1. Maple Hill: I recently moved back to the Boston area after years away. Itís only gotten better with the tweaking of the red and blue courses. Elevation changes, water carries, wooded, open, Christmas treesÖand you even get back the discs you lost to the watery depths. There are a lot of signature holes here. Holes 8 through 14 are as good a succession of holes as you get. Itís like Thanksgiving followed by the 4th of July, and then Halloween is right after, then you enjoy Labor Day before settling into Christmas. When the leaves are changing and the air is cool, there is no course Iíd rather play.
2. Highbridge Blueberry: Terrific design. Lots of great course elements, like the tiered fairways and greens, multiple lines on every hole, and sculpted fairways. Holes 6-13 are another memorable streak of holes.
3. Highbridge Gold: Big wow factor on a lot of holes. This course is not unfair, but it lets you know where you stand. Long fairways with tough rough, rewarding long accurate shots but punishing blowhards with sky hyzer distance. Walking the 1000 feet of Hole 8ís fairway is why you play the game.
4. Conifer/Beaver Ranch: The best of the front range courses, and all five in this area are awesome. The first hole (or what used to be the first hole) straight up the mountain will make you throw a nose-up drive that you tried to teach yourself to avoid. Youíll throw a lot of great shots here. More than just about any course, I walk this one in my mind a lot. Every hole here is good.
5. Flip City: As I mentioned in my review, itís the Babe Ruth of disc golf. It has been surpassed by some, but youíd rather talk about this one then some of those. And youíd rather play it. No, itís not a championship caliber course, and if youíre an advanced player, you wonít be challenged too much. But youíll have a blast here.
6. Highbridge Granite Ridge: Longer than Blueberry and a tad bit more open. Bring your calves, as the up and down here wore me out more than any Colorado course. If youíre throwing accurately with some reasonable distance, youíll feel like a king. But there are a lot of places where things can go really wrong. Lots of tempting drives here. Only at Highbridge would this be the 3rd best course (and maybe 4th; I didnít get to play Bear)
7. Bucksnort: I bet you havenít heard of this one yet. This is the 2nd best of the front range courses in the Pine/Bailey/Conifer area. I had to get out of town to be in North Dakota the next morning but stayed to play a third round with my friends. It was worth it. About a third of the holes here are something youíve never seen before. I love the holes on/along/above/over the gigantic boulder. Itís a piece of rock bigger than a football field. Maybe the funnest course Iíve played.
8. Horning's Hideout Meadow Ridge: Great design that forces a lot of different skills. Nice elevation changes. Plenty of fun holes.
9. Lake Casitas: underrated. I donít hear this one mentioned a lot. Big elevation used in excellent ways. You may not get to throw your go-to shot on the downhill bombs. But youíll enjoy figuring out if you can throw the anhyzer that descends 100 feet and comes out of the turn at the right point. Lots of risk/reward putts here. Plus I got to see Ted Dansen when I was getting coffee in nearby Ojai, and when you can combine Ted Dansen and epic disc golf in a morning, you just donít pass that up.
10. Hummel. This may well be in the top 25 one day when the tees and signs are installed. Nebraska is flat, right? Nope. The elevation changes here rival Conifer. Hole 1ís throw down the staircase is among the best starting holes. Hole 2 is a completely unique shot that climbs maybe 40 feet up a hump before descending 50+ feet in an epic par 4. There are a half a dozen holes that gave me something Iíd never seen before. Itís rough around the edges now, but the design is there, and itís impressive.
Honorable mention: Blue Ribbon Pines, Waterworks, Magic Meadows, and Whistler's Bend