The Hills Are Alive With Steaming Cow Pies!
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Pros: The Trapp Family Lodge complex is set on 2500 acres in the beautiful mountain country of Vermont. The disc golf course is easy to find. It starts and finishes just below the road at the bakery/brewery building. There is a mailbox at the beginning with scorecards, pencils and a sign-in sheet. There is a practice basket at the start. The tee pads are natural. The baskets are DGA models with the red number on top. There are two sets of tees, the longer Blues and the shorter ones. The shorts are a little harder to locate.
# 1 hole starts just below the pen holding the goats. You city boys need to be prepared to wiggle under, step over or just disconnect and then reconnect the electric fence multiple times while playing this course. Your second hazard, especially on the open field holes, are constant, fresh, steaming cow pies. I was amazed that I was able to luckily avoid having my disc land in one of them. There are a couple of nearby streams where you could wash off the offended disc, if need be.
Holes 1, 2, 6 and 9 play in the fields. The rest mostly play in the wooded areas. There is a nice variety of distances ranging from under 200' (# 8) to # 4's almost 400'.
# 2, a 350' downhill, which looks rather harmless from the tee, features a creek not too far behind the basket as well as the numerous cow pies so there are hazards there.
Actually, my favorite hole was the course's shortest, # 8. It's just a straight 180' but there are a small grove of trees center fairway which force you to make a decision on one of two routes off the tee.
Cons: The electric fence is on. Over, Under or just unhook it and walk through. Just make sure to hook it back up.
These Von Trapp Family cows are amazing producers of waste material. You would think there's a herd of 100's but I didn't see any. Your disc could land in a nasty, smelly, fresh pile!
The grass on # 9 was pretty tall. Why aren't the cows and goats doing their jobs and munching it down?
Other Thoughts: I was hoping to run into 78 year old Johannes. He's Maria's youngest son and still lives on the property. That's some pretty amazing stuff when you think that the movie "The Sound of Music" came out in the early 60's and the Trapp family walked over the border into Switzerland to escape the Nazis during WW II and eventually ended up here in Vermont. Maybe the Nazis disapproved of disc golf. Perhaps Hitler had a weak arm and couldn't throw 275'.
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there is beer there.
Pros: Free is good and I like being able to finish a round at a Beer garden. Beautifull views also make it a round worth playing if you are in the area.
Cons: 9 hole courses do not bother me at all, but crappy tee pads and poor signage bum me out. With just a little TLC, this could be a really cool little course. But as it stands now, its just a nice walk with baskets.
Other Thoughts: The highlight of the round was the bakery/brewery. Would play again, but only if I was already in Stowe.
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Pros: Free to play
Starts at Biergarten/Bakery/Deli
Mix of a few open and wooded holes
Shoot into, out of, and through woods
Easy to follow and marked with arrows
Very scenic area
Super clean - litter free
Cons: Sometimes unclear which holes have multple tees
Only 9 holes
Bring bug spray
Signage fading and hand drawn on red plastic
Other Thoughts: would rate higher if 18 holes. Really enjoyed the 2 rounds I played.
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Setting/scenery, especially in the autumn.
Two tee locations seven of nine holes. Practice basket.
Even w/o the map, which I discovered post-playing is available in the deli, the course is easy to navigate.
Short, natural tees/worn-out spots. Portable baskets.
A couple of approaches are poke-n-hope.
Course plays in a counter-clockwise fashion down/across a mixture of open space/patch of woods next to/below the deli/bakery at the Trapp Family Lodge. Basic teesigns at the long (blue-painted wood) locations will give a rough idea as to the shape of the hole, and there are markers at the baskets for the next tee. The shorter tees, marked by a couple small sections of birch branches, are a bit harder to find. A brief hole-by-hole description, from the long tees:
#1 360', wide open, downslope, water retention basin long-n-left.
#2 350', downslope, broad fairway, requiring/holding a moderate left-turn at the midpoint
#3 330', initially downslope, narrow window at ~130', then flat, basket behind small tree/bushes
#4 395', flat throughout, wide open first 250', then slight right into woods with ever-shrinking windows
#5 316', gently upslope, S-shape through scattered trees, poke-n-hope trees 30' before basket
#6 260', straight but challenging wooded fairway first 150', then open to basket on slope
#7 290', elevated tee just outside of woods, choice of early or late right-turner, poke-n-hope trees at midpoint
#8 180', subtle right-turner up subtle slope within woods
#9 270', open, challenge is right-to-left slope and large tree early on right
Worth a visit if in the area. Food/beer was good, but on the pricey side.
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trapp family lodge
Pros: plays fast. no one playing there in the mornings. Free coffee before 11 am in the bakery. many 2 holes. easy walk to next hole following streams. great signs at each hole.
Cons: only three long holes. some areas off fairways need cleaning. some tee boxes are short.
Other Thoughts: this course is geat because its so close to burlington.
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