1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Varying shots. Water in play on most of the holes. Wide open. Concrete tee boxes.
Cons: Lack of vertical signs makes finding the next hole difficult. Easy to lose discs on a windy day. The lakes are very dirty and smell awful. Tons of bird droppings.
Other Thoughts: Skip this course on a windy day.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Nice... if you like geese
Pros: Well maintained grass, open (treeless) park. The ponds make up for the lack of trees regarding obstacles.
The pads are the highest quality I've played on.
Early morning play offers no crowds and friendly walkers.
This is a great first timer park as well. You really have lots of space to see what your discs will do.
Cons: Be advised that the flow of the park is very odd. I would strongly advise using this website and print off the scorecard that includes a map. Signage pointing out the direction of the next tee would be helpful.
Use caution in the mornings, the sprinklers come on without warning and use non-potable water.
It's evident to me this site is a former wetland as the soils do not drain well, and this is also the source of the odor noted in other comments.
Other Thoughts: I don't want to make this report sound awful. It really is a good park. Just bring a towel and be ready to wipe goose poo off your shoes and discs.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Although the course is pretty open OB sidewalks and water hazards make placement very important on 66% of the holes. Course is rather short. Hole 4 marked >400 is not 400'. Unless I can throw a Buzzz or a Pred spike hyzer 400+. Hole 8 plays longest, but is reachable for the average 925+ rated player. The course is well manicured, and mostly disc golf only used. The paths do get used, but usually only have to wait for 1 jogger per hole max.
Cons: Beginners get discouraged quickly losing discs often here. Only one placement per hole. While the concrete rings and gravel under the pins look great, a prefect shot that would usually stick in the lush grass of this course will often skip for a difficult putt.
Other Thoughts: This was my home course when I was learning how to play. Helped me develop a decent grasp of when taking risks is worth it. But now, its a less than exciting course, with my personal course record being a -16. Avg closer to a -6. Definately duce or die when playing competitively.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Nice tee boxes and baskets. Placement of baskets in relation to water is good, some gentle elevation changes add a little challenge.
Cons: Overall way too open. Not much in the way of obstacles, the water REALLY smells BAD. If you dump a disc in the water, make sure all your immunizations are current before going in after it. Lots of geese and poop everywhere. The ground is soggy and wet (muddy around the baskets) if you play before noon.
Other Thoughts: Until there are some more mature trees in this park, this course is way too open and easy for an experienced player, although it does feel good to launch a whopper of a drive on several holes here.
It may be better in the winter when the water is frozen and doesn't stink so bad. Depending on which way the wind is blowing it smells like you're playing in a sewer.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: 1. Accessibility to Denver metro area
2. Park atmosphere is comfortable
3. Water can be a psychological opponent
Cons: 1. Lack of trees and obstacles
2. Foul smelling water
Other Thoughts: - Looks like the park ponds have recently been cleaned out
- Some of the bushes/trees near the creek have been cut down, making it less likely to lose a disc in the weeds
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Curve 'em or lose 'em
Pros: Amazing open area, lots of people running around. The course has a lot of holes that are an easy birdie or eagle if you throw right. It's a very technical course if you're working on your accuracy and placing the disc where you want it.
Cons: The water hazards look shallow but they're deep as hell. I lost a disc on #2 over the water and could see it a few feet from the shore. I rolled up the pants and stepped in, only to sink four feet deep in duck muck.
Other Thoughts: f it's in the water, it's gone unless you're a hippie stoner who fishes it out and doesn't play well with others. I almost had to fight someone for not returning my disc. Name and # on the disc mean nothing here.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This being my first stop on the way in from the airport, I wasn't disappointed, totally different feel than play at sea-level; nice creek running through the course; three frozen ponds with geese galore - must have been at least 2000+ out there; nice little course with excellent tee pads and baskets.
Cons: Tons of bird droppings, I thought they were dog droppings
Other Thoughts: Santizer/towel for you and your discs, bag to put your shoes in when done. Keep your disc out of creek if possible, you'll thank me later
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Wide open, easy to just gun for the hole. No finesse needed here. Course map at the beginning is helpful.
Cons: The ponds and creek provide the only challenge. The trees add to the course, but for now are too young to add any challenge. As others have said, the ducks and geese cause a bit of a problem with their waste.
Other Thoughts: I wish this course wasn't the closest to home. As I didn't find this one very challenging.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Worth taking a gander
*Water: The lakes and connecting creeks make this course. They add beauty and most of the challenge. Without the water this would be a pretty open and boring course. The water is in play or in view on 11 holes. According to my preferences, my favorite holes are the shots over the water. This risk vs. reward of the water provided the greatest challenge and interest for me. My favorite was hole 13. It's a challenging length at 355 ft, slight downhill, with the lake all along the right side making it risky for RHBH. I also liked the drive over the lake on 2, over the corner of the water on 12, and with the lake on the left on 18.
*Beauty: The verdant grass was very well mowed; combined with the water this had a serene and orderly feel to it.
*The course plays in a figure 8 pattern around 2 lakes so this creates shot variety with the water being sometimes on the left and sometimes on the right side.
*Tee pads- excellent. Long, concrete, trapezoids.
*Baskets- first class. Mach III with number plates.
*Navigation- generally clear and easy, but the map is needed in a few spots.
*There's a nice big course map on a park sign, as well as 2 maps available online. There are good restrooms, a scorecard online, a very good warm up basket, and numerous benches and trash cans along the walking trail.
-Tee signs: There are none. The hole number and length is embedded in the concrete tee pads. This necessitates a bit more effort to scout where to go next, but since the course is so open it's not too hard to navigate.
-Terrain variety: very low, since most holes are open grass with only a few trees here and there. 13 Open grass / 5 Mixed with a few scattered trees or bushes. Most of the putting areas were also too open and thus mundane for my preferences.
-Fairway shape variety: lacking. Because the terrain is so open most of the holes are straight and open shots. There were no right doglegs at all. 13 St/ 5 Left
-Elevation variety: also lacking. 10 Flat/ 3 Up/ 5 Down. Most holes are flat and any elevation changes are slight, only ranging from 3 to 8 ft.
-Length variety: not much on the standard layout. Holes only range from 190 to 400 ft, but 14 are 200-399 ft. (2 of 190-195/ 8 of 200-299/ 6 of 300-399/ 2 of 400 ft.)
Course Level = White (most suited for Intermediate players rated 875-925)
I only throw about 270 ft., with occasional bursts to 300 ft, so this course was a good length for me. It was fun to card 5 birdies.
Since it was July when I played, the geese and ducks were minimal, so they added to the ambiance and weren't a problem as other reviewers have mentioned.
Overall, I'd play this course again if I happened to be in the vicinity, but I think it might get old if I played it too often. The course is pretty, and I like the water holes, but it's just too open and doesn't have enough elevation change for my taste.
NOTE: Look in the "Links/Files" section for my files with Hole-by-hole evaluations, and a more detailed Overall review. You can also read more of my reviews and rating notes at the Yahoo Group, DG Course Reviews
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Short & Sweet
Pros: Expo Park is a short course great for beginners and more experienced players. The fairways are big as are the tee pads. Beginners don't have to worry about trees. I only play for aces. It is really fun to try and ace nearly every hole. Crowds are pretty minimal.
Cons: Water! I don't play #13 anymore because it is high risk, low reward. Who designed this course? Losing discs makes me want to give up the sport. If you lose your disc into the lake (or the creek) you are not getting it back unless you retrieve it yourself. People regularly wade in the lake and retrieve piles of discs. I have lost 5 discs with my number on them and I have never been called. If the creek is flooded just lay up. It floods regularly. The course has a lot of ducks and geese and their excrement. The tee pads have distances, but some are wrong. The pro tees are not very visible. The water is putrid and is trash filled.
Other Thoughts: The park offers locals many nice amenities so be polite to others in the park. You should play this course in Denver if you like to go for aces. Take your cheap discs and if you go for a hole near water be prepared for the consequences.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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