Times Staff Writer
Beautiful scenery and 18 holes of fun.
That is what the Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) 18-hole disc golf courses provide.
No experience is needed, as the “ten-three @ CB” short course — .6 miles of beautiful wood scenery — is a great place to start for beginners. However, pine trees surrounding the holes does present a challenge for throwing discs. Par on the ten-three @ CB short course is three on every hole.
For more experienced disc golfers, the ten-three @ CB long course is sure to provide a multitude of challenges — the greatest among them the wind. While the wind can be harsh at times, it doesn’t take away from the beautiful mountain scenery throughout the course.
“It is an awesome course,” said Mt. Crested Butte Bryan Burks. “This is the best course I’ve ever disc golfed on.”
Both courses will play host to the Silver Fox Classic Disc Golf Tournament on July 14.
If disc golfers get to the long course early before the lifts start up, there is a chance to catch wildlife while golfing.
Burks noted that over the last fours years, he has seen a moose and bear.
The long course — recently named one of the top 25 courses in America — is 1.7 miles and offers a 2.6-mile hike to the base area. The longest hole on the course is hole No. 5 at 615 feet from the basket, with the shortest hole (No. 11) at 140 feet.
Throughout both courses, there are directional arrows leading to the next basket.
To get to the ten-three @ CB short and long courses without hiking, take the Red Lady Express lift. The short course is directly in front of the top of the lift, while the long course starts on the left-hand side. The long course can also be reached by taking a 30 to 45 minute hike from the “UP and AWAY” uphill bike and two-way hiking trail.
Additionally, with elevation at 10,000 feet, sunblock, sunglasses, water and adequate clothing is recommended. With both courses incorporating mountainous terrain, proper footwear also is recommended.
Discs can be rented at the Evolution Bike Shop, located adjacent to the Adventure Park at the base area. Disc golf bag rental costs $20 — and comes with three discs, with replacement disks costing $11.
CMBR requests disc golfers’ assistance in confining foot traffic to established paths and trails. Following the line of arrows and merging paths and trails, in single file, will help minimize impact on the surrounding area.
What: Silver Fox Classic Disc Golf Tournament
When: July 14; registration from 6-10:30 a.m. with a start at 11 a.m.
Where: Crested Butte Mountain Resort
What else: The pro tournament will be held on the long course and the amateur categories will compete on the short course. Both are located at the top of the Red Lady Express lift. Registration fees are $25 for adults and $10 for kids ages 12 and under. Prices include a single lift ride for the day. Head back to the base area afterwards for the awards party at Butte 66 with raffle prizes. Visit www.skicb.com/discgolf for more information.
(Brandon Warr can be reached at 970.641.1414 or firstname.lastname@example.org.)