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Pros: Girdwood DGC exists in the midst of stately old growth forrest. Fairways that don't seem any longer than these trees are tall. The mountains stand on the horizons behind the trees helping to frame this marvelous landscape. I was there on a Wednesday morning, and was practically the only one there other than the park host and one other visitor. Even in August, the morning shade of the huge trees was pretty chilly. I had to stay moving to prevent shivers and chattering teeth. Bring a sweat shirt if you are getting there early, or have trouble keeping warm.
The course is fun, and has good DISCatcher baskets. 18 holes that are all par 3, and mostly short to medium length. The fairways slip between the trunks of giant trees. As long as you can place drives near the center of the fairly generous windows, dropping in a few birdie putts should be achievable. Plays fast and easy just as long as you don't have to search for the next hole for too long.
The grounds are pretty much completely flat, and no water lurking to swallow up errant throws. The rough is not as thick as most of the other courses I visited in Alaska. The park is pretty cool, and has several other recreational activities like baseball and volleyball.
Cons: The layout is a little funky. Definitely make sure you have the course map handy. There are not tee signs marking the start of several holes. Natural tee boxes are decent, but concrete, rubber or turf would be nice. Several of the fairways play across trails, or other parts of the park that may be full of people on nice weekend days or holidays. While the throws are fun and traverse terrific scenery, the course isn't incredibly challenging.
Reading the directions is a bit confusing, and Google Maps didn't make it obvious I was heading to the right place. It really is pretty easy to find though and the directions make sense when you find you destination. The intersection does have the two street signs that are indicated, though the streets aren't obvious. Quirky but it worked for me.
Other Thoughts: I liked Girdwood DGC a lot. Seeing the sunrise over the mountains as I drove alongside the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet is one of the most beautiful sights that I have witnessed in my lifetime. Maybe it was the haze from wildfire smoke, or just good timing, but the blazing pink sky reflecting off of the water managed to make the mountains look even more majestic.
The course isn't an all time favorite. It doesn't have any holes I would remember as signature shots. Still, it is a very special place, and worth taking a short trip to see if you have the opportunity. A great course for the player that is new to the game and learning the basics.
I was one shot under par on my only round played at Girdwood. Four birdies and three bogies. If you are balling out you could easily go bogey free and post a really nice score on this one.
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- Free course with plenty of parking
- 18 holes
- High quality baskets
- Baskets are easy to see in the woods
- Outhouses on location
- Well landscaped fairways
- Quiet tranquil atmosphere
- Decent mix between short and medium/long holes
- Harvestable berries on the course
- Pet friendly course
- A couple ace run holes
- Natural tees
- Missing signs
- Navigation signs needed
- Walking trail and dirt road go through course
- Fairways lacked shape, sometimes obstructions
- Girdwood is a rainy place
- Flat course
Girdwood DGC has received a major face-lift since the last time I played the course. It went from a short 9 hole pitch and put course to a legit full 18. Most courses I've played in the greater municipality of Anchorage area have been either wooded and short or wide open and long, this course is sort of a compromise of both. The Girdwood DGC is a very tranquil woodsy setting with generally open straight fairways that are shaped with monstrous cottonwoods along the edges. Being in the forests of Girdwood totally reminds me of the forest moon of Endor.
There's a decent mix of hole lengths, but it's not a long course necessarily. I used my my mids and fairways off the tee mostly. Girdwood DGC is a wooded course that uses distance as more of a difficulty factor rather than tight technical lines. Beginners will appreciate how forgiving and throwable the fairways are, while seasoned vets will enjoy the length of most holes. The innocent looking fairways lure you in, but only when you come up short of the pin will you realize that some holes are longer than they appear. I blame the giant trees for messing up my sense of scale.
As far as negatives, there are a few things that could be improved. The natural tee pad thing kind of sucks, considering how much precipitation "The Wood" gets annually. Less than half the course had tee signs indicating distances. Finding basket 1 was easy, finding the tee pad was not. Navigation between holes on the front side was doable, where it transitioned to the other half of the course was a bit confusing. Soggy weather, park pedestrians walking through fairways, the sometimes merciless mosquitoes, and lack of elevation changes can't really be helped, but are cons nonetheless.
Girdwood DGC has instantly become one of my favorite courses (#2, behind Kincaid) in the state. I personally would much rather drive south to Girdwood from Anchorage than throw on the pay to play courses in town or drive north to throw the tight technical short courses. Most Alaskan courses don't harness the full potential of the awesome wilderness that surrounds our cities and towns, fortunately Girdwood DGC does.
Other Other thoughts:
The town of Girdwood, which is actually still part of the municipality of Anchorage, is home to some of the best restaurants in the state. I used to live there, so I should know. If you're traveling all the way out there, do yourself a favor and try some of their local cuisine. You can't go wrong with the following restaurants (in order of my most favorite to still really good):
The Bake Shop (breakfast & lunch)
Jack Sprats (gourmet lunch and dinner)
Chair 5 (pizza and beer)
Double Musky (lunch and dinner)
Seriously, I've been know to travel all the way out there from Anchorage for the grub alone. Along the way it's also common place to see mountain goats, beluga whales on incoming tides chasing salmon, and even the occasional bear.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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Yep, it's a course.
Pros: Real baskets with the numbers facing the right way, marked tees with maps at most tees, interesting shots, reasonable distances.
Cons: Some safety concerns; throws across roads and areas that other park users are likely to be. Dirt tees are getting worn.
Other Thoughts: You'll have fun at this course. The love of throwing a disc accurately on different paths comes through in the design. Take on the responsibility to avoid throwing when your disc may hit or scare others.
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