Overgrown and hazardous
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Was probably fun in it's former glory.
Cons: Weeds are way too overgrown. It would be very easy to lose a disc in them. At one point you need to cross the arroyo to finish the last 9 or 10 holes but there isn't a safe way to do so.
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Unusual, fun, and challenging
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Mailbox with map on first see was GREAT! Tee pads were great. Uniqueness of the course was fantastic. The man made features challenged your lines to the basket and made it super fun. Great use of the arroyo. Arrows on tee pads pointing to baskets. PVC pipes on the baskets pointing to the next tee pad made this course easy to navigate.
Cons: Might be considered "quirky", some unusual decorative pieces that had a bit of a spooky feeling. We went in April, apparently April and May can be very windy. Be careful around the arroyo, it's a long way down!
Other Thoughts: Overall this course was lots of fun. Great layout and features. This is a desert course that the designers have done a great with. Definitely would recommend this course, but if the wind is up, there is nothing to stop it and it may not be as enjoyable. I would love to be able to play this course more often.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Best course in ABQ
Pros: Good use of terrain and limited resources.
Good baskets and very large tee pads.
Almost always have the entire course to yourself. I have never had to wait behind over frolfers.
Cons: Easy to lose discs in the heather.
Some weird course rules with mandos and out of bounds. (You can choose to follow or not)
Some blind holes can be hard to find if not a regular player at this course.
Other Thoughts: Very long course. Right next to an airport, so there will be multiple flyovers per round.
Long shots, great obstacles
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Lots of long shots
-Terrific use of natural and manmade obstacles
-Well marked and easy to follow with map
-Very little traffic ... area is totally dedicated to the course with the exception of a few motorbikes in the general area
Cons: -No shade; would not recommend in summer
-Isolated area, bring a friend if you are concerned for personal safety
-In summer, you have to carry water
-The canyon could suck your disc into frisbee heaven
-Longest walk of all the NM courses we played; nearly 4 miles (this could be a plus if you want exercise)
Other Thoughts: We played here as part of a tour of NM disc golf courses; it was our next-to-last and my favorite after Grindstone. Found the course with no problem following directions from this website, and used a map with only a few glitches. When we arrived - about 10 am - there was one other couple on the course. I am used to heat, being from AZ, but it was an unseasonably hot day in ABQ, hitting close to 100. We played in 90 to 95 degree heat, which was a bit much. Despite this, I really enjoyed this course and got a chance to practice a lot of long shots. Several of the baskets are on the edge of a mini-canyon and make for psychologically challenging shots. The abandoned industrial remnants make terrific obstacles.
If you do want to play in summer, go early and carry at least a liter of water...and hydrate before you get out there, preferably bringing a cold drink for after since the nearest convenience store is probably 15 miles away.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Very Interesting Course
Pros: Was out in Albuquerque for a conference and wanted get out of the hotel for a while so I didn't go crazy. Really interesting and fun course! Thought that the holes made the most of the landscape and natural obstacles, really great layout. Most holes were pretty open which allowed for big S-curves compared to the very tight wooded courses back in Wisconsin. The use of all the small tree groves and old dead snags was very well done. The added man made features were a cool addition adding some very unique challenges to the course. Really nice mix of distances too from some shorter birdie chances to big arm bombs. Both pro and am cement tees provide good options for any level of player.
As a Midwest native, it was fun to see the local habitat and how disc golf is played in the south west.
Holes were marked very well and finding the baskets was quite easy and logical, except maybe on the super long #9? (700+ foot hole), I got a little crossed up throwing at the #4 pin until I got close and realized that was on the other side of the ravine... Whoops. Maybe cost me one stroke but probably not.
Met up with the (or one of) the course designers and played the last few holes with him which was fun and nice to have the last few mandos explained to me, #18 mando is through a very tight spot and I probably would have never realized it had he not explained.
Probably the biggest thing I noticed in the southwest was how far a disc flies in that thin air. Im a 270-300 thrower back in Wisconsin but could relatively consistently bomb 350-400 out there... Actually overshot a 425 foot pin earlier in the week! Never going to do that back home! Maybe I just had some throws finally "connect" but I highly doubt they made that kind of distance jump.
I would mark this as a MUST PLAY if you are anywhere near ABQ!
Cons: I didn't have any problems but I could see loosing disc being an issue in the scrub brush especially once it greens up... if that happens ever... not really sure what summer looks like out there, ha. Just keep a good eye on your plastic.
It was 55F when I played and I could see this place getting very HOT, bring water. Its a desert, I suppose this should be obvious to most people. Not much shade.
Lastly, the bridge that once crossed the big ravine that splits the course has blown out so you have to cross a long concrete "plank" about 12" wide and 20 feet (?) long. If you fall it isn't going to be good! Hopefully there is another way across but I didn't see one, though I didn't really look either.
Other Thoughts: Really thought about bumping this rating up to a 4.5 but I just haven't played many courses in this climate and am not sure if it is as great as I through or if I was inflating it because it was so unique to anything I have ever seen. It really is and EXELLENT course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Set in the outskirts of albuquerque this course has a post-apocalyptic feel. It was almost void of other players. The only sounds were planes/helicopters flying by and guns being shot.
Wierd and strange objects provide challenge and shot placement.
Tees clearly marked and had arrows showing direction.
Course flow was easily followed.
Scenery was unique and interesting. Made each hole an experence.
Hole variety was as good as it could be. The creek bed was used to add some elevation change that otherwise wouldn't exist. Poles and flags marked OB that added to the challenge for the course.
Good variety in short and long holes.
Solid concrete tee pads. All were in good shape. Each hole had a bench, and some were even covered.
Cons: No trash cans (except at the course entrance). Beer cans and garbage was blowing over the entire course.
Circular tee pads didn't allow for longer run-ups.
Some holes had no obsticals on them. This made them boring and of little challenge.
All the fairways were covered in thorny, scrubby brush. Sucked to get your disc out.
Older baskets were OK and most were well marked but some were hard to spot.
No tee signs, only distance and pars were marked.
Other Thoughts: The scenery and uniqueness of this course propelled it to a 4 in my book. With a few changes like trash cans and tee signs it will truly be a 4. Definitely worth checking out.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Brent Baca's Bizarre
Pros: Brent Baca Memorial is a course set in a remote area that is desert landscape. Mostly flat and sandy, with brushy flora and few large trees. There is an arroyo dividing the course that is fairly deep and comes into play on a couple of holes. Some long drives, and creative manmade obstacles and OB add to the difficulty. 18 holes, with decent baskets and large, circular concrete tee pads. The layout is pretty logical and easy enough to follow. I printed a map just in case, and it is an accurate representation of the course. The baskets are often visible from the tee, and sometimes marked with white PVC pipe extensions to help visibility when tucked in behind brushy bushes. The terrain is largely open, but some spots have heavy rough lining the fairway, so keep a close eye on the drives. Holes 4, 5, 7, 9, 14 and 16 all have pins located along side or next to the edge of the arroyo, and can create tricky approaches and putts. On hole 4 I was fortunate to hang on to the side beneath the large tree, but still missed my putt and took a bogey. Hole 11 is one of the most unique holes I have ever played. 280' on level ground, but the tee shot and green are blocked by numerous industrial metal frames. The square in front of the tee denies a straight shot, and the landing zone is is covered with random uprights and cross bars. I tried a turnover that carried far to the right and into thick brush. After looking for ten minutes I located my disc and threw a poor recovery shot that left me still blocked out but the metal, leading to another two putt bogey. 14 is a long fairway that has OB marked by fenceposts on the right, before turning toward the arroyo with a basket underneath another large tree. The large tank staring you down on hole 17 fairway is another unusual obstacle. 18 has a hard left turn that can be tricky if you are off with your drive.
Cons: The sun would be brutal in hot weather, with very little shade. Luckily it was overcast with light wind when I played there, perfect conditions.
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed my round at Brent Baca Memorial. Very open but making the best of what is out there. Isolated in comparison to Roosevelt, I only saw two other players out there. Some noise from the recycling center, dirt bikes and ATV's, and folks shooting guns, but overall very pleasant. I was several shots over par, scoring a 63, and would probably like to play it again if I spend any time in Albuquerque.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Pro tee boxes are large
Objects at tee box present challenges
Arrows painted at tee box great help
Cons: Am tee boxes are very short
Tiny thorns (annoying and ouch)
Ants; big/small all fast and annoying
Every bush looks the same at distance
Other Thoughts: Great high desert course. Visiting the area and had to check it out. Lots of open space if you shank a throw.
Only major issue I had was the vegetation and how looked the same. I threw a laser, dead straight, I mean straight as an arrow. I watched it fly between two bushes and clip edge as it was about to land. Perfect, I know exactly where it is. I reached down, grab my other disc, look up and suddenly I'm not positive anymore. The vegetation can be deceiving. There are no clear fairways so it's easy to lose track of where you think you disc is when you zip zagging around bushes to get to your disc. Besides that, I highly recommend this place. Locals were extremely helpful. Man made objects and the threat of flying a disc into the arroyo are great compliments to this course. Just one question, what's with the jugs of water by the entrance?
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Nice long course. Pro/Am tees. Awesome obstacles and obstructions. I've played all over the US and this is a course like no other. Very cool.
Cons: Hole 4 there is a giant arroyo right next to the pin. If you miss you have to go retrieve your disc. There isn't a lot of places to climb into to get it.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Tee Boxes= two sets of Concrete pads, the longs are Huge circles, i can see theses being used to alter the layout of the course (which is important if you're a local and looking for any variety in the area)
Baskets= Baskets seemed to be in good condition. many have flags or long poles to aide in pin location.
Signs & Stuff= Every time I get a chance to go back and play Baca, there always seems to be some sort of improvement made to the course. This time out I saw several new shelters (holes 7 &14) which are welcomed shade during a hot round, Erosion prevention work being done on hole 5, and the addition of wooden barriers being added to hole 13 (a great way to reduce the damage being done to native plants)
Design= Many unique manmade obstacles make Baca a one-of-a-kind place. My personal favorites are the standing railroad ties on hole 2(?) and the giant tank on 17.
Every time I play it, I find more artificial ob...I really like how some of it was being used to protect the native plants.
Dave's Point= Baca was the first place I ever threw a disc, I didn't even make 16 holes that day...every time we're out in Albuquerque I try and get out there and play it...It still challenges me, but I always have a great time. One of the most unique courses I've played and a must visit if you are in Albuquerque.
Cons: Tee Boxes=
Baskets= Only one set of pin locations(?)
Design= it is a very long course, and sometimes the holes feel like they are long just for longness sake...but I don't have a cannon for an arm so take that for what it is. Some of the flagged obs are difficult to see and identify off the tee. No real technical shots, for the most part is is just flat and long.
Signs&Stuff= Not much in the way of signage, but navigation is fairly straight forward. I would imagine having a local guide the first time out would make the round much smoother. No playgrounds or alternative actives on site, so not a family friendly course.
Dave's Point= It's way out in the middle of nowhere(kinda) that mixed with a hot round can be a dangerous situation. Take lots of water and a charged up cell phone if you play solo. Also be aware of water in the arroyo especially when there is bad weather in the area. Arroyos can flash flood even if it is not raining in your location.
Other Thoughts: Please remember when you are playing Baca that this is a high desert environment and great care should be taken with the flora and fauna. Life out there has to scrap and fight just to survive. Many of the plants are very fragile and any damage done to them can be irreversible. A bush that looks dry and dead is probably not...until someones smashes it to bits trying to create a lie. If you do land inside of the plants, please take a casual relief drop from behind the bush and take care in retrieving your disc.
Tee Boxes= 1.0
Signs & Stuff= .75
Dave's Point= 1.0
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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