Weed, NM 
Camp of the Tall Pines Share
Uploaded By: John Hansen Hole #8 (Taken 8/2010)
3 / 315ft.   3 / 315ft. Par / Distance:
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1    8/6/2014   12/6/2018
Review By: ff1964
Played: 8  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 7.6 Years
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very challenging with technical shots. Not the best course to start playing tournaments. This course puts a premium on accuracy and disc selection. The course is well marked and easy to navigate.
Cons: Offline shots will be punished severely. Uneven terrain and loose footing. Also the summer heat. Bring plenty of water and snacks.
Other Thoughts: This course is run by very nice people. The Baskets are great.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Way Off the Beaten Path

1    5/10/2016   5/10/2016
Review By: markmcc
Played: 240  Reviewed: 213  Exp: 6.6 Years
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: After playing Grindstone in Ruidoso several times and reading the reviews for this course I thought I'd make the drive down and give it a try.

My first "Pro" is that the owners of this private camp have installed an 18 hole disc golf course and allow us to play it for free. That's right, zero dollars and not even a donation box!

Innova Discatchers in like-new condition. Excellent tee signs and plenty of "next" arrows and outlined paths made navigation very easy. Rubber tee pads were in decent shape. Most were a bit lumpy and bumpy but they were all there. Two tees for eleven holes gives you an easier option on the tougher holes. So the course infrastructure is solid.

Distance varies from a very short 158' out to 625'. All holes play through trees so there are no "just crank it out there" shots. Everything has to be played with the trees in mind. Plenty of opportunity for BH/FH or RH/LH players. And if you've got a good overhand you can use it here in many places. Fairways are narrow on many holes and the rough is thick enough to punish errant shots.
Cons: I thought that I would enjoy this course more than I did, but overall I just found it average. It appears that many of the "tall pines" have died and been removed and what is left on many holes is a bunch of smaller 20' - 30' trees. With a good overhand or spike hyzer you can go over the top on some holes. Otherwise you'll be dealing with tight fairways and poke-and-pray holes.

Quite a few blind holes into thick trees, so a spotter is helpful.

Hole 17 is a good example. 430' down a narrow power line right-of-way and initially downhill then up. You can either try to pipe it down the narrow ROW or take it high and hope to land in a clearing. Odd are good that you'll be in the thick trees on one side or the other. Not so much a designed hole as one that used an existing (narrow) clearing.

After a while I found a lot of similarity. While the lengths varied and there was some uphill/downhill, many of the holes felt similar.

The ground is uneven with a lot of loose rock. Footing is an issue both throwing and moving between holes. Boots are a good idea here.
Other Thoughts: The course is well away from almost everywhere so be aware that you'll be off of the beaten path, no cell coverage, etc. The day I played I didn't see a single person (even staff) until I was driving out. I did meet the manager as I left and thaked her for allowing play on the course.

If you're in the Ruidoso/Cloudcroft area and have already played Grindstone, I'd give this one a visit. If you can play only one, I'd strongly suggest Grindstone in Ruidoso.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Amp up for the Tall Pines

5+    8/10/2014   8/13/2014
Review By: nightwing
Played: 225  Reviewed: 50  Exp: 10.5 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -A genuinely Challenging Championship course.
-Several holes require serious thought.
-Am pads that do even the playing field.
-Truly peaceful, outback location.
-Horses! Beautiful 'Paints' just being cool.
-Mix of Pins for both Risk and LONG Birdies.
-Cheap! Variety of Rustic Cabins and Camping.
-Some Big Air and Big Views
-Well marked trail signs at each basket.
-Huge Rustic Lodge w/ ping pong, deck, kitchen
Cons: -REALLY Tall trees favor thumbers/tomahawks.
-Some holes too dense: More luck than skill?
-Tough to play blind/solo/without spotting.
-Long way from anywhere.
-NO BEER within 1/2 hour's drive LOL.
-No short loops except maybe holes 12-16.
-Teepads can be slippery, a few need work.
Other Thoughts: Camp of the Tall Pines is located in the Southern San Francisco Mountains, about 90 minutes south of Ruidoso or east of Alamagordo. The nearest full services are in Cloudcroft, over a 1/2 hour away. While the course and location are not as rugged at Lindrith, it offers an inspiring outback experience. The Camp staff was friendly and welcoming, but this is no KOA: bring everything.

I played the course 5-6 times before and during the August 2014 'New Mexico Open', and some holes still owned me to the end. Many of the 83 players left as tired and humbled as I did, but I really think we enjoyed the challenge.

There is no doubt that accurate Big Arms with thumbers and tomahawks will find the course manageable. If you insist on hitting every tree and getting upset,...well....there you go.
From what I could tell, the Am Tees offered a significant break on all the long holes.

At par 62, there were plenty of birdies. Pros and short tee intermediates mostly shot under par. Long tee Advanced averaged under 70. But the tall trees can wear you down.

The middle of the course, from holes 5 thru 11, is a long way from the base. Plan on playing the whole course in about 2.5 to 4 hours. You can play a short loop from holes 12 to 16 by parking over in that area.

To me at least, Camp of the Tall Pines has the potential to be a 4+ star course. A crew with tools could shore up the tee-pads and take some of the luck out of the dense fairways. An alternative to big RHBH hyzers would make some holes more interesting.

Call first, bring everything, relax and enjoy the unique and rugged beauty of this course.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.


1    1/11/2014   1/17/2014
Review By: Mako8
Played: 13  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 17.6 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is set in the beautiful pine forests of southern NM. I did not see anyone else out there; the course was all ours. Great high quality DISCatcher baskets which came in handy on some long holes; the yellow band on top is easy to spot. Great mix of shots and pretty creative and challenging holes. Signage was pretty good when we found the 1st tee box. Rubber tee pads were in pretty good shape, only a couple had erosion problems. Free to play, very fun and challenging.
Cons: This course has too many trees and too long of holes. About 5 holes you can't see the basket and just need to follow the fairway (road) and stay out of the trees. Could use some clearing of trees to keep fun factor up and frustration down. Fairly good use of land, they could have fit twice as many holes in the given area and a few times you are walking downhill to a tee box rather than throwing to a basket near the tee box. With some TLC this course would be in my favorites.
Other Thoughts: It would really help to play this course with someone that has played here before and knows the course. It does get windy here so in the morning is the best time to play. Bring hiking boots and plenty of water. The 18 hole loop isn't broken down into two loops; it is just one big loop. Holes 2,3,4 there is some steep hiking until you make it up on the mesa. Watch out for the pond on #16. My favorite hole was 17; great course and very nice staff. I will play here again. ENJOY!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Awesome course!

2-4    11/10/2012   11/10/2012
Review By: KDFrosty
Played: 37  Reviewed: 14  Exp: 6.5 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Beautiful scenery away from the hustle of any city.
-Remote enough that we were the only people on the course
-The signage is phenomenal. Easily some of the nicest hole info signs I have seen around NM courses. Also signs to the next hole help.
-Easy navigation once you find the first tee.
-Heavily wooded make you rely heavily on accuracy rather than distance. Adds new challenges to your game.
-Elevation changes create some exciting shot opportunities across ravines, etc.
-Course is well maintained.
Camping and cabins on the property.
Cons: -Fairways are tight and make you hit your lines. Not a beginner course at all.
-Some Am tees actually had more difficult lines than the pro tees.
-Marking for locating the first tee could be better.
-Can be windy

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 A gem in the middle of nowhere

1    8/8/2010   8/9/2010
Review By: eclipsehts
Played: 8  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 8.8 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Rubber Tees, Well Marked, 2 sets of tees on most holes, a lot of elevation change, nice use of terrain
Cons: Alot of "strategically" placed trees
Other Thoughts: This was a beautiful course, be sure you are ready for a hike as the first 4 holes are a climb, a lot of birds (turkeys included), horned frogs and other wildlife made this a unique track to play through, definately worth the time to go out of your way.The only thing that keeps this course from being rated higher is as was mentioned in a previous review...there are many holes where you are simply chucking it into brush and hoping for the best, in particular holes 1, 2, and 14 come to mind.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  If you haven't been here you need to try it!

2-4    5/31/2010   6/1/2010
Review By: gschulke
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Beautiful scenery and well marked; Well made "rubber-like" Pro and AM tees; I've played only twice before this course and I was still able to par 5 of 18 holes the last play through; Staff extremely friendly
Cons: Several holes give little option but to go over trees and without my daughter spotting for me I would have spent more hours than I did looking for some of my shots; Not sure if my arm was more sore from throwing discs or from throwing rocks to get my disc out of many trees; Hole 17 is down an extremely steep hill following a power line that was cleared and once it drifts left it can take a long time to find; I definitely recommend a spotter for hole 17.
Other Thoughts: Went to Camp of the Tall Pines to spend Memorial day weekend camping there. Being that it has been more than 5 years since I last played disc golf, I must say I was estatic once I found out they had disc gulf. Took the 3 and 4 year old boys through the course the first two times I played and I must admit the whole family had a great time playing/walking through the course. I'm now planning more camping trips near other courses close to El Paso. I was also told they have tournaments here every September.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Great course, worth the drive

2-4    2/19/2010   2/19/2010
Review By: NWcityguy2
Played: 30  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 10.5 Years
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is well marked, very tough and very scenic. The baskets are in good condition as well as the tee pads. This is a wooded course with a few cleared lanes for you to throw through.
Cons: There can be a fine line between throwing through a tight tunnel/window and simply throwing through a thicket of trees and getting lucky. On some holes it feels like the latter. The signs can be a bit miss leading at time about hole placement, causing you to throw to the wrong spot.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course and a breath of fresh air if you are tired of playing in wide open fields of grass. Nobody just "passes through" Weed NM on their way somewhere else so if you want to play this course you are going to have to go out of your way. It is on private property but when I called ahead to see if the course is open to the public they said it was and were very nice and accommodating to me.

This is my "One person ruins it for everyone" speech. Play your loud drunken games on some other course. This is a pristine walk through the woods where I saw deer, turkeys, rabbits, hawks and owls. What I didn't see was beer cans, candy wrappers and ipods hooked to speakers.

Also thumbers and spike hyzers may look tempting, but be warned that those pines trees will snag your disc. I spent 20 minutes throwing rocks up into a tree to get my Buzzz down. In my two times through the course I had to get about 4-5 disc's out of trees. You have been warned :).

9 of 9 people found this review helpful.

 If u like the woods

1    9/12/2009   2/6/2010
Review By: redrum23187
Played: 16  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 11.6 Years
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Sweet course very wooded alot of tight shot. course was still fairly new when play so ajustment still being made i belive good directions from hole to hole paths ect. overall i loved it
Cons: to many trees on some hole needs a lil clearing out have no choice but to go over tree
on jst a couple holes but not to bad.
Other Thoughts: looking forward to playing ther again soon!

2 of 6 people found this review helpful.

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