Well, I doubt that Beaver Ranch would have the scene that DeLa has, which is part of what made DeLa so good imo. That and the challenge and history of it. From the reviews and pictures, I get the feeling that Beaver Ranch isn't even as good as Beaver Meadows. But all this spectulation should come to an end by the end of the week, as I plan to pay a visit to Beaver Ranch very soon. DeLa is the only 5 I've given, I think one per, every 70 courses (if they deserve it) isn't bad. Plus I didn't see the "cons" at DeLa as poorly as you did and honestly felt the 4&1/2 punished DeLa too much.
Funny how I feel like I've have to stick up for Dela, its not MY home course, I just think way too many people out there are underrating it. However, I'm confident though, that as more people rate courses good or bad the more accurate their grade will be. In the end it can't be "wrong" because its a matter of opinion. DeLa must be one of those places where one dude thinks it rules and the next guy is trying to figure out why. You can tell by the range in vote grades as well as the smattering of thumb downs going both ways. I knew I would get my first thumbs down reviewing it and I don't care.
Another opinion, Thunderhead is the best rocky mountain course.
BTW, what would you rate Beaver Ranch?
Eric, I have been waiting for your scores to be posted in your scorebook. Getting a birdie on 6 at schaefer is great. If my drive is far enough, I hit a tree on my putts. They just relocated the pins at Bird's Nest and made it a little harder. I hope you enjoyed that course. Also, I am hoping you got to Ghost Town. I will be checking your scorebook to see how you did. I hope you enjoyed your trip up here!