Russell Gulch, CO 
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BFE fun for me

1    11/26/2016   12/1/2016
Review By: enragedmullet
Played: 61  Reviewed: 49  Exp: 6 Years
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Baskets are in better condition than past reviews; not sure of the model but not many are obviously slapdash/homemade. They catch reasonably well too.

- Signage is adequate. There's a sign, there's a par, there's a distance for most.

- Course plays a loop, nice variety of distances though none are terribly long. Decent mixture of bombers/technical shots. In particular #'s 12 and 13 stand out. They play away from and back towards one of the abandoned buildings and cross some interesting topography. 17 is nerve wracking - if you have bad wind, you may just chuck the disc into an abandoned building/vehicle/OB/or a building that's actually actively occupied.

- No real foliage/grounds issues as far as weeds/overgrowth - I played in November and the main problem I had experienced was having discs that skipped along snow/ice.

- majority of holes have benches and the course is clear about asking you to pack out your garbage (bears), and is also very pro-recycling.

- Port-o-john on premises next to Parking and 17/18

- Some variety with elevation - nothing extreme but you're playing in 3 dimensions on some holes for sure.

- Unique for sure! A total destination/bucket list course. How many other courses can boast an old school ghost town? It's a weird, scenic, kind of surreal place.

- Labor of love - it's obvious the owners take pride in the place, and do all they can to make for a memorable round w/o getting in the way.
Cons: - Signage isn't GREAT. Though it appears the course has been undergoing some changes recently so if the signs had diagrams and the whole 9 they probably wouldn't be terribly accurate anyway.

- Some fairways are close together and cross-play could become an issue if groups end up running into each other. As stated before, the back 9 is where this is most obvious.

- Reservations I understand but the way tee times are setup seems like it could have issues in the busy season. You can pay $5 for 1 round or $7 for 2, but if you're taking a long time I can see how that second round would eat into someone else's tee time. I'm not sure how the owners deal with this, or if they bother to at all. As it was, I played in November and the issue didn't come up.
Other Thoughts: - There are a few really cool rain shelters on the course - something I haven't seen before but I really think add something to the course - it's like the course is looking out for you just in case of bad weather.

- I've read a lot of different things about Ghost Town including lots of moaning regarding the restrictiveness of the course, OB everywhere, penalties for this/that, owners not being happy when people don't set tee times, etc. The thing is that those aren't cons. If this course was smack in the middle of an urban setting I'd understand but the fact is you're in BFE Colorado at a unique setting in an area that's quite interesting if you bother to look into it. It's a destination/private course, and as such, visitors should expect a unique time in a unique setting, and not necessarily a 5-star pro-level knock-your-socks-off wet dream course.

- Upon arrival and "check-in" the owner(s) will provide you with an accurate hand-drawn map which you can take a picture of. Unorthodox? Yes. But better than nothing.

- The course plays along an old mining easement through Russell Gulch - a defunct mining town now split between several property owners. If you take the Peak-to-Peak Hwy here from the north, check out Nederland - it's a quaint town that seems to have plenty going on, at least before winter. It also hosts something called Frozen Dead Guy Days, which I plan to investigate one day.

- The drive there through Central City can get super confusing. Be on your toes.

- I'd give it a 3.25 if possible but I'm erring on the side of 3.5 due to the destination/unique nature of the course. If you like cheesy souvenirs, those are for sale too! I'll admit I left some dollars in the clubhouse. Fun time for sure, check it out.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 A clubhouse!

1    8/15/2013   8/20/2013
Review By: a.sorensen
Played: 14  Reviewed: 11  Exp: 5.2 Years
3 Helpful / 5 Not
- the course has a very nice clubhouse
- well maintained brick tee pads
- map and signage make it easy to navigate
- better scenery and terrain than any course that I have played
- good mix of long/short & open/technical holes
- amateur tee pads available
- have to play holes 15 & 16 at the same time
- I was not a big fan of the dry ponds (OB) in the middle of the fairway on hole 4
Other Thoughts: Brian was very nice and very generous about letting out-of-towners play on his private land. You can tell that he has spent a lot of time working on the course.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful.

 Unique Setting for Disc Golf

1    7/18/2013   7/23/2013
Review By: bjreagh
Played: 271  Reviewed: 260  Exp: 21.1 Years
9 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This is one of the most unique courses you will ever play. It is in a great setting- looks like a place you see on American Pickers- old mining town, lots of old buildings, miscellaneous items all over from an old bike behind hole 17 to the scary dummy on the clubhouse porch and so much more. You see things here you won't see on any other disc golf course.

The main characteristic is being tight and technical with lots of o.b. due to the narrow tract of land Brian has to work with that borders several neighbors. The o.b. might seem a little over the top, but remember everyone is playing the same course. Just view it the same as other unlucky breaks like spit-outs and roll-aways- you will throw o.b. at some point. Although you can always play safe and avoid the borders so there is good risk/reward and you still have to execute a well-placed shot to avoid the o.b.

The 1st half the course is more wooded, rocky, with elevation. The 2nd half is more open around the buildings and a creek, making for a nice mix of styles- no two holes are the same.

This course is private, so chances are you will get the course to yourself.

Brian, the owner and designer, is friendly- he talks you through the course, gives you a map, and then turns you loose. Along with disc golf, Brian is a great artist and has paintings covering the walls of his clubhouse (many of disc golf scenes) available for sale, along with cool looking t-shirts, discs, etc.
Cons: A little smothering because of the tight borders, the multitude of rules regarding neighbors, areas where you can't make loud noises, restrictions on how to play, etc. (all understandable, but it is different than most other courses in this regard).

Some rules/o.b are a little extreme- avoiding the o.b. flower beds in the fairway are mostly luck, having o.b. right behind the basket where you might have a spit-out that goes o.b. is unfair. The first time playing you don't know where all the o.b. is so there is a big luck factor. Plus there are the odd rules of hitting buildings and signs yielding 2 or 3 stroke penalties. It was almost like playing RIPT built in to the course! (As long as you have the approach coming in that this is the style with all its quirks, then you will have a great time.)

Course was a little tricky to get to, some dirt roads, but follow the directions on DGCR and you will find it ok.
Other Thoughts: This is a one-of-a-kind course that is truly a unique experience, but don't let that fool you. If you abide by all the rules, this course will really make you work to score well. It is also a mental test of how you handle unlucky breaks. Accuracy and precise placement is way more important than uncontrolled distance here. It may not be the best course ever, but it is one of the most memorable boosting my rating.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful.

 Disc Golf Sanctuary!

1    5/10/2012   6/18/2012
Review By: h0pe
Played: 3  Reviewed: 3
12 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -This course is truly a "Disc Golf Sanctuary" meticulously maintained and winding through several dilapidated period buildings.

-Brian was very helpful, going over the rules of the course and walking us through each hole on a map.

-The pin placements are challenging creating a highly technical course that rewards a laser accurate mid-range game.

-The first 7 holes wind through a narrow corridor of pine trees, dry ponds and boundary lines before opening up into the Ghost Town.

-The ambiance is simply amazing! You are literally playing in a ghost town and driving around the ruins of old buildings.

-Individual tee times make for an intimate experience.

-Lots and lots and lots of flavor here. The marsh on #9 is called the "Mekong Delta" and Brian's kitsch is littered throughout the course.
Cons: -The homemade baskets are wonderful for flavor but are awful to play.

-Rules, rules, rules. There are specific OB rules for this course, both to protect the neighbor's property and privacy as well as Brian's signs and the old buildings. Quite regulated with little freedom for shots.

-The wide swath of OB rules and narrow boundary lines left me feeling suffocated and stifled. Really got the sense that all the neighbors were hostile to this place.

-The pin placement, while challenging, seemed to favor a medium range sidearm throw. There was some variation but I kept coming back to this particular shot. Really felt like there was ONE (and only one) particular way to play a few holes on this course.

-Never had to take a driver out of my bag.

-5 dollars a round was rather steep considering its 3 dollars to play at Beaver Ranch, one of the best courses in the U.S.
Other Thoughts: -Control, Control, Control is the name of this course. Only had to uncork a couple of drives. Everything else was tight and mid-range.

-Beautiful scenery. Serene trees and views. The cool ambiance of crumbling buildings makes it worth playing at least once.

-Leave the power at home. You can 1-disc this with a Roc or a Buzz.

-Lots of OB rules specific to this course. Has a "backyard" feel to it.

-Truly a Disc Golf Sanctuary... at least when you're in-bounds and not annoying the neighbors.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful.

 An Awesome and Unique Destination

5+    5/3/2011   5/27/2011
Review By: 14erDisc
Played: 40  Reviewed: 40  Exp: 7.6 Years
This review was updated on 4/29/2012
12 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This place has got the vibe! Call ahead tee-times to make sure you don't run into anybody else while you are up there. Personalized greetings within the "pro shop" from the owner of the land. Maps and directions given to you for proper navigation of the land. This place is a treat! The front nine are very technical and fairly short. Expect to throw almost every throw in your arsenal by the time you reach the back nine... and prepare to be accurate OR ELSE. This place has extensive out of bounds rules (which must be followed), so every shot must be properly placed. The back nine are far more open yet are still high on the difficulty scale. Hole 15 can get you with 1/3 of the hole being an OB building requiring a re-tee + one stroke. Expect to do some hiking while you are here. There is not much elevation change, but most of the land is uneven terrain and requires proper navigation. This course is also in a "ghost town", so the vibe here is awesome. Broken down buildings, shot up propane tanks, abandoned trailers, and the list of old-school Colorado memorabilia goes on. There really is no other vibe like a ghost town with a friendly host who loves to disc.

Hole 1 starts out with a straight uphill in between two fairly tight OB corridors
Hole 2 is a long and large left hook through a tight OB corridor. If you birdie this hole, it would be amazing.
Hole 3 is an awesome anhyzer hook through a tight fairway surrounded by dense trees and OB
Hole 4a is a nice straight shot to the basket which stands in the middle of a group of aspen trees. beware of the dry ponds!
Hole 4b is one of the most unique tee pads that exists. You stand atop a rock with no room to move, throw the disc through a small gap in the trees, and hit an anhyzer line ending with the basket 1 foot from OB.
Hole 5 is a great tomahawk hole over a stand of trees. Prettymuch a straight shot.
Hole 6 is the longest on the course, and is a long left hook where OB is easy to avoid
Hole 7 is a toughy. The tee box is surrounded by trees making it EXTREMELY hard, and the basket is almost straight ahead with a million trees in the way. OB is not much of a factor.
Hole 8 is an awesome anhyzer shot through a thin alley through a stand of aspens. Hit the gap or get stuck in the trees.
Hole 9, 10, 11 are all straight and open shots over a small marsh. Dont hit any buildings, they are OB!
Hole 12 is a straight shot with the basket on top of an apex, with drops on 3 out of 4 sides. This basket is in horrible condition so be careful.
Hole 13 is a blind shot with the basket resting on the hillside just infront of you. Any kind of throw works here.
Hole 14 is another straight and open shot with a fairway mowed into the ground. OB comes into play on the right side and is very hard to avoid.
Hole 15 and 16 are from the same tee, but very different shots. Hole 15 is a blind shot with a nice left hook at the end. The basket lies below the tee in elevation, and is about 3 feet from OB. This shot also requires a +1 and retee if you strike a ghosttown-building which takes up about 40% of the shot. It's an easy shot, but the pressure can get to you. 16 is from the same tee and is a long straight bomb with the basket located in a tight area surrounded by OB. Hit a house or car is a 3 stroke penalty!
Hole 17 & 18 are straight shots confined greatly by OB. And don't hit the course sign, it's +2!
Cons: There are a few baskets of poor quality on the course... the only true complaint. Some of them are home-made and really delapedated. I am all for the "course vibe" in terms of baskets, however this place has a few that can be so bad it's hard to hit a 4 foot put from a certain angle. On the up-side, the owner Brian usually gets around to fixing issues with baskets within a day or two. This is a pay-to-play ($3 a round) course, but I do not consider this a con. The money is well worth it, goes to a good cause, and keeps the less serious discer away.
Other Thoughts: One of the most unique courses in Colorado. A must play, and a course that will more than likely leave you frustrated with your score at the end of round 1. Technical and challenging, yet open and fun too!

12 of 13 people found this review helpful.


1    5/15/2010   6/1/2010
Review By:
Played: 26  Reviewed: 13  Exp: 17.4 Years
This review was updated on 2/24/2013
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very cool course, that is full of history and fun shots. The clubhouse is awesome, and the hospitality is 2nd to none. This course has a little of everything, and will use all the discs in your bag. The grounds are full of old buildings, and much history. The owner playing allong will be very informative, IE a local history lesson. This course is well worth the trip to C-City, and the very low cost of $5 per day.
Cons: Can be hard to find, the baskets need to be upgraded, it can be muddy in the spring, and there is way, way, way to much OB. OB should be reserved for dangerous areas, roads, and property lines, just my opinion.
Other Thoughts: I put this up with the most unique, fun, and interesting DG experience I have ever had. Playing this course will be one great day of DG.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.


1    7/28/2008   1/14/2009
Review By: J-TRU
Played: 74  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 18.2 Years
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Course is very difficult. The owner has made a very detailed map so you can't get lost. He has made up some rules that make it very intresting to play because you can't throw the shot you want every time.
Cons: Some of the original baskets are still there(homemade), but the owner asks for a small fee to play all day and i think that $ is going to new baskets because alot of them are new.
Other Thoughts: bring bright good plastic to throw, your in the woods so you will hit alot trees and misplace your disc.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful.

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