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.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Course is not ready
Pros: When completed, this could be a really nice course. It was still under construction when I played it.
There were about four true par 4 holes out there, and once the area has seen some use, this should be the best of the three courses. Not for beginners, though.
All the pins are in, and they are numbered.
Cons: No concrete tee pads, yet.
No signs, but there were (decaying) scraps of paper on trees near several of the tees.
No clearly defined paths between pins and tees, yet.
Other Thoughts: I slogged my through this course, getting lost 2x, but eventually playing all of the holes as laid out.
I shot a 62, and par is 60. I felt ok with that, although 5 of the last 9 holes are unimaginative, short holes that should be birdied. I think par on this should be closer to 58 or 57.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Work in Progress - Tough Love and Fun!
Pros: One of the toughest courses I've ever played in the trees, and I thought Wreckreator was difficult. Loved it. Looking forward to better signs and pads
Cons: Tough - don't bring the weak at heart. Little or no elevation changes. But fun!
Still a work in progress - way to go Idaho St Parks and rangers.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
One of the tougher courses you will ever find
Pros: The Double Black Diamond Course is the new 18 hole disc golf course at Farragut State Park and combined with the North Star and Wreckreator Disc Golf Courses respectively this makes this place THE disc golf destination in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. As of right now the course is in and ready to play but is still being worked on so the tee signs and concrete tee pads are not currently in place but the natural pads are easy to use and navigation at the course isn't much of a problem. For those of you like myself who are sad to see the family friendly course go away don't worry because they are currently working on a four hole short course for beginners and children nearby. This course is on the other side of the road from the other two courses and you are still able to use the warm up net for driving and the practice basket for putting as well as the large parking lot and unisex bathrooms. There is also camping on site with running water and showers as well.
This is one of if not the most challenging course I have ever played in my life but with that being said it wasn't overly frustrating and even though I was many strokes over par I was still having fun and enjoying this beautifully made disc golf course. The course has many par four holes that are not only long but extremely difficult to get anywhere near par if you find yourself off of the small but fair fairways. Lots of epic holes and this is the type of course that will better your game and make you learn many different shots, this is the ultimate risk vs. reward course.
The tee pads as of now are either old snowmobile tracks or conveyor belts but they are skinny pieces of rubber that do a decent job for now until the concrete is put in. For most of the holes there is a nearby tree that has a piece of white paper stapled into it that tells you the par, length and name of the hole. There are also little orange flags stuck in the ground that lead you down the fairway or to the next tee pad. The baskets are all in great shape and there is no litter what so ever that I could see. Flow leads you back around to the car.
Cons: Hole nine is the only hole on the course that I was not in love with. It is a poke and pray hole with no fairway what so ever and no way to go under or over the trees. On most of the holes it looks like they have gone through and created beautiful fairways but for some reason on this hole they decided not to cut down any trees and I think two or three would have done the job. There isn't much elevation at the course other than a few small hills which could be a pro or a con depending on who your ask. This course will kick your butt! Do not bring first timers here unless you are trying to get revenge on them or something.
Other Thoughts: One of the coolest things happened to us while we were playing the course somewhere in the back nine but I can't remember which hole. We were putting when we see a doe walk through on one of the paths noticing us but still going through and eat the grass along her way. We putt out and start walking toward the next tee pad which is towards her and as soon as we get too close she kind of slowly hops away. It was a pretty cool experience being only 40 or 50 feet away from this deer and I imagine we were able to get so close because it is a state park and the deer probably see humans quite a bit. Overall a wonderful job done on this one, I can't wait to come back!
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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