We may own a private disc golf course, but all are welcome to play!
Whether you’re a seasoned player or a complete beginner, there’s always something exhilarating about stepping onto a challenging course and experiencing the thrill of the game. If you’re looking for a truly remarkable disc golf experience, then a SKOL Ranch membership should be at the top of your list.
Nestled in the heart of central Colorado, just west of the majestic Pikes Peak, SKOL Ranch offers a private disc golf course guaranteed to put your skills to the test. With its breathtaking natural beauty and meticulously designed layout, this course is a haven for both casual players and seasoned pros alike.
In this blog, we’ll share tips and strategies to help you conquer unique obstacles and make the most of your time on our private disc golf course.
Recommended Gear for Our Private Disc Golf Course
To make the most of your day, let us give you a few pointers on what you’ll need to be prepared for.
- Good Shoes – we have loose rocks, cactus, and generally rough terrain; leave your flip-flops and sandals at home.
- Water – hydration is incredibly important while playing and hiking in the mountains; bring plenty of water. (You can always refill at the house.) Have you tried Cirkul yet?
- Sunscreen – you are at 8200 ft.; the sun is different here, and you will burn easily.
- Chapstick – this is the “high-plains desert,” the air is arid, and if you’re not acclimated to the elevation, you will notice it. Chapstick is your friend.
- A Camera – trust us… you’ll want to take photos.
While visiting our private disc golf course, these things aren’t required, but some of them may be important to you.
- Layers – the weather in the mountains can be unpredictable. What starts as a 70-degree day can easily end around 40-45 degrees. Factor in a freak rainstorm and/or grapple (small hail); it’s always a good idea to bring extra layers.
- Snacks – walking the entire course ends up being a 1.5-2 mile hike, with the equivalent of climbing 25 flights of stairs.
- Your Dog – you are absolutely welcome to bring your dog. However, they must be well-behaved and stay with you, or on a leash. You must not allow them to run the course, pick up discs, or terrorize our wildlife.
- Disc Retriever – our course has trees, a lot of them. If you have an extendable disc retriever, it may come in handy.
- A Bag, Not a Cart – most carts do not do well on our rocky, uneven terrain, so a disc bag may be less of a hassle.
Tackling the Front Nine
SKOL Ranch Private Disc Golf Course is designed to start at the house, wrap out and around our entire 20 acres, and brings you right back to where you started.
Here are a few notes about the front nine.
- This 360 ft. bomb is just what you need to get your arm warmed up! Just avoid the Ponderosa Pine to the left, and you’ll be golden.
- Two basket is nestled into the landscape next to a small pine and against a boulder. Note: the incline is a bit deceptive.
- Speaking of incline, your third throw is up a hallway to a basket elevated on a natural rock formation. Be careful with your putt; your disc may roll right back to you.
- Four is a technical shot with a small window of perfection. Too far right, you’re in the tree; too far left, you’ll hit the hill.
- This ace-able shot is (FEET). But beware of the disc-eating branches.
- With 125 ft. of elevation gain, it’s no wonder this hole is affectionately called “Fuck that Hill” by our golfers. It’s leg day!
- Seven is tucked back on the far end of our property. From you’ll throw over the Juniper, across the valley, to the hanging basket in the grove of trees.
- The view from 8 is spectacular; take a moment. Then, get ready to empty your bag with giant bombs across the valley below. *Note: you’ll be coming back by your vehicle on 8 – if you want to drop off a jacket or refill your water, this is a good time.
- “Wood Tick Alley” – is dedicated to our friend, nicknamed “Wood Tick,” who lost his battle with cancer. This double mando down a narrow hallway is quite a challenge! Don’t hit the mando? Take a stroke and a drop at the trees.
Preparing for the Back Nine
10. Ten is all downhill! The basket rests on a massive boulder about 100 ft. in elevation difference below you.
11. Beware the Guardians! 11 basket is tucked back into the hill and has an army of guardian trees to foil your attempts at an ace.
12. Twelve is relatively open to the uniquely placed basket, but avoid the tall pines to the right!
Bonus Shot! We have an extra tee box between 12 basket and 13 tee box. You get one chance to hit an ace back on basket 10. Make it take two off your score. Miss it, pick up your disc and move on to 13. No harm, no foul.
13. Maybe one of the most difficult shots on the course, 13 takes you back up into the woods with only a glimpse at the basket.
14. The tee box is tucked into the trees, and the basket 14 is up on the crest of the hill. Look for a good line.
15. By now, you’re feeling the effects of the elevation and the hike, and when you look at the first Par 4 of the course, you’ll know why we call it, “Woozy Point.”
16. Sixteen hangs from a tree along the ridge – stay to the right, or you can add a little extra hiking to your day.
17. Ever wanted to throw your discs off of a mountain? 17 is your chance! This 450 ft. all-downhill bomb is the signature throw at SKOL Ranch.
18. Back across the open field where you started, 18 offers ample opportunity for a game-ending ace.
19. CTP – if you’ve happened to end up with a tie on your card, 19 offers you a chance to crown the champion of the universe, and it ends right back at the house where you started.