Fun Course-Fun Town
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Many-See Note Below
Cons: Only a few-See Note Below
Other Thoughts: NOTE: 'MarkMCC' wrote a very solid review of the course on June 6, 2016. So I am keeping my review short: a few hopefully helpful details.
I played the 3 round 'Get The Lead Out' tournament, along with 3 practice rounds, the first week of August. I enjoyed the course, especially the relative lack of non-players and the 'almost outback' surroundings. The course played pretty long for the Rec/ Older AMs but it was a good test for anyone from about Intermediate on up to local pros.
I do think that strong players will find that only a few shots will tame the course. I threw the same Hyzer Flip putters/ short mid-ranges several times on the front, and the same 'High Anhi Forehand over the trees' a few times on the back. Throw in 3 sweeping RHBH drives on 1, 14 and 18 and I can't say that 'every shot in the bag' was needed.
The concrete pads were pretty good. The course could use some mid-tees, especially on 11 through 17, which require too much 'over-the-top hucking' for many players. A few baskets were dinged but they worked OK.
Bring everything: there are no facilities and the course plays away from your car.
For Those Debating whether to make the drive: If you like solid courses in nice places, go for it. But if you live for endless variety and signature holes, I would only give this course about a 3.6.
For Those Playing Blind: Go all the way to the back parking area, and walk out the wide, gated dirt road about 500'. Tee #1 is then diagonally left about another 175' or so. The course is easy to follow, but you will want to walk WAY forward of some of the back nine tees to see the basket and plan a route.
Tip: Check out #18 while you play the #9 green. The basket is just to your right. The Tee is well up above you to your left. Also, after leaving #17, you take a left on the wide service path where the old path is Xed out with branches.
For LowLanders: Yes, playing at 10k is a thang. Bring water, take your time. And if you ever watched a Colorado Rockies game, you know your 'curveball' ain't gonna curve as much in the thin air unless you make it.
For Those Staying in Leadville: Take time to enjoy a unique scene. Can't recommend the nearby Super 8....try something a mile up in town. But for nearby food, 'The Grill' is a gem after 4pm. Huge Mexican Bar and Grill scene: Cross the highway as you exit the college, then take the first right on Elm...it's only 2 blocks.
In town, the Tennessee Pass was pretty rockin.
Speaking of 'Rockin', CMC is a No Alcohol-No Drugs campus.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Excellent Course, Way Up High...
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a nicely varied 18-hole course located behind the local college, at the lofty elevation of 10,000+ feet. The views of the surrounding mountains and forest are simply amazing.
Hole lengths vary from 231' out to 396' and fairways range from tight and wooded to fairly open. .
The front nine winds through mature pine forest, making for some tight fairways where you'll want to hit your line accurately. The ground is clear so you won't lose your disc, but a tree hit may send you way out into the tight woods.
The back nine is more open, and plays over low sagebrush and through more widely spaced trees. Keep a close eye on your drive as finding discs in the sagebrush can be a bit of a challenge.
There are a couple of nice downhill drives (1 & 18) and a few modest uphill holes, but this course didn't really strike me as "very hilly".
Excellent concrete tee pads with good descriptive signs. Some of the baskets are a bit beat up and leaning, but they catch fine.
Navigation is a snap out here, as there are rock lined paths leading from each basket to the next tee. And for the most part the next tees are quite close, so this course plays pretty quickly.
Cons: In the dappled shade some of the baskets are tough to spot from the tee. That big yellow band would be welcome here.
The baskets for holes 9 and 18 are fairly close together, and when driving (blind) from 18 you can easily drive onto folks playing 9. I did this on my third round, and will start giving a yell before driving off this pad.
The popular "Mineral Belt" hike and bike trail runs alongside a couple of holes, so be aware of potential traffic.
Other Thoughts: This course is at a very high elevation with some hills. If you're visiting from lower elevation plan to take your time and bring plenty of water.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great course that will make use of all of your discs in your bag. Front nine is tight and technical while the back 9 is more open but still requires you to avoid trees to get to the basket. I thought I was going to get lost when I played this course for the first time but it turned out to be fairly easy to navigate. Some par 4's which is always nice when at my local courses there are none.
Cons: I did not have any major issues or noticed anything out of the ordinary at this course. Seems to be kept up well. The only minor issue I would see is that there needs to be better signage to guide people to the course especially players that have never played there before.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed this course when I played there last year. It really was worth the 2 hour drive to get to Leadville. The tee pads and signs are in great condition and it was easy to navigate the course and there are nice paths to follow so it is easy to find the next hole. I will definitely be back to play this course hopefully before the snow rolls in! This is a very fun course! Not too busy either like bigger city courses are.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Going to shit
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: It is very technical employing most of the discs in your bag. Holes vary from long to short and up to down. Trees line most holes with natural openings for fairways. The back nine is a little more open and flat giving you more room for thumbers and forehands.
Cons: Missing baskets on 4 and 6. Graffiti on most signs and garbage lining some holes. Baskets that are still in are old and falling apart.
Other Thoughts: I used to love this course. It was one of my favorites to play. I would drive from Denver to play it. Now with the new Lake Dillon DGC I don't see a reason to come out here. CMC or whomever maintains this course needs to put in some money into this course. This is a perfect example of what happens to a course when you don't maintain it. It was a 5-star course but now with missing baskets and no maintenance it seems to be going downhill quickly.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 20 Not
Pros: Good coarse design. Figure 8 will bring you back to the beginning after 9. Thin corridors through tight trees are challenging. Accuracy is crucial. Privacy is great. Not to many roll outs.
Cons: No water shot. No unique obstacle designs. Not to many big hyzer opportunities. Tough trees.
Other Thoughts: I couldn't give it above 3 because of there being no water or unique features I'd expect from a higher rated course. Besides that its one of the more fun courses around Colorado and I'd recommend it.
0 of 20 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 1 Not
Among the best free courses in Colorado
Pros: 1) 14 out of 18 holes are a delight!
2) Elevation change. Lots of courses in Colorado boast elevation changes, but few use the terrain so well. Here "elevation change" doesn't mean "throw straight up a cliff, because we had to wedge a hole in here somehow," instead players will enjoy two massive drives across a deep ravine, one long, winding, narrow downhill, two scenic graceful holes that gradually decline and elegantly bend, and some uphill plays that are genuinely interesting.
3) A great variety of distances. Too often it seems like designers throw in some obligatory shorties to keep new players happy, but here, the <250ft holes offer meaningful challenges and can just as easily trip you up as the longer holes.
4) A classic figure 8 layout. In addition to the obvious value of this layout, CMC is benefited even further because the front and back nine play very differently, and this layout gives players with limited time the option of conveniently playing whichever nine they're in the mood for.
5) Intuitive course flow and quality tee signage make it easy to navigate the course on the first try. Although I think this course, like most, would benefit from a few more "next tee" signs, the paths from baskets to tees are so well-worn that players should be able to figure it out.
6) Most the course plays, not just through a wooded area, but the right kind of wooded area. So often wooded courses are a brambled mess just feet off the fairway, but CMC Leadville has fairways flanked by beautiful pine forests that are light on undergrowth and low-hanging branches making it possible to find recovery lanes after errant shots. Also, it's the kind of forest one can walk through and enjoy.
7) Holes 1-12 and hole 18. The front nine has a very consistent feel while still offering a variety of challenges and opportunities. Hole 10, in addition to being fun to play, is simply beautiful. Hole 18 is a silly-fun way to wrap up as players are given the opportunity to fire back across the gully at full force.
Cons: CMC Leadville came highly recommended, and I wasn't disappointed, but it's not perfect. Building and maintaining a disc golf course is hard and I offer these light critiques respectfully, and with a spirit of appreciation toward those who did/do the work to make the course happen.
1) If the college would allow it, some signage at the parking lot would be helpful. The first tee is quite a distance away from the campus and it's hard to find.
2) Some of the baskets are getting pretty beat up - to the point that it affects shots. Also, basket heights aren't consistent.
3) Holes 13-17. This may be nothing more than a matter of taste, but I just don't appreciate the holes that feel like one is throwing into a forest with no obvious flight path toward a basket with no approach avenue. I enjoy pulling out the overhand approach, and I like the natural feel, but these holes on the back nine felt like they weren't designed with nearly the care that was put into the others. Of course, there may be all sorts of land use reasons for this that I don't understand.
4) I'm not sure, but I suspect that this land was either a landfill or was/is a landfill service road. On the lower elevation holes like 1,9,10, 11, and 18, there's broken glass everywhere; far more than the lazy drunk that carelessly discards a bottle here or there. I'd strongly recommend skipping the sandals on this course in favor of solid closed-toed shoes or boots.
This isn't a negative reflection on the course designers, maintenance team, or regular players. It's clear the glass issue isn't their fault, and, as long as you're wearing shoes, it doesn't affect play.
5) The course crosses over itself on four holes. Normally this is an enormous turn off for me, but it wasn't all that odious at CMC. In fact it was sort of fun playing under the golfers driving on one while I drove on nine. They were respectful of me and I returned the favor; it wasn't an issue. Plus it was fun to watch their drives from directly below while still feeling safe. It's not an angle I get to watch the sport from very often.
As I type it occurs to me that this con may be a pro in its own way.
Other Thoughts: This course gets an awful lot right, and it's just plain fun - which, I think, is still the point of the sport. For an experienced player, it will feel like unwrapping a very thoughtful Christmas gift from someone who knows you well. For newer players a few holes will feel daunting, but most will provide healthy, non-soul-crushing challenges that will prompt improvement.
The glass thing isn't a big deal if you know it's coming, and the course is still absolutely stunning. The course by no means feels like a trash pit (there are garbage barrels at every tee box and the place is totally free of litter).
If you're from Colorado and you love disc golf, you've probably played this course aplenty. If you're not, make sure to put it on the list of must-plays for your next road trip through the Centennial State.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: Brand new tee signs with pin location. Awesome course. Super technical front 9. Wide open for the majority of the back 9. Nice to have the contrast.
Cons: A couple of holes that could really use a few less trees(12) In particular
Other Thoughts: A tournament here would be awesome!!!
1 of 10 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: The front 9 is in a amazing pine grove. It has some real cool shot. Lots of garbage cans and benches. Good tee pads and baskets
Cons: The back 9 is not quite as good as the front 9 its mostly wide open long shots. In a much more desert like area with lots of sage.
Other Thoughts: One of my favorite courses in Colorado.
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: -Very diverse course terrain with great basket placement
-Front nine tight and technical making every shot selection tough and the need to use every type shot in you bag
-Great elevation changes with again the placement of the baskets well thought of
-Hole 18 is incredible and for my 1st time playing "EAGLE" is exceptionally a great memory
-Great views and plenty of beautiful country to look at
Cons: Tough to find the basket placement for a 1st timer and could use a little better marking system on the baskets themselves. Otherwise just maybe some more trash cans to help eliminate the trash from those that don't understand how to pick up after themselves.
Other Thoughts: Loved the course and by far one of my all time favorites now. Look forward to meeting you again Leadville course!
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Great mix of shots and wide variety of terrain.
- Unbelievable views, simply can't be beat. One that sticks out in my mind is number 10. After coming out of the more tight and technical front nine we came to hole number 10 which was a more open sagebrush valley looking west towards Mt. Massive just before sunset. This is the single most memorable hole I've ever played.
- Some absolutely great holes on the course. Starting right away on hole number 1, the course challenges you. Other standout holes for me are 10, 12, and 18.
- The front and back nine have their own distinct character. The front is a more tight and closed in woods course, while the back is a more open sagebrush dominated course with much shorter trees.
- This course requires every kind of shot. From big hyzers and anhyzers to tomahawks and s-curves, this course requires that you use every shot in your bag.
- Excellent layout. The course was incredibly easy to follow even for a first time player. The stone lined paths really helped.
- Did I mention some incredible views?
Cons: - Signage was near nonexistant which was problematic at times, but never left you wondering where to go.
- For a first time player, the goals could use some sort of color so you can distinguish them from the trees on some holes.
- Number nine's basket was missing altogether, so we had to play to number 18.
Other Thoughts: Despite some maintenance problems, this course is absolutely phenomenal. I loved the shots required of you and the wonderful variety throughout the 18 holes. Add to this an incredible location and you have an outstanding course. It left a mark on me, and stands out as the single most enjoyable course I have played to this point. I must say I'm jealous of the residents of Leadville.
EDIT: The basket on number nine is now in place and someone tied flagging tape to all of the baskets, which have taken care of some of my cons. However, upon playing the course again, I feel like some fairways could use several trees cleared, just to give you a bit more of a fairway. My overall impression of the course is still the same though.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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