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.
Great Use of Limited Space
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Pros: This course is really well designed and makes great use of the space available. There are lots of obstacles to throw around, pretty good elevation changes, although most of the elevation changes aren't really elevation changes if you have a decent arm because you end up throwing across a lot of valleys.
Cons: There are only 4 baskets. I played while one other 3 some was playing and because I was playing really fast, and they were playing really slowly, I was constantly throwing to the same basket as them.
No water that I could see. No restrooms.
The course is really difficult to navigate. I brought the course guide written on this site and I still had quite a bit of trouble, even though the course guide is well written.
Other Thoughts: No offense to local users, but I have to give this course 1 star because even though it's well designed, it only has 4 baskets. If it was less well designed it would rate less than 1 star. It's in a multi-use park that makes it unplayable if there are other users there. I've been to 2 star and 3 star and 4 star courses. This is a 1 star course.
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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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Look out for kids
Pros: 1. Pretty easy course
2. Nice and shaded
3. marked starts
Cons: 1. Play ground equipment in the middle of the course
2 have to watch out for families playing at the park.
3. only has 4 different baskets. you throw to the same baskets from different starting points
4. single chain baskets instead of double chain
Other Thoughts: decent course but safety for people at the park is an issue
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Great Elevation Changes But Safety Issues Concern!
Pros: This is a lovely little, green city park with some great hilly terrain to work with. The course designers used this elevation to max. # 3 is a great little 235' ACE run to a basket down in the valley. # 6 has you throwing across the same valley from one hillside to a basket 300' on the other side. But my favorite hole was # 7, It's a tight anhyser, 244' around some trees to a blind basket sitting under some tree branches.
There are only four baskets. They're a brand called Freedom Nation. Two are single chains and two are double chained??? The teepads are painted on sidewalks, picnic areas and in one case, on a drainage culvert. They are black and shaped like baseball home plates. Using the Hole Info details from DGCR, I had no problems navigating the course. Without it, I would have been hopelessly lost.
Cons: #'s 8 and 9 especially present major safety concerns in my opinion. # 8 is 298' foot across the park and the only obstacle in your way is the playground apparatus which stands directly in the way. It's fairly easy to throw around this equipment but sooner or later someone is going to drill some 4 year old on the playground equipment and his/her mother's going to go straight to the city park's department.
# 9 is a similar disaster waiting to happen. It's 270'. You're throwing to a blind basket, close to picnic tables, playground equipment, etc. When children are present are present, players will need to skip these holes! I know from 33 years experience that players, especially teenage disc golfers, aren't wired to skip holes when children are present.
The wind was pretty brutal on the day I played.
Other Thoughts: Luckily, I had the park to myself today. I loved the elevation changes and the ACE runs. I hope to see the safety issues addressed because I think this course is a great little recreational level course. I surely enjoyed playing it.
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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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fun at the new player level
Pros: lots of elevation changes and obstacles(playground equipment and trees) make for fun throws also got to play with the course designer and went over tee locations so that was nice
Cons: nothing that cant be played with a midrange or putter over threw hole 7 by about 70 foot and had to retrieve it out of one of the neighbors yards
Other Thoughts: will deffinetly play again in the future and hopefully will see some changes maybe in the way of alternate tees and mandos
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Pros: shady some elevation changes some intersting holes using trees and playground equipment as obstacles not too difficult rewarded for accuracy rather than length lightly used can generally have the place to yourself
Cons: Nothing real long short course only 4 baskets surrounded by houses could end up in a back yard with an errant shot
Other Thoughts: Finally after all these years got double chains on all the baskets.
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