High mountain desert disc golfing
Pros: The course had some fun elevation shots 2,3,6 and 7. 16 was a fun across the pond, make sure you throw solidly 220 or good luck looking in the merk. Once you make it to hole 8 the course offers a bit. Love that there is a good presence of DG courses in CO along highway 50.
Cons: The pictured signs at each tee are no longer there, which would have made the course a bit easier to navigate starting at hole 9 and 10. Found 11 tee pad but I never found the basket. Followed 16 backwards and found 15 and 14. The point being, some nailed arrow signs or replacement of the previous signs would be immensely helpful to those stopping in for quick go at some high mountain desert DG.
Other Thoughts: We got a late start but would highly recommend an earlier start than we got (12pm). If you're passing through this way it's worth stopping by and playing a round. I would recommend playing with at least 2 as some if the holes might have you on the hunt for your discs.
Yay Sagebrush and Cottonwoods
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Good variety of hole distances with holes ranging from about 225 to 500 feet
-Holes 2,3,6,7 and 8 have a lot of good elevation change with holes 2 and 3 playing straight up hill and then 7 and 8 playing back down the same hill.
-The back nine becomes heavily wooded and has a lot of fairways that turn either right are left
-Overall, the course has quite a variety of different holes
-For the most part the baskets are in good shape
-With the exception of two holes, all of the holes have great concrete tee-pads that are a decently sized
-The course has benches scattered through it (though most of them are located on the back nine)
-The tee-signs show overhead view of the hole with the distance on them and they work pretty well
-The course has several holes with water hazards including Hole 16 which plays straight over a pond.
Cons: -The course can be hard to navigate. Many of the holes have multiple paths running in different directions from them and no markings as to which path is the right path to follow so it can sometimes take a little while to find the next hole.
-Many of the baskets (especially on the back nine) tend to blend in and on most of the back nine you will probably have to walk the fairway to find where you are actually throwing at
-Holes 2-7 have pretty much no obstacles on them and are just wide open (but at least most of those holes have some kind of elevation change on them)
-Holes 8-18 have lots of thick rough including sagebrush, tall grass and cottonwoods that could eat up discs to never be seen again and if lost a disc would take a little while to find in the rough
-Several of the tee-signs showed alternate AM tee positions but I was only able to find one of the AM tee positions
-The tee-signs are laminated paper and several of them are starting to come off and may not be there much longer
-The water in the pond looked a little nasty so good luck getting your disc back if you throw it in the lake
-I was never able to find the basket for hole 5
-Holes 16 and 17 didn't have concrete tee-pads
Other Thoughts: This course is a great course with a lot of fun holes and is totally worth playing if you are in the area but it also has it flaws. It gets really hot on this course so make sure you bring lots of water. Also I recommend playing with a buddy so you have spotter for some of the holes that have lots of sagebrush, thick grass and cottonwoods. If you are in the area definitely give this course a try.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Great balance of long raw distance holes and tight accurate fairways.
Cons: Tee signs have no directions to next holes and some tee placements are outdated. Can be hard for first timers to find their way around.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Bring a Local
Pros: Varied terrain with elevation changes, challenging placements and water hazard. Every hole is unique. Description as "mostly flat" is not accurate. Front 9 has plenty of up and down with exposure to the wind. Back 9 is flat and wooded and sheltered.
Cons: Very difficult to navigate this course even with a map. Not a good course after rain. Ask locals for directions. Rocks will chew up your plastic.
This is my home course so I am biased, but one of the nicest courses I have played. Historic artifacts abound. A sharp eye will reveal an old wagon burried to its axle around hole 15, four wagon wheels exposed from the hub up. Sorta cool, if you are into that sort of thing.
Here is a link to a course map.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Seems like fun...
Pros: Great use of natural terrain. Improved Tee boxes.
Cons: Hard to find your way around. After finishing the first hole, I spent about 20 minutes trying to figure out which way to go to find #2. There were like 7 well worn paths criss-crossing through the basket area.
Other Thoughts: Course is located adjacent to a pig park and criss crosses several developed walking paths. I encounterred few issues with pedestrian interference, but there were a couple times I had to wait until somebody cleared the area.
The DG Course is on the south side of the stream adjacent to a big grassy picnin area.
I was only able to play the front nine, due to lack of time. Hole 6 was missing the basket (vandals?) and I wasn't able to locate the basket for #9. After a few holes, I did notice little red stickers pasted on the middle of the poles that gave me a little bit of direction. They were hard to read since the writing wrapped around the pole, but sis help considerably.
Front nine is pretty wide open with several opportunities to air it out.
Course is set up very fair and one doesn't need a big arm to play most holes.
The course played well even with a bit of wind.
I would have rated it higher if I could have completed the whole front nine. A little bit of maintenance would go a long way.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Beautiful oasis in the desert. Nice elevation change on several holes and good utilization of mature cottonwoods. Tees in good shape and concrete. Everything is around 300' or less, did I hear chain?
Cons: Rocks hell on plastic. Pack in the Z or champ. Look out for the fire ant hills.
Other Thoughts: Really a fun course. The stream runs right through it and brings some vegetation to the barenness. Disapointed to hear about the construction. There was a bit when I was there, but I had no problem finding holes.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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I'd Skip The Back Nine!
Pros: The course plays mostly through an undeveloped part with low brush (Russian Olive?) and then later through a wooded section of cottenwood trees. Holes #7, 8 and 9 are world class and would be welcome additions to any course anywhere. #7 is a 451 ft. downhill throw on the side of the mountain. There is no major risk involved. It's just a fun chance to air it out. #8 is the classic risk versus reward hole. You tee off a small hill, throwing 228 ft. across a gully to a basket atop another small hill. If your disc sails too far left, you'll have to come way back uphill again. #9 is about a 280 ft. straight downhill throw with the basket visible. It's a touch shot, a fairly easy birdie, but in the back of your mind you're probably visualizing your disc ripping the chains for that ace. Good luck!
Cons: After so thoroughly enjoying 7-9, I stepped to the # 10 tee pad and couldn't find the basket. The same for # 11. I found #12 and birded it. #13 tee pad sign was Xd out with a arrow pointing another direction. I followed it and found a pond with baskets # 15 and # 16. Couldn't find either tee pads. Finally, I found and played #14. While looking for #15 tee pad, I accidently stumbled onto a newly made #12 hole. Wait, didn't I already birdie #12 a while ago. Then I played this new #12 and a new #13. About ready to give up up, I spotted a tee sign across this field. It was for # 17- no basket. But I found # 18 tee and basket and finally finished the course.
Other Thoughts: It looks as though the rec department is developing some new giant soccer field and running track complex here. The running/walking track looks to be about a mile long and I think it has adversely affected the disc golf course. There's plenty of room in this park to finish the back nine. My suggestion until then is: Go play holes #7, 8, 9 six times each for a total of 18 holes. You'll be awfully damn tired by the end of that round but you'll have some great memories of some sweet throws you made.
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