Needs a lot of TLC
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: + Variety in distances
+ Great for stretching your arm (the distance is most of this course's challenge)
+ occasional benches/trash cans & restrooms/POJ's are scattered around the grounds, but most are nearer to the front 9
+ tees are nice and large, concrete, in good shape
+ Signs present on most holes (more on those later)
+ Some holes, especially on the back 9 have good use of the elevation available
+ Plenty of parking
+ Some holes, like those near the creek are rather scenic
Cons: - Grass gets pretty long in summer, I'd recommend long sleeve pants and lots of water as there's not much shade
- During events cars might be parked in the middle of #2 making you decide if you wanna risk hitting one or not
- Baskets are showing signs of time/wear, with some starting to spit out discs
- Signage/Navigation/Flow: Signs are missing on 5, 13 & 16. They're also postioned in some of the weirdest places I've seen. Some are on the side of the tee, and most are actually on the back side of the tee, which gets really confusing when you're used to signs facing the direction you're throwing and being near the front of the tee. The map on this site and the maps on the signs don't seem 100% accurate or to scale. I think some changes have been made to the course over the years that explain these discrepancies. Navigation isn't the easiest your first time out b/c of the map issues and the fact that you have several baskets visible from several tees, making it confusing as to which you're actually going for. The course also doesn't have the best flow I've ever seen. There's a fair amount of backtracking to the next tee, especially egregious on 9 > 10, where you basically have to retrace your steps along 9's fairway to get to 10, and on 16 > 17, where you end up having to walk right in the flight path for 15.
The course also doesn't play a loop, and neither Tee #1 nor Basket #18 are close to parking.
- Not a lot of variety in shots required
- Fairways aren't totally clear on several holes, and there's plenty of overgrowth to lose a disc in, especially near the creek
Other Thoughts: Westminster is a challenge but most of that comes from the distance on most holes, difficulty in navigation (fist time out) and the weather, which the day I played was sunny and 102F. I'm sure (as stated in other reviews) that the creek comes into play when there's more water flowing but that wasn't so the day I played. That said, the foliage near the creek can get pretty hairy itself. If you're looking for a nice, long course to grip 'n' rip, it's great. The back 9 gets more interesting w/ elevation coming into play but your main challenges are still distance/overgrowth. Hole 14 was a personal favorite, w/ the basket just out of view headed downhill, nestled near the creek, making for a nail-biter of a RHBH and rendering a RHFH useless w/ the foliage to the left.
I left Westminster definitely feeling like I had played a round of golf but I'm not sure how soon or often I'd go back. The course just doesn't flow for my tastes, w/ the backtracking and long walk at the end back to parking. When established in '03 I imagine it could've been close to stellar but it seems like in the last 15 years there have been changes to the park itself and the basket layout, rendering the map/signs in need of an update. That, coupled with long grass and aging baskets gave me the impression of playing in an abandoned theme park or ghost town of sorts. I can imagine lots of plastic in the air and many people enjoying themselves in years gone by but that was the past, and now you're left to traverse a post-apocalyptic hellscape by yourself and wonder what happened to the place.
Would I suggest it? Sure. If I lived nearby I might even be happy to have it closeby, but it's not a destination and should be left to locals and baggers. With a fair amount of TLC and some reimagining of certain parts of the layout it could possibly be returned to former glory but for now, Buzz Aldrin's description of the moon "magnificent desolation" comes to mind.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great tees and baskets
Well marked (a few signs were missing, but not tough to follow)
Holes 7-18 were challenging with water on nearly every hole
Cons: Holes 2-6 were long shots across a field
Some park traffic on paths, nothing too disruptive
Could be very windy (not when I was there though)
No vegetation, minimal trees
Other Thoughts: I put 2 discs in the water, but was able to retrieve both
Plenty of room for more holes
Course starts and ends in strange locations (not near parking lots)
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great tee pads and signs.
Good Mach baskets.
Set in a nice park area with a lake and many nice sports facilities.
Very good place to practice pure distance drives without having to worry about obstructions.
The holes here are longer than average for those who want to throw some bombs.
There are a few well designed holes that are very cool, mostly in the back 9.
The front 9 is well mowed, and except for the water hazards it's difficult to lose a disc there.
The water hazards add a little interest and pressure.
When I was there it was not very crowded.
It's not very difficult to navigate.
You have to walk for a good bit across the soccer field to get to the first hole from the parking, but other than that it is designed so that you loop around and end up back at the parking lot without too many wasted steps.
Cons: Unless you just want to work on your maximum distance drives, the front 9 is going to be very boring. The holes are all just wide open, long distance shots in a flat and treeless area of the park.
The back 9, while having much more interesting shots, is an abyss of uncontrolled vegetation. The fairways consist of 6 foot tall thorny thistles, prickly bushes and yucca, with small foot trails from the tee to the basket. Often, making a great shot in terms of the game will land you 15 feet deep in this mess and you'll have to bushwhack your way through to reach your disc. It seems from the pictures posted here that they cut all of this stuff out a few months ago, but it grew back with a vengeance.
While the signs and pads are nice, they are it when it comes to amenities at the tees. No benches, no trashcans, no nothing.
There is basically no shade, and nothing to break the wind.
Other Thoughts: If you have the time and the means to play another course, I would recommend doing so. If you're in the area and just looking for a round this will do. If they cut down the weeds on the back 9 it would greatly improve the course, but the front 9 would still just be long, wide open shots.
Not a destination course, but not completely horrible.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
It could be better
Pros: The course design is excellent and the holes are long. It really doesn't overlap at all and it is a great walk
Cons: The terrain is horrible, the course really isn't maintained. It's either thick weeds, mud, bugs, or murky streams. Come in hiking boots and jeans. There are prickly weeds everywhere. Easy to loose discs here as well.
Other Thoughts: The design of this course is so great I would rate it a 4 if it were maintained at all. The rough terrain is just such a factor here that I can't look at it as a great course to play. I can't even take my dog here because of the weeds
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I just played this course for the first time, I work in the Interlocken tech loop so the course I play all the time and this was a nice change from the short technical 200ft holes, this course is like almost 400ft each hole and lets you rip em.
-Wide open holes with some technical shots
-Do not need to many discs with you, bring a big throw disc and a overstable disc
-Water hazards on most of the holes but there is no way you will lose a disc as the water is very clear and to shallow
Cons: -Bad course to play on a windy day since there is not much tree cover
Other Thoughts: -Play the alternate tee for hole 1, its way cooler!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Typical Front Range
Pros: +Nice pads. huge and grippy concrete
+Overall nice place, Westminster clearly has some $$$. Baseball/softball fields were super nice.
+Nice signage, colorful with map of hole (see cons as well)
+Nice baskets with a few basket locations per hole.
+Some minor elevation, especially in the first few holes.
+The few holes that were interesting here involved the creek. It probably won't eat your discs either.
+You shouldn't lose a disc here. It is possible but not likely.
+Lots of parking and I'm sure you can use the rec center for bathrooms, etc.
Cons: -Horrible layout. You start somewhere that you can't park close enough to then you go right past some parking lots after a few holes and then you end up way away from the start. You also do a lot of uneccesary walking around instead of having the next pad close by.
-Open, open, open. Very few obstacles on the whole course. If you like throwing 400+ hyzer bombs all day and not having to control your disc at all then you will like playing here. I didn't really enjoy it. Also no shade on hot days.
-The distances listed on the signs were way off. They were longer than the real distance in most instances. According to them, my 350'ish drives magically became 500'+ drives for this round.
-Prairie dogs everywhere making holes to trip in.
-Walking/biking paths weave through the course and are busy.
Other Thoughts: -This course involves a lot of walking and a little fun.
-I wouldn't stop here unless you need to waste a few hours while your kids are at the rec center swimming or something. This course isn't even great for course baggers because of how long it will take you.
-It seems that parks in Colorado (esp in suburbs) were kind of an afterthought. They weren't prepared for the explosion in population and construction so they didn't set aside much nice land. That is reflected in the lack of quality disc golf in the I25 corridor.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Fun work on Hyzer bombs
Pros: Teepads 4
Tee signs 4
I really enjoyed this course except for big walk back to cars. Nice tricky fairways around the little creek.
Cons: Big walk back to cars was a drag. I started on 3 and finished on 2. Missing some terrain everything tends to be hazers
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed this course it was clean and easy to follow
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: -cement pads
-good tee signs
-a few technical shots with trees and water obstacles
-multiple basket placments
-free to play
Cons: -not easy to find the start
-good amount of walking without throwing
-could use some better signs to navigate you around the course
-layout could lead to safety issues
Other Thoughts: Decent course that could be better with a few more signs and a couple holes changed.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Good Distance Holes and lots of great obstacles to go through and around.
Great location with not a lot of other people in the way.
Cons: Difficulty can be high for those who are not as accurate.
Lots of holes on the front 9 due to prairie dogs.
Other Thoughts: Great for Intermediate to advanced players. Beginners Beware!
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: distance! (beginner arm here) 250 or better on your drives to play here (imo). One hole was playing over 600....Some challenging holes midway trough course with trees and dry creek calling for a reasonable placement of shot, but not impossible.
Cons: Distance......Maybe not the best place for beginners. Strong potential for lost discs along the dry creek. Witch is not dry, and comes into play in several areas. The weeds/overgrowth can swallow a disc in some areas as well.
Other Thoughts: I am about 3 months into disc golfing and found this course to be be a challenge and fun. (+13 with one melt down hole that cost me 4 and a lost disc.....) When i bought my beginner three disc pack, i came right to westmonster form the store. I was a little discouraged @ that time and wondered if disc golf was for me? Three months later I found this course to be a fair challenge requiring some well placed shots, and other areas with room to rip at it with reckless abandon.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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