Best Disc in South Dakota
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -The area. Spearfish is a great place in our great state.
-Pro level course in South Dakota. Not many fit this bill.
-Intuitive layout + wicked awesome signs and worn in trails make finding your way pretty easy. Grab a scorecard with map even if you don't plan on scoring to prevent wandering, if that's not your thing.
-Close to I-90 if you're just traveling through.
-Multiple pin placements with color coding at tee and superb map technology to alert players as to where the basket is. Only a few holes require the short jog down the fairway to spot a basket, but the course is no less challenging for being easy to follow. Some courses rely on blind shots, insane D, or jailed up baskets for a challenge, and this course does not succumb to this fault.
-It's actually fairly decent exercise to play this course. If you want 9-18 holes of flat-land point and shoot, look elsewhere. If you want mountain golf that will get your heart rate up and provide a great couple hours of good clean fun, you found it.
-Diversify and practice your entire game, because you'll need more than just a wide open RHBH hyzer bomb. As Martha might say "It's a good thing".
-Beautiful scenery that makes everyone a winner, even if you're just out for a casual round with some friends.
-Decent ways away from major roads and high traffic areas. You can really feel like you're out in the hills without the commute.
-Some holes (as of 4.21.16) have multiple baskets set, this allows for casual play to A positions or more challenging options within the same day/round.
-The upper putting basket provides a more realistic practice for putting on the course. Uneven footing and elevation is a constant, practice that way.
Cons: -The shooting range outside of town is sometimes audible on some holes. Be aware this is only an auditory annoyance, and no firearm shooting/hunting is allowed on course. Archery hunting is legal during a few seasons, most of which do not coincide with prime disc weather. Just don't walk around in all brown with your antler hat and you'll be good to go.
-If you're used to an aircraft carrier for a tee pad, look elsewhere. Gravel tees add to the woodsy feel of the course, create minimal environmental impact, and work just fine. Not a con for me, but some people think they need 10ft of concrete jungle on all sides to play outdoor sports.
-The weather all around the hills can change in a heartbeat. Look at the weather forecast for Spearfish, not a nearby area. Be prepared with water, a light jacket, and a plan to get the heck off the hill if a sudden storm should strike.
-Not enough time in life to play this course as much as possible.
-In a wet summer, the foliage can get mighty thick. Watch your disc to the ground and note a landmark to walk toward. Use bright discs if you're prone to loosing focus.
-No on site restrooms. Do your thing before arriving.
Other Thoughts: There are garbage cans and tables throughout. Please toss all trash in a can. They're all over the place.All in all this course is great and a good way to work off that winter gut. You will not regret playing this course. A gem in the already beautiful Black Hills.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Great tee sines, challenging course, 27 baskets on the course and 4 of them are hanging baskets. Lots up up and down shots.
Cons: Tee pads could use some work. Some of the fareways need some work clearing up the dead wood.
Other Thoughts: This course is a definite must play if you haven't.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Best Course in the Midwest
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Well marked, mountain disc golf at its best! Plan to spend at least 3 glorious hours of hucking if you play 27, and it's easy to play just 18 if that's your fancy.
Arrows under baskets pointing to next tee pad! Brilliant
Cons: Signage is fantastic, but carry a score card with map as it is backwoods with potential to get turned around
Other Thoughts: Do yourself a favor and enjoy this course!
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Mountain Disc Golf at its Best
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Amazing views, challenging holes, great hike, TOTALLY FUN DISC GOLF! This is mountain disc golfing at its best. The course has wonderful signs not only telling you where the holes are, but which direction to the next tee box. Overall a well marked course.
There is a nice combination of technical holes and holes that have a bit more options to throw.
The hanging baskets on some of the holes are creative and give this course a nice signature look.
Cons: Not for a beginner if that is what you are looking for. Not a fan of blind holes, where you can't see the basket from the tee box, but not everyone would see that as a negative.
It seemed as if all the holes went up the mountain, but maybe that was just me. :-)
Other Thoughts: It is quite the hike, so if you are expecting an easy park course you will be disappointed. This corse is not for the faint of heart. However if you are a fan of mountain disc golf, this is one of my favorites. Makes me almost wish I lived in Spearfish! :)
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Put it on your bucket list.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Only mountains can offer the kind of course features that mountains offer; It has those unique features of rocks, cliffs, large timber, etc.
I thought it flowed very well despite it feeling like I might otherwise be lost wandering around in this area. No problems finding the next tee.
Lots of picnic tables and other amenities.
The hanging baskets. A bit of a novelty, but you can't really complain when you get to play (four) hanging baskets.
Hole #27 is probably the most extreme elevation drop I've played. It's one of those holes you come up to it and you feel like a young kid again unlocking something secret in a video game. Overall, many extreme elevation changes keep this fun.
Lots of trees and natural vegetation, but not overgrown.
Great signage and markers.
A lot of passion is supporting this course.
Cons: Climbing up and down a couple hillsides can be a bit tricky. I was worried about my young kids making it up and down okay, but the fact that they made it tells me that "a kid can do it." Still, if you have physical limitations, this one will be a challenge for you in places. I imagine this course has a bit shorter of a season due to the potential for large snow accumulations and mud, but I only played it once in late June, so I'm not sure.
Other Thoughts: Right after parring the first hanging basket (hole #7?), I ran into Don Altmyer and another player, who were stepping up to play the cliff hole #27. I learned that Don is the course designer. It was nice to talk to the two and get a feel for the passion and care that goes into this course. They took time to offer tips on the nuances of the course and current playing conditions. Apparently, there is alternate parking up top and they often play some of the upper holes when they feel like mixing it up. That is good to know since playing all 27 holes isn't always practical for those who can only spare an hour in the area. A hike/bike trail at the start of the course looks like fun if that also interests you.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
My Favorite Course
Pros: My personal favorite course, one of the more beautiful courses you can come across in secluded Spearfish Canyon. Great terrain, elevation changes, and woods to play around.
Cons: The only negative thing that could be said about this course is that some of the holes could be longer. Exceptional course though, and the elevation and obstacles make up for length in almost every case.
Other Thoughts: This is a destination course, and while you're at it, play Pageant Park over in Custer, SD.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Black Hills Delaveaga!
Pros: 27 hole lay out reminds me of the Santa Cruz Delaveaga course.
1. Professional grade tee signs and sponsor signs. Tee signs show what basket position (60 pipe positions) and preferred flight pattern and the next tee arrow. Next tee arrows are also on the ground at the bottom of each basket.
2. Tee pads are gravel composite and do not hurt your knees like concrete pads.
3. Picnic tables on every hole, trash cans on every third hole.
4. Variety of shots required, elevation changes and good use of pine trees.
5. 27 spot putting green
6. Beautiful Welcome Board and Sign with scorecards.
7. Beautiful views of Spearfish Canyon, Lookout Mountain and Tee 20 can see Montana on a clear day.
8. Four Hanging Baskets! One hanging basket is adjustable and can be rotated 180 degreees.
Cons: 1. Heavy work out, 27 holes takes nearly 3 hours, bring water.
2. No restrooms or water.
3. Brown House near Tee 18 has a mean black dog that will bark and charge disc golfers, will submit if you throw rocks or sticks.
Other Thoughts: I have played over 300 courses and this course is in my top 5, it is only three miles from Exit 14 on the I 90, if you are passing through you must play this unique and challenging course.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: Quiet, remote, challenging, variety, beautiful surroundings, layout is easy to follow, good use of terrain, a lot of roll away potential (i guess that is a pro), nice peeps.
Cons: Gunshots...that's it! The rest was great!
Other Thoughts: Great Course, you should check it out!!
1 of 10 people found this review helpful.
Worth coming to Spearfish
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -27 holes of fun!
-Excellent signage, with arrows at the end of the hole pointing to the next tee
-Mostly challenging technical drives
-Setting of course is on the side of a hill which the course design utilizes very well
-Multiple shot options on most holes
-If you think you're a good disc golfer-- this course will test your skills
-4 hanging baskets!!! All of which make their holes way more challenging and fun
-Easy parking and easy getting to the course
-Awesome putting green
Cons: -Rocky/uneven tee pads... have to deduct a half star from my rating because of them. Definitely had to modify my steps...
-Probably not the best beginner course, I am an AM1 player and I felt very challenged
Other Thoughts: -Right off I-90, this gem should be played by any disc golfer making a cross country trek.
-Got to the course at sunrise, it took me about an hour and a half to play. I was hustling up the hill but took my time coming down due to many rocks, branches, and uneven ground
-I was out of breath after about 3-4 holes, mainly due to elevation but also because you start off going right up hill.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Very Challenging Course
Pros: -Very challenging
-Solid layout for being 27 holes
-Each sign is very detailed
-Most of the course is very well managed
-Easy access, close to town
-Very peaceful, besides the occasional blast from the gun range
-The recent expansion to 27 holes was very well placed
-Nice practice putting area
Cons: -Not all holes have concrete tee pads
-A few of the new holes have a lot of unkempt overgrowth
-My dog always gets coated in these tiny sticky balls that take forever to get out of her coat
-I've heard there are mountain lions and my dog is strictly for companionship and there is nothing protective about her
Other Thoughts: Being from Northern California, this course reminds me of home. Many trees and a hilly terrain makes this course very challenging. The group that put this course together did an excellent job.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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