10 Helpful / 1 Not
Beautiful, Hilly, and Challenging.
Pros: This is a beautiful course set in a hilly and wooded park setting. There seem to be regular upgrades. We passed by a maintenance team today who told us they had just completed up upgrades to the outhouses. All of the tee boxes have nice benches and bag hangers. Even the pictures of the holes posted on this site are out of date. The tee markers have all been updated and are very nice. There are hole maps and photographs of pin location on every tee sign.
There are multiple tee locations at every hole which make for a dynamic course experience.
The course map available in the links/files section of this review page is very good. I downloaded it to my smartphone in case we needed it. The course is so well laid out that we only had to refer to the map once.
Cons: Hilly and challenging. Coming from an elevation of 1000' made the course even more difficult for me. This is not a criticism of the course as much as a warning.
The walk from the parking lot to the fist/last hole is about .5 miles. After a day on the course, this seems much longer.
It can get very windy in the afternoon. Since this course is on the top of a hill, the wind can make for some interesting and exciting flight dynamics. Plan accordingly.
Other Thoughts: We lost a yellow and black Yin/Yang disc in a large wood pile. It probably won't last too long there as there is a scheduled burn planned for next week.
Course takes 2 - 2.5 hours to play all 20 holes.
We played on a Saturday and only saw one other group. However it was cold and windy.
This course will kick your butt. However, you will love it. This course really is phenomenal.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 9 Not
Well designed with technical holes
Pros: Technical course that will use a lot of your shots, has some good "tree" holes that will test your accuracy and head, and holes to show off your long drive. One of my favorite courses I've had the chance to play. I would recommend making a day out of it and throwing a couple rounds.
Cons: the .5 mile walk to the first tee or worse to the parking lot after throwing a couple rounds. But well worth it.
1 of 10 people found this review helpful.
21 Helpful / 25 Not
what a workout
Pros: where to start...played this course on the way back from Seattle to DFW....read lots of good reviews for this course and we were really looking forward to playing it...we played Phantom Falls about an hour before this one. Being from Texas, i was not used to the elevation changes and the weather. It was snowing and almost impossible to get through the first 3 holes. Once to hole 4 the holes begin to level out. However there were still major elevation changes. The views are absolutely amazing. Saw a few locals and they pointed us in the right direction for a few holes, but other that, the course is fairly easy to navigate. There was a rest area that had bathrooms and some picnic tables to rest...take advantage of that...all in all the course is amazing and if you are in the area its a must play. might as well play Phantom Falls after this one...both together are considered the "dirty 50"
Cons: tee boxes we natural and had some fairly worn in divots, so be careful
if your not familar with the course try to print out a map or find a local to point you.
the walk to the first box is a joke. rumor is said that you can drive up to hole 12 and skip the walk
the first 3 holes are bascically uphill
Other Thoughts: if there is snow on the ground, dont throw a white disc
make sure to wear hiking boots and not tennis shoes
overall being from Texas, i wasnt used to the whole mountain course and next time i will be better prepared
21 of 46 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 13 Not
Beaver Ranch is Bomb
Pros: The trails are clean and well maintained. They recently added new benches and plaques. the boxes are dirt but well maintained. There is no crowd or wait on week days. Privacy and beautiful weather is abundant. The clean and crisp mountain air makes it easy to throw and helps lifts your mood when you are lucky enough to view the sunset. Stop at the teepee and chill if you are tired.
Cons: On the occasional throw discs can roll all the way down the hill or get stuck in the pines. it is time consuming if you play the whole course. But try to avoid the first three holes if you can, as they are virtually straight uphill.
Other Thoughts: Bring your whole bag of discs as you will want them for hole 17.
2 of 15 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 5 Not
If were smart, you'd play this course
Pros: Tight, Open, elevation changes, very imaginative, easy to navigate, great signs at every hole with distance and multiple placements, beautiful scenery, friendly people, Great variety; You might throw every shot in your bag, very challenging. Even though it's heavily wooded, it's not hard to keep an eye on your disc. Lots of debris from trees on the ground to keep your disc from rolling alllll the way back down the hill. Sometimes you're not so lucky :)
Too many goods things to say about this place.
Cons: The drive to get there??
I guess the only thing I could do without is the strenuous elevation changes. The first two holes will make you want a power nap. But in all honesty it's not that bad. Just tough it out!
Other Thoughts: Look, if you are an intermediate or advanced player, you will love this course, hands down. Beaver Ranch is the epitome of colorado disc golf. In the mountains hiking around, lots of trees and elevation changes. Tight tunnel shots followed by narrow tee offs into wide open meadows. Aspen and Pine trees. Fun Fun FUN!!
5 of 10 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 18 Not
Best in the USA
Pros: Unbelievably beautiful... difficult... and strenuous on the body. I am a great hiker, runner, biker. I have climbed 14ers and this course wears me out every time, which is what I like.
Cons: Some silly mandos but I really only hate them because it makes me change my throw.
0 of 18 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: For those that are first time players to this course, know that it is very well marked and easy to navigate to the next and upcoming holes. This is an advanced course, with plenty of challenges ahead. Dog legs left and right and straight shots required. Great course to shoot your backhand and forehand shots. I personally loved hole 17 and found myself climbing back up to the top to reshoot. Plenty of benches in this course to rest after a hike up some of the steeper trails. Which is great if you are used to lower altitudes or you are not in the greatest of shape? Outhouses are available in a couple of different areas and are kept pretty clean. The very tall pines throughout the park not only provide a player challenges, but also provide a nice break from the heat of the day. On your way in from the parking lot to the first tee off there are stretching stations. Plenty of time to stop and stretch out, if you had a long drive up to this highly recommended beautiful course. There is a first bench at the end of your walk to the first tee off to rest up before you get started.
Cons: It is quite a walk up to the first tee off.
Other Thoughts: If you are an intermediate or advanced player, I would highly recommend this course. It would be well worth your trip, to this beautiful place.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Awesome wooded course. Kind of place you would go just to hike. Entire course is technical shots and pretty well maintained.
This entire course is through the woods but almost all of the holes you have a clear throwing lane.
Restrooms available about half way through. there's some tough uphill shots and some fun downhill shots.
Cons: Only thing keeping me from giving this course a 5 is the that there is a 1/4 to 1/2 mile hike to get to the first tee, and depending on the time there may be a wait or parking can be difficult. Hike to first hole is not too bad except the first 3 holes are straight up the side of the mountain. (don't let this stop you from playing the course cause its awesome)
Other Thoughts: Ranks right up there with the best courses around and its not too far from denver. (30min depending on area) This is going to be a signature course in Colorado and is a must play course.
There are benches you can chill after some of the tougher up hill hikes which seem to be in just the right spots.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: The beautiful mountain setting made this course worth the drive from Colorado Springs. The holes are well marked making it easy for a first timer to the course to locate the tee boxes and pins. Tee boxes are wide and well maintained with seating to rest up after climbing the hills. That being said.....
Cons: Extremely mountanous! although I found the hilly terrain fun and challenging, somone from lower elevations or not in shape might want to allow plenty of time to cover this one. Also, trees lining the fairways made for tight, sometimes frusterating, tee shots.
Other Thoughts: All in all, a must for all Colorado disc golfers, or the bravest flatlanders, looking for a great day in the Rockies!
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Great hike ... disc golf an excellent bonus
Pros: Where to begin? Fantastic use of elevation change. Mix of open and wooded, long and short, left and right. Multiple pin placements. Incredible new signs with pole-hole-shaped bag hooks and beautiful log benches. Lots of opportunities for memorable shots. Paths lined with tree limbs to guide you to the next tee. And, of course, gorgeous scenery. Everyone I ran into was very friendly and helpful.
Cons: Long hike to / from parking lot. No concrete tees (yes, I know this would be difficult, but I can't give a course five stars without them).
Other Thoughts: Those like me who live at an elevation of less than 1000' and are not necessarily in great shape will wish they had oxygen tanks, but the course is definitely worth the pain. The first few holes take you straight up the hill, with #1 having a large set of stairs directly in front of the tee. The middle dozen or so holes are generally played on the "flat" (in relative terms) and more open top of the hill, although a couple of them (especially #11) drop you back down into a valley and require a hike back up. Take some photos between the 9th and 16th fairways, and get ready for the memorable drive down into (or across) the valley on #17. The last three holes bring you back down to the bottom. I couldn't see that the basket on #20 was in the middle placement, so what I thought was an unlucky break hitting a tree branch saved me quite a throw and hike back up the hill. All in all, one of the best courses I've ever played. Well worth the drive and hike.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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