Nice course, if you can avoid the crowds
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Nice Park Setting
- Park has water fountains, trash cans, dog bags
- Good mix of challenging and straight forward holes
- Nice Elevation change
- Lots of trees/shade
- Good Variety of holes
- Mostly nice tees (some had and incline and decline)
- Quality Baskets
Cons: - Too many crossing fairways
- Shared baskets and fairways meant a lot of waiting, even at 8am. Can't imagine playing this course in the afternoon
- Graffiti on some tee signs
Other Thoughts: Overall, I had a good time playing this course. There was a nice mix of easy holes and holes with a little higher difficulty. The total size of the course is way too small to have 18 holes. On almost any tee pad, you are throwing at or across another fairway. The shared baskets led to both confusion and a lot of waiting even while playing an early morning round. There were a few times that I was almost hit by a disc by someone on another hole. I have a feeling that this course is nearly un-playable when the crowds get up there.
If you could have this same course, with out any crossing fairways or shared baskets I would score it closer to a 4/5. Even with the that I was going back and forth between a 3 and a 3.5 (I wish we could do quarter points on DGCR) but felt with the overlap I had to go with a 3.
I would recommend playing this course, just try your hardest not to go at a time that it might be busy.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
The social course
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is challenging because they change the pins and tees often. There are so many varieties of shots it is hard to become bored at this course. The cement tee pads are great and offer sure footing for the long downhill and uphill shots. You will use all disc in your bag. Very nice green grass with large trees make this course very scenic in the heart of ABQ. Great place to meet other disc golfers and get the "skinny" on the DG scene. Holes are well layed out and signage is present.
Cons: The bums and transients frequent the park often for its location. They do not watch out for discs, they sleep in the park, ask you for money and sometimes have seen players being bothered by the bums. There are a lot of families that use the park but they are aware of the discs and watch out for them.
Other Thoughts: This course is a blast to play with so many different tee and pin locations you can play there all day and have different shots. Some of the long downhill shots are great, you just need to watch out for other players as some fairways are crossed, which you can't help when the course is set in a "smaller" park. Play in the morning and you will get less traffic, but there is always some kind of event happening and they are not concerned with the course. Play at your discretion but please Enjoy!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Trees! Not many courses with trees in ABQ.
-Nice concrete level tee pads.
-Elevation changes add to the challenge.
-The only grassy 18 hole course in the ABQ area.
-Multiple pin positions allow for a variety of hole variations.
Cons: -TONS of people on a sunny Saturday afternoon
-Signage is damaged. Lots of signs graffiti'd up.
-Sharing baskets with people coming from a completely different direction can get confusing.
-TRASH littered all over throughout the park
-Homeless, transients, and evidence of drug use throughout the park.
Other Thoughts: BUM CENTRAL. Bums passed out in fairways, near holes. Generally not a problem, just a slight hazard.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Course located right next to the university. The park is located in a very picturesque part of Albuquerque. Holes utilize trees, hills, and O.B. very well. Tee pads were ok, but a little on the small side. Baskets were in good condition and were all marked correctly.
Lots of fun shots to play. Tons of elevation changes with some elevated tees. A few ace runs (#5, 7, 18).
Cons: Navigation issues. Almost every fairway crosses another fairway. Every basket (I think) was shared with another tee. Long walks between tees and some holes you have to walk all the way back to where you teed off the previous hole. Graffiti is a major problem...almost everything has spray paint on it making it impossible to read some of the tee signs(which weren't very good to begin with).
Other Thoughts: This course probably should have been a 9 hole course with alternate tees, making it an 18. It's crammed up into a small space when there's more empty space in the same park. Sprinklers in the morning seem to be aimed at the tees and baskets, but shut off at 7a.m. so it shouldn't be a problem for most people. Lots of not disc golfers, but they usually stay out of your way. This course could be a 5 disc course if it had more space.
If you mark this review unhelpful or you find a mistake, please send me a personal message here on DGCR explaining what is wrong with it.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Lots of shade, with hills for exercise. The permenant tee boxes are nice and the basket locations change often. This keeps playing this course fresh.
Cons: There are alot of people wondering the park and pay no attention to disc golf. The bums and hobos are permanent fixtures. But, of all the people in the park, they are the most aware of the discs and expect to get hit.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Nice Park, challenging in the wind, some nice holes!! local players and folks in the park extremely nice and helpful. Even the homeless guy was friendly.
Cons: the crossover and blind throws keep you on your toes.
Other Thoughts: nice shaded hangout for the college kids, couple drum circles when I was playing, groups very friendly. all in all a very nice course, with very friendly locals.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Small, but with Good Shots
Pros: Off the Tee: This course requires having a variety of shots in your bag, especially when the wind picks up. A lot of the tees are up on hills which allows for long downhill drives, but the difficulty of these shots is increased by the large trees. The tees are nice flat concrete platforms, but might be a little too narrow for those who really rip a disc
Putting and Approach Shots: Approach shots are critical on this course and require thought to ensure you have a putt at the basket, which are often on the sides of hills or tucked in a small grove of trees. When the wind picks up on this course, this is the most difficult part of the game.
Environment: The course is great in the hot Albuquerque summer due to the shady park. Several of the holes, especially off the tee are just fantastic to look at.
Cons: The course is simply too packed in. As a nine hole course it could have been fine, but making the course work for 18 holes with 10 baskets in a small and sometimes crowded with non-discer space can be frustrating. It's one of those cases were less is more.
The course is difficult to navigate the first several times, as the layout isn't quite logical. The baskets are numbered to help, but you can't always see it from the tee.
Other Thoughts: Definitely try to go early on weekend mornings or during the week to avoid crowds of non-discers. Many of the people who hang out in this park realize you are playing disc golf and will let you throw over their picnic, but it does make one nervous.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
The people make this course twice as good
Pros: Good location close to UNM/Downtown area. Manicured lawn year round. Multiple pin placements. Many alternate courses mapped out to add challenge and variety. As much as social experience as a golf experience. Amazing group of local golfers, just go to a Wed. night doubles or Sunday tag challenge and find out! Can go to this course at any time of day and see someone you know (if you are a local, if not, just meet one!)
Cons: Pedestrian traffic, crossing fairways, bums.
Other Thoughts: I love this course for many reasons other than it being my home course. The community makes this course great!
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Alot of friendly and helpful people. Different shots with trees to make it challenging and fun.
Cons: Some homeless sleeping in the park and also recreational drug user on course and off. Though none bother you. Also beware of flying discs and also allow extra time to play due to shared baskets.
Other Thoughts: Nice setting compared to just flat desert play
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
It is what it is...
Pros: This course is tucked neatly into central Abq. This course makes excellent use of elevation and has a couple of extremely entertaining holes. Well established trees help make the course more technical and a couple of "longish" holes help out with the difficulty rating here. The strongest holes are the ones that cross the small gulley/valley and use both the trees and elevation. Additionally the locals were friendly.
Cons: The shared baskets and criss-crossing shots can be difficult to follow and dangerous. Lots of homeless and other people who appear clueless wandering around the course or asleep next to catchers. A couple of the shorter holes were way too easy. No point using anything but a putter. One hole was like 130 feet with a giant pine tree right next to the catcher, just chuck your putter into the tree it falls next to the catcher and you get a birdie, those kinds of shots really aren't a lot of fun for me. Even with the map the course can be difficult to follow. The layout wasn't always a logical progression and even one of the locals I played with kinda got lost.
Other Thoughts: With all of that being said, the course was fun, the setting was nice and worth the minimal effort to get there. The course layout and shared catchers is understandable considering the limited space and circumstances (but still keeps the overall score down a bit). Made for an enjoyable afternoon. I would stop by again if I am in Abq. and have an afternoon to kill.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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