Down, down, down the mountain
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Pros: - 9 Metal baskets.
- Bright yellow Tee signs with the hole number a long with a straight forward layout make this course very easy to navigate.
- Lots of downhill elevation in play making for some fun throws.
- You can ride a chairlift to the top/start of the course.
- Spectacular views. Looking back up the course will give you a view of the sharp point of Lone Peak standing at 11,200'. The view down the course gives you a wonderful look at the Madison Range. This is the stuff that really makes it worth the spin.
Cons: - The baskets. They're Discatcher Sports and not all particularly level. Also, one got put together with both bottom(short) poles so the target area is comically small. Didn't notice that one had both tall poles but I'm sure its out there.
- Every hole is downhill. 5 and 7 only a little bit but thats the theme here. I like "Top of the World" style shots but the lack of variety really takes away from the novelty.
- Tee pads. Going along with the theme of the course, they also go down, down, down. They're "framed" in with logs on the front and both sides and pretty much just rough ground scraped out in the middle. Hard dirt and loose shale aren't exactly ideal in the first place but when each box just slopes with whereever it was stuck, it's bad.
- Sadly unimaginative design for having an amazing piece of land to work with. The course literally plays down a beginner level(decent enough slope for golf purposes) ski run from top to almost bottom. It's wide enough to where you'd really have to shank to get in the trees except for holes 1 and 9. Hole 9 they finally have you tee from an access road to the side of the run, through a gap in the trees and down into the field below. That's the only time you have to aim to get off of the tee box.
- $34 for a scenic lift ticket. I'm all about pay to play but this fee system was not set up for disc golfers. You're at a resort and are going to pay tourist prices. I played because I get free rides with my season ski pass.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun mountain style course with spectacular views and some cool downhill bomber holes. Unfortunately, the resort did not have somebody with appropriate design skills and knowledge implement the installation. There are some really fun shots but with all the potential the land has its hard to walk away feeling anything but underwhelmed. The resort does have full amenities available with lodging, dining, restrooms, retail shopping, and many other activities offered around the mountain. With a choice of roughly a mile uphill walk or a $34 lift ticket I'd recommend staying in the meadow to play the Big Horn Ridge course which is a really solid and a very fun spin. If you're into bagging and don't mind the fee or hike, by all means hit this and the Andesite Course up and you won't be sad. Just set your expectations appropriately and wear decent hiking shoes/boots.
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