All posts by Matt James

Thunder Mountain / Easter seals

The Easter Seals of Colorado Organization asked Badco Disc Golf Club to come to the Easter Seals Rocky Mnt. Village Camp in Empire Co. to see if it was a suitable site for a disc golf course. And to ask us to design and construct them a disc golf course for all to come out and enjoy. The course was constructed in 2024 and is a 27 hole course. It has all baskets, some concrete pads and some rubber mats. The course is a little extreme in places but, the scenery is spectacular. The course is under new management and has a new schedule Fridays 2 untill dusk and Saturdays 9 untill dusk. Also some new rules have been posted. They are NO smoking or drinking alcohol on course. Plus we ask for a 5$ donation which goes to the camp not the course.
The Rocky Mnt. Village Disc golf course goes by the name of Thunder Mountain. The badco disc golf club carved the course out of this 180 acres of spectacular mountain landscape. We used the mountain ponds the aspen groves. We take you through the pine and up the mining trails where few venture to go. We take you acoss and down the mountain side where mountain goats don’t dare to wander. We take you through mountain meadows where the Columbine and other wild flowers grow. And then back to the pines ,the rocks and the extremely challening locations of the basket placements thru out this awsome course. This course host two events the Denver tag tournament and the Thunder Mnt ( King of the Mnt. tournament ). The Denver tag event is for bragging rights and the # 1 tag plus trophy. It will be held on Saturday September 2nd there is no cost for tournament and top 10 tag players are required to participate. Start time is 9:00. More info call Ronnie @ 303-808-6776 or email
The other event is the King of the Mountain. It will be held Saturday and Sunday come at you leisure, play one round or as many as you wish to pay for, remember it is a fund raiser event to support the disc golf coures. To date the event has raised money to purchase all 28 baskets and rubber mats on the course. We were asked to add 9 more hole to the course and this what the fundraiser is for to raise money for the 9 baskets. The event is a causal event you can play either Saturday or Sunday it’s post you best round. The last round will be at 2:00 pm Sunday. There will be t-shirts for the first 25 to sign in. The Fee is $20 and $10 for a second chance. There will be one trophy awarded for best round. There is a handicap system of 10 points between pro and jrs. For more info call 303-808-6776 or email Please come out and suport us and the Easter Seals camp. Thank you Ronnie Ross and Badco Disc Golf Club.

Don’t throw your drive yet.

This article is to address the importance of not throwing your drive at the wrong time. Let me start out with a story or two to help set the groundwork.
Myself and a group of 3 other golfers were throwing a round at one of our local courses on a nice day with no wind or rain, just lots of sunshine. All but one of the guys in the group were fairly good players. We step up to the tee and get ready to drive. I throw mine no problem. As the next guy is getting ready there is an older couple walking down the sidewalk a long ways away. After assessing the situation, it is determined by the player that it would need to be a terrible shank shot for him to hit them, and that that would not happen. So he shoots and, whoops, grip locks it straight down the sidewalk right at the couple, and yes, one got hit.

Next story. Again myself and another fairly good, above average player, are playing a round on a nice day. He throws his drive with a girl headed towards us on a bike. She was a long ways away with no way to reach her. Woops, she turned her bike right into the flight path of the disc and it nailed her right in the chest. The bad part is she had just had heart surgery and it hit her right in the scar.

The reason I mention these two stories is that both accidents were done buy good players, confident in their throwing ability. I believe that it is better to wait until there is NO! possibility of hitting someone, rather than to take a chance, even a small one, and hit someone. Nothing will get a course pulled quicker than hitting someone with your drive. And hitting non-players is not good for the sport either. As players we need to take extra precautions to insure the safety of everyone in the park, in regards to disc golf. So please, when in a group, everyone should be on the look out for possible problems and make each other aware of them.

BADCO at the Governor’s Mansion

For the second year in a row BADCO disc golf club?s Ronnie Ross And Brett Marshall have been invited to the Governor?s Executive Residence. To receive an award for the work at the Easter Seals camp in Empire Colorado.
Last year Ronnie and Brett accepted one award on behalf of the entire club, Matt James received one for all the hard work he had put in on the course. This year Shawn Ennis will be in attendance to receive the award for the 19 baskets he built for the course.
We are very excited to see Shawn receive this well deserved award! This will take place this Tuesday June 21, 2024 from 5:30 to 7:30. BADCO would like to give our Congratulations and our deepest thanks to Sean, we will see you there.

update: BADCO showed up at the Govenor’s place in full dress and looking good. Shawn Ennis and his lady were looking great. When the award was given out they called Ronnie and Brett up to get it. Ronnie took Shawn up and told the crowed that he was the man who built most of the baskets on the course and was the one who should get the award. There are pictures on the web site under photos called BADCO @ the Govenor’s mansion check em out, pretty cool.

BADCO in Action

Since Badlands disc golf course was built there has been a rash of BADCO sightings and happenings. BADCO has designed and built 3 more disc golf courses since then, White Hawk (Westminster Colo.), Thunder Mountain. (Easter Seals Camp), and Badlands South (South Suburban). And our newest one is coming soon. (Pacos Gulch Denver).

Along with that we helped Golden High School and one of our best members, Monty Kozlowitz, out with 9 chainz poles for a 9-hole course located on school property. Monty was a teacher at the school and got the powers to be to sign off on the project. He and the kids designed and built this fun course themselves. BADCO has introduced the sport of disc golf to literally tens of thousands (a conservative estimate) of new people since its inception, through news media, brochures, demos, radio, park and rec literature and the never ending word of mouth.

BADCO will continue to work on the courses we have and will continue to work on new courses as long as we are here on earth. BADCO has also worked with numerous youth programs and charities such as Third Way youth program of Denver for kids at risk for gangs and drug abuse, Americorps an organization that is dedicated to helping those less fortunate, Easter Seals of Colorado for people of all disabilities, and the Girl Scouts of Colorado just to name a few.

BADCO and its members have also donated countless hours working to improve the parks that host our courses. Badlands: mowing weeds, removing dead trees and picking up trash. Badlands South: leveling the dirt tees, putting up side boards for tee boxes and building stairs on hole 3 along with picking up trash on the course. White Hawk: keeping the course looking good by sweeping tees and removing snow in the winter and of course picking up trash. Thunder Mountain: removing dead trees, creating paths, marking the course and you guessed it picking up trash. This is just a short list of the things BADCO does for the parks we love.

But what has BADCO done for the disc golf community? Well I will just say read the above. All of this is for the disc golf community. With new courses come new players, with new players come media attention, and with media attention come bigger and better sponsors. We also hold pretty good events for the players by hosting tournaments, weekly doubles and tag play. And in asking every one to pitch in 1 or 2 dollars during a tournament or doubles to go back into the park we give the disc golfer the chance to say I helped with that.

We look forward to serving the disc golf community for years to come and hope that most of you will support our efforts by either participating in our events, or in the park maintance or by joining one of our 3 chapters (BADCO central, BADCO south or BADCO Boulder). Join us and 5 years from now you will look back and say I remember when this sport was just getting started and now look at it, and I helped it happen.

Disc Golf Flies at Westminster City Park

A newly-constructed, 18-hole disc golf course that is free to the public is now open in Westminster! The $30,000 circuit was funded in part by a $15,000 joint venture grant from Jefferson County. Similar to regular golf, disc golf, also known as Frisbee golf, has been around since the 1970s. The game involves throwing a disk or Frisbee at a basket, trying to land your disc in the basket in the fewest number of throws. Each basket, or hole, is assigned a par value like traditional golf.

The City contracted with Denver-based BADCO Disc Golf Club for design of the course, which begins near the City Park Lake, passes the soccer and softball fields and runs along Big Dry Creek. The course offers an average playing difficulty, with longer throwing distances to compensate for fewer trees and water hazards. Download your Disc Golf Course Map (pdf) and begin playing today!

This article is on the Westminster city web page for Parks and rec.

Paco’s Gulch Disc Golf Course update

The project @ Paco Sanchez / Lakewood dry gulch went to bid on 5/25, this means that construction should start in 30 days or so. Ronnie is Bidding on several of the disc golf items and knows several of the contractors that will be bidding on the tee pads. If the contractor who gets the bid is some one Ronnie knows then Ronnie will act as a consultant to help make sure the job is done right, unlike the Badlands tees. If not we need to Hope for the Best but expect the worst. BADCO will do our best to make sure that all goes well but some time things are taken out of our control. We will keep you updated as the project moves forward.update as of 7/10/05 Construction of the course is scheduled to begin in August of 05 looking foward to seeing the course come to pass.

BADCO course management program

BADCO has committed itself to the growth of disc golf, and is also committed to seeing that the sport grows in a responsible way. The primary duties of BADCO is to:
1.Educate players about littering on courses and the affect of dog waste
2.Provide specific days where disc golfers can come out to their favorite course and help clean it.
3.Report all vandalism to proper authorities.
BADCO strongly recommends that existing disc golf courses have a maintenance program in place. The best is the management program that BADCO offers.

1.Westminster: Our job at White Hawk Disc Golf Course is a.) Eyes on park-watch for users abusing park rules such as trash, dogs off leash, Picking up after dog and vandalism. Our recourse is to notify police or dog Catchers. We are provided with direct line to said officer who responds on Our request.
b.)Move basket to alternate location every two months.
c.)Clean off tee pads of mud and snow.
d.)General clean up twice a year.
e.)Hold organized events such as doubles and tag play in order to give park users an organized event to participate in.
2.South Suburban: Our job at Badlands South Disc Golf Course is
a.) Eyes on park-watch for users abusing park rules such as trash, dogs off leash, picking up after dog and vandalism. Our recourse is to notify police or dogcatchers. We are provided with direct line to said officer who responds on our request.
b.) Clean off and level dirt tee pads.
c.) General clean up twice a year.
d.) Hold organized events such as doubles and tag play to give park users an Organized event to participate 3.Easter Seals: Our job at Thunder Mountain Disc Golf Course is
a.) This course is a private use course.
b.) General clean up, trim or remove fallen trees.
c.) We are responsible for raising money to pay for golf course so no money comes out of camp funds. To date we have purchased 27 basketsand have completed the course.( this course may expand to 36 or even 72 holes in the future)
d.) We also use the camp for our club picnic and fundraisers in May.
4.Hyland Hills: Our job at Badlands Disc Golf Course is:
a.) Eyes on park-watch for users abusing park rules such as trash, dogs off Leash, Picking up after dog and vandalism. Our recourse is to notify police Which we provided with a direct line to said officers who respond on our Request.
a.) Move baskets every two months.
b.) Clean off tee pads of mud and snow.
c.)General clean up twice a year.
d.) Hold organized events such as doubles, tag play and tournaments to give Park users an organized event to participate in.
e.) General reconstruction or design change. The baskets and signs are owned By the club in a joint effort to help keep down the cost for the park so our Authority goes a little deep here than in other parks.
5. Denver: Our job at Paco Sanchez Disc Golf Course is:
This course is still in the planning stage but soon to be installed and our job will be similar to other courses. We are not saying we have all the answers to all the problems that may come up on a disc golf course but, we are willing to work with you or anyone of authority to help solve the problems that may occur and make disc golf at your park/course safe and fun for all to enjoy.

King of The Mountain on Thunder Mountain / Story and Results

The third annual King of the Mountain fundraiser was a great success in my opinion. We had a great group of people come out to support the camp and the course. The Saturday morning doubles was a blast with only a 1 stroke difference determining the winners with a 6, and three groups had a tie with 5. Ronnie Ross presented the first place winners Ron Whitehead & Brett Marshall with their trophies and money. Both Ron and Brett donated their winnings back to the camp and course. There were 9 teams in all and the round took 4 and half hours to play.

There were 4 bands playing great music all day. Which could be heard all across the mountainside. Americorps came up to help for the day, which was a blessing. You might recall that BADCO had done a fundraiser for Americorps last year, at the City of Cuernavaca park in downtown Denver for the Hunger Fling.

After, and during, the doubles match the King of the Mountain tournament was going strong with groups of people teeing off all day long. Last years winner (name) won this year as well with an amazing 8 in the Advanced division, and with a 2 stroke handicap it was a 10 that took the trophy. The only Ace on the day belonged to Brett Stipitich He was the winner of the Tag Tournament as well and went home with a new disc bag for the Ace, tag #3, and a trophy.

All of the BADCO members that were in attendance were treated to a beautiful lodge to stay in and delicious food prepared by Ronnies wife, Tommie Ross. There were 3 players parties going on all at once, two at campsites and one at the lodge. Rod Baca graced the upper camp fire circle with some magnificent drum playing and singing of Native American song. Mark Steputis brother David also joined in with some drum playing and his friend Richard was on the guitar. Now this was camping at its finest!

All in all the excellent weather provided for a great tournament and a wonderful time at night, with great people coming in from all over the state. This, in my opinion, is what disc golf is all about; fun; friends; and doing good for others in the process. So I thank each and every one who took the time to come out and support a great cause and help make what will soon be the best course in the state, if not the country.

Check out all the great event photos


Tournament Results:

King of the Mountain

1. Kent Villup 72

2. Brett Stipetich 76

3. Josh Brown 76

4. Shawn Ennis 76

5. Rod Baca 77

6. Mark Steputis 77

7. Randy Anderson 77

8. Mike Webster 79

9. Tim Hugo 81

10. Tom Peterson 81

11. Greg McDonald 83

12. Dustin Peterson 83

13. Brett Marshall 84

14. Mike Livingston 85

15. Desean Brown 85

16. Jim McCann 85

17. Bryant Cannon 86

18. Matt James 86

19. Ron Madrid 87

20. Rad Bunting 87

21. Ron Whitehead 87

22. Ron Ross 88

23. Mark Hough 89

24. Joel Abriam 89

25. Brian McFarland 90

26. Todd Wasserman 91

27. Mike Thompson 93

28. David Close 93

29. Blake Hart 99

30. Mike McKittrick 108

31. Elizabeth Maxcy 112

32. Ed Grosz 114

33. Beth Luther 116

34. Ron Seyfer 135

35. Salvadore Ross 135

There were a lot of people who did not turn in there cards. #2 thru #8 need to call Ronnie to set pick up for prizes.


Tag Tournament

1. Brett Stipetich #3

2. Josh Brown #6

3. Brett Marshall #11

4. Mike Livingston #19

5. Ron Madrid #22

6. Ron Whitehead #23

7. Matt James #24

8. Ron Seyfer #32

9. Salvador Ross #50

Doubles Winners

Brett Marshall and Ron Whitehead

Please post comments on how we can improve this event for next year. Keep in mind that it is a fund raiser for the course. Thank you all for coming out!

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