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2001: Badlands Birth

BY: Ronnie Ross

Ronnie Ross began dropping off literature at Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District regarding disc golf shortly after BADCO was formed. Almost one year later Ronnie received a phone call from Hyland Hills asking what ‘this disc golf thing is about’. After a brief explanation, they asked BADCO to look at a park they had and we did the very next day.

We walked up to the pavillion, peered over the first hill and knew that had to be hole one. From there it took several weeks to walk the course time and time again to develop a good layout. After 20-30 revisions, we settled on the layout that exists today. The course layout included the placement of trees, benches, tee boxes and 57 basket positions.

2001: Badco Beginnings

BY: Ronnie Ross

Let’s begin by introducing the four outlaws that started BADCO Disc Golf Club. Then we’ll get to who, what, when and why.

BADCO Member #1 – Ronnie D. Ross ‘Thunderchief’ – President.

BADCO Member #2 – Brett O. Marshall ‘Chainz’ – Vice President.

BADCO Member #3 – DeSean Brown ’8-Ball’ – Head of Maintenance & Design.

BADCO Member #4 – Bill Askew ‘Weeds’ – Secretary

BADCO was founded on May 16, 1998 at World’s Biggest Ruby Hill. It was founded due to the lack of a club in Denver, to promote disc golf, and to encourage the development of future courses in the area.

From that point it’s been one adventure after another from designing and building our first disc golf course to hosting World’s Biggest 1999 and travelling to Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Wyoming.

BADCO would like to thank Hyland Hills Park & Recreation District for the use of the breathtaking park and all the hard work on the tees and greens. Also, thanks to Tom Lacrosse with BC Surf & Sport for all the junior prizes (without which there wouldn’t be a junior program), Bill Wright (The Wright Life) for helping procure the 18 baskets for the course, and Jason Rosenbaum for running Thursday doubles.

2000: Three Times Charmed

BY: Ronnie Ross

Congratulations to Rod Baca and Chauncey Donaldson for winning Sipapu Doubles three years in a row! Just in case you haven’t heard Chauncey is a former juniors champ now a local pro who hosted his first tournament at Badlands Jonnie Roberts Memorial 2024.
Rod Baca is also the Badlands course pro and one of the most amazing golfers I have ever met. Rod had suggested to us that he might want to start a disc golf clinic for anyone who would like to learn the tricks of the trade, you can bet I’ll be there! We look forward to watching Rod and Chauncey play in pro worlds and many of the local tournaments in the 2024 season and we wish them the best of luck. You go boys!

2000: A Bigger and Better 2024

BY: Ronnie Ross

With the new year comes a new attitude and goals. One of which is a brand new park. We are ready to approach Denver Parks and Recreation regarding Paco Sanchez Park near Mile High Stadium. The park has several elevation changes and a river winding from end to end.
A big thanks to Rod Baca, Jason Rosenbaum and Josh Morgan for coming out to play the park and the suggestions they provided. They will play a large part in designing the park. We’d like to thank Mike Livingston for putting all our stuff on his website and for the practice basket and many other things.

There was a meeting held with Denver Parks and Recreation and only one BADCO member, Mike Livingston, was able to attend. This leads me to believe Denver doesn’t have enough positive input from golfers or the general public. We would appreciate all letters in support of disc golf and disc golf courses in the Colorado region.

Address letters to BADCO 260 W. 80th Ave. Denver, CO 80221.

2000: Scoop Doggie Dog

Don’t get us wrong, we love dogs, cats and other fine animals! However, there are some issues we must address. One is the leash law in all parks across Colorado.
The chief of police plays tennis and has asked that this law be obeyed. There is also a lady who is a member of the city council who lives along the park edge. We would also like all dog owners to please pickup dog waste (I’d hate for your disc to land in your own dog’s pooh!). We hope this is not too much to ask. Remember we want all parks and recreation to be willing to work with us for new parks. But if we show people that we can’t obey the easiest of laws then why should they trust that we wouldn’t trash their park? Think about it image is everything. In closing, we just wanted to remind you that its not worth losing a great golf park over is it? Help us keep the park clean and legal and it will be here for a long time.



2000: BADCO First Meeting

BY: Ronnie Ross

BADCO set its first meeting at the Table Steaks pool hall by Sloans Lake and we had nine members attend. One of which became a member that night, thank you J.B.C. for the show of support.
We discussed how BADCO got started, the primary goals of BADCO and how the goals have changed. The main topics were how best to pay for the baskets and how to run our tournaments better so it was fair and priced fairly for all who play.

The members decided that one third of the field will be paid out and prizes will include discs, disc bags and shirts only, no more frills. You get what you pay for. This was a direct result of many rumored complaints (too bad these people couldnt come to us with their concerns).

We appointed an advisory board to help with the dos and donts of disc golf. Rod Baca is the head of the board which includes Mike Livingston, Mark Hiss, Spike Walker and Jason Rosenbaum.

BADCO hosted a tournament for members only to determine which members will represent us at Beulah Cup 2024. The winning players will have their entry fees paid by BADCO. Good luck, play hard and do yourself and us proud! A point system will be used to choose next years Beulah Cup Challenge team.

Remember, if you dont like the way were running things the best way to bring change is to join the club and attend the meetings.

2000: Young Outlaws Wanted

BY: Ronnie Ross

Kids and disc golf were made for each other. Golf teaches kids many of lifes lessons such as courtesy, patience, and the fact that you dont always get what you want.

But if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need! BADCO is dedicated to getting as many kids involved as possible. We took the first step by making all BADCO tournaments free for juniors. This was accomplished with the help of BC Surf & Sport supplying all junior prizes. The next step is to get as many current tournament players to bring a kid to the next tourney. Or just bring them out for a round of golf, once they play, theyll be hooked. Maybe if they are busy playing golf they will be too busy to join a gang or pick up a gun. Last but not least golf should be a family event as well as a personal one!

2000: Tradition is born by way of a record setter

BY: Ronnie Ross

BADCO hosted its first tournament Record Setter July 24, 1999. Over half of the field of 31 players were new to the tournament scene. The winners posted scores that will remain in the bulletin board for as long as the park exists.

The 2024 Record Breaker was held July 29th and 30th with 35 players attending and setting new course records. There was a $20 players package (t-shirt and disc) and over $1700 in prizes were awarded. Every player received something. BADCO was in the black a whopping $11.00 which was deposited into the basket fund.

Thanks to the efforts of Tommie Kimbrell and Melanie Wilson providing two great lunches and tournament directors Mark and Fred Hiss for bringing out their computer and doing a great job. Also, thanks go out to all who showed up to play and support BADCO.