Beautiful course. Short, open yet techinical (OB), and windy
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Pros: Scenic course, situated around Palmer Lake, between a foothill on the East, and the Rocky Mountains jutting upward just a half mile West of the course. "Rockin' the Rails DGC" is also right next to a busy railroad. More likely than not, a train or two will come through during your round. The trailhead for the New Santa Fe Regional Trailway, going from Palmer Lake/Monument to Colorado Springs. Throw Colorado has a store across the tracks underneath The Depot, and they maintain the course.
-Short and open
-Moderate elevation changes
-Water and path are good for OB lines to make the course more interesting
-Often quite windy, not unusual to experience 20-30 mph winds
-Altitude 7200 feet
-Good signage and easy to navigate
Cons: -Unconventional teepads are OK but not great.
-Can be quite busy with the paths around the lake
Other Thoughts: Fun Course, good for Rec/Int/Adv players
Not very challenging for Pro/Open players
Very efficient land use
Pro Shop across the tracks
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Pros: This a fun course. Really like the new 18 hole set up. Nice use of the trees and lake for obstacles. Good use of elevation changes. New setup has some nice technical shots. Overall really likeing this course especially after having to fight traffic through Denver on way home. I would defently suggest making the stop well worth the it.
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Pros: -Good for beginners
-Course is being expanded to 18 holes (potentially increasing length of holes?)
-Some obstacles making it more interesting
-boosts confidence as you have a lot of birdie opportunities
-lake was not dry when I played
Cons: -Short holes, not really any opportunity to drive
-needs more obstacles
-unsafe (a walking path runs through some holes)
-Generally not very challenging
Other Thoughts: I had a lot of fun and will play the course again because it is fairly close to my in-laws house. I am excited to see the new course. They had markers to layout the concrete for the new pads so it should be installed in the next few weeks. I will check in to see reviews of the new course!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: This is a beginner friendly course that has short and moderate length holes. Several holes have ACE RUN potential.
The course is well kept and rounds should play quickly here. The signage is adequate and the tees are plenty long. This course uses the present elevation to its advantage and the Rocky Mountains to the west provide a nice back drop.
There are bag hangers at every hole and directional arrows to assist you in your navigation.
Other amenities close by like a restroom, playground, bike trail, etc. There were trashcans and benches throughout the course as well.
1-open and plays from L to R
2-plays R to L with rough on the left side of the hole
3-wide open hole
4-slightly elevated tee box and is open
5-is an open hole with the lake on the right and rough on the left
6-open with the basket on a hill and has tall grass rough with a mowed fairway
7-has some shrubs in the fairway and the basket isn't visible from the tee-fun shot
8-plays uphill and has long grass as a fairway(keep an eye on your disc on this hole)
9-straight shot and open
Cons: 2's tee is broken, but you can tee off from the dirt directly in front of the pad and still play this hole.
Back tracking from 5's basket to 6's tee slows the flow of the round down a bit.
The walking trail/bike path is close to a few holes so be aware.
Long grass on 6-9 might make finding a disc difficult.
Long walk from 9 to the parking lot.
Wind and heat will be a factor on several holes due to the openness of the course.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a good beginner's course that has some decent shots. Most players will like the opportunity to run the chains at this course. It is a quick playing course that has some great views of the mountains in the background. If you are new to disc golf or want to improve your short game then this course will help you to achieve this. If you prefer a more technical course then you will need to search elsewhere.
There were posts with numbers on them like 11, 14, 18 etc so maybe there is going to be some expansion to a full 18 holes???
Anyway worth a play if you are close or passing through.
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Improvements Keep on coming
Pros: Due to lake restoration efforts hole #5 will be temporarily closed (12/8/2014) Possible movement of basket to make a shorter hole until after the lake construction is more stable.
New course. Mowed fairways. Paver block tee pads. Metal cut out hole number signs. Benches. Distance/map signs mounted on each hole number sign. Top quality baskets. Well maintained by volunteers. Beautiful setting close to mountains.
Great eating places in Palmer Lake! PL restaurant group's support is largely responsible for the opening of this course, so they would appreciate your patronage...maybe tell them the disc course brought you to PL!
Cons: 9 holes
Other Thoughts: Holes 1 and 3 run parallel to Santa Fe Trail and so you MUST not throw when anyone is on the trail between the basket and the tee.
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Well we played it.
Pros: It's a 9 hole course with baskets. I suppose beginners might like it.
Cons: No use of any trees or anything. Basically just a bunch of 250 foot holes. No imagination at all. Seems that no real design work went into this course. Just pedestrian at best. Will not play again unless we can do some Safari holes. Tee pads were not even flat at all.
Other Thoughts: After playing this course I just wanted to go back to Cottonwood in the Springs where we have a real course with trees and obstacles and actual challenges. Playing at Palmer Lake wasn't much better than just throwing discs in a field.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Great Stop off Course
Pros: Easy to get to course close to the interstate but far enough off to feel like you are really near the mountains. Great use of shrubs to add some challenge to this course. I can imagine when things green up the challenge will improve.
Cons: You walk back past basket 5 to get to tee 7. The north side of the lake seems to be off limits due to train traffic.
Distance signs would be nice.
Other Thoughts: Why sit in traffic between CS and Denver. Stop in Palmer and throw some discs.
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Wish the Lake Wasn't Dry...
Pros: -Course is easy to navigate. There are poles marking each tee-pad and there are signs pointing to the next tee-pad from each basket, even without a map we had no issue navigating this course.
-The baskets are brand new and catch very well.
-The holes 6,7, and 8 make good use of the available elevation.
-All of the holes have mowed fairways, and many of the holes have some very thick rough off of the fairways, which will punish you for bad shots. It adds a little more risk/reward and challenge to this course.
-Hole 7 was by far the best hole and quite memorable. It is a downhill/sidehill shot, with a big drop-off to the left and thick rough to the right, to a basket slightly to the right.
-Several holes definitely provide ace opportunities
-Park has some nice views.
-There are restroom near the start of the course (though they are closed during winter).
-A couple of benches and picnic table sprinkled throughout the course.
Cons: -Only posts marking the holes and no tee-signs. It would be nice to have signs with a layout of the hole and distance for each hole.
-The tee-pads are dirt. While they weren't bad when we were there, I feel like they were already starting to get slightly rutted.
-This course is not very long. I believe the longest hole is just over 300 feet. I didn't throw a driver once on the course. If you like course, where you can just let a disc rip and throw far, this is not the course for you.
-The majority of holes on this course end up being straight shots, with very little line shaping required. Without, the thick rough on the sides of some holes to add a little risk reward, some of these holes would get a little boring.
-A couple holes play really close to the walking/bike path. Make sure no one is coming on the path, before you throw.
-There is a somewhat long walk between holes 5 and 6 and a somewhat long walk back to the car after hole 9.
-While I enjoy the risk and reward that the rough adds, make sure you keep an eye on your disc because you could lose a disc in some of the rough especially in the middle of summer.
-Hole 9 is a boring way to end an other wise solid course. It is a short straight wide open shot, that throws back over hole 6's fairway and it has very little challenge to it.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a solid course and I was pleasantly surprised by it. It is a shame that the lake is dry, because if there was water in the lake, holes 2 and 5 would be very interesting. Overall, this is a good stop if you are in the area, or passing through. It's only about 2 miles off of I-25 so it's also a good quick 9 if you need a break on a road trip.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Very pretty setting. The lake is now full.
Cons: Some of the baskets have been removed because they got flooded when the lake level came up.
Other Thoughts: The course will eventually have 18 holes and a complete design again, but it needs to integrate with the restored lake and rest of the park and other activities in the area like fishing, biking and hiking. So it is currently (Jun 2016) an incomplete course, but it can still be played for fun with a little imagination. It was never intended to be a competitive course for tournament play anyways.
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