Pros: Beautiful views of the valley. Extremely challenging. Good mix of par 3 to 5. Long, steep downhill shot on 18 is very cool. Probably a 400 foot vertical drop from the tee to the basket, 700 feet away.
Cons: Poorly laid out in some areas. When you are standing on the tee pad for 1, looking at the sign, you see a basket in front of you. If you throw at it, you are wasting time. That's actually the basket for 18. The basket for 1 is the opposite direction, behind a giant billboard. 2 plays uphill through an electric fence, which thankfully wasn't on, and the basket is inside one of the chair lift towers. 3-6 play back and forth through the fence. 5 has no tee pad. 7 looks like a straight, uphill shot, but that's actually the basket for 16. The basket for 7 is actually back on the other slope you just left, behind the shack. Another discer was kind enough to point out my error, while screaming obscenities at me and my kids. Course continues up the hill through 12, no tee pad for 10, then you finally head downhill on 13 and 14, back up the hill on 15, then downhill for the rest.
Other Thoughts: It's a seasonal course, so it has to be minimalist for easy set up and takedown, but a little better signage telling you which way to throw, where the correct basket is, etc, would make it better. If you have never played the course, it can be very confusing, and guidance from other players may come at a price. The course may be a good use of the space, but the course layout is abyssmal. Signage giving better direction to unfamiliar players would be worth another 1.0. Abscence of rude jerks would have been worth 0.5 more.
Up, Up, and Away!!
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Pros: This 18-hole ski resort course is free to play, and that in itself is great. Although the course plays in the main run of the ski resort, there didn't seem to be other summer activities like mountain biking or hiking that got in the way.
The course plays up the main ski run for most of the holes, and then steeply back down for the finale. Many of the early holes are steep uphill throws over open ground. For the most part the holes are par 3 in the 300' range, but there are a few longer including a 600'+ uphill par 5.
On the way up there are a few holes that play across the width of the ski run, and bring the trees lining the run into play. Often the tee is back in the trees a little ways, with the basket on the other side, also tucked back into the trees. None of these holes are really heavily wooded, as most of your drive is over open ground.
Good Innova baskets, with the yellow band showing up well when placed in the trees.
Tee pads are large pieces of carpet which worked surprisingly well. They are flat and level. Tee signs were very basic, with hole number, distance, and par. No hole diagrams, but on most holes you can see the basket from the tee.
Hole 18 is a great top-of-the-world hole. Length is 675' with (I'd estimate) 150' down to the basket. Every ski resort course needs a finishing hole like this one!
Cons: Much of the course is uninspired uphill drives over open ground. The grass was tall and thick in many areas.
There seems to be some livestock grazing on the course, so there was a variety of temporary fencing on the course. It could all be stepped over or through, but it was odd to have a fence going right up the middle of a hole. Some areas of ground were a little chewed up and muddy from the livestock.
A few baskets were not visible from the tee, and on the longer holes a diagram on the tee sign would have been welcome. Having to walk a few hundred feet over steep terrain to spot the basket was a bit of a trudge!
Other Thoughts: The day I played the ski resort itself seemed almost abandoned. Everything was locked up, and things looked a little run down. But all of the tee pads and baskets were in decent shape, and I played my round with no problems.
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Pros: This mountain course is set in one of the most beautiful places. It is a true mountain course with an excellent design for a ski area. Tee pads were leveled and had carpet pads to help keep them consistent to some extent. The baskets were relative new and in very good condition. There is a bunch of elevation change and very few holes that felt the same as another hole. Tee signs were nice. The flow of the course was good and fairly easy to follow with a map. There are plenty of amenities at the start of the course. This course is a work of love by one of the consistent locals in the disc golf scene. A lot of work has been put into this course to make it look as good as it is. The fairways were mowed. The design was done so well that lots of good natural features like trees and rocks come into play but also the man made object like ski lift poles or the ski lift itself. Depending on where the ski lift stops may change a few holes from year to year.
Cons: There are several places where a very annoying fence comes into play. You will either have to step over the fence of climb through it. Occasionally there are horse put out to pasture in areas where the course is situated. There is one hole with a basket in the middle of a ski lift pole that feels like a gimmick. While the course par is fair, it is also a little on the generous side of things. The tee signs were not permanent and could blow over in a strong wind. There are a couple of places where finding the right basket to play to may require looking at a map. Hole 7 may be the best example of this as you can see hole 16's basket from 7's tee but not 7's basket. Distances on tee signs are measured along fairway lines and often have a shorter more direct line making the distances feel off.
Other Thoughts: I played this course for the 2014 Colorado State Championships for the first time and I know that a lot of work was put into this course to make it the best it could be for this tournament. I cannot promise that the course will be kept up like it was for this tournament but the rumor is that they will keep the redesign that was done for this tournament. This really is a championship caliber course for the most part. The fun level on this course is super high. I simply had a blast and would love to be able to play this course on a consistent basis. While I enjoy other courses in this area as well, I almost feel like this course is now the best course in the area and well worth stopping at if you are driving by. It is a bit of a hike though not as bad as most people made it out to be. Park in the main parking lot for the ski area and the first tee is right next to the main eating place at the base of the mountain. Hole 18 finishes up the hill a bit but this was done to prevent errant shots from hitting the buildings. Please do watch out for horses and other hikers in the area. You will definitely want to bring a map with you to make navigation that much easier. You will also want to prepare for a hike when you play this course. It is in the mountains and you will not want to be at the furthest holes from the base when a storm blows through if you are not prepared.
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High on a Mountain
Pros: -Wonderfully creative layout (15 holes going up to the end of the first ski lift and 3 holes back down the hill)
-Varied terrain and use of tree hazards.
-Fairly well marked course layout
Cons: -Tee boxes are dirt patches that are not well kept. Lots of bumps, uneven areas and slopes.
-No map (you might accidentally throw to the wrong basket if you're not familiar with the course.
-Some electric fences and rolled wire fences to cross.
Other Thoughts: Beautiful course. You can really appreciate Sunlight mountain by walking this course.
Bring your high socks! Lots of tall grass to wade through.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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A Solid Resort Course
Pros: -Very good variety of holes on this course. There are wide open up-hill shots, long bombs downhill, shots down tree lined fairways, and also a few holes that offer some really tight wooded fairways.
-The course is free to play, which is nice for a ski resort course.
-The elevation change on this course is great. Most of the holes feature at least some elevation. There are a lot of uphill shots. Holes 15, 17 provide a chance to throw long downhill bombs on fairly steep slopes. The designer used the available elevation changes on this course quite well.
-Good variety of distances on the holes. Some are really short and some are quite long. The distance on this course feels pretty well balanced.
-The course was very uncrowded and we only saw one or two other people on the course.
-The course for the most part was easy to navigate other than the walk to hole 18. There is a map near the first tee-pad and as long as you pick that up, you shouldn't have any issues navigating the course. Each tee-pad was marked by a pole with orange tape on the top and the poles were easy to see from fairly far away.
-This course was fairly challenged and I felt that I needed to use a fair share of the shots I had available to score well.
-Great basket placements. Lots of baskets guarded by trees. I really enjoyed Hole 1's basket placement, which is one top of a group of rocks.
-Course requires both accuracy and the ability to throw a decent distance to score well.
Cons: -The tee-pads were all dirt, a little rutted and if had rained recently would probably be muddy. I hope the rumors of improved tee-pads are true, because that is one of the biggest improvements this course needs.
-Sunlight Mountain Resort doesn't really operate during the summer so there was not really any maintenance on the course. Expect lots of tall grass and bushes on many of the holes. Having a spotter with you, helps ease the frustration of looking for discs in tall grass.
-Some holes play really close to each other and a couple cross over each other. If there is another group nearby you, keep an eye out for incoming discs.
-There is a really long walk from the basket for 17 to hole 18's tee. Up until this point the course flows really well, but this last walk breaks up the flow of the course a little bit.
-No tee-signs. I know this is a seasonal course, but I feel like some tee-signs would really help improve it. It would be nice to know the distances on some of the holes. It would be helpful to have a tee-sign with the layout of the hole too, since you can't always see the basket from the tee-pad.
-This course is quite a bit of a strenuous hike as the first few holes are quite bit straight uphill. Bring lots of water and be prepared for a long hike if you decide to play.
-There is quite a long walk back to the car after hole 18 and the easiest way back to the parking lot is straight down hole 1's fairway, which is a bit of a safety hazard.
-Watch where you step, because there is horse poop all over this course.
-At times one or two of the holes felt slightly repetitive.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a fun ski resort course and a solid addition to the other courses in the Glenwood area. With a few improvements (like tee-signs and better tee-boxes and a little maintenance) this course's rating would definitely jump up to a 3.5 or 4. If you are in the Glenwood Springs area definitely give this course a try.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: -Free to play resort course
-good basket placement
-great variety of shots, huge uphill and downhill shots, and tight wooded shots too
Cons: -tee boxes are pretty bad, but I guess they are planning on improving them
-somewhat hard to navigate and some shots you need to scout ahead for
-lots of tall grass throughout the course to loose discs
Other Thoughts: Pretty quality resort course and if they make improvements to the tees it will be much better. Course map available at the inn, it makes the course much easier to figure out.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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