Trudging down the perilous Berthoud Pass from Winter Park, we embarked upon a day in the Frisco/Dillon/Silverthorne area; the Gateway to Summit County, Colorado. Our destination was Frisco Peninsula Recreation Area Disc Golf Course, consistently rated one the best courses in the state. It was our chance to test the theory.
We got there around 10 a.m., and by the time we got finished we were glad we didn't wait to get on any longer. The course began with very little fanfare--it was much more open than I imagined. The holes had great variation combining hiezers and anhiezers equally. Although there was only one tee box, the pars varied between 'amateur' and 'pro'--to tell you the truth, all of them should have been par 3's, even for amateurs. It was not a terribly difficult course, but as I understand, it is a shadow of its former self.
As I mentioned in my last blog post, the pine beetle has been on a rampage throughout the colorado forests; throughout western forests for that matter, creating a forestry and logging industry that cannot keep up with the business. This course was hit particularly hard. As you threw holes like 1, 4, and 10 you could see the tree stumps where towering pine trees once graced the mountainous skyline. The course would have been much tighter five years ago than it was yesterday.
The course seemed heavily played. It was very well marked and had some sort of seating on every hole. Lake Dillon skirted the course along the front 9 but did not come into play with the exception of one tee shot where you had to throw over about 30 feet of it from the tee. Not terribly intimidating.
Although I really enjoyed this course, one thing found me quite disturbed; the people were not friendly. That really bothered me; as a Colorado native, I take pride on Coloradans being the friendliest people in the union, bar none. But on this particular Tuesday morning, they let me down. To boot, the course was overrun with people when we finished 18--there were 4 groups waiting to tee off on #1 as we were leaving--that's not a trait in a golf course that I admire.
Regardless of the faults i nitpicked, the course was playable, enjoyable, and designed with rational thought and precision. I will go back and play it again if I have the chance--but hopefully the people will be singing a different tune when that day comes.
Caught "The Hangover" in a Dillon theater at the end of the day--I have not laughed that much since Clinton was in office.
Up next: Pioneer Park DGC at Sulfur Hot Springs along the Colorado River--