Nice change to the driving range courses in Ft. Collins
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Great layout for a small area. They maximized the small amount of room they had. The shortest shots have the most obstacles, and while this is definitely an ace run course, you can't pretend that an ace is a given. It is really pretty area, and you would think you are a lot longer from town with the forresty atmosphere. The shade will be great for day rounds in mid summer.
Cons: It is quite short... no getting around that. The only hole I had to pull anything longer than my Roc out for was 9... and it's still only around a 250 ft. hole. The holes are a little squeezed together, but it isn't the worst thing, since you get 9 holes out of it. The barbed wire is rough, it is pretty close to one of the baskets as well.
Other Thoughts: I gave this course a 3 because it serves its purpose. It isn't going to stretch your arm, but what it lacks in distance, it more than makes up for in technical requirement. You can walk away with a bad round just as easily as you can a great round. This course will sharpen your mid-range game.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Short but Fun
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Fun, technical, short course. If your looking for your first eagle this is the course to do it.
Cons: Cant play during school hours, expect to spend some time looking for your disk. Especially around dusk.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is as close as disc golf gets to a putt putt course. Unless we're throwing into a clown's mouth, that would be closer. Seriously though, bring your straightest midrange and your most reliable putter and you'll be able to shoot the course under par. Like other reviewers have said, this is an ace race course. You may want a fairway driver for hole 9, but my Lat64 Mace has gotten me more than a few birdies on it.
As a single, the course can be played in under 15 minutes which gives plenty of opportunity to try and make up for missed opportunities on your previous 9. 3-4 rounds can easily be played in the time it takes to play 18 at a longer course like Edora. Just be ready if you're in a group of 3+ to let some folks play through.
Cons: Bugs. There's a creek that can come into play on 6 (if you go too far left of the basket) 7 and 8 (if you shank one off a tree). The creek itself is shallow and clear (UPDATE- the creek can get murky, I put my Lat64 Mace in, dove in after it and couldn't recover it, but the next day the water was nice and clear again and I got it back) so you don't need to be worried about losing your brightly colored disc (use a brightly colored disc). The real problem is this creek acting like a love shack for blood sucking insects. Get your spray on.
Our first time we had trouble finding hole 4 (from hole three walk to the bike path and turn left, the tee-off will be on your right directly across from the tee-off for hole 9) and hole 5 (follow the arrow underneath basket #4 to the bike path and turn left. Walking down the path pass the first opening back into the woods and take the second, follow this around to the right and you'll walk right onto the tee-off for hole 5) Everything else is really easy to follow.
Other Thoughts: Mind the school hours. Right now it's summer so it's open season, but come August the course doesn't open until after 3:00pm.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Fun short course, some real cool technical shots, but you won't need anything more than a midrange for this course. Very accessibly. Real quick play, could play through the course in 15 minutes if your trying to play fast.
Cons: It's at a school so you can't play during school hours. Poor dirt tee boxes. Could use a couple signs.
Other Thoughts: Fun little course, great beginner course.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Bring your Putter
Pros: -Ace runs!!!!!!!! I hit chains twice in 2 rounds and was playing conservative, you could have an ace race here with no adjustments.
-Great for teaching beginners but the lines can be challenging to a more experienced player as well as very fun going for aces.
-Baskets are good
-Layout is easy to follow
-Probably won't lose a disc unless you throw into the water and even that isn't too bad looking
-Baskets are well placed to be fair but challenging
-It is at a school so it was clean, mowed, and safe
-A little bit of elevation, makes it a little more interesting.
-A good mix of holes that required shots straight, right, and left. You have to be accurate with a putter to guarantee yourself a two.
Cons: -Natural tees are pretty bad, if you needed a run up they would give you trouble
-Not a lot of variation in length
-You can sometimes see more than one basket. Go for the shorter one, it is probably right!
-There were a lot of people playing when I was there and that was late in the evening. This course could get crowded at peak times.
-Limited signage- not really needed.
Other Thoughts: This is a course that you have to take into context. It is at a middle school and is great for teaching middle schoolers the game. At the same time, it was very fun for me to run aces and see how many birdies I could get. If you are experienced you don't need anything but a putter except maybe for the last hole. I threw a Fuse at that one. I had a great time playing this course twice and would like to play more if it wasn't getting too dark and I wasn't using my black Aviar. It had a very high fun factor for me.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
How Many Aces Do You Have?
Pros: It's amazing how much fun a course this short can be. Only # 9 is over 200' and it's probably only 225'. But the design is outstanding and the fun factor is off the charts and that is proven by the amount of use this course gets. It's busy with families, teens and players just having fun. No-one's taking things real serious. The teepads are natural, the signs are very basic and the baskets are just fine here. Each and every hole is an ACE waiting to happen. The course record has to be a negative - 10, I'm guessing.
Cons: The fact that it's on school property and should not played during school hours. Knowing you won't need a driver here should now not be a Con, right? You don't need a run-up on any hole so the natural tees should be OK. I don't know about in wet weather?
Other Thoughts: Enjoy it. Go for those ACES! It's a great course to introduce someone to the game at. There's a reason all these people are playing here. You finish a round and just want to keep doing it again and again.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Race to Chase an Ace
Pros: This course is an ace race if I have ever seen one! Holes 1-8 are hardly over 150 feet, and even hole 9 is not much over 200. Having said that, if you know what you're getting into this is a great course. This course is mainly putter/midrange practice... I use the term midrange lightly because I play the course using exclusively my vibram putter. But if you don't have much power you may need to bust out a mid-range a few times. If you are reasonably good you should be aiming to get a score under -3 your first time out. Every hole is an easy birdie if your first throw is on point. Since all holes are so short and reachable, pars are a given for players of almost all abilities.
While each hole is certainly an easy birdie, this course is AWESOME putter practice, and a great place to chase an ace! I hit chains twice (sadly no ace) on my second round here. While this is on a small plot of land, surprisingly every hole presents a different challenge and requires a different throw. Holes 4-8 are all reasonably small corridors through gorgeous deciduous forest: Each of these "fairways" clearly indicate the throw you will need, and I loved the fact that I could throw my putter 9 times (from the tee) and threw the same shot only a couple of times. I do want to be clear about the "different throws" though... most were simple variations of subtle lefts, rights, and straight aways. There were few hyzer or anhyzer shots necessary... but there is certainly room to try them if you want.
Finally this place only takes between 10-15 minutes to play when nobody is infront of you. To some this is a con... but yet again you have to know what you're getting into. This course allows you 4 rounds of putter practice, and 36 chances to get an ace in an hour. Not to mention it goes through a gorgeous tiny little stretch of woods next to a creek. I can imagine this place sees many-an ace from locals.
Cons: This place is on school grounds and can only be played after hours. I certainly don't like public courses that have restrictions on play times. This course is also fairly confusing for a first timer considering how small it is. Most holes have a wooden post with a number next to them, but a few of the numbers are smudged and hard to read. The actual tees are denoted with a semi-rotten piece of wood in the ground in front of a patch of dirt. The tees themselves are not that bad (some are a bit short), but simply finding where they start is sometimes an issue.
TIPS FOR FIRST TIMERS: To get to hole one you must walk through the gate next to the parking area. Take a right, follow the bush on your left, and take a left at the end of it. Tee one is in front of you. To get to hole 4, stand at hole 3 basket and look at the bike path. Walk to the bike path, take a left, and walk about 30 feet. Hole 4 is a small corridor on your right. To get to hole 5, continue walking straight past hole 4 basket. You will see another basket, and the hole 5 tee is a little bit past this basket to the right.
Other Thoughts: This place is nice considering the amount of land they had to work with... they did their best. Go out there and chase an ace! I shot a -7 my second round here.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: While this course is very short, it does make you throw a number of shots. I usually play with just a putter, could even reach all of the holes with a lid (9 may be a streach)
This is a great place to work on your short game, and getting out of trouble (if you don't manage to stay out of it).
Cons: While the course is great, it has become very little of a challenge for me, even the worst drives are usually easy enough par saves. As mentioned the tees are bad, but with the course this short, you never need more than a step to get where you are going, so tee's are unnecessary.
Other Thoughts: Well worth the play, and a great place for a summer casual round (or 4).
Please pick up your trash, its really embarrassing that I usually clear at least a 6 pack's worth of beer cans off this MIDDLE SCHOOL grounds.
If they never trimmed the guardian tree down on hole 9 (it used to have 2 or 3 more trunks branching out right) I would almost consider a 3.5 rating.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun course for all skill levels
Pros: This course is very fun and provides a great introduction to the sport for new players as well as a sweet short game training course for advanced players.
The holes are all nicely framed and a little thought goes into shot selection. The designer has made good use of the small property and maximized the potential while maintaining a safe design.
There's very little schule and no chance of losing discs.
Cons: The tee areas are natural and some have some tree roots.
Other Thoughts: The course designer lives close by and does a great job of maintaining the propert and puts on clinics for the kids at the adjacent middle school. This course has been primarily designed and installed for those kids.
The shool has signs that clearly state no smoking and/or drinking on the course and that the course is closed during school hours. DON'T BE A DIRTY DISC GOLFER! Follow the rules and respect those that have worked to get this course put in the ground and those that are its primary users. If this course gets pulled due to illegal activities, littering or vandalism it'll be another black eye on the sport.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
What a Short Course Should be Like
Pros: The biggest pro is that this little course exceeds expectations on what little area it has to offer. Covered by ample old-growth trees and running along a shallow creek, it's truly a beautiful wooded area. Besides hole 9, everything is set fairly far from the school, so most of the time you forget your even on school property.
Even thought the holes are short they are very tight, using the landscape and fauna to force you to be accurate with your shots. If you want to work improving your mid-range game, this is the perfect course for you. It's also the perfect course for new players based on the length and lack of crowds. I took out two people who had never thrown a disc before, and by the end of the first round they wanted to play again. By the end of the second round they wanted to know where they could by discs so they could get into the sport. Tight and short, but fair and beautiful made for a fantastic first experience for them.
BEST HOLE/S: #5; #7; #8
Cons: Cache La Poudre has some obvious negatives that any skill level should take into account before heading out. First, it's a short nine hole course and without any distance markings. My guess is that 8 out of 9 holes are less than 200 feet. Second, it's located at a school, so playing during school hours is surely frowned upon. However, with the majority of the course is in the woods, so if you didn't have to park on school property, no one would probably even know you were there.
Besides the two big negatives for most players, there are other small issues to note. There are minor flow issues between holes four and five if you've never played before - (just keep walking) and hole 6 pin plays precariously close to a barbed wire fence making even an accurate shot hazardous. The pins are in average condition, and the tees are natural, so wet days may be an issue. There are no real facilities, so pack it in and pack it out.
WORST HOLE/S: #2
In what I would consider the best "short course" I have ever played, Cache La Poudre Junior High is a gem in the foothills. Granted, there are obvious negatives that would ever prevent it from attaining a high rating, but that doesn't mean you won't enjoy the heck out of this course. The tight treed area along the trees makes you feel more lost in the forest than on a piece of school property. It simply makes me wish I could have grown up with a place like this at my disposal.
Now more than ever - I believe the rating is fair and just but doesn't accurately reflect my enjoyment factor for this course. After sitting behind the multiple parties at the heavily used and very popular Edora Park
, being able to run through this course in 20 minutes was fantastic. And then yes, you enjoy playing again since you had so much fun the first time. Newbies to the sport, short players off the tee, and true amateurs will find this the perfect course to learn on, grow on, and become a more accurate player.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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