Is There Really A Stephen Street In Clark Fork?
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Pros: I erroneously believed that finding the disc course in a small town like Clark Fork would be a piece of cake. Highway 200 goes right through the town. Turn north on Stephens. Nope, I couldn't find Stephens Street. I did get an excellent tour of Clark Fork before finally asking a local for directions. And still I never saw a Stephen Street sign.
The course is set behind the high school football stadium. There was one gate open. It's a flat but moderately wooded area. The course has nine fairways and two sets of baskets, the blues and the yellows Discatchers. Each hole has two pads, one concrete and one natural. The blue front nine 1-9 are somewhat easier while the yellow back nine 10-18 using the natural pads provide more challenge. You can usually find one basket on each side of the fairway. There are lots of next tee signs around the course.
There really wasn't a signature hole but the course can be tackled in a variety of ways. The way old cheating course baggers play it is by playing both nines simultaneously. Accuracy would help in this endeavor. I'm sure that locals have discovered to mix up the tees and sometimes play an entire 18 from the concrete or from the natural tees which is a greater challenge.
The Stephen Street magical mystery tour was taking me away.
Cons: I'm sure this can be blamed on my advancing dementia but I never found the 6/15 tee pads. I saw the signs after yellow # 5, preceded to search but never found the tee area.
The flat course is somewhat bland compared to all the wonderfully hilly courses in Idaho.
Other Thoughts: This is a solid small town course. With the dual pads and two sets of baskets, local players should be able to keep their interest levels up. This is not a destination course but just a nice throw in small town, Idaho. It's a stunning drive up here from Sandpoint along the magnificent Lake Pend Oreille. But then again, most every drive up here in northern Idaho is fabulous.
I'm not sure if I'm straight on this being a rough ball golf course? If one were to try and play ball golf here, I would assume that you would get a world if practice from playing from the rough and the fringe rough as there are no golf fairways, no greens and I didn't see any flags or cups.
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Well Maintained Challenging Course
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Pros: Good mix of L to R, R to L, and straight tee shots.
Good variety of hole lengths.
Mostly tree lined, mowed bluegrass fairways that are a good playing width.
Nice sized concrete tees with the option to throw from the grass ball golf tees to mix things up.
18 holes plays quickly if you throw to both baskets each tee.
Very good basket placement, the second basket for each tee/fairway is placed to play totally different than the first.
Great practice course with very few other golfers, disc or ball, so multiple practice shots are usually possible.
The course flows well and spotting each basket only requires a short walk from the tee in most cases (8/17 being the major exception).
Cons: Only 9 tees and fairways.
Disc loss potential is high in the brush on the left side of holes 3/11 and 4/12.
No elevation changes or water in play.
Shares fairways with the ball golf course.
No tee signs for the disc golf tees, but there are some numbered boards nailed to trees between holes.
Tee 5/14 (behind the ball golf tee along the south fence) and 6/15 (north of basket 5 and east of the large tree) can be a little tricky to find for first timers.
Other Thoughts: The DG course was installed at the same time as the rough ball golf course. This may be the only combined course in the world where more money was spent on the disc golf course than the ball golf side.
The installation of two baskets for the 9 tees and fairways works well in this case. timg was consulted as to whether to the list the course as 9 or 18 holes.
It is very nice to have a relatively open and long course in the area to throw my higher speed discs and observe a full flight. (I do some field work, but I would much rather be on a course, especially when I have the whole course to myself.)
Worth playing for anyone in the area.
Update: There are now nice tee signs installed on each hole. I believe that a couple of the distances on the signs are questionable, looks like they may have been measured along the line of play rather than how the crow flies.
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