Wide Open - Long Holes
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Very accessible, rarely crowded. Have played this course MANY times. They are definitely making an effort to improve it. Hard to loose a disc here ESPECIALLY when properly maintained. Are getting better about keeping grass mowed and such.
Cons: few trees or obstacles. Fairly repetitive, straight, LONG throws. I don't have a great arm, so it is VERY challenging. If grass is long it is EASY to loose a disc.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -new cobblestone tees, solid DGA baskets, good signs
-lots of distance, holes average almost 400'
-elevation present on the edges of the basin, a few elevated tees
-2 basket positions on all but two holes
-trees planted in the open areas, will help in some years
-holes 14-18 have better obstacles, more interesting
Cons: -mostly wide open, few obstacles, no shade
-tall grass: good for optional OB, pain in the neck finding your drive
-lack of obstacles and mostly flat = repetitive, lots of long holes, and no forced lines
-a few long walks between holes
-needs a few shorter holes, at least to change it up
-closed during CSU football games
Other Thoughts: Hughes Stadium is the definition of the average course. It is mostly wide open so the holes are long, boring, repetitive, and you can throw any shot you want over and over again. The saving grace is the elevation around the edges of the basin in which the course is built. There are a few elevated tees and a few baskets on the side of a hill. I did like hole 11, one of the shorter holes and plays across and down the side of a hill.
In several years the trees that have been planted will begin to have an effect on how the course plays. For now this course is pretty unimpressive and brutal in the mile high sun. Big arms will like this course and locals looking for a change of pace from Edora. If you're just in the area looking for a round, Edora is the place to go.
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Play Long Grass as O.B.
Pros: Nice cobble stone tee pads. Good tee signs. Plenty of opportunities to air out your drives. Several holes with elevation change and a few mandos. Effort has been made to make the course more interesting like the option to play unmowed areas as O.B. One elevated basket with an island green.
Cons: If you don't play the unmowed areas as O.B. then I can see where the course can be repetitive.
Other Thoughts: The trees are all young so it will be a few years before this course matures into a really good one. I saw sprinkler heads around some of the trees so that should help. Play the long grass areas as O.B. and I think you will find this course quite a challenge.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Nice new tee pads
The Tee signs are good
There has been some effort to make the course better with the addition of some mando's
Course is typical pretty empty so good place to practice
Cons: The course is built in a flood basin. It can be very very wet and the grass grows fast because of this.
A lot of similar shots
Can be windy
Other Thoughts: If the grass was cut more and not just in the fairways and there were shorts pin placement it would be a great beginner course. There isn't to many ways to lose a disc as long as the grass is cut.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: New launch pads and baskets, good for practicing long drives, as others have suggested. Minimal vegetation because the course is new, once vegetation grows in, it should have more potential.
Cons: Repetitive play, the course crisscrosses the field that it's set on so many holes are the same one played earlier but are down the hill that you played up on the last go around. The course is generally more windy than EPIC or other courses in the area because of where it's situated.
Other Thoughts: Some launch pads have yet to be put in.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Great for the drivers
Pros: Great course for anyone wanting to practice drives or long shots with minimal obstacles. Great scenery and well maintained.
Cons: Can get a little boring and repetitive. The wind can also be more severe than other courses in FC.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
give it a few years...
Pros: The course is laid out across a large bowl, with a dirt roadway splitting it. Holes average probably around 325'.
* Lots of open space
* Finding the next hole is aided by a well-mowed field--follow the mow paths and usually you'll end up in the right place
* Clean and safe
* A few holes diverged from the sameness of the course (see the cons list); 14 for example had the basket hidden behind a hillock
* Great views
* A couple extra-long holes (600')
* Two possible basket placements per hole
Cons: * A couple holes have proximity to the roadway, which can get pretty busy
* Same comment as a number of other reviewers have suggested--it's mostly the same thing. Either down a short hill and out a flat, or vice versa, or across the flat. Holes are generally straight-line affairs now, though that should change as the trees grow.
* Nice signage for each hole, but often it's not clear from the diagram which placement you're looking at.
Other Thoughts: The course officially closes during CSU games. We were there a few hours prior to a Saturday night game. There was parking along the roadway by the entrance to the course. It also looks like there is ample parking when it's not a game day (the lot was gated off Saturday).
Most tees are brick stones (no mortar) and in great shape; a few holes are dirt still with piles of bricks waiting to be laid. There are a number of trees planted across the bowl, and for now they do little to alter the game. I figure in 5-7 years they will make the course considerably more interesting.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Avg Course with Potential
Pros: -Lots of elevation change (features uphill, side hill and downhill shots)
-This course has a lot of distance on it as most of the holes are over 350 feet.
-Good grip and rip course
-Since is a new course it has nice new baskets that are in good shape and catch well
-Hole 13 is a raised basket on a man-made pyramid that makes and otherwise straight boring hole a little interesting.
-Every hole except for two of them has two pin positions on it that usually varies at least the distance up a but.
-Bike rake near the first tee if you want to bike the the course (its not necessary but its a nice touch).
-Holes 14-18 have more character than the other holes (they have more obstacles, good distance and use the elevation will). These holes give a glimpse of what this course could be when the saplings they planted grow up a little bit.
-Nice brand new tee-signs (show the layout of the hole and the distance to each pin position).
-Very few people besides disc golfers in the area (except during winter-see cons)
Cons: -Very wide open and almost all of the shots are straight shots (trees have been planted to help make this more challenging)
-Can be a little hard to navigate at first as on a few points in the course two tee-pads could be the next tee-pad, which leads to some unnecessary walks.
-The baskets don't have any numbers marked on them, which would help navigation slightly
-A couple of the holes have a bit of a long walk between them
-Get somewhat repetitive due to the mostly wide open holes and none of the holes force you to throw a certain line.
-The tee-pads are dirt for now and will eventually get rutted from use if they aren't replaced with concrete. Due to the wide open aspect the course doesn't provide much challenge yet.
-Plays course to a road on a couple of the holes
-The course is closed for play during Colorado State University home football games.
-If you are crazy like me and play with snow on the ground, holes 2, 4 and 5 are unplayable due to a sledding hill.
Other Thoughts: This is an average course with a lot of potential. I can't wait to play this course when some of the trees have grown up a bit because then it will be a solid fun course. The last five holes are the best on the course and I will enjoyed them and they show what the rest of this course could be with a few more obstacles. Good course for players who like lots of long holes.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Nice baskets. It looks like 2 basket positions per hole.
-Great signage at the start and on each hole. Other amenities include garbage cans, bike rack, porta potties, parking lot for disc golf only.
-Shouldn't lose a disc here.
-Good if you like to throw long shots without having to hit any lines.
-Tees are natural but sufficient.
-Some elevation changes, they didn't quite use these as good as they could have but it isn't bad.
-Some cool basket placements behind trees, little hills, rocks, etc. Hole 17 comes to mind especially. Others are elevated or blind. They did a good job with this part of the design.
-The course flows well, there aren't any super long walks although some of them could have been shorter and made for a cooler shot.
Cons: -It is so wide open and long. You don't really have to hit a line ever off the tee and the objects to avoid on the fairways are small.
-Your discs could take a beating on the rocky ground here.
-They didn't take full advantage of the elevation. There couldn't be a true top of the world shot here but they could have some sweet downhill stuff.
-A noob RHBHer or LHFHer is going to knock out a window in a car.
-There isn't a lot of hole length variety. It is long and longer. I would like some 200-250 ft ace runs in with my 500-600 foot holes!
Other Thoughts: This course is pretty average right now. It will continue to get better as the trees grow and as the local clubs/CSU disc golf take care of it. I would recommend playing here if you have a big arm or are looking for a distance challenge. This isn't the best beginners course but it won't beat you up too bad, it will just take you more drives to get to the basket. Edora is still the premier course in the area and Wright Life is a great place to buy plastic. Even with time, I think this course has minor design flaws that could be fixed to be a better course. It's not that any of the holes were bad. It's that they could have had more variety and more downhill.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
A Couple Simple Improvements Would Really Help This Course!
Pros: The Hughes Stadium course is set up in a large basin area of high desert scrub land. Currently there are trees planted (and being watered) and as they mature, the course will be ever-changing. As of now, they don't factor in much. The course features a great new course sign and map at the beginning along with sani-cans, both garbage and recycling containers, a bicycle locking rack and a practice basket. The baskets are new and on this course especially, it would have been great to have had the big numbers on top. This course definitely has length going for it. Only one hole is shorter than 300' and that is a problem in my eyes. I would have liked to seen a little more variety in the hole length.
There are usually two basket placements marked on each of the great new tee signs, either in the red or the blue position. The problem is I never knew which position the basket was in. Sometimes the difference is just a matter of 25 feet, other holes it could be 150 feet or more. I have a simple easy solution here. Drill a 1/4 inch hole in the blue and red squares on the tee signs. Insert a small bolt and waher through whichever color position the basket is currently in. Whoever changes the basket position also changes the bolt/washer. Player approaches pad, checks signfor baskets position. Simple system which works great!
# 13, the hole with the elevated basket is a great piece of engineering and a nice addition to the course.
Cons: I'm afraid that things out here, like the baskets and wonderful signage, are going to get trashed before the trees grow in enough to change the feel of the course.
Also I felt the course had a couple of serious design flaws. Previous reviewers have mentioned some of them such as long straight holes, etc.
Four out the first 10 holes were almost exactly alike. That is 300' holes uphill to basket perched atop a hill. I quickly grew tedious with these holes.
You throw uphill to the # 3 basket. But then you walk DOWN the hill to the 4 teepad so you can then throw up the hill to the # 4 basket. Why not have a pad up near the # 3 basket and then have an epic 750' throw across the entire basin to the # 4 basket.
And then after putting out on # 6, you walk down the hill to the # 7 teepad. Why not place the # 7 on the hill closer to the # 6 basket? And then you have added a nice little downhill throw for 7.
Other Thoughts: I'm no different than other disc golfer. I want to throw downhill. I want epic downhill throws. I love short downhill, touch ACE runs. This course design doesn't maximize the potential for more of these kinds of throws. It almost does the opposite and seemingly keeps you constantly throwing uphill.
As the trees mature, the nature of this course will change, but that will take year and years. In the meantime, the flawed design features should be improved to lure more players out here. Eldora Park is such a gem. It's going to take a tad bit more work here to get the players to come. The foundation of a awfully nice course is in place. Now, I think, it just needs to refined a little around the edges (hills).
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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