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Not A Pretty Course!
Pros: Copper Mountain doesn't have a whole lot to brag about. I agree with previous reviewer markmcc that the designers actually did a nice job with this course considering the hand they were dealt.
First with the positives.
I liked the way some signs were mounted to the boards on the tees. They look good and they probably hold up to vandalism, as well. The baskets are these single chain, Freedom brand. I don't trust them.
The views from many places but especially the # 8 & 10 tee pads is especially beautiful, with the city of Butte and the surrounding mountains all around you.
There a couple of fun throws to be found. # 2 was a fun one, 297' across a gully and then up a hillside. At least # 13 had a little danger and some personailty It's 271' downhill with an OB fence behind it.
Built on an old landfill, the course plays around this large multi-use park. The park has football fields, softball fields, children's play area and it appears they're constructing a new college girl's softball field. How about spending some of those Title 9 funds on the disc golf course? There must be a couple of woman disc golfers in Montana.
I found the same problem as markmcc with the first hole. But I think the basket has now been placed at the bottom of the gully. Problem is the tee pad faces due north and this new # 1 basket is kinda NE.
Cons: Start with these horrible tee pads. Not only are they rough, slanted and dangerous, I would like to know why the course designers decided that 8' x 8' pads make more sense than say, 6' x 10' or 4' x 12'. These allow no room for run up.
The grass is just long enough and just thick enough to be really annoying. Every disc that lands in this stuff is just a little difficult to locate. That got really old after a hole or two.
I found two many holes requiring the same throw whether it was 335' downhill or 275' uphill. # 11 & 12 are both about 275' and slightly uphill.
As lovely as the surroundings are, the course itself is just plain unattractive. Plus players are trying to revert it back to it's garbage dump days by leaving a lot of litter behind. Pack it out guys. And there's only one garbage can on the course on # 7.
Other Thoughts: It's pretty frustrating to get towards the end of this course and you walk by three football fields with beautiful, lush green grass, which is used for about three months. Meanwhile, the disc golfers are relegated to playing on this ugly, annoying brown grassy area.
The course doesn't look like it gets much play. I assume there are better options around Butte for the disc golfers.
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Whole Lotta' Grass!
Pros: Given the piece of land that they had to work with, the designers have installed a decent 18 hole course. The course is built around the perimeter of a multi-use park that has been constructed on an old landfill.
Most of the challenge of the course comes from the modest uphill and downhill offered by building the course around the outside of a "domed" landfill. Many of the holes offer 15' - 30' of elevation. The wind is the other big challenge here, as this is a wide open course in a windy area.
A couple of holes (14 and 15) play in a narrow area between the baseball field fence and the perimeter fence, so an accurate drive is necessary on those. Otherwise you can fire your drive anywhere toward the basket and have a reasonable second shot.
Brand new single chain baskets that catch fine.
Navigation was pretty simple as the next teepad was usually quite close to the previous basket.
Cons: Not a tree in sight, so you are throwing completely open drives over grassland followed by completely open putts. There is not a lot of variety here, with the exception of the modest elevation differences from hole to hole. Even the hole lengths are pretty similar (250' - 350') with the exception of Hole 18 which is stretched to around 500'.
Teepads are made up of a simple 2x4 frame laid on the ground and filled with gravel. If the ground was sloped, then the pad is sloped and the gravel is running out on the low side. Some of the pads are pretty loose.
Hole 13 is a downhill drive to a basket placed near a perimeter 6' chain link fence. Pretty easy to go over the fence, and there are no gates in site. The area behind the fence looks like public land also, so I jumped on over and retrieved my disc.
The entire course is grass. Short grass, tall grass, bunch grass. You really have to watch where your drive lands because there are no landmarks. And it all looks about the same once you get out there.
Other Thoughts: Got off to an odd start. I parked in a lower parking area right next to the park entrance, because I saw a basket there. Turns out it is a new "overflow" parking area and the basket is actually the Hole 1 basket. I don't know if there are plans to re-locate it, but it results in having to throw your downhill drive (from the tee near the upper parking lot) onto a rough asphalt parking lot.
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