Fun and Challenging
Pros: -Varied course: Lots of terrain, levels and obstacles
-Mostly well kept
-Clear layout: easy to navigate
Cons: -Colorado river flooding makes it difficult to play
-A few signs are missing
-Back nine are right next to private property with barb wire fence. Easy to lose a disc!
Other Thoughts: Beautiful course in the shadow of the Grand Hogback.
enjoyable, thoughtfully laid-out course
Pros: - Holes average a little under 300'
- Just off the highway, easy to access
- Nice scenery, nestled between the mountains and next to the Colorado River
- Tees, markers, and baskets are in great shape; the concrete tees are nice.
- Yellow flags help pinpoint the baskets
- Most flags are visible from the tee
- Two pin positions per hole; most of the time (not always) it's easy to determine which is which
- Minimal risk of losing a disc, even on the holes close to the river. Hole #6 probably carries the most risk, particularly with a hyzer. My tee shot ended up about 20' from the river, with another 10' to go to the hole (i.e. there's about 10 yards between the basket and river)
- Hole 16, along the fence of the gas tanks (you'll probably get a whiff), also carries a risk; my tee shot sailed a bit close to the fence and ended up next to a truck and a pile of metal junk.
- Hole 5 sports a basket hanging from the trees by a few chains, cool!
- Hole 8 sports a gate about 10 yards in front of the tee that you'll need to thread
- Bathroom available (not sure if it's open year-round or not)
- Hole two is next to a roadway, but unless it goes way left, it's a safe shot.
Cons: - No extra-long holes
- Mostly straight shots, not a lot of doglegs
- The highway noise from I-70 is constant, though you quickly learn to tune it out
Other Thoughts: - For the first hole tee, go to the far left corner of the storage facilities.
- The scenery overall is nice, though many of the holes sneak between some light industrial stuff (gas tanks, storage facility, etc.) and the river.
Quick Enjoyable Stop
Pros: -Good concrete tee-pads
-Hole 5 has an awesome hanging basket on it and several of the other baskets are raised which is little bit different and adds a little extra challenge to the course
-Several of the holes had benches on them
-A pretty good variety of some open and some wooded holes
-Some of the holes have minor elevation changes
-The river comes into play on the side of a few holes
-The course is right off I-70 for a quick stop
-Good use of the land they had available
Cons: -Confusing on where the first tee-pad is, it is behind the parking lot and not right in front of the bathrooms, that is hole 3
-Some holes play quite close to a very busy road
-Most of the holes don't have tee-signs and many of the ones that had tee-signs, they were in random places like 10 feet in front of the tee-pad, so you have to walk up to it to look at it
-Not a very good variety of distance
-The tee-signs that are there appear to be wrong (the distance at least seems to be wrong on the signs)
-Not the most variety of shots required on this course
-Several of the fairways cross a little bit
-It is hard to navigate between holes 10 and 11
If your disc goes into the river, you won't be getting it back
-Some of the baskets blend into the scenery and they can be hard to see from the tee-pad (it wouldn't be bad if the holes had tee-signs to know where the pin position was)
Other Thoughts: This is a good course but none of the holes are very memorable. It is a good course to stop at if you are traveling through because it is right off I-70 and is a pretty enjoyable stop.
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Pros: Good baskets and tee boxes. Hanging basket on hole 5 is a real good shot. There are some good shots along the river too.
Cons: Not alot of variety of shots. Seems like theres some old signs that arent correct for where the tee pads are now.
Other Thoughts: It's a good course but i'd rather play glennwood.
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Pros: New tee pads going in. River has receded. Flags on baskets. Beautiful surroundings
Cons: LOTS of dogs. Watch for poop! Most are not chasers, some are. Bugs and lots of sun. Sometimes high wind.
Other Thoughts: Great way to spend your afternoon. Back 9 is relaxed and quiet.
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Another great course on the river.
Pros: This is a nice, fairly challenging course along the Colorado River that offers a variety of holes from doglegs to tight wooded holes to open fairway shots. Elevation changes and lots of O.B. made things more enjoyable for me. The first few holes play openly in nice grass, then the holes become more wooded and play closer to the river. Hole #5 is a hanging basket suspended by trees. One hole appeared to be in the river, but as we approached it, we saw it was just close to it. There aren't many holes that would intimidate amateur players, making it a decent beginner course. Tee signs are a nice touch and help with navigation. There are bathrooms in the park area which is nice to have.
Cons: The pads are natural. The holes are a bit short, mostly under 300 ft.. I got confused on a hole because there was no sign or noticeable pad, so we had to ask a local and found a big log that was used for the tee area. The course gets pretty nasty after snow melting or rain showers.
Other Thoughts: This was the first course we played on a trip to the western slope and a great way to start the journey. Although I would say Riverbend Park in Palisade was a much nicer course for the area, Fire Mountain is definitely worth playing if passing through.
Favorite holes: #3, #5, #7, #13
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Fun Course with Character
Pros: This is a fun course with its own unique character and variety in the feel of the holes. There are a few holes that play over well-groomed grass in open areas and others that play in high grass and through the trees. There are also holes that play right along the river.
Someone has put it some work on this course. The carpet placed on some tee pads and the interesting baskets are examples of this. (There is one hanging basket and one up on a pedestal of rocks, for instance.)
There are bathroom facilities and benches placed through the groomed-grass part of the park. Even a picnic bench near the parking area.
Cons: All the holes are very short. The longest may be a bit over 300 feet. Most advanced players will be expecting a chance at birdie when they size up the hole from every tee.
This course is exceptionally poorly marked. If it were not for a helpful guy who was leaving and saw me teeing off on the hole marked #1, I never would have found my way around it. There are 9 new holes mixed in at different points with the 9 old holes, but the tee signs still reflect the old course. So, the hole marked #1 is now #3, the hole marked #4 is now #8, I think... you get the idea.
There is constant traffic noise. It is an unusual experience to be right next to a major river and not be able to hear it for the noise of the trucks on the interstate.
Other Thoughts: There are a few wide open shots at the beginning and at the end of the course. In the middle, most drives involve danger from trees or the river. There is real danger of losing discs here, as I doubt many are ever recovered from the racing waters of the river. That adds an element of danger that contributes to the challenge of several of the holes, so I think it can be seen as a pro as well as a con.
I liked this course a lot. It is a fun little course, but it is very short and would need much-improved signage and tee pads to rise to the level of a 4 rating.
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Pros: OK I gave the course a 4.5 rating, keep in mind this is what I would rate it typically. Right now with the snow it is a bit more like a 3.75...Great year round course, snow usually isn't too deep in New Castle so you really can play most of the year. Tight heavily wooded tees to wide open drives. Play is challenging for beginners in general starting at hole 5/6. the back nine makes up a bit in the length department but is still not that long.
Cons: Damn river eats stray discs, and retriving stays from the commercial sites along 14-18. road next to tee 2 can be annoying.
Other Thoughts: The map is now a bit inaccurate, HOLE 12 has moved. Due to high water in the Spring of '10 and a downed tree pushing over the basket, the disc golf club moved the basket to the bottom of the hill that leads up to tee 13 / 17. The move makes the hole longer and almost impossible to see the basket from the tee. if you are throwing RHBH then you need to go through the big group of trees and let the fade take you to the basket, I generally throw this as a RHFH and go up and over the large Oak bush to the left of the tee and let it fade into the landing zone. might be the longest hole on the course now, unless you play #3 from the concrete around the bathrooms(end update). This is my home course, I can walk there in about 15 minutes, so I am bias. yes this is short course but give it a chance it is real fun. As time goes on the primative tees will be replaced or upgraded, but as another review mentioned with the short length it is generally a non issue. Holes 5-9 are great fun if you like woods, tight drives and elevation changes. You'll really get a chance to enjoy the course in Sept - Oct when the weather is perfect and fall is closing in around you.
Just huk it!
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Fire Mountain, New Castle, Colorado
Pros: Beginner friendly, bathrooms, fishing on the colorado river. Dogs allowed. Recently added 9 new baskets to make the course 18 holes.
Cons: No shots over 320 feet. Vehicle conflict possible on island hole 18.
This course plays along the Colorado River, right off of I-70, 11 miles west of Glenwood Springs. You can stop and play a round in about an hour which makes it a great place to take a break if you are driving along I-70 through Colorado. Elevation is approximately 5,000 feet so winter time play may be sketchy.
The course is relatively short, the first couple of holes playing on mowed grass near the bathrooms, then playing through sage brush and scrub oak for the rest of the course. The front nine has the most foliage to deal with. There is a hanging basket about five holes into the course. After hole 11 it opens up quite a bit. Technical aspects are high at this course, not so much a long arm course. The wind in the afternoon will work you on the holes playing westward. With the new 18 hole course design, there are 5 or 6 holes that has the Colorado River come into play, and if you need wider fairways, then add a couple more holes to that number.
Accuracy is rewarded on this course, lots of short tight shots to make off the teepad, especially on the front nine. Beginner through advanced players will enjoy this course mostly. Families playing with whamos will enjoy this course too, if they don't throw into the river. Right now the fairways are a bit rough with knee high brush, but that will improve with time and usage. The course isn't long enough for the dirt teepads to be an issue for experienced players, it may be an issue for beginners though. Teesigns and some home made benches increase the rating for this course. It still has an unfinished feel to it though, but im sure that will go away as the course get furthur developed with better tee pads and more benches.
Overall this is a fun course and a majority of disc golfers will have an enjoyable time. Not recommended for big arm players, this course will make you execute your tee shots or you will find your self struggling to get out of the rough, or shooting from behind a row of trees. An average pro player will score from -6 to - double digits. Pretty much every hole is a birdie opportunity. An average advanced player will score under par. Beginner and intermediate players will score as good as they are playing that day, conditions notwithstanding. The birdies are out there on this course, you just have to go get them!
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Fire Mountian a Blast
Pros: Plays along the Colorado River, tight shots, short shots, open shots and some elevation changes, this 9 hole course has a good variety of holes.
Thumber lovers will love this course.
Plays fast for a nice quick round.
Cons: Only 9 holes.
Most holes can be reached no problem with a mid-range or putter.
Very dusty due to the very fine sand from the river.
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