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Pros: High Sierra DGC is a wide open, prairie style course with undulatating fairways and prevelant winds being your main obstacles out there. The course is set up in a disc golf exclusive area so there shouldn't be any non disc golf interferances while playing here.
Nice sized, flared concrete tee pads on all 18 holes. These are nicely done and more than adequate for this course. All were level and grippy. One tee pad per hole.
The baskets are Discatcher Pro 28's, which are some of the better baskets out there in my opinion. These were all mounted nice and level and caught great. It appeared that there were two pin positions on nearly, if not every hole. Good way to change things up a little bit. Especially on a wide open course like this. All baskets were numbered on the top band, and all numbers were facing the tee. Very helpful when numerous baskets can be seen from most tees.
No tee signs, but there were small number plates by each tee with the hole #. These same kind of plates were by the parking area directing you to either hole 1 or hole 10. The flow of the course was pretty intuitive. There's a front nine which plays on the lower south side of the park, playing counterclockwise back up to the parking lot. The back nine plays clockwise back to the parking lot on the upper, north side of the park. There are also woodchipped paths from basket to the next tee.
The course was pretty clean and it's free to play and permanent. If I lived around here I'd probably hardly ever play this in the summer months, but I'd be out here a bunch in the cooler months.
The design of the course is actually really good for the area they had to work with. There's a few pretty cool greens perched up on top of hills and some pins protected by the few large rock mounds. Basically, they used all the natural features out here, which isn't much, to great effect.
Cons: The course is completely wide open, so it gets repetitive pretty quickly. There's a couple power line poles in play on a few holes. Also a few stone mounds. Otherwise just wide open.
Be sure to wear sturdy, durable shoes out here. Lots of small cacti and yucca everywhere out here. Long pants would be advised too.
The sun will beat you down out here on hot clear days. It's not the longest round you'll play, but there is no escape from the sun out here. Be sure to bring enough fluids to stay hydrated. This is alleviated by the fact the 2 nines loop back to the lot. But it can be scorching out there.
Other Thoughts: This was my first, legitemate prairie course. Like the kind of prairie you picture when hearing the wood. I've played plenty of "prairie" courses in WI. This is a different animal altogether.
Not really my cup of tea, but I've certainly played much worse courses than this. If you're in the area, I'd say it's worth a quick spin. Shouldn't take more than an hour to play. But you probably won't feel the urge to play it twice. Good course for an area without too many options.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
High High Desert Disc Golf With Potential
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Pros: - Targets are DiscCatcher 28's and all of them are in good shape.
- Concrete Tee pads (Without hole numbers) are in very good shape with rocks nearby for sitting.
- Trails connect tees to pins and vice versa. Makes it easier to avoid cactus and sharp brush.
- The up and down layout paired with some mandatories and fences makes for a decent variety of shot shapes.
- This area is only used for disc golf, so no picnics or playgrounds to slow your round down.
Cons: - There certainly is a 'lack' of obstacles - no trees or major hazards. If you're used to playing wooded courses you might feel like this is too much of a point and shoot course.
- While there is a degree of intuitiveness to the layout, I was confused the first time I played and heavily relied upon Udisc for navigation. Tee signs or Tee pad numbers would be a major upgrade.
- Course is very exposed to the wind and elements. This isn't necessarily a 'con', but can be frustrating at times.
- I assume there is a rattlesnake risk in the summer months.
Other Thoughts: Billings is starting to feel more and more like a disc golf city. High Sierra adds unique disc golf experience even if it isn't the most beautiful or challenging course you've ever played (I'm relatively new). If anything, this is a great course to play if you want to get away from the crowds at Pioneer park with a little more of a polished feel compared to Diamond X. I hope the local disc golf club continues to develop this course and add new features over time.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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Wide Open Spaces
+ All targets are DisCatcher 28's in good condition
+ 2 pin placements for all holes
+ Good layout & flow through course (can easily start on front or back 9, tee pads not at risk from errant shots)
+ Some elevation in play and a few interesting greens
+ Some paths & greens are mowed, which is nice
+ Good mix of hole lengths, ranging from short ace runs to a few bombers (all par 3's though)
- No trees, just wide open holes
- Uncompacted gravel teepads are deteriorating
- Plant life can be obnoxious: yucca & cacti will poke you, long prairie grasses get seeds in socks & shoes, some of the denser areas can even swallow a disc
This course is on a wide open piece of prairie. There are hardly any obstacles and on many days the most significant hazard is the wind. Even with A+ amenities this course would probably max out at a 3 disc rating.
That having been said, the course is decent considering the boring landscape. Some fence OB's, optional islands (with mowed greens), and power pole mando's make a few of the holes interesting. There's even a water hazard on Hole 16.
In the summer & fall I'd suggest wearing ankle gaiters to keep grass seeds out of your socks and shoes.
No water on site--bring your own.
This course is a good addition to the Billings scene overall. It's a less crowded alternative to Pioneer and a stepping stone to the more hardcore terrain at Diamond X.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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