Charming diversion off the 10
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Well marked and easy to follow, I never had to search for the next hole.
-Unique DIY baskets give it a fun feel
-Beautiful setting (if you like the desert)
-Practically impossible to lose a disc
-3 min off the 10
Cons: -flat as the day is long
-rocky terrain can ding your discs
-little to no obstacles or mandys
Other Thoughts: The designer clearly put a lot of love into the course. The teeboxes are solid and the baskets are wonderfully charming.
The course is limited by the terrain, but would benefit from two things:
1) bring in some large objects/sculptures to act as obstacles, since there isn't much tree growth. There are already so many funky things on this course (including what appears to be a memorial park for RVers) something like an old, rusted tractor would fit right in.
2) use those obstacles to create some mandys. This would create some difference in shot selection.
After the first two holes, I really wasn't expecting anything at all. But once you get past the first two bombers, the course does get more fun. Some people have complained about the baskets spitting out discs, but I didn't miss any putt that would have gone in on a name brand basket. I found the DIY baskets to be the best part of the course.
STILL, it's a 2. Nothing more, nothing less. If you're on the 10 between SoCal and Phoenix, it's worth playing if only to stretch your legs and enjoy someone's passion project.
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Desert Course With Some Serious Spitting Baskets!
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: First, I will state that I am not a desert guy so I didn"t find this location to be overly attractive. Like mashnut, I appreciate the tremendous amount of work that someone has put into this course. Unfortunately, the terrain is just a big rocky, vacant lot with some scrubby desert plants. The designer has done just about everything possible and I certainly applaud his efforts but...in the end, all you have is some homemade baskets out in thi Desert scrubland.
The teepads have recently been upgraded to a building block of some kind. I think they might be roofing tiles and some are breaking up.
There are some nice touches. There is a nice course sign at the beginning with the course name painted on a rock. The tee signs are nice, too. They're painted on tiles.
The pars are basically junior high pars or one higher than they should be on each hole. I finally figured out that took in consideration spit outs-basically one stroke per hole!
Cons: Ugly vacant lot desert terrain!
Homemade baskets with single chains spit out all six of my putts from over about 10 feet.
Some of the nice tile pads are breaking up.
Other Thoughts: My highlight of my round today was stopping by the remote control airplane facility and chatting up the pilot between his flights. The cool concrete runway is right next to the 8th hole. I was quite impressed with how well he maneuvered his RC aircraft with 8 foot wide wings.
Back to the desert course. There's not much disc golf competition for many miles in any direction. If I lived here, I believe I'd take up flying those RC airplanes!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Good effort, bad location
Pros: I want to start off by complimenting whoever takes care of this course. It's abundantly clear that somebody puts a lot of time and effort into this course. The little touches like the raked areas around baskets and tees and the handmade tee markers are really nice. There is a good mix of hole lengths, with limited obstacles that's the only way to add variety here. The tees are mostly natural, but they're flat and level and were a perfectly fine surface to throw from.
Cons: Despite a ton of effort, there's just not a whole lot you can do with this piece of property. It's basically a giant gravel field with a handful of scrubby bushes. The layout uses just about every property feature possible, but in the end it's a wide open flat boring park. There's no challenge outside of distance. The rocky ground will chew up discs, as will some rough edges on some of the homemade baskets. The baskets are really creative, but don't catch all that well.
Other Thoughts: This course is in a great spot to break up the drive between SoCal and Phoenix, but otherwise it's not really worth making a stop. Beginners will find the course a little long, and experienced players won't find any variety or real challenge. It's too bad that whoever is doing the work here wasn't able to put the course on a more interesting property, they were very limited here in how good a course they could possibly build.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
A Nice Stop on a Long Drive
Pros: Tobin Brenard Area DGC is awesome for the fact it is even in existence. Quartzite is a little less/more (depending on your direction) than halfway between Phoenix and Los Angeles. I made the stop on a recent trip and I was glad I did.
The directions are SPOT ON. I found the park with absolutely no difficulty. When I got there I was amazed by the facility (more on that later). The park itself is a very beautiful desert course. I'm a desert guy and I thought the location was gorgeous. The tees are mostly dirt (2 or 3 of the 9 are carpeted), but the dirt is well manicured. Each tee has a little path leading toward the fairway and each basket has a little pathway to the next tee. The flow is excellent and I did not need a map at all.
Cons: Unfortunately the course is not very exciting. But my biggest problem was the homemade baskets. They are cool looking, but they sure didn't hold my discs well. The holes are are marked as Par 4's and 5's when in reality they are all par 3's. Each basket is out in the open, but there are enough trees on the property I wish they would have been used to protect ANY of the baskets.
It plays too fast!!!! I was done with all 9 holes in 18 minutes. I didn't have time for a second and I was hoping to get a little more time to play. I guess that is really my fault for playing too quickly. :)
Other Thoughts: Despite the cons listed, I enjoyed this course a lot. I cannot overstate how cool the entire Tobin Brenard Park is. You are greeted with two jet planes and the park just get's better. There is an area for skateboarding, for RC cars, for RV's, for RC planes, a dog area, walking paths and even an amazing memorial garden, which the course plays around. Quartizite did an awesome job on the complex!!! The course itself has the same thought put into the tees, but I just wanted more with the baskets.
Honestly the course itself is a one star course, but its location between Phoenix and LA, the beauty of the area and the amazing nature of the whole complex give this course another star!!
A cool course with room to improve and grow!
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