3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice Mach V baskets with blue powder coating. Signage seems to have improved since 2012. There's a pretty good hike between the #1 pin and the #2 tee (in and out of the woods) and there were several signs along the way. Signs also placed after most pins pointing the way to the next tee. I did not think the course was hard to navigate.
Cons: You would think that since the first six holes go straight up the mountain that you'd get at least one chance to really bomb it down the mountain - but you'd be wrong (I certainly was). The hole lengths didn't seem to change that much going down and you finish the course a good deal of the way still up the mountain and have to hike down. Very frustrating, since adding significant length to the last three holes could have gotten you down the mountain. Other than that, the course is very repetitive. All pins and tees (expect #4) are out in the open with no obstacles impeding throws.
Other Thoughts: Get every inch of distance you can on your drives for #1-6, since footing on the fairways is tricky and runs-ups are impossible. The uneven surfaces on the tee boxes could lead to a twisted ankle, so make sure your footwear is appropriate. I completed the course in 45 minutes, but I had to run between a lot of shots to beat rain. Wildflowers were abundant on holes 8 & 9 and it would be extremely easy to lose a disc in the middle of the fairway (of any color). However, the American Eagle chair lift parallels both of these holes, so you could enlist the help of people on the lift to help spot your disc. Also, mountain bike trails cut across the last two fairways, so be aware. The available maps are small, but help in determining which basket to throw at and where the next tee box is located. The only blind shot is #3. The pin is just beyond the trees on the right side of the picture. If the more technical half of the course is ever added back, it should boost the ratings (and enjoyment) of this course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
A Mediocre Afterthought
Pros: This mountain course located at one of Colorado's larger ski areas has serious potential but ultimately falls short in more ways than it succeeds.
What it does have going for it:
- elevation changes that are challenging, yet reasonable for intermediate and advanced players
- balance of beautiful scenery in the trees and wide open areas
- mowed and well-groomed fairways
- accessibility (it's less than 5 min from I-70)
- cost (free to play and parking near Copper Village is also free in the summer)
You can pick up a map from the Guest Services / Information building near the American Eagle lift at the center of Copper Village. Tee #1 is just east of the ball golf course near a small ski lift, and it plays directly uphill. After the hole #1 basket, it turns right and steeply climbs again. After a few uphill holes, you are eventually rewarded with some really fun long bomb holes from higher ground. You will definitely have an easier time finding your disc with a second pair of eyes to spot the landing. The forest is lush and thick, as is the grass in the rough areas lining the fairways.
Cons: Where it falls short:
- Insufficient signage
- Poorly marked/numbered baskets
- Uneven surface on tee boxes
- Blind shots without any indication of basket location
Unfortunately the cons far outweigh the pros here. It would be nearly impossible to navigate the course without the help of the small directional signs staked into the ground. However, since the course is spread out across a massive, steep, forested area, the small signs are not enough to keep you from doing some inevitable and frustrating tee-hunting. The surface area of the tee boxes is inconsistent. Some are covered with lumpy rubber mats, while others are chunky gravel.
Other Thoughts: As previous reviewers have stated, the existing 9 holes of this course are what remains of the original 18-holer. With some improved directional signage throughout the course, flatter and larger tee boxes and bigger numbers on the baskets, Copper Mountain DGC could easily earn itself a 3.0 rating. Currently the course seems like more of an afterthought than anything.
4 Helpful / 4 Not
They tooook our holes!
Pros: Mountain setting with outstanding views. Not crowded. At the bottom of the mountain so you don't have to pay or take a lift to play.
Cons: I think my biggest problem with this course is that I remember how fun it was before they took out 9 holes. The holes they took out were the technical in the woods holes. Now it is wide open uphill shots for 6 holes and 3 wide open downhill shots.
Other Thoughts: There are wild strawberries all over the hill on hole 7 so if you play in late summer you get a nice added bonus. The spring wild flowers are spectacular as well.
4 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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