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James and Leroy have spent the winter thinking about how to make the Knucknees' Basin course in Hotsprings better, so they decided to pour CEMENT tee pads!!!!!! They are talking about large 5' X 10' or maybe even 6' X 12' pads and there will be an alternate pad poured on all the long holes - and most of the medium length holes, too.

The course will be slightly altered and re-numbered with 3 - 4 new holes added where holes 17 and 18 have been that will be holes 1, 2, etc... Look for these to be a little shorter (300'-ish). They will be a good warm up before you get to the teeth of the course. Hole 18 will now be the hole that plays up to the pond. There will be a long tee added about 275' back from the current tee, that with a couple of landing zones mowed, make this a better par 4 and adds a lot more risk/reward and (hopefully) makes this a great finishing hole.

James will also be doing some drainage work on the pond so that the excess water flows across the fairways of holes 1, 2, and 3 to an old pond that is just short of the green on (old) hole 3. By pond, I mean 6'+ deep and kinda pretty to look at with sagebrush growing right on the edge of it. This pond is located just short of, and a little left of, the green on hole 3 if your throwing from the short tee and too the left of the green if your playing the dogleg from the long tee. Defintely gives this pretty hole some more teeth!!

He will also be expanding the water hazard just to the left of the basket on (old) hole 2 to come out into IB just short of the basket on the green. Should be cool!!

Look for these projects to be happening in the next few weeks. They hope to have them completed by the Spring Classic. They are really getting behind DG in Hotsprings so get up there and show your support!!! And don't forget your swimsuit!! A post round soak erases all those OB strokes!!

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Just played the course this

Just played the course this past weekend. It is in great shape. The changes sound awesome, esp. the pond on three.

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Water Hazard

James has been busy making the water hazard on hole 2 and it looks great!!! A fairly good sized pond just short of the basket that you must clear to be on the green and it still adds a lot of pucker factor putting back down at it. Definitly adds a little flavor to the hole!!

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More water hazards

James has been busy re-routing the water out of the pond to dry up the holes below it. He has created another small pond/water hazard on hole 2 shorter and to the right of the other water hazard he created. He has also added one on the right side of hole 3's fairway.

The course is really greening up nice, so he'll be mowing the course soon and hopefully the cement tees will be poured and ready by the Spring Classic!!

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Concrete Tpads=unreal! way to go Leeeeeeeeeeeeeeeroy and Jaaaaaaaaaaaaames, now that's what I am talking about! Those boys sure got the fever...with the new features and such Cash I thought is was real good before, but now? That course is going to be as smooth as a prom queens thighs...just not as risky Beer

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So last night I snuck out of

So last night I snuck out of town and met the Liphardt brothers for a round of golf at Knuck Knees basin. There are some new things going on up there, so I wanted to have an idea what I would be getting into playing the tournament next weekend.

Met up with Leroy and saw a map of the new course, so we felt comfortable playing the new layout. The way the map showed it, old #17 and #18 have become # 1 through 4. They are all pretty short and, well, not super exciting. Basically four thumber holes; which the Spokane crew should love. Old 14, 15, and 16 have become new 18, 19 and a practice green.

I was most bummed by the potential loss of hole 16 (the across the pond shot). This is the signature hole of the course AND the best water hole in the state. I don’t KNOW that the hole has been removed; I just really want to voice a loud support for keeping that hole in play. It is a great disc golf shot, and that tree has claimed many a driver. (Story…Leroy was leaning against the fence watching us tee off on 16 sometime last fall. Someone drove a big backhand hyzer over the water and Leroy said in his deep sad voice, “It’s doomed.” Sure enough, we never saw that disc again.)

The rest of the course is in great, beautiful shape. Wildflowers carpet every fairway (yellow flowers) and green (white flowers). The new water holes on 6 and 7 are great. They totally come into play. There was no way to play any other OB because it hasn’t been mowed yet, but I loved playing the course without freaking out about staying inbounds. It was a totally different experience and very, very nice. The wind was a huge factor early on but calmed down nicely by sunset.
I am fired up for next weekend.

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Knucknees' Basin

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Met up with Leroy and saw a map of the new course, so we felt comfortable playing the new layout. The way the map showed it, old #17 and #18 have become # 1 through 4. They are all pretty short and, well, not super exciting. Basically four thumber holes; which the Spokane crew should love. Old 14, 15, and 16 have become new 18, 19 and a practice green.

Yep. Hole 1 now starts where hole 17 was. Plays uphill and a little to the left. Hole 2 starts a little uphill from that and plays across the slope to the placement of old hole 17. Hole 3 tees from old hole 18's tee to a basket out in the middle. Hole 4 tees off from the corner of the sage to near where the old hole 8's basket was. James and Leroy wanted to have a loop of shorter, more beginner friendly holes for the people who soak and stay but don't necassarily play DG, but would like to try. The are definitly easier than most of the course, but still have some challenge if the OB is played. More on that, and the specific layout we'll play for the event, in the Spring Classic thread. Hole 18 will now be the hole playing up to the pond.

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I was most bummed by the potential loss of hole 16 (the across the pond shot). This is the signature hole of the course AND the best water hole in the state. I don’t KNOW that the hole has been removed; I just really want to voice a loud support for keeping that hole in play. It is a great disc golf shot, and that tree has claimed many a driver. (Story…Leroy was leaning against the fence watching us tee off on 16 sometime last fall. Someone drove a big backhand hyzer over the water and Leroy said in his deep sad voice, “It’s doomed.” Sure enough, we never saw that disc again.)

Yes, unfortunately this hole will be no more. It is too bad, but I think everyone who got to play it has a Leroy memory from that hole. Seems like he watched a lot of discs go in that pond... And he witnessed Andrew's the ace on that hole, too!! The only ace on the course so far.

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new look

all right, having played the new layout again (with some tweeks), I now like the new holes. I think all three new holes fit into the course veryt well. One with the island was tough, and three was tricky with the wind blowing (crazy headwind when we drove first round). I LOVED 18, especially from the long tee. TOUGH! I will always miss the pond hole, but I heard that golfers were just beating down the cattails too much, and I could see that to be true. I mean, I've been in those cattails before, so I get it. I'll miss the hole, though.

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Hotsprings winter course

A few of us made it up to Hotsprings a few weeks ago and the course was playing GREAT!!! A light dusting of snow really didn't affect play at all. Jim has the course set up in a 9 hole layout with (tourney) holes 1 - 5 and 13 - 17 having baskets. Play just the holes with baskets, or play the whole course and play to the black poles. Either way, it's a great place to play some winter golf as it is almost always nicer in Hotsprings than Missoula due to the town being in the rain shadow of Mt Baldy and the geothermic activity of the area.

Oh, and don't forget about the hotsprings!!!! Nothing better than playing a round of winter golf and following that by a good soak in the hotsprings!!! What great way to spend an afternoon!!!!!!!!!

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Great conditions!!

Snuck up to Hotsprings yesterday and the course is in absolutely GREAT condition!! Even though it was misting for most of the round, the course was dry and playing well! The only place it was wet were holes 17 & 18.

The baskets are still in the winter 9 hole layout, but its fun & the fairways are still mowed so you can still play the regular layout if you want.

And the post round soak makes for a great afternoon!!

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hot springs baskets

anyone know if the baskets (all of them) are back up at Knuckknees?

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