Fun Factor - excellent!
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course was a blast to play. It is creatively designed, with quite a few unique holes that I doubt you will see anywhere else. There were a couple of quirky novelty holes, and I had a lot of fun playing them.
Several baskets were perched high on rocks with really small landing zones, and gigantic rollaways happened several times -- a drive that might look to give a routine deuce putt opportunity turns into a 4 or worse. There is virtually no undergrowth, so even if you have a terrible rollaway (or badly shank a drive) it is pretty easy to find discs.
Hole 8 was a signature hole. It tees downhill from the top of a gigantic boulder that must be about an acre wide. I love this hole. It has options. I tried the low straight shot the first time through and failed badly, then second round I tried the big hyzer over the top and parked it. So fun!
The scenery is inspiring, and it would be fun to just hike around up here. Even more fun to throw plastic while you're hiking. :-)
When you arrange a tee time here you get the whole course to yourself for the whole day. It's pretty amazing to be able to play such a great course without waiting.
My group took a nice relaxing rest in a little shelter after hole 6. It was equipped with lounge furniture that was in good condition even though its exposed to the elements. That stuff would be totally rotten in other parts of the country but I guess the low humidity helps.
There was great signage which involved lots of really obvious directional arrows. It was super easy to follow, which is great for a course which will probably see a lot more first-time players than your average city park.
Cons: There are only a couple of holes that can use a full pull with a driver. I threw a lot of midranges off the tee. I don't commonly use a putter from the tee but I did that here several times. I'm not sure this is really a con, just depends on what you're looking for. For me personally, I was satisfied with it because I played the same day at Conifer, where you get a chance to really air out some big drives.
Footing was a slight issue, it is not a big problem, but like any natural tees it just adds a little extra variable you have to pay attention to. Here the gravel is pretty good, but there are still some ball bearings underfoot occasionally.
About those novelty holes (in the crack, in front of backstop rocks, hanging basket, a basket inside weird shack). I liked them, and after giving it some more thought later, I wondered if the fun factor would be diminished once the novelty wore off. Maybe so, because we played a partial 2nd round and some of the novelty holes were not as much fun second time around. (unlike hole 8, which was even more incredible the second time!)
Other Thoughts: My group was discussing how this course design would need some changes if the course were to have more than one tee-time per day. There were a couple holes with obvious erosion issues from foot traffic, and there were quite a few places where you could easily end up throwing into groups on other holes. As long as it has the one-group-per-day policy I can't really call these things "cons".
Course designer Paulie was a great host. He's put together a really excellent course in Bucksnort. 4.0 = excellent. Money well-spent! And it makes me want to check out the other ones in the area. Next time!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Beautiful scenery. When you get to each tee box and look around the views are amazing. Most of the basket placements are pretty tough but there are a few ace able placements as well. I suggest bringing a few friends and enjoy the course all day because you have it to yourself! It's like your own private course for the day. Paulie has put signage up the makes the course dummy proof. It's very easy to find the next tee pads as well as baskets.
Cons: There is no room for drivers. If you like to rip them far this isn't the course for you. Very technical course so if your throws are a little off that day it could make a long one for you.
Other Thoughts: All of Paulies courses are awesome to play. Paulie takes you to each one and gives you a little history/presentation on the course you have selected that day. After that he leaves you alone and let's you do what you want.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
AWESOME DG COURSE
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Of the "BIG-5" courses on the highway 285 corridor, this is one of my favorites. I love the views, creative pin placement, shot variation, rock outcroppings, and overall vibe at the BuckSnort DGC. You get the place to yourself/group, which is an invaluable pro, due to the increasing crowds on other the local public courses. This course has a great mix of shots and lengths. Be aware that it is NOT a huge course in terms of hole length, but it is by no means a "pitch & putt". If you want/like extremely long holes, I suggest going to play Bailey DGC, this is one of the local public courses. The Bailey DGC was installed to accommodate the 2010 CO State DG tournament, so it was conceived with the PRO player in mind. The BuckSnort DGC is a beginner friendly, intermediate DGC with the emphasis being put on fun factor, and creativity, and was not designed to give you a "beat down". I also like the fact that anything can happen at the BuckSnort DGC, one day I scored an 11 over, and 3 days later I scored a 3 under, meaning on any given hole you could score a birdie or a double bogie. The crushed granite tee pads are in excellent condition, and are a great material to tee off from. The navigation and "blind hole" signage make this course, fun, easy, and somewhat "idiot proof". The course designer, and the owner of the property are very friendly, respectful, and accommodating. The customary donation is fair, and the added bonus of access to the Phantom Falls pro-shop is a huge bonus.
Cons: The course is only 2.5 months old, so take the "cons" with a grain of salt. The tee signs are not fancy, and the baskets are single chain, all of which will be fixed by 2016. The course costs $$ to play, and you MUST have a tee time to play, (con's?? I don't think so, but some mught).
You check in at the Phantom Falls DGC & pro-shop. For transparency sake - I am one of the designers of this course. Come visit us sometime, we would be honored to have you play here. Check us out on our web page at -http://bucksnort.healthtrains.net
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Just a blast
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Of the five big courses in the Conifer/Pine/Bailey area, Bucksnort takes top honors in a number of different categories: scenery, unique topology, creative design, and best of all, fun.
There are a lot of signature holes here. Hole 4 is only 118 feet long into a tight crevasse. It's probably possible to ace, but even getting a birdie is pretty tough. Great shot placement hole requiring a good drive and a better putt. Hole 5 is a steep downhill shot with a stone "backboard." If you miss the thin landing area or the backboard, you won't be getting a birdie. But going for the ace is really tantalizing. My sidearm thumber narrowly missed.
Hole 7 has a few tight, low-ceiling gaps opening up to a "green" that is the largest boulder I've ever set foot on, which has a terrific view of the surrounding mountains and gigantic rock outcroppings. Hole 8 tees off from this rock on what Paulie calls a disc-eating hole. We didn't have any trouble finding our discs in the forest below, but if you air it out carelessly, I could see it never coming back. This is a hole where you could easily get an ace, birdie, par, bogey, and maybe worse. Hole 9 is a final hole along the side of this boulder, with the basket sitting on a ledge along the rock wall. It looks like an easy forehand ace or birdie opportunity, but for some reason we didn't get a lot of birdies on this hole.
Hole 21 is a steep uphill toss at a basket set in a corner. It is aceable (my friend did), but hitting the rock wall behind it could send the disc rolling back to you.
Navigation was easy, using the same yellow "next tee" signs used at the other courses that Paulie designed.
This probably has the least amount of elevation change of any of the five courses in the area. It definitely plays up and down, but you won't be catching your breath like at Conifer or Magic Meadows.
Cons: I don't think using the natural features of the terrain is gimmicky (they are used to excellent effect here). But one of the holes does have you throwing to a basket situated in a wooden shack where you are either throwing through the open roof, one of the three windows, or through the one side with no wall. This hole, while kind of funny, felt artificial.
This isn't a championship style course, if that is what you are after.
Tee pads are all natural, and some are short. Again, I don't expect concrete on these holes.
Other Thoughts: The charge was $10 ("introductory fare"), and Paulie leads you up the hill from Phantom Falls and gives you the lowdown. It was well worth the cost. You get the course to yourself, just like at Phantom Falls or Magic Meadows.
If your favorite part of disc golf is throwing your Destroyer as far as you can, this might not be your cup of tee. I love wooded courses, but my accuracy was off the day I played, and I encountered a lot of Dikembe trees, slamming my disc to the ground. This is not a pitch and putt course (seriously, try playing without a driver on the uphill holes), but your big arm won't serve you well here. If you are accurate, you will score well here. But there are plenty of places for mistakes, and my two friends and I saw a lot of lead changes.
To me the sign of a great course is how badly I want another chance at the holes. We couldn't wait to play this a second time. And even though I had a 7-hour drive ahead of me that evening, I decided we needed to play it a third time as well. It was too tantalizing.
This course is the most fun of any I've played.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
Can it get better i don't know
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Great views great design all holes are awesome. Basket placements are fantastic tee boxes are in great shape. Very challenging yet rewarding I had nine birdies in one round but still ended even par. The course is easy to walk played 66 baskets and was not to exhausted actually tempted to play more it was so fun.
Cons: No cons here there was even water coolers to refill your bottle along the way everthing you could need to make your day the most enjoyable disc golf ever.
Other Thoughts: Can it get better i don't know I have played magic meadows and was blown away there but this is definitely a few notches up from that. Still have not played the phantom so if there is course to beat buck snort it still awaits to be seen by me.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: Everything is top notch on this course. If you've played any of Paulie's courses, you know what I mean. The tee boxes are in great shape, the disc catchers are perfect, and the signage is clearly marked. You're given a card with a description of each hole and suggestions for how to play them.
Many private p2p courses offer similar amenities but what no other course can match is the sheer beauty of the hiking on this course. It's simply awesome.
Most holes are not long, but require precise throws through tight windows. As an intermediate player, it was the perfect blend of distance and technical shots.
Other Thoughts: All in all, this is in my estimation the single best course I've ever played. If your main pleasure in playing is to bomb 350 foot drives in open spaces, this is not the course for you. It IS the course for everyone else though. We're from NY, and had our annual disc golf road trip here this year. I highly recommend coming to this region for your next DG weekend.
2 of 10 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 7 Not
Best Course in America
Pros: Well I am a frequent visitor of this site, but have never posted. I went to visit a friend in CO and got to play Beaver Ranch(#14) and Phantom Falls(#6). The experience at Phantom Falls was amazing and after our round Paulie took us up to Bucksnort.
Traveling and playing disc golf courses is one of my hobbies and I have now played over 700 courses(8 in the top 10) and it is my opinion that Bucksnort is the best course in America!!!
The views and scenery are unbeatable, the disc golf is unique and challenging, and you have to bring every shot in your bag.
Cons: It wasnt finished when I played it, never the less I think it is the best course I have ever played. I wish the property was mine!
Other Thoughts: I really dont know what people are thinking when they dont give this course a 5! Every tee pad you step on you say WOW.
4 of 11 people found this review helpful.
Another Private Gem featuring "Accuracy Golf"
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a unique disc golf experience for a few reasons which set it apart from the average course. I'll highlight some here;
-Mountain Disc Golf Setting: The scenery is awesome; forested peaks without much hint of civilization save for some excellent look-out points (hole 16 in particular). Rolling terrain punctuated by boulders, caves, and plenty of trees make for interesting obstacles and elevation changes on every hole. Though walking the course is a moderate physical challenge, there is plenty of shade throughout the property which keeps players comfortable.
-Private Course Feel; Once a tee time is secured YOU will be the only group on the course. Pro shop on site for discs, dri-fits, food and drink, Q&A/orientation with the course designer. Very informative scorecard with "caddy notes", distances AND +/- elevation for each hole.
-Equipment: High quality baskets with orange cones, yellow arrows help with navigation, benches and garbage pails on several holes. A couple of memorable pin placements (hanging, stump-mounted, cave-basket, "shed-basket") keep the fun factor high.
-Course: This course is FUN. It is not the hardest or easiest course you will play, but it will make your top 10 for fun-factor without question. Many holes are short when compared to "normal" courses, but do not let this deter you from trying out Pauly's (course designer) self described "risk/reward" accuracy golf. Many holes are reachable with one throw but will punish errant drives and upshots. No "throw-away" or "filler" holes (usually found at lesser courses.) Memorable pin placements will force accurate upshots as well.
Cons: NOTE: Course is brand new and has potential for 5-disc status. When finished there will be 36 holes.
Other Thoughts: A truly fun disc golf experience. The course is challenging enough for experienced players, but not so unforgiving that beginners will lose discs and leave unhappy.
Not much to complain about here, but it is worth mentioning that this is a very new course that will take some time to be fully "broken in". I think with the addition of 16 more holes the course will become more challenging.
Given the planned improvements, in time this could be a 5 disc rated course.
At the time that I played the course had been open for 10 days and 2 holes were being finalized so were unplayable. #8 will be a signature hole when finished, throwing across a chasm to a "rock island" green.
Natural teepads work great for this course because you won't need to use a "run-up" for any drives, but the dirt hasn't packed in yet so footing is less than perfect in some cases.
Also, the logs used for marking teeboxes are not secured to the ground so have a tendency to roll when contacted by a thrower's feet.
If you make it to Bucksnort, try and make time to play Phantom Falls (on-site) and Beaver Ranch @Conifer (nearby).
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
It doesn't get any better than this
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This is Paulie's new course and it is truly phenomenal. The course is designed to make the most out if the superb location and views. The play is through forests, on/across giant boulders, between rocks and, of course, includes plenty if ups and downs (although not to the same degree as the wonderful Phantom Falls course).
Each hole is thoughtfully laid out and there's something for everyone. The baskets are placed in unusual and fun places that take the best advantage of the terrain. It's the kind of course you want to play again immediately after finishing your round.
Paulie is a wonderful host and really did an incredible job designing the course. All I can say is, thank you so much Paulie. You've built a course that every disk golfer should experience. Repeatedly!
Cons: No cons. It's as close to perfect as a disk golf course can be.
Other Thoughts: The holes are varied so plan to use all of the disks in your bag and all of the shots in your repertoire.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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