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Blue Mountain Valley Course
Pros: Beautiful surroundings
Almost never busy
2 tees/baskets on each hole - tailor the course to your ability
Cons: Only course I've played with a fee (though it's only $5 and you can play all day)
Other Thoughts: This is my favorite course to play. It's out of the way and a rare treat, but definitely worth the trip. The course starts with several long, open holes that are beautifully landscaped and personally remind me of a links golf course. The course then moves into woods with several narrow holes that demand control over several types of shots. The course finishes about halfway down the mountain with the opportunity to really test your arm with a long shot down a ski slope. I really like this course because it will make you use all of your discs and shots. A good score here is very rewarding.
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You Can Waste Your Time Up High...I'm Gonna Outfun You Down Low.
Pros: I PERSONALLY enjoyed this course much more than the Skyline counterpart. All the challenge and fun without any of the disc loss and frustrating searches. Don't think for a moment this course is a weaker sister to the Skyline, With over 8,000 ft of pro worthy challenge but without the huge elevation drops to aid your throwing...you actually will rip harder and have to throw further here to score well. There is significant elevation here that will test your uphill and downhill skill.Instead of negotiating random wind gusts and unpredictable forces of gravity and wind you are required to line shape up, down and across hills. The first 6 holes challenge your open game with placement and distance golf before you get into the woods and are met with an array of solid woods holes. You begin your day firing a hyzer line off of a huge mound and the fun shots continue from there. The first 6 play in the open and have a ball golf feel as your often whooshing big air shots in S curves around trees, long arcs through gaps, and the fun downhill crush of hole 6. There are 8 woods holes with varying degrees degree of difficulty from the masochistic hole 8 (reminded me of Idlewild with the where the hell am I going feeling as I drudged uphill to the tight uphill gem of 10 and the highlight for me was the Valley Alley hole 13 with the perfect sized fairway through dense woods to a raised basket perched on a sloping hillside. (one of the finest flat woods holes Ive played) The finishing trifecta is strong here with 16s over a dipping valley to a tree guarded basket and 17s precarious AM pin placement and 18s huge finsher down a tobaggon hill 900 ft and over 100 ft of drop.....just a fun empty your bag hole. (no disc loss possible here...its wide open unlike the frustrations of the course above)
Either 2 baskets or 2 tees per hole so you can play along with lesser players.
Serene and uncrowded course with few interuptions from mountain bikers or ski lifts and not as much ski resort blight. Done 1st class with perfect concrete tees and decent signage. Maintenance was adequate from the woods to the huge grass fields.
Cons: It's still a strenuous workout and you will find yourself sitting down to catch your breath and rest your legs before teeing off. Many of the woods holes are good but not special (9,11,14,15,) A bit too open for my tastes on a few of the first 6. I'd prefer a 2/3 woods to the 1/2 woods...just my preference. As much as I loved the more natural feel there is one really ugly section of the course...after hole 16 you walk past ski hill equipment and an ugly lot to get to hole 17. It's well marked and worth it to play hole 16 and get to 17 and the astonishing 18 but its not real pretty. Disc Loss possible if you grip lock into some high grass areas. (12?)
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a wonderful course with a number of memorable holes that would stand out more if it were not in the shadows of the Skyline Course. At half the price of the Skyline Course and with minimal disc loss potential compared to the Skyline this one is a much more economical play. I'd say this is the better true DG experience and the Skyline more exotic and gimmicky. I simply had more fun here and felt more fairly challenged as a disc golfer.
A suggestion for playing this course with maximum pleasure would be to play the short tees/baskets on holes 5 and 17 as these are far more interesting looks than the longs.
Play Both if you make the trip and be sure to get there at 10 AM as playing both courses took me over 5 hrs alone.
Probably best enjoyed in the early fall as in summer the exposure of the 10 open holes might be too much.
2 4 rated courses on one site...Blue me Away.
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Peak Course Counterpart
Pros: • Everything is brand new!
• All tees are concrete and players have choice of Am or Pro (with some being shared)
• Tee signs at all tees - posts painted blue (pro) & white (am) or both colors when shared.
• DISCatcher baskets, benches at many tees, next tee signs which show way to both Am/Pro tees, nice sized bridges for crossings
• Distinct differences in difficulty (distance, elevation, variety, pin placement, etc). between Am/Pro tees & baskets
• Varying amounts of elevation - from flat to extreme and everything in between!
• Basically split on number of open/woods holes
• A mix of left/right/straight throws
• Satisfying basket placements (some raised/elevated baskets, one mounted in between 3 trees, several protected/obscured by trees, some 'fast', etc.)
• Well maintained - appears recent mowing/lack of rainfall kept the rough in check so disc loss possibility when I played was greatly reduced - this may not be the norm however
• Easy to navigate esp. w/map provided when paying
Cons: • Pay to play, seasonal, limited availability when in season
• Many eye sores due to being in ski area (lifts, equipment, buildings, trailers, etc)
• Water on course but never comes into play
• Since new course, there's still some debris on/near fairways (limbs, sticks, etc)
• There's serious rough off a number of fairways and if course not regularly mowed/maintained, disc search and loss potential could be high
• Some uncertainty may arise as to what basket to play in certain areas (map recommended to clarify any confusion)
• Loud toward base of course w/music blaring
Other Thoughts: From the Pro Tees (which is where I played from), the balance between woods/open holes is basically dead even at 9. Holes 1-6 play across open fields and provide many drive ripping opportunities. Most of the trouble on these and the other open holes (#12, 17-18) are either from moderate to thick rough, some scattered trees or the various man-made 'obstacles' (think ski area stuff) in/around the fairways.
Hole 7 marks the transition to the woods as the pro tee plays inside them and the am just on the outskirts.
The woods continue on 8-11 where elevation is king & accuracy is key. While fair, the lanes are tight, some have multiple turns and off the fairway can be tricky - not only for shot recovery but also disc hunting.
#12 is open, uphill & provides some relief from the woods but beware of the dense, unforgiving rough lining both sides as you approach the pin.
Thirteen through sixteen are back in the woods however these holes are not as demanding as the first set of woods holes and showcase a couple fine pin placements - most notably #16's three-tree mounted basket.
The course finishes with wide open bombs on 17 and 18; with the latter being a severe downhill throw bordered by ski lifts.
In my opinion, the demanding wooded holes were the course's strongest feature. The weakest by far were the first several open holes which basically felt like playing in and around an open field.
Since there are so many world class and outstanding courses in the greater region, it's tough to recommend the course on its own - especially with the $5 pay to play. However when coupled with the Peak course, it's quite a formidable one-two punch and should be on any serious disc golfers 'to play' list if in or around the area.
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Solid Second Course
Pros: Blue Mountain's second rip at a disc golf course is off to a good start. Everything on this course is brand new and in awesome shape from the bridges to the concrete tee pads to the DISCatcher baskets.
Each hole has two layouts with either two tees or two baskets.
Although the course is only open seasonally, there were very detailed, laminated tee signs at each tee that clearly depicted the entire hole including intended flight paths, distance, and par. Tee sign stakes were painted to match the either the blue or white tee pads. Additionally, other laminated signs helped to point to the Am/Pro tees.
The valley course had a nice mix of both left-to-right, right-to-left holes with a variety of both distance and elevation. The course also features a mix of tight wooded holes requiring narrow tunnel shots to wide-open, long bomb fairways.
There were numerous holes that had unique basket positions. Several of the holes had baskets mounted atop tree stumps, turning "typical" putts into more difficult approach up-putts. The basket on hole 15 was a standout. The basket was mounted between three trees, being both elevated and protected.
Cons: The newly-constructed bridges cross streams at Blue Mountain, but there isn't really any use of water as OB.
Despite the numerous tee and directional signs, there are several basket placements that could be confused with the baskets on other holes.
The rough bordering some of the holes was brutal. Retrieving a wayward disc could be a bloody experience. Likewise, tall grass, bushes, and ferns make a spotter necessary on a lot of holes, especially those with blind/semi-blind baskets, otherwise a long search may ensue.
Other Thoughts: This course is still a work in progress. Signs of development are visible all over the course, but indicate a positive future.
While not as rugged and vertically-intense as the onsite Skyline Park, with the pro tees going out to over 8,000', this course can be taxing. Be sure to stay hydrated and be prepared for a solid hike.
All things considered, I think that solid groundwork has been laid for this course and expect the Valley Park to continue to improve as it matures.
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