Russell Gulch, CO 
Ghost Town Share
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3 / 265ft. Par / Distance:
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 Old School Rules!

1    11/21/2012   11/22/2012
Review By: ddevine
Played: 133  Reviewed: 39  Exp: 37.6 Years
10 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: An extremely charming course in a unique setting that will have you grinning with delight as soon as you arrive. Bring the kids, this is a short, recreational course with narrow pathways and wonderful personal touches courtesy of Brian, the deservedly proud owner and operator. Experienced players will throw putters on most of the holes, with a few mid-range and possible drivers. Short, technical and joyful, with "Old School Rules" (penalties for hitting buildings, signs, cars, etc as well as an abundance of OB). A good portion of the baskets are home-made which, for me at least, was a delight. Yes, they might not catch as well, but they are a clear indicator of Brian's "the most fun wins" approach.

Most of the front nine consists of short, very tight L-R, R-L and straight shots that reward finesse and control. The course opens up after that, with plenty of ace-runs (mostly with putters for the experienced players) and an ever present abundance of OB.

The personal touches are what makes this course so enjoyable and charming. Home-made signs and baskets make for a unique experience that should be savored. Bring the kids, they will enjoy the ghost town setting. My four star rating is primarily based on the "charm" of the place. Big armed lovers of wide open crush shots will most likely disagree.
Cons: Some folks might balk at the $5 per round fee, but in my opinion it is a small way of saying "thanks" to Brian for his work and dedication. (Be sure to call ahead, this is a private course).

Very short by today's standards, but the early tight holes provide some compensation. Some of the distances are misleading (one hole listed at 395' is closer to 300'...or maybe I misread it). Some of the tee pads are sketchy, with deep depressions and loose rocks (I played on an unusually balmy day in late November)..but the holes are so short that this is not much of an issue.
Other Thoughts: If you started playing in the 70s you will love this place. Brian should be commended for his dedication and hard work at making the most of a very limited set of land. Those of you who enjoy windy mountain dirt roads will want to hang a left on Virginia Canyon as you leave the property and head down "Oh My God" road that drops (literally) into Idaho Springs. If you like Pizza you might try BeauJos in the "downtown" area (although they no longer put the napkins on the walls due to fire hazards).

10 of 12 people found this review helpful.

 ghost town

1    8/24/2012   8/25/2012
Review By: disc dunker
Played: 52  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 5.3 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This was quite an experience. There was an overwhelming amount of intrigue as we got out of the car and started to walk around. The many collections of antiques and artifacts are nothing short of impressive. I couldn't help but wonder what we were about to experience. The first 8 hole were very tight and technical. I will be using strictly a gummy putter on these holes next time. The last 10 holes opened up quite a bit which was good because I was starting to feel claustrophobic. Overall there were a large variety of shots needed.
Cons: Almost too tight. there were many places where I was just laying up repeatedly because of no other options. I think the penalty strokes were excessive.
Other Thoughts: Thank you for building this course it is a treasure for the Colorado disc golf community.
I will play this course again with hopes of lowering my score.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Fun, extremely technical course

1    8/20/2012   8/20/2012
Review By: EvergreenJC
Played: 8  Reviewed: 4
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is a cool course that will challenge even the best players. Lots of thought put into the layout which gives both some tight tree shots and open field shots.

While the OB was frustrating when I found it, I left liking how much strategy this course requires.
Cons: We found ourselves wanting basket upgrades on quite a few holes. I tried to convince myself it was part of the "charm" of the course, but they just need to be upgraded in my opinion.
Other Thoughts: Well worth going a little out of your way if you live within driving distance. I highly recommend playing twice and planning on 2hours/round if you're new to the course. $7 is worth it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Ghost Town Course Is Gold!

1    7/11/2012   7/12/2012
Review By: The Valkyrie Kid
Played: 1005  Reviewed: 955  Exp: 38.4 Years
This review was updated on 7/22/2012
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The Ghost Town course is one of most unique courses you'll ever play. Owner/Designer Brian has really put his heart and soul into his piece of historical gold rush era property here and it's a pleasure to be able to play and enjoy it.
You'll be given the royal welcome starting with the rules clinic and walk through of the property. Because the property is so tightly squeezed between the neighbors, the OBs are extremely tight. There are so many features which make this one of most unique disc golfing experiences you'll ever have. They range from the many artifacts you'll encounter, everything from the historical old mining buildings, to Brian's personal touches all over the course such as using old shovel handles as tee signs. I thought a couple of the more clever ideas were on # 4 where you throw two throws on two different tees to two different baskets. This actually counts as two holes making this a 19 hole course. Then on # 15 and # 16, you play both throws down the same fairway thus saving a walkdown.
There is a clubhouse here selling hats, koozies, both used and new discs, tee shirts and more. Brian says they're averaging 4000-5000 rounds a year out here now. I think people are starting to discover Ghost Town Disc Golf.
Cons: The course is extremely tight in places. I was happy to only go OB once. Also, all the additional rules Brian has in place do feel a bit stifling at times. This is basically a recreational course. The distance is not there for advanced players although I think they would be challenged by the over-all tightness and would enjoy the quirkyness of the place.
Other Thoughts: My favorite part of the course were the three holes playing over the marshes in the middle, 9-10 and 11. The basket placements were extremely clever and challenging here but also aceable for most players. Also the altitude of 9000' might factor in to your game here.
As much as I'd love to rate this course higher, I have to go with a 4. The length and challenge just isn't there to give it any higher than a 4. It's great, I loved it and would love to come back.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful.

  Wonderful course

1    7/4/2012   7/4/2012
Review By: bnekolny
Played: 15  Reviewed: 1
1 Helpful / 12 Not
Pros: Well maintained and great maps! Fun course, easy to keep track off discs. We thoroughly enjoyed playing, the owners were welcoming, the course was not crowded, and very easy to follow.
Cons: Easy to go out of bounds.
Other Thoughts: Technical corse.

1 of 13 people found this review helpful.

 Disc Golf Sanctuary!

1    5/10/2012   6/18/2012
Review By: h0pe
Played: 3  Reviewed: 3
12 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -This course is truly a "Disc Golf Sanctuary" meticulously maintained and winding through several dilapidated period buildings.

-Brian was very helpful, going over the rules of the course and walking us through each hole on a map.

-The pin placements are challenging creating a highly technical course that rewards a laser accurate mid-range game.

-The first 7 holes wind through a narrow corridor of pine trees, dry ponds and boundary lines before opening up into the Ghost Town.

-The ambiance is simply amazing! You are literally playing in a ghost town and driving around the ruins of old buildings.

-Individual tee times make for an intimate experience.

-Lots and lots and lots of flavor here. The marsh on #9 is called the "Mekong Delta" and Brian's kitsch is littered throughout the course.
Cons: -The homemade baskets are wonderful for flavor but are awful to play.

-Rules, rules, rules. There are specific OB rules for this course, both to protect the neighbor's property and privacy as well as Brian's signs and the old buildings. Quite regulated with little freedom for shots.

-The wide swath of OB rules and narrow boundary lines left me feeling suffocated and stifled. Really got the sense that all the neighbors were hostile to this place.

-The pin placement, while challenging, seemed to favor a medium range sidearm throw. There was some variation but I kept coming back to this particular shot. Really felt like there was ONE (and only one) particular way to play a few holes on this course.

-Never had to take a driver out of my bag.

-5 dollars a round was rather steep considering its 3 dollars to play at Beaver Ranch, one of the best courses in the U.S.
Other Thoughts: -Control, Control, Control is the name of this course. Only had to uncork a couple of drives. Everything else was tight and mid-range.

-Beautiful scenery. Serene trees and views. The cool ambiance of crumbling buildings makes it worth playing at least once.

-Leave the power at home. You can 1-disc this with a Roc or a Buzz.

-Lots of OB rules specific to this course. Has a "backyard" feel to it.

-Truly a Disc Golf Sanctuary... at least when you're in-bounds and not annoying the neighbors.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful.


1    4/6/2012   4/28/2012
Review By: bobmcnelly
Played: 108  Reviewed: 85  Exp: 5.5 Years
This review was updated on 5/9/2012
3 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Very creative course. Great use of land. Well maintained and very technical.
Cons: Some what hard to get to but its a fun drive. While there are some real good shots most of the shots do kinda feel the same.
Other Thoughts: Great course with lots of OB, really challenging to par.

3 of 9 people found this review helpful.

 Giddy about Ghost Town

2-4    9/25/2011   9/27/2011
Review By: markjfun
Played: 91  Reviewed: 27  Exp: 10.6 Years
This review was updated on 7/27/2012
15 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Ghost Town Disc Golf Course is the brilliant result of a man's love for a hobby, his ingenuity, his creativity and most important of all, his hospitality. Brian O'Donnell did his best to not overlook a single aspect of the game of disc golf when designing, building and patenting his disc golf "sanctuary", as he calls it. Playing the course is as much a fun adventure as it is a challenging round of disc golf. Historic mining equipment is cleverly integrated into the course signage and amenities, such as benches, bag hooks, tables, and even the baskets themselves. I really liked his tee signs made from old rusted mining shovels with hand-painted instructions and diagrams on them.

The tee pads are generally level and give room for a few approach steps, with the exception of the really unique "standing-room-only" tee atop a rock platform on the optional hole 4B! As you grab your disc from the handmade basket on hole 3, you find yourself walking up to an abandoned campsite, complete with a picnic table of half-consumed food and beverages, opened ice chests and 2 eerily deserted vehicles (each of which will add 2 additional strokes to your score if your errant disc strikes them). The scene is a fun addition to the motif of a haunted ghost town. After a few more holes, you peek out of a hilly aspen grove to a sweeping view of Russell Gulch and the buildings of a long-forgotten mining town. Clearly marked out of bounds areas on holes 14 - 16 add a challenge to players whose discs tend to have a mind of their own. The course is essentially divided into four sections by dirt roads, with each section presenting its own "feel". The final two holes play in the front yard of Brian's house where the fairway (mowed lawn) and the rough (4 ft high weeds) are clearly distinguished. Throughout the course, you'll be paying attention to the gauntlet of obstacles that penalize between 1 - 3 additional strokes, such as the side of a crumbling stone building and the Ghost Town welcome sign out front.
Cons: Some would consider the location of Ghost Town a hassle, but in reality its path through a mountainous ruin of man's struggle to find subterranean riches is actually the thing that makes it unique. The need for setting an advance "T" time is also a double-edged sword, because although it may hinder "drop-by" disc golfers from enjoying an impromptu round, it allows Brian to stagger groups in 10-15 minute intervals so that you have space to yourself in the disc golf "sanctuary". The fee of $3 / 1 round or $5 / multiple rounds goes directly toward upkeep of the historic area and the creative course. Some of the homemade baskets could use some TLC as well.
Other Thoughts: Upon arrival, you'll most likely be greeted by Brian standing on the driveway where he'll invite you into the clubhouse to give you lowdown on the course, hand you a map, and direct you to the first hole. T-shirts (short and long sleeve), bumper stickers, koozies, hats and second-hand discs are sold in the spooky clubhouse. There are small trash cans at about every other hole. There is a shady picnic table, a portable restroom and some informational signage in the parking lot just beyond the main welcome sign.

In summation, if you like disc golf in the least and want a fun-loaded, quirky way to spend a day outside at a place with an uplifting vibe, find your way to Ghost Town.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful.

 Historic, beautiful and private!

5+    10/26/2010   6/26/2011
Review By: Vintageskis
Played: 2  Reviewed: 2
0 Helpful / 13 Not
Pros: This is such a beautiful and wonderful place. Brian and Bethany do a great job keeping the intergrity of the area in tact. The course is challenging and well laid out. I can't wait to play it again!
Cons: Zip.

0 of 13 people found this review helpful.

 An Awesome and Unique Destination

5+    5/3/2011   5/27/2011
Review By: 14erDisc
Played: 40  Reviewed: 40  Exp: 6.6 Years
This review was updated on 4/29/2012
12 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This place has got the vibe! Call ahead tee-times to make sure you don't run into anybody else while you are up there. Personalized greetings within the "pro shop" from the owner of the land. Maps and directions given to you for proper navigation of the land. This place is a treat! The front nine are very technical and fairly short. Expect to throw almost every throw in your arsenal by the time you reach the back nine... and prepare to be accurate OR ELSE. This place has extensive out of bounds rules (which must be followed), so every shot must be properly placed. The back nine are far more open yet are still high on the difficulty scale. Hole 15 can get you with 1/3 of the hole being an OB building requiring a re-tee + one stroke. Expect to do some hiking while you are here. There is not much elevation change, but most of the land is uneven terrain and requires proper navigation. This course is also in a "ghost town", so the vibe here is awesome. Broken down buildings, shot up propane tanks, abandoned trailers, and the list of old-school Colorado memorabilia goes on. There really is no other vibe like a ghost town with a friendly host who loves to disc.

Hole 1 starts out with a straight uphill in between two fairly tight OB corridors
Hole 2 is a long and large left hook through a tight OB corridor. If you birdie this hole, it would be amazing.
Hole 3 is an awesome anhyzer hook through a tight fairway surrounded by dense trees and OB
Hole 4a is a nice straight shot to the basket which stands in the middle of a group of aspen trees. beware of the dry ponds!
Hole 4b is one of the most unique tee pads that exists. You stand atop a rock with no room to move, throw the disc through a small gap in the trees, and hit an anhyzer line ending with the basket 1 foot from OB.
Hole 5 is a great tomahawk hole over a stand of trees. Prettymuch a straight shot.
Hole 6 is the longest on the course, and is a long left hook where OB is easy to avoid
Hole 7 is a toughy. The tee box is surrounded by trees making it EXTREMELY hard, and the basket is almost straight ahead with a million trees in the way. OB is not much of a factor.
Hole 8 is an awesome anhyzer shot through a thin alley through a stand of aspens. Hit the gap or get stuck in the trees.
Hole 9, 10, 11 are all straight and open shots over a small marsh. Dont hit any buildings, they are OB!
Hole 12 is a straight shot with the basket on top of an apex, with drops on 3 out of 4 sides. This basket is in horrible condition so be careful.
Hole 13 is a blind shot with the basket resting on the hillside just infront of you. Any kind of throw works here.
Hole 14 is another straight and open shot with a fairway mowed into the ground. OB comes into play on the right side and is very hard to avoid.
Hole 15 and 16 are from the same tee, but very different shots. Hole 15 is a blind shot with a nice left hook at the end. The basket lies below the tee in elevation, and is about 3 feet from OB. This shot also requires a +1 and retee if you strike a ghosttown-building which takes up about 40% of the shot. It's an easy shot, but the pressure can get to you. 16 is from the same tee and is a long straight bomb with the basket located in a tight area surrounded by OB. Hit a house or car is a 3 stroke penalty!
Hole 17 & 18 are straight shots confined greatly by OB. And don't hit the course sign, it's +2!
Cons: There are a few baskets of poor quality on the course... the only true complaint. Some of them are home-made and really delapedated. I am all for the "course vibe" in terms of baskets, however this place has a few that can be so bad it's hard to hit a 4 foot put from a certain angle. On the up-side, the owner Brian usually gets around to fixing issues with baskets within a day or two. This is a pay-to-play ($3 a round) course, but I do not consider this a con. The money is well worth it, goes to a good cause, and keeps the less serious discer away.
Other Thoughts: One of the most unique courses in Colorado. A must play, and a course that will more than likely leave you frustrated with your score at the end of round 1. Technical and challenging, yet open and fun too!

12 of 13 people found this review helpful.

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