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3 / 260ft.   3 / 260ft. Par / Distance:
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 Tough hillside course

1    6/19/2013   6/19/2013
Review By: BeauRoch
Played: 59  Reviewed: 14  Exp: 12.7 Years
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Good tee boxes, good baskets and descent layout.
Cons: No guidance from basket telling you where the next tee box is. Was constantly wondering around trying to figure out where to go next. Some simple arrows would solve this.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Big dissapointment

1    9/30/2012   10/1/2012
Review By: StoneWallKid
Played: 18  Reviewed: 12  Exp: 9.8 Years
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This course is very well maintained. The grass is short and green. The tees are nice too. They all have proper signage and the sign shows the line and distance for each hole. The cement tee pads are good size. Most holes have a bench to rest on as well. Hole 18 is a fun 700ft + toss down a big hill!
Cons: It seems like the course was an afterthought, which is fine, but its not worth $ to play. Most of the shots are boring short throws with no obstacles. The only long shots are uphill for some reason (except 18). And I mean long up hill holes. Some around 600 ft. I'm not a fan of the openness of it all. There are only 2 holes that play through the woods, and one of them is about 10 feet long (exaggeration).
Other Thoughts: If this was a free course a couple blocks from my home I would play it a few times a year when bored. But to drive out of the city and pay to play again would be absured. For the most part it is a very boring course (except for the views). When its not boring its impossibly uphill. Hole 18 was fun and I unloaded my bag on it. Besides the novelty of playing under ski lifts, this course is just not worth it.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Flex those Big Arms

1    7/11/2008   7/30/2008
Review By: Texconsinite
Played: 138  Reviewed: 79  Exp: 10 Years
This review was updated on 1/16/2009
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: A variety of shots, with some extreme terrain in play. Most holes are either up, down, or across the ski slopes.

Has some interesting, and definitely unique holes (many wouldn't be possible anywhere but on a skill hill)

Some holes play through/into groves of trees, such as you would find in the woods to the side or above a ski run.
Cons: A lot of walking out in the open, up and down steep hills. The whole course is very long, especially for the par, which seems impossibly low. (par 3, 400+ft across the ski hill, rollaways guaranteed)

Since it plays along the ski runs, all the fairways on this course are pretty wide open, and really takes accuracy out of the picture.

This is a course that separates the big arms from everyone else. Accuracy helps somewhat, but big distance is far more important on this course, especially uphill distance.

Also, the wind whips across the open ski runs relentlessly, so bring a firebird/predator, or watch your discs fly all over the hill. Needless to say, rollaways can get very ugly on this course.

The main challenge here is to get the disc to land safely without rolling away, while still airing it out to get to the hole.

After the first nine of long, open holes with large elevation changes and lots of wind, it gets a bit tiresome, redundant and boring. It is a very challenging course, though I did not find it particularly fun.
Other Thoughts: If you are a big arm, you will love this course. If not, its going to be a long round. This course is exhausting to play on, so make sure you have plenty of water before you start.

Despite the wind, the horseflies can get pretty thick here, so bring DEET or regret it later.

DISCLAIMER: I was unfortunate enough to play this course on an afternoon when huge storms were brewing. The sky was tornado green by the time I finished the front nine, and by the time I got home, trees and torrents of rain were falling everywhere.

Needless to say, the wind was downright brutal on the course, and wreaked havoc with my discs. I had a putt hit the center of the chains from 10 ft out, then as soon the disc turned sideways to drop into the basket, a gust sent it flipping end over end back 10 ft behind me.

By hole 9, I was using two discs for almost ever shot: a CE Firebird for driving, and a Star Gator for putts and approaches. They were the only two discs overstable enough that the wind did not have complete mastery over.

The abnormal conditions made for a very frustrating round. With the added inaccuracy of the wind, most holes felt 200ft longer than their actual distance.

As such, I concede that my experience on this course was likely far from typical, but know that this course is drastically affected by weather. Most courses, I would play in rain, shine, tidal wave, earthquake, etc, and probably have about an equally good time. But this course really got the better of me.

On a calm day, or at least a less windy one, this course would be a fun, good (3.0) course. But this underlying variability of possible experiences and drastic unpredictability knocks it down a notch, IMO.

Just like a course in Texas that gets really flooded EVERY time it rains at all (Tom Bass), or a course in the east that is not maintained and gets overrun with Kudzu, this course is on the rag half the time, and good the other half.

Play here on calm, cloudy days for the best experience.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful.

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