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 Nice, Short, and Easy.

5+    3/2/2011   3/30/2011
Review By: petsounds85
Played: 39  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 6.3 Years
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Beautiful scenery. Nice mixture of short and long holes. Some challenging, some easy. It's a great course for beginners to start out at and it's a great course for more experienced players to practice and have fun!
Cons: At times: too small- it can get easily congested and crowded. Too many kids. Lots of big groups don't let smaller groups play through...
Other Thoughts: Aced #5 & #6. Woot Woot.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Trip to Boulder

2-4    3/22/2011   3/22/2011
Review By: mgcarney
Played: 85  Reviewed: 54  Exp: 5.3 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The holes vary in length with a couple of long holes. The trees play into the course very nicely. The tee pads are long which is always good. The course had a few people on it noon on a tuesday. I must assume its a pretty popular course for the Boulder area.
Cons: The course is only 9 holes. They don't use the lake as a hazard at all.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun course. I played it twice, but it'd be nice if they would add to it. The forest fire made the mountains look pretty sweet today.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Nice, relaxing course

1    6/27/2010   7/19/2010
Review By: dger
Played: 2  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 4.3 Years
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Long, open course, you can really let your discs fly, not worrying about trees.
Cons: The course has lots of traffic. Also, not many challenging shots.
Other Thoughts: This course is very easy, and is a great ego boost to anybody who's slightly familiar with disc golfing...

0 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Nine Holes with a View

1    7/8/2010   7/10/2010
Review By: srm_520
Played: 152  Reviewed: 138  Exp: 10.4 Years
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is a satisfying nine hole course with just enough length, diversity, and amenities to keep you coming back. Length - while not yet posted I estimate holes to range from about 220' to about 450', giving a total distance of around 2600', which is just about right for the novice and intermediate level players. The concrete tees are gigantic measuring around 6' wide by 15' long; however they are laid in the contour of the land rather than level, which is very noticeable and slightly treacherous on #1 and #3. Each tee also has a large stamped number on the back of each tee indicating the hole.

The park is very well maintained and heavily used by playing kids, bikers, walkers, and runners. Plus, what the main area of the course lacks in foliage, it makes up for in elevation. #2 is a great hole and perfect example of having to play the slope and length if you want a decent chance at bird. The pins are Mach III's that are easy to spot in the open areas.

This is one of those few courses where the scenery is worth a mention as much as the course. Boulder is a beautiful place set in the foothills of the Rockies, and this Houston transplant paused on multiple occasions to just to marvel at the towering peaks.

BEST HOLE/S: #2
Cons: Ever play a course that satisfied you, but just lacked that pizzazz to make you think this is a great course? Harlow Platts fits the mold. The course is far too open for many people, the length is too short for big arms and many experienced players, and the little things like unmarked pins and no tee signs prevent this course from ever being rated high.

Holes #6 and #7 are throwaway holes although, #7 at least has a fair number of trees you must shape your mid-range around. Bottom line is that if you're decent you are going to shoot low numbers, which could be a pro or a con.

WORST HOLE/S: #6
Other Thoughts: I'm a little shocked that a major college town that seems to cater heavily to the hippie, yuppie, medicinal marijuana smoking, liberal, green-minded, and progressive attitude only has one disc golf course. Boulder has that real Austin City Limits feel, so why are you traveling to Denver or Longmont of all places play some real disc golf. Boulder is screaming with the possibility to become a disc golf mecca, and it has to perfect clientele to do it. But alas, there is only one course, but luckily it's good enough to satisfy the need.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful.

 Great view of the Flat Irons

1    7/15/2009   9/25/2009
Review By: Olorin
Played: 303  Reviewed: 115  Exp: 35.3 Years
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: By far, the best feature of this course is an outstanding view of the Flat Irons mountains in the background. All by itself, this beauty would make almost any course nice to play, and it certainly increased my enjoyment substantially.
*There are moderate elevation changes on most of the holes.
*Good concrete tees.
*A warm up basket near the parking lot.
Cons: -There are no tee signs, so that can make it hard to find the next tee, and there are no hole lengths available. Also, the baskets don't have any numbers on them, so it can be hard in spots to tell which basket to throw to. Make sure to print out a course map (online at DGCR) before you go.
-Too many open holes for my taste.
Other Thoughts: Course Level = White (most suited for Intermediate players rated 875-925)

If you like open courses where you can let your disc fly to baskets that are open and unguarded then this would be a good course for you. I enjoy more trees and obstacles, so I liked holes 6 & 7 the best here. Still, even though the course itself was rather lackluster, playing in the cool of the early morning with views of the Flat Irons was a great way to start the day.

NOTE: Look in the "Links/Files" section for my files with Hole-by-hole evaluations, and a more detailed Overall review. You can also read more of my reviews and rating notes at the Yahoo Group, DG Course Reviews

9 of 10 people found this review helpful.

 Practice playground

5+    8/1/2009   8/2/2009
Review By: colodiscgolfer
Played: 21  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 19.3 Years
This review was updated on 8/6/2009
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great baskets, well maintained, scenery is incredible, plenty of parking,
Cons: Very few obstacles, tee pads not textured so they get extremely slippery when wet, very crowded, fairways cross for several pin placements, signage non-existent with the exception of hole numbers on tee pads and pins, drainage problems cause course to get swamped after significant precipitation, during the fall the nearby high school has their cross country team practice on the fairways which leads to MANY folks getting hit with discs (maybe that one should have gone under 'pros')
Other Thoughts: Great for beginners because you can take virtually any line you want to the pins because they are so wide open. The only holes that aren't a very easy birdy are 2 and 8, and even they aren't very difficult if you can throw 350-375ft. I recommend parking on the street on the backside so you have your choice to jump in at hole 5,6,7,or 8 because there is usually big backups at tee 1 due to the overcrowding. Sprinklers come on at exactly 2:21pm everyday in the summer and soak tee pad #1.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Decent beginners course

1    7/26/2009   7/27/2009
Review By: danno
Played: 6  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 13.3 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Given my rating, I had more cons than pros regarding this course. The scenery is great with the Rockies to the West and the grounds are very well kept. The holes are wide open so you're able to practice any type of throw with ease.
Cons: A little too easy and the course is not marked very well unless you've played this course many times. I'm a tourist here so this is just my first impression...and I doubt I'll probably play this course again. Anyway...maybe half of the tees give you some inkling on where to throw, but for the most part, looking from any given tee, there are at least two holes that could be considered. Also, someone had switched hole's 6 & 7 so the shenanigans didn't help either.
Other Thoughts: Could use a tee marker having the combination of the distance, par, and/or trajectory to the hole.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Boulder Course

5+    9/15/2008   7/21/2009
Review By: The Crit Piece
Played: 9  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 6.3 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I happen to be very fond of this course because it was where I played my first few rounds and learned the game with a couple experienced buddies. Its really really easy and a great course to learn on. Its perfect for beginners because even with questionable drives you can still have alot of chances for pars and birdies to get you locked into the game right away. There are enough trees to make it challenging for the novice and some longer holes (specifically hole 2)
Cons: The easy difficulty may make this course boring for more experienced players who can end up with some pretty ridiculous scores like -7 on 9 and -12 to -15 if you play it twice. It can get pretty crowded in prime times. Its also a dog park where owners and their dogs wonder aimlessly across holes. Theres also a school right there so you occasionally have to deal with kids playing games all over the course and the misled junior high youth (usually wearing ICP hoodies. It makes them easy to spot) go their to smoke cigs (its the cool thing to do obv) behind trees and stuff so hitting someone with a disc is something you have to concern yourself with. Ive also been hit a few times because like I said there are alot of inexperienced players who, not necessarily at their own fault, will throw into you on holes that are harder to see. Also some trees really lend themselves to snagging your discs but its not a huge concern as their generally easy to avoid and not too tall so you can get your plastic down.
Other Thoughts: A great place to take your first timer buddy to learn the game without getting too down about a terrible score first time out. Its also a great place to pad your stats and ego so if youre in the area hit it up for a quick 9 and enjoy the great view of the flat irons.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Fun and Easy

5+    2/18/2009   7/9/2009
Review By: SeanMeacham
Played: 32  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 11.7 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Hole #2 is fairly technical with a long throw up hill. #8 is a long tee shot with trees/bushes lining the right side of the fairway. These are pretty much the only holes you can really let one fly. Otherwise a great beginner course with wide open shots and had multiple pin placements. If you are an advanced player you have the opportunity to birdie every hole!
Cons: Short, not very challenging....lots of traffic being that it is the only DGC in Boulder (which is weird). Otherwise a fun little course to work on some shots.
Other Thoughts: Only course that I have any aces on....I have aced hole #7 2 times, each one on different pin locations and 2 different throws.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 More Scenic than Challenging

5+    8/28/2008   6/14/2009
Review By: Lumberg
Played: 9  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 19.3 Years
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: big wide open field shots, incredible views of the Boulder front range & flatirons, nice cement tee boxes built in 2005-ish
Cons: usually crowded, folks walking their dogs or kids from the high school cut in front thru your line of sight often, little to no trees for challenge
Other Thoughts: hole 3 sits on this hill with the best view of the mountains, and watching your disc cut thru the air into that background is awesome. just not challenging enough for me

2 of 4 people found this review helpful.


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