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My legs were like jell-o today after just the first round. It hurt more to drive than to play. That course was so mountainous, not a good place to start the day off at. By pure chance my KOA has a frisbee-golf* course at it tonight, so my 4th round will be later when the sun is setting. It wasn't listed because it's newer than the 2008 guide.

Missoula, MT- Blue Mountain:
Just getting up to the 1st tee can knock the wind out of you and make you feel weak, it's about a 75' steep rise. It's in a national forest-no mowing, no cutting down trees, but it doesn't need much of either. Plays up, down and sideways along steep hills, though never really in a place where if you release bad you'd lose your disc down a cliff or anything. Beautiful scenery and views of other mountains. Several big shots downhill, one big shot uphill that makes you feel pathetic after driving on it. Many tight holes, with a few 2-stage par-4's. Well marked, but rough dirt/rock tees. Many blind holes leave you walking up to scout ahead, and there's just no energy for that while playing here. Most holes are straight, no major doglegs. Top level for mountain golfing, good spot for an A-tier tournament.

Frenchtown, MT- Echo Valley: In another Nation Forest right around the corner from Blue Mountain. This one is thicker-some holes have almost no fairway, and lots of rough. Up and down long and steep hills through tight pine trees. Has signs for the most part, but hard to find a few holes. Targets are home-made tone poles. Be ready to go all the way back down the hill after you hit it and your disc rolls down. It begins with a 350' uphill hole that plays like 500'+ and is straight through a 15-20' wide tunnel. Be aware of mountain lions and bears.

Kalispell, MT- Lawrence:Very open, with just a few trees and no woods in play. One basket on a hill otherwise pure flat. Unmarked tiny cement tees and no #'s on baskets, realized I played the first hole wrong and therefore the last, only after I got to the last hole. Long, with 3 holes over 350'. Two holes play blindly to the left around a steep hill with tall grass. Homemade baskets are cheap and fragile.

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Comment by Smokey on July 31, 2008 at 12:55am
That's what I'm talking about Ben. Sorry I wasn't around to play the course with you. I just got back from teaching down in Yellowstone National Park.

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