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 Crystal Mountain Warm Up Or Cool Down!

1    9/1/2011   9/4/2011
Review By: sillybizz
Played: 241  Reviewed: 230  Exp: 14.4 Years
This review was updated on 10/9/2011
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Pros: The Greenwater DGC is a locals course that some people have put in a large amount of work to make it the way it is. You will notice the tee pads which are natural but clear of debri and have fallen logs situated to show you where to throw from. There are also hand made and painted tee signs on the course to indicate each hole. There is a narrow strip of land that the course plays forward and then backward on the way out making use of it with two fairways which doesn't matter much being in such a remote location and that the course doesn't get much play. There is another area after hole seven which goes around to an even more wooded section and involves some up and downhill throws along the way. The holes that are in the beginning and end that share a fairway and more of the open holes but there is a couple of obstacles guarding the objects. I really like the variety in shot selection you have to go through here including some strange holes that most RHBH players aren't to throwing which is a good thing in my mind. This combined with the awesome hula hoop targets make this otherwise short course actually challenging to try and go too far under par. These hula hoop targets are much like the ones at Glacier DGC near Mt. Baker in that they have netting on the bottom of them and some are even situated over stumps for easier grabbing of your disc. Unlike Glacier these seem to be a little smaller which makes them harder to hole out on and they are black so they are harder to spot from the tee pad especially when foliage is involved. One of the neatest things I saw here was in the back nine, hole 11 or 12 I think where there was a journal of the course and a marker so that you could right your name and the date you played the course, this is an excellent idea but I worry how long it will take for this to be vandalized. The interested back and forth style that shares fairways is nice for a course like this that doesn't get play because you don't have to worry about too many other groups and you end up with a good variety of holes and use less space. Holes six and seven are my favorites and they are the two longest holes on the course. They play back and forth against each other like some of the other holes out here so they are mirror images of each other almost with a duel fairway provided for either hole. Both of these holes reach in to the 400+ feet territory and are very challenging technical par three holes. Two thumbs up!
Cons: Aside from holes six and seven there isn't any need for a disc other than a putter or a mid range. Holes six and seven have some length but besides these holes the longest one out here is maybe 280 feet or so. I'm not sure I would call this a bad thing, it works with the land and still challenges most golfers. Some people don't like the hula hoop baskets, I love these freaking things! I love interesting targets and unique things while I play and though standard baskets are great it's not everyday that you get to play on hula hoops! Mosquitoes out here are nasty! There isn't a lot of things for them to snack on out here I guess so when they find something they surround it. We were getting upwards of 10 mosquitoes landing on us when we stopped walking, BRING BUG SPRAY!
Other Thoughts: We actually found out about this course from Ron Werner who runs the Spirit Ridge DGC in Carnation when he told us about this place so props to Ron AGAIN for another great course found! The easiest way to find this course is to go to Greenwater Outfitters in town as one of the guys who created the course owns this place and he has maps and directions for you. It's on your right as you are heading towards Crystal Mountain. Also he has food, drinks and other supplies at the shop for you too. He's a nice guy (didn't catch his name, DOH!) and his food is great. I got what's called a "Fat Tony" on his menu and it's ham and cheese on a bagel with cream cheese which is excellent and under $5! This is a great course to hit if you get tired of the mountain and want something flat and fun to play.

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