Picuris Pueblo is a Pleaser
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I played Picuris Pueblo DGC on a perfect early October afternoon. Sunny and not to hot outside, with a bit of a breeze. The 27 hole course was pretty well marked, with natural tees that have signs at the long positions, and good baskets that are marked to point out the direction of the next box. Terrain is dessert with plenty of evergreen trees that will create obstacles if you miss the line, and elevation changes that make it more fun and interesting. Most of the holes are par 3, and distance varies nicely, giving you chances for birdies, but requiring accuracy to get those opportunities. The longer holes usually give you room to air it out over the tree tops, but winds can be tricky and may push you off line. There are 16 holes on the front half of the course, and 11 more on the back side. Placed in a secluded area where it is extremely unlikely you will see anyone who is not there to disc golf.
Cons: There was some confusion on my scorecard, because the newer holes on the front half are inserted in the middle of the original 9, and some of the tees have 2 sets of numbers. We skipped the newer holes, after playing 2 other courses that morning and afternoon, arm was getting weary and daylight was running out. The map I printed only shows the original 20 holes. I was glad to have a guide that was familiar with the course. Keep an eye on the drives, trees and underbrush can hide a disc that lands out of the way. There are lots of trees, but in hot weather finding shade might be tough. It is kind of a long distance from the front half to the back, but you can drive to the other side and park there.
Other Thoughts: I played Sipapu before this round, where I met Clay, who suggested we check out Picuris Pueblo afterward. I'm glad that he did, it is an excellent course. Big thanks to him for showing me around. I wish I had enough time to play the entire course, but what I experienced was enough to make me a fan. If you have a chance, make the trip because the courses are fun and the scenery is quite beautiful.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Great Views! Multiple tee pads. Different basket variations, and great elevation changes.
Cons: Not many just make sure you watch where your disc goes.
Other Thoughts: I recommend this course to anyone in the Northern New Mexico area. One of the best I have ever played. Just a very creative course, amazing views, and lots of different shots. ( Some long shots and some technical, a great course for any skill level
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: lots of challenging shots nice layout and nice basket placement hole 6 was really fun to throw off the pro tee very different from what im used to in michigan used to throwing through tree tunnels not over 5 foot high trees almost got a hole in one from the am tees on hole 3 disk hit the tree on the left side of basket but fell under the basket but heard disk hit metal
Cons: if you shank your disk on hole 6 have fun looking for your disk on the side of a mountain also the tee pad for hole 5 was a lil difficult to find
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Pros: awsome layout sweet baskets lots of blind shots but theres are free course maps and is alot easier to get around with one it is alot of fun playing here hopefully i can come back and play here again soon lots of long disctance shots on the back nine u have to be very accurate
Cons: no cement tee pads
Other Thoughts: play here sipapu and two gray hares for a all day acticity because they are all really close to each other
Wonderful! Now watch your disc.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Beautiful Mountain setting in desert short pines.
-This course is on the Picuris Pueblo: the place just FEELS outback and special.
-Great variety: Demanding shots & tough choices.
-Cool features: hanging and raised baskets. Lean-to benches, paths, stone totems etc. '
Cons: THESE ARE TIPS RATHER THAN 'CONS':
-A real scramblers course. No grassy fairways!
-THere is signage but can be hard to get around. -Watch your discs! You often can't see your drives land.
-Hard to get a clean look or an easy stance.
-Sandy tee-pads and some roll aways.
Other Thoughts: I am updating this review for changed conditions. There are still several layouts possible but the 'Original 20' has once again become the main route.
-The 7 holes added to the west after hole 3 are still there but are not played much anymore. Since tee-signs are for BOTH layouts, hole 4/11 is the fourth hole on the 'original 20' and the 11th on the 27 hole layout. This is confusing but you get the hang of it pretty quick.
-There are round gold directional arrow signs on the course, but it's still good to find a local to show you around. Especially to play backwards on the black signed 'Phantom Course'
-The Sipapu Saturday Morning Singles was played here this spring before Sipapu opened up. There are usually people who know the course playing the 2 weeks before the 'Rio Pueblo Open in late spring.
-The best way to find the course is to head west from Penasco. Go past the left turn to Truchas. You will pass a store and a liquor store on the right. Take the next right into the Pueblo. The course parking is the first left, after a cattle grate. The course starts there and the last 11 holes are across the road.
-Bring water, be patient, watch your discs. Enjoy.
This is a special course with many unique features.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: Beautiful solitude. Clean air, everything I love about being in New Mexico. Not a lot of traffic the day I was out there. Nice use of elevation when available. I can't remember which hole, but one on the front nine is a great down hill shot with the pueblo in the background and much potential for tragedy along the way. On the back nine, I remember some nice use of uphill elevation as well. Most of the course plays fairly long with great views. Not too many ace runs, but not wide open either.
Cons: Little tough to find some holes, but not too bad. I was by myself from out of state with no guide, and I only wasted time on a few holes trying to figure out where to go. Good direction to next tee box, though, usually. Also, I don't remember any close stores to buy your golfing refreshments nearby, so stock up in town before you head out. On a summer day I could imagine water being a problem.
Other Thoughts: I would really recommend this course to anyone in the area. I stopped by Two Grey Hares, and the folks were very nice, but I only had time for one course that day, and their facility looked much more wide open that did Picuris. Therefore, I can't truly compare the two, but I was happy with my choice. Both courses could easily be played in a full day of golf, though.
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