likely have the course to yourself, and you definitely get the sense of mountain serenity that I really enjoy. At nearly 11,000 feet, hole 1 is the highest hole I've played.
Cons: There is not much variety here. Nearly every hole is wide open. The main challenge is making sure that your disc doesn't fade or turn off the fairway into the trees that line many of the fairways (these are ski trails, after all). There are no technical holes. Think of Mt. Charleston in Nevada, which features the same sort of great downhill holes but also ducks in and out of the trees along the ski trails. If you are going to have a lack of variety, Brian Head's is still pretty fun. But toward the end I was ready to move on.
Navigation was so so. On some holes there were "next tee" signs that were helpful. But there were a few times I scrutinized the map and couldn't orient myself to the next tee pad. The tee pads are usually not a long walk from the basket, but if you go in the wrong direction you could be hiking back up. At this elevation, you don't want that.
Lots of opportunities for lost discs (see below).
Other Thoughts: It is $10 to ride up the lift. It's not a detachable quad, so it takes over 15 minutes to get up. The entire course did take me over 2 hours to complete, and I usually play much more quickly than that.
I lost two discs on hole 10, a cool hole that is about 200 feet long and 100 feet down. Both drives were bad drives (one that kept going and going, and the other a spike hyzer that ended up somewhere halfway down the hill), so I don't really blame the course, but there are a number of places where lost discs are very possible.
Bring a windbreaker. It rained pretty steadily on me late in the round, even with no clouds at all in the sky when I began. It also hailed on me very briefly, which was a first. Not too bad if you come prepared.
I do enjoy courses at elevation like this. But a few short, technical holes can easily be made a part of a course like this.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Very Tough Course!
Pros: The elevation changes and scenery were beautiful. It was really cool to watch the disc fly forever while throwing downhill.
Cons: Be prepared to lose some discs and get a workout! The terrain makes it very difficult to locate your discs, even on good shots. There are no tee pads, and the tee areas are very rocky and some sloping downhill, making it very difficult to had any kind of run up.
Other Thoughts: It's a course I'm glad I played, but wouldn't go out of my way to play again. It's fun but the hike downhills and time spent looking for discs made it annoying at times.
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