3 Helpful / 2 Not
A nice course not far from Tucson
Pros: Lots of elevation changes, good mix of long and short holes, nice scenery lots of wildlife mainly lizards and birds. Easy to find your way around first 9 holes.
Cons: Windy! The area is pretty much a wind tunnel between 2 small mountain ranges. Best time to play is the morning before the wind kicks up. The back nine is natural pads and plays back on the same pins. it's almost impossible to figure out the back 9 layout without someone showing you first. Also the layout has been recently updated so the map that is posted here in no longer accurate.
Other Thoughts: It's nice to have another course not far from Tucson, it's a good place to beat the crowds on the weekend. Careful where you step. We saw three rattlesnakes in one morning.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Most rugged course
Pros: The most fascinating and unique terrain I have ever played on. Rocky hills all over the course. This course is an adventure; feels like an obstacle course. Great variety of distances, ranging from 250-800 feet. Lush area due to water retention basin. Ample space for each hole. Great views of red rock cliffs filled with saguaro cacti. The course has a great southwestern look to it.
Cons: Most of the weeds have been done away with, but there are still places where you can lose your disc. A decent portion of the holes are wide open, if that doesnt amuse you.
Other Thoughts: After playing the 9 basket course a couple times, I now have played the 18 basket course and really love it. There is a long stretch of the course where it is throw you need to throw your max distance off the tee. I personally really liked the challenge. The space in the course is plentiful and it is as nice a hike as it is a round of disc golf. This is the course to go to in Tucson.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Windier than Most
Pros: Tees and pins were intuitively laid out and relatively easy to find. Many tees had concrete pads, and the dirt pads were mainly flat and level. Course was completely deserted at 10am on a weekday. Clean course with little trash - best to keep it that way. Inventive use of otherwise-unusable land. Nice baskets. For 18 approaches sharing 9 baskets, this plays very well. Lots of variety between lefty-and-righty shots, short and long holes.
Cons: The wind at the ridgelines can throw you off. Several pins are hard to land a tee shot near without your disc falling back down the hill. Several pads still need concrete. No restrooms. No benches either, but course did not seem too busy.
Other Thoughts: Use heavy discs to fight the wind. Also, you simply can't avoid some discs landing in ankle-deep cover, so bright discs are recommended. Wear jeans or long pants. I would also recommend shoes with some ankle support, as you will be hiking up and down steep grades and over uneven terrain with nasty burr-laden plants that will coat your bare socks.. Print out a course map before you go. Some of the tee pads were incorrectly marked with ceramic tiles (perhaps they renumbered the tees at one point?), but all the tee posts were correct. Take lots of water with you! This course is more of a hike than any other local courses - you will need a little extra time and energy to finish. Of the Tucson courses I've played, this was the most challenging and fun.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Elevation changes within the basin are spectacular.
The course has recently added 9 new baskets for a complete 18 hole course!!! Much improved over the original previous 9 basket dual tee layout. Awesome course.
Alot of the tees were from a ridge which is about 15-20' above a basin floor. This course really requires accuracy. The overall length variety was perfect!!! Many of the holes could be reached off the drive if it was not windy, but not being a Tucson native the winds might be a regular deal, hence the "brutal" title.
Wind just soared over the ridge, so every shot out of the basin to a basket on the ridge was just a nightmare with the wind!
This is by far the best course in Tuscon. I also played Santa Cruz and Groves Park. WEAR JEANS - the brush is a wreck on the legs (if you should by chance happen to throw an off shot.....and you will)
Has overall great basket placement - being tucked into trees where possible with 14 straight/2 left/2 right. There is great hole length variety with 5<300' / 6@300-400' / 4@400-500' / 3>500'.
Cons: There are no restrooms.
don't go without a map, the course is a little difficult to find the next tee in a couple of cases.
Concrete tees have been added, but are a touch to short for "x" step throwers.
Other Thoughts: It would benefit from directional signage to next tee on a few holes.
Playground adjacent to 18 has water fountain.
Needs trash cans and bag hangers or benches.
Posted map in links is out fo date as of this updated review date.
Terrain has been very well manicured for the desert course type. If you only have a short time in Tucson to play - make this your course. One of the BEST!
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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