33 Helpful / 1 Not
Where to start on this fantastic course?! One of my favorite courses I've played.
The scenery is absolutely gorgeous. The elevation is huge. The baskets are beautiful custom-made double chain shining silver works of art that are nice and visible from afar. The baskets were numbered and had flags on top enhancing the visibility.
Multiple pin positions on almost every hole should keep things interesting. Four holes have multiple tees with the alternate tee on #8 being a ridiculously tough shot.
The course was easy to navigate and the online map is very well done too. You will do a decent amount of hiking on this course. There's a bathroom at hole #16.
Sweet new tee signs installed in July 2009 eliminate the only major con of this course which was the laminated paper tee signs; they looked cheap and temporary. The new signs are awesome.
You will do a decent amount of hiking on this course. It would be nice if something could be done about the long walk between the parking lot and the first/last holes.
The tees are dirt boxes bounded by logs. While this is attractive in a rustic way I wonder about the long term durability and would prefer to see concrete tee pads for playability. (But that would be a lot of concrete to get up a mountain.)
The basket on hole #7 was in the short position when I played, but I would have loved the challenge of trying that long position. That raises the point that the scoring on this course will probably vary widely depending on which pin positions are active. The 'B' pin position on #16 is great, it's a small forest of trees around the basket. The course finishes with two easy and two tough holes to help make or break your round.
This is a fantastic course that I enjoyed playing immensely. If you haven't played it yet add it to your DGCR Wish List now.
33 of 34 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course is located in a very beautiful place and is extremely challenging. At the same time it is so much fun to play. As it is a relatively new course the baskets are in great condition. There are multiple pin locations on every hole. I noticed that holes 17 & 20 had two baskets set up so that you could challenge yourself or take it easy. There are a few holes with alternate tees as well. Manditory Objects are well marked and described on the sign by the tees.
Cons: I would venture a guess that it is impossible to play this course without hitting trees all over the place. The tee boxes are dirt and very make shift at this point though I also happen to think that the logs used to mark the tee boxes on most holes adds to the character of the course.
Other Thoughts: I tried playing this course without a map and it was rather tricky. Some of the early tee boxes made me feel like I was throwing from in a hole but I began to view that as a challenge. I nearly lost a disc after hitting a tree on one hole but had help to find it. There is a bit of a walk to the first tee but I thought it was nice. If you want to avoid the walk to the first tee, you can drive up beyond the parking lot where you are supposed to park and find the second trail that you can see on the course map and take that up to hole 11 or 12 and start there.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 20 Not
Fun in the mountains
Pros: Great views, some great holes and a great challenge. The pin placements are amazing and they did a good job of making holes that are challenging, but not a clowns mouth.
Cons: Tee pads need work, which is why I can't give this course a 5 rating. When I played the course, I almost rolled my ankle in the soft teepad dirt.
The walk from the parking lot kind of long.
Other Thoughts: Love this course. If you want to play good mountain golf, you must play this course.
But be careful with the natural teepads.
5 of 25 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 4 Not
Top 5 Colorado Mountain Courses
Pros: I give this course an ultimate rating because I've played every mountain course in Colorado and this is one of the best. The overall appearance of Beaver Ranch is amazing. You literally play in a forest with abundant wildlife and views. The acreage would be worth millions to a developer. The playability and design has excellent score variability. Hit a gap get a birdie, miss a gap and hello bogie or worse. No lead is safe. At the same time, the work and love that's been done and continues to be done, from huge t-boxes, lavatory facilities, benches, benching, has been well thought out. I'm told pros Mike Randolph and Koz helped design it, so if you have a big arm you won't be disappointed. Big Air on the signature hole! If you don't find this course unbelievable, in my opinion, stay in the flatlands..
Cons: Some reviewers have downgraded the course because of the 10 minute walk to the first tee. To me, this is like complaining that walking ten minutes in a mountain valley is a bummer. Use the time to get loose and prepare yourself. Practice your putts, approaches and drives. This course starts with a tight tree, in your face, uphill hole. Be prepared.
Other Thoughts: Because of the high rating and usage; I believe concrete pads are in order. This is a change of thought, but they do get a bit bumpy.
14 of 18 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 1 Not
Great Mountain Course - Challanging
Pros: This is my home course. I probably play it 2-3 times a week. Very scenic and private....not lined with homes. Great Hike...while playing disc golf. This course is challenging! The first 3 holes feel as though your playing straight up hill. Up and down after that. Lots and Lots of trees. Some of the holes are extremely tight (#8 & #14) Others give you the ability to let it rip and watch your disc fly (#16 & 17) You need to be very accurate on may holes....so shot an disc selection is key. You will be shooting up hills and down hills. You really need to maximize scoring opportunities when you can on this course. Because with all those trees and hills the bogey's are looming.
Cons: The parking lot is about a 10 minute walk to the first tee. about a 1/4 to 1/2 mile. Don't let that deter you though...the course is worth it. I just wish the parking was a bit closer. But if you look at it as a hike with some great disc golf, your golden. It all in your attititude right?
Watch the fligh path of your discs on this course. It can be very easy to loose a disc with all the trees, bushed and under brush. I have spent up to 15 minutes looking for errant shots.
Other Thoughts: I've cruised through this course by myself in about 1 1/2 hours...about 2 1/2 with a 4 some is about average.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful.
16 Helpful / 2 Not
Beautiful Well Maintained Mountain Course
Pros: Requires every disc in your bag. Missed putts can roll way down hill! You have to consider wind and terrain on every hole. Lots of tight wooded shots. Extreemly fun Mountain course close to Denver! Multiple pin locations and some benches on the course! 10/8/08 Lots of the brush has been cleaned out, the nasties of the 13 pin has been completed. Several new benches have been added! All for the "Fall Classic" 10/17/08 Even more benches added. Slash removed from more holes giving it a lot cleaner look! Bathroom at top of mountain cleaner! Favorite mountain course
Cons: Print a course map before the first time you play this. The holes are well marked, but hiking at altitude can wear you out! Large spruce trees can eat discs. My complaint is that I don't have $2000 to be a hole sponser to get a bench with my name on it to rest my egg sucking lungs on the 3rd Tee!
Other Thoughts: 1st Three holes are straight up the Mountain! 17 is a great open downhill shot! It took me 2.5 hours to play.
16 of 18 people found this review helpful.
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