0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: There are many better courses out there. Harlow is however, the best local course one could hope for. Depending on the current layout, half the course requires a good arm, and half allows a chance at par. It is the perfect layout to learn the art of disc throwing. Also, the park is at the base of the foot hills/flat irons at the front range of the colorado rockies. Quite a back drop.
Cons: Play this course on the off hours...Its very busy!
Other Thoughts: Lots of goose shit, wash your hands before eating
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Basic Sampler Platter
Pros: This course has really nice, long, tee pads with the hole number on them. Almost all of the holes have at least one thing to challenge you. A great place to take beginners who don't mind hitting a tree or two as they learn.
Hole #1: A group of pine trees are between you and the basket with a small chute.
Hole #2: You have to shoot over a brush field and up a hill with the basket under a tree. Play the brush as OB and the challenge level rises a bit.
Hole #3: Wide open but fun to let one rip due to the drop in elevation to the basket.
Hole #4: Wide open but could be a chance for an ace.
Hole #5: A couple of trees in the way and a swamp at the bottom of the hill if you over throw.
Hole #6: A short hole but with a dogleg left for variety.
Hole #7: Short but challenging due to several layers of trees between you and the basket.
Hole #8 The swamp is to the right so some care must be exercised.
Hole #9: Wide open
The view from this course is about as good as it gets with the 3000 ft mountains towering above.
Cons: It's only 9 holes. It's on the short side as courses go. No signs at the tee boxes to give you an idea on distances. People in the neighborhood seem oblivious to disc golf as they cut across the often crowded course with their Black Labs. With only one disc golf course in a town full of exercise junkies and college students it can turn into a bit of a zoo sometimes.
Other Thoughts: This is the perfect course for a casual round where you can yak with your friends while you play. You have to concentrate some but not too much. There's at least one thing on most of the holes to challenge you, so it's not mind numbing boring like some park courses can be. You'll probably want to print a map out if it's your first time. It's a bit perplexing why Boulder with thousands of acres of wooded open space doesn't use a tiny bit of it for an 18 hole course, but this course at least lets you get a fix. If you drive up US 36 and play all the courses as you go this would be right at the end for a day full of disc golf.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Short course but still fun played it for the first time today at lunch . Nothing very hard but its always nice just to get out and play. The cement tee pads are great .
Cons: Some tee signs would be nice or at least a sign to the first tee pad seeing that's its kind of hidden. Some long throws would be great but they did good with the space they had .
Other Thoughts: I will definitly play it again but I wouldn't go out of my way to play it though. Great for a lunch round
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Gorgeous views, course is ok
Pros: Well maintained, can't lose a disc, lots of chances for an Ace, beautiful views of course
Cons: crowded, only course in Boulder so stays busy, pretty windy every time I've been, not sure if location or coincidence
Other Thoughts: Pretty typical course layout, not many obstacles, mostly just wide open shots, still good to get out and disc in the mountains
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Caught in a Landslide
Pros: - Amazing course with a great view of the mountains
- A good variety of challenges (elevation changes; hills and drops) (trees; hyzers and anhyzers)
- Water hazard around hole 2 (which I would say is one of the signature holes)
- Good long range distance on holes 2, 8, and 9 (depends on position apparently, they change it up every so often)
- A nice 9 hole course in the city of Boulder (which apparently doesn't have too many of them)
- Cement pads are in great conditions with the number of the hole imprinted into them.
- Baskets are in great condition, all looked pretty much the same style.
Cons: - Holes 5-7 are too short: Ends up being putter/mid-range holes
- No signs to direct you around the course. A map is a good idea (check the media) but you could also ask since this place is pretty crowed.
- As stated above, this is a very crowed course since it is the ONLY course in Boulder without having to drive to Denver or Colorado Springs
Other Thoughts: - OVERALL: a great course, great setting with the mountains (I am from out of state so of course they are AMAZING looking compared to what we have in Michigan) With the side affect of it being crowed all the time, I think that would be saying something to what the course is like and how it handles) Gave it a 4 because of the quality, probably down a point since it is not up to par with FlipCity or such. Even with crowds or not.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - Set aside from rest of park so no pedestrian traffic
- Concrete pads clearly marked
- Well maintained no chance of loosing disc
- Great view
Cons: - Very short holes
- Very few technical shots required
- No real obstacles
Other Thoughts: Very basic course and the only one to choose from when in the Boulder area. Such a shame a town with such great views doesn't have more courses to choose from.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Nice Concrete Teepads
-In a nicely manicured park with very little chance of losing a disc
-Decent use of the few trees and elevation that they have in the park
-Area of park with course is mostly only disc golf so you usually don't have to worry about non disc golfers
-Good course to practice a vareity of shots on because it is pretty wide open.
-Nice long concrete teepads
Cons: -Since this is currently the only course in Boulder, this course gets really crowded and you will probably end up waiting at many of the holes on this course.
-It can be a little hard to follow the first time through as some of the baskets could go to a couple different holes
-The hole number is on the teepads, but there are not tee signs at the holes so you don't know the layout of the holes or the distance or par or anything like that
-Most of the holes are wide open and none of the holes are that long
Other Thoughts: If you are in the Boulder area and looking for a course to play then this is your only option currently and worth a stop but due to the crowds and lack of any very memorable holes, this course is not worth going out of your way to play.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Underwhelming Park Course
Pros: This is an open-field park course with minimal trees. It requires a fair amount of long and short shots. Constant movement of pins at least gives users some sort of variety within the park. This course is a good way to get out there, play a quick round, and work on your basic throwing skills.
Cons: This course is notorious for getting extremely crowded on a nice day. It's possible to expect delays up to ten minutes. The course also has minimal technical challenge as most holes are straight shots from the tree boxes. This course is also frequented by strong winds which can throw off your game. There are also no signs, so a first timer may get a bit lost.
Other Thoughts: A good course to get out there and play if you're in the area, but not a destination. Harlow Plattes is a giant field requiring minimal navigation with your discs.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Good Practice Course
Pros: It is a relatively short 9 hole course, but there's more variety than one would expect. The park uses what little elevation it has well, with number 3 being a nice downhill ace run. Almost every hole has 3 pin positions that seem to be changed around every week to keep it interesting. For a beginner course, holes 2,8,9 are fairly long (maybe 325-400 depending on the pin) and are wide open enough to practice proper driving technique when its not too crowded. There's also a practice cage just past the parking lot which is useful if you're killing time waiting for the crowds to die down.
Very large, durable concrete tee pads on every hole, with the hole number etched on.
Signature Hole - 2 - Pond behind with fantastic views of the flatirons, and the most unique hole at this course with a shot across the valley, around a large tree, to a basket on the side of the hill ~325'-375' or so away
Cons: This course gets very crowded when the weather's nice, with large groups of relatively inexperienced players that can back up the course. The variety in length is nice, but holes 5-7 are ridiculously short. They're useful for practicing short putter/mid lines, but not much else (5 and 7 slope downhill, so even these shots aren't as practical). That being said, beginners don't want to have to throw 325-350 on every drive, so they give everyone a chance at a few birdies.
No tee signs. Navigation is easy enough, but it would be helpful to have distances and the current pin location, since 1 and 9 switch places regularly
Other Thoughts: I love having this course 10 minutes away in order to work on my game without having to find a large open field or be stuck in my backyard putting. However, if you're only stopping by Boulder/Denver for a little while or live somewhere else around the city, there are a number of better courses. I'd recommend Bird's Nest or Johnny Roberts in Arvada for those close to Boulder, and Beaver Ranch up in the mountains near Conifer for those with more time.
Its a shame Boulder doesn't have a full 18-hole course (and surprising considering the city's culture), but at least there's something.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun Quick Play
Pros: Fun course to play if you want to get in a few quick rounds. While the course isn't meticulously maintained, the basket placement changes from time to time making for some variety. Most of the shots are pretty wide open and it's a great course for beginners. I started playing last year and I learned on this course. Nice views of the Flatirons too.
Cons: On nice days the course can be very crowded and during the school year can be overrun with Cross Country kids, being close to a school. Course gets a little boring after playing it a lot.
Other Thoughts: This is really all a town like Boulder's got to offer?
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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