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Played on September 24, 2015.  18 Holes, give or take.

As the name implies, this course is in the shadows of Mt. Hood.  As it is, it’s a seasonal feature to try to bring in some additional revenue to a ski slope in the summer.  And like other courses built on the sides of mountains, it’s not a course that’s going to win any awards.

I mean, seriously, how many times in your life are you going to play this course?  It’s not like it’s near anywhere that anybody actually lives.  And once you’ve played it, there’s really no desire to go back there and play it again.

First, you have to get to hole one... at the top of the mountain.  If the ski lift is running, it would be rather easy.  Just pay your eight bucks and have a seat.  But if it’s not, you’re walking.  And don’t forget, you have to walk back down, too.  As well, in the winter those baskets are under about 30 feet of snow.

That said, it wasn’t that bad of a course.  I didn’t feel like my life was in danger at any point.  The course was logically laid out, and the tee pads and holes were all well marked and easy to find.  They didn’t, though, have the distances marked on any of the holes, not that what you can normally throw really applies when you’re throwing downhill on a mountain.

That’s why it’s always a good idea when playing courses on a mountainside to take your “throw away” discs – those discs that you won’t miss if, for instance, they curve right when you really wanted them to curve left, and then they flatten out and just keep going... and going ... and going.  I threw a disc that went a thousand feet if it went one.  I never did see that thing come down.  But it was fun to watch.  It was easily in the air for over ten seconds.  All told, I broke even on discs.  I lost three and I found three.

There are a few tight fairways, mostly toward the top, where the course follows along the service road, but the bottom half of the course is mostly zigzagging from one side of the ski slope to the other.  And I never did find the basket to 18.  I found the tee pad, but if there was a basket at all, it was in the opposite direction from the parking lot, and by that time of the day, one more basket wasn’t really going to make a difference.

Directions From Portland, go east on 26.  Look for a big mountain.  You can’t miss it.