Quick bag off I-25 - has potential
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: + DISCatcher baskets in good condition
+ Plays most of a loop
+ Restrooms nearby; ample parking; close to I-25 for a quick bag
+ Decent variety in hole lengths and use of some slight elevation changes
+ Despite some issues, there are some fun holes here (more on those below)
Cons: - The tee pads are described as gravel but are really a circle of gravel w/ the tee post right in the middle. I played from the side. (Course description does tease concrete pads coming soon)
- Poor signage. Just a tee post w/ the tee number and an arrow pointing to the basket. The map available here is inaccurate in a couple ways too: it's not terribly to scale for some positions, and it shows Tee 8 on top of the hill, when it actually shares the tee for 2.
- Potential for some crossing fairways - it could get a little hairy if a few groups play at once.
- Grounds - There's some long grass in areas that'll get you searching for a disc. There's also a deceptively muddy draining running through the area around 2-4.
- No benches/trash along course (all amenities are located near the park entrance)
- Not a whole lot of challenge/technical holes going on - mostly open bombers, chucking around the field.
Other Thoughts: Ames Park is a quick bag right off I-25 that won't take long to play provided you can navigate it accurately. As stated above the map is slightly inaccurate, plus w/ an open field it can get confusing which of the 3 baskets you currently can see is the one you're going for.
I played on a Wednesday afternoon on the way back from a couple courses in Cheyenne and my buddy and I had the place to ourselves. The first thing you see when you park is a big man-made mound that apparently used to have the tee for 8 at the top. I can't imagine why they moved it off - I took a walk up there and it would be a signature hole for the course.
That said, there are some fun holes here that at least break up the monotony. 4 plays to the east w/ the basket just out of view going down a hill; 5 has the basket placed behind a small group of trees and is a fun RHFH or a big bombing RHBH hyzer around the trees. Finally hole 9 plays around the hill into an area of this small park that's more well-maintained and even scenic compared to the rest of the course.
If I lived nearby I'd feel a little meh about the place as it is right now. Hopefully the redesign/concrete tees mentioned in the Course Description are soon to come. Also, as I've said earlier, I can't figure out why they took the top of the hill out of play, it's a great feature that should be used.
It's worth the bag if you're passingby but it's not a destination course as it stands right now. The course is still young though, it needs some breaking-in and has some potential.
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