Aspens, Pines, and Creek. Oh My!
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The Baskets ARE there!
Super Fun Design Layout
Apsen Groves, Oldgrowth Pines, Creekage, Elevation, and Rock Croppings = DG Paradise
Custom Baskets, give this private course extra character
Bright Orange Number Plates on Baskets
Pretty easy Navigation, aided with some arrows
Benches by every Teepad
Finishes with "Top of the World" Shot
Cons: No Par 4 Holes, except #1. Only because I can't 3 it for the life of me :p
Teepad for #5 requires safe footwork
Property doesn't have a Second course
Other Thoughts: I'm indifferent to Tee Areas. The rubber mats here do a fine job :)
No Teesigns, but only 12 and 15 play blind. Nothing a 50ft walk can't solve.
Buckhorn Canyon had a wildfire (High Park?), and the results can be viewed up around this course. The Forrest Service folks had to do their thing and burn parts this property, to save it. This Wisconsiner appreciates the resulting mix of Oldgrowth Pines, Aspen, and surrounding desolation. The Gem that this place IS, becomes that much more relevant when taking it all in.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
I had a great time
Pros: in the middle of the woods. i personally love it. awesome shots real mountain folk time feeling. camping available if you want to stay out all day play it a few times. every one i have met there is really friendly.
Cons: i got kind of confused for hole 16 i think the tee pad is where these metal sidewalk benches were. a little confusing but not bad. and longer tee pads would nice for a run up.
Other Thoughts: im going back all the time
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Very Pretty, if you can see through the flies...
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Incredible views, in a gorgeous mountain area.
-Good use of the available area, resulting in a short, but nicely diverse and somewhat technical course.
-Homemade pins are cool, and catch discs fairly well.
-Temperatures are nice in summertime. Fort Collins was around 98 degrees, but I barely broke a sweat while throwing up here.
Cons: -Flies. There's a considerable amount of cow leavings all over the course, and loads of attendant flies. I had something buzzing about in my face on 12 out of 18 tees. If you're looking to work on your mental game in some ridiculously annoying circumstances, look no further. I couldn't even stand while waiting for my partner to throw without cursing and whipping my putter around me in an attempt to drive off the swarm.
-Tees can be rough to find. The course has become pretty overgrown in some places. The map at the entrance, and occasional signs on trees saying "Next" helped on many holes.
-We couldn't find the pin for forever on hole 18. Turns out campers had parked their RV in front of the pin...
-The rubber tee pads are pretty short and sometimes slide forward, covering holes. It looks flat under the edge of the tee pad, but when you plant your foot, you step in the hole.
Other Thoughts: I would love to camp, hike, or mountain bike here. The area is fantastically beautiful. I don't think I'll play disc golf here again unless I'm up there for another reason. The flies alone had me just wanting the round to be over by hole 9. The course alone, just on it's own merits, isn't as fun to play as other courses that are much closer for anyone not already in the mountains, and are free. It's not a bad course at all. Seems to me a really good use of the space, with a lot of fun shots. I do like to have a couple of holes that call for a big drive, and this course really only has the one. And there was an RV in front of the pin when we threw it. If I lived close by, I'd be so thankful this course was there. If you wanted to find one place to camp, hike, and play disc golf, this would be a great place. For just a place to go throw a round, if you're not already in the area, you can find someplace closer and you'll have just as much fun.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Solid Private Course in the Rockies
Pros: -Some nice homemade baskets. I always admire any homemade and when they are well-done, I am impressed.
-It has slightly better tees than many of these private courses in the mtns.
-Map at the start aids in navigation.
-Some fun elevation. Ups and downs and a few side hills.
-I like the feeling of remoteness that you get when you drive up to this course and while playing this course. You are deep into the mountains. Odds are also good that you will be alone when you come out here. Take a seat on a log and enjoy the scenery and silence.
-Or you can take a seat on one of many benches throughout the course.
-Pretty decent variation of hole length. Some are longer and a few are potential ace runs based on how far you can throw.
-Decent variation of open and wooded holes. None felt too open or too wooded to me.
-The last 3 holes were a solid closer for me. Up and then down twice.
Cons: -It takes a long time to get here. As this site says, it's only like 17 miles from Ft. Collins but the drive is a long one. Fill up on gas, food, and water before you head up here.
-Straying from fairways can lead to lost discs and scratched up hands and legs. Best to just keep it on the fairway if at all possible.
-Tees could have been better, especially on the longer holes where you really need to get a solid run-up or x-step in.
-I always love signage and this course didn't really have any beyond the map at the start.
-Pay to play- I understand that this is some guys private land and can't hold it against him for wanting to benefit a little for all the hard work and money that he's put in.
-As others have mentioned, the wow factor isn't quite there as you might expect from a Colorado mountain course. I was kind of getting bored until the last 3 holes which I found to be fun.
Other Thoughts: -I have to say that I had fun here. I am easy to please. However, I don't think that I would come here again. It is so far up here and the time and gas that it takes to get here isn't quite worth the experience (at least again, I don't regret it)
-Discs are more stable up here
-Like I said earlier, prepare for this course by bringing anything you need as there is nothing up here in the way of stores or really even people.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun, but not Elite
Pros: -Secluded and beautiful area west of Fort Collins
-The best homemade baskets I have ever seen. They catch well, and are well marked with a yellow sign and hole number on top.
-The course is easy to navigate for the most part, the next tee-pad is usually really close to the last hole. There are a few spots that have a somewhat long walk to the next hole, but take a picture of the map at the first hole, and you won't have any issues navigating the course.
-The course has a lot of good elevation changes, (most holes feature either uphill or downhill shots. Several holes have both up and downhill incorporated into them.
-The course makes good use of the woods it plays through. There are a lot of tightly wooded fairways on the course.
-The course has a good variety of holes (wooded, some wide open, and then some holes that incorporate both wooded and wide open into them).
-The course has a good amount of distance on it and there are definitely some opportunities to let your big drivers rip on the course.
-Benches on most holes
Best Holes include-
Hole 9- This is a tight fairway enclosed by trees, and is quite beautiful and a lot of fun to play
Hole 12- A long downhill shot, through a tunnel of trees down to the basket situated in a nice meadow.
Hole 18- Great way to end the course. It felt like the longest hole on the course and is a long bomber shot downhill through a big meadow, down to the basket guarded by a few trees.
Cons: -A lot of the fairways on this course are quite overgrown, with lots of sticky, prickly plants and tall grass. You will definitely spend some time looking for your disc and I suggest wearing long pants to avoid the prickly itchy grass.
-While the tee-pads are rubber, they were way too short and the area behind the tee-box weren't always conducive to good run-ups. The tee-pads on this course definitely need some improvement.
-Wish there were tee-signs as it can be hard to judge how long a hole is due to the elevation changes. You can't always see the basket from the tee-pad, so it would be nice to have a tee-sign with the layout of the hole.
-This course is a very far out of the way and pretty much in the middle of nowhere. It is 11 miles up a dirt road that takes a bit of time to drive up- Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to drive-up to and back from the course, if you are trying to fit this one into a road trip.
-A couple of the holes have crossing fairways. The course wasn't very crowded when we played so it wasn't a big deal, but this could be a problem if the course got crowded.
-A couple holes felt a little repetitive after a while.
-None of the holes really had much of a wow factor to them.
Other Thoughts: This was a fun course, it just didn't have the wow factor or feeling that I get when playing a 4.0 or higher rated course. While I enjoyed the course, I don't think the long drive out to the course is worth it, when there are better courses that are much more easily accessed.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is a work in progress that seems to get better every trip up. The course sits around 8500 feet up so expect your disc to be a bit more stable. The owners continue to make strives to better the course and their effort is shown. The course has a good variety of hyzers, anhyzers, flex shots and tunnels which adds to the enjoyment. My friend and I donated rubber teepads which are now installed and while they are a little short they are much more playable than the rough natural pads from before. The fairways have been cleaned up a bunch thanks to the owners and many volunteers which was definitely needed. The wild flowers and views are amazing right now at this course. Overall this is definitely a fun course that anyone in northern colorado should check out.
Cons: Beware of bees and cow poop! Tee signs with various pin locations would be cool. Also due to the clean up there are some large brush piles that your disc can end up in.
Other Thoughts: Make sure to pay either the owner if he is home or place money in the box under the course map on hole one. Also any gates you open make sure to close as the owner keeps cows on the property. Also everyone I have met and played with at this course have been very cool and laid back so keep the good vibes going as this is what really makes this course a gem.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 1 Not
I Told The Cows Not To Poop On The Teepad!
Pros: The first thing you must realize about Buckhorn is that it is going to take you a spell to get there. It's about a 20-25 mile trip to get to the dirt road which leads up to the course. Then it's a 11 mile (35 minute) drive up the winding unpaved road to the course itself.
The course is very much on the rustic side with natural pads, these clever homemade baskets and very simple tee signs. There are simple benches at every hole. The course is recreational in nature and to me, had more of the feel of a normal wooded course feel, rather than that of a high mountain course. The natural beauty and scenic vistas were just not there. The course is very technical in nature.
Rather you had cows grazing in the fairways and leaving their piles on two of the teepads. I gave them a stern scolding about this breech of mountain disc course etiqueette. This just stared at me blankly. Not even a courtesy moo.
The course is actually a bit swampy in places and the July 2012 fires actually burned some of the benches and teepads. In a couple of instances, I was actually walking through charred, blackened earth. It must have been terrifying a few short weeks ago.
Cons: Although the course features a decent challenge, it lacks the wow factor. Too many uphill holes, too many others lacking any real excitement. Other than the final hole, it doesn't offer any other big downhills. The amenities are private course rudimentary and basic.
Other Thoughts: I sincerely believe that Buckhorn DGC is the recipient of PCB (Private Course Bias) where reviewers tend to get all excited about private courses and inflate their ratings. After playing Beaver Ranch with it's incredible mountain scenery, unmatched amenities and challengingly but fair layout, Buckhorn falls way short in comparison. Buckhorn DGC is a nice 3 to 3.5 star course a very long drive up here in the mountains. And I absolutely am not deducting any points for any damage or course problem caused the recent wildfires. I'm just thankful the damage was as minor as it was and that no-one here was injured during the fires.
And there was no-one home but a friendly kitten so I left a donation at the front door of the first cabin. Thanks for the experience.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Fun Factor high
Pros: Driving thru Buckhorn Canyon you start to realize that the course is goin to be in a very pretty area.Aspens Pines an grassy plains surrounded by mountains is what your in for.Great use of the land an elevation change.Really enjoyed the course maybe more then Sundance an Beaver Meadows probably because its shorter then those two an I played it third. Definately the easier of the three.
Cons: The drive from Ft.Collins is around thirty plus miles but the road is very slow once you enter the buckhorn dirt road.Scenic but slow.High grasses made my girl itch.Cows roaming freely could give you a surprise under your feet.
Other Thoughts: Shooting under par here is a must for seasoned disc golfers, not too much trouble to perform well here hole 17 is the only longer hole and its downhill in a more open area for ya.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Northern Colorado's Greats
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course has a great set up! The pin placements are set up to perfection. Not very much elevation changes but just some great dog legs and a few up hills or around them. Just a great use of the land they had to work with. Every basket is homemade and they work great. They set up a few water holes which are good for some tougher shots. Hole 8 is right on the water so make sure you either chuck it past it or lay up. Great down hill shot on 17 and a nice around the hill for 18. A few blind shots but just have a spotter ready for those ones. If you don't have a spotter you could be searching for discs. The course is in the middle of nowhere so make sure to get directions from the owner.
Cons: Google maps were way off. Ask owner for directions. The loud "BONG" when your disc hits below the basket that was talked about previously, it not really a con, just a beat down on the disc golfers soul. A few different tweaks and this could be one of the best course in Northern Colorado.
Other Thoughts: This course is a great stop by if you're playing the Northern Colorado Circuit. The owners are very nice and willing to play a couple of holes with you if you want. Benches and trash cans on a lot of holes. Keep it clean. Pack it in, Pack it out.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Worth the trip!
Pros: This is a beautiful course sitting in buckhorn canyon at around 8000 ft.. The scenery is great, and the course has a very navigable layout. A mix of open meadows, woods, and bushes makes this course challenging but nothing too lengthy or technical for a casual player. This course has some of my favorite holes like #17(downhill bomb with a great view!). The pads are nice being natural and the targets are very cool homemade goals made by the owners. If you want a peaceful and scenic round of disc golf, this is one of the best places for it!
Cons: Some of the pads are a little bumpy and rocky, but you can never expect natural pads to be perfect. A few holes are almost identical the way they are played. Lastly, and this may only be a con if you have a big arm, but there aren't any extreme long holes that you can rip.
Other Thoughts: If you get a chance, say hello to the owners and tell them what a great job they have done on the course. This quickly became one of my favorite courses in Northern Colorado!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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