Unique for the Area
Pros: Lots of challenging and blind shots that force you to take interesting lines that you wouldn't need at most of the other local courses. Iv'e played here 10-15 times and only once have I seen anyone else. I usually end up here on the weekends when I go to Paseo first and see it's packed. As someone who is not an Arizona native, I like the environment of the course, it isn't pretty, but as soon as you walk through the gate you feel like you're in a completely different environment.
Cons: Many of the baskets are in bad shape. The tee signs seem inaccurate. The first few times I played, I would run ahead on the blind holes and look for the basket before I threw. The baskets were often in completely different spots than I had imagined by looking at the signs, sometimes 100+ feet in the other direction than I thought. It is also sometimes tough to find the next basket before you learn the course. It took me 3-4 times of playing before I found the 18th tee.
As others have said, there is a very good chance you'll leave this course with scratches. I have thrown discs 3-4 feet into the mesquite trees that still took me 15+ minutes to dig out despite being in arm's reach, some discs I almost gave up on even though the disc was in plain view. Having said that, I've always brought home all my discs as well as the cuts to prove it.
Other Thoughts: The course is very different from the other local options. I love playing Paseo, Freestone, Emerald, and Vista, but they all feel like throwing straight to the basket without much in the way for the most part. That is not the case here, you'll be forced to throw down tight fairways, over trees into small gaps etc and you'll be punished heavily when things go wrong, this isn't my favorite course by any means, but when I'm in the mood for it, it's great.
I spoke to someone who said whoever is looking after the course is slowly replacing the baskets and signs. I played today and noticed a couple new baskets and signs so the rumor seems to be true though I get the impression it could be a while before all baskets/signs are replaced.
I wouldn't recommend this course if you only have time to play once in Phoenix, but if you live reasonably close you should give it a try.
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Pros: Well laid out holes to start. The course seems thought out and holes are placed decently, for a Flat, Desert course. This is also a Challenging course. The abundance of mesquite trees, especially on the front 9 (Overgrown mesquite trees, I might add), make for some challenging lines to blind baskets. This course has a good blend of hole lengths from 150ft-475ft and everything in between. Being a flat desert landscape, the addition of a couple holes with the baskets placed on top of dirt mounds adds some fun/challenge. Fair baskets placements allow backhand and forehand lines on most holes. A very fair course to right handers and lefties. Very little traffic on this course. I have played it 4-5 times now and never seen anyone else. I have also seen many types of birds, rabbits, lizards, a coyote, and other various wildlife on this course. The course is actually a city park in the middle of farm land, so there is some good wildlife viewing. A couple picnic benches in the shade of trees and garbage cans help out. There is also a Porta-Potty in the parking lot.
Cons: The course seems a bit run down, or lacking up keep. The pictures of this course look NOTHING like it is now. The trees are really overgrown on some holes. Hole #4, for example, has a fairway no wider than 10-12ft at it's narrowest point. A good tree trimming would be in order to give some of the holes a "Fair" fairway. With this being the case on quite a few holes, you end up having to take riskier lines over the tops of trees on many holes instead of down the fairway. Playing this course with someone else would be Highly suggested, at least until you know basket positions. It really helps to have a spotter on this course.The baskets at this course are also just plain BEAT. A couple of them have the cage wired together to keep discs from falling out, cages on most are bent up (a couple are fairly bad), and the baskets just plain allow spit throughs more than any others I have seen. Some days, there is quite a lot of trash to pick up, too. This course gets BLOODY Hot during the day. It is desert landscape. Bring PLENTY of water/liquid. The Mesquite trees will poke you, stab you, and otherwise cause you to bleed. Be careful. Natural tee pads on some holes are littered with long metal nails sticking up in spots, where I am assuming they used to have rubber mat tee pads. Check your path before you tee up.
Other Thoughts: This course is deemed a City Park in Chandler. I think this course has a lot of potential. With a good tree trim, some general clean up, and a little TLC, it could be a gem in the rough. I am tempted to contact the city of Chandler and see what they would allow to be worked on out there.
Overall, this could be an Awesome course for the area. It is different than any of the others I have played. It could be Great with a little work.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Many blind shots make it a little difficult. Signage is good. Easy to navigate. Porta-John at entrance.
Cons: Baskets are a little beat up. Digging discs out of mesquite trees full of thorns.
Other Thoughts: Good course if you don't want to deal with many people. The most I have seen out there was 4 people and that was including me and my buddy. Overall I gave it a 3 because it serves its purpose, not a pretty course, but not horrible either. I am sue that if you head out you will have fun.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
worth a try if in the area
Pros: Mostly good signs with very helpful next tee arrows. Plays fast and hard to lose a disc. Lots of opportunities to make your own variation. Signs are pretty accurate (one or two are missing and one hole was a lot longer than listed)- but you can pretty much look at the sign throw the distance it shows and look for your disc near the basket. Good birdie course. More character than a park with a few tress.
Cons: Flat, but not as ugly as the photos look. I never saw a soul. If you had multiple groups, the course would be a little hazardous. After a while, I could get bored here easily.
Other Thoughts: I almost skipped this course due to low level reviews. I actually enjoyed this course as much as the park 18 hole courses up north.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Desert Courses Are Cool
Pros: Never crowded. Easy to keep an eye on your throws (only a few blinds).
All tees are level (the whole course is). Ingenius use of the holes for a back 9. It isn't like playing backwards.
Never muddy or flooded after rains (it is a desert course!!), so it is always ready for some use when the park courses (that are essentially water retention basins for the flash floods you get in the desert monsoons) are flooded/ muddy. Great use of the land.
The High School kids never interfere with your game (course is next to Basha High). Excellent signage that really give a good visualization of the hole.
The area is Disc Golf Exclusive!! The only porta potty there is always clean. Holes are in good condition
Decent mix of holes, only a few long ones, but still a decent variety
Cons: Most holes are too wide open. Not as challenging as I like. Used a lot of hyzers/ hooks, over and over. Way to far out of town. It is as far southeast as you can get in Maricopa County.
Other Thoughts: A MUST PLAY COURSE IN MARICOPA COUNTY!!!!
THIS IS A DESERT COURSE!!!! In most deserts you have a flat, hard pan (sand/ rocks, not dirt) WITHOUT grass and ground cover (although in the spring, the whole place gets a bunch of ground cover that you can lose your disc in easily if it ain't a bright color)...Thorny trees, bushes, and cacti. Play the course as it is, and APPRECIATE an alternate to the "Park Courses" we are used to.
Bring something to hydrate. No water available, It Gets Hot As Hell(100-120 F)!!! May thru Oct.
Favorite Holes: #14. Pretty open from the tee, then gets tight at the hole. There is a Lil window that I can get a wild S-turn thru LHBH. Trips the crew out everytime I get thru
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