It's been a long couple days, didn't get on yesterday due to driving 640 miles (most of the year/trip possibly 2nd most I've ever done in a day) and playing 3 rounds along the way. Woke up at 5 am and lost an hour in the time zone change too.
Big thanks to Sheila Kirkham for putting me up for a couple nights.
Las Cruces, NM- NMSU:This one is new and wasn't in the guide, but I found it the night before and was glad because it saved me from another 2 hours of driving before I got to a course (drove 5+ hours just to get here though). Poorly marked, and unclear as to where to throw or walk, so you NEED the online map. Dirt/rock tees marked by painted blue rocks. Long, to the point of being tiring with most holes being over 450', many over 500' and a few over 700'. Nothing technical whatsoever, the highest 'obstacle' is less than 10' tall, everything is just bushes about 3-5' tall, have to walk around them to get down the fairway. Every other shot lands in one, no matter where you aim you can't avoid it as there is no fairway. Most holes blind. Basically just wail as hard as you can over bushes and watch carefully where it crashes down. From there, throw a long putt or upshot and take your 3. That's all there is here.
Cloudcroft, NM- Zenith:Poorly marked, beat up and old feeling. 3 sets of tees, some dirt some rubber and some asphalt to broken home made baskets. Map is needed. Tight lines through forest along a trail, and several open shots. Overgrown.
Ruidoso-, NM- Grindstone:One of the best courses I've played in awhile, best in days for sure. Very hard to find sadly, the guide said "By Grindstone Lake, behind the Dam". THAT'S IT! Not only did it not say how to get to Ruidoso, it doesn't give you anything to GPS or tell you how to find the Lake or the Dam. Ridiculous. I asked at a gas station, and someone pulled up behind me and asked if I was looking for the disc golf course, then let me follow him there. Thank you. I wouldn't have found it otherwise. I played with some locals for the round, 11 holes before it got too dark (only 9 holes listed the other 9 are BRAND NEW 3 days old). Well marked with signs, easy to follow paths on the original 9. Well maintained, cleaned up fairways and mowed grass. Rock tees. Long and challenging, featuring tight alleys through tall pine forest on some hills w water hazards. Realistic fairways allow you to throw and get rewarded. Several holes near 500'. A few baskets perched on hillsides in the woods. Nice. If someone can write directions to the course from the nearby Interstate, tons of people will appreciate it in the future and I thank you. I can't figure out how to myself or I would. The new 9 isn't cleaned up, marked or mowed yet but will make for a sweet course when completed. 4/5 stars.
Albequerque, NM- Brent Baca Memorial:Unique course featuring a currently dry wash that gets up to 25-30' deep and is a straight drop off with dangerous edges. If you land down in it, you may have to walk 800' up to find a safe way down to get your disc and then walk back to the hole. It only comes into play on like 4 holes though. Gigantic round cement tees with an arrow pointing at the basket and signs. Map will save a lot of time finding the basket, but can be down without! Long, with a few near and over 700', only a couple under 300'. Mostly wide open, only half a dozen actual trees on the entire course, the rest is shrubs, bushes and grass/sand/rock. Some baskets tucked down into trees to use them in the most harsh way possible, blocking most putting lines. A weird metal structure on #11 called the Borg surrounds the basket, and is interesting to say the least (see pictures tagged "borg"). #12 is surrounded by a chicken wire fence and the best way to get it is to crash down inside it from a high hyzer angle. Hot and dry, but when it's raining you might not want to be down in the wash or say your prayers.
Albequerque, NM- Ladera:Can be partially flooded or stream filled when wet. Long and open, hardly any trees in play. Dirt tees, has some signs but confusing layout. Dirt fairways with some bushes and rocks and desert-y stuff. A fence comes into play often, as well as many mandos on wide open holes around a fixed pole in the ground. Not very interesting but very hot, not shady and rough on plastic.
Albequerque (Rio Rancho), NM- Vista Hills:Very short city park with green grass fairways and a few trees. Too close for comfort to neighboring houses, I saw a disc on someone's roof. Also to close to the road and to a playground on #3. Up and down some small hills, putter shots. Can be windy.