Used to be good
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This course used to be good - last year it was flooded but mostly playable.
The surrounding scenery is beautiful.
Cons: This year is a different story. It is WAY overgrown with weeds (even growing through one basket). The tees are mostly possible to find but we spent 20 minutes looking for #9 tee before giving up. Some of the baskets are visible from the tees but many are obscured by weeds (some taller than me). You may need a guide to find the baskets from the tees.
The club maintaining this course should be ashamed.
The food at the restaurant at the adjoining resort is mediocre.
Other Thoughts: Could be much improved by an annual mid-summer mowing. This could be an easy job since the area is pretty flat flood plain. The signage could be improved by letting a player know where the next tee is located.
I will not spend the time to travel a 44 mile road to play this course. The scenery is beautiful but the course is not worth the drive
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Red rock serenity and some challenging holes
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: It's hard enough to find any course around here on these scenic back roads through CO/UT canyon country. Dolores stands out for it's epic scenery, how easy it is to find, and the fact that on any given day you will probably have the entire course all to yourself. Pros include:
-playing golf in a baby Grand Canyon
-the course all to yourself
-challenging pin placements on most holes
-enough shade to hide from the summer sun
-the lazy Dolores River winding along the front 9
-Well-labeled baskets in excellent condition
-Well-labeled tee pads (most are rubber, some are dirt)
-Great signage between holes directing to next tee pad
Cons: These cons shouldn't deter you from playing this course, unless you're a beginner or have no patience or willingness to search out the pins on foot:
-No reliable map at the start or online (even here)
-No restrooms or water
-No hole maps at tees; some posts do not read in the direction of the fairway. This requires walking 100-200 ft ahead to locate the pins on several holes
-No elevation changes
-Tall grass/willows can make discs hard to find on some holes
Other Thoughts: As others have said, this course is underplayed due to its location. Don't skip it if you have the chance to play. Give yourself at least 1.5-2 hours to play all the correct holes. I really looking forward to driving this route and playing Dolores again.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Not so good
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Scenery on drive to and from course was spectacular.
Easy to get from basket to next tee. Will marked and close.
Background views when on course are great.
Decent design given the property used.
No one else playing.
Cons: No map at start of course.
No map on udisc
No map of the hole at the tee box.
Not easy to figure basket location on some holes.
Missing a number of tee pads.
Worse piece of land possible in the area. Dry and dusty field with scattered trees. River nearby, but doesn't really come into play.
All holes within sight of super expensive lodging. It felt like you were being watched all the time.
No bathrooms. No trash cans.
100 percent flat.
Other Thoughts: This course is not anywhere close to a 4. It was fun, but I had wrong expectation based on the past reviews. It is to bad that they couldn't have used a better piece on land. Something that got out onto the hard rock area so dominated in this area.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Life-list must-play for setting
Pros: Setting, setting, setting. This course is south of I-70/Grand Junction, Colorado, about 45 miles. The drive alone is worth the cost of admission, which, at the time I write this, is FREE. Route 141 is one of the prettiest, most scenic drives you will make in your life. The course, and resort, are nestled in one of the prettiest canyonlands settings I have ever seen... ass-kickingly jaw-dropping stunning. Link up by continuing on with a scenic loop-drive south toward Montrose, take the dirt cut-off canyon road to Bedrock, then through LaSal UT to Moab, in either late April/May, or October, and count your lucky stars that you could do itl. Bring a mountain and road bike, hiking boots, fly-rod, and plenny water and cash to buy all the great local beer and food. Course: Cottonwood bottom, great map at entry, LOOK at the map, there are a couple places where it gets a bit confusing. Signs/markers are in disrepair, rubber mat t-pads generally clear of debris, course has suffered a few flooding/ desert washout events -- 9th basket is almost buried with wash debris (earth in motion, geology lesson learning moment). Terrific use of cottonwoods to make for devilishly tough shots to basket. The paradox/irony of dirt-bag D/G next to a schwanky resort is still keeping me giggling, but be thankful that the resort put in the course, and allows the common man access. Pick up anything you find, pack out your own, and keep looking up at those cliffs!!!! It is SO pretty !!!
Cons: Weeds, cheatgrass, etc are a pain in the hiking socks! As always in the arid west, good leather ankle high foot gear is a must.
Other Thoughts: Camping: I had a challenge going down-river, along the road that borders the course. Seemed POSTED, no trespass... I recommend, instead, getting back on the paved Highway, heading SOUTH past the resort, and taking a right just past resort to BLM federal land , not too far up off the highway, on Joe Brown Canyon road. The moment you cross onto public land, you can camp... BLM/National Forest:... be respectful, these are OUR lands: respect!! Great camping in a jaw-dropping area. Pack it OUT, don't trash it, clean camping ethics, for your grand-kids sake...
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Not bad for a course in the middle of nowhere.
Pros: This is a good course if you happen to be in the Gateway Canyon area. The area is very nice and you get some great views of the surrounding mesas walking the course. It's pretty far out there and secluded so you're in for a nice calm round. The course is easy to find and a sign lets you know you are at the course. All tee pads are a strip of rubber that seemed to worked well for my drives and the targets are top notch DGA baskets. Great signage for each hole and directions to the next. Holes range from short(200ft) to long(500ft) and play by, but not too close to, the Dolores River. A few holes are longer and some require mandos between trees. A nice selection of shots are required to play this course well, but you won't be intimidated. A round here can be played rather quickly with the layout. I hear you can camp behind the course which is a plus if you are in camping mode and stopping through.
Cons: Although many holes require a few trees to dodge, making them interesting, the course is pretty open and there aren't any elevation changes. A few holes are too short and easy. There aren't any facilities at this course, so bring water, as it can get hot in the summer. Watch your disc at all times, the grass and brush gets thick in the summer.
Other Thoughts: This course might be underplayed because of its location. I enjoyed playing here on a trip back from Utah. It was relaxing and the round went smoothly.
Favorite holes: #3, #5, #15, #18
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Flat and narrow
Pros: Well This is a fun course. Every Tee box has a picture of pin placement and how far it is to basket which is nice. it is also a good course to practice on forehand throws if your right handed cause there is a few doglegs to the right that make it difficult to get to with backhand throws. The scenery is nice through the canyons and right next to the Delores River. There is some long holes also which is cool for your mid range throws. There is two par 4 holes.
Cons: The Cons of this course is the river right next to you on the first three holes so be careful. Also the shrubbery can be a hassle if you lose it in the thorny bushes. The weather can be very hot also so if you can play early morning or late evening, or take lots of water. and one more the blind basket location need a spotter to watch disk so retrieving is easy.
Other Thoughts: All around this is a nice course, with good basket placement and tee box placement. There is a few holes that you got to be a good aim to get thought the tight trees to get close to the hole. I think a good long range straight flying disk is a must have in your bag if you are going to play this course
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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