Well Worth the Stop!
Pros: + Decent mix of Open, Somewhat Treed, and Very Treed holes
+ Navigation made possible with Map (near 1st tee) and arrows at the base of each target
+ Tees and Baskets were in great condition
+ Beautiful views of surrounding mountains
Cons: - Practically zero elevation change
- Long walk from holes 1-6 to 7-18
- Multi Use Area...you have to be aware of hikers, bikers, dog walkers, etc.
Other Thoughts: Overall this course is well worth a stop if you're in the area, but it's not much of a destination. Durango is a neat little college/ski town and this course fits perfectly in that setting. It's relatively quick & fun to play, and not too punishing...also not a championship-level course, though.
The mix of of hole difficulty is decent, but they go in order from easiest to hardest. 1-6 are wide open and pretty short. The middle holes gradually get more and more trees, length, etc., ending with 17 and 18 that are tight tunnel shots. I've never played a course that gets harder and harder like that; typically the mix is more random.
Really, it's like holes 1-6 are a warm up/ace race/beginner course, and holes 7-18 are a more challenging course for all skill levels. The long walk between 1-6 and 7-18 reinforces this impression.
This course is set on a very flat piece of land that's surrounded on all sides by hilly, rugged terrain. For that reason, the lack of elevation change on the course itself is weirdly disappointing.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course use to be a tone pole course. The upgrade to concrete tee pads and baskets is a welcome change.
The only basket course located in Durango on public property.
Cons: Short. The holes are easily reachable. Some box and pin locations are near impossible to find with out a map/local players help. No tee signs
Other Thoughts: I would have been lost if I didn't run into a couple of local players to guide me through the course. With no map and no tee signs it makes this course harder to navigate then to play.
I completely agree with "giles" review.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Redesigned with Baskets
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Pros: The biggest positive for this course is that it services a city with no other public, free disc golf courses. It features really nice concrete tee pads and Mach V baskets. The base of the target has an arrow to aid navigation to the next tee. Almost every hole is short with many extremely short though many force a line. While it isn't a challenge for the experienced golfer, it will get more people into disc golf than a championship course. Some interesting holes once you get through the first 6. Stroller friendly.
Cons: Holes are too short due to land constraints. The first 6 holes are almost all completely open. With a long walk down the road on your left between holes 6 & 7, Look for 7's tee past a gate on the left. Another long walk back to the parking lot after 18.
Other Thoughts: I suspect much of the design was constrained by many factors. Using the athletic field parking lot. Avoiding the pump track and dirt jumps at the farthest end of the wooded area. Not throwing over or into roads. Not bringing the steep hillside into play. It is apparent that safety was the primary concern (as it should be). I gave it a very low rating because of the many short holes but that doesn't mean you should avoid the course. It is worth playing if you are in town.
The college obviously took replacing the old object course seriously and hired an experienced designer, put in concrete tees, premium baskets and though they weren't there at the time of this review, signage will be installed. I wouldn't be surprised to see trees added to add some dimension to the first 6 holes that are almost obstacle free. It is a good start and hopefully leads to the City of Durango considering a disc golf course.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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