Fantastic day out, lots of variety to go back for.
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Pros: -Baskets with 2 possible placements AND 'heritage' object targets on every hole.
-3 different tee boxes making the course appropriate for all skill levels
-A variety of open and treed holes, with enough elevation change to make every hole interesting.
-Drinks, snacks, and discs available for purchase.
-Disk rental included in entry fee, so you can play even if you don't own a disc.
-Test-drive a disc if you are thinking about buying it.
Cons: -Quite a few opportunities for lost discs when then grass is long.
Other Thoughts: Yes, it costs money to play, but when compared to the public courses near Calgary it is totally worth it.
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Now has DISCatcher Baskets
Pros: 18 new DISCatcher Baskets were installed in July/August of 2011. There are two pin placements and the baskets typically add 10 to 25 feet per whole compared to the historical Homestead targets.
Course distance is now 4403 ft from Recreational Tees, 4957 ft from the Advanced, and 5577 ft from the Pro Tees.
Hole distances vary from a short 186 ft to a long of 670ft on the Pro Tees.
Discs, snacks and beverages are sold in the pro shop called the Bunkhouse.
You can still play to the historical targets.
Cons: June to mid July there are still mosquitos; then again it is the Alberta Foothills and the area has a lot of ponds. Bug spray is provided for those who don't bring there own.
Other Thoughts: Price is $12 for adults, $8 for youth, $5 for kids, under 6 are free. Yearly memberships are available.
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Loaded with Character
The most unique disc golf course I've played to date. Built on a fifth generation homestead, this family run course is an adventure in object golf. There are several different styles of targets ranging from hoops made from barbed wire (throw through them from either side to hole out), tubs and buckets (land in them), single sided tone targets (strike them from the front only), to one of a kind targets like a hanging shovel (strike the metal spade), a small birdbath-like platform (land on top), and the signature 18th hole on which the target is an antique outhouse on which to hole out your disc must go through the hole in the seat!
The course layout itself is very well marked and easy to follow with a course map. There are some really good elevation changes on some holes and a fair balance of lefty vs. righty holes. The tee signs are large and easy to spot from a distance; they have the distance for the rec tee, a rough fairway map, and a creative name for each hole. Two sets of tee available, both natural. The short tees are marked with a 4x4 in the ground and the long tees are marked with two branded pieces of wood. The targets are creative and challenging. There are red handkerchiefs hanging by each target to improve visibility. The port-o-potty by hole #1 is the cleanest one I've ever seen. The on site Pro Shop has a reasonable selection of discs for beginners; the course fee includes rental of one disc, add two more for just $1CAD extra. The Pro Shop also sells snacks and sodas for a reasonable fee. The course fee also gets you a pencil and scorecard that contains course rules and a pretty good course map with mostly accurate distances. If you're new to the game the owners will gladly give you an instructional on how to throw and play as well.
$10CAD pay to play and tee times by appointment only. Neither of those things bothered me as this was a vacation trip, but I could see that being annoying if I was a local. The advanced tees need more work; in general they seem to add only 30-50' to each hole but make no significant change to the challenge of the hole. It would also be nice if the tee signs had the distances for the advanced tees. Bees and mosquitoes are not hard to find on the course.
The scores on this course will be higher than a typical basket course or even a tone pole course because of the different target type requirements. The single side targets specifically require a different mentality to putting. Starting off with one of those on the first hole, I ran my birdie putt at the target, missed and ended up 15' past it, only then did I realize that par was out of the question from the back side of the target... I was thowing shot #3 to get back to the front side of the target then hole out with shot #4. The target on hole #7 is similar in that the target sits almost on the OB line, so if you putt and miss long you're OB, but it really doesn't matter since it'd take you a stroke to get back to the right side anyway. That was probably my biggest issue with the course: that the small single sided targets didn't let you run at the putt with the chance of making a comeback putt, they virtually force you to lay up. But the different targets definitely encouraged some shots that you don't have many other opportunities to make on a typical disc golf course. The owners said that they would like to one day have standard baskets installed on the course. Oh yeah, my wife enjoyed a snack on some of the wild raspberries on the course.
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