The Dark Continent!
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Luckily, we followed a couple of locals as they veered off the Badlands course at # 12, played Blair Witch 2-9, and then jumped back on to the Badlands course making for a round of 25?, 26? I'm not sure how many Blair Witch holes we played and whether 4 & 5 were there or not. The signage is so old and decrepit and the underbrush so thick, not much sunlight reaches down there, and we had forgotten our torches, so we were basically lost without a map. I do know that are some extremely tight, technical lines there waiting to be hit. Birdies can quickly become bogies and double bogies. There are ACE runs coupled with totally blind throws. We had to walk ahead on many to find a basket tucked into some thicket somewhere.
#1 is a great little ACE run and the hanging basket on # 9 is a great fit on this course. The hanging basket is well done and a course like this is allowed one gimmicky basket.
Cons: The baskets are remarkably ugly. They are some kind of domed models but the domes are missing on many leaving kind of an ugly skeleton. I guess they fit the vibe of the course. My playing partner from Michigan called them "ghetto chains." In midday July we saw no evidence of any misquitos and the creek was nearly empty.
Other Thoughts: This is a very nice contrast to the sprawling big bad Badlands 18. And adding 2-9 to make the aforementioned 26 hole day certainly makes for a full day of discing.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
You're Lost, You're Angry in the Woods, and No One is Here To Help You.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A tight, tight 9 hole technical course adjacent to Badlands DGC hole #12.
Lots of tree love in the woods- dense growth that demands straight controlled precision and severely punishes everything else.
Each hole is memorable and each shot is unique. This course is worth it just for Hole 9s hanging basket.
Wonderfully creative hole placement. Almost none of the baskets are visible from the dirt T-pads and require cunning control from drive to putt.
Seasonality changes this course dramatically. In the winter the fairways open up with dead undergrowth and bare branches. In the summer the trees limit driving lanes and the bushes swallow visibility.
Cons: Blair Witch is so technical that it can be immensely frustrating. This is not a course for beginners.
The signage has pretty much disappeared. The T-pads may be marked by smooth dirt and a couple of logs but unless you have a guide, the baskets are buried deep in the overgrowth and can be hard to find. You really are on your own in the woods here.
The creek that winds through the course is polluted and nasty. Trash from Federal Heights is strewn throughout it and stagnant water breeds a pretty hefty mosquito population in the summer. Lots of desiccating trash and foul smelling mud make for an extra penalty on those missed shots.
As of June 2012, Baskets #4 and #5 have been pulled probably because of their proximity to WaterWorld. This is a 7-hole course. (Loss of a half point)
Little upkeep on this course has allowed vegetation to obstruct some of the shot windows. This has made a couple of the holes (like 1 and 7) very narrow.
It's possible to lose a disc here to the dense foliage. Bring a slingshot to get discs out of trees and use a spotter on the obstructed throws. Water isn't a hazard here (although you might not want to use your disc again if it goes in the pools) but brightly colored discs are highly recommended!
WaterWorld and some of the local citizens detract greatly from the ambience of Blair Witch. The picnic benches are a popular hang-out for local teenagers and some shady characters.
Other Thoughts: Blair Witch feels like a really cool 9-hole course, but it also throws the gauntlet down. If you can come out of the woods even you can brag to your friends. One errant throw and you could be hacking through the shrubbery for the next three shots.
The loss of baskets #4 and #5 (as of June 2012) detract greatly from this course, robbing us of a couple of fun shots and confusing the already convoluted flow of Blair Witch. Unless you know where you're going, the trip from #3 to #6 is a long one…
The aging (and in many place ruined) signage makes finding the baskets very difficult.
And yet the uniqueness of every hole creates a disc golf experience that is quite memorable. I'll never forget the first time I threaded the needle on #2 and dropped my drive into the shady nook by the basket. Or the first time I putted into the hanging basket on #9!
Definitely worth the 1 hour 15 min play-through!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Excellent technical course. The opening hole showcases the difficulty of the course. Tight shots are abundant and force a player to examine each possible line before committing to a shot.
This course is an excellent compliment to Bad lands. The shorter more technical holes really complement the length of Bad lands.
Cons: The course is difficult to navigate the first time because the baskets seem to be hidden in the trees. There is minimal water but the trees will keep you busy.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
The Wicked, Yet Good Witch
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The Blair Witch Project DGC must have been designed by some kind of disc golf madman whose two-sided objective was to torment and simultaneously reward the souls of those who play here. It is a convoluted, back-and-forth maze of underbrush and narrow corridors tucked into a small corner plot of Camenisch Park, next to its renowned neighbor, Badlands DGC. If your specialty is throwing bee-line straight shots with finely tuned landings, this is your jungle paradise! If not, you must be a glutton for pain and mental agony to enjoy this round of 9 holes. The atmosphere is wretched on a hot summer day (buggy, overgrown, swampy), yet the sheer challenge of parring the holes can make you want to keep playing. Playing the full round is 50% annoyance and frustration balanced against 50% fun, tight 'n' tricky disc golf. The bottom line: Blair Witch will make you better or make you bail - one of the two.
Aside from the torture of unavoidable bushwhacking, a few of the holes are designed to momentarily deliver you from the bowels of the deep woods. About three of the fairways are open enough to hook a disc around a tree or two and stay on the grass. The perplexing hole #4 deliberately takes you off the main path to set up your drive right at the shoreline of a still pond whose waters you must throw across, only to arrive in a sponge-like wetland just beyond it. Other times you'll be throwing sidearm flings to squeeze through the gauntlet of gangly branches. If you're reading the decent map from the Links/Files section or you've come with a friend, you'll have an easier time finding your way and scouting for baskets. When you do land a sweet shot, it pays off handsomely. Note: From late fall to early spring, it is much easier to play when the trees are bare.
Cons: Blair Witch has its fair share of cons. The PVC pipes that are intended as signage serve no purpose but to display hippie sticker collections and scribbles. There are deep ditches alongside 6 of the 9 fairways that have gathered copious amounts of garbage, cement chunks and mosquito-breeding water. The natural tees can get a bit rutted out by muddy footprints after a rain. As another reviewer mentioned, it's not too flattering to see and hear the back of Waterworld amusement park.
With the seemingly small effort of installing some legible signage and attaching raised flags to the baskets, this course would gain some serious enjoyment factor. As it stands, it is a course appreciated by cult followers and locals who've mastered its trickery.
Other Thoughts: Forget restrooms, clear signage, basket flags, or general cleanliness. A couple trash barrels and handmade benches pop up here and there as a bit of a surprise.
The upside of this course is that it will challenge the daylights out of your strategic short game. Know what to expect, go in there prepared and shoot straight, or you may quickly find yourself begging for deliverance from the Blair Witch.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: -Lots of different challenges
-fun little creeks, with wooden plank bridges
-thick woods, with clear narrow opening
-even when other people are around you don't really see them
-picnic tables, trash cans
Cons: -lots of trash
-some dead possums in the creek
-tee markers are made from PVC pipe with a marker, all of them have been written on and are faded.
Other Thoughts: The map on this website is not very good. but it does help a bit.
this might be the funnest course ive played. so many cool shots. ive been dreaming about playing here again.
hole 9 has a fun ending!
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
A hidden gem
Pros: This is an awesome park considering where it is! It is certainly one of the best courses in the Denver-metro area. It is the short, fun, technical version of it's big brother Badland's DGC. It is the tightest and most wooded course in the city. As I said this course is certainly technical and will make you pay (usually badly) if you do not throw accurately. Hole 1 is my favorite on the entire course. It starts out with a 180 (or so) foot straight shot down a small tunnel of trees and shrubs, with the basket being below the tee (in terms of elevation). There is minimal room for error on this hole as going too far left or right, or ending up too close or far all result in tough shots through thick woods. It is truly a unique hole that will test you abilities. From here on out you will be expected to throw many of the throws you have in you bag… all of which must fit through some tight windows. If you do not make these windows, you will find yourself digging through this bushes as well as climbing in steep mini-gulleys that can consume your disc. Holes 2-9 all have a wonderful amount of creativity put into shot and pin placement. You will need to pick your routes wisely and hit all of them in order to stay around or below par. Other cool parts of the course include teeing off over a lake on hole 4, and a fairly tight mandatory gap on hole 8. Hole 9 has a hanging basket which is pretty cool!
This course does not have any long holes, but is certainly technical. It is for those who want to throw accurate throws, and not chuck up bombs. The technical aspects make it fun, challenging, and unique for the area. Almost half the shots are blind, making the course that much more awesome.
Cons: Expect to be searching for discs here. The "mini-gulleys" will consume almost every bad throw considering they line all holes excluding 3 and 4. These mini-gulleys are steep trenches full of trash, cement, and stagnant water. A bad throw makes them hard to avoid, and even worse once you're in, it's hard to find your way back to the hole with a good score. The signage at this course is abysmal. There are no true signs, and a first timer will more than likely have to scout half of the holes here. This being said, you have to scout them because they are hard, blind, and awesome shots. This place can also get extremely crowded and extremely windy. Considering the course is tucked away, you would think it would be used exclusively by discers. However, every time I have been there, there are always non-discing park-goers who seem to hold up the game for very large amounts of time. The fact that it is crowded and close to Denver includes the discers as well. Many times there are large groups of 5+ moving slowly through the course… and with such a likely chance to lose discs, one could see how this could take a while. The brush here could also certainly use some trimming. Many bushes and grass could be trimmed and maintained, and it would make searching for discs much easier.
Other Thoughts: This course is really a hidden gem. Part of the reason it is so "hidden" is because it is next to a much larger disc course... another part is because even when it is not crowded, rounds can take a while due to lost discs. Great course in the Denver area though. Check it out if you like mountain courses, but live too far away from them!!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Denvers Best 9 Hole
Pros: Most intimidating 1st shot around, but opens up into a tight and technical course with great pin placements. Tons of foliage makes it very challenging during the summer/fall months. Most holes have a "green" that is separated from the "fairway" by lush vegetation and trees. Elevation changes, blind shots, throw over a lake, creek in play on several holes!!
Cons: Water in the creek is far from clean. Dirt tee boxes are rutted out and uneven. Can get muddy when raining outside. The views of the back side of Water World take away from the natural beauty.
Other Thoughts: Best 9 hole course in Denver!! Typically play 2-3 rounds here instead of the 18 hole badlands course.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: A great shorter technical course as a bonus at the bigger badder badlands course. Nice technical woodsy challenge. Good variety of hole length and shot challenges. Can be played entirely with a midrange if you wish. Deep ravine along some holes makes for a chance of losing a disc... or at least having to scramble to get it and taking a 1 stroke penalty. Garbage cans on course are available and used. very little trash throughout the course... Kudos to the locals... but most of the cans were overflowing on a Sunday a.m. Need to be emptied by parks crew more often.
Cons: A bit tough to follow if it is your first time. I played with a local which made it O.K. Needs tee signs and clearly defined tee pads. Hanging basket on 9 is a bit silly as it is hanging at approx standard basket height... if you want to put it at std height... just put it in the ground.
Other Thoughts: I prefer 'em like this as opposed to "wide open arm ripper 500' see the basket and fly" courses. If I lived here I would likley play this twice as opposed to playing the mian course.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Is a nice wooded course that you can throw a +4 and or -4 score on any given round. Offers some tight technical shots that are a challenge.
Cons: Every round there is fewer and fewer vegetation that is being cut down for whatever reason. The picnic tables in the back wood offer a nice hang-out for some of Federal Heights finest citizens.
Other Thoughts: STOP the chain saws! It's not too late.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: A must play....Nice two for one, this course had me guessing the whole time; thanks to the help of the extra cool local I met at Johnny Roberts in the a.m., it went pretty smooth; man talk about shooting blind, nice mild elevation changes, nice pin placement throughout, I went in the off season, if there is such a thing in Denver, so it wasn't overgrown just muddy from melting snow run-off.
Cons: Can't think of any...
Other Thoughts: Can't wait go back to the jungle...
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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