7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Thunderbird-Paseo Park in Glendale, Arizona is a decent course located in a canyon shaped park. Each hole pretty much plays over a small creek filled with trash in it. Tee signs on this course are great and in full color. This course offers a nice range of holes stretching from about 200-600 feet.
+ Course amenities include a playground, restrooms and more. On the other side of the overpass there is a great field for some practice shots.
Elevation on this course is very interesting. Each hole is unique and offers a different playing style. This park is huge though. There are a couple of soccer fields stretching from one overpass to the other.
Holes 4 and 5 are pretty fun technical holes as you have to throw a steep hyzer into the basket. If you looked at the course map most of the holes here cross the river repeatedly. On a hot summer day this course is brutal.
This course has concrete tee pads and Mach 2 or 3 baskets. I will say that the amenities on this course are great except for that each hole could use a broom due to dirt on the tee pad. Elevation on this course is very tricky as you traverse your way through a small canyon. The pictures on this course might be a little outdated because park keepers can not maintain this part of the park anymore. Shrubbery has grown as well near the baskets.
Cons: Even though Thunderbird-Paseo park has some great features to it there are still quite a few problems with this course. I found that most of the holes crossing the creek have a ton of trash in it.
On hole 9 someone found a shopping cart and used it as a bridge to cross the creek. This course needs some updating as it falls short on the number of bridges stretching down the creek.I threw my disc into the creek once but the creek was full of sludge so it took a lot of work to get it out of the creek.
In the summer time this course gets very hot a dry. make sure to bring lots of water as there are hardly any trees. I would recommend playing this course early in the morning if you are playing in the summer. but in the wintertime this course is soppy and muddy. Not very fun to play in those conditions.
Hole 18 should be removed though as it you are almost always going to ruin you disc due to the huge rock bed. Overpass noise is very annoying on hole 2.
Other Thoughts: For a reasonable course in a small Canyon I would drive the extra miles to go to Vista Del Camino Park. I have played this course a couple times and I have found that the conditions are getting worse and worse as the trash builds up in the creek.
As for this course goes it might be worth checking out if you are on a road trip but be careful on which season you go in.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Thunderbird Paseo Disc Golf Course, like many other area courses, plays through a large park that also serves as a floodplain. Park amenities include soccer fields, a playground, restrooms, and a popular jogging trail.
-Holes range from 200 to 500 feet in length. The course starts with a long drive over the creek on the first hole. Hole 2 is a fun shot playing underneath the 59th Avenue overpass. Hole 3 is the first of many long shots from one side of the valley to the other. Holes 4 through 7 make up the shorter, more technical section of the course, utilizing small trees and hillsides. Holes 8 through 12, at the back section of the park, play through an open, arid landscape and cross back and forth across the creek. The rest of the holes wind back to the start.
-For a repetitive landscape, the course was well designed, with a nice variety of shots. Baskets are placed near trees and other obstacles whenever possible and holes generally do not interfere with one another. You certainly need more than a hyzer to score here.
-Tee signs are very large, in color, and show each basket position.
-The field next to the first tee is perfect for a practice session: it's large, flat, with smooth grass and lights at night.
Cons: -There's a huge quantity of trash all throughout the course, probably from flood events. The small creek that runs through is particularly disgusting.
-There are six small concrete bridges in order to cross the creek. However, a couple were of insufficient length. On one hole I had to jump from the bridge onto an old shopping cart before reaching the other side.
-The first hole plays on mowed grass. Unfortunately, it's a terrible tease for the rest of the course, which plays on a rocky, uneven surface certain to do a beating on your discs. Several holes also have unkempt grass mixed with weeds. Keep an eye on your disc and also on your socks for burrs.
-I imagine that this course would be like playing in an oven in the summer months, being positioned in a valley and with few available trees.
Other Thoughts: -This course follows an out-and-back type routing. The 11th hole is three quarters of a mile from the start. If you don't have time to play the entire course, I'd suggest playing 1-6 and 15-18. Holes 7-14 are not the best part of the course.
-It's not a very popular course. Over two trips to the course I did not notice more than 10 other players.
-West Phoenix is not a hotbed for excellent disc golf courses. This course is certainly not the most pleasant experience. However, there's enough fun shots to make it worth playing.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Good use of a flood retention!
Pros: Lots of varied length, keeps you interested.
Not many people in the way.
A few elevation changes...
Good for practice and open bomb drives...
Nice for beginners and birdie opportunities if you've been at it a while!
Cons: Trashy, tall grass and stagnant water after rains.
Many repetitive holes, few trees...
No garbage cans.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Below Average Course
Pros: -Wide open where on most holes you can try different shot types.
-Nice baskets and cement tee pads
-Nice signage, never felt like I didn't know where the next hole was
Cons: -As everyone else has stated, this is in a drainage ditch, so it was muddy and had a lot of trash in it
-Fairly boring course, not much character
-Good forehand needed to score, so even though this is an easier course, there is a stretch of holes that plays better for a forehand or lefties
Other Thoughts: Overall, I didn't have any major issues with this course, but I doubt I would go back as there are many other local courses that are much better.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice Variety Of Throws And A Breeze To Navigate!
Pros: I think the course designers did an admirable job here working the terrain they were given. Granted it's not the prettiest spot for a course, it's a giant floodplain which occasionaly fills up after extra heavy rains. But the designers managed to use every inch of the area to incorperate shorter ACE runs, several bombs across the valley, a couple of technical holes, and both hyzers and annies. I liked the variety here. The concrete tee pads had the hole # imbedded on them which helped and the signs are vandal proof and concise. There are mulitple basket positions although sometimes it's not clear which position the basket is currently placed. There is a small drainage ditch/creek which runs through the center of the valley. It could come into play depending on your arm.
The course is extremely easy to navigate. After attempting to play the nightmare that is Sweetwater this morning, I so appreciate the signage and helpful hints here.
Cons: There was so much trash strew about. I don't think it's from the players or even the neighbors. I think it maybe gets carried here when the waters are high. It's really annoying and such an eyesore. Kind of like playing disc golf at a landfill.
Other Thoughts: What this course needs is.... one of these old retired dudes down here decides he wants to be the course angel and make it his mission in life to pick up the trash. I've seen it happen on other courses before.
Or maybe a club/organization to adopt this park? Or maybe at a golf tourney, each player who brings in a bag of trash can subtract a stroke or something?
Thunderbird deserves better! Make it happen somebody!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Good distances. Some nice elevation changes. Good baskets. Good concrete tees. Good hole signs. Easy to follow course layout. Not many people play it. Small stream which comes into play on a few holes
Cons: Almost no trees. Plays in what could be considered a ditch. Some holes play next to culvert which could come into play. Lacks grass on most holes. Lots of thorn bushes. The course itself was difficult to locate. Most holes lack variety.
Other Thoughts: It's a desert course that would be good for begginers.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays in a large drainage area that seems to be disc golf exclusive. The elevated sides of the drainage ditch offer some chances for elevation changes. There are some fun shots from elevated tees and several baskets on slopes that have the potential for rollaways. There aren't a whole lot of obstacles, but the ones that are available are used pretty well to add some variety. I thought the shot between the bridge pylons was fun and one of the more interesting shots here.
The tees are nice concrete pads, and the baskets are in good shape. The signs are large and plenty informative, we had no problems finding our way around here. There are alternate pin positions on many of the holes to try to add some more variety. There are some chances for longer shots here, and enough space to get to throw some distance drivers.
Cons: The course is pretty much wide open. Despite creative use of the available elevation and obstacles there just isn't enough potential here to make a very good course. No specific lines are forced here, you can get by with nothing but hyzers. The low areas of the course have tall grass, and with several holes crossing this area there's potential for frustration and lost discs. There are some crossing fairways, which made no sense to me given how much unused space there is on either end of the course. There's absolutely no excuse for introducing that kind of safety issue here.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will find this course approachable though the long grass could be daunting for players without the distance to get all the way across. More experienced players will find this an ok place to practice drives and shot placement, but won't be challenged to use many different shots.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Good local course
Pros: Easy course to navigate with concrete tees, big easy to spot signs, and descent baskets. The course is built in a large drainage canal and incorporates the sloped sides into the design as much as possible. Shots vary from quite long to a few shorter technical shots. Many baskets are on a side hill requiring precision in landing strategies. What foliage is there comes into play as much as possible, including a nice blockage off the tee for a long shot toward the end of the course. A couple holes play under a road bridge which is always fun; said road bridge provides some shade (some of the only shade besides a few smaller trees on fairways). OB ditch adds a little bit of an artificial challenge, as well as the (optional) rockwork on hole 18. Mostly DG exclusive, spread out and easy to see if people are catching up or if you are approaching another group. Like Fountain Hills, this course provides mostly obtainable threes for the beginner with at least four opportunities for short birdies mid course. Advanced players will find their challenge in placing the disc near the pin for birdie.
Cons: There isn't any shade here, and I can imagine this course being unplayable due to the heat in the hotter months. No water available except at the beginning so make sure to bring your own. Grass in the center area of the canal can get quite long and created some disc finding issues with natural colored plastic, however big arms should have no issue crossing this region. Advanced players could find the middle of the course redundant.
Other Thoughts: All and all I think this course is a bit underrated here at DGCR but maybe we caught it on a good day. Other than it being really hot (in late November) and knowing that it only gets worse in Phoenix, I would find this a desirable course to practice at if I lived locally. No huge pronounced challenges really, but a good collection of longer and shorter holes. The 'ditch' with 'water' in the center of the course creates good goals for distance measuring. Beginners might find themselves bored here because many pins are unobtainable off the tee, but since there is no line shaping to be had it's a good opportunity to try something new. Throw a couple. An advanced player would appreciate the open-ness for practice once field practice becomes too monotonous. It did not appear to be busy so this is a great spot for that...the elevated tees are high enough to allow you to see what your disc is doing, and the crowds are low enough so you can throw a few with relative ease in finding your plastic afterwards. By no means a fantastic awesome destination course but a very descent place to hide at for a while while you hone in on your specifics.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Decent course if you live in the area
Pros: Thunderbird is a fun course for all players. You can really air out your discs here as there is no ceiling or tunnel shots to get in your way. I played this course as a beginner and found it not very difficult. There are some real birdie opportunities here, but par shots are existent on every hole. There is almost never a wait and there are very few disc golfers on the course. Plastic will not take a beating here, either. Baskets and teepads are in good conditon.
Cons: In the summertime when the weeds in the middle are grown out, losing a disc is a possibility (I've almost lost a few). At all costs, avoid the drainage ditch in the middle. Again, very hot (it's PHX, what do you expect). Many holes are very repetitive. Most consist of just hurling your disc to the other side of the ditch. Never come after a storm, trust me.
Other Thoughts: This course is definitely not worth driving more than 30 minutes. If you live close, it's a good area to practice your drives, but nothing special. The city did the best they could do with what they had.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Don't play this one for the views
Pros: Thunderbird is a beginner friendly course due to its open layout and really non-existent risk of losing plastic. The design takes good advantage of the very little landscape that is available in this location and beginners and intermediates will appreciate the options for throws that this open course provides. I find it to be a good course to practice different shots, when I am tired of fieldwork. Multiple pin placements do break up the monotony of this course.
Cons: The pros of this course will be cons for more advanced players, who will not be challenged here, being you can throw pretty much any shot on any hole.
Thunderbird is not maintained as a disc golf course so "fairways" are very seldom mowed and can get out of control, long at times. Certainly not a visually pleasing course that often times has lots of grimy garbage about due to it being located in a storm run-off retention basin.
Other Thoughts: This course is located in a retention basin that doubles as a walking trail and park with some basketball courts and playground nearby. It tends to favor lefties and forehanders due to the direction it plays along the sides (lots of side hill pins) of the retention basin. Don't visit this one for line shaping challenges or visual appeal - there isn't any.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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