A bit of an adventure
Pros: Fun course with many diverse holes
Good baskets, good tee pads
Cons: Hard to follow course flow in some areas
Many placards are no longer there
As others mentioned, there are homeless remnants throughout the course
Didn't like playing under the power lines most of the round
Other Thoughts: Looks like they were pouring a new #1 tee when I went
The train must have altered this course a lot
Curious to watch them building all of these new luxury apartments facing the course!
The Long Walk
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Good Tees - Large concrete pads at every hole.
Challenging Holes - A variety of trees, elevation, distance and OB to keep you on your toes.
Great Hike - A solid hike up and down the hills from Knox that heads slightly east and then bends west
almost all the way to Sheridan and then back again!
Multiple Basket Placements - While I think it is most liked at its shortest basket placements, they can get as long as 700+, which can be really fun
Great Views - As you head west you see the mountains before you and can almost forget your in the city (especially hole 7)
Open Field - Nice wide field by hole one is great for practice/warm up throws
Disc Sales - Usually in the summer months a guy will have large orange 5 gallon drums with used discs. Were talking $5 - $10 a disc folks.
Cons: Damage/Wear on Signs - Some of the signs are torn down
Homeless - While less of a presence in the colder months, a lot of homeless camp out along the river. I have never had any issues but its a good thing to take note of.
Its A Park - There are more than a few places where the sidewalks cross the path from tee to basket, so be okay with yelling heads up or waiting for people.
Directions - Not much at all. Go with a friend who knows it or follow someone else. Or get lost, that can be fun and hey ADVENTURE.
Hazards - While less of a con for me and more of a trek, if a disc gets away from you and lands on another bank, on the train tracks or in the water. Be prepared to do some awkward trekking to retrieve it.
Other Thoughts: As a backhand player this course can get a little repetitive sometimes, but that said I find it interesting enough to keep coming back here to perfect my lines and find new ones.
If you are crunched for time, just play holes 1-8 and then play hole 21 back towards Knox St as hole "9". Its a nice quick fix during a work day. You can stomp it in 45mins.
If you think you might throw it in the water. Bring a golden retriever. If you think you might not throw it in the water. Bring a golden retriever.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Not good at all
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: There are baskets and tee pads
Cons: Nasty water running through course that had a noticeable odor (who wants to reach in that to pluck a disc)
Not a great layout
Homeless debris and litter everywhere
Many throws directly towards/across the paths
Broken/missing tee signs
Other Thoughts: I joked to my friend that we'd have to watch out for syringes. That joke became reality as I noticed one in front of me on my 1st putt. I lived in the Denver area for 5 years and never made it here. I wanted to try a new course while visiting with a friend and we were in the neighborhood, so we checked it out. I could not have regretted that decision any more. I would not ever play this course again, as it was one of the crummiest courses I've ever played.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Man up and play Paco
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Diverse landscapes, elevation, foliage, environments requiring a diverse arsenal of throwing capabilities and distances. Some wide open distance shots; some long, tight-window, narrow drives; some that require a competent placement of your tee shot so you are left w a good upshot. Some in-jail looks, some short and seemingly easy birdie/ace runs. Has it all and then some.
All concrete tee pads.
All 21 baskets in decent to good condition.
Cons: Tall, thick grass and weeds can swallow up your plastic so watch closely and track all shots, especially on the back (9-20).
Some "homeless" will snatch your disc so again watch closely.
Lots of pedestrians who are not paying attention so always yield if you see someone.
Inconsistent course/hole maps on the tee pads so try to locate the basket before throwing. Also it's easy to mistake basket 18 with basket 10, and vice-versa, so be sure you're throwing at the correct one.
Lots of derelicts. Drunks, junkies, crack heads and others just living in tents in the park for free. They're mostly just trying to con you out of your money, ciggs, and inventory. Would suggest not making eye contact.
On a hot day it can be a long slog so bring plenty to drink.
I think the train buzzing through every 5-10 minutes adds an energy and uniqueness to the course. But avoid throwing into the tracks. It's always sketch retrieving your plastic.
Lots of trash, especially on the back 9-20 holes. Police yourself and don't add to the problem, douchebag.
Other Thoughts: This course will make you a better player. Lots of scrambling and precise coordination of powerful shots are required to finish below par.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Great variety of holes and obstacles to throw around
-The creek running through the course makes for some difficult throws/approaches
-In the middle of Lakewood/Denver but still a substantial amount of space
Cons: -The back 9 was tricky to navigate as you entered more of a ghetto
Other Thoughts: It had rained a lot in the days preceding our game, and it started raining when we were out there. Around hole 9-10 there is a path across the river/creek that was flooded out and made it tricky to cross. There are other ways around, but our group didn't have the time for the slightly longer detour. Basically rainy weather seems to affect this course a lot.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Good Side hills
Pros: Played in March, so foliage and grass were sparce. This was a fun course with good diversity in doglegs, altitude variations, and distance mix.
Cons: We were held up a couple of times by walkers on the path that runs the length of the course and the trolley at the turn around point. The last basket is over a 1/4 mile from the parking lot
Other Thoughts: Stream was at a low level so the penalty for landing in the creek bed was low - this would change dramatically during the high water periods.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Blah... first 9 was fine back 9 was crap
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: First 9 was ok
lots of open distance to play with
varying degrees of elevation
Cons: back 9 was non-existent
seems to start in a ghetto neighborhood
Other Thoughts: Granted this was back in october 2015. It was also a bit difficult to find the beginning and it seemed the course goes by 2 names.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Don't understand the hate
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Pros: - 21 holes all with serviceable baskets.
- Concrete tee pads on every hole
- Long course, has legit par 4s but a nice mix of some shorter holes
- Tunnel shots, hyzer lines (the majority of shots), Anhyzer lines. Overall good variety
- Elevation changes
- Great views and a creek that comes into play
- Light rail drops you off right at the course if you can't drive
Cons: - Light rail runs through the course. Discs would be un-retrievable if they land on it.
- Some of the baskets are single chain and don't catch too well
- A lot of holes play down or across pedestrian walkways but on a nice Saturday there was very little foot-traffic and not any blind shots
- The park does have a bit of a homeless problem but I had no issues, everyone I encountered was friendly
- Not the greatest neighborhood but far from the "ghetto" that people call it
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed this course. I moved to Denver a year ago and had been avoiding it because I have heard negative things (gangs, missing baskets, etc.). I found this course to have more variety in shots than any other course in the metro area and would love to see more events here. The light rail does add to the chance of losing a disc, but I had no problem avoiding it. The creek was shallow and clear enough that it was easy to retrieve any disc that goes into it. Go play this course, it is worth your time
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun Course Near Downtown
Pros: This was the only 18+ course that had easy access from my downtown hotel. I just used a $6 Uber ride to get out here, but there is a rail line with service from downtown too.
The course is in a "gulch", but it wasn't dry. The gulch is full of water and there is a rail line on the banks of the gulch. The water and the rail line are a constant concern, almost always serving as an OB down one side of the fairway. The majority of the tee shots favor RHBH lines. Trees are used around the targets so that you have to pick a line and execute. Most fairway shots are not on level ground -- uphill, downhill, sidehill. Overall, I thought it played very fair in the short positions.
Cons: You do have to pay attention to pedestrians, but that's the trade-off for having a nice course so close to downtown. It would be really tough to build a course this close to downtown that didn't require sharing the space with other people.
Bigger, brighter flags on the baskets would be helpful. I'm sure this isn't a problem for people who frequently play here, but I would have really struggled to find the target from the tee had I not been playing with locals.
Also, the grounds could definitely benefit from a little TLC in regards to trash.
Other Thoughts: This course was solid. I would definitely play it again if given the opportunity. I played in late January of 2015, 60 degree day. After 5 holes, I joined a 3-some of local players who were good players and even better hosts.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
What were they thinking?
> Seems to have a convenient location to make it accessible.
> A pretty nice topography overall, so it doesn't feel flat or repetative.
> Some pretty scary OB's that will keep you from getting sloppy or cost you a lost disc. (you don't want to end up on the light-rail tracks, in a swampy bog or in the deep creek)
> Creative use of the available space (but also see cons).
> The concrete tees were mostly adequate.
> Course is relatively short and easy to make a pleasant round for beginners and recreational players, but not so short as to be pitch-in for the more seasoned player.
> Overall, the park is pretty run down and ratty. All tee signs were either damaged or completely ruined. Trash was abundant. Many shady characters hanging about.
> Horribly UNSAFE public interaction design: I just don't understand who thought it was remotely OK to have players throwing at, over and even from walking and biking paths. It is never a good idea to begin with, but many of these path crossings involve blind spots where a biker/walker could suddenly be right in front of your drive coming off the tee. There's even one tee box that is part of some business parking lot and another where players are supposed to use the public sidewalk at an intersection with a stop-light (W. 12th and N. Knox)... What? I would also suggest that the several times where a throw could drift over onto the light-rail tracks is just asking for a disaster - players WILL try to get their discs back and someone is going to get hit or in trouble. I have no doubt that this course will, some day soon, be the source of a major disc golf related injury that creates another major law-suit.
> UNSAFE player interaction design: There are many holes where players will find themselves throwing at or over other players. Some fairways were shared and several tees were right in the line of fire for others.
> Many missing baskets have been replaced with a make-shift tone pole. These were also very hard to see and would have been totally lost without locals to point them out.
> Map shows multiple pin locations, but I get the impression they don't get moved much at all. Maybe I'm wrong... but I never once saw any signs of these other basket sleeves/locations.
> The course itself really wasn't very challenging in my opinion. The fairways are mostly open and the vast majority of the obstacles were fear of going in the creek, onto the light-rail tracks or into the road. Nobody I saw was counting the paths as OB. Just a few trees here and there and a couple of power line towers...
> I didn't hate playing here at Lakewood Dry Gultch, but I just had a hard time forgiving the designs total lack of regard for safety. Perhaps the paths and light-rail were added after the course was already established... but that doesn't, in my book, equate to a good enough excuse. The course has plenty of room to be redesigned as a safer and enjoyable 18 holer.
> Since this course "is the way it is", please, please, please, keep your heads up for other park goers and public pedestrians/bikers, stay off the tracks and always have another person spotting the paths before you throw.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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