Jellystone - Great Course
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Fun and interesting holes with plenty of natural obstacles. Beautiful surroundings, not crowded. Chance to see some wildlife (and some not-so-wild life: goats, horses, etc).
Cons: We call the scrub brush "the brambles", and don't mind them, but you might. What we do mind is lately they've been going in and fencing off areas and (I assume) killing the brambles with herbicides or something. We've kinda grown to like and accept them, so leave the brambles alone! They definitely can make you pay for a bad drive.
Also, some of the concrete tees were poured too short, and they need to make sure to level the ground behind them so you have enough runway to throw.
Other Thoughts: This is my favorite course around Denver. A group of friends and I play here every week. I should probably not rate it so highly to make sure it doesn't get crowded, but it really is a great course!
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Well kept, LEVEL concrete tee boxes. So much of shot mechanics off the tee requires good footing. Glad they took the time and money to invest in this crucial aspect.
Great variety of shots. There's uphill holes, downhill holes, a good mix of tight technical stuff in the woods and huge grip 'n rip holes.
The holes have good signs with distance and pin placement. I actually had to think about my shots and plan a bit. Most holes have good sign placement to direct you to the next tee. Also the course map is very helpful.
Very friendly staff.
No water! :D
Well kept ground in general. There's not an over abundance of overgrown shrubs and grass which are irritating. Not a lot of places to lose discs.
Cons: $5/round or $50/season pass. Although the price is a bit up there, it's really a great course and well worth the money.
Was a bit confusing the first time out where to find the parking for disc golf, as it isn't marked.
Other Thoughts: If the location is right for you (for me it's 15 mins on the highway) it's a great place for regular play. They also have tourneys every month. I would recommend this course for players of all levels, as it is challenging but not likely going to cost you any discs. This will likely be my main course once I get a pass.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Worth the Drive
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: new concrete teepads
lots of level change
lots of different shots
you will use almost every disc in your bag
short and long holes
pins change often and always marked appropriately
beer friendly (at least i think so)
not very windy like most CO courses
maps are available
lots of wildlife and sometimes goats being herded
BLIND DRIVES are awesome
(if you don't like blind drives you suck)
if you have to go walk ahead to see where the basket is your first time playing that is ok. you will know for next time. blind drives are a sign of good course design in my opinion.
Cons: teepads need to be back filled so you can run up to them and not just start hanging off the back
it is a bit of a drive from anywhere
5$ to play per person
last 3 holes are wide open
easy to lose discs in the scrub oak
could use some steps on some holes
it would be nice to have a bathroom somewhere close
Other Thoughts: i love this place. more courses should be like this one. i have shot 8 down here but i have also shot 8 up here in the same week. that is the sign of a good course. only DX crap in the "Pro Shop." Flygreen is working on trying to get them to carry something useful in there.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Hot, but nice day to play
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course seems to be well taken care of. Concrete tees are always a plus. Has a mixture of wooded and open holes. The open holes really allow you to open up your arm.
Cons: Several blind drives.
Other Thoughts: Growing up in TN, this is a nice change. The fact that I can play in 100 degree weather and not be miserable, and be in direct sunlight, is a huge plus. The front nine have a few blind drives, so you can't really tell where you are throwing at all times. Gladly, I met a couple of locals that helped me navigate and tell me where the pins were. Overall, I had a great time here and will come back.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Playing this course for the first time was a lot of fun and a great course to add to the front range. Overall I thought the course had some great technical aspects forcing a number of different shots styles from the tee-pad and with the approach shots.
The terrain along with the scrub-oak added a lot to this course. We were constantly surprised by the course with hidden ravines, tricky pin placements, and hidden open spaces in the middle of the scrub-oak. We had minimal problems finding discs even with several erratic throws. Also most holes are secluded from each other and from the rest of Camp Jellystone making it a nice and private.
We played on a hot day and luckily at least several of the holes are in the shade. It can get really hot out if there is no cloud cover.
Even though the signage is currently limited and the directions between the tees is minimal, we only had to reference the map to find the teepads for #1, #9 and #10
Cons: A few of the holes the pin is hidden from the tee-pad and we had to spend a lot of time scoping the holes. This will obviously not need to happen the second time you play the course and once the permanent signage arrives.
Other Thoughts: The only thing I didn't like about the course was that a few holes were right next to I-25. Really not that big of a deal unless you are really use to playing Beaver Ranch all the time.
Cheap ice-cream sandwiches and COLD non-alcoholic beverages at the Ranger Station!!!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
More developed in 2012 *Update
Pros: Concrete tee pads are installed now, and awesome. Permanent tee signs go in before June 10th. They have been adding more benches, tables, trash cans, and even design or theme elements, such as old wagon wheels, cow bones (some sort of bones) and things that are just rustic and fit the mountain course style it has. They also hold an unsanctioned monthly tournament on Sunday once a month. All 5 divisions get cash awards, gift certificates for Fly Green, and trophies for the Top 4 places in each division. Intermediate was $90 last week for 1st place! They started their Pro Shop too.
The rough has been improved greatly in almost every spot it was thick in 2011. You can now access the rough on the left of #10 if you throw clear over that rough using various cleared pathways they installed through it. I had no idea that right on the other side of that rough is the #1 tee, until it became accessible. Much of the material that was in the fairways from clearing the scrub oak is now gone, and fairway #6 as an example is grassed over with no stick material present. They set out more trash cans, and benches, and continue to improve the rough, but if you have not played it this year, you are in for a shock already. #9 has a left and a right dog-leg, but they carved large clearings in the scrub oak in the middle, so you can go for it and if you fall short, get your disc and throw a thumber or tomahawk and still par if all goes well.
They added a permanent water hazard past the #1 baskets, if you overthrow, you can end up in a large pond.
Cons: They still need to put in permanent steps in a couple of areas, it is only a problem when wet.
Other Thoughts: A few "C" pin positions that will be over 765' each, to make it a true White/Blue combo course. As an example #11 will have a "C" pin that is not in the open like "A" and "B", but located out onto the hill in the far distance. The White will have 3-5 par using the same tees as the Blue which will be 3 par. New tee signage will be installed to reflect this. The parking lot is being improved and enlarged. Without going into too much detail, there are also plans for some alternate tee pads, that will be so unique and wild, Jellystone will be a must play course for that reason. Although this lists the course as established in 2010, that was another course located here, this course is less than a year old still. They were placing baskets still at the start of May last year.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Risk/Reward is the name of the game
Pros: I had heard about this course a little over a year ago, and had heard bad things. THIS IS NOT THAT COURSE. The guys at Fly Green have come in and made this into a top-notch Colorado Mountain style course without hving to drive to the mountains. If you are a Big-Arm thrower, there's a bunch of holes for you. If you are a technical specialist, there's a lot of challenge for you as well. You will need your forehand, your backhand, S-curves, Mid throws, long drives, and most likely a tomahawk or two
The course goes in and out of a wooded area and offers a good blend of tight technical shorter holes, and a few LONG open holes (that go in or around some Teepee poles).
I found the short holes to be challenging enough that they didn't feel too short, and the long holes to be open enough that they didn't feel too long.
For natural tees they are very nicely done and the designers have taken a lot of time to make the trails to the teepads really nice, even going to the effort of carving stairs out of the rocks.
Cons: It is pay for play. $5 a round is worth it though. the singage needs work as stated before. I don't think so much with finding the next holes. Those signs were easy, but actual teepad signs would be nice, as we had to scout the hole location a lot.
the scrub Oak is brutal. If you go in, good luck finding your disc. the course very much punishes errant throws, but there are ample places to safely play your disc.
Other Thoughts: I loved this course. I live in CAstle Rock, and the only close course to me before was Matney park, which is okay for working on your windy game and long drives, but t never prepared me for tournaments in mountain courses. I'll be back a lot to play this one, and have found out they do Friday night tag matches now too.
I met the owner while playing the round and he has said that there will eb upgrades in the future from the greens fees, and he is really excited about people coming down to play the course. It's all on his property, and he welcomes people in with a smile and open arms.
I think the season pass price is a little high, but that being said I'll probably pay it so I can come down more often.
the campground is a really nice place to camp so you could spend a few days if you like. There's also an all you can eat pancake breakfast on Sunday mornings.
Overall, I'm really glad to have a tourament quaity course such as this so close to my house.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course has great variety. There are great technical holes and nice, long open holes. The scenery is awesome, with lots of dense trees and vegetation lining the fairways and areas around the pins. The elevation changes make for some challenging holes....this course makes the most of the available landscape. Multiple pin placements offers changing layouts. Just really overall a great, challenging, fun course.
Cons: The only con is lack of good signage. However, I hear they are putting in new signage this summer. I also hear they are going to put in concrete tee pads next spring, which will bump this up into the 4.5 rating.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Yogi bear outdid himself
Pros: Great variety, awesome scenery, at hole 6 we had deer walk within 10 feet of us. Nice baskets and good directions from hole to hole
Cons: No concrete tee boxes, need more trash cans throughout
Other Thoughts: All in all a great course even with a 5 buck charge !!
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Bring long pants, plenty of water and all your discs.
Pros: Lots of stuff going for this course. First it is an easy stop right off I-25, you can't miss it. Check in at the main office and grab some drinks, you will need it. Easy parking and a little walk to the first tee. Lots of elevation on this course that is used quiet well. Teepads are dirt but in great shape. Baskets are brand new Discatchers so no problems there. The nice birght yellow sticks out making it a bit easier to try and see the basket from the teepads. There are a few blind shots on this course. Multiple pins on all the holes that look like they would really add some more variety as they are moved about. There is quite a bit variety in terms of shots needed. A few of the holes are downhill and straight off the tee which are a bit tricky. Then there are some holes that are uphill with narrow fairways that require a good deal of accuracy. A nice flow to the design as the holes switch from long to short, open to wooded. Risk/reward is the name of the game here. If you feel really lucky and want to go for it off the teepad and get the great shot, then some birdies await, but miss and get in the rough, then good luck with even a bogey. Great views of the surrounding mountains and the terrain itself was pretty cool, especially hole three against a rock face. Pay to play that keeps the course clean and with less crowds to deal with. Hole three is very scenic and hole six provides a difficult challenge with a steep ravine and drop offs al around the basket.
Cons: Signs and navigation are definately an issue with this course. The fact that it is a pay to play, this should not be an issue, but at the time this review is written, it definately is. Very hard to navigate in it's current form, but I know improvements are being made and if they want repeat customers, then you need to make a good first impression. Teepads are dirt which are in great shape now, but I am afraid these could get worn quickly. The rough is very rough. You end up in that and sometimes you really have absolutely no shot to get out of it. It completely surrounds you cutting off all types of shots, including any sort of overhead shots. A few of the holes you really have to play it conservatively on to avoid this issue. I enjoyed some of the open holes, but didn't think some of them added much to the course design. The last four holes are basically open and thought it was a filler to get from 14 back to the parking lot.
Other Thoughts: This course has a lot going for it in it's current condition. A worthy course for the drive up from Colorado Springs or from Denver. Lots of types of shots needed with good use of the elevation. If your game includes accuracy, you should do well here, if not the rough will punish you severely. While five dollars is not a lot to pay to get a great day of disc golf, I would like to see some improvements at some point including cement teepads and signs and navigation arrows. As it stands now though, that won't stop me from coming back.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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