Awesome Course, Great Challenge
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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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
A Hidden Gem
Pros: Beautiful area
Fun set up
Easy to navigate
Some interesting basket placements
Cons: You can't just walk in and play, you'll need to bring good shoes. Not really much of a con.
However, some are pretty basic
Other Thoughts: The new gravel tee-boxes and signs make this course even better than it already was. A hidden gem in Spearfish. If you are a fan of disc golf and hiking, you have to check it out.
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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