5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Land use. Backs up to Federal and uses every inch of available space.
There are holes where you can go 100% full with a driver, no matter HOW good you are, and not overshoot.
Everything is in play, all the time. If you think skimming the sidewalk on a hole is your best option, it probably is.
Due to meteorological forces beyond my understanding, the corridor this course is in rarely gets windy short of a storm, a rarity for Denver.
Cons: Everything is in play, all the time. A big arm coupled with an errant shot could put the light rail, a fenced and inaccessible neighborhood, and the Platte in play.......from the same tee.
Basket thievery. Because then of course you're scanning 400 feet in front of you for a stick with a ribbon jutting out of the ground.
Trash, decaying wood, and the occasional surly homeless.
Other Thoughts: My friends and I dubbed this course "The Narrows," and it defies logic.It begins with several lengthy but navigable holes in a well manicured park. It's fun, compete-with-your-friends frolf. Then you arrive at the first of many bridges, throw several blind holes, and begin throwing west for an hour. The park part is over, and now starts the section where "everything is in play." On one hole, you can bank or ride the wall elevating the light rail to great affect. Another offers the ultimatum of throwing directly through an aluminum tower's support beams, or throwing a shot that has to ride over the river its entire flight to be successful. The available space is so minimal that you play both sides of the river. After each implausibly long, westward facing hole, it seems you must turn back (I mean you've passed three playgrounds and two light rail stations on the same line), but somehow you discover another tee box leading you 497 feet to another bridge. At some point you realize you're no longer competing with your friends, but trying to stay afloat against the course. When you finally do turn around, the trip back feels much shorter. If your gut says skip it off the sidewalk or tomahawk off the tee, it's probably the right move. The Narrows rewards you on the 21st and final hole with an obstacle free, boomers paradise with no hazards in play. A tip of the hat to the discer who just spent twice as long and twice the energy he expected to play the only course in Denver proper.
Sorry for the length, but it's a polarizing course with to many vibes to sum up quick. All in all, if you're visiting, you can do far better in the metro area, where there are 25 courses of all variety in striking distance. But if you are a skilled player or a local, you need to play this course. Despite feeling like it was designed by the March Hare, it has a special place in my heart. It's a true test of skill and grit, but most importantly it serves as a lesson in humility. My Summit county buddies and I routinely dominate tough mountain courses. So I guess what I'm saying is, once in awhile its nice to come them down to Colfax and Feds and get our asses kicked by this wicked gem.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
A bit of an adventure
1 Helpful / 1 Not
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!
1 of 2 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.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice concrete tee pads. Lots of longer holes to test your arm. Pins are moved around fairly regularly on several holes between 2-3 different spots.
Excellent use of the trees and elevation present at the park to create variety (lots of uphills and downhills, trees are used to guard many pins or force your drive onto a tricky line, and a couple drives are put under a bridge and around an electrical tower). The obstacles force your drives into certain shapes, but you never have to throw through a heavily wooded patch and just hope to get lucky - good shots are rewarded.
Eastern half of the course (1-8 and 21) has mowed grass fairways that are well maintained. Western half (holes 9-20) is not very crowded.
Cons: The placard by the tee pads with the hole number and pin distances is damaged/destroyed on most holes.
Eastern half gets crowded on the weekends, although in my experience people are happy to let you play through if you're faster. The western half of the course can be a little tricky to navigate for a new player. At some times of the year, the grasses in parts of the course get very long, and its easy to lose 15 minutes searching for a disc even if you weren't very far off target.
While I've never felt unsafe on the course (and I bring my small children with me on rounds fairly often), you will run into possibly homeless folks hanging out under trees now and then. Some trash here and there, especially some spots near the creek.
Other Thoughts: Of the 21 holes, 13 of them (1, 2, 4-8, 11-14, 16, 17) clearly favor a RHBH/LHFH fade, while only 5 holes (3, 9, 18, 19, 21) favor the RHFH/LHBH fade. This is largely due to the orientation of the holes with respect to the creek, as a miss with the wrong shot shape can lead to a downhill fade. Outside of a handful of holes (9, 17, 20) you have to miss really badly to actually end up in the creek, though.
The fairways on 3 and 4 overlap, more or less so depending on the pin placement on 4. This can slightly slow play down at times but I haven't found it to be a big deal. Fairways of 8 and 21 also overlap if both pins are in the long position, but due to the angle of those drives I've never seen this be an issue at all.
Others have commented on interaction with bikers/walkers on the paths. I have occasionally held up on a shot because of a biker, but I think the risk of accidentally throwing on a surprise biker coming around the bend has been overstated. The sight lines are pretty good.
If you bring a course map make sure it is "course map II" in the files section - the older course map is outdated.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
True Denver Course
Pros: +This course is one of few that is actually in Denver and it seems like it is probably one of the more accessable courses in the city.
+Good variation in hole length and the alternate tees can change the course a lot! Surprisingly long holes.
+Some risk reward shots with a little elevation and the river potentially coming into play.
+More elevation than any Denver area course except Camenisch
+Most baskets were in decent shape (see cons)
+A lot of trees compared to most Denver area courses. It was refreshing.
+The map on here will do you wonders. It is more helpful than the signage on the course.
+Concrete tees are solid.
Cons: -Light rail flows right through here. Locals that I played with for a few holes said that the course was better before that.
-This course is long and there isn't really an option to play less than all 21 holes unless you wanted to just play the first 7. You're not too far from your car after that. Or maybe 1-8 then skipping to 21. Once you are beyond 8, you are on a long out and back course. There are also some longer and awkward walks between holes. Grab a local and/or map to ease your navigational fears.
-At least 3 baskets were vandalized and partially missing. Some of the signage was messed up too.
-Some sketchy characters hanging out. I didn't really ever feel unsafe but I played during the day and am a fairly bold person. I wouldn't recommend playing during the early morning or around dusk.
Other Thoughts: -This course has it's issues but overall was pretty fun to play. If it was in perfect condition, I could see giving this course a 3.5. A lot of the drawbacks aren't related to course design. The designers did well with what they had to work with.
-I would recommend this course. Try to play during the day and bring a map. It is a pretty fun course with some interesting shots.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
hyzer bomb all day long.....
Pros: 27 holes and a 6 mile hike is sure to satisfy your dg craving!
-Some of the longest dg holes i have played, but par gos up with the distance. (longest was 800+)
-Great exercise with elevation changes and about a 6 mile hike.
-can rip @ your drives and not worry about your hyzer. in fact, you want a little hyzer on most so you dont end up on the light rail in the valley
-will test your endurance and ability to stay focused for the long haul. One shot does not make, or break, your round.
-some drives will require distance and placement to keep par attainable. dont sweat it, as even the more experienced players will be posting some bogies .
Cons: -6 mile hike wore me down a bit
-Around the middle of the course, a couple of baskets are missing and makes for a slightly confusing walk to the next basket.
-maybe a little unsavory in some areas along the creek
Other Thoughts: Bring something you rarely turn over, as right turning shots will glide a mile down into the valley. If you do turn one over into the valley you might find three other drivers while looking for yours........I did. I saw one guy riding his long board, as the course fallows concrete path most of the time. I could have used a jazzy by the end!
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Concrete tee pads
-easy to navigate and access
-good variety of shots
-good basket placements
-some elevation change
-challenging for good players but easy enough for beginners to learn on
Cons: -Lots of pedestrians and bikers on the fairways
-Some holes are not in-play right now because of revegation
-Could be maintained a little better
-Lots of "sidewalking", you end up doing a lot of walking down concrete paths that makes the course feel a lot more spread out than it has to be
-a few holes are setup awful, shots straight down sidewalks that have bends so there could be someone coming around the corner as you release your drive.
Other Thoughts: It's a good course, they just need to rethink a few of the holes for the safety of everyone.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
An Arm's True Test
Pros: -Good long tee-pads on each hole
-The tee-signs are good on this course (They show the pin placements, the layout of the hole, and distances).
-This course features a lot of elevation change, including uphill, sidehill, downhill etc.
-If you like to throw far, this is the course for you as at least one pin position on most of the holes is over 450 to 500 feet.
-Some of the holes have some nice risk/reward especially on the holes that play down near the river.
-Good mix of some wide open holes, wooded holes and holes that use the available obstacles well.
-Multiple pin positions on every hole
-Two or three holes have multiple tee-pads
-The closest course to downtown Denver
-The creek comes into play on some of the holes and a few pin positions cross over the river.
-Baskets are in pretty good shape.
-The course is very easy to access from the lightrail as the course plays past two lightrail stations.
-Course map at the beginning, which is good because you are going to need it.
-This course has a lot of fun well-designed holes that will challenge most players. And if some of the holes are in the right pin position, there are some legitimate par-4s which Denver has been sorely lacking.
Cons: -This course can be hard to navigate at times. There are a lot of long walks between many of the holes, and unless you play with someone who has played the course before you will spend some time looking for the next tee-pad.
-One or two tee-signs are missing, and several of the tee-signs have graffiti all over them, which makes them almost impossible to read.
-Due to it's length this course takes a very long time to play, for solo player it take 2+ hours to play, so make sure you have plenty of time to play this course.
-Lots of other park users that can get in the way of the course. This is mainly only a con on the first 8 holes or so, and then you get away from the main part of the park. The first 8 holes had a lot of people sitting or playing in fairways or under the trees.
-At times, this course got repetitive due to the distance on all of the holes. When we played almost all of the holes, were in there longest pin positions. If the pin positions were varied up more than just the long positions, the distance would be more balanced and make the course more fun for players of all skill levels. If you don't have a very big arm this may not be the course for you.
-No benches or trashcans at any of the tee-pads. This course is a very long walk and some benches at tee-pads would be nice to rest on.
-Parts of the park, especially the back 9 can get overgrown and there is a high possibility of losing a disc.
-If you have a bad shot that goes into the light rail tracks, it is very likely gone for good.
-A few holes play back over each other.
Other Thoughts: I never got to play this course before it got pulled for the lightrail construction. I am very glad that it is back. While it has it flaws, it feels unique compared to some of Denver's other courses. If you have the time to play this course, it is definitely worth a stop.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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