Nice Beginner Course
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -About 4 of the holes have nice double chained baskets
-Concrete tee-pads (they are not very long but on this course they don't need to be)
-Good use of the available land and trees to make some nice holes
-Some fun holes that use the trees available for some interesting and well thought out pin placements
-The course plays through a nicely kept and very pleasant park area. You won't lose discs here.
-All baskets are well-numbered and easy to see from the tee-pads and thanks to the numbered baskets it is very easy to know which basket you are throwing too.
A great place to introduce new players to the game. Other than hole 5 all of the holes are under 200 feet but unlike some easier courses, none of the holes are wide open and the trees provide some fun holes that keep new players interested in the game.
-A few trashcans at some of the tee-pads
Cons: -About five of the baskets are old single chains that have been repaired several times and will probably need to be replaced sometime soon. There will be spit-outs on some of these older baskets.
-Other than hole 5 (which is 312 feet) none of the holes are very long.
-A few fairways cross slightly and if the course is crowded there could be a few conflicts on a couple holes.
-More experienced players won't be challenged here and will probably be able to get twos on most of the holes with a putter or mid-range.
-No benches to rest on
-Road nearby on some holes that discs could go into if there is a bad shot.
-No tee-signs (just posts with the hole number on them).
Other Thoughts: This is the best course in Denver to introduce a new player to the game. It provides some interesting holes that will challenge new players a little bit but not too much. This course won't challenge more experienced players but it is good for a quick putter or mid-range round.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Clean, 2-3 challenging holes, confidence-builder
Cons: Crowded, stoners, most of the holes are short, lots of cross-traffic with other players, does not follow map
Other Thoughts: A great place to work on fundamentals but not a very challenging course. Most holes are short so leave the Nukes at home. It's definitely worth a visit.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The park is well maintained and has close ample parking.
Cons: Very congested, you are throwing on and around people the entire course. Few trees and minimal shot variation. The course is also very short.
Other Thoughts: You should not need much more than a putter on this course so pack lite.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Short & Sweet
Pros: This is a great course if you want to get birdies, get a low score, or aim for some aces. I usually throw my putter or midrange on all holes in this park. Ken Caryl, while it is an extremely short park (9 holes takes about 20 minutes and takes up about a half acre), it requires many variations of simple shots. It is an ideal park for honing in on your mid-range game. It is a great place to practice getting through small alleys to get close to the pin. The holes may be short, but six of them are partially-technical requiring precision and accuracy to get a birdie or ace.
Cons: Many of the holes are close together. This course is extremely crowded on a nice day. Large groups of high-schoolers, and parents with young kids can show up at any time, slowing a 10 minute game into a 25 minute game. When there are large crowds of unskilled discers, it is a bit scary considering many holes require throwing near other tee boxes or fairways. All the discs can getextremely hectic and dangerous
Other Thoughts: This park can be playing in under 20 minutes and does not require the use of a driver. These are no cons if you know what you're getting into when you head to this course. Do not go expecting long bombs or extremely hard shots. Instead, go expecting a practice course for putter & midrange shots. My second round ever here was a -7 to put some perspective on it.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Short Range Semi-technical, Needs some TLC
Pros: Very good course to work on your short range technical skills, especially if you live in the area(hey lets drive 5-10 mins and shoot a quick 9 for fun). Lots of trees which, if not careful, will screw you of what might've been a decent shot. Make use of all shot types. Hard to lose disks. Nice scenery, especially in summertime.
Cons: Only one hole over 300 ft., a basket on hole 2 I think will let your disk fall out of the basket bottom. Too short for a "real" game of disc golf of more holes and distance challenges.
Other Thoughts: Good beginners feeling out their disks in diferent shot types.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a really nice and clean little park course. The layout was done very well in the amount of space available, and was most likely a real gem back in the day before we had advances in plastic and profile technology that now make courses MUCH longer.
- certainly an "ace run" type course.
- faiways and greens were well kept by the park/maintenance crew.
- I felt basket placement was actually pretty amazing. Several are located within mature trees that create a challenge and make you think before you just throw it out there. Having the holes being quite short may give you a tendency to just step up and throw without much thought.
- hole layout creates very easy navigation without a map.
- Very clean course
- Decent concrete tee pads.
- Very fun short course to play - Very fast!
Cons: - baskets should be replaced. they serve their purpose, but their age is really showing with missing chains and broken baskets rungs.
- some more experienced dg'ers will consider the lack of length a con, but i think it can be overlooked quite frankly given the age of the course and the advantages it offers for today's player.
- hole 9 plays to basket 2. This may be temporary, but if not, it certainly will create a hurdle when crowded!
Other Thoughts: - hole 5 is the only hole worth considering using a driver, but realistically this course can be played with a midrange only and a putter.
- Perfect course for a family outing or to introduce a new disc chucker to the sport!
- Perfect course for a warm up round for one of the others in the area!
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Needs some TLC
Pros: There are many mature trees on the course that make you think twice about throwing without any preparation. This is an ace run course if you have been playing for any amount of time. This course used the available land they had (not much) to make a decent little 9 hole beginner course. Concrete tee pads and hole markers on each hole help navigation because everything is close to each other.
Cons: The baskets are in serious need of repair/replacement. A few of them had basket separation and missing/broken chains. I worried on one or two baskets about making the putt but having the disc fall out because of a broken basket.
The course needs more trash cans. It seems as though the large amounts of teens coming there to hang out and throw discs need somewhere to throw their "Nat Ice" cans instead of next to the tee pad.
Other Thoughts: This course would be a great place to teach a younger child how to play. It is short enough to boost confidence. You could play this course with a putter and a mid-range at the most. Only one hole was long enough to have to put any mustard on the drive. I would hit this course only if I was in the area, but never make a special trip up here. I believe this is one of the older courses in Colorado which takes back to the early days of disc golf.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Decent little 9 hole course located in Littleton. In a small park and very easy to know where the next tee is. Concrete tee pads, although kinda small, and baskets are in pretty good condition. All short holes, besides one, but the course makes you use a variety of shots to be able to make your birdie. Fast play to be able to get a quick 18 in.
Cons: Very busy on the day I went. It almost looked like there was a high school class in secession and had to wait through the whole course. Some of the fairways cross so make sure to watch out for flying discs. Some of the baskets could use updating/replacing as the look like they get a lot of use.
Other Thoughts: The is a good course for everyone; beginners to advanced. Next time I am in the area I am for sure going to stop by for a quick round.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Every course can offer something. In the case of Ken Caryl, it is a great course to introduce newcomers to disc golf and practice your short game. The holes are VERY short with legitimate ace opportunities on 8 of the 9 nine holes. (although boasting about an ace at Ken Caryl won't likely get you many oohs and ahhs) Overall, the course is well taken care of considering its small size.
The grass is mowed grass, it has big shady trees and it is located in a nice neighborhood.
Cons: This is a big teen hangout after school and on weekends. They tend to be respectful, but there does tend to be a lot of discs flying through a very small airspace at one time.
Other Thoughts: Even with the crowd, three rounds in under an hour is very realistic.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
A Remnant of History
Beautiful little park course. Easy to navigate without a map. Concrete tee pads are smallish in size, but for these short holes most players won't use a big run-up anyway. Well designed on not a lot of land. There shouldn't be any pedestrian interference. Plays fast with close, short holes and not a lot of walking. Almost impossible to lose a disc.
No distances posted on any of the signs. Exceptionally short course; eight of the nine holes are between 100'-200'. Fairways are close to each other so beware of errant throws from your neighbors. Some of the single chain (except #9 is 2x) baskets are starting to show their age.
I heard this course is called the "postage stamp" because of its compact area. Only hole #5 (312') might require a driver disc, all others can be played with a putter or good mid-range.
At 30 years old now Ken Caryl is a testament to what disc golf once was. The holes are built for discs that had no concept of "Ultra-long range driver".
There are enough challenges and decent variety to make this a nice course to work on upshots and putting for most players.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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