Here are a couple of different places I like to pick up discs: Factory Surplus (Glenwood Springs), Alpine Ace Hardware (Aspen, Miners Building) and Sports Authority (Glenwood Springs). Discs range in price from 7 dollars to 17 dollars depending on type of plastic and durability. Also, there are different types of discs just like there are different types of clubs in ball golf. For a beginner I would suggest a putter, mid-range fairway driver and long distance driver. The reason I suggest just a couple different discs is so you can learn their flight paths.
Bert and Ernie Park is in Carbondale, it is a great beginner’s course with 9 shorter holes, fewer obstacles, rubber tee pads and also has a play area for the kids. Directions: when coming into Carbondale SH 133; take left on Village Road and head down about a quarter of a mile to the park on the left.
The New Castle Fire Mountain Disc Golf Course is a lot more of a challenge. It has 18 holes with slight elevation changes and it also boarders the Colorado River. Heavy rough cactus and larger trees are around so watch you disc and your feet. Tee pads are yet to be constructed completely but still a great course with nice views of the surrounding area. Directions: I-70; exit 105. Turn south across river, take a right and go 800 yards to the dirt turn off on the right.
Last is one of my favorites, CMC Spring Valley Course. This is a more advanced course with longer holes, lots of trees and trickier pin placements makes for a sure challenge. Tee pads are cement and in great shape for a long bombs! The scenery is epic with Mount Sopris in the near distance and several other mountain peaks surrounding. Directions: From Hwy 82 south of Glenwood look for green Colorado Mountain College signs. Go east on County Rd. 114, past first College turnoff, take next right (exactly 3 miles from Hwy 82). Follow road to lower soccer field. 1st tee is at dirt parking lot. These are just three of the eight courses from Aspen to Grand Junction.
Organized disc golf leagues are going on now and it’s never too late to join up! Tuesday’s 6 O’clock P.M. at Fire Mountain DGC is a handicap league, handicap is assessed and 5 dollars is the buy in. Cash Prizes given out for top places. Thursday’s 6 O’clock P.M. at CMC Spring Valley is doubles best disc. Doubles is randomly selected groups of two people who throw from the best disc each shot. It is 5 dollars to play with cash prizes for the people who place in the money. For further information about other disc golf courses along the western slope please check out http://roaringforkdiscgolf.com/
Hope you get a chance to go out and play, I guarantee you will be hooked! See you out there soon.