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+ Good mix of throws off the tee: tight vs. open, short vs. long, straight vs. left-to-right vs. right-to-left, uphill vs. downhill
+ Rough is not too harsh, offers recovery options
+ Some interesting greens that offer limited approach options, risk/reward decisions, etc.
- Natural/dirt tee pads, some in bad condition
- Many/most tee pads are at risk of being hit by drives on the previous fairway (in some cases blind)
- Some targets aren't great: sketchy homemade baskets, some tomes, etc.
Other Thoughts: Typical mountain golf with beautiful scenery and some great views, however the course if very "natural" and not mowed or manicured in any way.
Most of the challenge is in placement & hitting lines, although there are some chances to air out big drives (especially Hole 18, a legit par 4).
I played a tournament at this course, and we had a group on every hole throughout the day. When the course is that crowded, my criticism about dangerous tee locations comes into play on almost every hole. On an average day this would not be as big of an issue.
Overall this course is very fun to play due to the variety of different tee shots. Several of the holes that offer multiple routes to the pin are very fun in a "nice throw, but watch THIS line!" type of way. The fact that the rough is not too punishing also adds to the fun factor, although there's definitely enough risk to force golf shots.
There are facilities near the course, but I don't consider them much of a "Pro". The water from the hydrant down the hill from the parking area was noticably brown & cloudy...not recommended. The restrooms in the parking area are typical forest service outhouses: if not regularly maintained they can get pretty nasty.
I'd suggest bringing your own water & a sturdy pair of hiking boots.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Very Nice National Forest Course
Pros: This course is placed on a plot of land with a good mixture of trees and open areas, and a nice rolling terrain. While some of the holes are flat, many of them have a significant element of up or down. Some of the baskets are placed in rock formations and near steep drop-offs to make the greens more interesting.
Plenty of trees to play through, but nothing that I would consider tight or a tunnel. Layout requires a good mix of straight, hyzer and anny shots. Several holes offer two clearly different routes to the basket.
Most of the holes are in the 250' - 325' range, but the shorter holes tend to have the more severe elevation so they are still challenging. Only Hole 18 exceeds 400', but it is the big par 4 finishing hole at 658'.
New looking printed aluminum signs were useful. They show hole number, par and distance, and display a simple map of the hole. They also have a next tee arrow which is welcome.
Navigation was surprisingly easy as most tees are close to the previous basket and there are obvious paths.
Cons: Tee pads are natural, and were pretty rough and rutted out the day I played. Some were not level. Hole 2 had a rubber pad, but it was covered with fine grit and was remarkably slick.
Targets are a mixture of homemade baskets and tone poles. Not really a significant con, but they could be better. The baskets originally had too large openings but wire has been added to close them down.
Other Thoughts: When I see that a course is in a National Forest and still has tone poles, I expect a course that is impossible to navigate without a local guide. This course is absolutely ready for play and simple to navigate.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: New course in what used to be a tree/object course. Thompson Park has been updated and the disc golf course has been revamped. There are now new restrooms and picnic tables in the park. 9 tone poles and 9 home made baskets, both of which are painted yellow or white. Great scenery and some really fun throws up, down, and through the hills and forest. This course offers some great challenge and plenty of long holes. Several blind holes that usually follow a line to the pin. Hole 6 is probably one of the longest blind holes that snakes around a path through the trees. A spotter could be helpful for this hole and according to the locals this is the only par 4 hole on the course and the rest play par 3. The final couple of holes open up and play through the sage flats and allow you to stretch out your arm. A really fun course and a good way to kill a few hours and enjoy nature.
Cons: No tee signs or maps, though that is in the future plans. No multiple tee or pin placements. The homemade baskets tend to have the occasional disc slip through the cage, wire has been added to the gaps to reduce this, but due to wear it still happens. I highly recommend finding a local to play through with the first time or you will be hunting for tees and most likely just have to guess where to throw from. A lot of the trash has been cleaned out but there's still broken bottles around. A few trash cans through out the course would really help. Tone poles, although they are rumored to be replaced with baskets at some point.
Other Thoughts: The day I played this course I lucked out and got to throw with locals who knew the layout. I had a blast playing here but I never would have found the tees without them. To start off, hole one is a right handed anhyzer or forehand toss around the trees to the right of the parking lot to a tone pole. From there each tee is located fairly close to the previous pin, some could be a little too close. There is talk of some more improvements to the course, as well as maps, and eventually league games and possible tornaments. I definitely recommend this one, but find someone who knows the layout.
Played this course a year later and during winter in the snow. Almost all of the trees in the fairway for hole 3 are now gone and there has been a good deal of clean-up on some other holes. Other trees have fallen or have been removed, there is currently a tree fallen over right in the gap on hole 5's fairway but the pin is still reachable with a big hyzer. Still no tee signs or course map. I really hope some effort is put into completing the course. It is a really fun course but could use a little redesign and replacment of the homemade baskets and tone poles with regulation baskets. Hole 18 does have a discatcher now instead of a tone. Some holes have changed; hole 2 now plays to 3's basket, a new tee for three now plays to 2's basket and a new tee for hole 4 that is a fun change. The new hole 2 is a really fun shot as well.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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