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.
• 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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The Emerald Jewel
Pros: Course is well maintained
The Emerald Disc Golf Club meets every monday at 5pm, and they are very helpful for beginners
course is set for improvements (teee pads, new baskets) by the end of Summer 2010 ... The EDGC has raised thousands to do this..and the City of Mesa is pitching in 3500 to 4000 bucks =]
Cons: currently it is not well marked and the dirt/grass tee pads are very worn down
the baskets are very old and a lot of discs bounce out
Other Thoughts: I love this course. it's pretty wide open for players with big arms. The EDGC has been shooting around ideas for adding more trees.
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Close to Home Fun
Pros: We love this little course. It is close to home, not crowded, spaced out nicely to avoid a tangle of projectile missiles of destruction. It is cool. Lots of test for your driver (again, nothing to really let it rip for you upwards of 400 guys, but I can't throw it that far anyway), and some good technical parts (remember, I am a newbie) with hills and trees.
Plus, there is a great local club that works this course, and they are super cool for new folks to learn the game.
All around, if you are new to the sport (or seasoned at it and just need a nice place to open up and practice) this is a great course. We love it, and play it at least a few times a week.
Cons: The signage of this course is horrible. If you need proof that Mesa is out of money when compared to say Chandler... this course will prove it. You can basically figure it out for the front nine, but when you turn to do it in reverse, you need to have someone tell you the code...
Other Thoughts: Still.... close to home. Easy bike ride, play and bike home. No crowds. That combination makes this one a winner.
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