Beautiful course. Short, open yet techinical (OB), and windy
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Pros: Incredibly 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. Oh yeah, this park is also the trailhead for the New Santa Fe Regional Trailway, going from Palmer Lake/Monument to Colorado Springs. Throw Colorado has just opened their store across the tracks underneath The Depot, and a great bunch of guys are working to maintain and improve the course, as well as promoting the game by holding regular leagues and tournaments. The combination of the mountains, lake, trains, wind, disc golf community, and constant stream of trail-goers makes this course a special place.
On to the course itself. The course is mostly short and open. However this is definitely a 3.5 course, because it has just about everything else going for it.
Wind. As I mentioned above, the course is situated in a bit of a valley between the Rockies and a foothill. The contour of the terrain seems to funnel and amplify the wind on any windy day. Out of about 6 rounds I've played there, half have been calm, but the other half were in 15-25 mph winds. This, plus some OB, can make for a challenging round even on a short course.
Altitude. At 7200 feet elevation, you'll find your discs aren't flying as well, and so all the holes seem to play about 10-20 feet longer than they're listed. Makes the course again a bit more challenging.
OB. About half of the 18 holes have either out-of-bounds or water that comes into play, in the form of the trail and paths, or the lake.
Shot variety. The course requires moderate shot variety, with OB and elevation change being the main factors, and a treeline coming into play on only a few holes. The course is about neutral for a RH vs LH player.
Elevation change. There are 7 flat holes on the course. The other 11 holes have mild to moderate elevation changes.
Signage and navigation is excellent.
Already mentioned, but this course is being actively maintained and improved by a great group of guys and the Throw CO organization. They just received approval for a pedestrian bridge crossing the railway for even better access to the pro shop. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see continued improvements to the course to make it more challenging next season.
Cons: Tee pads are unconventional and not the best, but they are functional. Instead of a solid concrete slab, they are multiple concrete landscaping squares. These squares don't form a perfectly flat surface, but so far I've never slipped or gotten caught up on them. The course was recently redesigned, and they may go with conventional concrete pads once the design is finalized over the coming seasons.
The course is not challenging for distance.
Other Thoughts: When it's calm, this is a birdie bash course. Everything is gettable for an Advanced or Pro player with a decent arm. But, there is OB, so shot shape is absolutely key. When it's windy, those birdies become challenging, and that OB causes plenty of bogies. I think even high level pro players would find this course enjoyable, if a bit easy. As an Advanced or lower level Pro, this is a fun and challenging birdie course. As an intermediate or recreational player, this is a fun course where you'll have some birdie opportunities.
I have never seen such efficient land use by a DGC, it's really quite amazing how good of a course they made on how little land was available.
The club held one tournament this year immediately after the course was renovated. During that tournament, they set up a temporary course just a quarter mile down the New Santa Fe Regional Trail, deemed "Roughin' the Rails". It was an amazing course, with much bigger elevation change coming in to play, some tighter shots and tunnels, and more distance. They could possibly one day get a second 18-hole course right next to the main course, or even if this is only available for tournaments, either way it is an added bonus to this course.
One final thought, there is a disc golf community around this course. The Throw CO guys, as well as the community of Palmer Lake are supporting this course, and it shows. They will come up and say hi to you. They will hang out with you after the round. You don't see that at a lot of courses, and it makes this place special.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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Pros: Very pretty setting. Interesting terrain. Should be nice and green in the summer. Seems like a good design for 9-hole course. Very well signed. Not too easy, not too hard.
Cons: Some overhanging trees and high surrounding brush make it easy to lose a disk or get obstructed. It's just 9 holes. The lake is dry which is kind of depressing.
Other Thoughts: A brand new course built by volunteers in Palmer Lake. Let's hope it brings more interest and support to the local lake and park restoration efforts.
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