650disc/9mini golf courses
Almost literally..after my last round, while driving, I reached down to whack at an itch on my leg, thought it was a mosquito. It was a big red ant digging into my flesh, and I bled for several minutes. WTH??
Whitefish, MT- Smith Lake:
Luckily I ran into Spencer at the KOA last night, and he showed me around on this unmarked, object course. Also played with his girlfriend, and showed them how to play glow golf last night at the KOA course. It's very short, there's no need for a long range driver here. Tightly wooded pine tree tunnels on small but steep hills in a national forest area. Unmarked, a bit rough, and no baskets. Most of the holes are pretty good though. The targets are homemade tone poles. Mostly straight shots, with options to play through woods on side of tunnel sometimes. #18 almost forces an overhand drive over short pines blocking all low air shots. It would be smart to get a guide, but it is possible to figure it out, if you can even find it, the lot and the first hole show no signs of disc golf either.
Troy, MT- Timberbeast:I wasn't planning on playing this course, but it happened to be on my route, I saw the sign for Troy and that I was crossing the creek it said to turn after in the guide, and made a snap decision to play it since it's 100 feet from the road I was on, and I just realized I was going to gain an hour today. Tees are unmarked squares of gravel, but there's a nice map at the first hole. Very rough around the edges, but the fairways are good. It can be hell off the fairway. Short and technical, some holes under 200' are very tough. One hole plays along a train track. No major elevation, water hazard, OB, but solid beginner course.
Athol, ID- North Star:Next to Wreckreation. Good and challenging medium length course in a heavily pine-forested flat area that used to be a naval base. There are still foundations, roads, tunnels and watertowers being slowly grown over by nature. Several kooky holes, like a sharp 90 degree turn. The tee sign on hole #2 or was it #3 could injure a lefty on the follow through. Several par-4 or close. Some straight tunnels, some over rows of pines, some sparsely forested field shots. Well marked, with all signs in and maps, good tees, needs a bit of mowing.
Athol, ID- Wreckreation:(wrecked-creation?)Overgrown like mad with about half the holes being completely blind and behind walls of pines, forcing a shot over and down into them, can't watch it fly or know where it landed or what it hit-easy to lose a disc and get frustrated. Nothing like the other course-first 2 holes are rather insane, with #1 being a tight 180' 's' shot tunnel to a tiny landing zone to then throw 90 degrees to the right slightly uphill through a low ceiling to the basket. Then hole #2 is like hole 'E's' champ. basket on the Monster Course, Hudson Mills, Dexter, MI- a tiny tunnel though, low ceiling, to a tiny gap through tall bushes then to the basket behind more trees. Hole #7 requires you to pin your drive perfectly on a steep hillside for the 2, completely out of sight from the tee-can't see the disc after 100' of flight, don't know where it lands or what it hits, can't see the fairway or the basket. There are just too many holes like that here, another one is not even 150', downhill, blind over thick thorn bushes and pine trees, and it's not even an accurate tee sign so I landed where it was supposed to be and was 100' off. Also, the signs can be way off here. Harder to navigate. Needs some serious TLC to fix it up. I'm sure it can be fun..just not alone for the first time, trying to play it seriously, and in light rain after playing 54 other holes.