This guest blog post is by Hunter Stanford.
All day we saw six people, were never in danger of being hit by a car, never once wondered just where the heck we were, and actually caught a glimpse of some seemingly unspoiled nature.
Further, there were no hordes of joggers, groups of stubborn mothers hogging the walkway, or middle school punks with their glares.
These, my friend, are some fine stats for a disc golf course.
The disc golf course at Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Park is most likely so slick because of the fact that it just opened this past year. You play in a large loop. At the start, a sign warns you that there are no turn-offs.
Once you get started, it might take anywhere from one to three hours to make it all the way through. But unless you’re just plain elderly, fret not: it took my buddy and me just under two hours from basket one to 18.
Before I paint this picture, let’s get some specifics out of the way. The park itself is located at 515 S. Pleasant Valley Rd. To start this course, pull into the second entrance (if you’re driving south) of the Krieg Softball Complex and wait until the road curves to the left.
I say park right here because out in the woods to your right is where the course ends. There’s a little distance between the start and the finish, and why not get that walking out of the way right off the bat? Keep walking down the road until a trail leads off the pavement as it curves left. Follow that trail over a bridge and the course starts just to the right.
Two big issues of disc golfing a disc golf course are where is the basket now and where do I walk next. Someone thought this through nicely at Roy G. Guerrero, and kudos to them. Every launch spot comes with a handy slanted rock with a topography map of obstacles to expect and just where that basket is, with distance measurements to boot.
Each tee also has two launch spots, one closer than the other for an option of difference in difficulty. Some of the launch spots are so close that I wonder what the point is, but I don’t work here. Most are appropriately spaced and the option is nice.
The layout of the whole park works. You end one basket and *gasp* there’s a clearly marked trail leading to the next hole. This may seem like an obvious point to you, but tons of courses leave you at a basket with zero inclination of where the next starts. You start wandering and all of the sudden you’re in a Walmart parking lot missing a shoe and wondering what just happened. That has never happened to me, by the way.
Some Finer Points
But dude, you say, everything can’t be perfect! And you would be right. The Roy G. Guerrero disc golf course falls just short in a few respects. As I mentioned earlier, this course takes the better part of two hours to complete and it’s a loop. In other words, once you start the course, you are more or less committed to the whole thing. Even as a someone who loves long walks on the beach, sometimes this loop can be a little much. It’s not even close to impossible though. A light snack and a hired laborer to supply piggy-back rides throughout the day should do you fine.
Next complaint: there are no trash cans. Now, if there weren’t the jerks of the world who insist on leaving their Bud Light Lime tall boys in the tee 5 basket, this wouldn’t be an issue. But, alas, this type exists. And in seemingly high numbers. The place isn’t a trash dump by any means, but it’s quite unfortunate that people cannot respect a scene of nature by leaving no trace. Jerks of the world, stop being jerks!
But hey now, let’s end on a high note. Roy G. is pretty unspoiled. It’s a great hike in the woods, where you can also play some disc golf and almost escape the noises of a city. In fact, Roy G. Guerrero seems almost like a heaven for disc golfers. Nature as far as the eye can see, clearly marked trails, and baskets that gleam under the eternal sunshine. Finally! A refuge for those who take the time to throw the straightest and can live out their eternity away from throwers less worthy. That’s a silly thought though, because everyone knows that all disc golfers go to heaven.
Roy G. Guerrero Specs
Distance from the State Capitol Building: 3.2 miles
Overall distance of course: 3-4 miles
Playing level: Intermediate
Number of baskets: 18
Bathroom facilities on site: None, sorry ladies
Ease of navigation: Great
Cleanliness: Slightly less than great
First date material: Not quite, I’d say third if things are going well
Overall Rating: 8.5!
Hunter Stanford is an Austin-based web designer with a passion for all that is awesome. That may sounds vague to you, but to him it’s quite specific. Refer to HunterStanford.com for awesomeness discrepancies.