9 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!
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 11 Not
Pros: If you like playing just outside an awesome national park with great accomidations and food... then this is for you! Make it a trip! Start here and go to the Moab city course, followed by Base camp disc... will change your life.
Cons: Getting your wife to let you go.
Other Thoughts: Make it happen!
0 of 11 people found this review helpful.
19 Helpful / 0 Not
The Rim Rock
Pros: The course is in the middle of nowhere, so you get a feeling of solitude, with no outside influences. The friendly employees are glad to explain the course, and the scorecard has some simple directions. The scenery is beautiful and the weather is generally fair and hot. The use of elevation is key to this course. Many hills and canyons come into play, making for challenging approaches.
The scorecard can usually be located in back of the restaurant under the innova banner. This is a nice "freebie" from a private course. Without directions you may as well make up your own course out here. Also has distances which can help you realize how far to really crush that drive.
Cons: As is typical of a desert course, the variation between holes is the distance and elevation change. A similar drive will do fine on most holes because there are not many "alleys." The wind can really pick up here and the low brush could mean a lost disc.
The directions on the scorecard are helpful, but unless you are a backcountry tracker, you could easily wander a bit when searching for tees and baskets. If you can't read the sun, I'd recommend bringing a compass since the scorecard info gives a lot of directional headings. (Northeast to tamarisk bush against cliffs.) Some baskets are reused, but in the best possible way, making for much different looks at the same basket.
Other Thoughts: The Patio, a restaurant looking out over the course, will serve a good meal after a long hot walk. Also nice to support the people that are friendly and open to our genre of recreation.
From the back of the scorecard:
"Every tee box marked with a painted number. All holes par 3 except #10 (par 4).
1) From horseshoe pits - Northeast to knoll by highway/sign. 312 Feet.
2) From knoll - South to furthest tree across milkweed ravine. 390 Feet.
3) From picnic table point - East off sheer drop-off to broad flats. 342 Feet.
4) From cairns at broad flats - North past pinyon tree. Hole is against cliffs and marked by tall post. 282 Feet
5) Elevated tee (west of hole) - South to ravine at fence line (blind). Marked by tall post. 297 Feet.
6) From fence line at road- Northeast to tamarisk (feathery) bush against cliffs. Marked by post. 360 Feet.
7) Elevated tee- East down canyon beyond sloping bunker. Marked by post. 468 Feet.
8) Elevated tee on sloping bunker- Southeast beyond telephone pole to grass canyon. Post. 462 Feet.
9) Really elevated tee- South to basket on huge anthill. 312 Feet.
10) From anthill- West to cottonwood tree. 498 Feet.
11) From road- North beyond telephone pole. 366 Feet.
12) Fence tee- West along ridge. 264 Feet.
13) Back to east end of ridge- Southwest beyond telephone pole and over willows. 309 Feet.
14) Sagebrush tee- West to base of hill. 315 Feet.
15) Base of hill- North to hole #3. 402 Feet.
16) Saddle of trail- North to hole #2. 249 Feet.
17) Picnic table tee- North to hole #1. 426 Feet.
18) From knoll east to horseshoe pits. 342 Feet."
19 of 19 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Great Open Course with lots of elevation change
Pros: Great wide open course, a must play if you are in the area. There is a lot of elevated tees and pins, great for some really long shots for some of the holes. Some blind holes and an overall long course.
Cons: Not too much direction on where to go from tee to tee, the score card has some general help directions, but there are no elevated tee signs, just numbers painted on rocks, which can be hard playing in the winter. No distances on the score card and the tee boxes, which could help with all the open space makes it misleading. One of the tee's we could not find because it was marked as "sage brush tee." They are everywhere there.
Other Thoughts: Terrain can be rough, so plan ahead for the conditions you are going for (spring, summer, fall, winter). Be prepared with food, water, and other necessary clothing items as the weather does change quickly there. There is not thing else out there, but I did get great cell phone reception surprisingly. It is a great course to throw some bombs.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: This course offers a wide variety of shots. From long bombs for the big arms, to finesse shots where an errant throw sends you down into the ravine. A lot of elevation change make it fun and technical. Hole # 9 is my favorite, shooting across a ravine to an elevated basket, There are some very tough blind shots also, but the scorecards from "the Patio" make it very easy to navigate.
Cons: Cement tee pads would be nice. Can be muddy after even a light rain. And using the same basket for a couple of holes is kind of a negative. The rocks will chew up your cheaper plastic.
Other Thoughts: Overall this course is great, definately one of my favorites. It is well worth the travel to get here, and alot of great scenery.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 3 Not
Disc Golf Getaway
Pros: A unbelievable course with many different challenges. Every hole is unique. It begins at the back door of "The Patio", a great local restaurant/bar. They have incredible pizza, cold beer and, occasionally, live music. I feel like whoever built this course took a lot of time getting to know the landscape. They did a fantastic job using the many bluffs, ridge-lines, gullies and a few trees to design each hole. Very peaceful. Very Beautiful.
Cons: Can be very muddy and extremely overgrown on certain holes depending on when you play. Wind is a very big issue at times. Dirt tees, but you can still have a great game. Little red flags mark a lot of the holes, but it could be difficult to follow the course your first time. Recommend getting a map.
Other Thoughts: Almost a 5 in my book. They could add cement tees and change the course a bit to not reuse pins on a couple holes. I look for almost any excuse to drive out there.
I feel like driving is the most crucial part of this course. There are a lot of long holes, but very few that are out of reach for a birdie if you are on. A bad drive can turn into a double bogie quick.
It's hard to play this course and not go away a better disc golfer. I feel that although it may be a simple, ungroomed, dirt launchpad course, the setting is perfect to really concentrate on your technique and take the next step with your disc golf.
Also, for the adventurers, it is in close proximity to Capitol Reef. It's maybe a 10 to 15 minute drive to the visitor center
6 of 9 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Rim Rock Rocks!
Pros: I echo everything the previous reviewer said. Unique terrain, beautiful surroundings. Great use of existing terrain in the course layout.
Cons: When I played, I encountered 20-40 mph gusty winds, which made the course virtually unplayable. Typical for spring I guess, but it's suposed to calm down in the afternoons (opposite of the weather I had been envountering).
This course will beat up your discs - just know in advance.
I didn't care for the baskets - about 6" shorter than what I'm used to and also had several putts just bounce off the chains.
Other Thoughts: WHen trying to locate the course, I went to the Rim Rock Hotel and the clerk promptly pulled out a scorecard that had some basic navigation directions on the back. ("Go NE to an elevated tee" for example) which helped a great deal, but it was still tough to find some of the tee boxes.
One of the hgardest parts of the course was gettting solid footing. Unimproved tee boxes were hit and miss, with one elevated tee box forcing risk of a 15' fall if you got too aggressive and slipped.
Only one really long hole and it's parred at 4. The rest are easily reachable for any big arm with control. But the terrain must be navigated correctly for a good round. Plenty of bogeys (or worse) out there
They reuse the basketes from 1,2 and 3 for holes 15,16 and 17 and 18 is right near a horseshoe pit. It didn't affect the play of the course, but I could see issues if the "resort" was busy. I'd love to try it again in calmer weather.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 1 Not
Beautiful and challenging!
Pros: This course plays through very unique terrain, with shots into, out of, and through small rocky canyons. Not only is the course itself full of interesting rocky features, the backdrop is a spectacular view of the Utah desert with red rock cliffs.
This course is well laid out, with a great use of the elevation changes available. Many holes play up or down short cliffs, with baskets and tees on rocky outcroppings. There is a great mix of different types of holes, many with good length. Though there are not many trees, the design uses rocks and shrubs well to protect many pins and make holes more interesting.
The tees are all natural, but when we played, they were all perfectly fine to throw from. Many were on solid flat rocks that felt very similar to concrete tee pads, and the rest were on hard packed and leveled ground. The baskets were in good shape, and when they were difficult to see from the tee, sections of telephone poles were placed to mark the pin location.
Cons: This course was difficult to navigate the first time through. After playing once, this was no problem, but we spent a lot of time looking for the next tees throughout the course. The tee signs are rocks with the hole number painted on them, and so they (and the natural tees) blend into their surroundings and are difficult to see when not standing directly on top of them.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun course with lots of scenery, and I would have marked it even higher if not for the difficulty of navigation. It was easy to find from the road, and the people at the small restaurant were very friendly and helpful.
The course has very little shade, so bring lots of sunscreen and water, especially on warm days. This is definitely a must play course if you are in the area, especially with so many beautiful places to camp and hike nearby.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful.
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