9 Helpful / 1 Not
One of Colorado's Best
Pros: This is one of the greatest courses in Colorado. Amazing mountain course. It is a well thought out and well-funded 20 hole course that will leave the average, fit individual tired at the end of the day. Expect to do a lot of hiking, a good amount of elevation change, tons of throwing, and every once in a while a bit of cursing.
The course requires a great amount of skill and accuracy as every type of throw imaginable is required throughout the 20 holes. You will be throwing long bombs, hyzer, anhyzer, tomahawk, short finesse, perfect S-curves, and a few perfectly straight shots. There are short holes and long holes, but a majority of the holes are around 300 feet, and you will certainly need you biggest driver on some holes. There are various pin placements, and wonderful plaques at every hole indicating where each pin is, and the distance of each pin. While some courses have signs that don't help much, these signs make the course simple and easy to understand. Be careful about rolls! There is a bunch of steep terrain here, so very bad downhill rolls can occur if you do not take disc orientation into consideration.
The course does a great job of mixing up technical and long throws. I know many courses have a technical front nine and open back nine (or vise-versa), however Conifer flows wonderfully. You will switch between technical, long, and a mixture of both all day. There is really no true transition between the front and back nine, just to show how enjoyable all of the holes truly are. While not all tee boxes are the best, they are some of the nicest natural tees I have seen on a mountain course. There is a bathroom located around holes 13-16, as well as bag hangers and very nice wooden benches at every hole!
-The first 2 holes start by going about 35 degrees uphill and are tightly woven through trees. After that the course levels off, and will take you winding back into the hills of Conifer, gaining and losing elevation as you go.
-Hole 3 is reminiscent of a flat hole 2
-Hole 4 is a fairly open shot which is open to many throws.
-Hole 5 is a long downhill bomb with multiple tee boxes. The longer tee box adds a tight gap as well as almost 100 feet.
-Hole 6 is a tight straight shot.
-Hole 7 is a very short finesse shot with the basket on a hillside. A quality shot without a roll will leave you with an easy birdie.
-Hole 8 requires a mini-hike to get to, and is one of my favorite shots on the course. It is a very technical hole where the tee box is crowded with trees, yet a perfect s-curve line, as well as anhyzer line are visible. The line is extremely tight, and the basket is out in the open on a hillside.
-Hole 9 is a slight uphill with a fairly open fairway, as long as your disc stays low.
-Hole 10 is another medium length straight shot through a large stand of tight trees. There is a long dropoff after the hole!
- Hole 11 is a challenging hole, and is the most susceptible to rolls on the course. It is fairly straight shot which allows for almost any type of throw. The basket is a bit downhill, and the entire fairway is on a very steep slant which points away from the basket. There are minimal trees, however they all seem to be right where you want to throw your disc.
-Hole 12 is a straight shot, requiring accuracy through a stand of trees
-Hoe 13 is a classic straight-to-right dog leg. The hole is fairly long, has a mandatory tree, and is a fairway cut out of a stand of trees. Your line is easily visible… hitting it is the hard part. There are 2 pin placements, one of which resides on top of a very steep, large, "ant-hill", making almost any roll around the pin bad.
-Hole 14 is a short and straight hole with a slight bit of anhyzer. This is a fun hole, requiring precision through the stand of trees.
-Hole 15 is one of the more open holes on the course. While there are a few trees - a low straight shot will get you there.
-Hole 16 is a long hole with a double mando gap through some trees. The pin resides in a tight stand of aspens 300-350 feet out.
- My favorite hole is number 17 in which there are always two pin placements. 17 requires a monster shot across a gigantic valley which loses and gains around 100 feet in elevation. The first pin is moved between 4 spots, while the second pin is always in the longest position.
-Hole 18 is an uphill shot with minimal obstacles, but large consequences for a shot that dives right.
-Hole 19 is a shot which allows all throws. There are many obstacles, yet also many lines to choose.
-Hole 20 is a hole where you lose large amounts of elevation. It is a hole which goes about 300 feet, and drops 50-70 feet. Be careful of rolls here!! It's easy to get near the pin, but hard to keep your disc there. The fairway is fairly open, but the pin is stashed in some trees.
Cons: There is a half mile walk required to get to the course. On the weekend or a very nice day, the course will be very crowded. This is the closest and one of the nicest mountain courses to the city of Denver, so it sees a lot of weekend traffic.
Other Thoughts: This course is not for the faint hearted discer. It will take up most of a day and require large amounts of physical exertion. It also requires fairly great accuracy, so if you're not accurate and not a fan of looking for your discs, this is not your course. However, if you're a fan of mountain discing, hiking, beautiful scenery, and throwing tight shots this is not a course you can pass up. The shots vary from hole to hole, and you will not get tired of the courses style and variation.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Just Plain Awesome!
Pros: -Great variety of holes and shots and requires you to use a variety of shots
-Lots of elevation changes
-Multiple pin positions on each hole (except for hole 12) and three of the holes have multiple tees. The different pin positions really change how the hole plays rather than just adding extra distance
-Nice tee signs and bag hooks on every hole
-Pretty easy to navigate and the scorecards at the parking lot have a map on them
-Beautiful scenery around the course
Cons: -The tee-pads are dirt and several of the tee-pads are starting to get ruts in them. Also after a lot of rain several of the tee-pads hold some pretty good sized puddles which can make it hard to tee off at times
Other Thoughts: This is the best course I have played thus far and I enjoy it every time I play it because it is such a good challenge. If they replace the natural teepads with something else this course would definitely be a five in my book. I don't think the half mile walk to the first hole is a con, I feel it provides a good warm-up especially since the first 3 holes are almost straight up hill. This is one of those courses that is worth the drive to play and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for an awesome round of disc golf.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Fantastic course. Well designed and maintained. Beautiful scenery. Makes you bring your "A" game. Great elevation changes everywhere. Let's you just rip the disc on several holes. Provides great challenge on others with blind shots, tight gaps, and mandos.
Cons: Tee boxes. All dirt and RR ties. The dirt is not level and can twist the ankle if your not careful. Bring your hiking boots and tie them tight.
Other Thoughts: Worth that 1/2 mile walk to the very intimidating first tee
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Superb Mountain course
Pros: This course is very well maintained and the baskets seem to get changed around often. All baskets are clearly marked and each tee box has a picture of potential basket spots. A challenging, technical course with lots of variety incorporating uphill shots, downhill shots, lots of trees and the potential for horrific rolls. Beautiful scenery throughout the course and you're getting a nice work-out while discin'.
Cons: It's about a half mile walk to the car from the end/tee box 1.
Other Thoughts: Well worth the drive up from the front range- Denver/Boulder/Co Springs. It seems to be getting more popular. Most of the times I've gone it has been empty, but the last time (a beautiful Sunday afternoon) there was pretty heavy congestion on all the holes.
Also, there are horse trails throughout the Beaver Ranch Rec Area, so keep an eye on your dogs if they're off the leash.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Topography - lots of elevation change and slope
Aesthetics - Beautiful landscape, mixed conifer forest with a few Aspen groves
Pop. Density - hardly ever crowded, even on most crowded days plenty of space.
Cons: Topography - get ready for a hike on first three holes
Not much else to complain about
Other Thoughts: Wildland Urban Interface - be very careful with fire and beware that Jefferson County's fire-bans can include no outdoor smoking with heavy fines.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Worth all the hype?
Pros: True definition of a mtn course, very fun, very challenging. My accuracy went way up after playing this course. Just a fun course to grab some buddies and spend the day in the mtns. Overall a great course.
Cons: Only real con was the tee boxes. I actually found them to be a hazard, they are made of dirt and RR beams, and the box is easy to trip over the front if you are not carefull and the dirt on the tee box was a but uneven so footing was a challenge if you are trying to hit the disc at all.
Other Thoughts: The holes were a bit shorter than I expected but made up for disctance with tight shots, i left the driver in the bag all day and scored very well. Great course one of the best
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 10 Not
Challenge for all players
Pros: The most beautiful course in Colorado, and one of the best course designs I have seen. As soon as you see hole 1 you think wow I have never done that before. By the end of the course you feel like a seasoned pro!
Cons: Bring your hiking boots!
Other Thoughts: Watch your discs carefully they are easy to loose here.
2 of 12 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 10 Not
Always a Gem Year After Year
Pros: Great elevation changes throughout the course. Tons of tight shots. They do a great job of changing the pin positions during the year, which makes for a different experience every time out.
Cons: The parking lot is far from the course. Some of the tee boxes have divots. If there were some rakes out on the course players could help keep them more maintained.
Other Thoughts: Great new benches and signs.
2 of 12 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Friendly locations for baskets. Precision shots through groves of trees. Hole #17 is great for bombing discs off the tee pad, bring multiple drivers just for fun. Must play at least once.
Cons: After hole #10 you can easily skip up to #13 if your not paying attention. There is a loose railroad tie on some of the tee pads. On hole #11 i slipped on an unattached shorter tie.
Other Thoughts: breathtaking view.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 10 Not
beaver ranch in conifer, co
Pros: Great course with lots of elevation changes and crafty basket placement. Nice signs and benches on every hole.
Other Thoughts: Played this course on April 1, 2011. The course is in great condition. No snow on any of the tee boxes or fairways. Go get em!
3 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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