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Pros: • This course, located in the beautiful and quaint city of Flagstaff, is one of the best disc golf experiences in the state of Arizona.
• The tee pads and tee signs are in great shape.
• The variety of the holes distinguishes this course from some of the other amazing courses that are nearby. There are elevation changes, backhand holes, forehand holes, overhand holes, and very wooded holes mixed with a few bomber holes where you can grab your high-speed driver and let it rip.
• The smell of the pines and the seclusion of the course makes it a great experience.
• There are definitely established fairways to use to get your drive to the basket.
• The course is mostly used for disc golf. There are a few hikers/walkers, but they are few and far between.
• The flow of the course is fairly intuitive except maybe for the transition from 12 to 13 and also from 15 to 16.
• The course is clean and doesn't have the trash you can see on some courses.
Cons: • The baskets are a maroon color and can be a bit difficult to locate when on the tee. A brighter color would help some, but it isn't too big of a deal.
• There are several medium-sized, igneous volcanic rocks on the course and it makes it difficult to use the increasingly-popular carts.
• The course is only open from April to November.
• It can be busy, but that in and of itself is revealing of the popularity and quality of the course.
Other Thoughts: The setting for this course with the nearby San Francisco Peaks and the beautiful Ponderosa pine trees is just spectacular. The air is cool (compared to the summer air in the Phoenix area) and there is even some meadow grass on holes 10-12. I haven't played every course in the state of Arizona, but this one would be right near the top of most disc golfers' list of places to play in the state. The Flagstaff Disc Golf Club has done a great job in maintaining, and improving, this gem.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: The experience: McPherson is the whole sha-bang. It's a clean, iconic Flagstaff course that requires you to make almost every kind of throw you can imagine.
The layout: some baskets are short, others are long. Some baskets have trees, others are more open. Some baskets require a backhand throw, others require forehand. The course literally has a little bit of everything!
The elevation: playing at 7,000' is awesome. And throwing from #10 and #12 are great too! Man law: if you can't throw past the short tee on #10, you have to take off your pants and walk to your disc sans pants. Just sayin'.
The location: 5 minutes north of downtown, perfect!
Cons: The popularity: this course is more popular than most, expect to wait for others to play through.
The terrain: the course is surprisingly rocky, be prepared for some scuffed discs.
Other Thoughts: McPherson is one of my favorite courses. I sometimes have dreams about it.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Easy parking right at the first tee which is very easy to find. Large cement teepads on all of the holes, no problem with them. Baskets are in great shape, one of my favorite kinds as well! Large pine trees all over the course that come into play on nearly every hole. Each hole unique from the rest, you don't feel like you are playing the same hole more than once. Great balance of shots, straight on, hyzer and anhyzer throws are needed. If you throw a well placed drive, an easy par or birdie is possible. There are some shorter holes that beg you to go for that ace. Then there are a few very long holes that play downhill, let it rip and you will see your disc just sail! There is a great balance of uphill, downhill and flat holes. Baskets are carefully placed, near trees or next to rocks. The scenery is increadible! Nice mountain fresh air, breathe it in! Not much for trash cans on the course, but there was hardly any trash to be found! Amazingly clean! Most have only one teepad, but there are several rubber pads that are for the pros. Nearly all the holes have multiple pin placements. The land the course is on is nearly exclusive to disc golf, no need to worry about other park users.
Cons: I really have to get picky here. The signs by the teepads are nice, some are a slightly damaged, but not enough to read the sign. The course was very easy to navigate, there are trails from the baskets to the next teepads which are very easy to follow. There was one spot where it may be confusing, but nothing to big. It was somewhat windy when I played, not sure if that is common on this mountain or not. I don't see it as a con though, others may.
Other Thoughts: I nearly rated this course a 5/5. Great design, good challenge, awesome scenery and clean! Get some better signs and you could easily call it a 5/5 course. I definately enjoyed this course as you can tell. If anywhere in the area, this is a must play.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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