2 Helpful / 0 Not
Another Little Denver Area City Park 9 Holer!
Pros: This is a lovely little green, well maintained city park. The course's biggest problem as I see it are the other park users and their oblivious nature in reference to disc golf. Because the park gets so much use, disc golfers have to use the utmost courtesy in dealing with these many park patrons. The green grassy nature of the park makes for a wonderful venue for rollers. Rollers can also eliminate the safety issue on a number of holes. The concrete pads could be longer. There are great tee signs with the distance on each hole. TheDGA baskets have the numbers on top.
# 6 presents a real safety hazard with your tee shot flying directly over a skate punk park only about 125' ahead. A low hard drive could easily drill some kid and cause some hard feelings. Hopefully, if you do hit a skater, hit one with a helmet!
Cons: I'm never a fan of par 2's even very short ones like # 7s 125'. # 6 over the skaters is a saftey issue. There could be issues with discs landing over some neighbors fences and the ever-present problem with all the park users.
Other Thoughts: This is such a lovely, little park. The disc golfers must co-exist in harmony with the rest of the park users. That means waiting for people/walkers/joggers to clear out of your way or perhaps occasionally skipping a hole all together or maybe teeing from an alternative position. This is a nice little course. Keeping it here means getting along with the general public. Work with them. Remember, it's their park too!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice course, crowded park
Pros: - Concrete tee pads at every hole, with clear signage.
- A practice basket is posted at the beginning of the course.
- A keosk at the course start has maps, but the course flows well, and navigation is not an issue.
- A stream comes into play on hole 2, adding a touch of risk.
- A decent mix of hole lengths, with quite a few 400' holes, and holes holes 5-7 being ace runs.
- There are Porta-potties between holes 1 and 2.
- Easy to play a quick round, taking about a half an hour to go through the course.
- Despite the cons, it is a really fun course, but...
Cons: - This course is in a crowded, well used park. There were children everywhere, and dog-walkers regularly wandering the fairways.
- Hole 5 is a short downhill ace-run, but there is a playground full of children right behind the basket. Scary.
- Hole 6 forces you to throw a hyzer directly over a well used skate-park. Not a hard throw, but a grip lock could be awful.
- The tee pads are a touch on the short side, and the signs are on the back left corner of the pads themselves.
Other Thoughts: I really knew nothing about this course, but played it just to check it off the list. That said, it was a really fun few rounds. The course itself has very nice amenities, but the multiple playgrounds, skate parks, etc. just make it a bit nerve racking.
All things considered, I'm glad I played it, and will return to do so again. This is an overlooked course in the Denver area that really only has one glaring con, A little patience at the tees, and you'll have a great round.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
This and That
Pros: If you're looking for an up-kept 9-hole disc golf course in a clean and orderly residential park that ranks above average, you'll find it at Benedict Park. The course essentially circumvents the park, which is a good thing for us disc golfers. In the middle of the park, you will occasionally find youth football and soccer practices taking place (weekdays around 5 PM), not to mention the kids crashing around on the small skate park in the northwest corner. The challenges on this course consist mostly of navigating through and around tree trunks and branches, save the wide, swift creek flows along the right side of the fairway on hole #2 and the skate park nearly in front of the tee on hole #6. Imagine throwing your disc over inexperienced airborne preteens at their neighborhood skate park. There are some technical throws required, especially on the low "tunnels" of trees at holes #1 and #5. Pin #9 is cleverly placed behind a tight, dark cluster of pruned trees.
Cons: Brighton isn't exactly close to much else on the map (but to its credit, it isn't too awfully far from major civilization, either). The heavy use of the park's interior can be distracting. Wind can be a factor, as the park is essentially atop a hill. The creek is too deep and swift to find a lost disc.
Other Thoughts: This is your average 9-hole disc golf course at a park. It will challenge you in surprising ways, but also won't turn away entry level players. It is by no means a place to be impressed, but it also will not disappoint.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Quality if you live nearby
Pros: This is a very well maintained park with loads of signage. This is a park where they clearly did a good job of making a course with what they had already there… which was not much space. Most shots are the same general length of around 300 feet… a few longer and a few shorter. This is a great place for locals considering there is not another course for quite some time. All holes have signs as well as concrete tee pads. Hole 1 starts out with a nice fairway between a few large trees. Hole 2 brings a river partially into play if you hook right at all. Hole 3 comes back over a river, in between a picnic area and soccer field that are often full of parkgoers and little children. This is not ideal, and if a disc gets away it is certainly possible to hit somebody. Hole 4 is a long straight bomb. Hole 5 is the most fun and creative hole on the course. It requires a low yet floating straight shot with a slight left hook at the end to access the basket amongst a few trees. Hole 6 and 7 and 8 are straight shots. Hole 9 requires a bit of skill in the fact that there are many trees surrounding the pin… but plenty of paths to access it.
This is a fun course that can be played fairly quickly (30 minutes or so). They did a good job incorporating what trees they already had into the course. It is great for locals, but not much of a destination.
Cons: Considering this was already a park before it was a disc course, they did not have much to work with. There are people everywhere who are OBLIVIOUS to the fact that the park is a disc course. From the 4 groups I had to inform that I was throwing, none of them had even heard of disc golf. This just tells me that a park full of people, all of which are clueless to disc golf, is never a good thing for those throwing the discs. The course manages to squeeze into some pretty tight spots next to a picnic area as well as a soccer field where many teams play. There is even a point where you have to throw over an active skate park! The course also lacks greatly in creativity. While they did the best with what they have, most shots are straight and open… lacking much creativity. They are also mostly the same length (there is one 400+ ft hole). The course truly only requires one, or possibly two different styles of throw. This place is also susceptible to wind.
Other Thoughts: Hole 5 was the only thing that made this course unique in any aspect. It was a typical public park course with minimal thought and loads of straight, open shots.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: very nice park. a few water shots. mature landscaping. hole 6 over the skate park very interesting when kids are skating.
Cons: busy park lots of soccer practice school right next to course along with outdoor pool, skate park and hospital.
Other Thoughts: very challenging nice use to elements with park very nice intergration of skate parks canal and trees to course.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The sinage on this course is simply amazing. There is a huge board at the start of the course that is stuffed with course maps. Every hole has a beautiful sign with accurate distances. All of the tee pads are concrete and very consistent. Rumor has it that the city is putting in a new practice basket near tee 1. The design of the course takes good advantage of the little elements around this nice park. There is a very good variation of distances from long to short, without anything being too crazy. There is a good variety of lefty and righty shots. There is at least one hole where you are pretty much required to throw low through some sort of tunnel. The park is well taken care of or at least appears to be with nice pavillions for BBQs. There is a bathroom facility that may be open during summer months. There are a couple of really nice playgrounds for the little kids and a pool that may be open during the summer.
Cons: While you can find times when this park is not busy, there are plenty of amenities including a skate park, playground equipment and ball fields that will keep this place very busy. It is only a nine hole course and if there was space in the park and more features in the park it would be nice to see a few more holes added. There are a couple of tee shots where paths and or the skate park will come into play. The last basket isn't necessarily close to the first tee or the parking lot. Hole three has a tee that is accross the ditch from basket two and play right back near hole two. This is one of a couple tees that may be hard to find without a map or someone who knows where they are going. Holes 2, 3, and 8 pretty much cover the most difficult tees to find.
Other Thoughts: This really was a fun course to play though with havier park traffic that fun factor could diminish. The variety keeps it interesting and the nice mature trees keep the park feeling like a well valued park. You will be able to get some nice views of the mountains as there is not much between Brighton and the mountains. Be sure to stop and get a map before hole one unless you are playing with someone who knows the course. Hole one is closest to the lot right off of Southern, on the east side of that lot. The ditch that runs along holes 1-3 can apparently be nasty at times and there is a small risk of throwing into it. There are a couple of fences that you might throw over, specifically on hole 5. Be sure not to climb over but drive around after your round to get a disc that is over the fence.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Where's Benedict Arnold?
Pros: -Good variety of distance (distances range from 190 ft to about 440 ft)
-River comes into play on two of the holes
-Good hole design (Hole 1 is an awesome shot down a chute of trees, three throws over the river, 7 is a short shot with an opportunity for an ace, and 9 (the best hole on the course) throws into a thick grove of trees with several different options to the hole).
-Good tee signs( Hole number, par, distance and a drawing of the hole)
Cons: -This park is extremely crowded and many of the park goers don't even seem to realize there is a disc golf course in the park. We had to wait for non disc golfers for quite a while on several holes. On hole 3 we had to wait for a small kid with no parents around while he used the basket as a jungle gym. We could not use the tee for 5 because people were set up right in front of it, and several of the holes had people set up in the middle of the hole.
-There are quite a few safety issues here. Hole 2 throws right next to picnic shelter and over a BBQ grill, several of the holes throw over the sidewalk and some other ones throw right along side the soccer field, and 6 throws straight over a skate park.
-It can be difficult at times to know where the next hole is as there is some walking between the holes and it is not always clear which way you need to go so bring a map.
-The restrooms are really nasty
Other Thoughts: This is a fun course with some really well designed and fun holes and I wish I could give it a higher rating. It was just extremely frustrating waiting for the crowds and non dgers. I did play this course on a Sunday so it could have just been very crowded since it was a weekend. If you are in the area definitely stop but I wouldn't go out of my way to play.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course was very clean. I only encountered one piece of trash on hole #9. The holes have great variation. From skill shots to long open shots, this course gives it all. The best hole is number 5. A low hanging branch and an OB behind and beside the hole is very tricky.
Cons: People provided the main problem. On hole #6, there are people on the skate park and to avoid being redundant I will stop there. Also, hole #7 was a popular hangout for a large family which made for a nerve-racking shot. Also, there was very little as far as changes in elevation.
Other Thoughts: I drove all the way from Castle Rock to try this course and it was definitely worth it.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Great Small Course
Pros: This course is small but don't let it fool you. It is one of the best in Colorado, especially for being in a park.
1. The course is a quick 9 hole.
2. The course has so many different shots to make you work for your score.
A. Hole 1 is setup to where you have to fight two trees just to get to the pin and if you fire off to hard then you might find some water.
B. Hole 2 and 3 you are dealing with water. Hole 3 also is a beautiful shot for you to just open up on and test that distance.
C. Hole 4 has this tree that you can test a hyzer or anhyzer on and it gives you two totally different lay ups.
D. Hole 5 is the first real "ace" hole but don't be fooled, especially in the summer, with the overgrown trees working to knock your disc away.
E. Hole 7 is an ace hole also and definitely a fun one. You have got to get a beautiful shot slicing in between some mean trees. Hope you don't play the 2 meter rule!
F. Hole 8 is a another shot to open up on and is lined directly up with the out of bounds.
G. Hole 9 is one of my favorite holes. You fire off into a group of trees to where you can't see the pin from the tee, during the Summer.
3. The playground is setup to where it doesn't get in the way at all and it can be a plus if you have kids.
4. There are usually score cards available and also there are signs up for the course - good design.
Cons: There are definitely some cons but nothing to extreme.
1. You might have to worry about people getting in the way when playing since its a city park. The course is built around a local park that has a soccer field, playground, and shelters for rent - so you might run into a few people getting in the way. Honestly though it's not that bad and the people are usually pretty understanding to the sport.
2. The bathrooms are pretty bad and can really be redone but that is a city thing.
3. Hole 6 is the worst setup on the whole course only because the tee is close to the pin on 5 so watch your head and also the tee to the pin on 6 overshoots a skate half pipe where kids like to hang out so sometimes you might have to make sure your shot is no screw up.
Other Thoughts: The course definitely has its pros and cons but it is a very well designed course. A lot of people don't care for the water there but really I love the water because it makes it all more difficult, makes you have to test your skills.
Like any course it can surely use a little more work but since this was a volunteer built course and not sponsored by the city I am sure that will come with time. Make sure you play this course because you really won't regret it!
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Great little course
Pros: This course was a lot of fun and better than I expected even though I heard it was good. There is a good mix of technical and open shots. Plenty of shade and or covered picnic areas to seek refuge from the summer heat or a rainstorm. The layout is well put together for what the park has to offer and maintaining coexistence with other activities. I visited this course for the first time on a beautiful spring day when a moderate amount of activity was taking place. The creek looks like it could swallow up some discs if it were filled, adding to the challenge factor on the first three holes. Great signage on every hole point the way to the basket. All distances seem accurate.
Cons: The soccer fields could pose a problem if there are a lot of spectators, otherwise it should not be a big concern. The walking paths follow much of the course, but again, should not be too big a problem. Watch your tee shot on hole 5 as there is a chain link fence to the right and seems as though a less than stellar shot could go over easily. I'm not sure about access to the business beyond the fence as I, fortunately, did not have to find a way over. A well placed shot will stay in play easily.
Other Thoughts: New course in an established park which has plenty of mature trees makes this new course a pleasure. I drove down from Greeley to shoot and it was worth the drive.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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