4 Helpful / 0 Not
Not your average Mountain golf course
Pros: -The baskets are in great condition, and catch great. None of the baskets had any damage or anything to them.
-The tee pads were nice and concrete. They had good traction and were all very level and flat.
-The tee signs were very helpful, providing any info that you would need when playing that hole (such as OB, par, and distances for each pin location).
-There was two pin placements on each hole and although I'm not sure how often the baskets are moved, I know that if they are moved to the other locations it would change the way that that hole plays dramatically.
-It is not overcrowded here, you can tell that this is not heavenly used because the area isn't beat up at all with zero erosion or noticeable landscape differences you see when you are playing other course with more use.
-The front nine and the back nine are almost completely opposites, with the from nine being very heavily "wooded" (more like tall willows, but they still require a tight line) but having shorter holes, and the bask nine being wide open with nothing in the way, but the holes are much longer.
-There is a practice basket with plenty of room to practice your per round putting.
-There are restrooms on holes 1,7,9,10,and 18. (Same restroom just easy to get to from these holes).
-The views are absolutely incredible with amazing views of the vista, especially on the back nine.
-There is a place to sit, or soon to be benches, on every tee on the back nine.
-They added 3 mandos to make the course more challenging, and they succeeded talking away the simple RHBH on holes 4 and 11.
Cons: -It is incredibly easy to lose discs on this course, especially on the front nine. The willows block any view you might have had of where your disc lands. If your disc lands in one of the willows, odds are that you will not see it again because the willows are impossibly thick and hard to see into. Also there are a few streams going right through many of the first few fairways that have the power to sweep lighter disc away.
-In addition to being easy to lose a disc in the willows it is very hard to play you lie from the willows, being a natural OB in a scene because it is so hard to play it from inside the willows basically adding a pitch-out stroke. To make it worse it next to impossible to stay out of the willow in the front nine just because there are so many of them.
-The lay out is strange with long walks from basket to the next tee, especially on 6 to 7 and 9 to 10.
- Many fairways come very close to one another, and tees are close to one another as well.
-Sometimes you are required to walk all the way up the holes fairway to get to that holes tee (10).
-On hole 9 the ball fields come into play and it can be a big hassle getting a disc from them if you happen to go into them. Also it can be dangerous for little kids if they are playing ball and a disc comes flying at them.
-The shots on the back nine are boring with most of them being a 350' wide open, normal, bland shot.
-There is no elevation changes here what to ever, and for a mountain course that is extremely strange.
-The tees are tiny, maybe being 6 feet long, and for the front half that's okay because the distance in not the challenging part, but on the back nine there is no way that the tees are long enough.
-The front nine is very wet. We played at a time where it hasn't had heavy rain in weeks and still there was standing water on fairways 4, and 5.
Other Thoughts: This course definitely provides a challenge, even if that challenge isn't necessarily the golf. If you have someone spot on each hole, at least on the front nine, then you will have a great round, but the fact that that is required it still not good. For the land they had to create this course they made a splendid course they did a good job. If they thinned the brush on the front nine then this would be a quality course, and to be fair the brush is what adds most of the challenge, but to me it was to much. If you driving through this area in the summer then stop by and throw a round here, but be prepared to lose a disc or two. Considering that there are no other courses within half a hour or so of here this is a nice improvement to the area and I'm sure the local golfers love it, but don't go out of you way to play here more then one.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Plenty of Potential
Pros: In spite of the name (Two Mile High DGC) , this isn't a mountain style course at all. It starts in a brushy wet meadow and finishes in a drier upland meadow.
The first seven holes are the most interesting, and the most frustrating at the same time. Holes 1 - 5 are short holes that play through willow and alder thickets. Narrow fairways have been shredded for these holes but this is such a wet, lush area that trouble lurks everywhere. I had a spotter with me which was a huge help, as the baskets are concealed from the tees and you are driving toward/into brush on every one of these holes.
Hole 6 gets you into the open for the first time, at least for the first 300' of the hole and this is your first opportunity to really air it out. Then you're back into the thickets to hole out.
By Holes 7 & 8 things are starting to thin out, after which you begin playing back and forth across an open meadow. This part of the course was a little disappointing to me as it is very open with few obstacles other than fencelines and wet spots. It looks like dozens of trees have been planted and in a few (?) years these holes will have more character. But for now they are repetitive and plain.
Smallish concrete teepads are flat with good texture. Simple tee signs give hole number, par, and distances to the two pins. There is also a hole sponsor on each sign and it is great to see community support for the course.
Brand new Mach 3 baskets caught fine. A few could use a very tall flag so that you knew where they were from the tee! There are two pin positions per hole, but many of them were only 30' - 40' apart and didn't look like they would change the hole much.
There are strategically placed log bridges and boards to allow you to navigate the course with mostly dry feet, but there is plenty of casual standing water to deal with.
There is a map at the start of the course, and I've added a Google Earth map to the files section. There are a couple of odd transitions between holes so give it a look before you head out.
Cons: Even in late June the first part of this course was wet and marshy, with several fast running streams here and there to take your disc away. I faded a disc into a brushy area without realizing that there was a stream there, and said goodbye to that disc (A Latitude 64 River ironically).
Course flow was a little odd. You cross the road between holes 6 & 7, again between 9 & 10, and then one more time between 10 & 11. A few next tee arrows or indicators would eliminate some guessing.
After the unique terrain of the first half of the course, the back half is a disappointment. These longer holes are essentially drives over open meadow, with the occasional OOB fenceline to deal with. Trees have been planted in this area which will makes these holes more challenging in the future.
Once you dialed in the basket locations on the front nine, it would be possible to just bomb your drive over the top and take the narrow fairways out of play entirely. You might want a spotter if you try this!
Other Thoughts: While this course wasn't at all what I expected in this "two-mile high" area of Colorado, it was unique. Playing in the wet meadow thickets on the front nine was challenging. I can appreciate all of the work that has gone into laying out the course, pouring concrete teepads, building bridges and playing fairways.
With more play, some beating in of the paths, and growth of the newly planted trees this course could potentially be a 3 or 3.5 in my mind.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Great course in South Park
Pros: Long shots, wetlands, and creeks make the front nine pretty challenging. The back less tight but longer making you break out those long drivers. At first sight you wouldn't think this course is that challenging but once you start throwing you quickly realize it is going to take more than just straight shots at the basket.
Cons: Since it is a new course it can be hard to know where baskets are unless you have played the course before. Course gets pretty soggy in the mud season due to snowmelt/runoff from the nearby mountains. No perm tee pads yet, and no signage yet.
Other Thoughts: Don't let the lack of perm tee pads and signage discourage you from playing this course. It is a real fun course set in the South Park basin giving you an experience I haven't duplicated here in CO yet.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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