7 Helpful / 0 Not
A Little Better Than Awful
Pros: When I first arrived at this course and looked around, I thought I was in for a terrible round. After playing however, my view is much the opposite. They did a good job of using a beautiful narrow strip of land in the middle of the city to create this course. It is a great course to get the idea of the sport out there.
The park where the course is located is beautiful and very well maintained. All of the grass and trees are always green in the warm seasons. While I am never a fan of objects as targets in disc golf, this course has the nicest post-targets I have seen. The targets are a pole that is the height of a disc golf basket. The top 3-3.5 feet are painted yellow, and this is the area you must hit. Each pole also has 4 chains dangling, so while you do not get the true chain sound... you do get a minor sense of the "sound-of-chains" sensation. They are super-nice TubeTones.
While the course and most shots are not creative, there are 2 or 3 holes which leave you the option to use precision on longer throws. Like I said... this is a great course considering the park area they had to work with... it is not a great course.
Hole 1 starts out going to a semi-blind hole over a water feature and ending with a slight hyzer behind a stand of trees. Hole 2 is completely blind, long, and is tucked in behind a wall of larger trees, allowing for skill, strength, and precision to all come into play. Hole 3 is a 50-or-so foot wide fairway between a line of trees and an active railway yard with a fence. Hole 9 is another semi-blind hole that goes back near tee one, requiring a large hyzer over the water feature. The other 5 holes are relatively open. 2 pins are located very close to out of bounds which adds a little extra difficulty, and a few of the holes have nice lines through gaps within the trees which you can choose to hit, or go around.
Cons: YOU MUST BRING A MAP!!! This course is IMPOSSIBLE to navigate without a map. Posts are everywhere in the course, and wandering around will not get you much luck. This park is also not played very often, so advice from locals is few and far between. Even with a map this hole can be hard to navigate due to the lack of tee boxes. Instead of tee boxes, each tee is marked with a large rubber cap in the ground. I would have never found this out without the help of a local... and even then they are hard to see! Each cap is a faded pink color and is about 7 inches in diameter and at ground level. Use the map and then look around the general area for the rubber cap in the ground!
The water here is disgusting. It is pretty much waste from the Pepsi factory which is right next door, so losing a disc in here is tragic. I had locals tell me it's better to just let the disc go, unless it's a special disc. The course is also object-golf. I never like this, but some people do. I always consider it a con, because it adds less excitement to the game. That being said, it is certainly harder to hit these poles than get a disc in the basket... so practice here would yield great results elsewhere.
This course is very susceptible to homeless people. I have only played here once, but at 1:00 in the afternoon there were 4 groups of homeless people sleeping on the course, oblivious to the idea of disc golf. Both annoying and hazardous.
They did do a quality job with what they had... but that does not mean that this is a great disc course. It is an average quality park course, with a few holes that are a bit more fun than average. There is certainly some crossover of holes, many similarities, and a general lack of creativity.
Other Thoughts: I understand why somebody who did not tour the course with a local would consider it awful/terrible. However, once you understand the true layout of the course, it is certainly above awful. It may not be amazing, but it is certainly more fun than annoying/boring. That being said, the lack of baskets and the funny tee boxes is certainly a large con.
This course is possibly worth checking out if you're in the area... I wouldn't travel far at all. But if you hate object-disc-golf, stay away! The poles are the nicest I have ever seen, and they did a quality job of utilizing space in the park... but the overall feel of the course is simple, easy, quick, and not too creative. As somebody who is very anti-object-disc-golf, I had a fun time playing here.
I feel in defending this course from others comments I may have made it sound better than it is. My rating of a 1.5/Passable is truly how I feel about, but EASILY understand how a first-timer would call this 0/awful... and without local help you probably will too.
If there were baskets and tee pads this place could be a 2-2.5
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Do you smell that?
Pros: Very close to the city, good for a quick after work round. Designed very well with limited space. This course will keep you humble with your short game, thanks tube tone! Some of the shots can be very technical, if short. Not a whole lot of people know about this course, so there are rarely other players out there. You can play 18 (9 twice) in under an hour.
Cons: The Pepsi factory runoff, which you throw over on #1 and #9, is disgusting. You don't want to be upwind of it, let alone fishing for a disc. The tees are only occasionally marked, good luck. This course is not in the nicest neighborhood, so occasionally you will run into bums laying in the fields or people training pit bulls and german shepherds to attack (100% true).
Don't expect much when first playing this course and you won't be disappointed. Definitely download the map or have a buddy show you the layout. This course is good for beginners or when you only have a little bit of time.
It's dirty, short and technical, you gotta love it...or hate it... or love to hate it.
First Time? YOU WILL NEED THIS!!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a surprisingly nice park in an industrial area just north of downtown Denver. The park is quiet and is rarely crowded. The course is located along the Platte River Trail, so biking to this course is very possible. The holes are short and play around both established and newly planted trees. There are a few technical shots.
Cons: Unfortunately, this is not one of the nicest of courses. The targets are tube tone, of which I have never been a big fan. There are no tee pads and the tee markers are sometimes painted or consist of little grass-like pin markers that sometimes get eaten by the mowers. Definitely bring the map. The park is located in an industrial neighborhood and within walking distance of the city's two largest homeless shelters. I personally don't mind interacting with people experiencing homelessness, but its does feel a bit wrong throwing over the top of them as they sleep in the sun of the fairway.
Other Thoughts: Globeville Landing has become the only convenient course for those working and living near downtown now that Lakewood Dry Gulch has been closed due to light rail construction. Unfortunately Globeville Landing is no where near the quality of Lakewood Dry Gulch. Overall the course really needs some basic upgrades. The good news is that the Platte River Trail and the surrounding area are being redeveloped soon. The city is currently reviewing residential construction proposals and trail/park improvements similar to those upriver near Confluence Park. In addition, there are two proposed light rail stations within a few blocks of the park.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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