Oldest Course in Arizona and Still Very Good! beep - beep!
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Two concrete tee pads per hole, good tee signs and multiple basket positions available.
Baskets are in good shape.
Easy to get to in Tucson, even thought the neighborhood is not the best.
Well laid out course, using the entire park (except for a ball field), not much else going on here but DG.
Adjacent to the Santa Cruz River bike trail, would be easy to ride here.
Most of the wildlife, more on that later.
Cons: Dusty, dusty, dusty. Well you are in the desert here, I wasn't really expecting grass!
Portapottys available, but I needed notice any water.
Looks like the DGers hang out in one picnic shelter and the homeless in another shelter.
Other Thoughts: According to DGCR, this is the oldest course in Arizona!! 38 years old this year! It feels like it has been upgraded since then, newer, longer tee positions, updated baskets, and plenty of challenges.
They used the trees available to make shot shaping a necessity. Including the "tunnel" shot on #8 under some low hanging branches and finishing to the right.
#18 was an interesting tee shot, slightly elevated tee, so instead of trying to make the opening, I wanted to go over the trees, but the shot stalls out too soon.
They also built up an elevated basket, with stairs.
Then the wildlife, as dusty as this course is, I saw plenty of prairie (desert) dogs popping in and out of their holes, a roadrunner kicking up dust in front of us (had to do the tourist thing and video that guy) and the homeless hanging out in the shelter, that didn't seem to go away!
Overall, this was a very good DG experience, enjoyed the two locals I played with and would play this one often, probably even cycle here a few times.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Good desert course could use more distance and elevation
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Interesting variety of holes, distances and basket locations. Always somewhat challenging. We'll layed out.. good use of space.
Cons: Dusty and no elevation changes. A bit short and not enough trees.
Other Thoughts: I enjoy playing this course. It's not difficult but is fun and the ppl here are friendly.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A big pet peeve of mine is finding tees. This course is well played out with easy to find tees and is a good use of what space they had available. There's enough artificial light from a nearby school and businesses that it's possible to play at night. This is important when it's 105 degrees during the day 4 months out of the year.
Cons: Flat and dusty. The entire course is simple tree dodging.
Other Thoughts: This is the oldest course in Tucson and as long as Marana Rock is under water the best course in Tucson. That also tells you how poor the other Tucson courses are. Definite finesse course so since I'm a bit of a slinger on my drives it doesn't play to my strength but if you're accuracy is good this is a must play for you. As of 3-30-2015 the city of Tucson started replacing the old hexagonal tees with new larger rectagonal tees and adding new tees so each hole will have a red and blue tee for greater variety. It's nice to see a city put a little effort into a course.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Santa Cruz - Dust Town
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Santa Cruz is well maintained, has a nice variety of shots, and the regulars here are super friendly and generally very mellow. I really like the tee-pad placards and the way the course is laid out.
Cons: This course has zero grass; it's just dirt/dust. Some of the tee-pads are a little too small. A few of the fairways criss-cross a bit, which can cause some issues. Did I mention the dust?
Other Thoughts: All in all, I really like this course. It's a ton of fun to play and gives me a chance to try some lesser-used shots without fear of losing a disc. If you only get to play one course in Tucson, it should be Santa Cruz...unless you're willing to make a short road trip to Marana Rock, which is technically in Marana.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Two tee locations per hole. Weathered-but-decent tees and signs.
Minimal chance to lose a disc - unless you throw dust-coloured discs. :-)
Crossing fairways, narrow parallel fairways, some tees quite near prior basket - too much in too little space?
Course is set in a very long but narrow strip of flat, dry-n-dusty land, squeezed between the Santa Cruz "River" and a very tall fenceline guarding a row of interesting abodes, some with chickens. Also saw my first Roadrunner (the bird, not the disc, nor the cartoon) while playing here.
Scattered, relatively short trees that you'll either throw around or over do force some shot-shaping, but rarely are there any tight windows or extreme shapes.
Plenty of birdy opportunities from the short tees (average under 270', nothing over 350'), while the longs average ~330'.
Online map makes the course relatively simple for a visitor to navigate, although I did throw to basket-15 from tee-2 / to basket-14 from tee-4 my first time around.
Having just arrived the day before from the East coast, I thought I'd have the course to myself when I arrived on a Wednesday morning pre-0600, but there was already a foursome halfway through their round, and when I left a bit past 0730, there were an additional dozen+ players there. Anything to avoid the heat, I suppose - dedicated locals!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Santa Cruz - Can't Lose!
Pros: The location: Tucson is pretty scarce on city parks, especially near the University of Arizona and downtown. Santa Cruz is about 10 minutes west of campus, and is easily accessible from the I-10.
The creativity: Santa Cruz doesn't have any elevation changes or many large obstacles to avoid (except for the tunnel of trees on #8). Nevertheless, the course requires a lot of creativity and shot selection for getting a low score.
The network: The Tucson Disc Golf Club does a great job taking care of the course, and there are plenty of weekly meet-ups available if you're interested in playing with others.
Cons: The tee pads: Most of the tee-pads are hexagons and don't really allow for much of a run-up before throwing the disc.This is more frustrating than you might think. The B-tees are nearly all rectangular tee-pads, let's update the others!
Hobo Jungle: If you throw east of the bike path anywhere on the front nine of Santa Cruz, you'll more than likely be entering a place that my circle of friends likes to affectionately call Hobo Jungle. This is an exaggeration, as the "jungle" is actually just a wash. "Hobo Jungle" is really just a term of endearment for the course. But seriously, try your best to avoid throwing over here. To get your disc back, you'll have to descend / ascend a very steep embankment and avoid getting cut by broken glass.
Other Thoughts: Think I'll go play here tomorrow morning!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
In a van down by the river
Pros: The air is clean and warm. Delicate songs of the desert birds provide a nice contrast to the rooster farm just west. Also the ground squirrels running madly about are a nice touch. I think they were laughing at my putting attempts from their holes.
Cons: This seems like an 18 hole course on a spot big enough for 12-15 holes. Be careful out there before somebody loses a head. The hole to hole signage needs work as there are baskets and tees crossing all over the dusty lot.
Other Thoughts: Make more courses near Tucson! I need something to do when my dear old snowbird relations are taking ther afternoon naps.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Enjoyable, Well Marked Course Dirt Course!
Pros: This course is set in a decent sized park which is mostly flat with just enough trees to provide some obstacles. The course is very well signed. There is a small kiosk at the beginning with information on leagues and a course map. I especially appreciated when looking out from the tee box, I could see a large # near the correct basket. This is very helpful when there might be 3-4 possible targets in sight. The tee signs had the distance, par, route and a sponsor on them.
The course was completely dirt when I played in early April but it was very well packed down. There are two differently shaped teepads, the diamond shaped and the regular. Both are smaller than the norm. But a couple were extended when a longer run-up is needed.
The course is short making it play more like a recreational course. There are no par 4's or 5's here but there are lots of birdie ops.
# 13 is 261' to a slightly raised basket guarded by small trees. I like the fact that there are steps leading up to this elevated basket, probably for children and wee people.
There is a high fence (15 feet?) along the left side of the fairway along holes 12-14 to keep discs out of these slummy looking houses. One of them seems to be an inner city chicken farms with some noisy roosters. They were raising quite a ruckus on the early morning I played.
Cons: I guess the fact that there is no grass but you are, after all playing in the middle of a giant desert. The course is short but I found it to be perfectly enjoyable.
Because there are 18 baskets squeezed into a fairly small park area, navigation can be a little confusing. The large numbers near the baskets helped me quite a bit.
Other Thoughts: There was probably my favorite of the four Tucson area courses I played. It certainly doesn't offer the overall challenge like Marana and doesn't have the pretty green grass like Groves Park. But it's not a total disaster area like Sam Lena. So I'm calling it my favorite of the four.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Great for a quick pitch n putt course
Pros: -Easy to get to this course as it's right off of I-10 in Tucson.
-Multiple tee pads for each basket.
-The course is generally kept clean.
-You can play this course quickly if you're in a hurry.
Cons: -The long tee pads are these undersized and uneven octagon shaped concrete pads, which dont give players an opportunity at a run-up off the tee.
-A lot of repetitive shot types
-Little to no elevation change at all
-Annoying roosters making tons of noise on the West side of the course.
-Not the best neighborhood
Other Thoughts: I think that this is only one of two 18 hole courses in the Tucson area, and for that reason it's worth playing. None of the features and/or holes are very noteworthy.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Good place to start playing disc golf, nothing too crazy here, everything straightforward. New pin placements add some variety to the course. Plenty of holes for beginners to score pars and build confidence. The only course in Tucson that requires somewhat of a finesse shot - especially on 8 and now 10. Can easily finish 18 holes in an hour.
Cons: Flat. Essentially no elevation change. Can be very dusty. Short. It's probably the busiest of the courses in the Tucson area.
Other Thoughts: I never mind playing santa cruz but if this is the only course you play, you're probably never going to be stretched as a player. Very few holes require big drives or tight lines. I like bringing players here who are new to the sport as I think it is much less frustrating for a beginner than say, Marana Rock. I'll play this course exclusively when the Rock is flooded but will always choose the former when available.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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