1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Amazing views, unique location, good mix of tech/dist holes, some very unique holes that make the course memorable
Cons: Fairly easy to lose a disc with an off drive on a few holes; I mean gonner
Other Thoughts: This course makes a 4+ hour trip well worth it.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Great Course, worth the stop
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great teepads (Turf).
Fantastic tee signs and signage throughout
Good Flow, map not needed
Baskets are for the most part always visible from pad
Multiple pin positions on almost every hole
Indicators for which pin position is in play
Lots of elevation change and variation of holes
Cons: All of the pins seemed a little short, or possibly were just in all the short positions. A few holes had longer baskets in place in addition to the short positions, but I didn't realize they were there until after I had played the hole. I would love to play this course in all long positions as the current layout ended up being quite easy. I mostly only used a Teebird or Buzz on the majority of the holes.
As stated in other reviews, there were a few gravel teepads that gave me issues, however most the holes were turf and only a few were gravel. Perhaps they are working on getting them all to turf
Other Thoughts: This course was overall amazing, well worth the high rating. Often I have played courses with high ratings and walked away disappointed. The designers of this course have built something that other courses should strive to work towards. I just hope that I can play this course again in long positions and give it more time to really explore it a little more.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 11 Not
Pros: Very fun and challenging course. A LOT of elevation change. The pin placement is in the long
Cons: grass is kind of long
Other Thoughts: Go play this course but when you do bring some snacks because you will be hungry by the end
1 of 12 people found this review helpful.
Awesome Course, Great Challenge
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: + Awesome golf with lots of elevation in play, moderate to dense trees forcing lines, and technical greens that add great risk/reward. Holes cover a huge variety of distances, from shorter ace runs to all-out bomber throws. None of the holes feel repetitive. This course will test every shot you've got and then some.
+ Beautiful scenery. Course is tucked into the edge of the Black Hills. The natural mix of vegetation and rock outcroppings makes every view unique.
+ Navigation was pretty easy with awesome signage, next tee indicators, etc.
+ Multiple baskets and pin locations available, adding even more variety and diversity to this 27 hole course.
+ Plenty of tables and garbage cans available throughout the course.
Cons: - Tee pads are uneven and small. I don't mind gravel, but I do mind when it's pitted out to an extent that affects my footing. The frames that hold the gravel are often not even with the surrounding dirt, which also causes trouble for longer run ups.
- The rough gets pretty thick and nasty, and even some fairways have tall grass that makes finding discs and throwing upshots tough.
Other Thoughts: This is a really beautiful course and a great challenge. I enjoyed playing and I hope to make it back and play again at some point.
I realize that these "Cons" I've listed are normal features of mountain golf. It would take a huge effort to maintain this course in a highly polished state, and the rugged aspects do add a certain charm. However, these characteristics do have a negative impact on play.
The first two hanging baskets are pretty cool. After that, the novelty wears off and they seem a little gimmicky. The last one is pretty high and shorter players might need to get creative to retrieve their discs. Some people may not find it fun to try to line up a putt on a target that's swaying in the breeze.
Walking all 27 holes is a hike! A friend in my group measured it out at about 5 miles and 500' of elevation climb. Wear sturdy footwear and bring water.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Best Disc in South Dakota
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -The area. Spearfish is a great place in our great state.
-Pro level course in South Dakota. Not many fit this bill.
-Intuitive layout + wicked awesome signs and worn in trails make finding your way pretty easy. Grab a scorecard with map even if you don't plan on scoring to prevent wandering, if that's not your thing.
-Close to I-90 if you're just traveling through.
-Multiple pin placements with color coding at tee and superb map technology to alert players as to where the basket is. Only a few holes require the short jog down the fairway to spot a basket, but the course is no less challenging for being easy to follow. Some courses rely on blind shots, insane D, or jailed up baskets for a challenge, and this course does not succumb to this fault.
-It's actually fairly decent exercise to play this course. If you want 9-18 holes of flat-land point and shoot, look elsewhere. If you want mountain golf that will get your heart rate up and provide a great couple hours of good clean fun, you found it.
-Diversify and practice your entire game, because you'll need more than just a wide open RHBH hyzer bomb. As Martha might say "It's a good thing".
-Beautiful scenery that makes everyone a winner, even if you're just out for a casual round with some friends.
-Decent ways away from major roads and high traffic areas. You can really feel like you're out in the hills without the commute.
-Some holes (as of 4.21.16) have multiple baskets set, this allows for casual play to A positions or more challenging options within the same day/round.
-The upper putting basket provides a more realistic practice for putting on the course. Uneven footing and elevation is a constant, practice that way.
Cons: -The shooting range outside of town is sometimes audible on some holes. Be aware this is only an auditory annoyance, and no firearm shooting/hunting is allowed on course. Archery hunting is legal during a few seasons, most of which do not coincide with prime disc weather. Just don't walk around in all brown with your antler hat and you'll be good to go.
-If you're used to an aircraft carrier for a tee pad, look elsewhere. Gravel tees add to the woodsy feel of the course, create minimal environmental impact, and work just fine. Not a con for me, but some people think they need 10ft of concrete jungle on all sides to play outdoor sports.
-The weather all around the hills can change in a heartbeat. Look at the weather forecast for Spearfish, not a nearby area. Be prepared with water, a light jacket, and a plan to get the heck off the hill if a sudden storm should strike.
-Not enough time in life to play this course as much as possible.
-In a wet summer, the foliage can get mighty thick. Watch your disc to the ground and note a landmark to walk toward. Use bright discs if you're prone to loosing focus.
-No on site restrooms. Do your thing before arriving.
Other Thoughts: There are garbage cans and tables throughout. Please toss all trash in a can. They're all over the place.All in all this course is great and a good way to work off that winter gut. You will not regret playing this course. A gem in the already beautiful Black Hills.
The course is looking fantastic. Woods have been cleaned up. This makes the rough a bit more possible to navigate, but keeps it challenging off the tee. There have been updates to bridges, and work will soon begin on tee pad repair.
Side note: If you regularly play with a cart, you may want to reconsider that choice here. As they say, stuff rolls downhill.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Great tee sines, challenging course, 27 baskets on the course and 4 of them are hanging baskets. Lots up up and down shots.
Cons: Tee pads could use some work. Some of the fareways need some work clearing up the dead wood.
Other Thoughts: This course is a definite must play if you haven't.
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 8 Not
Best Course in the Midwest
Pros: Well marked, mountain disc golf at its best! Plan to spend at least 3 glorious hours of hucking if you play 27, and it's easy to play just 18 if that's your fancy.
Arrows under baskets pointing to next tee pad! Brilliant
Cons: Signage is fantastic, but carry a score card with map as it is backwoods with potential to get turned around
Other Thoughts: Do yourself a favor and enjoy this course!
1 of 9 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Mountain Disc Golf at its Best
Pros: Amazing views, challenging holes, great hike, TOTALLY FUN DISC GOLF! This is mountain disc golfing at its best. The course has wonderful signs not only telling you where the holes are, but which direction to the next tee box. Overall a well marked course.
There is a nice combination of technical holes and holes that have a bit more options to throw.
The hanging baskets on some of the holes are creative and give this course a nice signature look.
Cons: Not for a beginner if that is what you are looking for. Not a fan of blind holes, where you can't see the basket from the tee box, but not everyone would see that as a negative.
It seemed as if all the holes went up the mountain, but maybe that was just me. :-)
Other Thoughts: It is quite the hike, so if you are expecting an easy park course you will be disappointed. This corse is not for the faint of heart. However if you are a fan of mountain disc golf, this is one of my favorites. Makes me almost wish I lived in Spearfish! :)
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Put it on your bucket list.
Pros: Only mountains can offer the kind of course features that mountains offer; It has those unique features of rocks, cliffs, large timber, etc.
I thought it flowed very well despite it feeling like I might otherwise be lost wandering around in this area. No problems finding the next tee.
Lots of picnic tables and other amenities.
The hanging baskets. A bit of a novelty, but you can't really complain when you get to play (four) hanging baskets.
Hole #27 is probably the most extreme elevation drop I've played. It's one of those holes you come up to it and you feel like a young kid again unlocking something secret in a video game. Overall, many extreme elevation changes keep this fun.
Lots of trees and natural vegetation, but not overgrown.
Great signage and markers.
A lot of passion is supporting this course.
Cons: Climbing up and down a couple hillsides can be a bit tricky. I was worried about my young kids making it up and down okay, but the fact that they made it tells me that "a kid can do it." Still, if you have physical limitations, this one will be a challenge for you in places. I imagine this course has a bit shorter of a season due to the potential for large snow accumulations and mud, but I only played it once in late June, so I'm not sure.
Other Thoughts: Right after parring the first hanging basket (hole #7?), I ran into Don Altmyer and another player, who were stepping up to play the cliff hole #27. I learned that Don is the course designer. It was nice to talk to the two and get a feel for the passion and care that goes into this course. They took time to offer tips on the nuances of the course and current playing conditions. Apparently, there is alternate parking up top and they often play some of the upper holes when they feel like mixing it up. That is good to know since playing all 27 holes isn't always practical for those who can only spare an hour in the area. A hike/bike trail at the start of the course looks like fun if that also interests you.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
My Favorite Course
Pros: My personal favorite course, one of the more beautiful courses you can come across in secluded Spearfish Canyon. Great terrain, elevation changes, and woods to play around.
Cons: The only negative thing that could be said about this course is that some of the holes could be longer. Exceptional course though, and the elevation and obstacles make up for length in almost every case.
Other Thoughts: This is a destination course, and while you're at it, play Pageant Park over in Custer, SD.
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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