Better than expected
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Pros: New concrete teepads, well kept grassy fairways, a good use of available trees, and an easy course to navigate on my first time through.
Each concrete teepad has a nice tee sign, with pretty accurate distances.
Two extra holes on the course are 8A and 9A, that are substitute holes for 8 and 9. The regular 8 and 9 are consistent with the rest of the course, but the 2 alternate holes are a nice, challenging addition. 8A is maybe 300 feet, but it carries almost the entire length over a tree filled valley. Very cool shot, and requires anything but a typical RHBH hyzer. 9A requires a short, downhill placement shot, to set yourself up for a nice tunnel shot through the trees.
Cons: This isn't an extremely long, or challenging course. Most holes are reachable for better players, if you can hit the required lines with accurate finishes.
The Texas Panhandle is notoriously a very windy region, and Dalhart is no exception. Be prepared to make major wind adjustments, or see your discs behave extremely different than you expect them to.
Other Thoughts: I learned a long time ago, that when I am passing through an area, and am only going to play a course once on the way through, the highest rated, most difficult courses aren't necessarily the most enjoyable. You can spend half your time trying to find the basket on each hole, the next teepad, and your discs that inevitably go the wrong way.
This is a course that you will be able to play blind, and will get to enjoy your very first round, and any other rounds that follow. You can step up on the first concrete teepad, and quickly identify the correct basket, and the kind of throw needed to reach it. Then, the following teepad is also very easy to find, and on and on throughout all 18 holes.
You'll finish the round most likely with all of your discs, and much less frustrated than if you tried playing a championship level course without any guidance.
Rita Blanca is probably not worth a long drive out of your way to play a casual round, but if you're passing through the area, or you see an upcoming tournament, you can plan to play here, and expect to enjoy yourself.
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Very Nice 18 Holes (with more on the way).
Pros: What a surprise to find this well-designed, well-maintained 18 hole course in the small down of Dalhart, Texas.
The course is located in the multi-use Lake Rita Blanca Park. Though the course is flat and mostly open, the course design has made good use of what vegetation there is.
Hole lengths vary from 252' to 515', so there is good opportunity to work on your drives. The real challenge out here comes from the near-constant wind. One drive will be into a 20 mph headwind, and the next will have the same wind at your back.
They have just added two new holes, marked 8A and 9A. The "A" is for adventure, as these holes utilize a small canyon that runs alongside the course to create a pair of truly memorable holes.
8A requires a drive across the width of the canyon, which I would estimate at about 300'. Access down into the canyon is rough but doable, so if you miss on the drive you've still got a (difficult) upshot. 9A was still under construction when I was there, but it sounds like the basket will be down in the canyon itself, around a bend from the tee. It is great to see ongoing efforts to add interest to the course.
Each tee has an excellent trapazoidal concrete teepad. They are a bit unusual in that the wider end of the pad is toward the basket, but they work well. There is a clear sign at each pad giving hole number, distance, and an accurate map of the basket position, tree locations, etc.
Navigation throughout the course was pretty simple. I printed a map but once I located the first tee I didn't need to refer to it for subsequent holes.
Cons: Not a great deal of variety. Most of the holes are pretty open, so there is not a lot of line-shaping required on your drive. But to be fair they didn't have a lot of elevation or vegetation to work with.
Most of the teepads are built up several inches above the surrounding ground. There is some fresh dirt piled up around the edge, but if you use a big run-up that starts off of the pad, you won't like the abrupt elevation change.
Other Thoughts: This was the sixth course I played on my West Texas/Panhandle trip, and it was the best. With the addition of the new "Adventure Holes" the course will be even better.
If the wind stops blowing this will be a much easier course, but it seems like the wind always blows in the panhandle.
This is a multi-use park, and there are picnic tables scattered within the course. I would imagine that some holes could be unplayable if the park is busy.
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A Pleasant Surprise
Pros: This course had great tee signs and baskets with the dirt tee pads in good condition. Navigation was easy with a natural flow from basket to tee without too much extra walking. The park contained a nice playground for kids and is conducive to using a jogging stroller for your child or discs (aka cart friendly). They appear to water most of the grass in the park and have irrigation for the trees where they don't have sprinkler for the grass, giving you a pleasant and healthy ground covering on a majority of the course and promising sustained healthy trees. Hole distances varied greatly from hole to hole ranging from 250' to 500' uphill giving you some variety in distance where it lacked in shot type (hyzer vs. anhyzer) variate. Some holes actually forced a flex (or "S") shot which I don't typically throw and can't think of many holes on other courses that force that shot.
Cons: Despite the variety in hole length most (though not all) holes were reachable with a hyzer, some where you had a large gap to hit but many that you simply had to go around the trees with little repercussion for taking it too wide. No OB was marked on the tee signs and several of the fairways had pylons with a wire threw them (to keep vehicles off the grass) that I played as an OB line to tighten up the course. Tee signs also didn't hint at the huge drop-off on holes 7&8, you do not want to be off to the right on those holes.
Other Thoughts: I played this course to break up the drive between Amarillo and Pagosa Springs, CO. This rout was 1 hour longer but allowed me to stop at 3 courses along the way breaking the drive into roughly 3 hour sections. This was key for traveling with our toddler son and small dog who were able to walk most of this course with little aid. We had no info on this course (I uploaded pics, distances and this first review) so we were extremely pleased to find it to be such a nice and fun course.
I've rated it a 3.0 "Good" course but you probably be cussing me if you go out of your way to play this course. It is a typical park course with no unique holes or features to make it worth seeking out.
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