one of the best kept secrets of the west
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: the land this course is on gets a 5 star ,this is that beautiful post card quality course ,hole 3 basket is got a mountain vista view . this also is a mountain course i find forgivable because the elevation is not so high above sea level that your TL acts like a overstable firebird . discs still behave pretty stable up here but not extreme . lots of great up n down shots ,hole 7 is a really mean uphill .everyone loves the hole4 and 10 downhill shots .13 is the crazy one .13 looks like you are throwing down into a forest but once you walk down the hill it opens under the canopy well and you can find your disc [really cool hole] Its also a course that will give you a workout walking around and playing takes some skill. Must be mentally prepared ,Hole 2 I once hit the basket rim on my drive to only roll 250 down the mountain .
Cons: vandalism is such a issue that the course signs ended up being rebar n metal signs .broken glass everywhere ,[not discgolfers but general population types of the area that go mudding/4 wheeling n such ] place is just up the hill from the south end of town .
Other Thoughts: easy one to stop n hit wile passing threw on 90 to break up the travel .hidden gem status that may just make your trip. Also amazing design for a 25 year old course
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
well marked and really fun!
Pros: Long holes, well marked, nice tee pads, good baskets. All and all great course spread out with no traffic even though we were here in January.
Cons: Really icy paths in the winter, last few holes little hard to find.
Other Thoughts: Would definitely like to play again in the summer!
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Good course, but needs upkeep
Pros: Some memorable holes with enough elevation change to challenge experienced golfers, a few holes require accurate drives and most require shaped approach shots. Two tee pads make it more fun for beginners and guests. Not that crowded by disc golf standards.
Cons: Trail erosion and social trails abound, most of the distance markers and maps have been vandalized, and needs more guidance for first-time players
Other Thoughts: This course has a lot of potential to be a marquee course of the mountain west. But it needs a lot of upkeep, better signs, and general TLC. It seems like it is being used to death, and another example of how this sport is going to need some course stewardship and/or pay to play, otherwise our best courses are just going to get junky.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great mix of uphill, downhill, technical and easy shots on both blue and white tees.
Beautiful backdrops on most holes.
Can be a very strenuous course if you are playing quickly or generally out of shape.
Mid day during the week is a great time to play.
Cons: The wind can be your greatest obstacle some days and you don't even know it. The tee box is shrouded by the wind but as soon as you release the disc and pass the wind break you can see your disc get flipped.
A lot of folks in large groups taking their time on this course, lagging to smoke, drink or gab in general. Most of the trash on this course is a by product of said actives.
Dogs are all over this course with their waste quite evident.
This course will chew up baseline plastic.
Holes 1, 3 and 13 can get quite backed up. A lot of folks park up top and jump in on 3 and 13.
Other Thoughts: I played this course at least 25+ times while i was in town on business. If I was still there I would try to play everyday. I had some good days with some bad ones, each teaching a lot about the game.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Beautiful Mountain Course
Pros: This is a very good mountain course that offers a great mix of elevation, tall pines, and open areas.
Each hole offers a long tee (blue) and a shorter tee (white) to a single basket position. I played the blue tees and all teepads are rubber mats that were large and level. Some of the tee signs had been vandalized and were missing, but most were there and offered a useful diagram of the hole.
Great variety of hole lengths from 225' ouot to 630'. The shorter holes tend to bring more trees into play, while the longer holes offer some open areas to bomb a drive.
Several holes play either steeply downhill or steeply uphill, but there are some good level holes as well.
The vegetation (in mid-April) was short grass and tall pines. Very little underbrush or thick stuff, so finding discs was easy. There are a few blind downhill drives so you want to have a pretty good idea of where you land to find your disc easily.
Course flow was very easy to follow. I had a map but didn't really need it.
Cons: The elevation changes on the course will work you. Just getting from the lower parking area up to the first tee will get you winded, let alone walking the rest of the course.
While there are plenty of trees, there are no really tight lines to hit on this course. Could be either a Pro or a Con depending on what you like.
I started pretty early on a nice Saturday morning and the course was already a little busy. I was playing by myself and three groups let me play through, which I appreciated. By the time I left there were dozens more folks on the course so I can see where crowding is an issue.
It is a shame to see the vandalism of the tee signs and baskets. It is a nice course and there is just no excuse for this.
Other Thoughts: If I lived in the area I would play the heck out of this course. 18 solid holes, beautiful area, and a work-out all in one.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
A great way to learn DC
Pros: I've played Blue Mountain off and on for over 10 years. Being my home course and the first course I ever played DC (folf) on, there is a bit of nostalgia. However, after playing a number of courses on the East Coast, I've realized the greatness of this course in the Treasure State.
From hole one played on the blue tee's you quickly find that DC in Missoula is not just technical but also a workout. There is significant elevation change, lots of trees and now with most if not all the hole having rubber tee pads much more professional feel.
Multiple places for parking both at the bottom of hole 1 and up top near hole 10 or 14 give the opportunity to avoid the crowd as the course can get busy. Decent signage.
Generally, holes 13-3 offer more technical shots and more wood to work around. The front 4-12 on a whole provides for great bomb shots and more elevation changes. Personal favorite is whole 10 for the elevation change and the shot across the road.
Cons: Signage continues to get vandalized. The course is getting loved to death. Can be very busy at peak times.
Frankly, the grass and health of the vegetation on the course needs a break. How best to do that is something I hope the DC community and the Forest Service can figure out.
Multiple pin locations would take this course to a five.
Misfires lead to lost discs on this course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Elevation and great power course
Pros: This course has a great blend of power shots mixed with just enough technical positions to keep it interesting, and to keep you thinking. It has been well worn in over many years and that means foliage and underbrush is at a minimum in the areas normally trafficked, despite being somewhat thick elsewhere. A nice mix of par-4's on tap too, although they all make for much better birdie opportunities than the par 3's for the longer players. Elevation is fun, and you're looking at nearly 150 vertical feet on some holes! Ponderosa forest is naturally one of the very best disc golf environments, because the structure of the trees yields the perfect risk/reward ratio. Very easy for anyone new to the course to find their way around this great layout.
Cons: Signage has been damaged, including useful info like the hole #, par # and distance.
Other Thoughts: Noticed a number of comments referring to the amount of trees and underbrush here, but for a player accustomed to many western forest courses this is still going to feel pretty wide open. There's maybe a few tees I might send a spotter out from, but it's not absolutely necessary. The course felt pretty open to me, with just the right amount of technical challenge.
Also, never seen so many people playing in cowboy hats. Love it! ;-)
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
A tough, tough first outing
Pros: This is an excellent course, but it's a toughy! Beautiful scenery - mountain course
Some very LONG downhill holes.
Favors the powerful and accurate player, all others feel dread.
Cons: Blind tees make it easier to lose discs.
Lots of undergrowth make it easy to lose discs.
Lots of players bring large dogs with them, sometimes more than one...this can make some people feel quite uncomfortable, but taking a dog along is a Montana "thing" so just be ready for it.
Other Thoughts: This was the first course I ever played, I didn't really know the game at the time, and I had an extremely frustrating experience. I look forward to playing it again. With the experience that I now have, I know this is a fantastic course, but I'd hesitate to add it to my favorites list...at least not yet.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: experiance the beuty of montana , lots of exercise , a lot of friendly players
Cons: easy to lose track of score because of how grueling the terain is
Other Thoughts: i recoment you play without scoring and gie way to faster and more experianced player in order to learn the course ,,, watc others play through and ask questions
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 3 Not
The course I started on 20 years ago...
Pros: -Long established course that only gets better with age
-Typical Montana course, which means it can be super challenging for visitors
-The surrounding environment provides new wrinkles almost every time you play
-Great exercise, great vibes and plenty of locals to happily uide you and give you tips
Cons: -No tee boxes! I've been spoiled playing more modern courses, so going back to the Big Blue is definetly a change
-Not too many signs and the ones that are there are pretty run down
-Trees! I love throwing in a nice wooded course but some people may find it trying. Expect to go lumberjacking.
-Beautiful views, but if your disc gets away from you, you might as well write it off. Good luck finding it.
Other Thoughts: This is honestly a great course if you have a good attitude. Guys who are used to really nice, groomed professional-level courses may have trouble; but, most likely they'll have a ton of fun as well! Of course, there is the ever-present "thunk" of plastic hitting wood. Great times but it's all about a good attitude. Don't show up with a ultra-competitive attitude. Go to have fun and enjoy the view!
5 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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