Lovely Little Neighborhood Course In A Interesting Setting!
Pros: This is a great little 9 hole course in a very nice park that this part lovely green grass and partly desert rockery. Holes 1,2, 6 and 9 play across the park's green grassy lawn while the remaining five holes play in two other separate sections of the park which are desert terrain. The holes are long enough that this isn't just a Pitch & Putt, I'd call it a nice little recreational course.
The course has simple tee signs. The distance is painted on rocks. The baskets are Innova Discatchers with the yellow bands. They do have small numbers on them. The Blues are the main tees and then there are marked red tees which are shorter.
Like everyone else, I enjoyed # 6 hole the most. It's an interesting anhyser shot, 246', with the basket set just around the corner on the grass, out of sightlines. I was able to throw a roller around the corner right up to the basket.
The course is just a little bit confusing to navigate as some tee pads are nice concrete pads while others tee off sidewalks and others off natural dirt areas.
Cons: Inexperienced groups/players were having a difficult time finding #2 tee area.
Variety of tee pads (concrete, sidewalks, dirt areas) is pretty confusing to inexperienced players.
The desert area is tough on your discs and not overly pleasant to play through.
Lake Havasu is well off the beaten path from anywhere.
Other Thoughts: I always love to see beginners taking up our game. On Grand Island today were two such groups. The first were a couple trying to play the course with one big "Freestyle" frisbee discs. The second was a rather large family group, complete with a couple of mothers, 3-4 kids, maybe a grandfather and a dad. I helped them with some navigational problems. Upon seeing my bag with a dozen discs, they just naturally assumed that I was some kind of super player. And when I cranked out a 270' drive they knew I was Godlike. I figured I was probably the most awesome player in playing in Lake Havasu today so I just let them believe it and strutted away with my chest puffed out.
14 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Good course design given the minimal amount of space allotted in the park, being surrounded by upcoming housing developments. No real distance between baskets and tees for the coming holes, with only a couple minor overlaps in fairways. Great introduction to the sport for beginners with distances ranging between low 200's and mid 300 footers. Course is new and in good condition and the Discatcher baskets are a big improvement over the initially suggested poles or hoops. A practice basket is provided out of the way of a drive towards hole 9. 9 ends up at both the beginning of hole 1 and next to the parking lot, making everything very convenient.
Cons: All of the holes are basically wide open shots, with a minor exception on hole 6 where you need to shoot to the right at a basket you can't see from the tee (my favorite hole). Roughly five of the holes have fairways of rock which eats up pretty quickly at any of your DX (only type of disc available at local retailer Big 5 until higher grade Innovas begin selling at local businesses, soon to come) or Pro plastic discs. One playthrough and your discs look seasoned, without the added benefit of actually being broken in. A couple of fences ride fairly close to the fairways for the inexperienced level of players on the course, without close gates available. This requires occasionally long walks on a shanked throw, or even other throws no more than 20-30 feet from a couple of the holes.
Other Thoughts: Overall an enjoyable course with enough variety to continue playing and help work on your game. A great course to develop a love for disc golf, and a much needed addition to Lake Havasu. Success of the first DG tournament held by local Parks and Rec has led to the possibility of an 18 hole course also being developed in town in a much more open area, unfortunately living out in the desert doesn't cater well to a high number of obstacles or difficulty. Not a must-play for passers-by, but an enjoyable time and one that will help foster a knowledge and love of DG in a place previously unexposed.
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