6 Helpful / 1 Not
Yabba Dabba Dooooo!
Pros: This course is right off the freeway just south of Castle Rock. The local crowd here draws from both the Denver and Colroado Springs area but because it is less well known and a slight drive you will typically only find the more serious players. The course design itself is admirable though there are a few filler holes. The elevation changes on this course make it interesting and fun. There are some very technical holes and some good open bomber holes. Holes have multiple pin locations with a staff on site that takes care of the course along with some guys from a not so near by disc gold store that take care of and run this course. While the course does have some good difficulty, it is not beyond the capabilities of beginners. There are some great views of the local hills. The ameneties nearby are really nice. Jellystone is a campground that is modeled after Yogi Bear, making it really kid friendly with plenty of other things for the family to do. There are cabins to rent and sites for camping.
Cons: This is a great course and will be taken well care of but it is a pay to play course, still a negative in my book. The tee pads are dirt and do not always have the best footing. There are some disc eating bushes that come into play on several holes. There are several blind holes where you will need to walk the hole the first time through. Signage is limited. The flow of the course is not necessarily logical in all places. The filler holes are filler holes and I am not a fan of those. There are some really short technical holes which end up not being so technical because of how short they are. Distances here do not always seem accurate as most locals say you should add about 20 feet to all the numbers.
Other Thoughts: This course was a good time for sure and with all the ameneties of Jellystone it would make for a great family get away with little kids while still allowing you to play disc golf. It is $5 a day to play at this point and you will need to stop at the rangers station to pay for this. They do have annual passes that will be $60 starting in January 2012, but only $50 between now and then. It is a course that is definately worth playing but one should not expect an elite experience despite the cost that might suggest this is the case.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very easy to find. Great customer service. This is a campground and rec area so there is more than just disc golf here. Ian, the owner was there to meet and greet when I arrived and was a really nice guy. Course will use every shot you have so be prepared and go with your gut. Interesting use of land and features. Decent hike as well. One of the more technical courses down the hills in Colorado. Tee pads are in great condition for dirt.
Cons: The map was needed to guide me in the general direction of the next hole and was still hard to find. Quality signage is needed. Half of this course is all blind shots, I had to scout the majority of the course. Thick brush makes errant shots a pain to retrieve and shoot from. Course plays more like a par 57 than a 54.
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed my round at Jellystone and will be back sometime in the future. However, the course design feels like Fly Green was trying to prove something that they did not need to. For the piece of land this course is on, I feel like they could have done better in utilizing an up and down strategy into and out of the hazards. Overkill is a close description. I shot par, but am a seasoned player. If you are new to the sport expect to shoot atleast bogey golf. I still loved some of the crazy shots and creativity on some of the holes. Prepare for tommy's, thumbers, massive over the top hyzer flips and more. This should be on your list of courses to play. All reality it is a 3.75 a solid four if you factor in the people who run the place.
4 of 4 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.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Smarter than the average course
Pros: Jellystone offers an easily accessible (right off of I-25) disc golf game that uses the topography and vegetation to create a good game for both beginners and advanced players.
The staff at the "Ranger Station" is extremely friendly and eager to help. You do have to sign a silly waiver before you play, as apparently Yogi and his friends do frequent the area.
Baskets are in good condition and moved between their "A" and "B" positions periodically.
Some baskets are marked with flagging when out of view of the tee. Hopefully more of these will be coming on line as they are very helpful.
Tee pads are dirt and are in good shape.
Signage is not complete, but the all-important "next tee" arrows are present and therefore presented no difficulties navigating the course.
Hole number 9 wraps back towards number 1 which is convenient if you're only up for playing 9 or going for 27. There are very few conflicting holes, so this course could handle a crowded day easily.
It is typical vegetation for this part of Colorado. Closed shoes are advisable- if you throw one off the fairway, you'll likely be digging through some scrub oaks, and poison ivy is present on a couple of holes.
The course is clean and a few holes offer benches and pic-a-nic tables.
Cons: It would be nice to see a two color system here utilizing the same tees. It's easy for young ones and folks new to the sport to get frustrated with holes that are par 3 that are 400+ feet, especially with the fact it is located in a family campground. It is certainly a "white" par 3 course (possibly with the exception of no. 16 which is 536'), but the holes over 400' really should be "red" par 4's. (Perhaps a Yogi par and Boo Boo par?)
Other Thoughts: Jellystone offers a great mix of woods and open shots, testing tight technical lanes as well as grip and rip holes, certainly making it worth a stop on any Denver/ Colorado Springs/ Front Range disc golf itinerary.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Wandering in the wilderness
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great setting, light use even on a sunny weekend. This course challenges you on all but the final four holes (but they are long for the big arms) and makes you really think about where you want to throw (and how). Lots of picnic tables and places to take a rest. Had a deer laying in the fairway on #6, great scenery, good tee boxes.I've played this course about 10 times now, and as a noob it has done wonders for my game. I love the fact that you are punished in the scrub oak (sometimes severely) for even the slightest error in your shot. High risk/reward on almost every hole in the woods. Demands that you learn to thread trees and have a bag full of shots. It's making me a better player as i learn the sport. Hole #3 has a creative basket placement halfway up a butte. Hole 6 demands a nice touch shot to an island green with canyon drop offs on all sides. 8 is a great elevated tee down a half pipe canyon. 14 is a nice thread through the woods. Tags on Fridays, cool and helpful staff, Fly green did a great job on design. Multiple pin placements (currently playing longer). The more i play this course, the more i appreciate it. It's like the teacher you had in school that kinda kicked your butt during the year but you hugged him at the end and think he was one of your best teachers ever.
Cons: Played alone the first time and it is not intuitively easy to navigate, since signage is almost non existent. Hole #10 will eat your disc on the left if even moderately errant. Lots of scrub oak, so wear long pants if you are a newbie like me. Occasional poison oak, mostly on hole 4 if you don't clear the scrub oak in front of the hole.
Other Thoughts: Now that the concrete pads are in, and more benches/trash cans were added, the rating goes up another 1/2 point.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Built on a beautiful piece of land offering several technical holes with obstacles like trees and bushes forcing you to make a good shot or pay dire consequences. I like that there are a few holes at or above 500 ft which is nice if you are looking to air one out.
Cons: This course needs better signage & concrete pads. As a pay to play course, a first time player expects a little more than what is offered at other free courses.
Other Thoughts: Hole # 10 will eat your lunch if you have an errant throw to the left. Just a courtesy heads-up.
0 of 4 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.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Quality Front Range Course
Pros: When I was deciding whether or not to go to Jellystone, it was hard to get a feel for the course from the reviews I read... and now I see why. This is a very unique "mountain-style" course that is not in the mountains of Colorado. The course is 18 holes with a wide mixture of shots, dipping into and cutting out of the woods various times. This is to say you will get 4 fairly open shots to begin, followed by 6 tightly wooded shots, then 2 open shots, 2 wooded shots, and 4 open shots to finish off the round. To further clarify, when I say wooded, I mean most of these are tight, technical holes/fairways with loads of trees. This is unique for Colorado, because many tight mountain courses do not have the ability for wide open fairway shots. The course also has far more deciduous than evergreen trees, making it easy for the large stands of trees to consume your disc if you throw poorly. This is one factor that makes this course harder! There are tight alleys, which if missed, can result in a very hard second shot… but even worse a buried disc. There are many blind shots here, so you may want to do some scouting, but blind shots always make a course more fun and harder.
It is easy to get to, and costs $5 to play, which is certainly well worth it. You will more than likely not see any other people while you are here… Jellystone is mostly a campground area for tourists, and the disc course is tucked off to the side, away from all other visitors. All of the baskets here are BRAND NEW.
This was certainly an extremely fun course. While I am never a fan of wide open courses, Jellystone does a good job of mixing them in with some VERY technical shots. I feel that most courses that have the technicality do not have the openness… and most courses with openness lack EXTREME technicality. This course does a great job of showing both, something unique within itself that I greatly appreciated.
Holes 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, and 18 are all mostly open holes. They are certainly the longest distance holes on the course, but there is highly minimal technical challenge.
Holes 1-4 are fairly open, but each hole has the pin hidden in or behind some trees. These are also semi-hard and entertaining enough to not be considered a boring-nontechnical hole. They are certainly enjoyable holes
That leaves 8 AWESOME holes that go through the woods of Jellystone. Holes 5,6,7,8,9,10,13, and 14 are all very technical holes, many of which require different shots. I threw most (but not all) of the throws in my bag. These holes are all much shorter, but the technical aspects will certainly have you in trouble if you are the least bit inaccurate. You will need hyzers, anhyzers, s-curves, forehand flicks, and perhaps a tomahawk or two if you get into trouble. Many of these holes have elevation factors, and extremely tight windows… so be careful. Risk & reward within the woods here for sure.
Cons: The natural tees here are not of the best quality. I am normally a fan of mountain-style natural tees, however the dirt at this course is extremely soft and any amount of moisture will muck up the tee instantly. Some seem to be more developed than others, and the underdeveloped ones can be bad fairly bad.
The "rough"… or prettymuch any are that is not the fairway is THICK & DEEP. There are many spots here that could easily eat any bright colored discs. The fact that there are so many low-to-the-ground deciduous trees acts like mat that will let your disc go through, and then cover it once it does. This is truly risk and reward so be wary. Some may consider this a con… I consider it an extra factor to increase difficulty… "mountain-water-hazards" if you will.
The map they give you is semi-hard to follow. However, if you are good with directions, using the map will be easy. Having said that, the signage here is not the greatest. After every pin, there is a very small wooden sign (about 8-12 inches off of the ground) with an arrow and hole number pointing to the next hole (written in black marker). Some can be hard to find, but if you stand at the pin you just finished and look in 360 degrees, you will eventually find the sign.
The large amount of open holes is always considered a con to me. In the end, the last 4 are truly the ones that bothered me. I was having an awesome time, and it felt like a bit of a let down to play a great course an end on 4 wide open holes which greatly lacked creativity compared to the rest of the course. It was just hard to go from amazing to boring in my opinion. I understand they have to work with the land they have, but I felt a little underwhelmed at the end. At least hole 16 is in a teepee.
Other Thoughts: They did a great job using the land they had to create a very unique Colorado course. I am not sure how much more land belongs to them, but I can see this place having so much potential by cutting through the woods further to the west. It looks like they could continue the run of 6 amazing technical holes by delving further into the woods. That being said, the technical holes that are already present are top notch. A wide variety of throws, and a wide variety of views to each pin. And with two pin placements on each hole, I imagine this place can mix it up enough for locals to enjoy.
Comparing it to top-notch Colorado Mountain courses, this may not be the greatest… but it is one of my top 3 favorite courses before getting into the Rockies.
USE THE NEW COURSE MAP (6/20/11) IF YOU ARE TRYING TO LOOK AT THE COURSE!! They will give you a map when you enter to pay $5 and get a wrist band. But if you want to view the course beforehand, the new map that I uploaded is up to date. The other map on DGCR is an old course that Jellystone used to have.
This course is worth driving a decent amount for... and a definite play if you are in the area.
9 of 9 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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