I finally got to see Mt. Rushmore today, it was pretty cool. Something that definitely should be seen by everyone who can in person. Pictures just don't do justice to standing there looking up at it. There's a cool side view spot to see Washington from the side. I wasn't about to spend 10$ to park for a few minutes, and was fortunate enough to get a spot in the tiny pull-off that you can view it from before the pay-to-park. After the first two rounds, I drove 330 miles to the next course and after those two another 50 miles to my destination of Ft. Collins, CO. Long day. I had never been to Wyoming until today.
Rapid City, SD- Omaha:A fairly short and open course is a small, flat grassy park dotted with mature cotton wood trees. It plays along the busiest road in the city. Well designed featuring a balance of all shots, no challenges or hazards. There is a marked OB line on a few holes. Great views of across the street..there needs to be a course there.
Rapid City, SD- Jackson:I ran into a local at Omaha, Bruce, a member of this site, and he showed me around at Jackson. There are multiple pin positions and tees for some hole, and it was mostly set up in the shortest layout, making it very easy to shoot double digits under par. There's a few holes with a small creek hazard. Mix of tightly packed trees in an open space, baskets guarded by trees and tree lined fairways. Never goes into actual woods, but is not too open. There is one hole throwing the length of a creek with the basket right past it, and OB right behind the basket, making about half the 10 meter circle OB, which adds character. I used either sidearm or a rhyno on half the holes. Very well designed and balanced, well marked and with good tees.
Cheyenne, WY- Dry Creek Parkway:Plays often back and forth over a creek that is in the middle of a small line of trees, fairways dotted with trees and lined with tall grass. There are a few par-4's and it can be tough. Somewhat technical, never any tight shots but some requiring smooth throws to landing areas or between trees. There's a pond hole that throws through trees ringing the pond, the basket less than 5' from the water on the other side of the pond. The main entrance was under construction-literally right at the parking lot, so you have to park a ways back and walk in. The sign posts don't show the proper length due to new pin positions, or the fairway curve. So with most holes being very blind off the tee, and with MANY backtracking walks, this one takes a long time to play and is tiring.
Cheyenne, WY- Mylar:I ran into a local who told me about this, and another, course in town that's not even listed. It's just a few miles down the road and some guys at this park will probably be adding it to the directory soon. There are a couple really nice holes here, like the 400' gently downhill curving right fairway, with a rocky creek on the right and a slanted open hill on the left. Also can be very blind, have to scope out the holes. There are #'ed posts and grass tees. One hole throws over a pond and one throws along a pond. Good use of large grassy hill.