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Old 06-13-2009, 01:22 AM
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Question Colorado Trip x2

Okay - here's the plan. In about a week and a half I have 2 days to play golf in Colorado in about a 14 day vacation. Since the actual trip is in Cheyenne, Wyoming I plan on hitting the three Cheyenne courses when I can:

Dry Creek Parkway DGC
Mylar Park
Ramero Park

But, as I say, my wife is letting me enjoy the luxury of making two trips into Colorado and I want to make the most of it - so here is the plan. (Courses are in the order I want to play them and yes I plan on trying to start playing at the butt crack of dawn each time)

Trip 1:
Sundance Trail Ranch DGC
Beaver Meadows (x2)
Cache La Poudre Jr. High (maybe x2)
Edora Park

I think trip #1 is pretty solid, and I think my only slow up may be at Edora and actually if I had to drop something it would be the additional round at Cache or Edora all together. So, in the first trip I'm looking at being on Sundance after sunrise and playing 81-90 holes.


Trip 2:
Phantom Falls
Beaver Ranch/Conifer (x2)
Bird's Nest Disc Park
Johnny Roberts
Camenisch Park - Badlands

Okay Trip 2 is all out since it will probably be towards the end my vacation, so I can afford to destroy my arm for a few weeks. Here are the rubs and I'm looking for the Camgolfers and DGTourists out there for some advice. Obviously Phantom Falls and Conifer are the highlights of this trip (the owner of Phantom Falls already contacted me, and is very cool) and so I want to play them first and enjoy the heck out of them.

Conifer gets so much talk that I'm seriously considering playing it twice and maybe cutting out Bird's Nest. Is this a good idea, or should I hit Conifer once and try to get in a round at Bird's Nest. The more I look at Johnny Roberts, the more I want to play it, and I figure I'll only play the Badlands unless I meet some people by chance who know the Blair Witch Project course and then possibly add that.

If I played everything (Conifer x2 and no Blair Witch) I would be trying to play 130 holes. Too much? If I cut out Bird's Nest it goes down to 106 plus driving time and stopping time which seems more manageable in my head. Or cut out the second round at Conifer and play Brid's Nest which would put the daily tally at 110.

Okay, there is it. I would be happy to hear any of your suggestions and/or thoughts on the subject.
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Old 06-14-2009, 04:28 PM
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Having played both... I'd suggest 1 Beaver Ranch and 1 Bird's Nest. Get the chance to see two courses. But having said that I think Beaver Ranch is the better course between the two.
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Old 06-15-2009, 10:56 AM
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I think you better bring a lot of Aleve.
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Old 06-15-2009, 11:24 AM
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Or just find someone who will stick me with Cortisone shots each time I go out! Nothing like juicing up before a round.
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Old 06-15-2009, 12:29 PM
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Thanks for thinking of me. BTW let me know when you are out and I will guide you. The latter pt 2. of your trip are the courses near my house. I have not played Phantom Falls so I would be down to try something new. As far as Conifer goes- YES! You hear a lot about this course but it truely is one of the best courses around. It kicked my butt twice this weekend, but in a good way. Plan on this course taking about 1 hour 45 mins to play with the walk to the first hole from the parking lot. Here are the pros and cons of the other courses you listed:

Johnny Roberts- Pros: Use different shots in your bag, you don't need a huge arm, tight technical windows and some interesting shots. Nice green park. Cons- Can get very busy at times (but I guess that means it is good), heavy pedestrain traffic can cause back ups.

Bird's Nest- Pros: Can open up a little more here, Dedicated DG course, always being updated and improved. Cons: Needs more trees and better signage, can get hot, bring water.

Badlands- Pros: Some tight shots, some big bomb shots, fun downhill shots. Blair witch back 9 is thick and tight. Cons: every other shot is uphill and then down hill so it is a lot of walking.

I like Edora and CLP as well. Those are fun to play in the same day. Edora can get busy at times too. CLP is very short, but it is fun.

If you are closer to Denver and are trying to figure out which courses to play which day. Going North to south it may be best to Hit Badlands, Johnny, then Bird's Nest and then Conifer and Phantom. The last two are in the mountains and take a little bit of driving to get to. You can drive from Badlands to Johnny in about 10 minutes and then its about 15 minustes to get to Bird's nest. From there its about 45 mins to Conifer.

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Old 06-15-2009, 01:29 PM
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I would also gladly meet up with you at some point on the denver bound trip. help guide a few of the courses. If I was trying to hit all the courses. I would either start at dawn already at phantom or go north to south(see above). If I had to take a roundout to fit it in I would only do one round at conifer. if I was still hurting on time I would take out either badlands or johnny roberts depending on what time of day it was at that point. PM me with the dates once you know them and hopefully we can meet up
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Old 06-15-2009, 02:06 PM
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Interesting thoughts - since I'm coming from Cheyenne - I was planning on driving way early and starting at Phantom and working my way back of north. I was thinking of Phantom by 7 and Conifer around 9. That way I can do the other courses around 12ish to 6ish and be on the north side of town to drive home.

I'm actually looking forward to the high dry heat over the Houston 95+ and humid it has been lately. Also, I think I would skip Blair Witch unless you want to play that with me since you know it. I heard it's basically impossible to follow for the first timer. So you do think Bird's Nest is worth the stop?
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Old 06-15-2009, 02:23 PM
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I prefer bird's nest over badlands but both are solid courses so it six of one half a dozen of another type of situation. if you are going south to north it makes the most sense to go from conifer to bird's to Johnny Robert's finishing at badlands if you still have time. If I am available that day I will glady help guide you on any or all of these three denver courses. Have fun at CLP on day one as well. I got my first ace there on hole 7 about ten years ago.
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My , but I enjoyed Badlands better than Bird's Nest, and definitely more than Roberts.
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Old 06-15-2009, 03:36 PM
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It took me a long time to finally play Johnny, and I was always told how cool it was, and when I did play it I was very surprised at how short and crowded it turned out to be.
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