Solid Private Course in the Rockies
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Some nice homemade baskets. I always admire any homemade and when they are well-done, I am impressed.
-It has slightly better tees than many of these private courses in the mtns.
-Map at the start aids in navigation.
-Some fun elevation. Ups and downs and a few side hills.
-I like the feeling of remoteness that you get when you drive up to this course and while playing this course. You are deep into the mountains. Odds are also good that you will be alone when you come out here. Take a seat on a log and enjoy the scenery and silence.
-Or you can take a seat on one of many benches throughout the course.
-Pretty decent variation of hole length. Some are longer and a few are potential ace runs based on how far you can throw.
-Decent variation of open and wooded holes. None felt too open or too wooded to me.
-The last 3 holes were a solid closer for me. Up and then down twice.
Cons: -It takes a long time to get here. As this site says, it's only like 17 miles from Ft. Collins but the drive is a long one. Fill up on gas, food, and water before you head up here.
-Straying from fairways can lead to lost discs and scratched up hands and legs. Best to just keep it on the fairway if at all possible.
-Tees could have been better, especially on the longer holes where you really need to get a solid run-up or x-step in.
-I always love signage and this course didn't really have any beyond the map at the start.
-Pay to play- I understand that this is some guys private land and can't hold it against him for wanting to benefit a little for all the hard work and money that he's put in.
-As others have mentioned, the wow factor isn't quite there as you might expect from a Colorado mountain course. I was kind of getting bored until the last 3 holes which I found to be fun.
Other Thoughts: -I have to say that I had fun here. I am easy to please. However, I don't think that I would come here again. It is so far up here and the time and gas that it takes to get here isn't quite worth the experience (at least again, I don't regret it)
-Discs are more stable up here
-Like I said earlier, prepare for this course by bringing anything you need as there is nothing up here in the way of stores or really even people.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Fun, but not Elite
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Secluded and beautiful area west of Fort Collins
-The best homemade baskets I have ever seen. They catch well, and are well marked with a yellow sign and hole number on top.
-The course is easy to navigate for the most part, the next tee-pad is usually really close to the last hole. There are a few spots that have a somewhat long walk to the next hole, but take a picture of the map at the first hole, and you won't have any issues navigating the course.
-The course has a lot of good elevation changes, (most holes feature either uphill or downhill shots. Several holes have both up and downhill incorporated into them.
-The course makes good use of the woods it plays through. There are a lot of tightly wooded fairways on the course.
-The course has a good variety of holes (wooded, some wide open, and then some holes that incorporate both wooded and wide open into them).
-The course has a good amount of distance on it and there are definitely some opportunities to let your big drivers rip on the course.
-Benches on most holes
Best Holes include-
Hole 9- This is a tight fairway enclosed by trees, and is quite beautiful and a lot of fun to play
Hole 12- A long downhill shot, through a tunnel of trees down to the basket situated in a nice meadow.
Hole 18- Great way to end the course. It felt like the longest hole on the course and is a long bomber shot downhill through a big meadow, down to the basket guarded by a few trees.
Cons: -A lot of the fairways on this course are quite overgrown, with lots of sticky, prickly plants and tall grass. You will definitely spend some time looking for your disc and I suggest wearing long pants to avoid the prickly itchy grass.
-While the tee-pads are rubber, they were way too short and the area behind the tee-box weren't always conducive to good run-ups. The tee-pads on this course definitely need some improvement.
-Wish there were tee-signs as it can be hard to judge how long a hole is due to the elevation changes. You can't always see the basket from the tee-pad, so it would be nice to have a tee-sign with the layout of the hole.
-This course is a very far out of the way and pretty much in the middle of nowhere. It is 11 miles up a dirt road that takes a bit of time to drive up- Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to drive-up to and back from the course, if you are trying to fit this one into a road trip.
-A couple of the holes have crossing fairways. The course wasn't very crowded when we played so it wasn't a big deal, but this could be a problem if the course got crowded.
-A couple holes felt a little repetitive after a while.
-None of the holes really had much of a wow factor to them.
Other Thoughts: This was a fun course, it just didn't have the wow factor or feeling that I get when playing a 4.0 or higher rated course. While I enjoyed the course, I don't think the long drive out to the course is worth it, when there are better courses that are much more easily accessed.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 1 Not
I Told The Cows Not To Poop On The Teepad!
Pros: The first thing you must realize about Buckhorn is that it is going to take you a spell to get there. It's about a 20-25 mile trip to get to the dirt road which leads up to the course. Then it's a 11 mile (35 minute) drive up the winding unpaved road to the course itself.
The course is very much on the rustic side with natural pads, these clever homemade baskets and very simple tee signs. There are simple benches at every hole. The course is recreational in nature and to me, had more of the feel of a normal wooded course feel, rather than that of a high mountain course. The natural beauty and scenic vistas were just not there. The course is very technical in nature.
Rather you had cows grazing in the fairways and leaving their piles on two of the teepads. I gave them a stern scolding about this breech of mountain disc course etiqueette. This just stared at me blankly. Not even a courtesy moo.
The course is actually a bit swampy in places and the July 2012 fires actually burned some of the benches and teepads. In a couple of instances, I was actually walking through charred, blackened earth. It must have been terrifying a few short weeks ago.
Cons: Although the course features a decent challenge, it lacks the wow factor. Too many uphill holes, too many others lacking any real excitement. Other than the final hole, it doesn't offer any other big downhills. The amenities are private course rudimentary and basic.
Other Thoughts: I sincerely believe that Buckhorn DGC is the recipient of PCB (Private Course Bias) where reviewers tend to get all excited about private courses and inflate their ratings. After playing Beaver Ranch with it's incredible mountain scenery, unmatched amenities and challengingly but fair layout, Buckhorn falls way short in comparison. Buckhorn DGC is a nice 3 to 3.5 star course a very long drive up here in the mountains. And I absolutely am not deducting any points for any damage or course problem caused the recent wildfires. I'm just thankful the damage was as minor as it was and that no-one here was injured during the fires.
And there was no-one home but a friendly kitten so I left a donation at the front door of the first cabin. Thanks for the experience.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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