Desert Disc Golf
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Beautiful rugged southwest desert setting, with holes playing along and across a wide sandy arroyo wash
+ Multiple tees (concrete, mats). Brooms on some of the tees - which helps in this sandy environment
+ Posts and flags to help locate baskets
+ "Next tee" arrows affixed to the basket posts
+ Good basket placements using trees and bushes, putting a premium on correct approaches
+ Unique play along and across an arroyo wash, starting right away on hole #1
+ Hole #3 has a basket hidden in the trees across the arroyo. Don't mistakenly shoot at the basket to the right of it (that's #16)
+ Hole #4 basket is in the trees by the building in front of you. It's is a hard dogleg left, but an open path to the basket
+ The baskets on holes #5 - #7 all use the native juniper trees to guard the greens, requiring carefully placed low shots to make birdie
+ Hole #8 plays through an old stone prayer/meditation circle - very cool
+ Hole #9 starts with a great manmade tunnel
+ Hole #11 has added a partial split-rail fence to guard the basket from the left
+ Hole #15 is a long uphill, starting with a blind tee shot across the arroyo. Look for a mando sign up in one of the trees pointing your shot to the right
+ Hole #15 and beyond all incorporate the hill on this side of the arroyo to bring elevation into the closing holes
- The combination of original (and mostly outdated) signage, along with simple posts marking the newer red and blue tees created a fair amount of wandering around
- Hole #9 long tee is a terrific tunnel built by a local group, but the basket position wasn't clear on uDisc
- One basket seems to be unused. It's near a parking area by the skate park, and I think it's #6 on the original map (uDisc instead shows a long walk to pick up at a newer tee location and new basket for #6)
- High vegetation makes finding discs tricky, and there's cactus (ouch!)
- The general layout is along a walking path, which can slow play significantly. You'll even have to pause now and then for people walking down the center of the arroyo
- The first play is pretty long - but I'm sure it's much faster when you know the layout
~ I threw at the wrong basket several times. But with some backtracking, I played 18 different baskets from 18 blue tees - so I think I did it right
~ The only real problems with Arroyo Chamisos are course navigation and foot traffic along the walking path. There's a somewhat-outdated card with a map on this site, and combined with uDisc, you can manage pretty well. You can also try to play on days and times when there are likely to be fewer walkers. Taking those things into account, this is an excellent course, even if the ongoing improvements make it feel a little rough around the edges
~ I played here and at the nearby IAIA course on the same day, and they made for a great set of contrasts and similarities. I would feel very fortunate to live close enough to play both with regularity
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Interesting desert course
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A big change of pace compared to what I'm used to in the Midwest. Located very close to downtown Santa Fe. The desert terrain presented some interesting challenges in this course.
Cons: Holes and tee boxes not well marked. I got really lucky that two locals started the course at the same time and invited me to join them, or else I might have given up on navigating the course.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Fun Desert Setting
Pros: -Some variation between shots
-Crosses a wash, so exotic if you aren't from the southwest
-Alt tees on every shot
-Back 9 has some interesting uphill shots that leave the wash and go into a relatively grassy area
-Considered a "2.5" rating but I think our experience was less-than-optimal due to weekend walking/biking traffic
Cons: -A little hard to follow, although feasible with a map
-Crosses and recrosses a bike path, so there are a fair number of people who A) you might hit and B) look at you like your a weirdo
-A big skate park is being poured behind the Rec Center and it seems to have overtaken one of the baskets (can't remember number but somewhere between 8 and 12)
-Couldn't find a bathroom, although there was a porta-potty being used by the construction workers
-The area is shared with a bike path, and people walk through the wash itself; would recommend on weekdays rather than weekends
Other Thoughts: Played this on a fine, temperate, sunny morning with a bit of gusty wind. I liked this course and would play it again, so rated it a "3" but it had several downsides. It was somewhat hard to navigate, although we had a map. Mainly this was because hole #1 was hard to find, and it could be hard to locate the alt tees (which were black rubber). This may have been operator error, but of all the courses we played on our trip (Grindstone, Brent Baca, Sunrise Terrace, Show Low) this was definitely the most difficult to follow ... although certainly not poorly marked. The second issue was the sage-colored, scrub plant life, which generally sat around 2-3 feet high and blanketed much of the course. Finding discs was more difficult than I expected, and more difficult than on other courses. The third issue - and this may have been because we played on the weekend - was the numerous non-frolfers. We were the only ones playing the course, but there was a lot of bike and walking traffic. They gave us funny looks and more than once made comments (?) as they either biked through the course (a paved bike path is in the middle of a lot of shots) or walked through the wash. I'm sure they were confused, as it's not really obvious that you are in a disc golf course. Some of the tees (pro tees) were on the bike path.
In addition, a big (and very cool-looking) skate park is being built in the middle of the course on one side of the wash behind the Rec Center. Construction appears to have subsumed one of the baskets. We used a tire nearby as our basket. The construction workers were really nice, but you do have to be careful as they are laying concrete ... although that shouldn't last too much longer.
Otherwise, there were a few holes, especially on the back nine, that were fun, uphill shots. Maybe it's a better course if you are a pro.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Arroyo Chimasos DGC is a good course with enough challenge and variety to keep you on your toes. The course is set along either side of an arroyo behind Chavez Recreational Center. There are 18 holes with a couple of par 4's. Can play 9 hole layout by going directly from basket on hole 5 to tee for hole 15. The dessert landscape has plenty of open airspace on the fairways, featuring mostly short to medium height brush and evergreens, and a couple of taller trees. There are multiple tees, longs are concrete with signs and shorter tees are rubber mats, with a couple on the paved walking path next to the arroyo. The baskets were all numbered and in good condition, and usually point out the next tee with very helpful markings. A little bit of elevation change on a few holes. A lot of the holes are clear enough to drive over the top of any plant life, but mandos on 3 holes, some OB, and basket placement will still dictate shot shapes to add variety. The basket is not always visible from the tee. Hole three was a good one, crossing the arroyo to a basket beneath a nice tree. Hole 9 has an interesting mando, requiring a drive through a box consisting of a low line between a couple of trees. I also liked 15, which tees from the path, crossing the arroyo, then turning left at the mando and climbing the hill. 16 was a fun hole driving back down the hill. The map indicates a driving range between the tees for hole 8 and hole 14, but I didn't notice it.
Cons: While the course is fun, it doesn't really have a memorable signature hole. Some of the holes are a bit bland, making the best out of what is available to work with. There is a walking path near several holes, so other park users can come into play, but not in a very disruptive or dangerous way. Not a lot of places to escape the sun, may get burnt on hot summer days.
Other Thoughts: Arroyo Chimasos DGC is a course that I wouldn't mind playing on a regular basis. Not exactly championship caliber, but nice setting and plenty of good quality holes. 4 may be slightly overrating, but I tend to be an optimist when it comes to course reviews and I had a good time playing this one. I ended up a few shots over par, but the weather was great and I got a couple of birdies in, so I am happy.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: 3 tees for each hole
Each basket has arrow to next tee
Not real tall trees
Many obstacles for each hole
Short holes for beginner tees
Cons: Long holes for pro tees
Flexible fiber tee pads for Am and beginner tees
Lots of broken glass everywhere
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Fun desert course
Pros: Desert landscape making good use ofthe arroyo and the available space.
Three sets of tees:
Shorts for putter only ace run rounds
Mids for when you've never played it before and want a look at the layout and a decent challenge
Pros for a better challenge
Layout was pretty easy to figure out, which is good because
It was empty three days in a row duringmy vacation
Cons: Bike paths cross the course
No shade and no water
Other Thoughts: Worth the stop if you're in Santa Fe. You won't need many discs to play it well (I played 3 under from the pros with Volt, Inspire, Roc, Envy.) And the short tees provide a quick putter-only walkthrough to get a good lay of the land.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: This is a fun course. You won't loose too many discs playing here and you can rip drives on every hole.
Cons: It is a bit hard to find the basket on some tee boxes, but the locals are very friendly and will gladly help.
Other Thoughts: This is a pretty easy, fun course with very little technical play.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
The new course in SF
Pros: This course has some great shots over the arroyo; both of which are long and short. It requires you to use every disc in your bag. I grew up in SF and love the arroyos/washes and like even more that the city took advantage of the "unusable" land. The course flows pretty well and requires walking through the sand; a good workout and way to strengthen the feet. Great mondo shot on hole 9 (I think).
Cons: The course signage is pretty weak and not very noticable. Course path can be tough to find and tees also need to marked better. There is a walking/biking path right through the course that is frequently used; so there is some foot traffic. Watch for people running on the path as some holes require you to tee off on the path. Trails are everywhere causing you to get lost.
Other Thoughts: This course is fun and challenging but it helps to play with someone who has played there before. The course can be hard to follow and tees are hard to find. Good long shot on hole 10, hole 12 has a great elevated basket shot and hole 17 is way up one the hill on the left. This leads you to hole 18; a good long shot just watch out for people on the trail below. Enjoy!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 8 Not
Best Course in Santa Fe
Pros: Every hole you get to lace bombs.
Cons: The baskets get moved randomly... or only when the gambling group has somebody hit an ace... so they have been in the same place for over 6 months
Other Thoughts: LOVE this course. Really great drives. Challenging second shots and putts.
0 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Nice high desert course
Pros: -Full 18 holes, each with their own basket
-No other disc golf traffic. We played at our own pace.
-Gold tees have concrete pads, and tee signs at each gold tee.
-Course offer a good variety of shots, with an good mix of hole distances.
-Baskets are in excellent condition, with signs to next tee on each baskets. Many holes have extended flags, making them easier to spot from the tees.
-There is sometimes course maps at the first gold tee on the bike path.
Cons: -The course is in a public park with a bike path running through the middle. On one or two occasions we waited for a biker or two to pass. Nothing terrible.
-The actual playground and grassy part of the park were under construction. It did interfere with the basket closest to the parking lot, which we played as 18.
-There's a fair amount of cactus throughout the course, and even on the worn in walking paths along the course.
Other Thoughts: Overall I thought it was a nice course offering various challenges. Also nice because it's easy to access from the freeway.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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