Nothing but sweet solitude
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Course was well marked, thank you to the mountain staff. Beautiful views, trails maintained. Nice benches at every hole. Beautiful scenery. Holes were exciting an of variable difficulty, well named I might add.
Other Thoughts: $10 lift ticket or a hike. Not unreasonable.
Hole 18 is a ridiculous 1200ft launch watch where your disc goes.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Best Mountain Course Period
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: -Chair lift takes you up mountain to hole 1
-Beautiful scenery as you meander through the aspens and pines.
-Great course design and layout
Cons: -Some of the upper holes are strenuous but still fun to play
Other Thoughts: This is my favorite course in Utah by far, the air is clean the views are marvelous and the golf is amazing!
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great course to make you feel like a king. Want to throw 500 feet with a mid-range, this is your course. Want to pass that pesky 1000 foot barrier, you have come to the right place. Have plenty of money to replace a lost disc or two, welcome to Solitude.
Take the lift, or walk over from Brighton. This course starts high on the Solitude resort, and lets you wander down the mountain. Two steep uphill holes, and a few neutral holes, otherwise, a great downhill course. The last hole is 1200 feet with a huge vertical drop. At over 300 feet wide, there is no guarantee you will find the fairway, and even if you do, you may still lose your disc. But, find the perfect line, and your disc will never stop flying.
Cons: Getting to the first tee is a bit of a job, requiring either paying for the lift, or taking a half mile walk from Brighton. There is a good chance of losing a disc. I personally love the tee boxes, but some may find them a bit on the short side.
Other Thoughts: This is an epic mountain resort.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun for everyone!
Pros: - Course is set in a mountain resort, when there is no snow on the ground, the plastic is in the air! Take the ski lift to the top to save energy for some of the grueling elevation that is present. Pretty much no chance for interference save for the occasional mountain biker.
- Since the setting of the course is on a mountainside, the biggest pro at this course is constant and extreme elevation changes. No point in listing all the holes that go up, down, or waaaay up and waaaay down. Let's just say that hole #18 is 1200', with a 400' vertical drop! Steep enough?? On the other end of the spectrum, some of the additional holes on the letter loop are super duper steep uphill. Plenty of holes in between from start to finish.
- Also spots where the biggest slope is off the fairway, going too far left or right can mean a hike to get the disc and get back to the basket. #8 especially, do not go too far right, or else.
- Decent amount of trees here as well; there are definitely spots that require line shaping or shot placement. #5 is a sharp hyzer around the woods, for instance, and #6 is a great downhill shot that forces a line to the left or right of a giant patch of tall trees. #12 is pretty heavily wooded, with some tight gaps to find amongst skinny trees. The last temp hole (#I?) is a giant FH flex downhill, with dense woods on both sides.
- A few spots have very real hazards, mostly due to nasty rollaway/sloping areas for discs to find, but also some water in a few spots as well. Really makes things interesting on top of everything else; turning over a disc too much or hyzering out in the thin air can be disastrous.
- Lots of length to the course; the original 18 hole layout clocks in at 416' per hole, and the temp holes follow suit. Really have the chance to let the discs glide and glide on the downhill holes; both big arms and small arms will enjoy the chance to throw some real bombers.
- Rubber pads are good, baskets good, signs good. Navigation signs help out, though the temp holes aren't marked very well. Hole #B is a hyzer; not straight ahead, from there it is pretty easy to follow (assuming the layout is the same!!!).
Cons: - Only real con here is a large number of wide open holes, or holes that have pretty simple obstacles to avoid. Just need to huck the disc without many consequences for a bad shot. That's it though!
- Some tall grass can eat discs here; I lost a go-to disc in plain sight on one of the temp holes. Keep a close eye even in some of the fairways...
Other Thoughts: - Well, this is mountain golf at its finest, I would have to assume. Haven't had the chance to play many courses where a ski lift is almost necessary; but I imagine this one is right up there with the rest of them. Epic 1200' finishing hole really caps it off. I would recommend EVERYONE check this place out; fun factor is overflowing. Unless you have bad knees or a heart condition, it is going to be a blast. Worth every penny.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
crazy cool ski slope course
Pros: for starters, you are playing DOWN a ski slope, wow! just gorgeous scenery and SO so much easier than playing UP hill. excellent basket placement and great tee signs leading the way. plenty of long bombing downhill holes that are easy to reach, in addition to a couple tighter fairways.
taking the ski lift up just makes for a magical mountain experience!
Cons: due to gravity, is really easy for anyone to lose a disc throwing downhill. several of the longer holes are fairly detached from the forest and thus just who can throw farther competitions.
top of the world hole 18 has a fairway that must be like 1,000 feet across, and yet i have still never been able to hit it. easy to lose a disc on even a decent throw.
Other Thoughts: was the 9th of 9 course on our thrilling road trip. the 6 year old shot an unheard of 79, garnering ctp on at least 2 holes with 4 other GOOD disc golfers. was just an exquisite experience with ultra kind fellow disc golfers.
the downhill aspect really nullifies "distance" as the key factor and replaces it with the cherished "accuracy".
would be a GOOD course to take a female significant other to due to vistas and the reach ability of downhill fairways.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Great mountain course
Pros: Beautiful scenery. Great markers, tees, and layout of the course. Mostly downhill with lots of elevation change. Varying lengths of holes and great obstacles for shot selection. Usually not too busy.
Cons: Like many others have said, it can be difficult at times to locate your discs; even on great throws. The grass can get tall and make if a little bit more difficult to find discs.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Great Mountain Course
Pros: Incredibly beautiful scenery
Great variation in hole length
Multiple shots required
Trees easy to climb to get discs back
Beautiful, level rubber tee pads
Nearly new baskets
Fantastic tournament each year (Full Throttle) Had $16K in prizes in 2011. Open winner took home $2K. Top Am cards went home with $100-200 worth of stuff.
Cons: Because it is a mountain course, you can't really mow it. That makes it easy to lose discs. The rough and fairways generally have grass and similar plants two feet tall. It isn't too thick, but you will definitely spend some time looking for discs. The problem is compounded by the fact that you may throw your discs out of sight, not because you threw them behind something, but because they went far enough that you can no longer see the disc. There are no cacti or stickers or anything, but the landing zones are necessarily big and there's plenty of disc hiding foliage in them. This is the main reason I cannot give this course 5 stars. If they could somehow mow more of the grass down with some kind of a mountain mower (I've heard they exist) it would be a perfect course. I recommend you play in a group at this course, just to help find discs. I'm confident you would lose 1-2 discs a round playing solo, and it would really detract from the fun.
Bugs can be irritating. I've definitely seen worse at many courses. Bring a can of bug dope, spray it on before the round, and you'll hardly notice them.
Lift rides aren't free (well, unless you bribe the liftie.)
Only open 3 months a year or so.
Other Thoughts: This course is everything that Creekside is not. It is long, well-kept, not crowded, mountainous, and not free (once you add in the cost of gas to get there and a lift ticket.) There is something beautiful about teeing off on a 1200 foot hole when you start 400 vertical feet above the basket. If you have never watched a disc fly for 15 seconds, you're in for a treat.
My favorite hole is # 6. It is over 600 feet long and probably has 300 feet of elevation change. I overthrew the basket by 300 feet one time. A smarter player can thread the fairway between 70 foot tall trees and reach the pin with a mid-range without having to worry about the ponds and the creek behind the basket. Players in my group took everything from a 2 to a 6 on the hole.
The best part about this course is that it will teach you to throw up and down hills. This is a subtle skill many disc golfers never really have to learn. Hint-throw with the contour of the mountain for maximum distance and minimum fade downhill.
Bring your light, understable plastic. You'll need it due to the thin mountain air as well as to maximize distance both up and down hill.
I suggest you come right after the snow melts before the grass gets very tall. Or, come around the time of the Full Throttle tourney when it is likely to have been mown down or at least trampled by the tournament players.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This was my first time playing this course and I never want to play anywhere else in Salt Lake again! All other courses i play will now be compared to Solitude, and I doubt they will match up to it's quality.
One of my favorite things about the Solitude course is it's location! Nestled into the most beautiful canyon in the Salt Lake Valley, it combines two of my favorite activities; hiking and...disc golfing! The course layout is superb, forcing throws of all kinds. Keep a close eye on where your disc falls and you shouldn't have too much trouble finding it. I'm a rookie player and, although I lobbed my disc into oblivion once or twice on my first run at the course (mainly because of the transition to steep downhill throwing), I didn't lose a single disc.
Another thing I really enjoyed is that, being a mountain course, which is not as easily accessed as say the Creekside course in the valley, you won't see a lot of disrespectful, drunken idiots on this course that taint your disc golfing experience (one of the biggest cons about Creekside). The other groups I saw up there were much more friendly and willing to share the course.
All in all, a well maintained, interesting, exciting, and fun-filled experience. Bring plenty of water, especially if you plan on hiking to the first teebox.
Cons: The only thing I can say that might be a negative is the time you could potentially spend searching for your disc. Judging distance/wind speed when throwing downhill is much more difficult than when throwing on flat terrain. Therefore, your disc may bolt out of the fairway a few times, making it very hard to find in the tall thick vegetation.
Other Thoughts: Go play this course!!...unless you are still learning how to throw, in which case you should probably start off at the U course (about ten times less difficult).
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Great mountain course. Taking the lift gives you a beautiful view and then the hike down the course shows you the rest. The course is well maintained and challenging. All markers are up and the tee pads are in good shape. Hole 18 will blow you away and you will definitely want to throw more than one disc when you can visually appreciate the distance.
Cons: Be ready to hike. Five of us went and only took one bottle of water (not smart) and we were all wearing tennis shoes. I would recommend some shoes with traction and take lots of water. The course will take around 4-5 hours if you're in a group.
Other Thoughts: Best course I've been to in Utah. I can't wait to go back before the winter.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
29 Helpful / 0 Not
Want to see a disc go 1200 feet?
- Views, atmosphere, and scenery (it is an amazing hike that happens to have a disc golf course!!!!!)
- Elevation changes
- Big, well maintained tee pads
- Easy to navigate, here is a link to a Map
And here is a link to hole descriptions
- Great use of natural obstacles
- Alternate basket placements
- People and Solitude staff are very friendly
- Course design forces a variety of throws
- Hole 18 is a great experience, last time we didn't have anyone behind us so we threw a bunch of discs off the 1200' drop. It is amazing!!
- High brush and trees sometimes eat discs, but we typically use a spotter on most holes and have no problems.
- The lift only operates certain days and times, here is a link to the Lift Schedule
- Closed when there is snow
Take water and wear good shoes. Not really little kid or beginner friendly. Beginners will spend a lot of time searching for discs. You can get a scorecard and map where you buy your lift ticket by the parking lot. Here is a link for a really good Scorecard
$6 for the lift ticket is worth it and much more reasonable than the Canyons Resort charging $15. You can play both courses in a day by driving over the top of the mountain to Park City. This makes for a great day of mountain disc golf.
If you are in Salt Lake and can only play one course then cruise up the canyon and play Solitude. Not many places in the US can offer such an awesome location for disc golf.
29 of 29 people found this review helpful.
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