Pros: -Set in a pleasant, hilly park
-Easy to follow with course map
-Excellent course for beginners
-Navigation is required because there are 4 baskets but 9 holes, but this adds rather than detracts from the game
-Short, easy day of 9 holes
Cons: -For pros, probably not much of a challenge
-Playground equipment literally in the middle of at least 2 shots ... do not play here when crowded with kids (after 3)
-No really long shots
-No bathroom nearby
Other Thoughts: I come from the desert (Tucson) so this course was a pleasant surprise, as it's grassy and has several tall trees. For someone from the non-desert "normal" climate who takes trees for granted, and/or for a pro level player, this course is more likely to fall in the 2-star range. I wasn't expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised. Several of the holes were either "up" or "down" shots and going past playground equipment proved challenging enough for me.
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A Testament to Efficiency
Pros: A very small but green, hilly, shaded, and well wooded park that works great for disc golf. Despite using only 4 baskets, there are 9 distinct and interesting holes that each test your skills in a different way, 5 and 7 in particular require a very accurate drive to cover any distance at all. The park is clean, bush-free, and grassy, so finding discs is easy (just stay out of backyards), and the walk is very low impact.
The baskets are Disc Nation Freedoms with an added inner row of chains, these aren't tournament grade baskets but catch as well as any other basket I've played (another efficiency bonus point).
One cool perk of this course is it works really well for glow golf, you only need to light the basket on the North end and the basket on the South end. Las Cruces city parks are open until 11PM, so you shouldn't have any problems with authorities if you keep the volume down.
Cons: The two biggest problems with this course are its small size and that this is a somewhat well frequented park. While most other city park courses keep the playground and family areas seperated from the course, they're right on top of each other here. Kids playing on the central playground force a different tee position for 8, and kids at the western park makes holes 4, 7, and 9 risky.
People visiting the park will interfere with your game, and you can never really expect your odds of playing a full undisturbed 9 holes to be greater than 50%. Those odds drop to 0% on weekdays after 5:15 pm when, like clockwork, the park is overrun by children practicing sports and adults doing dorky aerobics, while weekends are more unpredictable.
Since the baskets are shared and the holes overlap, this course slows down when there are multiple groups playing. Be aware of who's playing around you.
Tees are black baseball-plate shaped paint on the ground, now nearly totally unreadable. If you're not playing with someone who knows the course, bring a map, winging this course is not possible.
Other Thoughts: My "home" course, and every bit of improvement I've had from when I first started I can attribute to practicing here. This course is much more interesting than would be expected from just 4 baskets in such a small park, and the only thing that could actually be improved upon is the tees, the interference issue will always be apparent. This isn't a destination course, but if you're in town it's definitely worth a visit (before 5pm...)
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Pros: Great elavation changes solid baskets in new condition only four baskets but nice placement of tee boxes makes for a nice nine hole course parks clean and mowed not much of a chance to lose discs all around a great place to play hope to play again if im ever back in New Mexico..
Cons: single chain baskets missed a few easy birds inconsidarate parents and children not wanting to let you play through had to skip hole one and nine at times guess its true if you dont play you dont know. Kinda hard to find set in a rural neighborhood bring a gps or google map...
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