Outstanding city course and home of the 1000ft hole
12 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - alternate tees
- alternate basket placement
- awesome hole information signs
- concrete tees
- excellent design
- well managed
- memorable holes (esp. 5, 11, 14)
- 1000ft hole!
- not that crowded (yet)
Cons: - no obvious drinking water access on course
- students sometimes sitting/playing on the course (especially holes 8, 11)
- alternate baskets/tees make it harder to compare scores
- confusing OOB on 15-18
Other Thoughts: Before I knew about this course, I always wondered about the imposing bell tower building, watching it while driving on Santa Fe or waiting for light rail. When I just recently started playing again after nearly 20 years off, I lucked into a free day they had on 9/2/12, and was hooked. I loved seeing the alternate tees AND alternate basket positions. These two features enhance an already great course for me, as they accommodate varying skill levels and offer (practically) endless hole configurations. The benches are great, holes are challenging and memorable, scenery is amazing from the top of the hill.
The season fee was originally a bit steep (fee for 2 players would be $100), but for 2013, the university changed their yearly fee to $60, which now INCLUDES a guest pass! If you get the pass this year, it is valid for 2012 AND 2013. Needless to say, I jumped on the deal. I was impressed by how smooth the purchase was - it takes 5 minutes to fill out a form, and after making the payment (credit cards accepted), you receive a packet with the member/guest passes in the form of aluminum tags, parking tag, and a map.
After playing several times now, I must say this course takes some stamina, especially playing back-to-back. My scores took a beating with the new recent basket placements, but I feel this only makes me a better player. The out of bounds markings on 15-18 are a bit unexpected (maybe tournament only?), seemingly harsh at first, and a little hard to follow (markings on the ground), so we wound up disregarding them for now - maybe after examining them/getting used to them a bit more, we will incorporate them into our play. Hole 11 is a total hoot, especially when you get to putt through the hole in the tree (depends on the basket placement) AND make the putt. Many holes require low drives to get underneath the tree branches (or distance on downhill hole 14), which is a good skill to learn. The long hole 14 will make you rip out your arm to get the distance, as 3 drives are needed on the hole. On a few holes (1, 2, 3, 5, 14, 16, 18), it may not be obvious where the baskets are, since they keep changing the basket positions, but after a few rounds, it gets easier. The map is very useful the first few times as well, as there are no signs to guide you to the next hole. I found the transition from 11 to 12 especially confusing the first time, and 12/13, 16/17 are also pretty far.
I feel this property could easily accommodate 27 holes. A few new holes I could think of - add 2 holes between current 4/5 (towards the tennis courts on the west side and back, without compromising current hole 5 length really), 2 holes on the southeast field above the parking (by the entrance), 2 holes in the center quad, 1 hole between 12/13, and maybe squeeze 2 more holes out of the 14-18 area (between 16/17 for sure, need to keep the 1000 footer though!). Not sure if this would make the course too busy, as I can see why it was designed the way it was, but... if the course designers are reading this - please consider this for the future! Update 11/18/2012 - new building construction on southeast field by entrance - never mind these 2 potential holes...
This course has become my in-town favorite in a very short amount of time. While David Lorenz Park is my "home" course, whenever possible, I will drive the extra few miles to play Colorado Heights. This course is, by far, the best in Denver, and even compares very well with the outstanding mountain courses (Bailey, Beaver Ranch, etc.).
12 of 14 people found this review helpful.
Pay to Play
7 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: UPDATE: new policy is that buying a membership entitles you to have a secondary tag to bring a friend. This is an awesome upgrade! Definitely impressed with the work that's being put into this course. If you're traveling through the area and want to give it a try, let me know.
*stunning views of the Rocky Mountains
*good variety of shots (uphill, downhill, slightly wooded
*alternate pin positions (changed frequently) and pads
*spacious and new concrete tee pads
*permanent port-a-potty near hole #1's tee
Excellent course with great use of allotted land that meanders through a local college with scenic views of the Rocky Mountains from one side of the course, the campus in the middle, and downtown Denver from the other side. Moderate elevation change on the Rocky Mountain side of the course, with the opposite being relatively flat. Some very demanding holes and some very accessible holes.
*$60 per year to play (worth it)
*can be a bit tricky to navigate if you aren't with someone who's familiar with the course, so I STRONGLY recommend printing and bringing with you the 'Course Map' which can be found under the Links/Files tab
*could foresee problems during the school year or if class is in session as some of the holes are within common campus areas and several bring access roads into play
*although one hole affords a majority of the elevation change on the course, other holes either have a slight up or downhill, without any one hole offering both
*signage (while great) could be more specific in regards to OB
*no water fountains that I noticed (please correct me if I'm wrong)
Other Thoughts: Overall, this is an excellent course. As other reviewers have stated, it requires an arsenal of shots. You need flat, low shots; sweeping high shots; forehand/backhand; great midrange game. There are holes that require players without an absolute bomb-for-an-arm to be judicious with their drives and approaches. Some holes do offer great opportunities for risk/reward, whereas some pin positions afford simple approaches to the pin. I do appreciate courses that are not so overly challenging that they can be frustrating for an intermediate-advanced player, so bear that in mind as you read this.
I purchased the pass for the 2013 season as they added the guest pass.
Kudos to the designers for making a great course that any city would be thrilled to add to its arsenal. Heard they've put almost $20,000 into its development.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Concrete tees, not too crowded with players, some old-growth trees, a few interesting shots
For a very new course, staff seems to be putting strong effort into adding good tees and signs
Cons: There has been a lot of pedestrian and car traffic when I've gone - which makes sense as this is on a small college campus. Sometimes cars and vans will stop right in front of you, or people will be sitting out on the fairway having a picnic or playing soccer or whatever, which can be a hassle. Several shots skirt parking lots, buildings, fences, sheds and even a cemetery.
Can't bring out-of-town friends by without a season pass.
Other Thoughts: A pretty good course - I'm sure a lot of people are really happy about it due to the location. I'm glad I tried it out, but probably won't get a season pass next year.
7 of 12 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 17 Not
Pros: This course is amazing period. The constant moving of baskets, a Red and Black course with 36 tee pads to constantly challenge your shots.
Cons: The only one I can think of is that if your not a local and if it's not thursday, Its pretty hard to show off this sweet course to friends and out of towners.
Other Thoughts: Well worth the $50 pass, not much traffic other then tags on Thursday nights. Amazing views and a few really long holes.
0 of 17 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 8 Not
Best Course in Denver
Pros: This course now has cement tee pads. (2 on each hole) and multiple pin placements. The layout is great from either set of pads. Mix and match for a completely different experience.
6 pins are moved each week so you always see a different course when you get out there.
Private course ($50 Season pass is required except Thursday evenings $5 will allow you to play after 4:30pm) so there are never any wait times on tee boxes.
The views from 13 & 14 are some of the best in the area.
Cons: $50 season pass is a must and cannot be ignored. Steep for some, but it is on a private university.
Other Thoughts: This course will challenge you and make you use all the shots in your bag. You will enjoy this course. Check out Thursday night tags March thru November. $5 to play (if you don't have a season pass) and you'll want to be buying a pass.
8 of 16 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 15 Not
Any way you want
Pros: The 36 tee pads that offer as many different shots are one of many great things about CHU. I have played from January thru May and have witnessed this course turn into a beautiful disc golf beat down. As summer approaches the trees have filled in and made this track tight and long. Try flipping a coin with one red side and one black letting it decide which tee box to go to, and with the consistent changing of the basket placements you play a different course every round. The views of the Rockies from the highest elevation point in Denver is unmatched.
Cons: Hole #4 is sometimes "taken over" by Americor and delays or changes the tee box choice. Very cold in January!
Other Thoughts: I haven't played a course that requires as many shots in your bag and leaves you as brain dead as CHU!!!!!
1 of 16 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 10 Not
Amazing Private Course
Pros: When I first saw this course listed on this site, I was skeptical as it's in the middle of the city on a college campus and you have to pay $50 for a parking pass and tag to play it. Ever since my first visit, I've been blown away. I can't emphasize enough how cool this course is and that on most days (except Thursdays after 5pm) this course is clear to play. I love that they change 6 pins every Thurs/Friday. Also, if you park your disc on a roof off hole #2 or over the fence on hole #17, they'll get your disc and have it at the front desk for the next time you come play. So with that noted, the maintenance crew and course designers really delivered on having an exceptional course with great hospitality. I've played this course 8 times already and will continue to play every week that I can.
Cons: Every course has something to nitpick and judge, but the only thing I can say bad about it is that on Thursdays, people can pay $5 for a shotgun start "pay to play", which is nice for newbies, but not the day for members to play that just want to breeze through the course.
Other Thoughts: If you're looking for a new course to play around Denver, come try this one out on Thursdays around 5pm for $5 or just do what I did...read a few reviews and take a chance on this course because it'll pay off after 10 "pay to play" visits. I'll take more pictures to update what it looks like now as it has changed.
4 of 14 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 6 Not
Best Denver Course!
Pros: 1) Best marked course with nice new tee boxes!
2) The course designer has a great sense of humor! Tough shots for the advanced where the designer used both natural and man-made obstacles to make this both a long and tough course!
3) The contrast between the beginner/regular tees and the Advanced/Pro tee boxes is amazing! The regular tee's are challenging (my 12 year old son has some shots that are within his grasp), and the Pro tee's are really fun and require a lot of skill to thread the obstacles! I really like pin 11, as it's framed beautifully by a hole in a tree directly in front of the basket!
4) I tip my hat to the course designer because he made what could be bland and simple, into a course that's fun, challenging and enjoyable to walk on!
5) Great use of the landscape!
Cons: Finding the baskets can be a bit of a challenge if you're new to the course!
Wish there was a way folks could pay to play this course each time they played, so visitors could join more easily!
Other Thoughts: Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! for a great city course that I can't imagine getting bored of! When compared to David Lorenz Park in Centennial or Exposition Park in Aurora, there's no comparison! The only course I've played that's more challenging is DeLaveaga Park in Santa Cruz, CA due to more water and geologic hazards!
6 of 12 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 10 Not
Pros: Location - A big boy course in city limits!
Variables - 2 pin placements and 2 tee boxes for every hole plus a crew that moves tham around every week makes for a lot of options.
Length of Holes - You just dont run into 800'+ holes all that often. At least not without going to a lot more effort than the drive it takes to get to CHU.
Proffesionalism - I feel very welcome at CHU, security doesnt bother me at all, and I would be happy if they had the first few times I had played. Now they seem to recognize me and just give me a smile and a nod. The maintenance crew are a bit more open, and it's alway fun to play on Friday because you can play all the new positions.
Cons: Tee Pads - Issue will be fixed shortly.
Day Passes - I have friends that come into town for a day or weekend or whatever and would like to be able to share this gem somehow.
Other Thoughts: Am looking forward to spending alot of time here!
1 of 11 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 17 Not
Pros: As someone involved in this course from the conception, I find myself more and more impressed as it matures. Tee signs are now in and tee pads are just around the corner (target date for completion: April 8th). The best thing about the course is that there are currently 72 different holes (depending on what tee box you play and where the pin is). This makes it a course where every shot in my bag is required. Love the variety. Black Hole 1 Long, Black Hole 2 Long, Black Hole 9 Long, Black Hole 18 Long, Red Hole 4 Short, and Red Hole 9 Short are some of my favorites. Oh, the flat-out amazing views of the Rocky Mountains from portions of this course are spectacular!
Cons: During the week - Hole 4 has been problematic if delivery trucks are at Walsh Hall. A third pin has been installed to the right of the road to somewhat alleviate this.
3 of 20 people found this review helpful.
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