Colorado disc golf courses are all about the adventure. It is more likely that you’ll find yourself trekking through aspen forests, bouldering rock faces, and throwing through abandoned mining towns, than shooting in an open field toward a basket in sight. We’ve put together a list of our favorite courses on the Front Range that all promise a technical challenge as well as a chance to explore the Rocky Mountain landscape.

5. Lakewood Dry Gulch Disc Golf Course, Denver

This lengthy course begins at Sanchez Park in Lakewood and follows the park along the “W” light rail line. The combination of hilly terrain and the out-and-back design of the holes makes for an almost five mile urban trek as you play through. Be mindful that the wind doesn’t redirect your disc into the stream or onto the train tracks!

 

4. Lake Dillon Disc Golf Course, Dillon

This newly designed course will test your accuracy as well as your strength—holes range from about 230 to about 530 feet in length. Gorgeous views of Lake Dillon and the surrounding peaks as well as the wild vegetation make this one of the most beautiful places to compete. Look out for the Lake Dillon DGC signature shot on Hole 8 that requires you to throw down 100 feet to the basket below.

 

3. Ghost Town Disc Golf Course, Central City

Immerse yourself in Colorado mining history at this private course near Central City. For a small fee and a tee time reservation, you and your buddies will be the only ones throwing. The front nine holes will take you through rolling aspen tree and pine forest, though the course is really named for the back nine holes, which weave through the early 20thcentury Russell Gulch mining town ruins.

 

2. Shining Mountain Disc Golf Course, Woodland Park

This challenging course was the first of its kind established on a public golf course in Colorado. Expect unparalleled views of Pikes Peak as well as technical holes that force you to avoid out-of-bounds delineations such as golf greens, sand traps, creeks and ponds.

 

1. Bucksnort Disc Golf Course, Pine

Set on more than 30 acres of pristine land overlooking the South Platte River Valley, this 28-hole course plays in and around rock outcroppings, cliff edges, and heavily wooded terrain. Tread lightly and throw carefully on Moon Rock, holes seven and eight, because the course borders mountain lion territory at this location. Reservations required.

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