So Many Trees, So Little Time...
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is the longest and toughest of the three 18-hole courses at Farragut State Park.
This course has six par 4 holes, including very challenging beginning and ending holes.
These are legitimate par fours that require hitting a specific landing area with your first drive, and then driving again on a different line to the basket. Two good drives will give you a look at a birdie, but missing either drive will have you looking at bogie or worse.
Most holes are tightly wooded, with narrow fairways. Each hole has at least one, and often more fair routes to hit, but they will punish shots that are even slightly off line. The rough can get pretty tight.
Good risk/reward opportunities on several holes. They offer one tight, straight line to the basket that gives a chance for a birdie, but if missed will take you to bogie quickly. Or another safer line that eliminates the birdie but gives a better chance for par.
Large, flat concrete tee pads, and good Innova baskets. Tee signs are simple brown lathes with hole number, par, and distance. Each basket has a "next hole" arrow, and navigation is simple.
Large parking area with drinking water, restroom, practice basket, and a driving net. The course makes two nine-hole loops so you can hit the restroom, refill water or get to your car after the front nine.
Cons: There is little elevation change on this course. There are a few holes that play up or down maybe 10 - 15 feet, but that is about it.
If you like big, open drives this is not the course for you.
The tee signs are simple hole #, par, and distance. A larger sign with the hole layout would be welcome for first-timers as the basket location is hidden from several of the tees.
Other Thoughts: Farragut State Park is an outstanding disc golf destination. With a family friendly 9-hole course (being expanded to 18) and three very good 18-hole courses, you can play here for many days and not get bored.
Check out the Visitor Center for a very nice selection of reasonably priced discs.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This course has a few holes the require you to think about where you want your disc to land off the tee. No crowds.
Cons: Whoever put this course in did just that. Put a course in and then left it. I would of like to see some more attention to detail in the cleaning up of fairways and greens. Farragut State Park does not maintain their courses to the high level of golf that they should be.
All the holes kinda feel the same after a while, straight 300' and tight. Course design must of been done by someone that has limited experience in what separates a normal course from a course worth traveling for. Its kinda a shame to see 18 baskets no being used to their fullest potential.
Other Thoughts: Maybe some alternate pin placements could help bring this course up to a championship level.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
If you want a challenge and have an arm
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Very long holes so bring your arm. Nice layout. Not crowded at all. Lots of variety even though there isn't much elevation change.
Cons: Don't expect to do as well as on the other two courses at farragut. Humbles you. No spectacular features (water, cliffs, etc), but still really fun.
Other Thoughts: I like it. Well done. Hope to improve my score on this challenging course.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Double Back Diamond
Pros: The Newest of the three courses at Farragut. A very challenging (sometimes long) and well laid out course consisting of some shorter technical holes along with a few long holes (620 ft for example). One of the things I enjoy most about Farragut is, the parking lot can be full but the percentage that you'll have to wait or even run into another group is very minimal.
Cons: No real elevation changes' mostly level ground unlike Wreakreator. Can be rough if your not in shape due to amount of acreage covered.
Other Thoughts: Improvements are being made and things are looking great!
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Accuracy Is A Must Here!
Pros: The A.W.O.L. course is the third and most demanding of the tri-fecta here at Farragut. It's across the park road from it's sister courses. It is very similiar in nature to Northstar and the Wreckreator courses in the fact that they are all accuracy based courses played through the Northern Idaho Pine forests. What separates A.W.O.L. from the other two is it's 6746' in length which is about 2000' longer than Northstar and tops Wrecreator by just over 1000'. In difficulty alone, this is a 4.5 to 5.0 course. There are extremely tight fairways starting with # 1. Getting off the fairway can easily lead to double and triple bogies. The tee pads are roomy concrete ones. The signs are simple wooden posts with distance and pars on them. I played the first 9 holes alone and was able to navigate fairly easily.
#15 was a pretty hole with kind of a natural looking fairway leading to the basket.
#1 and #18 both standout as classicaly tight "stay on the fairway hope you can throw straight" holes. Both on long par 4's with extreme rough. I was in trouble on both of them.
Cons: There are 18 holes here. All 18 are level with little to no elevation. They are all played through thick pine forests. There is no water. There is not a signature hole. There is not a place for where the big arm player can crank out the 400' drive. There isn't that hole where you are standing on the edge of some ridge watching your drive sail for what seems like an eternity. This course doesn't have the natural "take your breath away beauty" of so many of our NW courses. Standing in the center of a forest and looking at more forest is cool but not my idea of beautiful. I really like breathtaking scenery on my courses.
Other Thoughts: This is a very nice course. It's a very nice design. My hats off to the course designers. You did a wonderful job here. but while A.W.O.L. is an extreme challenge, it's only an extreme challenge in ONE way. That is-You must be able to throw straight and accurately to score well here. Players with really big arms would be neutralized here. The # 1 rated player in the world would not be able to throw his gigantic hyser bombs.
To sum up, this is one nice course but it doesn't quite measure up to top Northwest courses like Whistlers Bend, Dexter, Milo McIver and Pier Park in Oregon or Cape Fear over in Spokane. They all have the whole package going; courses that challenge you in a variety of ways, beautiful scenery, water, epic downhill holes, scary risk/reward holes.
A.W.O.L. is a great challenge but it's a one-trick-pony.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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Perfect and evil
Pros: Where to start... Perhaps the most intimidating hole one in the northwest (certainly the most daunting I've come across). A very high risk to reward factor on several holes. Routes galore if you look with the right kind of eyes. Well balanced for all styles of throwing (backhand, sidearm, lefty righty). Distance is well balanced with long and short nicely mingled throughout. Well gaurded and well thought out pin placements. Narrow (seriously) fairways that reward the accurate and punish those who throw errant. Nice flat concrete pads at every tee. Hole 18 is destined to become a classic. Gorgeous doesn't hurt either.
Cons: Nothing that ruins it. Some debris still on course due to fairway manufacturing. Nowhere near what it was like at the very beginning and will probably cease to exist after the snow thaws. No clear directional labels to guide those unfamiliar with the layout. Umm, it will make you look bad if you don't bring your best. May still make you look bad even if you bring your best (it maybe better).
Other Thoughts: Well done to every person who had a hand in the design or helped build it. Its a very rewarding place to play when your on and still fun (to a point) when your off. Case in point. Went and threw a par three weeks ago with a wonderful birdy on the par four hole six. Went out to play a fundraiser last weekend and threw a five over on the same hole. Not for begining players. Its the best course within six hours of spokane. I highly recommend all to come play it. Be warned as it may bruise your ego once your done.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Best Course in Idaho
Pros: Great layout! Demanding drive right outa the gate!
well placed baskets and clean fairways, while still keeping them technical. Nice concrete tees.
Great distance shots throughout the whole course.
Cons: Needs some good tee signs with distance and hole numbers. Navigating hole to hole was a little tough the first few times I played this course, but just like any new course, as it gets broken-in, basket to tee trails will be obvious.
Other Thoughts: Great course, props to Keith & JP for all their hard work!!
Also, a big Thanks to Keith (the park ranger) for all the maintenance he puts into all the farragut courses! We are fortunate to have such a great place to play!!! So all you Idaho DG players respect the courses and please continue to keep them clean, pack it in, pack it out!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Some demanding fairways that make you think more than twice about your shot. The front 9 make a nice loop close to the parking lot to replenish your fluids before you head to the back 9. When you start the back 9 hold on, because there are back to back par 4's and hole 11 is the harder of the par 4's on the course, then there's hole 18 which is a great finishing hole.
Cons: Not enough holes-the course is fun and a challenge to play. I get bummed out about hole 15 knowing that there are only 3 holes left.
Other Thoughts: Keith the park ranger has been the best thing that Farragut state park and all of us disc golfers could ask for, he has done a great job for the discgolfers with keeping up on the courses. Give him a high 5 when you see him, he deserves much more.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
North Idaho Steps Up Its Game
Pros: Where to begin...I think the best place to start would be the overall design of the course. While the length is fairly substantial ( I believe it is around 7000ft) the holes themselves are a throwback to early disc golf, meaning accuracy will be rewarded over power. With that said, many of the larger holes will entice the big arms with some of the imaginative fairway designs.
Using hole one as an example:
Teeing from under a ceiling of trees through a tunnel the first 100 alone is demanding. Adding to the challenge the fairway and landing area are elevated by an 8ft rock wall. If you clear the wall and travel another 250ft or so you have put yourself in a great position to attack the protected green as the fairway once again narrows.
What I love about this hole is that a conservative fairway driver off the tee will provide a good chance at a three with only a 325-350ft tee shot, leaving between 150-200ft to the pin. But for all the big arms out there, the fairway is begging to be challenged and piercing the narrow gap to the pin provides a perfect Risk vs Reward for a 75-100ft Eagle opportunity.
This theme plays itself out over and over on this course which makes for some exciting golf and what I expect to be some exciting tournament rounds in the future.
There are 3 par fours on the front (Holes 1, 4, 6) and 3 on the back ( Holes 10, 11, 18). The back nine
provides ample opportunity to score well, especially holes 15 through 17 which. They can certainly provide some much needed birdies as you make your way to the beast of a hole that is 18. I believe that if this course has the opportunity to host some large scale events, hole 18 will become the premier finishing hole in the Northwest. The fairway is slanted to the left and very tight, maybe only 45 ft wide and split at the corner (again providing that all important aggressive vs conservative theme). A good tee shot will dog leg left after about 280ft and carry left another 50ft or so setting up a demanding upshot shot of about 200ft to an elevated green canopied beneath pine trees. A 3 on this hole is a terrific score.
Overall the Clever design, Beautiful surroundings, and challenge of this course make it not only fun to play but a good tournament course as well.
Cons: The only problems i have with this course will be fixed as it ages. The tee pads are going in i believe very soon. And many of the trails between the holes that are hard to follow will be worn down with time.
Other Thoughts: Thank Park Ranger Keith if you ever see him, his dedication to disc golf in Farragut is the reason their are 3 wonderful courses for all of us to enjoy!
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 10 Not
The course doesn't take it's foot of your head
Pros: Risk reward is the name of the game. Bring your Teebird or other control driver. The course is cleaned up fully and in speaking with Keith the pads will be poured on the August the 25th. The course has a couple of am level par 4's and advanced level par 4's and two pro level par 4's. There are also alt pins that will be in soon that will push some of these par 4's even further back. Lefty's will find a tough but fair course as well.
Cons: The pads aren't in yet.. There is a tourney there the 11th of September and they will all be in by then.
1 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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