Beginner Course is crowded and boring
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Pros: Good for socializing and bringing friends... nice beginner course. A few minor challenges.
Cons: Super easy and predictable. OOB shots are lost forever in backyards and water. The space is cramped and teepads are shared. It's easy to accidentally throw at/hit someone. The OOB rules are ridiculous and many long-time players still don't realize those rules even exist.
Other Thoughts: Not very interesting for serious DG players. Great for social outings, though.
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Great Course to learn disc golf
Pros: - Course layout maximizes a city park that also has a nice playground, basketball courts, and a parking lot in the front and the back of the course.
- Quite a few holes allow for the opportunity at Aces. Very forgiving if you find your shot going off target (except on the 2-3 water holes.
- Great for learning new discs, having a relaxing round with friends, etc. The park was recently renovated and is well maintained.
- People who I have met playing here have been very kind and respectful of other disc golfers and people in the park, even going so far as to help keep the park clean of litter.
Cons: - Course is not all that difficult, and once you have played it enough times, you may be wanting to try something different.
Other Thoughts: I try and play every weekend with a group of guys and we often find ourselves trying out a different course, but still wanting to get back and play Emerald to see if we can get past the best scores we've had there. We can shoot 8 under on a good day, which is what makes the course pretty easy, but is also exciting.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Play 9 baskets both ways for unique 18 hole layout
2 Helpful / 0 Not
First Impressions: This is a bowl-shaped, floodplain park with a man-made lake in the middle of it. Putting a disc golf course here was a good use of this public park.
Course design/difficulty/obstacles/out-of-bounds: This is a short course that's not too difficult because there are very few trees and the holes are not overly long. The water comes into play on a few holes. There's a fence on the south side that you can go over or under. There's a wall next to homeowners on the north side where an errant throw could land you in someone's yard. These discs are collected from the homeowners and are returned to disc golfers via the Mesa DG Club.
Amenities/shelters/picnic tables: No bathroom. No running water. A pavilion sits at both ends of the park with plenty of picnic tables.
Course condition: Grass course - kept short. Good course to work on your rollers.
Navigability/ signage/maps: DGCR map works ok but always good to find a local to show you around. You will need some patience and good communication when two groups are playing to the same hole.
Local DG involvement: Great leadership with Rob Hart and others. League play several times a week. See the Mesa DG Club's website, https://www.mesadiscgolfclub.org
Tee pads/benches: Cement tee-pads. No benches.
Cons: The City of Mesa should provide a portable toilet at this park with all the people that use it - disc golf, basketball, soccer, etc.
Other Thoughts: Remember the Disc Golfer's Code:
1) Play Smart - Never throw into a blind area or when players, spectators, pedestrians, or other facility users are within range. Use a spotter.
2) Respect the Course - Observe all posted rules. No littering, graffiti, or abuse of equipment or flora.
3) Represent the Sport - Be positive and responsible. Teach others.
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Great Course for a Variety of Skill Levels
Pros: -Park is kept up well.
-Holes provide a variety of distances off the tee.
-Water is in play on a few holes which creates a bit of "squeeze factor" on some shots.
-Local players are very friendly
-Great for a quick tune up course.
-Very good for beginners to learn at.
-Plenty of holes for ace runs.
Cons: -Sometimes have to deal with casual park goers from the neighborhood. (Not too big of a deal)
-Not a ton of variety in shot shape is needed to score well.
-You may have to wait while playing to the same basket as another group of golfers.
Other Thoughts: I love playing Emerald when I want to get a quick round in. It is usually not too crowded. I love the shot over the pond that the long tee on #12 provides. Overall this is a great course that I would recommend to anyone that is in the area looking to have some fun chucking plastic around.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Beautiful Park-Decent Course
Pros: Nice 18 hole course on GRASS. Some holes with a bit of elevation, a couple water holes, and a good use of available space. Swirly wind keeps intermediate players like me on their toes a bit with shot selection. Nice Concrete tee pads and MOST holes have Alternate Baskets. Not a very long course, but a couple holes out to 400ft and others over 300ft. At least a few trees and obstacles come into play. All in all, a good use of the Available space in the park.
Cons: As mentioned before, you play the course Backwards for the back 9 holes off of Different tee pads, but using the same baskets as the front 9. The One Blind Basket where you could encounter someone you may not see before you throw would be Holes 7 and 11. They play to the same basket from opposite directions with a Hill between limiting line of Sight. Please throw Carefully!
Other Thoughts: A decent course for recreational/intermediate players, I would say. Folks looking for more of a Challenge may want to hit one of the other Local Courses. For what it is, it is a Nice course to play.
**** With some of the Alternate Baskets missing on some of the holes, the DGCR Scoring App will be OFF a bit if you are using it to try and get your DGCR Rating. As in, hole 18 shows 320ft from the Red position, but the ONLY basket in the ground on that hole right now is at 210ft. Other holes DO have the Alternate baskets IN PLACE.
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Nice Design-Especially When There Aren't Many Players On The Course!
Pros: In Mid-March Emerald Park was a lovely shade of Emerald Green. Reminded me of me days as a wee lad growing up in Ireland....only I grew up in Washington! Still, it's a very pretty park with lake in the center of the bowl. The course designers used the bowl quite effectively in their hole design giving players at least 6-7 fun downhill tosses. The tee pads, baskets and signage are all fine. There isn't much in the way of natural obstacles in this park but the ones they have are used to the utmost effieciency. On a number of tee offs, I had to reconsider as lightpoles/trees were directly where I wanted to place my drive.
I was guided by a local, Colby, who showed me the course layout. I don't think if would have difficult even without him. Having only 9 baskets and playing the front nine in counter clockwise fashion and then playing the back nine clockwise seems to work work here. At least, I liked the layout.
Cons: I could see some problems with this layout during heavy use periods with groups approaching the same basket from opposite directions. There's only one blind thrown on the entire course so I would hope players would use extra caution there.
The pond comes into play on only about three holes. I did have one bad rollaway that ended up in the drink.
Other Thoughts: Emerald Park plays just a bit above a recreational level. A decent intermediate player should shoot 6-9 strokes under. But pro golfers often shoot way under par. If you can shoot 9 under, then try and score -10 or whatever. I can see Emerald Park being a popular choice here in the Phoenix area and it would be for me too.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Ups and Downs
Pros: • This course has good tee pads with signs at each hole so you can determine which position the basket is in. These pin positions are moved from time to time which adds variety to the course if you play it regularly.
• There is grass which is nice as many courses in Arizona are desert/rock courses. The pond in the middle comes into play on up to three holes depending on the pin placements.
• The baskets are in good condition and all but hole 7 are visible from the tee pad. The flow of the course makes sense and is intuitive.
• There is a pavilion that provides much-needed shade in the summertime.
• There is a practice basket near the first hole.
• The course utilizes the terrain and landscape it has to work with well. The holes are placed between, or behind trees, when possible. Some holes are on hillsides and the few obstacles that are available are incorporated into the course to add as much difficulty as possible even though it isn't feasible on every hole.
• The parking area is sufficient unless it is on a league night.
• The course is easy to get to as it is situated just north of a major freeway.
• There are a few signs that direct disc golfers where to find lost discs.
• There is a well-run league on Monday nights as well as a doubles league on Wednesdays.
Cons: • With the course being set up with 9 baskets played from 2 directions in order to complete 18 holes, you tend to overlap with other disc golfers if it is busy.
• There is very little line shaping needed on this course as the layout is very wide open which allows for long, hard drives and there is little punishment for errant throws.
• The course is not very difficult for an intermediate or advanced player, but is excellent for newer, or less-experienced, players.
• No restrooms, water fountains, or facilities.
Other Thoughts: The park had its drainage re-engineered in the summer of 2013. During the renovation, a few trees were lost or removed. The grass was also adversely affected, but has recently begun to come in more fully. The course is well taken care of by the Emerald Disc Golf Club and the city of Mesa. On a side note, the course does experience vandalism from time to time. There is a bit of graffiti on the brick walls, ripped out or bent baskets, and signs that have been tampered with. The graffiti and/or damage is usually dealt with rather quickly, but it can take away a bit from the ambiance when playing a round. All in all, the course is enjoyable and can be played in a little over an hour on most days.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Better than nothing
Pros: Considering it is a small park in the middle of a city, the holes are not as short as you might expect. A few of the baskets are on the side of small hills, which creates a challenge. Nice tee pads, nice signs. Good area for practicing your throws. A few trees to navigate. GREAT local disc golf crowd.
Cons: Mostly flat and repetitive. Lots of traffic and people. 18 holes use 9 baskets, so you are running into each other a lot. Generally unimpressive.
Other Thoughts: It is a pretty convenient location, so that is nice. Easy to stop by and play few holes on your way home from work. There is a great local crew here that are fun to play with. Good course to try out lots of discs to watch flight pattern.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: Its a good course to try out new discs and testing their flight. good if you are limited on time after work and wanna get a few holes in.
Cons: Boring and dirty...Not worth the time
Other Thoughts: People in they way make it not very fun.
0 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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Great beginner course
Pros: -Short 18 hole course over 9 baskets
-Has some difficulties to it with out alot of trees
- Great signage for the holes.
Cons: - Very Dry
- course does overlap but not that bad when i went
- small parking lot so if its busy parking is in the neighborhood around the park.
Other Thoughts: great starter course to get your distance down, when i went in the afternoon time it wasnt busy a few DGers but was no problem with throwing.
wish they would have more the 1 tee box for the holes the 9th and the 12 i believe have 2 different tee boxes. which is good for advance and beginners.
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