Ups and Downs
Pros: • This course has good tee pads with signs at each hole so you can determine which position the basket is in. These pin positions are moved from time to time which adds variety to the course if you play it regularly.
• There is grass which is nice as many courses in Arizona are desert/rock courses. The pond in the middle comes into play on up to three holes depending on the pin placements. However, should you lose your disc in the pond, you are hereby forewarned that skin coming into contact with the "water" has a good chance of developing leprosy. The skin should clear up in a few days.
• The baskets are in good condition and all but hole 7 are visible from the tee pad. The flow of the course makes sense and is intuitive.
• There is a pavilion that provides much-needed shade in the summertime.
• There is a practice basket near the first hole.
• The course utilizes the terrain and landscape it has to work with well. The holes are placed between, or behind trees, when possible. Some holes are on hillsides and the few obstacles that are available are incorporated into the course to add as much difficulty as possible even though it isn't feasible on every hole.
• The parking area is sufficient unless it is on a league night.
• The course is easy to get to as it is situated just north of a major freeway.
• There are a few signs that direct disc golfers where to find lost discs.
• There is a well-run league on Monday nights as well as a doubles league on Wednesdays.
Cons: • With the course being set up with 9 baskets played from 2 directions in order to complete 18 holes, you tend to overlap with other disc golfers if it is busy.
• There is very little line shaping needed on this course as the layout is very wide open which allows for long, hard drives and there is little punishment for errant throws.
• The course is not very difficult for an intermediate or advanced player, but is excellent for newer, or less-experienced, players.
• No restrooms, water fountains, or facilities.
Other Thoughts: The park had its drainage re-engineered in the summer of 2013. During the renovation, a few trees were lost or removed. The grass was also adversely affected, but has recently begun to come in more fully. The course is well taken care of by the Emerald Disc Golf Club and the city of Mesa. On a side note, the course does experience vandalism from time to time. There is a bit of graffiti on the brick walls, ripped out or bent baskets, and signs that have been tampered with. The graffiti and/or damage is usually dealt with rather quickly, but it can take away a bit from the ambiance when playing a round. All in all, the course is enjoyable and can be played in a little over an hour on most days.
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Pros: different tee locations- basket moved on a regular basis.
Good for a variety of people.
on the shorter side- a pro for newer people, better ace chances for better players
Practive basket for warming up
Cons: on the shorter side- may be boring for better players.
Other Thoughts: Since the renovation, this place is much better taken care of. The layout is also better, with multiple pin layouts available. There are also a few holes with different tee pads, to make it a bit easier. One hole goes right over the lake. The alternate pad only goes partially over the water, so newer players can play it safe, This place is more open than others, which is a andvantage for newer players. Probably the easiest course in the valley for beginners.
For more information on leagues, as well as printable maps, lost and found, used discs for sale, and score cards go to emeraldparkdgc.com
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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nice easy course
Pros: great course to teach people on. I came to to Arizona from Kansas and this course reminded me of home with less trees. Playing the long tees adds some challenge.
Cons: A little to easy/short to be an everyday course unless you're looking to warm up your arm.
Other Thoughts: Great place to learn a new disc. Not Much water and easy to retrieve a grip lock
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Much needed upgrade!
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Pros: -New, cement t-pads.
-New signage (Oooooh, signage!)
-New baskets. Pretty sure they are Discatcher.
-There's enough here to make you shape your shot, and the trees/obstacles/lake all come into play nicely. Nice layout, water is incorporated more in the current design. OB towards the freeway isn't as prevalent.
-The pavilion by the parking lot is a definite bonus. A good place to sit down, organize, beat the sun's rays.
-Challenge is good here. Avg distance must be around 300ft, though nothing longer than 400ft. Pros will make very short work, but AMs and INTs will still enjoy some challenge to be accurate with 350-400 drives, left & right. The wind can also provide a definite hurdle to scoring well here.
Cons: -Dirty, dusty, and can be very gusty as well.
-Multi-use park. I had to wait for pre-teens using a metal detector to putz around before taking shots. Random peds everywhere, and can affect most every hole.
-The walking path from hole to hole can be goofy, at times. And you'll find yourself crossing over other people's lines if the DG park is crowded.
-Nothing in the way of scenery, really. Park feels mildly downtrodden.
-No restrooms or water fountains.
Other Thoughts: My review needed an upgrade, as well! I played this course the other day, as I was in the area. Much to my surprise, Emerald Park has undergone some changes since my last visit! There are now proper cement t-boxes, new signs, and new, SUPER bright-colored baskets. The course layout has also changed, among those changes two of my favorite holes were altered. But seriously, folks, this course has changed for the better, and I was challenged and enjoyed my last visit.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Easy, few obstacles, but a longish course. Big cement tee boxes, and good signage if you read the tee signs before teeing off. Nice Disc Catcher baskets painted neon yellow.
Cons: Dirty retention pond if your disc skips or lands in it. Overlapping holes because the course reverses after 9th hole to complete 18 holes.
Other Thoughts: Start on west side of parking lot and then course reverses itself after 9th hole to bring you back to parking lot where ya started.
Play this course before other more difficult courses in the Pheonix metro area because it's a good warm up.
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Pros: Brand new disc king baskets with multiple pin placements. Brand new concrete tee pads for 18 holes. New trees have been planted with the specific purpose of increasing the difficulty of the course.
Cons: Course has 18 holes, played to 9 baskets. This causes some overlapping of fairways and requires courtesy.
Other Thoughts: This course is owned by the City of Mesa and managed by the Emerald Disc Golf Club. The club has raised money for new baskets, tee pads, tee signs and trees. Monday Night beginners league at 5:00.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Wow! Grass!!! Course is located in a small, neighborhood park with nice, green, grass fairways. The course utilizes what little elevation and trees this park has very well. Decent hole length with a few long holes, but most of the holes can be reached with one good drive. The pond comes into play on one hole, but you would have to overshoot the basket by about 30 ft. to land in it. Baskets seemed to be brand new and were very visible from the tee.
Cons: Like I said before the park is really flat and doesn't have very many trees, but the course layout uses every possible way to bring the little they have into play. Tee pads were really muddy and were hard to spot. Tee signs were terrible, just like all the others in the Phoenix area. They had the strangest maps which provided no information except distance.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this was a nice little course to play if your in the area, but don't make a trip just to play here.
**Update** There are concrete tee pads for all 18 holes now!
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Pros: I just played this course yesterday after not having been there for 6 weeks or so and was pleasantly surprised as they have all new baskets. The course layout has changed slightly which also made it a bit more enjoyable and slightly more challenging.
Cons: The dirt tee areas are still terrible and getting worse. Water in pond is absolutely nasty but you shouldn't wind up in there unless you have a really terrible throw.
Other Thoughts: Wondering why concrete tees weren't put in before new baskets? The baskets are really nice but concrete tees would have been even better. Does anyone know when/if those are going to be put in?
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Nice little park
Pros: Nice elevation changes for a 9 hole course. Some holes set on a downward slope. Signage is adequate. Phoenix disc golfers are always nice and willing to assist. Some techinical shots required. Nice grip and rip course as most Phoenix courses are. Not much multi use traffic so people rarely get in the way.
Cons: Dirt tee pads. Back 9 is difficult to find if you don't play with someone who knows the course. No water or restrooms.
Other Thoughts: Pond in the middle can come into play on a few shots. Course is set in a wash basin so if it is rainy the course will be soggy and holding water.
#10 shoots across the length of the parking back to #9 and you follow the course backward for the back 9. #13 shoots over the length of the pond toward #5.
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friendly folks, fun course
Pros: Good variety of shots and distances. Pretty park with friendly other disc golfers. Good use of trees, parking lots, small hills as obstacles.
Cons: Without the links above to describe each hole, it would be a challenge to find all the tee boxes. I hear it gets muddy, but it was dry when I played.
Other Thoughts: Ran into another group that had their own alternate tees. I wish someone would post them
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