Nice Design-Especially When There Aren't Many Players On The Course!
Pros: In Mid-March Emerald Park was a lovely shade of Emerald Green. Reminded me of me days as a wee lad growing up in Ireland....only I grew up in Washington! Still, it's a very pretty park with lake in the center of the bowl. The course designers used the bowl quite effectively in their hole design giving players at least 6-7 fun downhill tosses. The tee pads, baskets and signage are all fine. There isn't much in the way of natural obstacles in this park but the ones they have are used to the utmost effieciency. On a number of tee offs, I had to reconsider as lightpoles/trees were directly where I wanted to place my drive.
I was guided by a local, Colby, who showed me the course layout. I don't think if would have difficult even without him. Having only 9 baskets and playing the front nine in counter clockwise fashion and then playing the back nine clockwise seems to work work here. At least, I liked the layout.
Cons: I could see some problems with this layout during heavy use periods with groups approaching the same basket from opposite directions. There's only one blind thrown on the entire course so I would hope players would use extra caution there.
The pond comes into play on only about three holes. I did have one bad rollaway that ended up in the drink.
Other Thoughts: Emerald Park plays just a bit above a recreational level. A decent intermediate player should shoot 6-9 strokes under. But pro golfers often shoot way under par. If you can shoot 9 under, then try and score -10 or whatever. I can see Emerald Park being a popular choice here in the Phoenix area and it would be for me too.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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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