A day well spent.
Pros: Excellent location on Winter Park's ski runs, with great views and a solid hike.
You get to ride the lift up, play a round and then take the Alpine slide back down. This is pretty fair for $15.
The course is very long with some fairly long hikes between some holes. If you are not up to hiking, the terrain may prove difficult for you.
There are a well balanced mixture of long, wide open fairways and some very tight, wooded shots, often on the same hole. Some of the holes are extremely long - over 700 feet.
The course is so large that even if you tee off between groups you will likely end up so spaced out that you can hardly notice that anyone else is there.
The amenities in the resort village should have anything you forgot to bring (water, beer, snacks, even clothes or shoes if you came unprepared for the terrain).
There are clearly marked paths to each tee, so getting lost if not a problem.
The tee markers are simple but informative enough to help you find each basket, even when it's over 500 feet away over a hill and in some trees.
Finally, this course is just epic in general. There are some massive driving opportunities and enough varied shots to really test you, but the course is well designed so that the massive distances involved never seem too daunting.
Cons: The vegetation is totally natural, so expect lots of bushes and tall grass that can eat up discs. Make sure you are watching each other's shots or you can spend a lot of time looking for discs.
Because of the length, remote location and mountainous terrain, you will be forced to bring extra gear and supplies you may not require at other courses. This isn't the kind of course you should play just holding a few discs in your hands and wearing sandals. Bring a big disc bag with lots of storage or at least a back pack, and bring plenty of water.
The resort itself, though not the course, can be very busy and packed. When you go down the slide at the end you may get caught behind small children.
The tee boxes are not the best, but they aren't horrible either.
Other Thoughts: This is another one of the great mountain courses in Colorado, and is undoubtedly one of the largest. It takes at least two hours to play but could easily take three of you are looking for errant discs or taking breaks. The course design uses the existing retain of the ski runs to great effect.
If you are not prepared for a moderate hike of a few miles on mountainous terrain, this is not a good course for you. Make sure to bring a couple of liters of water. Wear hiking gear like some good shoes or boots and consider sun screen as the sun is more intense at this altitude.
All in all this is now one of my favorite courses and is well worth the trip. I would play it again without reservations.
Uphill, downhill, all fun
Pros: Good variety of technical and long throws.
View is amazing!
Even if you throw below your expectations, the course makes it hard to hate.
Outstanding guidance for tee pads, next holes, and basket locations.
Cons: Chairlift can be dangerous to those who don't ski. (perhaps I just lacked that skill) :)
Newcomers may be confused where to park etc. We asked folks at the Starbucks who readily helped.
Other Thoughts: This mountain course should challenge the best of players. Be ready to hoof! From the little uphill first tee to the monster 715ft fifth tee to the technical holes inside the forest, this course has it all. I will risk my life on the chairlift to play this one again. It was worth the price of the lift to watch my drive off the fifth tee.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: You get to take a chair lift up the mountain to play this course, then the alpine slide back down. The views are incredible, the difficulty is tough and there are some very technical holes. It's a bit of a hike but nothing too strenuous. The course is beautiful and not very many people out there. Everything is very well marked and maintained.
Cons: The only thing that could make this course better is the layout (a lot of the holes are very spread out that don't need to be) and maybe if there were some water (rivers or ponds) it would top it off but not much bad to say about it.
Other Thoughts: I would drive back out to winter park to play this course again. Beautiful mountain course with amazing views.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Funnest course in Colorado
Pros: Views, great course layout, with challenging holes and great variety. After a very fun round of golf, you get to ride the Alpine Slide back down the mountain.
Very fun in many ways.
Cons: Maps weren't available, which made following the course harder than it could have been.
One tee placement was in a very dangerous position in relation to an adjacent, uphill hole, which would be a problem if there were many people playing at once. There could be injuries. Other than that, a super fun disc golf experience.
Other Thoughts: Mountain courses never seem to have great teepads.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Take another look
Pros: This course if for those seeking a challenge, not for the casual player unless you can handle a big score. Most of the tee length's on this site are NOT correct (may be junior tees). This course is WAY longer. Also, staff was very friendly and helpful.
-You will throw every shot in your bag. Lots of tunnel shots, plenty of enormous trees and a lot of forced ani/forehand for righty's
-Every hole is different
Cons: -Rough terrain but you should be expecting it anyway. Bring good shoes/boots and plenty of water
-Waiting in line for the lift on a busy day but who really cares, you won't once you start playing
-A little tough to navigate, but not too bad.
Other Thoughts: Take your time playing this course. Walk up and get a look at the pin and the obstacles. For most, this course is really about placing your drives, not just crushing them. You're playing for 3 on most holes, but there are plenty of birdie opps if you play smart.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Plays across the ski runs so there is always an elevation change on every hole. Throwing from way up high down to the hole and watching your disk fly for what seems like forever is a great sight. The views are amazing looking over the mountains. Several of the holes run through tight paths in the trees which require very straight throws. The slide down at the end of the round is also an added bonus.
Cons: The last 2 holes are not complete yet and they just dump you at the end of 16 and you have to know where your at to be able to make it back to the slide down. Several of the holes do not have any tee box marking or direction of where you need to throw and when you cant see the hole that is a problem.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Winter Park Resort
Pros: This course amazed me with its incredible vistas and expansive views of the Rocky Mountains. On the first hole, I felt the unbelievable thrill of driving a disc from literally the top of a mountain, down it's slopes. I found myself throwing more than twice as far as on flat ground back home in Texas. This course includes open holes, very tight holes, and everything in between. The layout of the holes offers diversity, challenge, and interest. All holes are well marked and an accurate course map makes navigating between and on holes simple. This is a beautiful and fun course.
Cons: Although unavoidable, winds blowing over the mountains can decrease precision on long drives. Some of the longer holes seemed to offer little to no chance at par.
Other Thoughts: Allow two to three hours to play this long course. It includes one hole over 1300 feet long, requiring many long drives to reach the hole.
10 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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