Pros: This course is different from most courses you play. I did this course without the map and was only off on two holes. The tees are easy to find and most of them are close to the basket. If this was a busy course it could be a problem, but there is a good chance you will be the only one out there. It is very peaceful and quiet. There are a variety of distances and obstacles to keep you on your toes.
Cons: Have to walk around barbed wire fence.
They could definitely use maintenance with the tall grass.
There is no clear path to walk through the tall grass on some holes. A couple holes you had to walk through knee high grass to get to your disc.
Dirt tee pads. Some have some rocks you need to be aware of.
Rough on your disc.
Not all the tee pads face the basket. I don't know why you need to make it a dogleg without trees.
Other Thoughts: If you can't throw 250-300 feet you will be frustrated finding your disc on some holes. You have to throw over tall grass and brush before you hit the clearing. I gave this a 3.5 instead of a 3 because of how unique it is compared to other courses.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: One of best courses I've played in the layout of the course with the terrain forcing a variety of challenging shots, without favoring backhand or forehand. Each hole is unique and non-repetative. The directions on the scorecard provided make great sense when standing there...never spent more than 30 sec to find next tee pad or hole location...even blind holes where clear on where to aim, with painted rocks or tall posts put up that we're visible
Cons: Would be nice to have signs with map of each hole instead of reading instructions off the paper, but each hole is labeled with distance at least....would probably give a 4 rating due to lack of detailed signs other than last reviewer gave a 1 rating and it is in no way close to that....had none of the troubles that he mentioned even though I played it the first time by myself as well. Not a beginner course, but you do not need to be expert either.
Other Thoughts: Terrain is beautiful and natural had no problem traversing the course in basic running shoes despite having ACL surgery 3 months previous...plenty of trails leading from one spot to the next. The natural tee pads to me would not have been much better with cement...weren't sandy or rocky where i felt unstable, best natural surface I've ever teed off of...only one hole was slightly rough tee pad, and even then not bad.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
NOT so much
Pros: The area itself is Beautiful
The girl in the "Patio" is really nice, and the Patio itself was pretty nice..would be a great place to hang out.
Cons: So I drove out here from Moab on my way to Washington..was a little out of the way but BEAUTIFUL drive. Based on the reviews it was going to be EPIC. NOT so much.
The 'map', is on the back of a scorecard, but is more like a clue card with no real map....phrases like "acoss the milkweed ravine to farthest tree" are used.
The land seems a little dumpy..like it was landscaped then neglected.
The course is rough, easy to lose a disc in a thick row bushes or just anywhere where you did not see it land.. and hard to walk on.
I'm sure after playing this course a few times you might start to enjoy it BUT is just too annoying for a first timer.
Coming from the road, all in all, it is not relaxing in any sense.
Other Thoughts: I am pretty disappointed in the reviews for this course.
They seem to be selling it
To be fair, the course is mostly in a primordial phase of development and could become something with the right touch. I wish I had the time to help
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Pros: This is a very unique and beautiful course. The red rocks are absolutely stunning. You will throw off plateaus, across canyons, and up cliffs. Stop and get directions at the Patio (and pick order a pizza for after the round). Hole one and two are are 400 bombs over some marshes. With Capital Reef as a backdrop, the holes are breathtaking, but you haven't seen anything yet. Hole 3 will take you off the cliff and into the back country below. Hole 8 is one of the greatest holes I have played. Throw from the top of a mountain, over a huge ravine, to a basket on a nearby mountain. The basket is on top of a large anthill, giving you the choice to layup, or go for it, chancing a huge blow-by.
The course, its rocks, and its extreme contours are fantastic.
Cons: Signage, particularly on holes 1, 2, 17, and 18, is not great. The directions are not great either. Holes 16, 17, and 18 backtrack and reuse the first few holes and their baskets. This course can get extremely hot, and there is no water.
Other Thoughts: Improved signage, and no repeat holes, and this is a five star course. Leave your DX discs at home, they will not survive this course. Very few trees, but the course gives you obstacles in the form of classic Utah red rock formations.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: if for any reason you were ever in this neck of the woods, this place is AMAZING!!!
super beyond scenic beautiful.
score card is essential.
teepads are frequently AT the basket area, which is weird and unorthodox, but fine once you adjust.
the teepads themselves are far from amazing, but generally clearly marked.
overall, fun fun fun. and fun.
Cons: sorry, no real downside here. a couple teepads are slightly hard to find the first time. ish.
Other Thoughts: the red rock inn is a fab place to stay to play this course. assuming you can handle the 100 yard walk from your (small) motel room to first teepad ;)
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Red canyon clay
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Below are the pros I encountered while playing this course:
1. When you arrive at the inn and restuarant there is plenty of parking and a bathroom on hand to use before traversing the course.
2. The restuarant has very good pizza I recommend and other activities like darts, horseshoe pit and more for families or anyone not playing the disc golf course.
3. All the baskets on the course were fine with no missing chains or heavy slanted angles. All positioned fine.
4. Tees were marked with painted slabs of rock, some were faded but still able to spot and identify.
5. The course had a lot of elevation changes.
6. Course has great views of the national park, mountain ranges, canyons, piņon pines, and red clay peaks. Very unique setting.
7. Course wasn't right arm or left arm dominate. You really get a sense it was built to be played either way equally.
8. Maps and scorecards are available at the bar.
9. On the blind holes there were markers on the fairway to let to know where to throw to and aim for. This made the few blind holes easier to play without having to walk ahead and recon the hole.
10. Course flows pretty smoothly with no long walks between holes.
11. Course plays 9 holes out and then turns back for home. Course ends right where you start at the restaurant.
12. 2/3's of the holes play in the canyon setting, while the other 6 flirt with the piņon pine.
13. There were benches spread out on the course to rest and relax.
14. Lots of photo opportunities on the course.
15. Course has a few signature holes to remember.
16. Weather was cool with the elevation around 5500-6000 feet up.
17. Free to play!
18. Disc turn in at the bar/restaurant.
19. Practice basket right next to bar for fun and putting contests.
20. Course never has a lot of traffic. It's all yours when you show up.
Cons: Below are my cons on the course
1. The teepads are natural and not all are level and some leave little room to generate a full run up to reach the longer holes.
2. The lightning baskets aren't the best to play on and feel more like a practice basket.
3. First timers could have trouble locating the pads, especially if they don't have a map.
4. Course feels more geared towards the seasoned disc golfer and not a beginner.
5. Course is way off the grid and requires a long drive to get to.
6. Very little trees and shade on course for the hotter months.
7. No bathrooms on course.
8. No water on course.
9. Pack your own trash out, no trash cans.
10. A few holes use the same baskets towards the end of the round.
11. In the winter months it gets snow and muddy in the late winter months.
12. Very easy to throw long OB into the road over hole 1.
13. Some of the trails aren't beat in enough and can be tricky when crossing the creek during the round.
14. All the shops in the town close early during the offseason.
15. There isn't a local club here so the course doesn't get enough course maintenance which it needs. Just a few days of maintenance could bump my rating up to a four. This course was a 4, but with signs fading and markers going to waste. It has been down graded. Course needs some love.
Other Thoughts: This course is a long way away from the other 30 listed courses in the state and more of an added attraction when visiting the areas state parks or lake or mountain ranges or rivers. I really recommend the pesto pizza at the restaurant. Local beer is the way to go. Bring a good pair of hiking shoes and be ready to have your plastic covered in the red clay dust by rounds end. This course was a perfect ending to a good 5 day disc golf trip threw a few states. I recommend playing this course in the summer when other courses near by( or closer) are open and allow you to play at least two different courses in a day.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Red Rock Magic
Pros: Unique--like nothing I have played before, rather than foliage forcing you to shape your shots, the topography provides the obstacles.
Rugged-- I ,for one, love the natural tees. They are level, grippy and match the terrain. Even after a rain, this sandy-rocky soil played well. I think concrete tees would be an unnecessary eyesore. The only difference between this course and the terrain that existed pre-course is the addition of baskets and some cairns (stacked rocks) and I think that is a huge pro.
Scorecard/treasure map-- I enjoyed following the directions on the back of the scorecard. Had no problem finding any of the tees (however--see cons). All you need to know to navigate this course is that the highway is north of the course and you will have sufficient bearings to make your way. It was fun reading the "treasure map" after holing out and making your way to the next tee. Also, it is nice that the directions have the hole length. I really like having the hole lengths with me so I can refer to them later.
Use of elevation--several of the tees are a short uphill hike to an elevated mesa tee, causing most of the drives to be downhill. I felt like superman at this course with a couple of my drives going over 400' because of the downhill drives (that is far for me). With only a couple of uphill drives you leave this course feeling pretty good about yourself and wanting to come back for more.
Good hole variety--nuff said
Beautiful-- from the smell of the sage to the red rock cliffs to the crisp mountain air. Beautiful.
Cons: Though I had no trouble finding the tees, the three blind holes were tricky to know exactly where to shoot without a map. The first blind hole was short enough that we sent a runner to spot the basket, but the next one we just tee'ed off and hoped for the best. The third blind hole (hole #10) has directions to a cottonwood tree. This tree has died and fallen over and is no longer visible from the tee. Instead, shoot for the most prominent cedar tree, the basket is about 150' past this. I don't know the solution to navigating these blind holes except perhaps some arrow shaped cairns to mark the flight path. Only a problem for first time players at this course.
Other Thoughts: Though I live in Memphis, I grew up in Utah and traveled to family land near Capitol Reef a couple times a year while growing up. I brought a group of about twenty relatives (most had never played disc golf) and we played the Rim Rock course. It was loved by all and is now sure to be a family tradition when we are in the area. This beautiful and unique course made several converts to the sport and we will be returning.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: Surprising amount of shot variety for being in the desert with very few trees. Beautiful setting. 18 cool holes with elevation changes and different hole types and distances.
Cons: Hard to navigate without a map as there are no real tee boxes and no signage except for the rock cairns. (A map can be picked up at the lodge or the restaurant) a couple of the tees and baskets are re-used in multiple holes near the end.
Other Thoughts: Very cool course
1 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Rugged and challenging
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This course was part of a journey across Utah to visit the National Parks. I enjoy rugged western disc golf and geology and this course combines the two.
This is a very rugged course as is typical in this area of the west. There is lots of elevation change, no grass, few trees and there are plenty of rocks and scrubby vegetation.
While some may see the lack of signage and directions as a negative, I found it to be part of the adventure. I am glad I brought my compass. It was fun having to navigate from hole to hole with directions like "East toward bunker".
Again, I liked the rugged and rustic setting. The geology of the Capitol Reef is unique and breathtaking, even if you are not into rocks.
Took some awesome photos.
Cons: Same as pros... the course is rugged and demanding. There is very little signage and direction. I almost managed to play it correctly, but apparently got off track around holes 10 and 11. But it was still enjoyable.
Would absolutely recommend boots and bring plenty of water.
Other Thoughts: A must visit course if you are in the area visiting the Capital Reef, Bryce Canyon area of Utah. Not for a casual round, for dedicated discers only. The INN was booked with a wedding the day I was there, so I had to get a room in Torrey. Great place to rest between parks.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Have you ever taken a running approach and hurled your disc with all your might across a gaping canyon, gorge or ravine? Have you ever wanted to? A bunch of times? If you answered "yes" to the second or third question, The Rim Rock DGC is sure to satisfy! This high desert course plays through the wide open expanse of red dirt, sage brush and big sky behind the Rim Rock Inn and its satellite bar, The Patio. The baskets are in great shape, the course is easy to find, it's free, and you can even play darts with a draught beer in your hand afterward.
During your 3 mile walk of tranquility, you'll encounter "blind" holes hidden deep down in dry washes, baskets placed atop barren mounds of earth (careful not to roll that disc!), and long throws into the great unknown. Bring your sense of adventure - and your disc cannon. Four of the 18 holes measure beyond 400 feet, including the 498-ft monster that's labeled "From anthill- West to cottonwood tree". Instead of "cottonwood tree", it might as well say "the inner ring of Jupiter" because without some rocket boosters, you'll probably fall short and end up in the weedy ravine. If distance driving is not your forte, there are enough mid-ranged holes that will provide opportunities to save face if you can capitalize on them. Chances are, you don't live anywhere near this course, so enjoy this unique disc golf offering that is quite the success of a true DG hobbyist.
Cons: The most obvious shortcoming is the lack of adequate signage. The painted rocks at the tees get knocked over or faded pretty easily. Unless you or one of your group members has played here before, you'll probably find yourself aiming your disc in the general direction of what you assume to be the pin on several occasions. In fact, if you have managed to successfully navigate back to The Patio with the "clear-as-mud" directions from the back of the scorecard and you played all the holes in the correct order, consider it a success! If your sense of direction is anything like Clark Griswold's, you better bring a trusty ol' compass beacuse the directions on the scorecard refer to things like "Basket below cliff to the west".
Baskets 1 - 3 are reused on holes 16 - 18, but you approach them from completely different angles, so it doesn't feel too repetitive. There are no trash cans, bag hooks or restrooms, unless The Patio is open for business. There are one or two benches near the beginning of the course.
Other Thoughts: The course is approximately 1 mile from the western border of Capitol Reef National Park and about 18 miles from the park's main ranger station. Don't forget sunscreen and good shoes. Sandals are not a wise choice unless your feet are tough as wood; there are lots of low-lying cacti, thick weeds and sharp rocks.
The Rim Rock is an awesome course to play when you need to get away from it all or just want some peaceful time to yourself. Take it all in and enjoy the abundance of red rock, wide open sky and challenging disc golf!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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