Pros: Beautiful park
Plenty of shots required
If played with the mandos (poorly marked) it add a lil' to it
Cons: This is my most played course and yet I loose discs a lot
Nothing really telling you OB, Mandos... like the sidewalk on the back side
Dogs running up to you off the leash. (There are leash laws)
Can get busy with Dgers and other park activities
Other Thoughts: Overall I love this course and is where I am learning to play. So, it will always have a special place with me so it is biased.
Pros: -Concrete tee pads
-Nice park with green grass
-Good course to practice you distance on
-Benches at most of the tees
Cons: -Totally flat
-Pedestrians to get in the way
-Holes start to feel the same
Other Thoughts: Good Course with lots of good long distance shots. Bring your drivers!
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Pros: -Very nice concrete tee-pads
-Tee-signs show a picture of the hole that give a good overview of the hole
-Some of the holes play through a nice wooded area next to a small stream and have very nice challenge
-There are water hazards (including throwing over a lake on hole one) on several of the holes
-Many of the holes have benches on them
-The course is set in a park with some beautiful scenery and great views of the Colorado River.
-Most of the fairways are well kept (there is rough rough on the sides of the fairways but the fairways are wide enough to avoid it most of the time)
-The course has very nice bright baskets that are easy to see from the tee-pads
-There is a nice map of the course near the first hole
-With the one exception, the course is very easy to navigate, it is easy to know which hole to go to next.
-Many of the holes have AM and PRO tee-pads (the AM tee-pads help avoid some of the more difficult obstacles on the holes, which is nice if you are playing with a newer player)
-Pretty good variety of distances on the course
-Alternate pin positions on many of the holes
Cons: -While there are many well designed holes on this course, I also feel that it has a few too many wide open holes with very few obstacles on them
-The tee-signs don't list the distance of each hole, which is a shame because otherwise they are nice tee-signs
-There were several holes on the course that were missing there tee-signs
-Hole 11 didn't have a concrete tee-pad for the PRO tee-pad (I assume i was in the right spot, there was a tee-sign there and the picture showed a concrete tee-pad but there was no concrete tee-pad there, I did find a concrete AM tee-pad for the hole).
-There is a walking path that comes into play on some of the holes
-The tee-pad for 17 is almost right next to the tee-pad for 16, so you have to walk back up the fairway of 16 to get back to it. The tee-pad for 18 is right next to the basket for 16 so it can be a little confusing finding hole 17.
-I feel like the course design could have taken better advantage of the available water to add more risk reward to the course.
-There is a somewhat long walk back to the parking lot from hole 18, where you either have to walk back down the fairway of hole 1 or go a ways around the fairway to get back to your car.
Other Thoughts: I wish I could rate this a 3.75 because I don't feel like it is quite a 4 but I feel like it is a little better than a 3.5. This course has a lot of fun well designed challenging holes but I also feel like there are a few too many wide open holes on the course. This is definitely a course to stop at though because it is a very beautiful, enjoyable round.
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Pros: -Wide variety of water challenges.
-Some left right and tree shots
-Setting between The Colorado and The Palisades.
-Playable pads, baskets, layout. Nice easy time.
Cons: No up or down shots and some discs that won't get found.(Not that the designer could have changed this. It's just the way it is on a flat layout by a major river).
Other Thoughts: Bring beater discs or just throw it straight.
Enjoy this beautiful and unique setting.
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Know Thy Course
Pros: A beautiful setting ont he western slope of Colorado. The course plays right along the Colorado River for better or worse. The tee pads are consistent cement pads. There are some very fun holes that provide a diverse playing experience that ranges from open holes to open holes with trouble near baskets to tight wooded holes. There are some great holes that play right along the edge of the Colorado river that make you appreciate the power of the river. Other water ont eh course keeps things interesting with OB in play on about half the holes. The course is in a nice city park that does have other amenities though the amenities are on the other side of the park. There are some really nice benches on a few holes. Descent hole signs and a good flow to the course. There are short tees for more novice players. These tees do make a significant difference in the difficulty of the course.
Cons: While all the baskets are nice, they are inconsistent due to the loss of some baskets due to major floods this year. There is very little elevation change and there are a few too many open holes. There is a biking/walking path that runs through some of the hoels along the Colorado river so there is some pedestrian traffic. There are some nice random ditches around the course that prevent straight line walking in a couple of spots from one hole to the next. There are a lot of mando signs around the course. Most are in play and really do not add a whole lote to the course. Some mandos are apparently for only the long or short tees but there is not much to tell you about this.
Other Thoughts: The course has undergone a redesign this year as part of the course was wiped out by major flooding this past spring. The course itself is really nice with the supposed new and redesigned holes playing well. Rumor has it that the course is typically more windy in the morning than later in the days becasue of where the course is located. Wind makes the holes along the river very interesting. Between I-70 and the course you will pass a number of farmers fruit stands which are well worth the purchase if you are there in season. This area is also known for its wine vineyards and there are a couple of tasting rooms to stop by as well.
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Pros: This course is in a very beautiful setting. You keep looking up at the Mesas and say "It's great to be playing disc golf here!" I played this in a tournament after a very unseasonal set of rainy days. This added a lot of additional challange. If you threw the disc into the Colorado River, it was intantly on its way to Mexico. Also, the small, very still, swampy creek that runs down the middle could prevent you from ever seeing your disc if you hit that because it was so merky. So, it made the course extremely challanging and fun to play.
Cons: I played it under tournament conditions. The sidewalk and the side of the sidewalk that the basket wasn't on was OB. This made hole 15 VERY difficult for us shorter arms. But, I can't complain about that it is just more motivation to learn my X-step. Hole #4 also was extremely difficult for shorter arms. Both holes didn't have an conservative path. There are a lot of Russian Olive trees along both the creek and the River. You have to be very careful of their thorns.
Other Thoughts: This was a fun course, it is great for tournaments. I understand that for the Colorado open they made the fairways even Tighter. It is really scary to be throwing at the Colorado river on hole 11, this sticks with you on most of the back 9, making it exciting, because in the back of your mind you are thinking "If my disc doesn't hyzer back onto the course I will never see it again!" If it is sunny, bring lots of water and wear a hat, this area can dehydrate you pretty fast!
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Palisades' Riverbend Park
Pros: Easy to get to from I-70 (less than a mile).
Not crowded. City has positive impact/support on course. Multiple teepads, am and pro. Teesigns.
Cons: Bathrooms in park but not near the disc golf course. Some small conflict with a walking path that has been installed through half the course, the back nine. Russian Olive trees, although the course has been vastly improved over the past few years by the local disc golf volunteers.
Other Thoughts: This course is the best in the Grand Junction area. It is an eighteen hole course playing along the Colorado River, very flat with mature foliage through the length of the course. From the parking lot, it plays out nine holes and back nine holes. Holes one and two are fairly wide open with a water hazard on one. Holes 3 through 6 have tight fairways through cottonwood and russian olive with an OB line on the left side of the fairways. Holes 7 through 18 are mostly wide open drives, with thick trees and bushes on both sides of the fairways and in some of those fairways to negotiate through, and a walking path you can treat as an OB line if you wish. The Colorado River comes into play on holes 11, 13 and 14 specifically. Mandatories on holes 4, 12, and 18.
The holes with the Colorado River in play, and the mandatory holes, makes placement on your drives critical for a successful round. Hole length is anywhere from 200 to 500+ feet. There is a bit of a walk from hole eighteen back to the parking lot, but is not too bad. Teepads for am and pro alike are available on almost all the holes, the shorter length holes having only one teepad. Teesigns are in good condition and have all the information you need. Most holes have benches or picnic tables to sit on. Because the terrain is so flat, this is the perfect course to use a pull/push cart. Especially with the nice concrete walking path provided by the city on the back nine. Rumor has it there may be a walking path through the front nine soon, which may create more conflict with non-disc golfers (08-19-08). Since its inception, the locals have done a fantastic job in clearing away a lot of the underbrush and nasty thorn-like foliage infused throughout the course, but if you stray from the preferred flight path on the shorter and tighter holes, you will be hating life, in jail, and giving blood. No part of the course is unfair, if you make a good drive you will be rewarded. If you make a bad drive you will suffer! Excellent risk/reward factor on this course.
For me this course plays a little bit too long for my weak arm (400 feet accurately on a good day), but is made up in the fact that the longer holes are wide open enough to be fair, and the shorter and tighter holes equalize the playing field by testing your accuracy skills 100%. Erosion and flooding this spring from the Colorado River has impacted the original course design on some of the back nine holes, so there may be a little tweeking in the near future to the course. This course is a must play if you are travelling on I-70 through the Grand Junction area.
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