Very Good College Course
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This being my third Colorado Mountain College Course to play, I am amazed at how good these college courses are. The course is placed in an area of the campus where you won't run into many other activities.
The terrain is gently rolling (except Hole 2) and for the most part covered with brush and shortish trees. There is a good variety of hole lengths from rather short (166') out to 400'+.About half of the holes are over open brushy ground, with the rest using trees to require shaping drives and hitting gaps.
Hole 2 is the signature hole where you drive over a crater (sinkhole?) to a basket perched on the opposite side. Absolutely the best piece of terrain on the course.
Tee pads were good flat concrete with decent texture. Signs were photo-type with each of the pin positions noted. Some holes showed as many as 4 pin positions.
There are some spectacular views of the surrounding mountains from several places on the course.
Cons: Tee signs are getting pretty faded. With several pin positions it was difficult to know where to throw without walking up quite a ways.
For a mountain course I though it was disappointingly flat, and somewhat open. Many of the holes were quite open and kind of meh...
On the wooded holes the trees are short enough that a spike hyzer or overhand will get you over the top.
The tee pad for Hole 1 was submerged in slimy water that was overflow from irrigating the adjacent soccer field.
Other Thoughts: This is a very good course, but I just didn't think it lived up to its 4.5 rating. I've played several Colorado courses this summer that I thought were significantly better, and rated them 4 and 4.5, so this one gets a 3.5. But still, and very good course.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
How easy it is to overlook the juniper, sage, and pine
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: In a desert sort of feel, it might seem like each hole would be the same and redundant--and many follow a similar pattern--but the course does not feel boring or redundant; each of the 18 holes leaves the player asking "what's next."
The course gives you many chances to let the disc rip, but it also requires you do plan most of your shots. You will find yourself pulling out some real technical throws to navigate through the junipers and pines and throwing your disc in ways you don't always have to.
Good variety on distance.
Awesome views. Also, just really fun to walk.
Many locals who frequent the course and are very willing to let you play with them. I played with a group of 6 locals and had a blast. They gave me tips along the way and made me feel welcome to their course.
There are a lot of pros to this course that others have highlighted that don't need repeating. Overall, this course just has something really unique.
You will search for your disc often, but shouldn't lose a disc.
Cons: Others have pointed out the signage. It is pretty good, but still a little faded. There is good signage to get you to the next tee most of the time. Really, I think the signage issue is just brought up because a lot of us are trying to fairly assess the course and see what could be improved. This is probably the lowest-hanging fruit on that list, but it isn't really that bad.
Hole #2 could send you to serious injury if you overrun the tee pad. I don't know what the rules are on length of tee pad...these seem pretty standard, but I have long strides and would have liked about 50% more runway. That's just my style.
Other Thoughts: This is one of those courses where you will find yourself going par, par, par, and then quadruple bogey because you hit about ever single tree on a particular hole. That's how it went for most of us and it was different for each of us on each hole.
This is probably my favorite course I've played so far and is worth the high reviews. I made it a point to play on vacation and it lived up to my expectations.
For those of you who enjoy the plant and wildlife aspect of playing, this is probably as good as it gets. The smell of juniper, the sage brush and pines, you will love it.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
One of my favorite courses!
Pros: I played this course with my dad and we both really liked it. It is definitely my favorite course in Colorado that I have played
- All of the tees are concrete and are in good shape
- The course is well laid out, we were able to find the next tee no problem after every hole
- None of the holes were too hard, I would say I am a beginner-intermediate player and I honestly felt like I had a chance get a birdie or a par on every hole. The holes were challenging but not to the point of "eh this hole isn't for me".
- There was no real danger of having a disc rolling away, as is a risk on other mountain courses.
- The scenery is magnificent, Mt. Sopris is a perfect backdrop.
- Hole 2 is a phenomenal hole that I can't wait to play again. Sopris and the crater are awesome!
- I really liked the vegetation, there were tumble weeds and desert brush, but I was always able to locate my discs with ease.
- Good signage throughout
- The course designers did a great job with what they had
Cons: All of these cons were not a big deal and are some what nit-picky
- Lack of any trash cans - I understand why they don't have any but I prefer to have them on courses :)
- The Tee signs were pretty faded, could be replaced but I could figure out where the holes were.
- On hole 12 we messed up and threw into hole 10's basket, (So what I'm getting at is sometimes its difficult to find out what basket is for that hole)
Other Thoughts: This is a great course! I highly recommend it! Go play if you are in the area, you won't regret it!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Beautiful, and Technical
Pros: * Tees are wide at the back and taper toward the front, making it nice for throwing at a off angle from the end of the tee and giving you good space for a run up to throw.
* Clean course
* Well laid out course brings you back to the parking area nicely
* Post at each Tee that gives you an Idea of where to throw, even if you can't see the Pin (Basket)
* Multiple Pins (Baskets) (usually 2 - 4) makes it fun to throw multiple times
* Pins (Baskets) are bright Yellow and some have flags of orange poles out the top making it a little easier to spot where you need to throw.
* Most (if not every) Tee has a bench or Place to sit
Cons: * Some of the Pin (Basket) locations make it so you have to cross back through the filed of play to get to the next hole (only a Con if the course is busy)
* Some of the posts markings showing the pin (Basket) locations have gotten wet making them hard to read.
* Even with the post markings, some of the holes lead you to throw almost blind in a general direction since you can't see where the Pins (Baskets) are located.
* Even with the signs point toward a next Tee, Sometimes it is tricky to see where the next Tee is located (on the flip side, you can see where others have left a trail which gives you a good idea as to where it is)
* Wind in the High altitude can be a challenge on many holes where height is needed.
Other Thoughts: This is a Favorite course for me. Forcing me to use different throws and different discs to make it through the course.
Hole 2, was a great way to use a crater (the pins when I played were all on the ridge on the other side), adding a challenging twist to the beginning of the course.
I wouldn't have a beginner try this course, due to the technical holes making it hard to hit par. Yet as my first time playing this hole, I had 1 birdie, and was usually 1 or two over (I played all holes as a par 3).
The thin air (high altitude) makes for a tough play, for me it seemed my discs just did not have the float time that they normally have at lower altitude making it hard for longer shots.
I highly recommend this course, and if you have someone to spot discs and Pins (Baskets) with you, it makes for a great place to throw.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: The course is very well laid out. Maps with pin placement and distances at each hole Great use of terrain to challange you to consider shots.
Cons: Unable to come up with any at this point
Other Thoughts: I absolutely love hole 2 the way the crater is used. I look forward to playing it again.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Course is in good shape, 1st time played. They have tried to do a good job of good course sign and next tee signs. Course was nicely layed out with some good variety.
Cons: Several holes were similar, Drive in the open then basket was protected in the trees 30-50 back.
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Fun technical mountain course
Pros: Nicely laid out course, pretty easy to follow the signs to the baskets. We didnt know about the extra holes and went from 2 and played a few more holes before we ended up on 4 however. Technical shots for a lot of holes and a few wide open ones to let you see how the wind wants to help (or hurt) you.
Cons: I found some holes were a little too technical with no good way to effectively make it to the hole. Wind can carry your discs away with the high wind and changes of elevation.
Other Thoughts: It was one of my favorite courses in colorado so far (i prefer technical over open) and the views from the course are amazing.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
One of Colorado's Best
Pros: -Very nice long concrete tee-pads
-Bright baskets that are easy to see
-Very large vareity of holes that will challenge the different types of shots in your bag (wide open bombers, wooded, elevation changes, etc.)
-All of the holes have at least 2 or more different pin positions
-The course has a large variety of distances on it (the distances range from about 250 to about 600 feet depending on which pin positions are currently in)
-The holes are well-designed and some of them present quite a challenge
-The tee-signs are very nice as they show all the pin positions, give the distance from all the pin positions and also show an overhead view and from the tee-box view of the hole
-Almost every hole has a bench on it or somewhere to sit and take a break, which is nice because this course gets warm and is a bit of a hike
Cons: -There are a few spots on this course where it can be hard to navigate to the next hole especially when certain pin positions are in (There are signs that point to the next tee-pad but they don't always point in the right direction)
-On some holes if the basket is in a certain pin position you have to walk back up the fairway to get to the next holes, which could lead to some safety issues if the course is crowded
-Some of the teepads are raised slightly above the ground and have a bit of a drop off (Hole 2 has a major drop-off in front of the teepad) that if you are not careful could lead to a twisted ankle or something like that.
Other Thoughts: This course is one of the best courses I have played in Colorado. It is an absolute blast to play and has a ton of fun really well designed holes that will definitely challenge you. This course is definitely worth driving too and playing no matter the distance.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Destination ,destination ,destination !!!!! Amazing!!!!!
Pros: Where to begin??? This coarse is amazing! Each hole is very well defined, minimal confusion. Really challenging and fun shots. Amazing views of surrounding Aspen,Vail,and Snowmass. Very clean and well maintained. Met a bunch of really cool fellow disc players as well.
Cons: None for the most part. There are 2 or 3 holes with thick trees, but that's what they have the tomahawk throw.
Other Thoughts: This is an amazing coarse!!! I would for sure consider this a destination coarse. If your really all about it, you could make it a weekend trip. Play this coarse on Saturday and then drive 45 minutes up the road and play Snowmass. A lot of fun and the local disc community are great people.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Home Sweet Home
Pros: I'm a local player, and volunteer for the local club. That being noted, this is my favorite course I've played anywhere in the country. I feel so lucky I get to play here everyday. The views of the mountains to the south are dramatic and awe inspiring; sunsets are a like a dream. Each hole has 2 or 3 positions, which are moved around regularly so its ever changing. Great lengths have been made to create signage for each hole at the tees with accurate distances, and as of this past week each hole has a "to the next tee" directional sign in order to make it user friendly for folks on their first visit.
Favorites are #2 which is over a huge crater, and #8 which is long and open with a technical ending zone. I love the whole course actually; each hole is well thought out. Many holes end left, and just as many end right. Bring a full bag, and a big arm.
Cons: I don't know; wish they weren't so strict about the "dogs on leashes" thing. The campus police are all over you if they see your dog running around off leash. The course itself isn't lacking anything I can think of.
Other Thoughts: I give this course a 5 with complete sincerity. I can't think of anything its lacking, comparing to other big courses I've seen. I played De Lavega last winter, and this one isn't lacking anything they have there in Santa Cruz; actually our 12' concrete tee pads are better than theirs, and our signage is better too! I'm just saying. I did love De Lavega, and many others that I've played, but this course is my all time favorite.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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