Prepare for a Mauling
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Pros: - Huge overall challenge for those who seek it
- A variety of shots and lines
- Two beautiful, well groomed courses in the same facility for you to relax on after the beating.
- A large amount of potential for improvement
- High quality baskets
Cons: - It's rough in more than just the golf challenge! If you go off the fairway on the Kodiak (and you will), you will be punished severely.
- Not at all suitable for beginners or easily frustrated intermediate players (though this was the intent).
- Teepads are still mostly dirt, though efforts to install the concrete ones are underway.
- No loops back to the clubhouse means you're in for the usually 3+ hours long haul when you set off for a round.
Other Thoughts: The Kodiak is the big boy at Woodland Valley Disc Golf, and boy does it ever fit its purpose! While the other two courses on the grounds sport pars of 61 and 58 and feel relatively easy, the Kodiak dares you to come close to its relatively massive par of 72. Fans of the easy pars on the black bear and grizzly course will likely be put off when they realize the first hole, a 430ft uphill slog through the woods, is a par 3. The fact is, the Kodiak is designed that way not to frustrate, but to provide a true challenge to the handful of pro level players that frequent the area. It also works as a good measuring stick for up and comers, as only the most consistent players will get through with a reasonable score. While there does seem to be a few more long, downhill, incredibly wooded "bombs" than anything else, the Kodiak is more than accommodating when it comes to providing opportunities to hit trees on other types of shot. There is an excellent smattering of straight, uphill, downhill, left, and right shots. There even a small selection of "hit this line or else" ace runs.
As on the rest of the course, there are high quality baskets (mach 5 I believe), so there's no worries about inordinate chain outs due to shoddy equipment. Less positive is the fact that, while distance is critical off the tee, there are dirt teepads on the majority of the holes. Obviously this is a temporary issue as the concrete pads are in the works, but in the meantime, it is a serious con as proper footing is critical when the lines are this unforgiving.
Speaking of unforgiving, lets discuss the rough. Due to being both newly cut and being the third course on site (and therefore in the least accommodating section of the property), the rough on the Kodiak is atrocious. While the Black Bear and Grizzly have some thicker spots that can cause trouble, the thick, plentiful flora of the Kodiak will devour errant shots. This should slowly get better as the course sees more use, the process will likely take a while as the hoards of casual and intermediate players that have packed down the other courses so well will largely avoid the Kodiak.
Overall, the Kodiak is a brutally challenging, rough, unfinished course, but there's a good reason I'm still giving it a 3 for now. Once this course gets the spitshine it needs, it's going to be among the greats. There are at least a dozen holes that I would describe as fantastic, with well thought out lines and landing zones, as well as highly creative use of elevation and landscape. The remaining holes are either too early in their development to tell their value or a few tweaks away from catching up to the rest, so a true disc golfer will be able to see the potential in this rough around the edges behemoth. Those below the level of a touring pro may not be able to tame this beast, but with a little vision and patience, you may still be able to befriend it.
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