Crystal Mountain, WA 
Crystal Mountain - Summit Course Share
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Hole #5 Tee: Basket is below the chair lift support



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 Spectacular Beauty With Some Great Downhill Drives But?

1    9/11/2011   9/11/2011
Review By: The Valkyrie Kid
Played: 684  Reviewed: 636  Exp: 36.5 Years
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Pros: The summit course starts at the top of Gondola ride at the Top or where the restaraunt is. The views here of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams, as well as the surrounding Cascade range are nothing short of stupendous. Take some time to enjoy them before beginning your round.

The first two holes are short little anhyser throws clinging to the hillside. A hyser mistake on these two might very well add a short mountain climbing adventure to the start of your round. A long, un-marked walkout eventually lands you at Powder Bowl and # 3, your first serious downhill bomb. The basket is perched just beyond the pond. The later in the summer season you play, the less of a factor the pond will probably be. The fierce winds might very well make up for that lack of water. # 4 is a blind hyser bomb where a spotter is recommended. # 5 is a long, downhill bomb where too much hyser/wind will probably carry it into the dense grove of trees. They look fairly harmless from the teebox but upon closer inspection are perched on a steep hillside and the footing in there is extremely treacherous. Be careful! The final five are all a little more straight forward. All are more basic down the mountain throws, 300-400', with the baskets in sight.
After finishing # 10, you join right up with # 11 from the lower course and finish your round of 18 that way.
Cons: The cons are pretty much the same as with all other ski resort courses I've played.
First for me is the fact that you are walking down over rough, uneven ground almost the entire time. This is no walk in the park.
Secondly, the teepads are scraped in the sides of the mountain. They range from decent at best to really bad or unsafe, at their worst.
Third, the wind can be a major element up here. If you're lucky, it might be calm. If unlucky, it can mostly ruin your round.
Fourth, having a birdie putt kick out of a single chain baskets is pretty frustrating.
Fifth, the signage is sub-standard.
Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and finally Nineth It's not for everyone, you're gonna lose a disc or two every round, you're gonna spend a fair amount of time looking for your discs, even the ones that landed on the fairways and lastly, having to ante up $20 to get to the top.
Other Thoughts: I just feel ski resort courses are gimmicky. Yeah, it's great fun to launch drives that sail majestically hundreds of feet downhill but that feeling is more than neutralized by all those drives that hyser off course into the nether world, never to be spoken of again.

So my question is? Does anyone really want to pay $20 every round, throw your back-up discs, fight the wind, the mountain, fatigue, terrible teepads and below average baskets for spectacular mountain scenery and the chance for some awesome downhill throws and a major challenge. Does anyone want to drive up here more than a few times a year?

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