More Mountain Course Than Ski Resort Course!
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: First, I will preface this by announcing that I am not a big fan of Ski Resort courses. I find most of them to be gimmicky with poor amenities (signs, pads and baskets). Sky High feels more like a high mountain course than a gimmicky ski resort course. You're not taking a chair to the top of the mountain and throwing downhill after downhill bomb. What you're doing here is playing a well designed course at a very high altitude. I was definitely gasping for breath at times.
The views are incredible. I especially liked the golf on the front 9. I really liked the fact that there were some shorter ACE runs. # 18 was an especially pretty hole in my opinion. It's just 275' with the basket set across two small hills and players having to throw between two trees approx 25 feet apart.
Cons: Unfortunately, like every ski resort course, Sky High DGC falls way short in the tee pad department. # 16 was the worst. It's just a crummy, thin piece of carpet thrown down on the side of a hill and it's not even facing the basket.
I couldn't find the tee for # 11.
A number of holes were missing signs.
The wind was blowing hard today. I wish I could have gotten up to the mountain earlier.
Other Thoughts: Everything was locked up tight when I arrived at the top. So free disc golf for me! I was also the only player on the mountain. This is a course that one should play with other players.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Snow on the Ground in May
- Amazing views
- Great loop design (every 9 ends at the lodge)
- Tons of parking
- Ski lodge / Clubhouse
- Shot variety
- Great use of elevation
- Clear signage (on and off course)
- Super friendly employees
- Ease of navigation
- Maps and scorecards provided
- Overall great experience
- Sacrificial teepad
- Photo opportunities everywhere
- Camping at the bottom of hole 7 for $15
- Multiple pins
- $7 to play
- Simple maintenance issues (muddy / snow covered tees)
- Uneven tees
- Lots of unused terrain (holes could have been longer)
I had an amazing time playing Sky High and can't wait to get back to play it again. So many elements make this course a great place to play and daydream about on Monday. I do feel the addition of better tee areas and clean pads (since I'm paying I'd like to see a clean course) will make this course substantially better.
You can take photos on every hole and all of those pics would be worthy of sharing on social media under the hashtag #discporn. Snow was on the ground in patches throughout the course while I visited, making me love the experience even more.
I managed to shoot -6 for the round we played for score and noticed that Paul McBeth shot a -21 on the clubhouse leader board, Damn he's good!
Here are two pictures from my round
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Beauty, ruggedness, elevation change, challenges, birdie possibilities (any hole for a pro). There is a mind blowing view of the desert from thousands of feet above. Cool in summer. Located in a quaint mountain town
Cons: Some challenging pin placements were removed by new owners. Buckthorn hurts when playing off-track throws. Dust due to drought. Wind kicks up hard in late afternoon, so play early. Trash also gets spilled and blown. Not usually open in winter or on weekdays. The restaurant used to be a great social scene after hours; not lately.
Other Thoughts: Still the most beautiful and incredible course in Southern California. Take old discs to sacrifice from 14th tee area.
4 of 8 people found this review helpful.
"A Must Play!!!"
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: What a great course!!! 27 holes of SoCal Mountains!! Obviously, there's a lot of elevation on this course, especially the back back 9. But this course is for sure do-able. Somehow I managed to throw a 2 over 83, and did not lose a disc. This course has a nice layout, front 9 down low, followed by mid 9, then back back 9 up on the hill. There are several opportunities for birdies, but do not over-throw, as the consequences can be severe. Anyone passing thru SoCal looking for a place to play has to stop by SkyHigh.
Cons: Be sure to wear long pants with hiking shoes. There's a lot of low lying sticker bushes that are attracted to your socks if wearing shorts. Also, down by the 3rd or 4th hole I heard a rattlesnake in the bushes about 20 feet from me. Don't go reaching in bushes and crevices while grabbing your disc. Also, I pretty much tried to pace myself, don't do too much too soon, or you'll end up winded and short of breath up in the high elevation. It also seemed discs are more over-stable at elevation, so bring some understable plastic
Other Thoughts: There's no bathrooms or water out on the course, it can be pretty rugged out there. Bathroom and food in the lodge. Lot's of parking. This course is a must play course. Rick in the pro shop is cool. There's up shots, down shots, long shots, short shots, wicked tree tunnel shots, spectacular view shots, find your disc shots... All very much well worth it!!
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Epic SoCal course
*Cool fresh mountain air
*Great mix of technical and BOMB drive holes
*Great proshop with ice cold beer and decent food
*Friendly knowledgeable staff
*The best $35 I spend every year!
*27 holes or 3 separate 9's. You chose...
*Dave Dunnipace (Innova) designed, so you know it's great!
*The BEST course in SoCal. BAR NONE. Don't believe me? Come out and play it!!
Cons: Buckthorn! Rattlesnakes! Lost discs, oh my!
Seriously not negatives just hazards. Bummer that it's not open year round but I'd rather not play in snow anyway...
Other Thoughts: Whether you live in SoCal or are visiting, YOU MUST PLAY THIS COURSE! Trust me! It's an experience that all disc golfers will enjoy and remember!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
FANTASTIC- If its open!
Pros: *Amazing variability
*Clubhouse with discs for sale
*Very secluded, beautiful scenery
*Excellent challenge that starts out at intermediate difficulty and stays at pretty high level
*Awesome elevation changes
Cons: *Some VERY thorny areas
*Limited access throughout the year
*Maps needed (available at club house)
*Pay to play
Other Thoughts: This course is amazing, shared with a ski course on Mt. High, there is great variabliity in elevation, with 27 holes that stretch very far out, but bring you back to the clubhouse when you finish. You need to be in good shape to play this course, it is a mountain hike that will take the better part of the day to play. It is pretty far off the beaten path, so plan to make a day out of it and bring some provisions. It is only open a short time of the year, so check to make sure the course is open by calling before you make the trip. For experienced players only! I recommend wearing long pants, as this densely wooded area is very established, with some VERY nasty bramble patches that, if your disc lands in them, prepare to get pricked, and these patches are right in the path of some of the holes. If you are up for the challenge, I highly recommend experiencing this course.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
It's all in the name...
Pros: -Beautiful views, clean air, truly an adventure in nature.
-Challenging and exciting layout with tons of risk/reward shots.
-Aside from the disc golf challenge this course is also a fitness challenge with massive elevation changes throughout. It's an awesome hike!
-TJ in the shop is SO helpful (I played a tournament up here and had the amazing luck of getting paired up with him)
-NOT brutal in it's difficulty. Someone had told me this course was as tough as Dela, but that was non-sense. You can score out here if you are having a good round, but extreme punishment is lurking behind the next pin should you make a little error.
-It's fun to see the difference in stability of the discs at elevation, it's pretty crazy. Definitely bring your beat in plastic and send it soaring on lines it hasn't seen since day one.
-Course has a very fair variety of RHBH and LHBH holes... my RHFH came in really handy on the final 9 up above the lodge to ring up a few birdies.
-Hole 1 is an amazing down hill bomb, as well as hole 11. Both incredibly fun, crazy, dangerous, things of beauty.
-The rest of the holes (except #3). Every hole feels well designed, and the magnitude of the mountains lends an epic feeling to every hole.
Cons: -Hole #3, smoted me in the tournament. Short down hill putter toss. Was my 25th hole played and I was -6 before arriving. I gently threw my putter, and the head wind coming off the desert caused the putter to never, ever fade. That thing went forever, after looking for a while about 600 ft from the pad, down the mountain, I had to re-tee, and got a triple bogey. Oh well.
-Only open Fri-Sun, wish I could live nearby and play everyday out here.
Other Thoughts: This course is really fun! I can't wait to get back up here soon and play more.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Views and hikes that will take your breath away
The drive up from I-15 ascends several thousand feet and gives you a taste of what you'll find on the course. The first hole is an exhilarating bomb down a bunny hill slope. The rest of the front 9 plays below the lodge, winding among the tall and spare pines.
The middle 9 begin with one of the most picturesque holes I've played, a 500+ foot downhill missile launch. There aren't many trees to hit...except the two that are within three feet of the tee pad. There is a huge gap between them, but those trees definitely got in my head. No one wants to throw a 3-foot drive on this hole. At the bottom of this hole is a spectacular vista, along with a tee pad whose tee sign urges you to "sacrifice" a disc over the edge. There is actually a pad aiming over the edge. I wish I'd brought a crappy disc to throw.
The final 9 play above the lodge. Each 9-hole loop returns you near the lodge.
Every tee pad is rubber. It seems like most ski hill courses have natural pads, so this was a nice change. Signs are at most holes and give some good warnings on holes that you really don't want to overthrow.
There are some truly fun drives here.
Cons: The biggest con here is that, while there are a ton of fun shots, the challenge is limited. Paul McBeth owns the record at -21. The trees are used decently on some holes, but it would not be shocking to have a round where you never hit a tree. Most of the holes are pretty wide open. I know that part of the reason is that the course is on the part of the ski hill where people actually ski (i.e. not a ton of trees), but courses like Mt Charleston have fit in tight holes in spite of this. I wonder if more clumps of trees couldn't have been used to force more types of shots on certain holes.
I found the final 9 holes to be a bit of a letdown after the first 18. They crisscross their way up the mountain with only two real payoff holes. They're not bad at all, just not as good as the earlier holes.
Other Thoughts: I can't think of any course I've played with better views than this. And the elevation feels great above the heat of the valley below. You'll have time to take in the views when you're catching your breath from the hike up and down the slopes. Bring some water, too.
I played this on the way to L.A. and on the way out of town, and the $7 was well worth it both times. The guy who runs the course indicated the owners have been willing to put more money into the course as more people have come. Good. This is a must-visit course if you're in the area.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: This was by far the best course I have ever played. I will definitely be back to play more in the future.
-Great view and beautiful course.
-Multiple pins for most holes.
-Nice staff at the pro shop.
-The course has a simple layout and we never got confused when we looked for the next tee.
-Bathrooms close by the end of the first 9 and the end of 27, they were very clean.
-Ran into some players from Innova. They play here from time to time because the company is down around Ontario.
To add to the staff at the pro shop, he was very thorough with the course directions. He also gave us a few tips on the course and allowed us to borrow discs that we were thinking about buying, for no charge.
If you get the chance, play this course.
Cons: I honestly don't really have anything bad to say. Some of the tee signs need to be fixed, but additional to that I have no major complaints.
Other Thoughts: Some other reviews say that there should be some shorter holes or that the long pins would not be easy to play, but honestly when I went there was only one or two holes that you played short on. I personally think that's what makes it a challenge. When you are from a town where there is only one short course where every hole is 150-250 feet, you want to throw far. I am still fairly new to the game and I was still able to manage to par over half of the holes.
I know I have been playing for less than a year, but I have played over 7 courses now, ones that were straight up terrible and others that were almost as great as Sky High. You don't have to be an expert to spot a good course from a bad one.
8 of 13 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 6 Not
I Love Disc Golf
Pros: Course was really fun with all the adventure style holes and wildlife to boot. Lots of shade, mixture of holes, fresh air, views, scenic landscape, sweet pro shop, bathrooms, food close by, parking lot, cool temperatures, easy to follow, and the challenge was king.
Cons: I honestly dont have any. Went so smooth I cannot think of another time that was this good. Dad paid for me to play and my food, so win win for the youth players.
Other Thoughts: Wish I lived closer, I would play this one alot. The area is beautiful and with two courses in Wrightwood you cant go wrong, just need a connection to get in the other. I recommend playing here for the entire day, you wont go wrong, the other area courses just dont compete.
5 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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