Pros: Lots of parking and easy to find. Some fun up and downhill shots. A good course to test your max distance drives on. Overall the biggest pro is how challenging this course can be. The best part about the design is that holes 1,9,10,& 18 are all close to the parking lot, unlike some courses (redding) where holes 9&10 are way in the back of the park. Also, everyone I have ever seen playing has been really friendly.
Cons: The biggest cons are the sun and wind. The open design would be fair & fun but the wind frustrates it. Most of the holes are a little too long for how windy it gets, making it nearly impossible to par in the wind. There aren't many trees either, and the trees that are out there aren't well used. If more tee pads were close to shade the course would be more comfortable to play. The only tee with any shade is 8, but you can tell if they had thought about it many more could be placed in the shade. The shade is so important because the sun can really get you. If it's a hot day you probably don't want to bring your dog.
Other Thoughts: The course got a 2 from me because of the nice pads, signs, & baskets. I actually play this course a lot, though the reality is this course is ruining disc golf for me. It is the most frustrating course I have played. I have heard from a few locals that they refuse to play it. The people are nice, the area is nice, and there are some fun shots. Discs aren't lost often, but the rocks can chew them. It's a nice course for night golf, either in a full moon or with spotlights for the softball games that will go past 1am and there is little wind at night. I've seen reviews where people complain about the irrigation but it seems they fixed that by digging some canals. The course is also a pretty rugged hike. While the course is not technical per se, the wind adds a level of tehnicality that is frustrating. If the some of the par 3 shots weren't so close to 500 or 600 ft and there were more tees in the shade this course could get an easy 4 or 4&1/2. But as is, bring lots of water and sunblock, and if it's hot you might have to leave Rover at home.
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Why Are They Watering The Dirt?
Pros: It is the only course in Reno. There are some outstanding views of the surrounding areas. The course is set in a high desert park?, well, or more like a large vacant lot area. It does feature a nice amount of elevation to contend with and leads to enjoyable, if not quite epic downhill tosses on 13, 15 and 17. Unfortunately, you have hot, dusty, tiring climbs to get to those tee pads.
# 1 and # 2 holes are fun and challenging disc golf holes. Then from 3 on to about 13 the holes were overly long, hot, dusty, and mostly boring.
In the courses defense, we probably made the mistake of trying to play in the heat of an August afternoon. By the time we reached the three downhill holes, the course had totally beaten us down. My partner refused to hike up those hills. I managed to climb them and teeing off them was almost worth the climb.
Cons: For some reason, an irrigation system was on and the course was semi-flooded. Vast expanses of the dirt had smelly, sewer water trickling down the hillsides creating slippery, sticky messes which stuck to your discs and was extremely tricky to cross without falling on your buttocks. After a few crossings, my shoes were a goey mess and I was ready to shut it down for the day.
Too many of the holes are unnecessarily long. You don't need a 750 foot wide open uphill hole when a 600 footer would do the same trick. These long wide open holes quickly grew boring and redudant. And the wind wasn't even blowing.
And finishing at baskets stuck out in the middle of a dirt field creates no interest at all. It's here that the course developers could take a look at being a little creative and insert some manmade obstacles. Check out Brent Baca DGC in Alburqueque, NM, holes 2 and 11. They inserted railroad ties vertically in the ground surrounding the basket in a similiar desert terrain to spice up an otherwise very boring hole.
Another course to check out would be Schaefer DGC in Denver, CO. There, the course designers stuck dead trees trunks in the ground surrounding a basket to create an artifical forrest around the basket. It's very cool and makes an otherwise boring hole much challenging to play.
Other Thoughts: IF we had played in the early morning or evening and IF the irrigation had been turned off we might have enjoyed this coursed a little more. I'd really like to see someone shorten many of the holes and add a few manmade obstacles to a couple of the more boring basket locations. The course terrain is ugly but with a few improvements it could be made more player friendly.
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