One of the best
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course is set on the ski runs and winds through the mountains; absolute beautiful views. The holes are challenging and require a handful of shots to get you to the basket. This course requires a lot of hiking (might be a con to some...)
Cons: Not too many cons for this course; the woods off the fairways are thick in some spots. Watch your disc or else you could lose it. If you want the course to yourself stay away on Fridays they have doubles. Also on the weekends when there are people camping or having family reunions, holes 2 and 3 are sometimes closed.
Other Thoughts: Absolute beautiful place to play disc. If there are too many people playing here there are a few more courses within a dozen miles which are worth looking into. Enjoy, and if you find a lost disc turn it in, someone will be looking for it.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
great fun factor
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course is quite a different experience from other courses I have played, being set in a ski area and built into the ski slopes. I had high expectations, and I liked it. The long tees weren't a "championship golf" experience like some other top courses I have played, but the fun-factor was excellent.
The tees are rubber, not my preferred type, but they were fine. The course starts off on hole 20, by throwing uphill with a standard hyzer, and then proceeds to hole 1. There are several up and down holes in the front nine of varying lengths, but all were reachable from the long tees. There was a decent balance of right-to-left and left-to-right along with open fairways. Most of the holes were a little more open than I expected, but a few of the shorter holes required some tough lines. The back 9 was more challenging, including one hole I would call a par 4, it was a nice uphill dogleg right. The highlight for me was hole 18, not too often I get a chance to drive it pin high on a 580ft hole. I wanted to empty my bag there but then I thought it might be a lot of work to recover all the discs! I settled for two drives and moved on. Good times! Then hole 19 was another sharp downhill, not long but a fun shot with the creek behind.
I liked the benches made out of old skis!
Cons: Signage was OK but I did have to walk ahead and look for baskets several times, even though the holes were not that long. I think blind baskets should be infrequent in the design on par3 holes, a couple blind holes per 18 is enough.
Another "con" I had (a very minor one) was having to do a few big climbs to get to tees where you throw back down the hill, I think that is a design flaw, should build the climbing into the prior hole whenever possible.
It needs more par 4 holes. There is so much more that could be done on that land.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
All time FAVS!
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The only reasons I didn't give this course a perfect score is this...Use of the entire ski slope to make it longer and the fact that you walk a hell of alot.Which kind of counter balance each other I know.You'd need a four wheeler if it was so.What can I say its one of the top three courses I've ever played..A few epic shots make you wanna throw your whole bag at it.The most elevation on any course i've been on.Beautiful,Beautiful,Beautiful.
Cons: It is sometimes hard to find the next tee. There are some pretty hard climbs and if you head off in a direction that isn't where the next tee is it is hard to figure out where you should have gone.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Amazing Place Amazing Course
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course has everything I've ever wanted in a course. The signage on the course is world class which can't be stressed enough on a course where there are strenuous hikes between some holes. You can't get lost on this course. The river that runs through the base area is so beautiful. You are throwing shots over the river from 200' above the river, there are people pulling rainbows and browns out while you are putting, there's a bar and grill at the start, the scenery is so enchantingly beautiful you don't mind the fact that you've just hiked up huge elevation and you can't breathe. You just stop and take it all in. The design is also really fun. There's nothing overly difficult about the layout. A good advanced level player should shot at or below par. A top pro will shot well under par. The course has multiple tees on every hole so players of all skill levels can play the course together and have fun. This place is magical and will be back for sure. Oh holes 18 and 19 are two of the most fun holes I've ever played. On 18 you are just forever away from the basket about halfway up the mountain. Even so, all it takes a laser buzz on the correct trajectory and you can park this shot.
Cons: This course is too far from where I live.
Other Thoughts: This is destination course. With the other courses in the area do yourself a favor. Get some buddies, get in the car, and drive to Northern New Mexico and play all of these mountain courses. They are all amazing and better than any courses you play where you live.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Insane elevation changes and great variety in holes, from wooded to open to a few over the stream. It's great that there are different tee boxes for each hole for all skill levels. I played this course every day I stayed at the lodge for four weeks and it always impressed me with the challenges it presented.
Cons: Not many complaints about this course. Be careful of high winds that can catch your disc and do your best to avoid throwing into the trees, they can be very unforgiving and I've seen many discs get caught up and are lost. The stream can be intimidating but not usually too deep to wade out and retrieve your disc.
Other Thoughts: Keep your eyes open, many lost discs fall out of the trees practically every day. Do as you will with those that you find, but they are often found. Also, wear proper footwear! There is a lot of hiking involved in this course!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Family Fun on the Mountian
Pros: Free to play! Very nice course setup. The stream that runs throught the first few holes is great. Playing from the pro tees 12, 18 and 19 is just awesome. There are three sets of tees.
Cons: It is sometimes hard to find the next tee. There are some pretty hard climbs and if you head off in a direction that isn't where the next tee is it is hard to figure out where you should have gone. This course was especially tuff for the kids (5 year old). We all got stug by Wasps on #3 but was probably just us, but be careful it is there home your playing.
Other Thoughts: Great course, the long drives are really awesome when you can find your disc. These are the ones you remimber for a long time. Lost discs tend to end up up the street at Two Gray Hares.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Notes from Paradise
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Too many to list. See other reviews.
Cons: Too few to worry about. See other reviews.
Other Thoughts: 'SEE-puh' has been reviewed MANY times so I only want to add what I hope are useful additions.
Recent update: Early May 2013.
-Mostly dry. Some snow patchs but playing well. -Random Doubles on Thursdays at 5pm is the best way to see the course for the first time.
Or try weekends or NMDG on web or facebook.
-Busier w/ Rio Pueblo Open coming up 5/18-19. -Typical early season debris better than 2012.
-Casual water on 4 is not O.B. Ski lift 'Pomas' making 6 play tougher. Longer pro tee on 10.
UPDATES: LATE AUGUST '12.
-REALLY COOL PARADISE BAR BY THE RIVER: RIGHT THERE AS YOU START AND FINISH.
-RESTAURANT FOOD STILL BAD. PORTIONS SMALL FOR THE PRICE. JUST HAVE A BEER.
"PERMANENT" NOTES START HERE"
The course is NOT pay to play. You can pay for the scorecard/map if you want. Fly freely if not.
The course is NOT 'just open late spring/summer'.
It's late april until early november or so.
(The Taos Ski Valley course does have a shorter season for some reason).
HINTS-TIPS-GETTING AROUND THE COURSE etc
-Yes it is steep. Bring good shoes/ extra water.
-The course starts on Hole 20 and ends after #19.
-To avoid the steeps, you could play short loops from holes 20 thru 2, or 20 thru 4.
-For SOME steeps, 20 thru 10 or 12.
But don't wimp out if at all possible. It's worth it.
-The pro tees often go much farther up the grade than do the advanced. THIS IS A GOOD THING:
YOU CLIMB UP TO BIG AIR SHOTS. .
So to find pro tees on 8, 9, 12, look up to the right.
For 17, look up and left in the woods.
-YES PLEASE SIPA HAS A LOST AND FOUND!!!!
Players mark their discs. If you find a marked disc, please turn it in to the Sipapu store.
-The rec tees are VERY easy and really make this a beginner friendly course for anyone who can climb a little. Discs available in the store.
-Advance tees play like a 2nd course from the pros.
-The weather is usually great but check for lightning
-Course SEEMS easy, but it's really deceptive.
Short and technical for versatile players.
If you only bomb....well BOOM: you bomb.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Who gave this less than 5?!?
Pros: Terrain: The terrain is amazing! Up and down the slopes, over the streams, through the woods, to the pin we go! I've never seen a better, more beautiful course.
Course layout: You could get through this course w/o a map if you wanted to. There is a nice flow which is sometimes hard to come by in a disc golf course. Nice, challenging holes. Anything from around bends, to up hill, through the forest, over the stream and down, WAY DOWN, the slope!
Decent accommodations. I stayed in a cabin last time and it's not the Ritz but I really don't care. It adds to the experience. And when hungry, go get a Red Chile Burrito from the eatery upstairs. That is the best Red Chile I've ever had! Worth every penny I paid, and more!
Cons: I can honestly say I cannot think of even one negative thing to say about this course.
Other Thoughts: Well worth planning a one or two night stay in order to play disc golf on this amazing course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: Beautiful!!! One of the best courses on the planet! Great vistas, great holes, lots of challenge. Multiple tee pads to accommodate all skill levels, however this is not a course for beginners in my opinion. Some very epic holes, to say there are some elevation changes is an understatement. Good pro shop, friendly locals, great camping nearby, and beautiful weather in the heart of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains of New Mexico.
Cons: Only open after the snow melts, late spring and summer only.
It's quite a treacherous hike and will take you many hours to complete. (worth it though)
Confusing layout for newbies to the course, maps are available and needed if it's your first time.
Other Thoughts: Not really many drawbacks to this course, it's worth the time and the hike. One of my favorite places to throw, period.
2 of 10 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Great Fall Experience!
Pros: Awesome mountain course, pro shop, amazing views and weather (in the fall).
The 2 days we played here, we were pretty much alone on the course. There is lodging right behind the first hole as well as the 3rd hole teepad.
Layout is pretty good, a bit confusing at first but easy once you play it once. There are scorecards and maps available in the lobby.
This course goes up and down the side of a mountain...so you will be in for some awesome views as well as some exercise!
Teepads are all rubber but in good shape.
Some really fun holes with a lot of varying routes/lines. Well balanced. From flat, to crazy uphill, to across the mountain, to DOWN the mountain.
Baskets seemed to be in good condition.
Cons: None that I can think of really.
The course takes a WHILE to complete...but that really isn't a con. Makes for a long, fun round.
Other Thoughts: Prepare to spend about 3-4 hours on this course (first round at least). It went a bit quicker the 2nd time around.
The course isn't open year round because of the ski season, so make sure you go in season.
Pro shop has a pretty good selection actually. Also, they have womens instructional classes (weekly I think).
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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