12 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun for recreational players too
Pros: the nice thing about this course for recreational players is that you don't have to throw 600 feet to score. it forces you to work on control and approach strategy. many choices to make on this course - so it makes you a smarter player.
Its a serious workout - especially for a flatlander - so be prepared for the elevation and short steep hikes from one hole to another. Take your time and enjoy the views.
When you do score well you feel like you earned it. I am typically a bogie golfer - so when I get a round of 10 over - I am thrilled. Its all relative. You will enjoy this course no matter your skill level.
Cons: While I love it and live close by so am acclimated you must bring water, good shoes and a sense of humor. This is a physically demanding course. Especially for recreational players. Missing a shot will often mean a serious short hike down and back up.
Other Thoughts: If you are local and see a notice for a work day - come out and help. then when you play it again you will feel that much more a "part" of the whole Beaver Ranch Experience.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 2 Not
Great technical elevation throws
Pros: Wide variety of technical shots come into play. Great elevation changes with amazing scenery. Unique baskets that are in mint condition. Multiple pin placements with well thought out long and short routes. Many holes have custom built benches that are in excellent shape. Beautiful all around mountain course.
Cons: I would like to see better tee pads other than dirt. This course is a solid 5 if the tee pads were concrete.
Other Thoughts: This is a must play course with technical elevation shots. Bring some hiking shoes, water, and your trusty mid range. Keep an eye on your throws because discs tend to roll down hill. One round will take over 2 hours so give yourself some time to fly. There is a course map sign by the parking lot but be sure to print one out if it's your first time.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Best Course Around!
Pros: * The risk/reward at this course is off the charts. Throw accurately, and you are rewarded. Go off by a marginal degree, and you can take some extra strokes fast!
*Great variety of shots
*TRULY, you have to be on top of your game to play this course well.
* Mountain views are phenomenal!
* Very entertaining course with a lot of excercise, also!
Cons: * First three holes are a little bit too much alike... and all uphill. Rough way to start!
* No water in play
* Limited long, open shots
* Needs better/permanent hole signs, but the benches and baskets are awesome for a course that is not publically funded!
Other Thoughts: Come prepared for hiking! The 1/2 mile hike in is DEFINITELY worth it, but it is still a hike. Water is a must. There is only one hole that I thought really has some weaknesses in it. The different pin placements provide even more variety on a course that already uses most of the discs you have (especially midrange and approach shots!) I wish this course wasn't over an hour away, but I will still go there a couple of times a month because it is such an awesome course. This course makes me want to be better in every aspect of my game!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
19 Helpful / 0 Not
Does it really get much better?
Pros: This is a great mountain course with easy access from the city. It is very difficult with tight shots through trees and many uphill throws. It demands respect from the beginning with possibly the hardest hole on on the very first tee. Straight uphill with a very narrow fairway between two walls of trees. Every hole requires a unique type of throw. This is a nature lover disc golfers paradise. Beaver Ranch Inc. who maintains the larger property, offers tent and cabin camping and lodge rentals, in addition to restroom facilities at holes 15/16.
Cons: Still getting updated on signage, pads etc... so bring course map.
Other Thoughts: I recommend primarily sticking to mid-range/multi-purpose discs on this course. (Roc/Buzz) The risk/reward factor for long range drivers is not worth it except on 5, 9, 16 and 17 which are simply fun holes to unleash on. You are better off 40 feet short with a longer unobstructed birdie shot than 15ft away with a wall of trees to get around. Plus, there is a better chance than not that your driver won't end up 15ft away when it is done rolling or hits the tree ten feet from the tee box.
Also, be sure to use mother nature to your advantage. There are a few holes where you can tightrope a drive directly at the basket and if you miss, the trees and slope of the mountain will stop the disc. On 16 and 17, be sure to throw a disc that plays well with the prevailing wind near the basket. The holes seem long with the trees in the way, but it is really an average course in regards to length considering many of the longer holes are downhill.
Bottom line, this is a treasure of a disc golf course. We need to ensure it stays that way. Figure out how much you spend on entertainment like going to a movie, concert etc... After you finish your round, consider how much more of a great experience you had playing this course, then dump a crap load of cash in the donation box on the way out.
If you truly love playing disc golf, that long walk back to the car will be full of stories of great shots, close calls, tired limbs and a sadness that you are walking in the wrong direction. .
19 of 19 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This course is great. It will use every shot in your bag to maintain any chance of a par. I usually average +3-5 on the course. It has many tight shots, many open shots. It goes up hill and downhill. Bring good footwear when playing. The views are awesome. The course is marked pretty well. There are new signage coming soon. The facilities at Beaver Ranch are perfect for tournaments. There is a main lodge for groups, camping, restaraunts close by and easy access to the city. The flow of the course play is good also.
Cons: It is a slight hike to the 1st hole. The tee pads are dirt.
Other Thoughts: Hole 1 can be a tough throw if a line is not followed. You need to bring a snack and water for sure.
7 of 10 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 1 Not
Best Course Period
Pros: A true mountain course where you *will* get a workout. The natural outdoor beauty is another plus. It will try every shot you have in your bag, so really stay focused on your game. Gotta think technically because of all of the trees. Its a special moment when you park that one shot next to the pin avoiding all of those obstacles. You can't play this course once, you'll want to come back for more knowing that you can improve somewhere rethinking that one contour on the course. My favorite course...period. Other attractions at Conifer Community Park include a playground, bark park, plenty of hiking trails and even overnight camping facilities. Not that remote, very close to Conifer - good food, gas and lodging.....plus its less that a half hour from the Denver metro area.
Cons: Yes hole #1 is a bit of a hike, but we also have the hole 12 access point. It could be a tough course to navigate in sandals, bring good footwear. I can play the course in a little over an hour and a half alone, but the average player needs to set aside at least 2. Pack in and out all of your trash, so that others can enjoy the natural wonders of Colorado. Concrete Tee pads are in the works and I'm sure another awesome event on the horizon.
Other Thoughts: Bring your hiking shoes/boots and some warmer gear in the off season. Food, snack and water is also a good idea. This is a small town Community Park - be thoughtful of others using all of the amenities that it has to offer. Often there are other great events and festivals. Also check out our annual tournaments as they are a great fundraiser for the course & park. Be sure to give back to the park/course with a simple donation placed in the box at the course trail entrances. Or you can pay the park caretaker Jon directly.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful.
AWESOME DG COURSE
9 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: This is a true mtn. course. It will force you to use every disc in your bag. The downhills are crazy, and the uphills will bust your lungs. The new starting point by the main lodge, and the addition of the new hole #1, and #2 are a dream come true. No more long walk to get to hole #1. The new Destination Disc Pro-Shop, and Concession stand are an excellent bonus, and the DGer's lounge, fire-pit, and grill are such a cool addition to your DG day. Every tee pad has been re-done in concrete - WOW. This course is well worth the drive to conifer. Bring some cash for the pro-shop, concession stand, and to play, as this is a pay-for-play DG course (a steel at only $5 a day).
Cons: Hole #1 updated (no walk)- Awesome!!
Concrete tee-pads - Awesome!!
Pro-Shop & Concession Stand - Awesome!!
DG Player "lounge", fire-pit, and grill - Awesome!!
Cons?? What Cons!!
Other Thoughts: This is a manditory Pay-For-Play course, if you "poach" you will be cought by the ranger and asked to leave. It's a steel at $5 per day, just pay it, and enjoy the course that so many have given so much to make possible. Please do NOT litter, and please do NOT be a DG poacher. You should allow 3 hours to play the course.
This area is a DG'ers paradise, you should also play the Phantom Falls DGC, Bucksnort DGC, Magic Meadows DGC, and the Bailey DGC, all within 14 miles of each other. This would be a excellent DG vacation with 5 awesome courses so close together.
9 of 13 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 8 Not
Best Course I've played...Hands Down!
Pros: Think of every cool hole you've played on courses across the country.....now put them all on the same course! There are gripper n' ripper holes, tight holes, uphill holes, downhill holes, short, long, multiple tees on almost every hole. Also, it's a great workout, great scenery and very well maintained.
Cons: The only con I would say is that it is a mountain course, so you will get a workout. To me, I think this is a HUGE plus. Just bring water and a small snack and anyone young and old will enjoy this course.
Other Thoughts: If you haven't been, get there and check it out. You won't be disappointed. Enjoy beautiful colorado while enjoying one of it's great sports, DG!
9 of 17 people found this review helpful.
16 Helpful / 4 Not
Awesome mountain course
Pros: This course has a bit of everything and then some. It's a true mountain course with plenty of elevation change. It offers a variety of shots (tight, wide-open, up, down, forced left, forced right). Heavily wooded with open valley at top of course. Several benches installed throughout course.
This course will test all aspects of your game and requires accurate shot execution to score well.
Several pin positions for virtually every hole. A few holes have multiple tee positions.
Baskets are beautiful PDGA rated Disc-In baskets made locally in CO.
Cons: There is about a 1/2 mile walk to hole 1 but hey, it's a mountain course! It's a good opportunity to get the blood flowing before hole 1. Tee boxes are natural.
Course features have not been completed but plans are to complete this summer. Updates will include permanent signage, permanent sponsorship info, and improved tee boxes.
There's a donation box at the Valley Trail trailhead. All proceeds go towards course improvements. This course is NOT funded by Conifer Community Park so all donations are greatly appreciated.
As others have noted, bring plenty of water.
Course can be played in 2-3 hours depending upon size of group. Snow may be present during winter months, especially on north-facing holes. Course is open year round.
Go to www.milehighdiscgolf.org
for the latest on course happenings.
16 of 20 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 6 Not
The BEST mtn. course close to Denver!!!
Pros: Very well maintained mountain. Lots of NEW pine benches aroiund the course to rest on. and a wide variety of shots.(uphill, down hill,narrow gaps, wide open big arm shots...and more)
Cons: The parking lot situation is a joke, you have to park and walk like a half mile to hole one. Does not make for a fun walk back after 20 holes of hiking up and down the course.
Other Thoughts: BE PREPARED!!! This is a great great course if you prepare for it. Wear the right shoes and cloths. Bring extra water and some snacks. this isn't a course you want to rush through. If your not from CO. just know the altitude. the air is thin.
9 of 15 people found this review helpful.
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