Massacre on the Snake River
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - 18 permanent baskets that are all well mounted.
- 18 tee pads with rubber mats. All the pads are level however some could use a little repair around the edges.
- Excellet mix of shot shaping. The trees aren't huge but they're substantial enough to force lines and thick enough to require accurate landing zones. The angles of the hillsides also plays into favoring certain disc angles.
- Great use of elevation in the design. All of the up, down, over, and across you can ask for.
- Signage and navigation. Next tees signs and the hole tee signs make getting around the course a breeze.
- The front and back 9 start and finish at the same parking lot. Really enjoy when this can be implemented in a layout.
- ID State Parks do Disc Golf right. Super friendly employees, little "pro shop", printed maps, and good course maintenance. Playing a rough prairie course that actually has mown fairways is awesome!
- The views and scenery are incredible. Huge rock formations little the area and the course is on a bluff overlooking the Snake River.
- 9 Hole pitch n putt on site.
- Only $5 to play
- Great location on that ID corridor that makes an easy add to a bagging trip.
Cons: - This is a very natural area and thus off the fairways is rough, pokey and can eat some discs. Gaiters recommended when the grasses dry out unless you're good throwing your socks away.
- As mentioned before, there are a number of blind tee shots. Excellent course to enact the buddy system and do some spotting.
- Course is fairly exposed high desert. There are a number of trees but they can only do so much to keep you cool. Personally, this makes me feel at home but I'm sure many average park going golfers would be in for a bit of a shock.
- The trees, while a number are fairly substantial, aren't exactly what you think of when looking for disc golf land. Most are as wide as they are tall and few are what I'd consider very tall. I'm perfectly ok with this but list it here so people will know what to expect.
Other Thoughts: Absolutely loved this place. We played Three Island Crossing, Lake Walcott, and both Massacre Rocks courses(among some other non State Park courses) for only $5, total bang for your buck. The employees at every park were very nice and really helpful.
Massacre Rocks Long was my favorite of the Southern ID State Park Courses(not quite AWOL/Wreck level from up at Farragut). Challenging but not demoralizing with a wide array of shots and hole types. Playing through the rocks and getting views of the Snake River makes for an amazing golf experience. Definitely come prepared to hike and deal with Mother Nature, whether she be windy or blazing heat. This is a unique gem of a course so give it run if you ever get the chance. I know I'll be back!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
If you're in Idaho - GO!
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Beautiful location that happens to have a challenging course for your enjoyment. We were time constrained and only got to play the front 9. With the ~10 mph wind, it was reasonably difficult. The rough is very unforgiving so accuracy off the tee pays back big time.
Cons: Would like to have seen more players on the course
Other Thoughts: I was able to play in my Teva sandals without much trouble but most people would probably prefer boots.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Great Hillsides Course
Pros: This course is built on a great area of rolling, rocky hillsides and juniper/sagebrush vegetation. Many holes have a view down in the Snake River, and several holes drive across small canyons.
Notable holes on the front nine were 5 which is an uphill dogleg left, and 9 which plays to a small peninsula which will leave you with big problems if you overshoot it.
The back nine is even better, with a big downhill drive on 11 followed by an uphill drive on 12. Hole 13 drives across a small canyon with Hole 14 also driving across a canyon to a basket on a raised ridge. Don't miss the ridge!
The final hole is a nice downhill which brings you right back to the parking lot.
There is a good variety of hole lengths from 172 feet to 422 feet. Most holes include an elevation change which impacts your driving distance quite a bit.
While the trees are not tall, they are thick with branches all the way to the ground. You won't get any breaks if you hit a tree as these will knock your disc down immediately and you'll often find yourself in among the lower branches trying to escape.
Large paved parking lot, restrooms and water available at the first/tenth tee area. Separate course maps for front nine and back nine with a great "It Ain't your Mamma's DiscGolf Course" Logo. Maps available here as well.
Flat, level rubber teepads are in great shape (these seem new since the 2011 reviews). Painted tee signs with Hole number, distance, par, and a decent hole map. Whoever painted these has a good eye.
Very near each basket is a large sign pointing to the next tee box, and on some holes an additional sign along the way. In addition to the signs there is a clear mowed path between holes.
Given how rough the terrain is here, I found this the easiest course of navigate of any that I've played. I didn't look at my map even once.
Cons: Many of the drives are to blind baskets, so you'll either need to walk up the first time or have a spotter along. In some cases locating your drive can be a challenge as the juniper and sagebrush can get thick. Again, a spotter helps a lot.
This course is a long ways from anywhere, and is pretty isolated. Gas up before you head out and bring a snack. I didn't see any other golfers on a beautiful Saturday morning.
Other Thoughts: I found this to be a really well designed course. While it doesn't have the lush green grass and tall trees of some park courses it offers a fantastic assortment of uphill, downhill, and crosshill shots in an interesting area.
This course reminded me of Diamond X in Billings, Montana with less challenging terrain but much better tee pads and navigation.
There is a Pitch&Putt 9-hole course installed at the Visitor Center which is a nice warm-up for this course.
Visitor Center has a small assortment of discs, mini's, and tee shirts. Also cold drinks and snacks.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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