Very Unique, Easy to Lose Discs, Challenging Terrain
Pros: This is unlike any other course in Alberta, really unique experience in the badlands, definitely worth a trip to check out IF:
- you're willing to risk losing discs.
- you're able to scramble up small to moderate hills which can be pretty steep in spots.
If you do plan on visiting the course, check the forecast though, DO NOT try this course if it's raining, and only play it if it's calling for high winds if you're a pro or if you don't mind seeing your discs sail three hundred feet into a small canyon.
- Tones are in good condition and are properly numbered, which really helps. Normally I don't like throwing to tones but they seemed to fit really well on this course, almost preferred playing to tones.
- Course map can be found online which is fairly easy to follow.
- Amazing elevation changes and some really unique tee and basket spots. All around unique experience.
Cons: - Sinkholes. There are some seriously dangerous spots on the course. Though easy to see, you want to be paying attention and playing when there's sufficient light.
- Loose material and cactuses. The elevation comes at the price of having to scramble up and down some mildly sketchy spots. Bring proper footwear, hikers or approach footwear definitely recommended.
- Tee pads can be very small, on top of hills with not much room to do a run up to your drive.
- No signage, very difficult to tell where some of the tee pads are, nearly impossible without a map.
Other Thoughts: If you've never played big elevation changes like this before be warned that your downhole shots are REALLY going to carry with any amount of wind. Under throw at first to save yourself from losing discs.
Although the course seems difficult, it's actually pretty short and there are a lot of opportunities for intermediate players to pick up birdies. Pros should be able to score very low here if they can avoid the sink holes.
It can get really hot, bring water.
A Good Hike
Pros: This course provided a great hike through the badlands with lots of arid scenery. The holes were often reasonably technical and they made good use of elevation changes.
Cons: This course may not be appropriate for someone with mobility issues due to occasional unstable footing, steep areas and a variety of disk eating crevices.
There are no baskets but tones instead.
The tee boxes are poorly marked.
Other Thoughts: It gets really hot in the summer in this area and you will climb a lot of hills so remember to bring water.
Bring a map for this course if you haven't played it before. The one on this site worked well for me.
One of a kind
Pros: Distance, elevation changes, amazing terrain, great views, tough as nails, and a different experience in working with thermals and various cross winds. Great yearly tournament, "Lost Egg" every August.
Cons: Make sure you have a map, trails are well worn, but have little signage. The tones are great for tones, but not baskets. Tough to play when wet.
Other Thoughts: Great historic hotel, with bar, food, and very enthusiastic about Disc Golfers. Make it a multiple day trip, as you need to play this more than once!, camping available. Look for fossils, right next to Drumheller, Alberta.
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