11 Helpful / 1 Not
- Extremely manicured grass course with LOTS of danger.
- Requires good shots and good judgement to keep your plastic. Literally... 13 holes have some form of water danger - never experienced this before.
- At least, the holes weren't terribly long considering the risks. But, this almost dares you to go for it.
- Wonderful tee-pads with stamped numbers (very professional). And, good tee-signs.
- They must move the baskets a lot... because they don't have the dirt rings around the baskets you usually find on grass cousres.
- To start, this course isn't in Phoenix as implied by the Phoenix (fountain hills) location description. It's in Fountain Hills! and that's at least 1/2 an hour away from Phoenix! That's like saying Sylmar is near La Mirada (not quite that close if your on a DG road trip with a time crunch). This could have screwed up the timing of my road trip... but fortunately I was still able to make it up to Flagstaff to play.
- The Water - it smells. When the fountain was going off there was this atmospheric, dense, smelly smell... can't explain it... but, I didn't enjoy the mist misting me!
- The basket number plates don't face the tee-pads... and even though it seems obvious as to where you're supposed to throw... when the number plate is facing the opposite direction... it's confusing.
- I don't know how you could play this course on a daily basis and continue to afford plastic... there's that much danger of losing discs.
- No maps at hole 1.
- As was mentioned below... this course was nothing to write home about. Water comes into play a lot; but, that's not everything. The course was short and none of the holes seem memorable. None of the shots requires a long shot across water... just shots near water.
- The fountain... although cool to see, SUCKS. Waste water mist flying everywhere... and the wind it produces messes up even the shortest putts. There is a noticeable difference betwwen fountain on and fountain off - hard vs. easy.
- I got through this course really quickly - 1:20 at most... easily navigable.
- My Score: - 3
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Fountain of Youth
Pros: Circular teepads so you can have a good run-up for all basket settings. Never seen this before it was cool.
Nice green grass, well groomed
Water in play on many holes
Huge fountain that runs every hour for 15 minutes
Nice baskets with chains that really grip the disc
Some benches and bathrooms
Cons: Hyzer, Hyzer, Hyzer. . .regardless of your handedness you can hyzer almost every hole
Very crowded with walkers and other pedestrians
Kind of tough to navigate, but doable
No privacy, very open course
Few trees with questionable placement on a few holes
Other Thoughts: This course is very unique and aesthetically beautiful. Similar to other reviews, the beauty of this park attracts many dog walkers and the like. I waited on quite a few holes until the coast was clear. This course does not demand a variety of shots. The hyzer seems to play almost every holes with almost no exceptions. It was enjoyable and the water was fun to negotiate, but this course is nothing to write home about. However, it is a good course worth playing and depending on the settings can be challenging, or relatively simple. Dont go in the water, it is reclaimed sewage water.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Fountain Hills Rocks
Pros: Gorgeous Phoenix area retirement community. Some of the best Risk-Reward shots in disc golf, that I have ever experienced. Most of the basket positions bring the water into play. Even wayward putts have a great chance of finding water. Perfectly manicured greens play very fast, and the fountain keeps the wind swirly.
Cons: Stay out of the spray of the fountain! Besides it being the waste of all of the water birds in the area, I have heard stories of it spotting sunglasses to the point of disrepair.
Other Thoughts: Excellent course. Play conservatively unless you like donating plastic. A Golden Retriever(disc retriever) is a good purchase before going there.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Fountain hills Memorial layout
Pros: One of the most unique and memorable courses that i have had the pleasure of playing. 18 high quality baskets on several pin settings. I played this course during the memorial, so i got to play the hardest, or wettest pin settings. The fountain in the center of the small lake can actually create its own weather patterns. As soon as it starts to spray you will notice a strange wind starts to blow. I lost 4 discs on my first round. I loved the round teepads with ample surface texture so traction was never an issue.
Cons: The water in the lake is reclaimed sewage. There are lots of ducks, birds, geese so lots of turds under foot. Memorial pin settings will make your discs disappear quickly. Lots of other park users, people wandering onto the fairways.
Other Thoughts: WOW this course is just phenomenal i am looking forward to playing it again next year!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: The park is top notch. Very well maintained, and clean. It plays around a pretty pond with an "Old Faithful" like fountain. Perfect park to take the shoes off and enjoy why you started playing this game in the first place.
Cons: Most the holes are placed on the water edge so use caution or floatable discs. It makes it very challenging so if your a beginner jusy "lay up".The water has poor visibility, so if there more then a few feet out forget about it. Other then that AWESOME!!!
Other Thoughts: Learn from me....Don't throw your favorite discs or some custom dye you spent hours making. There will be alot of chances to send them to there watery grave.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Great place to put a course
Very scenic. Holes are beautiful and spacious with nice variety and lots of hazards that make this course great. There are some shots that look like something out of a movie...Hole 5 is as picturesque as any I have ever seen. A constant demand is placed onto the player to "consider water nearby" and when your first shot goes wide to "play it safe" your next shot often is now at a basket with water behind it and a steep dropoff as well. This course really gets your excitement going. I found myself bogeying alot of shots on purpose because to go for par was just too dangerous and the risk/reward payoff seemed dubious.
I like the circular teepads...really roomy and provides options for the placement of your feet. This course is immaculate and very friendly. We had more people stopping to watch than most other places in Arizona - This might be because the designers made many of the teeboxes in places where they share concrete with the lake-ringing sidewalk.
Cons: There is a big chance that you may lose some discs. If you are easily psyched out by the thought of throwing discs in the water and losing good discs...this course can mess with your peace of mind.
Lots of non-golfers about near 16-18.
Other Thoughts: I think this course was a great idea. Really good use of hilly terrain and many holes that are just awesome. I like that it plays so long around a single giant lake. The ground was really over-soaked and spongy in some places but maybe that is the cost of really green and lush grass.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: I absolutly love this course!! This is where I learned to play, talk about trial by fire. The lake and grass make for beautiful scenery. The course plays long, which is nice for us guys with big arms. Very challenging well laid out. Easy to navigate with the exception of #12 (tee box is up near the street). Good signage and new tee boxes complete with non-slip surface.
Cons: -Lots of goose crap (bring a towel)
-Tons of pedestrian traffic; don't even try on the weekends.
-Be prepared to lose a couple discs in the lake.(bring a floater)
Other Thoughts: Very challengeing and not for the faint of heart. Basically the only time you can play without having to skip holes is middle of the day, mid-week. This park is very popular for family picnics.
6 of 9 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
A Mind Scramble
Pros: This course is in one of the most incredible parks I have seen. There is a huge lake and the water fountain that is sure to go off once during a round was spectacular. There is a park for kids and restuarants near by. The course itself is super challenging with some good long holes and some water holes that will really make you think. This course has been by far one of the most challenging courses mentally that I have played.
Cons: There is lots of water that is ready to get your disc and even with a stick retrieval is near impossible with the amount of algee that is in the water. The map that is available and posted at every hole is not entirely accurate, in particular with hole 12 where the tee is really up on the sidewalk by the road rather than on the walking path. It is nice that they post the map at every tee. There is some foot traffic to contend with.
Other Thoughts: There are a couple of options in playing this course. You can park by the playground area and play 1 through 18 or you can park along the street by hole 10 and play 10 to 18 first. Either way you are going to walk all the way around the lake in the park. I would say that it is imparative to bring junk water discs with you when you play this course. There are just too many tricky shots involving water. Also build up your mental game before you play here, it can really get to you, I may never go near water again, hope I don't stink too bad from lack of showers.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: This place has great scenery, every hour on the hour the fountain goes off.
The course is mapped out clearly.
Mostly long distance holes.
Challenging and extremely fun.
Cons: Lost a couple of disks in the lake.
DO NOT go to the bar Overtime sports bar and grill that is across the street.
Other Thoughts: I love this course. the fountain is beautiful, it is located on a great park. Plus Fountain Hills is a great community.
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 3 Not
I must be too strange
Pros: Beautiful setting
Good use of terrain
Curious pedestrian cheerleaders (a good opportunity to be ambassadors of the sport)
Cons: Too much goose poop all over--especially near the shore (where the geese hang out)--not only do your discs get poop on them (and subsequently your towel), your shoes do too
The holes seemed redundant to me
I agree with the water issue...it is pretty slimy and scary stuff lol
Other Thoughts: I know a lot of people love this course--it just doesn't do much for me.
I know it has a lot to do with my idiosyncrasies (and maybe some others are like me and my take may be helpful)--I do business in the Phx metro area, so it's pretty far to travel for what it offers me
10 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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