Stadium? What Stadium?
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: To begin: I'm pretty sure this course isn't called "Hughes Stadium" the signs all said "Aggie Greens" however, I'm no local so don't take my word for it.
-Nice Tees, ample space for a good run up, pretty typical concrete pads for any good course
-For what they are, the fairways are nice, they have been mowed so there is a clear difference between them and the rough
-This course has two obstacles, hills and distance, both are used nicely, a couple shots play up and down hills, most (if not all?) holes are over 300'
-Very easy to navigate, Didnt have to consult the map at all, the layout is very logical
-Wide open, you can do whatever you want throwing wise here, if you want to work on your big forehand drives, you can do that, if you want to try and work on turnovers, do that, etc...
-No garbage laying around the course, this was very nice, garbage is one of my biggest pet peeves
-Fairways don't intersect
-Tee signs give great distance, par, and hole number, however, the map is questionable, I mean, there isn't much to map out anyway, but it would be nice to have some of the apparent O.B. Labeled on the map.
-Baskets are very tricky to see, the beat of gray color doesn't stand out at all against the light brown dried grass and dust
-Baskets themselves aren't great, they are passable.
-There are only two obstacles on this course: distance and hills, there is not much variation the course is almost a little bit boring, just 18 baskets thrown about into a field
-Weird mando on one Down hill hole. There are two posts which I believed to be Mandos, but one of them was directly in front of the tee so you were forced to take a weird run up, not necessary at that point in the hole in my opinion
-You can see the mountains in the distance a little bit, but other than that, this course is not a very pretty sight, it is an open lot of land that was grabbed up by the parks department (or so it seems) which I guess is better than no course, but to be real, it is a field with baskets
-Dusty! My discs were caked with dust by the end of the round, kinda gross, needs cleaning
If you have time, come and play this course, especially if you are on your way to horsetooth reservoir (recommended), but if you are in Fort Collins for a short amount of time, go to edora instead.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great for working on your long game. Throw whatever you want as hard as you can and don't worry about hitting anything...easy to navigate, plenty of parking,
Cons: Lacks variety of shots and terrain, no epic holes, not much to look at. No shade! Course is a big loop so you are pretty far from where you parked as you make the turn (bring everything you need from the start.)
Other Thoughts: Navigation: You can get a little confused as to which basket to throw to on a couple of holes. Remember everything is wide open so you often will be looking at more than one basket from the tee. Not a huge issue but it helps to take a photo of the map at the start of the round so you can refer to it if needed. The tee signage is pretty good overall.
Overall Course Design: This is a course for big arms. In fact that is about all it is. There are no finesse shots here because the trees that they planted when the course was built haven't had a lot of years to grow up and "do their job" of shaping the fairways. This course is basically the same thing over and over again. You can throw whatever you want on almost every hole for the entire round. When the trees get bigger they will start to shape the fairways and make each hole more unique, but that is going to take quite a while. The terrain is a big rectangle with identically sloped sides and a flat bottom. There are some holes that do take advantage of that elevation and slope (tee off from the top straight down, throw from the bottom to the top, throw across the slope...there are only so many ways that you can design around a uniform slope of equal height).
Layout of the course is clear with no crossing fairways. They were doing the best they could with the design of a course that is a big, dusty, empty dog bowl so you are not going to have much in the way of scenic beauty to appreciate.
Great for big arms. If you need to work on distance or play for money against your buddy who can't throw as far, this is a great option for you :). Because the course is all open it's not hard to figure out where to go. You can just walk up and have a look. No blind shots.
Maintenance: No problems with maintenance. The land was just a big recharge basin so they don't have a lot of issues with the natural plants or grass or erosion having an effect on the course. The lack of shade means that if you play this course in the summer Bring A Hat or you are going to fry!
Amenities: Portable toilet in the parking lot. Not crowded.
Parking: Parking is good here. Just park in the designated area, do some warm up putts on the basket and walk over to the 1st tee.
This is a city course so you get what you pay for (=$0). I review city courses a bit differently than "destination courses" like pay to play public/pay to play private because they are all trying to achieve different things. As stated before, there are some things about this course that make it useful for working on parts of your game, but as far as an overall disc golf experience there are better free courses in the area.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Bring out the long drivers
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The Pros and Cons are all pretty well covered by other reviews. I don't want to rehash all of those.
Cons: No real shade
Other Thoughts: This course hasn't been reviewed since 2014, so I thought I'd just say that it is still here. It's still a long course, but isn't all that technical. I like the hole on the back 9 with the elevated pin, kinda breaks it up a bit.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Wide Open - Long Holes
Pros: Very accessible, rarely crowded. Have played this course MANY times. They are definitely making an effort to improve it. Hard to loose a disc here ESPECIALLY when properly maintained. Are getting better about keeping grass mowed and such.
Cons: few trees or obstacles. Fairly repetitive, straight, LONG throws. I don't have a great arm, so it is VERY challenging. If grass is long it is EASY to loose a disc.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -new cobblestone tees, solid DGA baskets, good signs
-lots of distance, holes average almost 400'
-elevation present on the edges of the basin, a few elevated tees
-2 basket positions on all but two holes
-trees planted in the open areas, will help in some years
-holes 14-18 have better obstacles, more interesting
Cons: -mostly wide open, few obstacles, no shade
-tall grass: good for optional OB, pain in the neck finding your drive
-lack of obstacles and mostly flat = repetitive, lots of long holes, and no forced lines
-a few long walks between holes
-needs a few shorter holes, at least to change it up
-closed during CSU football games
Other Thoughts: Hughes Stadium is the definition of the average course. It is mostly wide open so the holes are long, boring, repetitive, and you can throw any shot you want over and over again. The saving grace is the elevation around the edges of the basin in which the course is built. There are a few elevated tees and a few baskets on the side of a hill. I did like hole 11, one of the shorter holes and plays across and down the side of a hill.
In several years the trees that have been planted will begin to have an effect on how the course plays. For now this course is pretty unimpressive and brutal in the mile high sun. Big arms will like this course and locals looking for a change of pace from Edora. If you're just in the area looking for a round, Edora is the place to go.
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6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Play Long Grass as O.B.
Pros: Nice cobble stone tee pads. Good tee signs. Plenty of opportunities to air out your drives. Several holes with elevation change and a few mandos. Effort has been made to make the course more interesting like the option to play unmowed areas as O.B. One elevated basket with an island green.
Cons: If you don't play the unmowed areas as O.B. then I can see where the course can be repetitive.
Other Thoughts: The trees are all young so it will be a few years before this course matures into a really good one. I saw sprinkler heads around some of the trees so that should help. Play the long grass areas as O.B. and I think you will find this course quite a challenge.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Nice new tee pads
The Tee signs are good
There has been some effort to make the course better with the addition of some mando's
Course is typical pretty empty so good place to practice
Cons: The course is built in a flood basin. It can be very very wet and the grass grows fast because of this.
A lot of similar shots
Can be windy
Other Thoughts: If the grass was cut more and not just in the fairways and there were shorts pin placement it would be a great beginner course. There isn't to many ways to lose a disc as long as the grass is cut.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: New launch pads and baskets, good for practicing long drives, as others have suggested. Minimal vegetation because the course is new, once vegetation grows in, it should have more potential.
Cons: Repetitive play, the course crisscrosses the field that it's set on so many holes are the same one played earlier but are down the hill that you played up on the last go around. The course is generally more windy than EPIC or other courses in the area because of where it's situated.
Other Thoughts: Some launch pads have yet to be put in.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Great for the drivers
Pros: Great course for anyone wanting to practice drives or long shots with minimal obstacles. Great scenery and well maintained.
Cons: Can get a little boring and repetitive. The wind can also be more severe than other courses in FC.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
give it a few years...
Pros: The course is laid out across a large bowl, with a dirt roadway splitting it. Holes average probably around 325'.
* Lots of open space
* Finding the next hole is aided by a well-mowed field--follow the mow paths and usually you'll end up in the right place
* Clean and safe
* A few holes diverged from the sameness of the course (see the cons list); 14 for example had the basket hidden behind a hillock
* Great views
* A couple extra-long holes (600')
* Two possible basket placements per hole
Cons: * A couple holes have proximity to the roadway, which can get pretty busy
* Same comment as a number of other reviewers have suggested--it's mostly the same thing. Either down a short hill and out a flat, or vice versa, or across the flat. Holes are generally straight-line affairs now, though that should change as the trees grow.
* Nice signage for each hole, but often it's not clear from the diagram which placement you're looking at.
Other Thoughts: The course officially closes during CSU games. We were there a few hours prior to a Saturday night game. There was parking along the roadway by the entrance to the course. It also looks like there is ample parking when it's not a game day (the lot was gated off Saturday).
Most tees are brick stones (no mortar) and in great shape; a few holes are dirt still with piles of bricks waiting to be laid. There are a number of trees planted across the bowl, and for now they do little to alter the game. I figure in 5-7 years they will make the course considerably more interesting.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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