Fun, but not all that hard
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Pros: The course at Stevens Pass is the north end's answer to Crystal Mountain. The two courses both have their strengths and weaknesses, but for those who want to play on a ski resort and live closer to Stevens than Crystal? Here's where you go. This course plays parallel to the mountain bike park, which looks AWESOME. By the end of my first round I was itching to buy a bike for a couple of grand (or rent one for $80) and go hurt myself. It just looks fun. But we're here to talk about disc golf, not mountain biking. So let's talk pros:
Equipment: The baskets are all good quality. This was actually a pleasant surprise since it's a temporary layout. They were all level too, even when they were placed on slanted greens.
Cost: It's cheap to ride the chairlift, and you get an all day pass. You could walk up the mountain to play for free, but why waste the energy? Be sure to let them know that you're there to play disc golf though, or they'll make you fill out an insurance waiver and pay extra because they think everyone is there to mountain bike.
Layout: The layout of the course is a pleasant surprise too. You play down a ski resort, but there are some holes that make you play back up a bit. Nothing extreme, but there are uphill shots to go with the downhills. Then of course you have your variety of left and right turning shots. There isn't anything technical, but there are some fairways that are narrower than the others, so shot placement is still important. The only thing it really needs are some longer holes. There's only one. More on that in the "cons".
Cons: The teepads: They're temporary because the course is temporary. That can't be fixed, and they've done well with what they were given. But some are just dangerous. The use of a flat piece of plywood on hole 2 was just stupid. Get that thing wet and people are just going to get hurt. It's also dangerously close to a tree on the left. We're talking no farther than 1' away from the pad. Probably less. There were lefties in my group, and the first one to throw smacked it on his followthrough. Luckily he wasn't hurt, or he would have wasted a lift ride or had to start throwing righty.
Length: When I think of a mountain course, I think of Crystal Mountain. I think of a course where you bring old discs, DX discs, and discs you found and don't mind losing because you're going to bomb them for 1000' down a mountain. Stevens doesn't offer that. It would be nice to have at least one bomb available, but none of the downhill holes are that long. The only long one plays down a dirt road. That one was probably my favorite on the course, but it was only slightly downhill. There's an interesting variety, but come on. Let us let one loose and watch it go!
Hole 18: Meh. You're finishing up a mountain course. Hole 18 should be memorable and leave you wanting more. Instead it's a stupidly short ace run with very little danger unless you noob hyzer your disc 80' and into a slough. And then you're done. Yawn.
Other Thoughts: I kind of wanted to call this a pro, but I can't quite do that: They have rental discs. They're all DX, and if you lose one they just make you buy them a new DX disc. I think that's a cool concept. The reason I won't call it a pro? Because any serious disc golfer has their own discs. And new players probably shouldn't be borrowing discs and playing down a mountain. They'll either wind up destroying the discs on the rocks, or just losing them and having to buy new ones… Making it a very expensive trip. Let them get used to and addicted to the game first. By that point they'll have their own discs.
The restaurant is overpriced (as ski resort restaurants are), but it's nice for a break between rounds.
The design keeps errant discs out of the mountain bike park for the most part, but be careful. There are a couple of places where walkouts cross the singletrack.
Don't expect to find Steven Pass stamped discs. They have stock DX stamps, and that's it. They'll offer to order you something if they don't have it too, which is nice but unnecessary. It's DX. Just go to Play It Again or order online.
All in all, Stevens Pass is a pleasant round of disc golf. It can be physically taxing at times and there's very little shade, so don't expect it to be "leisurely". But it's fun and offers a fairly unique experience. While I wouldn't return every week due to the cost and lack of proximity to everything else, I'll add it to my summer rotation at least once each year.
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Stevens Pass Ski Resort Course Is Mostly Pitch & Putt
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Beautiful mountain scenery.
Fun ride up on the Hogsback Express Quad chairlift.
Decent portable Discatchers with the yellow band.
Welcoming atmosphere w/discs for sale, disc golf banner, maps & scorecards, etc.
Holes range from 140'-497'.
A couple fun little short downhill ACE runs.
# 4 is a fairly challenging 497' steep downhill with a nasty rough gorge on the left. (If you find my red Vulcan in there, I'd appreciate a call).
There were very basic tee signs at each tee pads (just hole numbers though).
Cons: Course design lacks creativity.
Natural tee pads are rough and sometimes a safety hazard.
For a ski resort course, it's very short with only one hole topping 400'.
Final three holes felt like fillers.
Both 17 and 18 had large machinery (Bulldozers) in the way.
$ 12 for a all day lift ticket.
Definite lack of challenge.
It's a long drive up here.
The lift only operates on weekends!
Other Thoughts: Even on this absolute beautiful September day, I was more than a little underwhelmed by my experience here. I thought there were a number of OK downhill holes here combined with an equal number of filler type holes. I found no signature type downhills, no EPIC throws of any kind, in my opinion. If you love Crystal Mountain for it's EPIC downhills, you'll be totally disappointed here.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Too Many Holes
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: It looks like the Stevens Pass people are super excited about Disc Golf and want you to come and play their course (and take the $12 chairlift) and buy their discs, food and drinks too. This area is big with BMX people this year but they are trying for the disc golfers hard putting out a disc golf banner, having a small disc selection, basket as you walk up ,etc.
This is a mountain course for anyone who can walk the rugged terrain, beginners can play here and it will be a challenge for them and more advanced players can come and enjoy the epic downhill ace runs. After the first four holes the downhill grade eases and the majority of the course becomes less extreme (almost flat in one spot) and also much easier to walk.
Cons: There are too many holes here crammed together so they can reach that magical number of 18. Instead of having 3 good holes and 15 average or bad holes it would be great if they could take out a few holes, end the crossing fairways and strange course flow and put in the best possible number of holes here which could be 12, 13, 14 etc. any number of holes doesn't matter. What is important is quality, not quantity.
Other Thoughts: The course on here is listed as pay to pay which isn't entirely accurate. It's $12 to ride the chairlift to the top to play all the way down but you could hike up to hole one and play your way back down. It's faster and more convenient to take the lift but it's not necessary so there is a way around the pay to pay aspect of this course.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Stevens Pass DGC
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Stevens Pass DGC is located at the top of Hogsback Express Quad and runs parallel with the mountain bike course as it winds its way down the mountain. With 18 holes of exhilarating play on a dramatic mountain landscape, the course was designed to appease all skill levels. Those who are used to playing Crystal Mountain in Washington or Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver, BC, might find themselves underwhelmed as far as difficulty but will quite enjoy the course nonetheless. Fairways are scattered with vibrant wildflowers and thick tree lines while the Cascades tower overhead. Wildlife is abundant, with raptors, elk, deer, and other little furry critters meandering through periodically.
Holes on the course range anywhere between 140-497 feet, offering several ace runs as well as a few longer, more epic ones. Par for the course is 54 for adv/open players and par 62 for the less experienced. Baskets are all DISCatchers which have a yellow band around the top, making it easy to spot from the tee. Although there are no tee signs, yellow ribbons are placed periodically along the course to help with navigation. Although the tee pads are all natural, are more than sufficient at this point considering the age of the course, amount of foot traffic, and distance.
Favorite Hole(s): #3 - 274 ft. steep downhill shot with a small/fast green. A putter is ideal for this hole as it slowly drops in elevation with little fade. #4 - this hole is the longest on the course, at 497 ft. and again incorporates excellent elevation. It presents some serious risk/reward off the tee for those willing to go for the birdie and try their luck as they air over/around a massive gully to the left.
I am all for pay to play as I truly believe it is the way of the future for DG as land becomes harder to come by. $12 for a seasonal course is doable assuming it fits the needs of most/all of the DGers who play the course. Even though the course is set up for all skill levels, I found myself wanting more in terms of length and challenge. I enjoyed the scenery, as mentioned above, but felt like a mountain course should be able to offer more. Tee pads and baskets were, for the most part, unobstructed and left little challenge with the exception of the wind and elevation. There were ample opportunities in my opinion to create more difficult approaches, pin positions, or fairways, but were not taken advantage of. Many holes, especially toward the end, felt like fillers and presented little to no challenge. Hopefully over time the designer(s) will reconsider the layout and perhaps relocate some of the holes to make a more challenge course that showcases what Stevens Pass has to offer.
I came up to Stevens Pass with my brother and friend who are intermediate players at best. We all found the course enjoyable and well worth our time considering we came in with realistic expectations and a positive attitude. In order to make the course more challenging for myself, an advanced player, I chose to use mainly putters and mids throughout and still found myself shooting eight under. This course is ideal for those who love hiking and getting out in the great outdoors. With several chances for a photo op, it was essential that I took my time to take it all in considering the course played fairly fast and there was a lot I would have missed if I hadn't slowed down to "smell the flowers".
Note: If headed over HWY 2 toward Stevens Pass, I highly recommend stopping for lunch at the Sultan Bakery in the town of Sultan just miles from the course. It has fresh baked goods and tremendous sandwiches.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
Stevens Pass Disc Golf Course
Pros: FUN COURSE, WORTH THE TRIP.
Easy to follow, challenging for begginers and intermediate. Amazing scenery and wildlife! Course is labeled well with yellow flags.
Runs parallel to the bike course.
Cons: Could have made use of the terrain and had longer holes for how much land they had to work with. Most holes are under 250ft. Basically wide open, not much use of environment/tress/huge boulders. The use of elevation was unimpressive, its build on a SKI RESORT.
Other Thoughts: Wind changes make each day unique. Maybe one or two longer holes with the tress and boulders involved.
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