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I have had NO sprint signal for at least a day (not a huge surprise, could barely get a satellite signal around here).

Newport, NH- Pinnacle: This is a new course, a work in progress, but it is very playable and clean much work has been put into it already. It is very tough, I shot a 57. Good design, no 'crazy' or irregular holes, tight woods on some steep hills with lots of rocks and creeks. The tees are rough but they are working on them one by one, and the signage is good. It has several world-class signature holes, including a 550' downhill that starts out doglegging left, then straight then a bit right, with a creek on right and short of basket across fairway, with several large trees in the middle around the corner, but relatively wide fairway after the first turn. The woods here are cleaned back even off the fairway, so if you get a kick, you still have a shot to play and can find your disc, I like that. It's worth the destination, pretty far from anything else.

Randolph, VT- White River: This course is on the very short and easy side. Tight and technical all good holes, testing most shots, several over-water but easy to stay dry holes. Beautiful views. The woods are thick and tight, but the kind of vegetation that you can walk through without getting cut-up and you can find your disc easily, so it's a fun course. You really have to be smooth there are some small gaps to hit. Not much signage, but easy to follow footpaths.

Warren, VT- Sugarbush Base: The Peak course was closed until June, this course was "technically" closed as well, but they let me on for free and even hooked me up with stickers, thanks! I might have been the first player on it this year, no footprints out there. It takes well over an hour to play, as you walk up and down steep hills a lot and it is a physical workout so be prepared. Tees are crushed rock, they get the job done. They provide maps so you can't get lost. Really great design, a mix of longer open holes with some very short woods holes. The short woods holes are technical putter shots often. Amazing views, and it's only at the base of the mountain, there was still snow on the ground. It is a must-play for the region, go in season and play both.

Waterbury Center, VT- Center Chains DGC: I was on my way to my hotel from Sugarbush, when I saw signs for Waterbury, so I decided to play it that night instead of the next morning to save time and gas. Bad decision. It was league night and packed, took well over 2 hours and had to join up and make a 4-some. The course probably was pretty nice when it went it, but it has since grown in and trees block most realistic shots at the holes, giving you bad kicks and hard to find discs. This is because the park system doesn't maintain it in that way, and doesn't allow the players to I found out. Other than that, it's still a decent course, lots of variety and it really forces smooth throws. The tees are rough and signage is lacking. Baskets are homemade. First tee is straight back across the soccer field from the lot.

Johnson, VT- Johnson State College
: This is a good course. Great signs showing the hole and distance, easy to follow. The tees can be rough, with room to throw from side though. It is just 12 holes. Most are short woods holes in putter range, but well designed and tight. Several longer more open holes including one 380' ish over a creek, around a stand of trees either to the left or to the right and downhill, facing mountains in the distance.

Montgomery, VT- Black Falls: It is unbelievable how much work the owner has done here. It's thick pine forest carved out better than some city parks are, all by one guy. Even has man-made ponds, tees, tee-signs..
I actually got to play with John the owner, beat him by 1 stroke, shooting a 54 (record is 52) on gold-to-gold. There are two tees and two baskets in the ground for each hole, making 4 round options to pick from. It's a vacation destination and a good tournament course. Begins with 550' downhill slight turn tunnel next to a house (fee if you hit it), over a pond and with woods lining it and behind the pin. Will make for some tough tournament play, tough but fair.

Jay, VT- Jay Peak (Firstrrax): The course guide was EXTREMELY inadequate for this course. All it says is that it's at the base of Jay Peak, which it's not, it's miles away in-town. Also didn't mention that it's seasonal, and I was lucky it was just put up and I was able to play it for free. I updated the info. It is short with enough long holes to air it out sometimes. Several water shots. Good but basic design, nothing too challenging, a good beginner course. Well maintained and marked, etc. Place to gas up, eat, drink and buy discs on site. Worth playing if you go to Sugarbush/Black Falls etc.

Augusta, ME- Quarry Run: I played the tournament here and took last cash, winning doubles with the guy I tied Ken Swift. This course had 3 types of tees- astroturf, cement blocks that are not even, and rocky with huge stumps. You have to sign a waiver to play. It's not well designed, most holes are tight but with no line, in the Pro field 4/4 on most cards on half the holes would hit a tree early and the person who got a 3 was the one with the best kick off the tree. There's a hole I had to roll into a large rock, and bounce over it, to get to, on purpose. It's just 200' and many people 4'ed it trying to drive into the tree line with no fairway just pure trees. The open holes are nice and top level though. They had a record MPT turnout for the event. Only got one course in that day, 3 rounds on it.

Stats: 73 new courses, 75 played, 77 rounds in 21 days of play, 448 courses total.
About to Tee off with Beatz at the Dragon right behind the first people to show up to play for the day.

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Comment by Ben Calhoun on May 18, 2008 at 9:18pm
Pleasant Hill
Comment by david gipson on May 18, 2008 at 8:33pm
Ben I beleive it was Pleasant Hill not Dragan right? Saw you there this afternoon or did you guys play Dragan as well
Comment by Rizbee on May 18, 2008 at 11:43am
Good to hear from you again, and congrats on last cash (better than no cash...). What route did you take from Jay to Augusta, and how long was the drive? We're working on our july itinerary...

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