4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: You'll probably drive through Woodstock, VT on the way here, which is on any list of the most scenic towns in the U.S. And you'll pass the Long Trail Brewery (try the underrated Double Bag), and dip under the bridge at the far reaches of Killington Mountain. So you'll be in a good mood by the time you arrive.
The course starts off with a bang, a huge left-to-right bomb down a steep hill. You'll want to empty the bag, and then when you're picking up your discs along the huge hill (it has switchbacks to get down), you might wish you hadn't.
Hole 3 is another big one, a straight downhill shot where your drive disappears over a ridge halfway down the fairway, and you need to avoid some wooded areas on either side.
After that, the course settles into a series of wooded holes along cross country skiing trails. The fairways are generally 220-320.' Among my favorites was hole 6 and 18. Hole 6 is a toss across an OB swamp to an uphill perch. It's not a long throw, and it's probably ace-able, but there are several ways your throw could go wrong. Hole 18 is a pretty easy birdie if you lay up, but you'll want to go for the ace, and the big slope to the left of the basket makes for a tough comeback putt.
Tee pads were brick (the pictures on the site are outdated). Signs were pretty good. The scenery at the beginning and end of the course is tough to beat.
Cons: All of the holes are fun here. But on nearly every hole I was scanning for the basket and realized it was always straight ahead. There wasn't a lot of line shaping required.
Other than holes 1 and 3, none of the holes were multi throw holes. Most of the time, it was a question of whether your drive left you with a long putt or a short one.
I played in October after a pretty dry late summer, so it wasn't too wet. But several areas were still pretty swampy. On hole 4 I put my drive maybe 20 feet to the left of the basket and my feet fell through the fallen leaves into some muck.
Other Thoughts: At $6, this felt like a great value. I had the course to myself on a windy but gorgeous fall afternoon with Green Mountains dressed in burnt orange. These are the days you like to remember.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I'm a big fan of this course. Lots of blind shots requiring faith in your throw, plenty of opportunities to use a variety of shots, rewards you with repeat visits as you learn the course.
You're pretty much in the shade the whole time, not a ton of vertical ascent/descent required considering this is a ski mountain course, lots of oddly placed baskets (plus 2 hanging) that make the putt/approach game a mando.
Cons: Few of the holes would be great if you have a spotter, very easy to lose discs on hole #1. I'm seeing some complaints about damp soil, but this is a mountain course with snowmelt, so kinda expect it. It was only noticeable on a handful of holes and they do a good enough job out there with placing wood/boards to walk on, that I didn't once get damp feet. Granted, I played in September, not May.
Other Thoughts: I like these baskets. Sure, they're old, but I'll take an Innova basket with homemade inner chains over a pro-level with a chastity belt any day of the week.
If you have a course map in your hand and pay attention to the signage after every hole (not to mention attached to many of the baskets), it's not even remotely difficult to find the next pad. Sure, if it's your first time out you'll need to walk ahead of each pad to spot the basket, but that's hardly unusual.
In terms of Upper Valley courses, this one is very high on my list of badass courses I'm really excited about.
Pro shop is a huge plus, staff is knowledgable about both the game and the course. Disc selection isn't amazing and would be great to have a used inventory to supplement the discs you're going to lose, but on the plus side the "discs lost return rate" is off the charts at this course.
If you find my Valkyrie can you let me know?
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Pros: Nice long concrete tees on the long course. Good par 54 challenge layout. Decent disc selection in the store and super friendly staff. The first 3 holes are open bomb shots and the rest of the course is through the trees, the fairways are "fair" and players will be able to choose shots rather than the hole design choosing it for you.
Cons: A lot of swampy lowland around, skilled players should be able to avoid the swamps easy enough but beginners are going to get wet feet for sure. I would love to see the course provide fetching sticks on some of the holes. The short course layout seems like an afterthought, the tees are not the best. A new set of chains would be great for this course, they are older baskets that spit out a bit.
Other Thoughts: BCO is a good compliment to the growing VT disc golf scene and worth a visit even though it's a little out of the way to get to. Accurate shots are rewarded and errors are hard to get up and down. There are birdie ops but no gimmes,
Not worth the drive
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: The long tee pads are all cement and the tee pad signage "only at the long tees" was at every hole. literally that's about the only positive things I can say. Maybe I'm just spoiled with the courses around my house and I might of raised the rating to a 2 if it was free, but otherwise its just not worth the trip.
1. Poor signage. With the exception of the signs at the long tees, which gave you a poor sense of were the pin actually was. There were no signs on the short tees, and very few directional signs, that were also poorly placed. half the time we were just hoping we were going the right way. (we asked for a map before we started and were told they don't have one and we wouldn't need one, YES we needed one)
2. The Baskets are cheap. All were Disccatcher SPORTS, that someone tried to make better by adding some more chains. The paint on the tops of the basket were all wicked faded, making them hard to see in the distance. That and the poor signage made it hard to know even were to throw.
3. General poor course design. There were no real defined flight paths on half the holes. I shouldn't have to throw a roller because there is no clear path in the air. The sport is called disc golf not bowling. Also the pin areas were way to tight. The concept of a putting ring was non-existing. most pins were tucked into, at best, a 10 ft. "diameter" area. Which made it almost impossible to make a run at the basket.. Maybe it's just my opinion, but on a par 3 course I should be able to make a run at the basket on every hole and not fear ending up in a swamp or scrub brush 5 ft away from the pin.
4. The course was kinda dangerous. Multiple holes overlap and tee boxes are in areas were a flying disc could definitely go. A bunch of the pins are in blind locations,. That, along with the poor signage and hard to see faded baskets, one could easily throw a disc in the wrong place and end up hitting someone that you didn't even know was there.
Other Thoughts: In conclusion It's not a good course. Certainly not one you should have to pay for. At best it could be considered mediocre, if it was free, but its not. So I rated it poorly.
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BCO Course Offers Extreme Holes And Lots Of Tecnical Throws!
Pros: The Base Camp Outfitters course is located directly behind their store in Killington. The store is a high end ski/hiking/outfitters shop which also happens to stock a large selection of disc golf equipment. The cost to play is $6 payable at the store although I think the locals might just wait until the store closes and then play for free. A group of five were starting their round after store hours.
The course plays up, down and through the wooded slope behind the store. This area is criss-crossed with nordic ski trails. In summer, you may encounter some hikers. Parts of this slope are naturally wet and marshy. Logs and a few small log type bridges have been built to get you over the wettest sections. Even around the 1st of August, parts were quite wet. I would think spring and fall would be really problematic in places. Winter buried under snow, of course.
The concrete tee pads are nicely sized. The metal signs show the distance as well as a preferred route. The baskets are Discatchers portable models with double chains. I think three were fixed as hanging and one or two were elevated.
Hole # 1 is a long (507') sloping downhill throw withe the hanging basket tucked in far to the right. I tried to play it alone, sans spotter, and lost one of my essential discs, one that's been in my bag for probably 5-6 years. (I came back after my round, continued hunting for it and eventually found it about 50 yards from where I thought it was).
# 3 is another long hole which has you throwing blindly over a plateau which then funnels into an ever narrowing area to the basket below. There is thick, thick rough and tall grass on both sides. After losing one of my favorite discs on the first hole, I couldn't bring myself to crank another throw into the unknown without a spotter. So I chose to skip this hole.
From here on out I was able to play and navigate the course without any trouble, unless you call hitting a tree occasionally trouble. I didn't have any more problems with the local bug/mosquito population here than on any courses I've played around these parts.
But I found myself starting to become a little tired of looking at the same tee sign on every hole, that is 225-325', basically a straight shot through a semi-wooded fairway. Maybe a little difference in the elevation plus or minus. The lack of variety on the course keeps it from being a more elite course in my mind.
My favorite hole on the course was actually one of the aforementioned long straight down a ski trail type. But # 10 had a natural beauty to it. It's 317' but arrow straight and the basket is right there at the end staring back at you. Nothing in the way! You just have to thread the needle all the way.
Cons: The bogginess/wetness of the course would have to affect the enjoyment during certain times of the year,
13-14 holes are basically similar in their design, straight throws, try to miss the trees.
Not the best baskets.
Spotters needed on a couple holes.
Other Thoughts: This is a nice course which certainly presents the player with some challenging throws. I think it plays as an intermediate level course, thanks to holes 1 & 3. The other 16 holes are just solid recreational fun . It's not a course for beginners. It does provide a nice workout. I wonder about it's playability. When does it open in the spring? How late in the fall can you play? Is BCO open 6 months a year? Just curious? I'm a fair weather player, I don't even like to play in the rain or when the temperature drops unto the 40s. I'm not tough like these Vermont players.
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4 Helpful / 1 Not
Basically Cooler than Ordinary
Pros: Base Camp Outfitters DGC is pretty wild for a par 54. The store is full of good gear and snacks. Get a scorecard when you stop in to pay greens fees. Practice basket next to parking area to get you warmed up. The concrete tees are long and pretty good quality. Baskets are not the best, but serve their purpose. The first hole is the belle of the ball, but go ahead and play the rest, if you should make it out there. I played the long tees, and 1 is near the parking lot, with the target at the bottom of a tall hill, cutting hard to the right. Just go for it! I wanted to throw more than one, but I didn't have a spotter, and once it goes over the edge, there is a lot of space for a disc to hide. I held it to one shot, but didn't put enough air under it, and was well short of the pin, but safely in an open area near the bottom of the hill. There is a bell to ring once you clear the basket, to let anyone at the 1st tee know you are out of the way. 3 is another bomb from the top, with a big drop off and tricky pin position near the bottom. Hole 4 the elevation changes ease up, and around the basket you get into thicker woods. There are good fairways, but you need to hit the gaps and avoid pin balling off trees to play par. 6 tees over a small pond, to a pin at the top of a small, wooded hill. I missed to many putts, and feel like there are some great opportunities for birdies that I could not convert. I nailed the drive on 8, 340' downhill with a tight fairway, but could not make the putt. Same on shorter, easier uphill hole 9. I made a birdie on 10, after a good bullet line drive down a tight fairway, which was nice. 11 was back uphill with a pin perched on a stump. 12 was long enough to give me a two putt bogey, after a decent drive. I made a solid birdie putt on 15 from the fringe of the rough. That was the last one I got, and another bogey on 16 put me 2 over par, where I finished (56). 18 is a short final hole, over a creek flowing down the hill behind the clubhouse. There are 4 or 5 really great holes on the course, and only a couple of average ones. I liked the overall quiet and secluded feeling on the course. The layout did a wonderful job utilizing the nature of the landscape, playing around the trees, and over the rocks and water.
Cons: The signs and the baskets could be better. Water in play on several holes, and mud lingering from rainfall a couple of days earlier. Added logs and boards in the worst spots will help you across. There are not any par 4 or 5 holes, a shortcoming for some players, not so much for me. Fairway on hole 2 crosses directly in front of 18 tee box.
Other Thoughts: Base Camp Outfitters has developed a really good course. Those who helped with the design and install did a very good job. I really wanted to give them a 4.5 rating, but couldn't quite get there. Some upgrades on the baskets and signage would put it over the top, but a fine course as it is. One of my favorites for sure, perhaps the best opening hole I've ever seen.
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0 Helpful / 2 Not
Excellent course and pro shop
Pros: Well kept with clear paths up the fairways. Clear hole description coincides with scorecard. Good signage to next hole. Cement tee pads and alternate tees on longer holes. The owner's dedication to the sport really shows.
Cons: There are some boggy spots on a couple of holes, but these can be avoided with the correct disc selection or use of an alternate tee (Discretion is the better part of valour)
Other Thoughts: Like the hanging baskets, general pin placements and use of logs and rocks to prevent skipping or sliding approach shots. No concenrs with any of the baskets. The proshop had a nice selection of disc even though it was late in the season and the owners could not have been any friendlier.
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Pros: Between this course and killington resort disc golf you could have a pretty fun day of disc golf in killington. If you are within a couple hours of killington i would highly recommend coming here for a day trip to play two solid courses. Believe me, you wont be dissapointed.
Variety-this course has a good mix of open and wooded holes and equires a good deal of shot shaping to score well. The course begins with hole #1 a fantastic left to right around a large area of weeds and down a slope to a hanging basket. Probably my favorite hole on the course. I would recomend using a spotter on this hole. Then your off to hole number two, a a straight hole with a slight dogleg left, up a slope to the pin. As you continue forward you find yourself on top of a plateau where hole #3 tee is. Hole 3 is a long downhill bomber that plays over the edge of the plateau, then continues downhill to a basket on the left in a small area of woods. I would recommend using a spotter on this one also. From there you venture into the woods and swamps surrounding the nordic ski trails for holes 4-17 these holes present a nice mix of different lines and some elevation utilizing the many nordic ski trails. Shot shaping and accuracy is a must on this part of the course if you hope to score well. After that youre on the tee of 18 a relatively short (250 feet) hole that requires you to hit a somewhat small gap and continue to the basket. Try to stay to the right, beause there is a drop off left. Beware if you hit one of the trees forming the gap you may find yourself in a small stream with only a pancake shot out. Although some may find it gimmicky i really enjoyed the abundance of elevated and hanging baskets.
Amenities- concrete tees and paper tee signs on each hole, shorter tees are usually just natural tees marked by posts. Base camp outfitters store serves as a pro shop with a good amount of discs, as well as many other items to satisfy your outdoor needs. Bathrooms inside as well.
Cons: Temp baskets- they catch pretty well, however even the best of portables do not compare to permanent baskets. I think the baskets are discatcher sports with an added set of chains to improve catching.
Lost disc potential- with the marshes, there are literally signs that say if you step in you will find yourself knee deep in mud. Beginners could find themselves losing some plastic here.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 10 Not
Not Vermont's Finest
Pros: The Pro Shop is nice and has a decent amount of discs to browse. The staff seemed friendly and the location is pleasant.
There are some above average holes to play and it was a fun round. It just seemed like a campground course to me. I think the problem is mostly is the track of land which limits what can be done with design. Either way.... I would never consider driving from NH to play here again.
Cons: The baskets are kind of a joke. I know they are expensive and the overhead hurts a small course like this... but they are not fun to putt with. They are essentially Innova Discatcher Sports with an extra set of chains? Garbage. The teepads are rough and not always facing the right direction. They were having a tournament the following day and I was a little appalled at the course conditions. The track swings through some defunct parking lot before heading into some cross country trails. Perhaps my expectations were too high... but BCO really disappointed me. However, I have friends who like it. Check it out for yourself.
Other Thoughts: Again, this is just my opinion and it seems like I'm an outlier to most reviews here. However, anybody who thinks they are walking into a Excellent to Phenomenal course is destined to be a little disapointed.
3 of 13 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Long Trail Ale and Fun Disc Golf = Happy!
- Super Fun Holes. The course starts off with a bang on Hole 1 and keeps throwing some really fun golf at you along the way, utilizing the elevation, thick rough and swampy regions effectively. The course forces you to throw a variety of precise shots off the tee-pad, rewarding good drives with realistic birdie opportunities and punishing bad drives and upshots with probable bogeys.
- Extreme Punishment. There were a few holes where if you got off the fairway, you were F**ked. Even a pitch out would be rough. Other holes had a swampy region along a fairway's edge, or that had to be crossed, creating some risk/reward pressure as going in the swampy mud after your disc would not be pretty. I love that kind of golf... throw the shot or else.
- Base Camp Aspect. The Base Camp Outfitters disc golf course was on the private property of a ski/hiking/outfitter shop... which carried some real high-end gear and other various general store-like items. They have also installed various types of tent-like shelters around the course, which offered protection from the elements at a few of the tee-pads.
- Long Trail Brewery. I usually try to bag a few breweries during my disc golf travels... and I was pleasantly surprised to find the Long Trail Brewery just down the way from the course. Their beer isn't my favorite, not even close; but like famous courses, the brewery is famous enough to be a special one to bag!
- Swampy. Several of the fairways bordered a swampy, messy area that you would not want to throw your disc into. I didn't have any trouble with it, but a small kick off a tree could have you wishing you hadn't hit the tree. I really didn't have a problem with the swamp, I actually think it enhanced several holes. I simply mention here because it's the best place to mention it... and, it probably breeds obscene amounts of mosquitoes.
- Potential Seasonality of the Course. (I am posing some educated guesses here): Due to the swamps, I imagine that this place is an insect breeding ground in the warmer months. This wasn't a problem for me as I played in October, and it was decently cold (literally snowing at the top of the mountain)... but from April-September, this place is probably extremely buggy, making play during those months undesirable. And then, I would imagine that the course gets snowed over during the winter months, making Base Camp Outfitters DGC really only friendly for play between April-May and September-October. (again, just a guess on my part).
- Overall. I had a blast a Base Camp Outfitters. The golf was slightly above average, and birdies were there for the taking with proper execution. The shots were fun and the ruff punishing. I imagine the course is buggy as hell in the warmer months, especially due to the swampy areas, and buried under a couple feet of snow in the winter. The tent shelters offered great places to relax for a minute. If you're just traveling through, bring a little extra money as the Outfitter shop carries some amazing gear... and it would be good to support their local economy so they can stay alive and keep the course going. I was happy to make Base Camp my VT course... I mean, there might have been a better course somewhere in Vermont, but Base Camp Outfitters was a quality stop... especially since I got to bag the Long Trail Brewery too!
- My Score: 49... with 5 missed putts and a bogey (course record is a 44)
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