Saturday's Blog-due to no internet options.
This has been an incredible but extremely stressful long day. My GPS did not tell me it was taking me through a national park with a 25$ fee, slow idiot drivers and no gas or food for hours. I had to do it because it was 110 miles to backtrack, there's nothing else out here. I wish I had known ahead, had to drive like a maniac and was still late at the campsite, almost late enough to not be able to stay here and lose my deposit. I ended up driving through Grand Teton and Yellowstone, seeing Old Faithful, gigantic Moose, Bald Eagles, steaming hot rivers, glaciers, crystalline blue and green rivers, etc. Now I've knocked out over 1,000 miles in the past 36 hours, so I am beat. My arms hurt from holding the wheel, not from throwing, and it made me putt like crap today.
Pocatello, ID- Upper Ross: On a lush grassy hill with tunnels of trees and open holes with gaurded pins and fairways. Signatures include a basket tucked between two large rock walls, and a tee shot off a small cliff through a gap in branches 400' downhill hyzer with roab OB right, or can throw straight to gentle turnover not through small gap. Several longer holes and nothing too short. Has variety. Not very well marked, most signs gone, some baskets have the # facing so you can't read it from the tee (which is very easy to fix..)..is hard to figure out.
Idaho Falls, ID- Freeman: Tournament level long course often with straight line tunnels with gaps to be hit, with roller options. Fast rushing shallow creek in play on several holes. Well marked, short cement tees. Well maintained, no rough or high grass all park setting. Large shade trees and pines form fairways or sometimes are just there, leaving you to make something up. Needs 'next tee' markers in several places. Scenic. Has many harder par-3's, just barely dueceable and easy to bogey.
Driggs, ID- Teton Valley: Frustratingly blind and overgrown. Many holes require you to walk up to see the basket, not well marked due to vandalism. The trees have crowded in on some holes fairways, and there's tall grass and scratchy shrubs everywhere. One basket is on an island of rock, surrounded by shallow (except right behind it it's 3-4 feet deep) crystal clear water. From the tee, you can't even tell there's water there but you can see the basket, so of course I got wet in the deep part and didn't even know, thought I
was parked. The next hole I slipped on the loose rock tee and spent 20 minutes looking for my drive-due to not being able to watch it fly on a blind hole over shrubs and saplings with water hazards. The mosquitoes are breeding and they will eat you alive here. Tougher by far than it would have been when it first when in or if it was well maintained. No real par-4 however. Hole #8 throws over the shallow pond across a valley up a small hill with water beneath it, than across a flat area with woods to throw over most of the way.
Jackson Hole, WY- Teton Village: Bound to be the most scenic course I will ever play, it's right on the lowest slopes of one the country's top ski resorts. The course rises 250' and one hole drops 90' and is 600' long. The mountain above you from the highest point on the course is still nearly 4,000' higher at 11,000', still dotted with snow. An icy cold creek from the melt off comes into play on the last 2 holes, it's apparently 10-11 holes not 9. Features 3 long uphill tunnels, 3 giant downhill shots lined with thick woods that ate my disc and gave me 2 others, and a few duece opportunities if you can keep your shoulder up and rip high. The views cannot be beat, possibly the nicest view I've ever seen from a course, or just anywhere at all. There are more snow capped mountains across a giant valley, straight above you, and a village below, with gondolas running up and down the mountain above the holes. It's well marked, but the tees are dirt with rocks sticking out. Just a few hours from Old' Faithful, so if you're traveling out that way this is a must, even if not it still is.
Woke up, packed my campsite and went to grab a cold DEW out of the cooler, to find my rear passenger tire was FLAT. I could tell this was gonna be a great day..Sunday morning, in the middle of nowhere, in Montana, with a flat tire, 30 miles from a 'city' and with big plans to stick to. I called AAA, got the spare on which required 15 minutes of unpacking and re-packing and cleaning spilled brake fluid, Drove slowly 30 miles to the nearest tire place, Wal-Mart (forgive me) and got it fixed and a 4 tire balance to boot. By the time I got to the course, it was past noon. I planned to have finished two courses BY noon. Luckily, I ran into a local couple and their toddler at the first course, which otherwise would have been unplayable due to object golf and no signs. We played there, then I drove 120 miles to Missoula, went straight to the course. Now I'm at my tent-site with good internet, will upload some great pictures of Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Parks.
Helena, MT- Scratch Gravel:IMPORTANT- I do not recommend going out of your way to play this course unless you have a local guide, due to it being unmarked and object golf. I would never have been able to figure out more than a few holes without the help of the locals. This course is on the side of a mountain/hill, with tons of rocks and like it says, gravel-small loose stones can be very slippery. Many targets up on large rock outcropings, tagets consist of 2 homemade baskets, the rest are heavy metal tubes hung from trees, with an option to hit the tree instead (locals must have different methods). The tees are not marked, usually just a hard to spot or impossible to spot spot of dirt or gravel that looks like it's displaced. Very tightly packed pine trees making most shots blind, with many dives over short pines instead of throwing down a fairway.
Missoula, MT- Pattee Valley: In a national forest, with several holes unplayable currently, by law due to re-forestation efforts. Definitely good to have a spotter or a guide here, not marked other than stumps as tee markers. About 1/3 plays through short pines in a thick grassy field, completely unmaintained due to it being a national forest. You will probably lose a disc, I sure did. Every group I watched spent as much time searching as throwing. The rest is in tight pine trees in shadowy woods, very beautiful surroundings and peaceful. It's dusty, too dusty sometimes to take a pic for fear of ruining my lens. Several nice holes in the back. The targets are wooden posts, no baskets. I have not seen a basket today in fact. Almost every hole is a variation on straight-with varying lenghts and trees in the way. Several have absolutely no fairway, and if you think I'm exaggerating, the directory states 'very hard to not throw a shot without hitting one (tree)'. It helps to be an amateur and throw wild hyzers here vs. trying to throw controlled shots down fairways. The farther you throw, the worse off you can be.