8 Helpful / 1 Not
Big Hills and Big Shots Required
The Badlands ideally offers 27 holes of golf that if played in its entirety offer a real mix of varied hole design. Even though I didn't have time, I would highly recommend tagging along with a course regular, hitting the front eleven of the badlands, skipping into the Blair Witch Project
course that is very tight and technical, and coming back out to finishing off the Badlands. Combined, these two courses offer a unique balance to each other.
There are plenty of opportunities to practice your elevation shots, and long bombers will certainly get a thrill out of this mostly long and open course. There is also an interesting mix of water hazards, with hole #12 being the greatest challenge. Newer players that don't want to lose a disc may want to consider making their own tee. There are good park facilities, and the course currently has one practice basket (the others were stolen) for you to warm up on.
Ronnie, course designer and maintainer goes to the trouble of moving pins every few months to keep the course fresh and challenging. He also can usually be found selling discs from his van in the parking lot to help raise money for the course, which I believe is very commendable and speaks to the level at which people love this course.
BEST HOLE/S: #5; #12
Cons: The tee signs, while cool in their hand painted style, are in need of some repair. There are still yardage markings, as well as a little star that should show the current pin placement. The course is undergoing some minor design changes, which makes the current online map as well as a map I received at the course off in the first four to five holes. This should be remedied in the near future, but tee #2 is set behind the marsh and don't expect to find well marked #4 box.
As with any course design sometimes things can feel a bit repetitive. I actually got a little bored with the ample up downs in elevation by the end of #18, which is weird because it's something I usually long for in a course. Also, some holes play in and over each other, so just be wary of nearby golfers. This includes the golfers coming out at #13 from the Blair Witch Project course in the trees. Finally, parking is sparse at best, so just be prepared to walk on a busy day.
WORST HOLE/S: #13; #14; #15
The Badlands was the end to a marathon day of disc golf for me that starting with Johnny Roberts
, moving into the mountains at Beaver Ranch
and Phantom Falls
, before ending my afternoon here. It was a little anti-climatic given the company of courses I played that day and my exhausted state, but Camenisch Park still had it's own personally that I would love devote more time too. I would also like to spend a little time fresh on the course as well as play in the Blair Witch Project, since I believe this is basically an extension of the existing eighteen.
Is the Badlands a premiere course? No, but after spending some time talking to Ronnie about the design and effort that has gone into making the course what it is, I certainly have a healthy respect for it. Newer players might get frustrated at the length, but most players will be happy to learn the sport on the open slopes as long as they steer clear of the water. I recommend playing here while in the Denver area, based on the solid design, love, and 10-year history - just don't expect to be blown away from it. If you have questions, want to help Ronnie keep the course in shape, or just want to see more of Denver area courses - make sure you check out www.badcodisc.com.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is about as good as you can get for a mostly open pro par 54 course. you've got some holes that are long and downhill. you've got some that aren't that long, but way uphill. you've also got some longer uphill ones and some shorter downhill ones. one of the best parts of this course is that all the holes have at least 3 pin locations, with some having up to 6. It also makes a great Safari hole course, as there are a few trees spread throughout the entire course, but not enough to make a Safari round way too tough. A course with many OB locations surrounding the course, along with solid tee placement everywhere. On hole 2, the tee is set into the ground about 6'. it's a natural hole, and there is plenty of room to throw-it's just intimidating. There is another course on this site, 9 holes that are much more densely wooded. If you want to play all 27 holes, the great thing is you can do it all in one loop. Hole 1's tee on the other course is between Holes 12 and 13 on this course, and hole 9 on the other course comes out 60' from hole 13's tee on this course. There are a couple of holes with Pro and Am tees, Holes 12 and 17. This is mostly because the pro tees on 12 and 17 are shots over a large, nasty pond. Speaking of this pond, it is well used, although is isn't used a lot. hole 12 goes over the pond, with the pin just on the far side of it. Holes 9 and 16 you throw toward the pond, with the pin being just before it. On 17, the pond is right in front of you, and only comes into play because of a really bad shot. And on hole 6 you are throwing beside the pond. a good practice basket too. It's a great course that will challenge everyone who plays it.
Cons: Losing discs sucks. and this is not a pond you want to be messing around in, as it is very nasty. Parking isn't the greatest. There's no benches. Those are about the only negatives. I could complain about having more tees and more holes in the park, but that's a little silly. It really is a course with very few negatives.
Other Thoughts: What a fun course with friendly locals. In a competitive doubles round on hole 1, I put the disc pin high from the tee. It was at the 552' pin location. Thank you Colorado air! If i lived in or north of Denver, I would play this course more than any other course in the area. (I haven't played all the courses in the area, but of all the ones I played, this one was awesome and by far the best.)
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: great course to unleash long drives. good workout walk with steep hills. technical. awesome hidden bonus nine. never too busy
Cons: bad neighborhood. mucky areas near the creek and pond. confusing layout
Other Thoughts: think twice about throwing it over the pond
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: A great course for elevation variation... Mostly open holes, and many that allow for an all out bomb. Really fun round, in a nice park. There was a nice guy selling plastic and cold drinks in the parking lot. The water hazards were pretty, and never really got in the way (hole 12 could get ugly if you aren't careful). The tee pads were all concrete and more than I needed. Signage was good for being hand painted. Pin positions all over the place...
Cons: Some signs could use replacements due to vandalism. Some parts of the park can get pretty crowded which slows play. We had a few hiccups when navigating the course, but nothing major. Not much shade.
Other Thoughts: Bring water and sun screen. You are constantly climbing and descending the hills with little to no shade. The round was fun, but it can be a workout at times. Not a bad course, and there are a bonus 9 holes that are completely wooded.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
hated it first time - it got better
Pros: up shots and down shots for good, varied holes. you can leave your kids at water world and have a good time for a little bit. ;)
Cons: hard to know what you're supposed to throw at. too many baskets close to the one you're supposed to throw at. If it's your first time you better join a veteran.
Other Thoughts: when I left from the first time I was sure I would never return, but I did a couple times and it is better when you know where to throw. not a bad course overall.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: I've only played this course one time but it was a very diverse course. Alot of elevation changes and some challenging water holes. Apparently there is an additionl 9 holes, that I did not play, which makes this course 27 holes which is nice! The length of some of these holes makes this course very fun to show your distance.
Cons: There was a lot of traffic while I was there and some of the holes criss cross so you have to wait to throw on some.
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed playing this course and I was just a beginner when I played so am excited to play it again now that I have some experience under my belt. This course keep things interesting from Hole 1 where you have a huge bomber shot down a hill with some water hazard at the bottom. There are definately no boring holes here!
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Great Denver area course
Pros: This is a challenging 18 hole course with multiple pin locations and nearly every hole plays medium to long range, up or downhill. This is a great place to practice those long bombs downhill. Many holes are wide open, but hilly with young trees that will soon present obstacles. The water holes require gutsy and accurate drives for staying dry. Half of the course is nice manicured grass while the other half is more like a desert with a few trees. The tee pads are concrete and the holes have signs showing the pin locations.
Cons: Some have difficulty finding the correct basket for the hole. The course can get busy on nice days. Some areas get very marshy and muddy. This course will wear you out after a round, so bring drinking water! You may have to bring a water disc for a few risky holes.
Other Thoughts: Extra holes exist, but are poorly marked.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
One of Denver's Best
Pros: Great mixture of terrain: trees, water and elevation. Multiple pin placements for every hole keeps the course fresh. Long downhill bombs make you feel like the man while the long uphill drives keep you modest. Great layout with most of the foot traffic being other golfers. The added 9 holes, Blair Witch Project, is a fantastic addition to the course and compliments the standard 18 very nicely.
Cons: A few of the holes play almost on top of each other. Some changes in layout have helped that, but there are still a few awkward holes. A lot of the standard 18 is sun-baked, so bring water and sunscreen. Some of the lanes they want you to throw through could be better defined with some light tree trimming. Some tee pads are more worn than others and could use a fixer-upper.
Other Thoughts: What a great course, right in Denver! If you are looking to get better at the game, this is the course for you. A great mixture of length and technicality will definitely keep you coming back to shave a few strokes off of your score. There is a lot of up and downhill hiking in this one, so come prepared with water and a snack. They have finally put in baskets for all nine of the extra Blair Witch holes. Playing all 27 holes (which is what I recommend) is a great workout and the extra nine is a totally different world than the standard 18. Something of everything on this course...I am a big fan. For it's location and what the course offers, you won't find much better in Denver.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Let it Rip
Pros: Open field bombs down hill. Good place to let it rip in high altitude. Short grass, possible roller.
Cons: Hard to tell which basket was which. The flags on the pins say the # of the hole. #2 tee pad was dirt. #10 tee pad was real uneven concrete slanted up hill. Some signs needed work. Right next to the police station & trailer park.
Other Thoughts: Good place to practice big throws. Not very technical but still a challenge. Bring a water disc. It's a lot of up and down hill walking. There is a outhouse by hole #1. Not a lotta places to go after that because it's open field. I didn't play Blair Witch unfortunately.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
harder than it looks
Pros: * a lot of nice, long shots
* much more challenging than it looks at first glance
* a couple of GREAT holes
Cons: * some elevation change is really nice, but sometimes you feel like you are being forced to work out rather than play disc golf.
* Some tee pads are VERY un-level.
* VERY hard to tell which basket you are throwing at sometimes
* Hole... 6, maybe? which is in the middle of the trees in the middle of the creek bed- This hole is a throw and pray hole, which is always a turn off for me.
* Pond gets INSTANTLY deep, so retrieving a disc, even near the edge, is not very likely.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course to throw at if you want to rare back and rip. However, the range of shots required is not impressive. It is not technical enough to provide a chance for players who are skilled but don't have a big arm to compete. Basically, if you can throw a long way, especially uphill, you are going to have a huge advantage. This is a nice park, but with a little different design it could be awesome.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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