Steamboat Springs, CO 
Thunderhead DGC Share
Uploaded By: Rappers Block Hole #17 (Taken 6/2014)
3 / 303ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #17 Tee

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Well Designed Ski Slope Course

1    9/30/2015   9/30/2015
Review By: markmcc
Played: 132  Reviewed: 122  Exp: 3.6 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is the best executed "ski resort" course that I've played.

Good variety of hole lengths from the 151' Hole 10 with the basket tucked back into a grove of trees to the downhill 606' Hole 18 that lets you air it out. There was a good distribution of hole lengths between these extremes.

Nice use of the elevation to create a variety of uphill, downhill, and cross hill shots. Nothing that I would consider extreme but most holes had an element of elevation to add challenge.

Good flat rubber tee pads for every hole. They aren't large, but there is a good flat area behind and beside them for those that use a run-up.

Simple but effective tee signs include a useful hole diagram, distance and par. There were also a number of "next tee" type signs that helped with navigation.

Decent gravel parking lot at the base of the course, with an uphill walk to the first tee that gets you warmed up!
Cons: Like much of the Rockies this area has lost most of their Lodgepole Pines to beetles. So this is not the forest type course that I'd expect at a Rocky Mountain Ski Resort. That being said, the designers did a great job of working with what remained.

A few holes have more than one basket visible from the tee and others have a blind basket. So this could be confusing to first-timers.

A few of the baskets have seen better days and are single chain, but they catch fine.

There is a lot of low re-growth on the course that can make finding your disc challenging.
Other Thoughts: I was lucky enough to meet up with DGCR member "bobmcnelly" (Jordan) who was a huge help with lines to the basket, spotting throws, and general course info. Give him a shout if you're in the area.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Its not the old thunderhead, but they have kept it great.

2-4    8/21/2015   9/26/2015
Review By: thatdirtykid
Played: 51  Reviewed: 13  Exp: 11.2 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great signage (both tee signs and navigation)
Good teepads (with brooms)
Beautiful views
Good variety of shots needed. I threw putters, mids and drivers regularly off the tee. Also threw backhand, forehand and thumbers regularly. Every hole presents its own challenge.
Excellent use of the elevation, throwing up, down and across.
Basket placements were good, they forced a line often even when the fairway could allow others.
Cons: I have to stretch to find anything to critique.

No real "ski slope" bomb shots you expect on a resort course.
18 is close, but doesn't have the extreme elevation change I associate with these courses (not to say this course doesn't use the elevation exceptionally well)

All holes play par 3, there were no holes that forced me to play the fairway as opposed to go for the pin. (including 600'+ 18 which is fairly reachable due to slope, I got lucky and pulled it off during league)

This course used to have twice the trees. They have altered the old layout to make great use of what trees are still there, its just hard to forget some of the natural fairways there used to be. The new layout flows even better as well.

A couple baskets could use some maintenance or updating.

If you are not in great shape, it is somewhat of a hike.

Pretty long drive for anyone but locals. (but worth it)
Other Thoughts: Be aware of your surroundings, there are a few bee hives and some sketchy places you may find your lie.

I would not miss this one, and it may even be worth the day trip from the front range just to play. I put it up there with the best courses in the front range mountains, but this is better because you are unlikely to wait on every hole, or have a group throwing in on you like you may find elsewhere.

There are very few courses I have played that I would rather play more.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

exhausting but worth it!

1    8/25/2015   8/25/2015
Review By: xaeLen
Played: 3  Reviewed: 3
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: the flat rubber tee pads are really nice. especially the brooms on every tee pad. the signs on every tee pad is a nice touch to the course. excellent terrain diversity. some up, some down, and some flat. there are arrows next to every basket telling you were the next tee pad is.
Cons: no water system in the bathroom. the bushes on every hole are annoying. you can not find your disc on a bunch of holes. there is a long walk to hole 1.
Other Thoughts: the course is exhausting. do not come by yourself. you need spotters. bring extra watter.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Disc Golf!!

5+    9/14/2014   9/18/2014
Review By: bpredmon1
Played: 2  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 10.5 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Disc Golf is back in the boat! Elevation change and great views create a disc golf and hiking experience mixed into one. The trail systems between holes are amazing. The level rubber teepads a lot to a mountain course. The signage between holes has greatly improved since opening. Much easier to navigate if you have never played. Mixed distance of holes to draw interest for all caliber golfers.
Cons: Baskets need to be upgraded ASAP. Brush off to the sides of the fairways will continue to need work each year but are already looking better after one season.
Other Thoughts: Be aware of bikers and hikers while on the course. Check out for local updates!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

5+    7/12/2014   7/12/2014
Review By: bobmcnelly
Played: 89  Reviewed: 69  Exp: 4.6 Years
This review was updated on 6/8/2015
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -new rubber tee pads
-new tee signs
-lots of elevation change both uphill and downhill shots
-good variety of distances ranging from short technical 250' to long open 600' shots
-free to play resort course
-lots of well designed challenging holes
-beautiful scenic view of Yampa Valley
-the layout works well and loop back to hole one
-you can see the basket from almost every tee
Cons: -rough terrain, and lots of thick bushy areas
-fairly easy to lose a disc on a few holes with a poor shot
-bike trails and walking trails run through parts of the course, look before you throw on the front 9
-baskets are not top notch and some being single chanined
Other Thoughts: Get ready for a hike and bring lots of water. Course maps are available at the base area.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

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