Russell Gulch, CO 
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 Ghost towns & gold mines

1    9/1/2013   9/4/2013
Review By: Wook1
Played: 22  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 7.2 Years
This review was updated on 9/5/2013
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 19 unique holes that zig-zag across an old gold mining claim. Call ahead of time and see how busy the course is & being able to line up your round was a nice touch you don't get at many courses, the clubhouse is also an added bonus. After paying the $5 fee, course owner gives you a full run through of the layout. Detailed hand drawn course maps add to the rustic & somewhat gritty vibe you get at this course. Tee signs with hole # and distance are painted on old rusted shovel heads very clever use of "junk" also the homemade "rain shelters" throughout the course are great.

The first 6 holes are very tight with fairways being 20-50 ft wide at the most with a strict OB on each side. Ghost town has a mix of homemade and "official" pins. A few spots on this course you will tee off 2 discs and walk down to play your first and play the 2nd drive, hole 4 is the first of these. After finishing 3 climb up on rock face to your right and the tee off for 4s is in a crows nest on top of the rock. Dont go to your disc yet, climb down and walk over to the 4L tee and drive. Walk up and play your first drive to 4s pin, after continue play from your second drive. Cross the intersection to 6&7, which loop and re cross the intersection to 8. 9,10, & 11 are very close cutting back and forth across a Gully, reminded me of driving over a pond except with no water. This is also where the course starts to open up and you see the ruins and abandoned buildings that give this course it's namesake. 15 & 16 youll be teeing off 2 disc again, separate boxes for each, on the left side of this fairway is a ruined stone blacksmith's forge one of the coolest bunkers I've seen. 17 & 18 use the same fairway going in opposite directions be careful and if there's other players be sure they see you
Cons: Some of the homemade baskets need work, its obvious this course has a lot of personal touches and is a work of love, and like most works of love is continuously in progress. Since this was my first time experiencing ghost town Im not sure of their layout progress but it seems they are adding permanent "official" pins over time replacing the homemade.
Other Thoughts: Lots of OB but it's all fair and adds to the challenge of this course. Beautiful hand painted signs @ a few tee offs showing a detailed layout of fairway and pin placement

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.


1    8/26/2013   8/26/2013
Review By: collinse
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
2 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: - Best kept course I've ever played!
- Each hole is unique in its own way with lots of care and thought.
- Scenery is unbeatable.
Cons: - Extremely tough to find.
- Wish the holes were a bit longer.
- GPS does not help.

2 of 10 people found this review helpful.

 A clubhouse!

1    8/15/2013   8/20/2013
Review By: a.sorensen
Played: 14  Reviewed: 11  Exp: 3.8 Years
3 Helpful / 5 Not
- the course has a very nice clubhouse
- well maintained brick tee pads
- map and signage make it easy to navigate
- better scenery and terrain than any course that I have played
- good mix of long/short & open/technical holes
- amateur tee pads available
- have to play holes 15 & 16 at the same time
- I was not a big fan of the dry ponds (OB) in the middle of the fairway on hole 4
Other Thoughts: Brian was very nice and very generous about letting out-of-towners play on his private land. You can tell that he has spent a lot of time working on the course.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful.

 Scary Drive ... Cool Course

1    7/18/2013   8/6/2013
Review By: ZMan44
Played: 144  Reviewed: 110  Exp: 12.2 Years
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Ambiance - Ghost Town is a really cool place, and one of the more unique courses I have seen. There definitely is not another course that I have seen playing through ruins of an old mining community. The place has a great vibe. Brian is a really cool guy and has done an amazing job here.

Design - Elevation was used very well. Multiple shot-shapes are required. I used more discs in my bag at Ghost Town than on any other course in the Denver area.

Terrain Mix - The first 8 holes play up the ridge and back down. These holes are mostly wooded and provide a distinct challenge. The remaining holes are in the open, but there are plenty of challenges including a creek that is probably dry most of the time. However, we played during the "monsoon season" in the Rockies.
Cons: Baskets - Some of the baskets are home-made and simply don't catch as well. they're cool and all, from a novelty perspective, but expect a spit-out or four.

Random OB - There is OB on this course...everywhere. There are random OB gardens, often in the fairway and often very close to the baskets. As long as everyone is playing the same rules, it's a fair game. But if you're looking to shoot a low score and you have a putt hit the chains and land OB, you might get pretty heated.

Occasionally Eerie - I may get made fun of for this, and I didn't say anything to my friends during the round, but there were distinct times when I felt like I was being watched. Never felt so uncomfortable that I was ready to leave, but definitely odd. Maybe it was the elevation...or the creepy mannequin on the porch...who knows?
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed the Ghost Town course. It was quirky, but still fun. I managed to stay out of OB for the entire round, which is nothing short of miracle. Brian is an excellent host and a very skilled painter. Shirts are for sale in the club-house and they are really neat.

If you're not in great physical shape, the first three holes can be a little bit demanding. But after that point, the hike becomes much less grueling.

My favorite holes are #15 and #16 (I think) in which you throw from each tee box, before going down into the shared fairway. #15's pin is tucked to the left (RHBH hyzer) with the ruins down the left side of the fairway and OB down the right. #16 is long and you can either play for the 3 and just throw down the fairway and upshot, or go for the birdie with a long hyzer or flex shot...but both are risky for RHBH with OB down the right.

Ghost town is an excellent course and if you're in Denver, you should make the drive and give it a shot. If your game is predicated on throwing 400 feet off the tee, you probably won't like it as much as others. $5 is a very reasonable price for the course.

As an aside, if you've made the trek out to Ghost Town, get back on I-70 West and go another exit or two farther and eat at Tommyknockers Brewery. Good food and a cool atmosphere. I also hear Beau Jos Pizza is good, but we opted for Tommyknockers. Great post-round meal.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful.

 One of a Kind

2-4    8/4/2013   8/4/2013
Review By: Wise Fool
Played: 125  Reviewed: 118  Exp: 7.2 Years
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -The front eight play up and down a heavily wooded hillside. The fairways on the front 8 are very tight, but there is always a fair line to the basket.
-The last 10 holes are more open but play through the ruins of an old ghost town, which is the most unique thing, I've ever seen in a course.
-About half of the baskets are in good shape and catch well
-While the tee-pads are not concrete, they are bricks set into the ground and are pretty even and make solid tee-pads.
-Course flow is very easy to follow, especially since Brian walks you through the whole course on a map at the clubhouse before the round begins.
-Due to the tight fairways and the out of bounds on every hole, this course requires a ton of good accuracy to score well on. You will use most of the shots you have available if you want to score well on this course.
-Benches at a lot of the holes and there are places to leave your recycling. (Brian asks that any trash that is not recycling, be packed out of the course).
-The charm and atmosphere of this course is awesome. From the the shovel head at each tee-pad that tells you the hole number and distance to all of the random old items found around the course, this course has an atmosphere and feel unlike any other course I have played. Playing disc golf in an old ghost town is one of the coolest experiences ever.
-Brian is a great host and very helpful
-Great scenery throughout the course
-Since this is a private course that requires a reservation, it doesn't get overly crowded.
Cons: -Some of the baskets are homemade baskets that don't catch very well and you will experience some spit-outs on the homemade baskets. (As a side note, based on the older pictures on this site of the course, it looks like Brian is slowly replacing the homemade baskets with newer baskets as he is able to).
-Some of the out of bounds and rules on this course can seem a little restrictive at times (Overall, I didn't think this was a huge con as the different rules helped add to the charm of the course a little bit).
-I wish one or two of the tee-pads were slightly longer
-A few holes on the course have some wet swampy overgrown areas (mostly holes 9-11) and if you throw into the wet swampy areas, there is a chance of losing your disc.
-A few holes (mainly 9-11, and 17 and 18) play very close to each others fairways. If the course got super crowded this would be a bigger con. Even if the course is not very crowded, you will still probably have to wait for people to throw through on a few holes to avoid hitting other people.
-Probably the biggest con of this course, is the lack of distance. If you long throwing long bombs and your drivers on every hole or most holes, this is not the course for you. Pretty much every hole is under 300 feet and most are under 250 feet.
Other Thoughts: This is the most unique disc golf course I have ever played. It has a charm and atmosphere that I have never seen at any other disc golf course. The course may have a few flaws, but overall it is a must play if you are planning a disc golf trip to Colorado.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful.

 Unique Setting for Disc Golf

1    7/18/2013   7/23/2013
Review By: bjreagh
Played: 254  Reviewed: 246  Exp: 19.7 Years
9 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This is one of the most unique courses you will ever play. It is in a great setting- looks like a place you see on American Pickers- old mining town, lots of old buildings, miscellaneous items all over from an old bike behind hole 17 to the scary dummy on the clubhouse porch and so much more. You see things here you won't see on any other disc golf course.

The main characteristic is being tight and technical with lots of o.b. due to the narrow tract of land Brian has to work with that borders several neighbors. The o.b. might seem a little over the top, but remember everyone is playing the same course. Just view it the same as other unlucky breaks like spit-outs and roll-aways- you will throw o.b. at some point. Although you can always play safe and avoid the borders so there is good risk/reward and you still have to execute a well-placed shot to avoid the o.b.

The 1st half the course is more wooded, rocky, with elevation. The 2nd half is more open around the buildings and a creek, making for a nice mix of styles- no two holes are the same.

This course is private, so chances are you will get the course to yourself.

Brian, the owner and designer, is friendly- he talks you through the course, gives you a map, and then turns you loose. Along with disc golf, Brian is a great artist and has paintings covering the walls of his clubhouse (many of disc golf scenes) available for sale, along with cool looking t-shirts, discs, etc.
Cons: A little smothering because of the tight borders, the multitude of rules regarding neighbors, areas where you can't make loud noises, restrictions on how to play, etc. (all understandable, but it is different than most other courses in this regard).

Some rules/o.b are a little extreme- avoiding the o.b. flower beds in the fairway are mostly luck, having o.b. right behind the basket where you might have a spit-out that goes o.b. is unfair. The first time playing you don't know where all the o.b. is so there is a big luck factor. Plus there are the odd rules of hitting buildings and signs yielding 2 or 3 stroke penalties. It was almost like playing RIPT built in to the course! (As long as you have the approach coming in that this is the style with all its quirks, then you will have a great time.)

Course was a little tricky to get to, some dirt roads, but follow the directions on DGCR and you will find it ok.
Other Thoughts: This is a one-of-a-kind course that is truly a unique experience, but don't let that fool you. If you abide by all the rules, this course will really make you work to score well. It is also a mental test of how you handle unlucky breaks. Accuracy and precise placement is way more important than uncontrolled distance here. It may not be the best course ever, but it is one of the most memorable boosting my rating.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful.

 Denver Trip

1    6/16/2013   6/18/2013
Review By: DGTEXAS
Played: 72  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 11.4 Years
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: This was the most unique course I've ever played in my life! You could tell that the owner spent a lot of time with the OB's and layout. The Clubhouse was cool, and has souveniers for purchase. Very Technical course with some good elevation.
Cons: No Cons, other than some of the baskets were homemade, with rusty chains. I had a few spits but was playing casually and it was worth the trip for the overall expierence!
Other Thoughts: I'll be back!

2 of 8 people found this review helpful.

 A Must for ALL players!!

1    5/15/2013   5/16/2013
Review By: Mooser81
Played: 2  Reviewed: 2
2 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Absolutely everything! We decided to wait out the rain in nearby Central City and boy was it worth it! This charming course changes on you throughout and provides plenty of challenges to golfers of all levels. Brian (owner) is extremely helpful and explains the route from beginning to end. With many similar courses charging much more, this course is worth $5 all day long!
Cons: Some people below complain about the 'home-made' baskets but we found them to be cool and unique.
Other Thoughts: The detail on this course is absolutely amazing. The four of us decided that we weren't gonna keep score this time to get a feel for the layout, but next time we will use the very detailed Out of Bounds markers to keep an accurate score. Awesome course!

2 of 9 people found this review helpful.

 Old School Rules!

1    11/21/2012   11/22/2012
Review By: ddevine
Played: 133  Reviewed: 39  Exp: 37.2 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: 4.9 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.

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