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I decided to camp for free rustic-like at Hot Sulfur Springs' course, so no internet last night due to roaming.
Tabernash, CO- Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA: In a resort town, on hilly pine forested terrain below and surrounded by the mountains capped with snow. Mix of tight shots through alleys of tall, but dead pines; semi-open longer holes through and over and around much shorter and wider live pines, and a few open holes. Most of the time it is best to be able to throw over or around the fairway, and crash in at the right spot or hit the right gap in the pines gaurding the pin. One small creek on a hole. Beautiful views in every direction. Homemade baskets work pretty well. Tough to navigate, there are some waymarkers but several tricky walks are not marked, and it takes some guess-work and perseverance. I never found hole #4's proper tee-pad but I think I know about where it's supposed to be.

Hot Sulfur Springs, CO- Pioneer: Very flat but almost at the edge of a tall rocky cliff, plays in somewhat swampy and some sandy dry areas covered with shrubbery and trees with low branches. Several very tightly wooded holes, several wide open. The river comes into play on one hole, and there is a small water hazard on another hole or two. Long pants would be smart here due to scratchy bushes and grass and bugs. It's easy to lose a disc, I did and have to go back tonight and search..300' from my tent. Good variety and having a big arm doesn't help, have to throw soft smooth shots to stay out of rough. Can be hard to navigate, several long walks unmarked, but otherwise most have tee signs.

Grand Lake, CO- Winding Creek Resort: A FRISBEE golf course for sure, plays through an active campground and has tents and RV's on fairways. Mostly open or just tucked back in a tree line, with a few long holes. There are maps but it's still hard to figure out. The targets are small metal hoops on a post, hard to make a putt on if you play it as have to make the hoop.

THURSDAY:I finally got to see Elk and Moose this time around in Colorado. I saw a Moose on the side of the road today, eating bushes and stopped to take pictures. It stayed there for 10 minutes while dozens of other people pulled over. I had no internet or phone yesterday.

Steamboat Springs, CO- Thunderhead:
Stunning course on a ski resort at very high elevation, one of the most physically demanding courses I've ever encountered. It doesn't even get within a one hour's hike of the top of the mountain, but it's steep and way up and cold. There is still snow at the very top of the mountains around here, some is huge and easily 10' deep still. The holes themselves are not very challenging, all can easily be deuced, but there is major trouble if you let it sail down the hill on the wrong direction, and lots of thick rough on many holes. Some baskets are on steep hillsides in woods and you can roll hundreds of feet away on a missed putt. Not too well marked but if you follow foot trails it's easy. Worth the long drive to get up there, there's nothing much like it. Be prepared to get light headed.

Red Feather Lakes, CO- Sundance Trail Ranch:Long and tough in a flatter area of a ranch surrounded by tall peaks of rocks, on top of the mountain. 3$/round pay at main Lodge building and get a scorecard/map. There are about half tightly wooded pine tree tunnel holes, half more open and long up and down hills and across valleys. Two holes venture up the side of a rock cliff, it gets extremely steep there. Horses are everywhere, and so is what they leave behind. Signature holes is #3-basket can be seen coming up fairway, surrounded by large boulders with a man-sized hole between 3 of them that the chains can be hit through, or throw over the boulders.

Tonight I have to look at whether to go West into Idaho or North into Montana tomorrow from Wyoming. Leaning towards Pocatello Idaho due to costs and the descriptions of the courses. Either way I'll end up near Helena, MT in about 3 days.

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Comment by Terry "the Pirate" Calhoun on July 17, 2008 at 8:06pm
Hey, Ben, hi from Montreal. Wish I was with you instead. A week of suit and tie is gonna kill me.

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