1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The course is amazing. Im sure it gets warm in the summer however. This course has elevation long drives short doglegs and will challenge everyone. It is a lot of fun but is in the middle of the dessert with a lot of dry brush. need to wear jeans. Most of the holes and baskets are very well placed. Maps are located in a small bin before hole one and course plays 18 or a short version thats 9 holes.
Cons: The course is dirt dry brush and plants filled with spiders. Be prepared for a day outdoors in the desert. Have lots of water and shoes you dont mind getting dirty but in the end it is all worth it at this course.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Best course in AZ? Could be.
Pros: Awesome amount of diversity. This course requires every kind of shot you can put together! Parking is abundant, tee pads are signs are great. The locals take a ton of pride in this course, so it's always maintained.
Cons: It's a young course, so improvements are ongoing. A couple benches and trash cans would be welcome. I think the benches are slated to go in this year though...so I think we can check that off.
Other Thoughts: I have played just about all the courses in the state, and I think this is my favorite year-round course. Snowbowl is better...but only around in the summer. The Chain Lightening guys have themselves a gem with this course!
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Tommy John Surgery
Pros: Elevation changes are sweet with both uphill and downhill shots...
Decent use of the brush/shrub to shape holes in both directions
Nice new baskets as well as grippy tee boxes
Distance is the selling point on this course. Some holes you really don't need to aim all that much, just throttle it as hard as you can. Definately possible to hurt yourself if you get to into it.
Everytime I've played it its never been all that windy, mostly playing in the morning though...
Minimal use of the overhand throw (huge plus) because there are so many options on almost every shot
Cons: Distance from residence, good 30-40 minutes to get there
Snakes, burrs freaking everywhere
No water on the course
Not enough shade on the course, also no real tall trees to get in the way and make you shape shots
Really easy to lose your disc in the tall weeds
Other Thoughts: Definately the best course in Tucson BY FAR...
Whoever maintains the course many thanks and great job on the design and layout. Great baskets and even better course layout.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
A Very Nice 18
Pros: As of May 2009, this course has 18 baskets and 18 distinct holes, which really improves the course. Know this: the course is long (most holes >= 300 feet, with several significantly longer) and tends to play long with the wind, which is very often significant.
There are not very many birdie holes for recreational players (maybe 4 or so if you can't throw 300 feet). It's a difficult course cut out of some beautiful landscape. Great punishing rough. Snakes and who knows what in the heavy rough. Watch your shots.
There are a couple awesome holes with elevation (hole 1-- pictured-- is really bitchy; short and downhill, but plays to a green on a small hill. Birdieable but very easy to 4 or 5). Plenty of holes have baskets situated just up on a little bluff or on the edge of one, adding risk/reward to the game. Overall there is a good variety of holes on this course, though most of them are relatively open. You'll use quite a few different shots to play this course at even close to par. Hole 18 is a great finishing hole, playing 320' over the reservoir (water in there most of the year) or you can play it safe like a chump and try to get up and down for par.
Downloadable map from the course website will be helpful but not necessary; it's pretty easy to find your way around. There are a couple jerryrigged signs on the ground (arrows made of debris) to the next tees which are a nice touch.
The tee pads (about 2/3 of them are poured concrete as of this writing) are great, long, professional-style, with nice signage.
It's rough terrain, and not an easy course, but this is disc golf, not putt putt. You want to be punished when you throw it in the rough.
Leave the kids home for this one.
Lots of wildlife; I see roadrunners, lizards, hawks, rabbits, and more on a typical round. Hopefully no snakes, but you never know. It's the desert, y'all.
There's a water fountain just off of hole 18 which you'll want to use.
Cons: The Titanic hole (800' or so) on the back 9 is boring, a disappointment, and not a good use of the landscape (other holes are all very nicely designed). Just open and wind and throwing long. Hopefully the designers will put in an alternate pin to the right so your upshot can play into the woods to add interest.
The course could use a few more technical holes in what woods there are for variety (there's not a lot of woods, but there's lots of scrub brush and mesquites; if you're used to golfing in the forest, this will be an interesting change; go up to Flagstaff instead).
Recreational players will find this to be a challenge. Heat is an issue in the summer. Bring lots of water.
During the monsoon season (July-August) 2008 much of the course flooded due to some problems with the water. That made the course... interesting... but probably unplayable for all but the most hardcore players. Word is the Army COE is on it so it shouldn't happen in the future, though I haven't been up there to play yet in the monsoon this year.
Other Thoughts: This is certainly the best course I've played in low-elevation Arizona. Well-designed, well-maintained, and lots of fun. Recreational players try Groves or Santa Cruz. Anyone looking for a longer, nastier course with some awesome desert scenery and wildlife will like this a lot.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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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