2 Helpful / 6 Not
You're seeing the fall of one of the greats
Pros: This course is wonderful in nearly every way. Great design, great scenery, great maintenance, and well spaced so you don't notice the neighboring holes. This course takes several hours to play and includes a great deal of hiking and punishment for errant throws. Trash cans (seasonally) and benches at every tee box and wood-chip greens around many baskets.
Cons: A great course and skilled advertising means that development is booming at Beaver Ranch. It's great that so many people are enjoying the area but the land managers seem to be struggling to properly manage that growth. There is a zipline popular with tourist and social groups that can often overcrowd the area and highlight the lack of permanent toilets or proper parking lots.
Crowded is the name of the game these days. Unfortunately, the area is not set up to handle the traffic properly so you can often find yourself frustrated with the park or with people around you. I think the Beaver ranch land managers are going to spend a lot of time thinking about these problems over the next couple years and I hope they can pursue long-term development and revenue planning rather than chasing the short-term payouts given by fad attractions (e.g. zipline, ropes course, alpine slide, etc.). This place is too wonderful, please don't let this become Heritage Square.
Other Thoughts: This course has become a total circus. The group managing this area seem to have visions of grandure but a critical lack of planning skills or taste. They've made a shantytown of yard sale furniture to sell concessions and collect expensive fees. They start huge tags matches at 9 am that clog up the course for most of the day on Saturday and Sunday so there can be lines 3-5 groups deep on every tee box. I truly love this course but it's become a shinning example of irresponsible growth and lack of long-term planning.
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 10 Not
Always a Gem Year After Year
Pros: Great elevation changes throughout the course. Tons of tight shots. They do a great job of changing the pin positions during the year, which makes for a different experience every time out.
Cons: The parking lot is far from the course. Some of the tee boxes have divots. If there were some rakes out on the course players could help keep them more maintained.
Other Thoughts: Great new benches and signs.
2 of 12 people found this review helpful.
21 Helpful / 25 Not
what a workout
Pros: where to start...played this course on the way back from Seattle to DFW....read lots of good reviews for this course and we were really looking forward to playing it...we played Phantom Falls about an hour before this one. Being from Texas, i was not used to the elevation changes and the weather. It was snowing and almost impossible to get through the first 3 holes. Once to hole 4 the holes begin to level out. However there were still major elevation changes. The views are absolutely amazing. Saw a few locals and they pointed us in the right direction for a few holes, but other that, the course is fairly easy to navigate. There was a rest area that had bathrooms and some picnic tables to rest...take advantage of that...all in all the course is amazing and if you are in the area its a must play. might as well play Phantom Falls after this one...both together are considered the "dirty 50"
Cons: tee boxes we natural and had some fairly worn in divots, so be careful
if your not familar with the course try to print out a map or find a local to point you.
the walk to the first box is a joke. rumor is said that you can drive up to hole 12 and skip the walk
the first 3 holes are bascically uphill
Other Thoughts: if there is snow on the ground, dont throw a white disc
make sure to wear hiking boots and not tennis shoes
overall being from Texas, i wasnt used to the whole mountain course and next time i will be better prepared
21 of 46 people found this review helpful.
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