Miss the Old Course
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Pros: My review is of the alternate course since the Santa Cruz river has redirected into the old course forming a lake (if you don't live in the desert it's a pond). It's a nice average course now along the lake but otherwise standard fare among courses.
Mostly just straight shots from tee to basket. The local disc golf club:
is pretty involved and interested in developing a new course and working on improving this one in the meantime.
Other Thoughts: This was my favorite course and an excellent use of land. I spoke with members of the Marana town council and they hired some hydrologists from nearby UofAZ and the Army Corps of Engineers to decide what to do about the lake but to get the proper permits for redirecting a river (in the desert it's a river, anywhere else it's a stream) can take up to a year. Meanwhile they are working with the local disc golf club to find land and design a new course.
Addendum: The town council of Marana has decided that the bird watchers are more important than the disc golfers and are moving ahead with plans to make the lake permanent. As of 4-3-15 they began work on the area and have placed signs making holes 12-18 off limits for at lest a couple of weeks although I've never been known for letting a sign discourage me.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Will the flood waters ever recede?
Pros: I just wanted to make a quick post to let potential players know that this course is completely flooded and the perimeter course map that is on this page is accurate. I was in town for a few days and had the chance to play a few courses around town and had no idea that this course had been covered by flood water. It looks like no one has written an update in some time and I thought you shouldn't wonder "what the hell?" when you arrive!
Cons: The perimeter course is playable, but not technically too challenging. It's just a bunch of straight shots around the lake. You definitely want to stay on line though, most of the holes are on a ridge and turnovers and hyzers have the potential of falling into water on one side or a small ravine on the other!
Other Thoughts: It's a real shame that this course is flooded. The original layout looks like a ton of fun. I've heard that the berms blocking the nearby river have collapsed, so I not sure when this course will ever recover? It is a beautiful nature reserve now, with a bunch of wildlife (mainly birds) making it a home. It's a beautiful area that is worth checking out, even if you aren't going to play.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Long and open
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: This course has a lot of open, long holes. Great for bombing your driver from tee to basket. Look for the 800 foot hole!! Several 400-600 foot holes. Even bad drives are usually OK since it's so open.
Cons: It is ungodly hot out on the course. Yes, Tucson is always hot, but the course is in a huge wash with very little shade. The sun just beats off of the hardpan. Bring more water than you think you could drink.
Other Thoughts: There's not a ton of variety or technical challenge here, but the length and open layout make it a lot of fun.
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Open desert course
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Lots of long, wide open shots. Work with or against the wind as your skill allows.
Cons: Very poorly marked. I shot this course with 4 veterans and even they couldn't find/get to all of the tees and pins. We shot this course while the "water" hazards were full and couldn't find or get to most of the tees. "Water" hazards seem to be mostly backed up sewage, so I would recommend a less aggressive approach.
Other Thoughts: bring lots of water and an open attitude toward stinky shoes and socks.
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Challenging greens, with over 1/3rd of them located on large mounds (mini-hillocks) or the ridge the surrounds the water retention basin which forms the bulk of the course.
Tees are long, wide, and flat, ribbed concrete. Good teesigns, indicating current pin position. Many of the tees are located on the ridge, too, presenting elevated looks. Scattered benches.
Not much - long-for-the-sake-of-being-long #11 might have been better as two ~400' holes?
Holes entirely within the basin are quite flat.
Course plays in-to and out-of a large water retention basin. Given that it is located in SE Arizona, I assume that this basin is more frequently dry than wet, but the extra water means that the trees are larger than you might typically find in this area (i.e. there are several shady areas), and the bushes tend to be larger, too, and of the non-puncturing variety.
The flora, when mixed with elevation provided by the ridge/hillocks, combine to create an entertaining course. Straight and true off the tee is what is required by most holes, so shot-shaping isn't in great demand, but staying within the fairways defined by the trees/bushes (or sometimes throwing over them, when teeing from an elevated position), and sticking approach shots on the challenging greens are the primary foci.
Navigation: Course plays in a clockwise manner, zigzagging from/to the ridge to/from the centre. Online map makes it easy for a visitor to navigate. If you only have time for nine, 1-4 then 14-18 form a natural loop.
Number-1 is provides excellent start. Basket is only ~250' away, but both the tee and the basket are from elevated positions - need fine touch to land, and stick, near the basket. Number-13 was my personal favourite, as a copse of trees mid-fairway forces you right (tighter) or left (wider). The basket is slightly elevated, and has some guardian shrubbery.
A fine, fun course - play it if nearby!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Tucson's "Must-Play" Course!
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The challenge: the Marana Rock is not for the faint of heart. If you're gonna play this course, be prepared to go hard. I think the only baskets that are not as challenging are #3 (in the short position) and maybe #10 (although I screw this one up all the time).
The variation: you'll need a lot of it to get through this course! You don't necessarily have to change your throwing style though - I'm right-handed and throw backhand, and there aren't many baskets that force me to throw forehand.
The league: I play in the weekly Saturday morning league at this course, and the people are awesome. If you get the chance, come join us!
Cons: The water: during monsoon season, the course will flood. The presence of water offers some unique challenges. Sure, avoiding water hazards can be difficult. But I think the biggest challenge is avoiding malaria from all of the mosquitoes! Seriously, bring some bug spray. It gets nasty out here.
#11: how is an 800'+ distance not deserving of being a par-5?!
Other Thoughts: This course puts hair on your chest.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
New Perimeter Layout
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: The new course play's back by the parking lot after 11 holes which is fantastic because you don't have to carry a gallon of water in your bag just to survive one round. Also 3 holes after that it plays next to the only drinking fountain within miles of the course. It was the first time ever I was able to play two rounds in one day! Lots of difficult and technical shots the new layout holes are much shorter (Thank God) those 1000ft holes are just ridicules!
Cons: It won't be up year round! Only during the monsoon floods...
Other Thoughts: The club should raise some money up and make this a permanent course, I would donate money for a basket!
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Adventure in southern AZ
Pros: Marana Rock is a truly unique experience for AZ disc golf. The course is set in a basin that is lush and green for a majority of the year and is surrounded by a rocky rim where you can find numerous tee pads and baskets. What little actual elevation is present, is used very well to create exciting launch pads or tricky approach areas.
The layout is varied in hole lengths and a majority have well-defined fairways that require a straight shot to avoid the brush. Most holes have multiple basket locations, which are indicated on the tee signs with small locks next to the corresponding position.
A handful of tee areas have benches to rest on. There is a good amount of shade here. If you're playing in the hotter months, make sure to take frequents breaks out of reach of the sun's rays.
There is signage at the front of the park to mark the 1st tee area. It also has a nice bench and practice basket.
Local club is constantly improving this course. Every time I make a visit there's less clutter, more defined fairways, and added challenges, perks, and peril! I love the newly-created window to the basket on Hole 13.
Cons: Although the layout is varied, there aren't any doglegs and few blind shots. You can throw the same long, straight drive off the tee and do well. I feel this can get a little repetitive.
Course is pretty rough and is no easy stroll. Lots of rocky inclines to navigate and thick brush off the fairways. There are also lots of burrs in the middle area waiting to attach themselves to you or your gear.
There aren't any facilities - restroom, water fountain, or pavilion. Bring plenty of water!
Other Thoughts: Course can be massively windy! This is usually more noticeable when on the rim of the basin. I could go either way on this - the wind can provide one helluva challenge, or cause your round to be grueling and feel like punishment. Play it smart, and bring your trusty, stable plastic!
I've heard people say this is a seasonal course and I have seen some flooding (Holes 7, 18). However, I've been able to play it year round and have never had to cancel a round due to the conditions. Perhaps I'm just lucky?!
Needs new course pictures - current ones are outdated and don't give a proper impression of the layout.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Green In The Middle Of All This Brown!
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: After driving through all the brown surroundings, parking in the lot and walking up to the first teepad, I was astounded to see a valley of lush, green grass. Then I proceeded to kinda fall in love with the first hole. 244' off an elevated pad to a basket sitting atop a small hill, complete with guardian trees and plantlife. The landing area is so small and when you miss, you're left with a difficult uphill putt. Great, great opening hole! Kind of set the tone for the whole course for me.
The course sets in this desert valley complete with plenty of mature trees and desert underbrush of all varieties, including some really prickly ones. This desert vegetation is used throughout the course to increase the difficulty and challenge. On many holes, I found myself having to thread my tee shot through a small opening in order to have a chance for the par. I found many of these same holes long and challenging, at least for my noodle arm.
I loved the indicators to show which position the basket is currently in, either A-B or C. Here they use little padlocks locked through the holes in the metaql signs. No-one can be changing those without the keys!
Navigation was a breeze, at least until I came to # 12 and then I promptly got lost and ended up at # 17. Before then, it had been so obvious by the natural flow and by the players trails.
The course is maintained with a lot of care from the local club. Not only is it litter free but a
Cons: I wasn't a fan of # 11 and it's 817' length. I thought it was long just to be long and length served no real purpose. But then again, when one has a noodle arm as I have, I tend to dislike any and all 800' holes.
I don't know what happen after the # 12 hole and how we got lost.
Other Thoughts: My compliments to the local club and to all the work they've done on this course. I'd love to come back and tackle it again. It pretty much kicked my fanny.
I'd also like to come back to to the # 12 basket and try to find my way to the # 13 pad. It's probably fairly obvious!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Great course in Tucson
Pros: -Well maintained. You can tell that the local disc golf club takes pride in keeping this course clean and free of clutter and debris. The course was recently mowed as well.
-Each hole presents a variety of challenges and encourages the player to use a variety of different shot types
-Tee signs and tee pads are all in great condition
-Shade! I played this course early spring (March), and it was still hot. Luckily there are shady spots on almost every hole, which is good for a desert course.
Cons: -If you're off the fairway you might find yourself in knee deep foliage and plants, which can make it hard to find discs
-In monsoon months a few of the holes can become unplayable because of water, and a few holes will incorporate new basin water hazards. Alt tees are setup
-The course is situated in a location where the wind just rips through a canyon across the course. The lightest wind we had the 3 dfays I played the course was probably 15+mph.
Other Thoughts: I played this course for a tourney, Lockdown at the Rock, and I'd imagine that I saw the course in it's best possible condition. I was really impressed that there was so much vegetation and trees because the drive up to the course is nothing but desert. The locals were more than friendly and willing to show me around the course in a warmup round or two.
I played in spring and was hot, so I'd imagine that this course is VERY difficult to play in the mid summer months unless you're there early in the AM.
Watch for rattlesnakes.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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