Great Course for a YMCA
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Relatively easy to navigate - challenging - good variety of shots used - restrooms - well maintained - a good hike up and down the hills
I was really impressed with this course. Mostly because it is at a YMCA and the Y's that we have here are nothing like this one. Overall, it was well worth the drive from Denver. Lots of hilly terrain and beautiful, wide open views of the mountains. A lot of fun shots and the people we ran into on the course were very nice/helpful. I assume the course gets a lot of amateur play because it is on the Y campus. Despite that, the course offered a great challenge with a lot of different shots from short to long, left to right and uphill to downhill.
Cons: Natural tee pads - poor course signage
There were places where it was difficult to tell where to go next. They would benefit from some good tee signs and "Next Hole" signs.
Other Thoughts: Overall gorgeous scenery and a lot of fun to play. I'm glad we made the drive out there. I did loose 1 disc on hole 18, and oddly got a call nearly 10 months later from a 12 y/o kid who was trying to return it. He said he played, so I just let him keep it.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Fun if you are in town
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Holes 14-18 are beautiful, bomber holes that encourage high soaring lines that weave between the top of the trees that run through a valley behind the maintenance support area of the property. These are the reason to play this course.The scenery is what you would expect from a course on the edge of Rocky Mountain National park and it's good to take a moment to appreciate where you are. Tee signs are clean and state par and distance. Benches abound and the course is actually pretty easy to follow once you find hole #1, but a map is recommended. Good sight lines to the Innova yellow banded baskets (a pro and a con). Great place to bring the family for a weekend, with so many other activities to keep the family busy while you golf. The course was clean and free of trash, despite the lack of trash cans on the course. Hole 18 was a 714ft bomber above trees changing color, and had the feel of a signature hole. It's a free course as well. Beginning/rec players can still play and have fun.
Cons: Holes 3-12 largely play back and forth meandering between the cabins in point and shoot fashion, and the distances only vary between 260-340 feet. It gets mundane and you feel like you are playing the same hole, with the only variation being whether the particular hole you are on is uphill or downhill. It's rather repetitive and you might be tempted to give up on the course, but hold out until the last 5 holes! No trash cans, the tee boxes are natural and mostly uneven (some better than others). The walk from hole 18 to hole 1 is about a 3/4 mile to a mile uphill.
Other Thoughts: If you live in (or are visiting) Estes Park, you should definitely visit, but this is not a destination course from any more than an hour away. If you want to have a great weekend with the family that isn't disc-centric, then by all means enjoy the course and the great finishing holes. Don't expect to use a lot of different shots and lines. In the end, this is a mostly enjoyable round of golf that will add to your trip to the beautiful mountains that surround the course.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Crowds and Jesus fish
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The back 9 is worth driving for. We saw Elk from nearly every tee box and you can get soft-serve ice cream across the street from the first tee box. The back 9 tucks behind the maintenance buildings and staff housing. The holes get to 400+ ft and they make them 4 par to keep your score down. Open-canapy pine forest with a couple nice topo features (hole 15 is particularly nice).
Cons: The front 9 is pretty weak. The holes are short and stack on top of each other. The course is surrounded by roads on most sides of most holes. A steady flow of traffic from all sides make this feel surprisingly urban for its surroundings. Massive parking lots, swarms of church groups, and giant buildings really suck the life out of the first half of this course.
Other Thoughts: Only worth the drive if you get a soft serve at the lodge and play the back 9 twice.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
High Altitude Disc Golf
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Proper tee signs with distance. Innova Baskets are visible from tee pads thanks to the bright yellow band on top. Maps are available and navigation is mostly easy, just follow the trails. Foliage is under control, and mature pines and aspens make for very challenging lines. There are benches at many tee pads, particularly on the back 9. Elevation is utilized very much here adding another element of challenge; duh, you're playing in the Rockies and starting at 8000+ feet. That being said, the scenery here is absolutely gorgeous. The course starts easy and gets very challenging by the back 9, culminating with the 714 foot downhill bomb on 18. I like the flow. Restrooms are accessible at the main administrative building at the camp and are much nicer than most restrooms you find at a disc golf course. Free to play, discs available for rental for a $10 deposit. A great place to fit a round in before visiting Rocky Mountain National Park.
Cons: A lot of point and shoot holes. The trees keep it from being a cakewalk, but there's only 1 dogleg. Some tee pads need to be leveled better. The layout is not optimal, the basket for 18 is quite far from the beginning of the course. If you're going to get lost, it will be between 13 and 14. Also it's easy to mistake 17's basket for 16's.
Other Thoughts: This is a great place to play. I wish there was a little more creativity in the course design, but other than that I don't have a whole lot that I can say about this course that's very bad. I love playing mountain courses like this one so come on up and let the plastic fly through the Rocky Mountain air!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
YMCA of the Rockies
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: A pretty fun course overall. It starts out in the trees and moves out into a more open area. Great uses of elevation (except for a couple straight uphill holes) and decent tree obstacles especially near the beginning. From hole 13 on is a lot of fun - all downhill and several bomber holes. Also the scenery is about as fantastic as you can imagine.
Cons: No concrete Tee pads. Hole 12 is a God awful 350' straight uphill hole. Long walk from 1st tee box to 18th hole.
Other Thoughts: You should park at Dorsey Pond (near the 18th hole) and walk to the 1st tee so you don't have to make the walk when you're already tired from a whole round of 18. Definitely pick up a map from the Sweet Memorial building near the 1st tee. I felt like it wasn't too difficult to get around, but I am already very familiar with the YMCA layout. You would probably be alright without a map, but its right next to the first tee and its free. Overall a really fun, decently challenging course. Good for all levels of players.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -This course is on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park and is absolutely gorgeous.
-A good amount of trees for obstacles. You aren't forced to throw exact lines but you do have to avoid the trees.
-Can get a map of the course, would recommend it.
-The back 9 is great. Some tricky greens, elevation changes, length, more obstacles. If the whole 18 was like the back 9 it might even be a 4.
-The course gets some use but definitely isn't crowded.
-Tees have hole # and par to aid navigation.
-The course is in good shape and maintenance.
-The Y has so many things to do. Camping and cabins!
-You shouldn't lose a disc here but there are some taller grass areas and you could always get hung up in a pine tree.
Cons: -Without the map and this site you would have a hard time finding the start of this course and navigating it. Some of the fairways are too close for comfort so keep your eyes open. Also, it doesn't really loop back to the start. You have a little walk to get back to the lot.
-The front 9 is pretty short and not too challenging.
-Don't play here if you're not in somewhat decent physical shape. Lots of hills and rocky, rugged terrain.
-Can be quite windy up here in the mountains.
-The tees are natural and can be a little slippery or rutted. They aren't bad tho.
Other Thoughts: This is a good fun round. I wouldn't drive all the way up to Estes just for disc golf but there is plenty of other fun stuff to do. Remember, your discs will fly differently at nearly 8000 feet than they do where you live. This course is definitely buoyed by it's scenery, it isn't the best use of this beautiful land and certainly isn't the top priority for the Y.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Holy slang in Estes Park
Pros: You're in the Rockies, so.......
Cons: Tee boxes are rugged. Hole one is nearly 3/4 mile from 18.
Other Thoughts: Once you figured out where to start and where you finish, park your vehicle in front of the RAINBOW building lot. This is the closest place to park by 18, so you arrive, walk or jog to 1 getting a little stretched and loose, you will love your parking spot when you complete this hike. So awesome dudes
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
The Back Nine Is Better But The Rockies Are Impressive!
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course plays on this giant YMCA complex. This not the YMCA you're thinking about back home! This is one gigantic complex with probably 100 buildings and multitudes of activities going on at all hours during the summer. Then you surround the whole area with the towering, craggy Rocky Mountains and the whole experience is pretty amazing. The scenery really is breathtakingly beautiful.
I really like this course starting with hole # 9. The back nine feature some interesting basket placements, more challenging terrain to play on and is generally more fun. The baskets are great although a little hard to spot on the front nine even with the yellow rims. The signs have just the basic information, nothing too impressive.
I thought # 9 was a fun little throw, about 241' downhill to a basket hidden just behind a small pine tree. It's an ACE run but you gotta have the touch. The back nine features some tricky shot placements through the pines, down the canyons and is generally a lot longer than the front nine.
Cons: Navigation is a little nightmarish. The first tee is difficult to find. The second nine is tricky to navigate. The tee pads could definitely use some work. They're natural. Some are fine but a few are rutted and rough. I thought the first eight holes were a little boring and all seemed a little too similar. All were about the same distance, straight with a few pine trees for obstacles.
And # 18 finishes clear on the other side of the complex from where you started.
Other Thoughts: I'd love to see them put in some concrete patio blocks for tee pads. That would be a simple little way to really spice this course up. It's the only course around and seems to get quite a bit of play. There's some good challenge here. The scenery is second to none. I recommend you try if you're in the area. I also recommend you visit Rocky Mountain National Park while you at it.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 11 Not
Pros: The view is absolutly beautiful and there is a very nice up kept forest. the holes arent very far away and also very clear to see
Cons: some of the holes do get confusing but still can be found in minutes can be a long walk
Other Thoughts: this course will take your breathe away not only for how stunning the course is but also the view and the altitude GO FROLF!
0 of 11 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: The scenery is amazing.
There are 18 holes, the back 9 gets challenging.
You could get a chance to play by wild game.
The baskets are in great shape.
The park and area is very clean.
Cons: The tees could use some work.
Easy to get confused without a map.
The markings from hole to hole aren't clear.
Could of exposed the course to more dangers that the nature allows for.
Other Thoughts: If there was clear signs from when you enter the park to the start of the course that would be very friendly and convenient for players just stopping by on their vacations. Some of the hole markings could be fixed or replaced but otherwise the park and the scenery was well worth the small detour to play in the middle of the Rocky Mountains.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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