3 Helpful / 30 Not
Off to a good start, needs just a few more tweaks...
Pros: This is one of the ultimate mountain courses providing both amazing scenery and dramatic elevation changes on nearly every hole. Hole 17 is one of my all time favorites as you have a severe downhill shot to one of two basket locations. The trees and drop-offs near many of the baskets make several holes here a formidable challenge, even for advanced players. There are plenty of opportunities to throw just about any type of shot you can think of on this course which I really liked.
Cons: The signage and tee pads on this course leaves something to be desired. I don't feel this can be considered a 5 rating course until the tee pads are concrete. Like others I felt the parking lot could be a bit closer to the first and last hole.
Other Thoughts: DO NOT ATTEMPT to play this course with just tennis shoes, you need hiking boots, tons of water and someone who has played the course before so you don't get frustrated like I did my first round here. This course does have a TON of potential and has one of the most "unspoiled" natural settings I've seen. Please keep it that way and pick up after yourselves.
3 of 33 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A true mountain course, this is what you expect from Rocky Mountain disc golf. Most holes have severe elevation changes, either along the fairway, near the pin (especially frightening), or both, with more than a few opportunities for deadly roll-aways. Don't be fooled, though, this course is tightly wooded. Add this to the elevation changes, and its one tough course.
The course begins with an incredibly steep hole straight uphill. Honestly, the pictures don't do the slope justice, its an incredible hole. I won't go over every hole here, I'll just try and hit the highlights. Nearly every hole has some sort of elevation in play. 2 and 3 are tight uphill doglegs where its easy to get into trouble. 10 plays down to a blind pin sloping down the mountain, and is short but truly terrifying. The next few holes play perpendicular to the slope, where its imperative to play the proper fade. 16 and 17 are the bomber holes, where the course starts to open up some. On 17 the basket is either at the bottom of the slope or directly across the valley, and is incredibly fun. No mountain course could be complete without a wide open, downhill ski-slope type hole. 20 is fairly wooded, especially near the basket, but is nearly as steep downhill as 1 is uphill, and is a great challenge. Throw to hard or with the wrong angle, and you could easily be 100' down at the bottom of the mountain. Not sure if 21 is officially part of the course yet. If not, I believe it will be soon. The pin is ~400' or so, fairly downhill, with the front of a creek bordered by thick brush 261' away. A wide open hole, it makes for a tough decision of whether to go for it or lay up if you can't throw ~350' consistently.
As far as course maintenance goes, the course has been immaculate every time I've been. Because of the fire danger, I believe most of the course is smoke-free, so cigarette butts aren't an issue. Many of the baskets have a sloping upper belt that directs the discs down into the chains, which is a definite pro in preventing death rolls.
Signature Hole - Has to be #1, the steps, the slope, and the view back down from the top. Hell of a way to start off the round.
Cons: Its hard to find much wrong with this course. Some people complain about the half-mile hike to hole 1, but its really not a huge issue. Maybe its just me being from the midwest, but I'll never get sick of the view when walking to the first tee.
As much as I want to, I just can't rate this course a 5. Its nothing explicit about the hole design or course layout, but it just feels like a little something's missing. In some ways, it seems like there's a lack of strategy on many of the holes. Often, the tees are more guarded than the pins, and its more a matter of execution than strategy. I'm sure this is partly my personal preference and partly the pin locations I've played, but I'm left wanting a little more.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this course is well worth the drive from the Denver area, whether you live there or are just visiting. They take great care of this course, and I've heard rumors of them installing another course on the property sometime in the future. It keeps getting better and better, with benches and permanent signs at most holes, with more to come.
Also, It'd be a crime to not plug the temporary course in Bailey (15 min or so down the road, left at Rosalie Rd, left past the coffee stand, and left at the gate) that is going to try and stay open through summer 2011. In my opinion, its a bit better than Conifer, but they need you're support to turn it into a permanent course. So play and please pay the $5 donation to keep the course running (they need to pay the school for the land, as well as to buy permanent baskets). Absolutely no smoking (of anything) or drinking on the course, or they may not allow disc golfers back. Help support the growth of the game in the Colorado foothills!
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Great Teeboxes, signage, and Benches. There are even little hooks to hang your bag. If your looking for elevation in a course this is bursting with it! Hole #1 is practically up a ladder. It undulates from there. There is a good mix of distance and obstacles. With a few shorties thrown in. While most of the holes are memorable there are still a few signature holes that really stick out. 5,8,11,14,16,17,20 are some of my favorites. There are some HUGE off the side of mountain shots that are super fun.
Oh yeah, it GORGEOUS!!
Cons: It's a half mile walk from the parking lot to the first/last hole. So there's an extra mile of walking on top of tackling this mountain. Its hard to find your discs in the snow. (RIP green Groove). While the layout and elevation change alot, the terrain is all the same. Its all pine trees and dirt/rock (except 14-16)
Other Thoughts: Overall one of my favorites! Its definitely tiring though. I always throw my hole bag on 17.. Its a great tee!
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 8 Not
Another Colorado Mountain Gem!
Pros: This is a championship caliber course that keeps getting better every time I play it. Course plays tight as well as open for thos long bombing throws. The mixture of technicality combined with the physically exhausting factor of the hike keeps you on your toes and begs for you to dare a play your 'A' game.
The scenery is great and if you don't bring your camera you will be sorry you didn't. This is a course that should be on your to play list if you have not already visited. I am addicted to two courses and this is one of them!
With multiple pin placements on many holes, this course transforms from an awesome rec course that will still beat on you into a championship monster. Make sure if you don't have a group behind you to play both the E and C pins on 17!!!
Cons: Half mile walk to the first hole is the worst part if I had to come up with cons. The only other thing that would make this better would be if there were trash cans or people who can pack it out after they bring it in. This is a beautiful course, please keeps it that way.
Other Thoughts: I've heard rumors from good sources that the tee pads are going to be upgraded to concrete within a year as well as the addition of another course right next to it. This place keeps getting better and the measly 3 dollar fee to play this course is more than worth it!
1 of 9 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: This is one of my favorite courses! I have played a few mountain courses and this is definately one of the top ones! Great layout, you just know where to go for the next tee. Technical course, but what do you expect when you're trying to throw in the wilderness. This course is a great challenge and great way to improve your technique and try other ways of throwing through the maze of trees. There are also holes that have a great fairway with no trees to give you a break from the trees, but still challenging! Beautiful!
Cons: Hmmm well it's hard to say...the trees may grab your disc and hold onto them but that's just part of the fun of the mountain course! Never know if you'll have to be a tree climber too.
Other Thoughts: Great place to play in the summer to get out of the hot sun! Well shaded with all the trees!
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: The views was just awesome, course layout was good challenging but well done.
Cons: have to walk half a mile to first tee then hike up for 3 holes before getting to the top.
Other Thoughts: alot of hiking makes a great work out on this course, but the views are just amazing to see. Im from arizona and we don't get these type of courses unless going to flagstaff or show low. This course is one of the best ones i have played at so far. if you travel through colorado, stop at this course, it's worth it! Will be going back in June 2011
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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.
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