Today was just plain rough in terms of disc golf road tripping. 2 courses didn't even have directions, just an intersection. How does that help someone find it from out of town without a detailed street level map? Not to mention the first one had an intersection that existed in 2 places, leading me to the wrong one 6 miles away on the first try! I have fixed this on pdga.com for everyone else's sake in the future. Every course I played today would otherwise be impossible to navigate entirely without a map, lucky I had time to get them all before I headed out this morning. The last course was mostly submerged in a murky lake, due to rain. One basket on an island, others not to be found, entire fairways missing under a lake.
Phoenix, AZ- Los Olivos:This one wasn't listed because it's too new, too new to have directions to get to it also I suppose. I found it online last night. Other than finding the course, it's very well marked. Lots of thought and $ went into that- durable tee signs showing pin position with a wax crayon and a check box, next tee arrows beneath each basket as well. Smooth right-sized cement tees, dual chain Discatchers (still can't catch). Plays entirely flat through an old Olive tree grove, with lush green grass. A few tunnels, and a few tight shots that can be thrown over. One basket on a peninsula by a parking lot. The trees do not let ANY disc fall out, I spent 10 minutes getting one out that was stuck right above my head. The last few holes can be played by driving the next hole before putting out the previous hole.
Tucson, AZ- Sam Lena:Also hard to find, had no directions just an intersection and even that was vague. The course itself has UNMARKED and unclear teeing areas, so it cannot be played without a guide or a map from online. The tees are so vague you can walk right over one not knowing that was the tee. Homemade baskets are in disrepair, 2 of them have the cage bent over and falling off, held up at an angle by wire. Fairly open, around 2 baseball fields with a fence on the edge often. Partially grassy and rocky fairways. A few slightly tough to deuce holes. 6 baskets and 18 tees.
Tucson, AZ- Groves:Again, hard to navigate without map, but at least has many cement tees and baskets around to make a course up with if need be. Decent length, with a few bomber holes. Flat park next to a school, and a desert. 2- 9 holes loops to the same baskets sort of in reverse. Decent design allows for throwing what you want, but semi-defined routes to baskets through 1-10 trees per hole at the most. No rough, water hazards, but fence OB and cacti off in the desert side.
Marana, AZ- Marana Rocks:Found it while searching for maps online last night, wish I hadn't, mostly unplayable due to being underwater. Also thought it was in Tucson, but it's 15 miles North and I had to backtrack. #1 is 250', to a basket up on a high gravel mound with steep edges leading down to muddy water. The rest is pretty much unplayable right now, due to recent rain the whole lower level is flooded with muddy water, #2 tee couldn't be found and #3 basket was on an island with no way to get to it besides swimming/boat/helicopter drop. Rocky desert ground with low trees and bushes, very hilly with some steep angles. Good course directions, map is crucial but tees appear to have markings.
Going to play Santa Cruz River tonight when it cools down, if it doesn't thunderstorm too bad.