Great views at the top
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Only course in the area and a decent one at that.
- Decent signage on most holes (a couple on the back 9 come to mind that are misleading or missing)
- Elevation! I'm not from the area and hail from a flat area. Playing a course with well-used elevation is not only educating but fun.
- Variety of hole distance/pars/approaches. I wouldn't consider it for beginners.
Cons: - No amenities are close by. I know there is at least one public restroom at the YMCA but from what I could tell none are close to the course. There are few if any benches or trash cans. For a lot of non-acclimated visitors more benches would be nice.
- Navigation isn't terribly clear for the whole course. The map available at the office isn't to scale and, memorably, #16 lacks a tee sign. It's easy to read/misread the map and end up on a sojourn. Course map 1 is probably the better of the two.
- Cost: despite what is noted on the course info the park the cost for non-members is $20/adult a day.
- #18 ends nowhere near #1. If you're not from here you'll find yourself on another hike back to your car. Conversely, if you park near the entrance you'll be fine when you end, but you have a long walk up to the first tee.
Other Thoughts: Dirt tees
I was in Estes for my wedding and made sure to check out the YMCA. It's really close to RMNP and you'd be a fool to miss it. Despite the cost, make sure to check it out, especially if you're from flat-land.
The day I played there was a lot of summer camp activities and people about but none were really on the course. Being June, it was really hot out but if you prepare accordingly you won't suffer from the elements. You may, however, suffer from the long grass in areas, hidden runoff streams, and occasional surprisingly-thick brush. That being said most of the course is dry and easy to navigate.
the walk from 13 to 14 is long and not to scale with the map. #16 has no sign but the basket for 15 is right next to a small ridge/bluff/?. Just below the basket for 15 you'll see a tee post w/o a sign. I learned from a helpful local that directly ahead of the tee you'll see 3 metal posts in the ground with white painted tops. Past the third post the hole dog-ears to the left. it's not a hole to mess with. #18 is also a nice long bomber but beware of long grass and hidden marshy areas (at least in June).
I had a great time here. As for the course itself, you've got a smorgasbord of forehands and backhands, even some overhands. All things considered though, as a non-pro, it's not necessarily an EASY course, especially for flatlander or someone out-of-state. Like any course, once you learn it you know where to go. I imagine that even for locals however, this course can present challenges, especially since the area has true seasons and sometimes crazy weather. I hope to update this review w/ info regarding the fall/winter. If you're in the area, PLAY the YMCA!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
A Solid Mountain Course
Pros: -Good use of the trees available on this course. While very few of the holes are heavily wooded on this course, the trees are used well to knock down errant shots or force certain shots.
-For the most part the course is pretty easy to follow. There are pretty well worn paths between the two holes. The only navigation issues comes on holes 13 and 14 (see cons below).
-Baskets are in good shape and catch quite well. They are Innova Discatchers so they yellow band is pretty easy to see from the tee-pad.
-Decent variety of distance. The majority of holes are around 300 feet, but the back nine adds some holes that are around 400 feet and then hole 18 is a 714 feet, which is nice to let the disc rip.
-There is a pretty good variety of more wide open holes and then some holes that have tighter lines to hit.
-Good use of elevation change available on this course. Most of the holes either incorporate some uphill or downhill and a few holes (like 14 include some sidehill shots.
-The last 5 holes are a lot of fun. Hole 14 is a sidehill shot. Hole 15 is a more wide open shot down to a basket tucked into a ravine in front of some trees. Hole 16 is 400 foot shot through a meadow with a dogleg left to a basket situated up on the hill. Hole 17 is a significantly downhill shot with a pine tree blocking easy access to the basket. Hole 18 is a long 714 ft shot slightly downhill across a meadow. These were the best holes on the course and were a really great way to end the course.
-Benches and trashcans on several holes
-Tee-signs at each hole tell the distance and par of each hole.
-Course wasn't very crowded at all
-Good view of the Mummy Mountains.
Cons: -Dirt tee-pads, a lot of the tee-pads are just worn down dirt patches and can be very uneven at times.
-While I really enjoyed the last five holes, the first 12 or so leave a little to be desired. The first 12 are basically all straight shots through trees that could knock down an errant shot. After a while, the first 12 got a little repetitive.
-Once again, while the course has a decent variety of distance, the longer holes don't start appearing until about the last five holes. The first twelve all sit between about 250 and 300. The distance on these first twelve holes starts to feel a little repetitive.
-A lot of this course meanders throughout the cabins on the property. It felt weird playing really close to where other people were staying and at times an errant shot could hit a cabin.
-A lot of holes play uncomfortably close to roads or camp buildings. There are quite a few holes where a bad shot could easily bean a car or another guest of the YMCA.
-Very long walk back to the car from hole 18. I don't mind a good walk, but this course makes absolutely no attempt to circle back to the parking area for the first hole.
-It would be nice if the tee-signs had a layout of each hole and not just the distance.
-Very long walks between hole 12 and 13 and then hole 13 and 14. Make sure you bring a map so you are able to navigate between these two holes.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this course is a bit of a mixed back. The first 12 are average and get repetitive after a while, but last five holes or so show a lot of creativity and are a lot of fun. Because of the first 12 holes, I don't think this course is really worth the $15 for a day pass, but if you are staying at the camp or a member of the YMCA , it is worth playing a round or two.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Awesome Mountain Course
Pros: I played this course for the first time over Memorial day weekend and I have to say this is a really fun course, has a mixture of shorter technical shots through the trees fir the first half of the course and then the back holes are huge and open with a few obstacles.
-Get to use your whole bag of discs to try and do different types of shots
-360 mountain views
-Course was basically empty, only one other person playing when I went there
-Grounds kept clean
Cons: -If it just got done raining, the back 6 may be really muddy/soggy so go when its a dry day
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Great Course for a YMCA
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.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun if you are in town
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.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Crowds and Jesus fish
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.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
High Altitude Disc Golf
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.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
YMCA of the Rockies
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.
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