Tucson area courses

SANTA CRUZ RIVER PARK

Description:  Built in the late 1970s, Santa Cruz River Park DGC is Tucson’s oldest (and one of the nation’s oldest) and busiest disc golf courses. Santa Cruz has 18 baskets with long and short positions. The mostly dirt and sand course winds through an old grove of landscape-pruned mesquites in the linear park, astride a path and the (generally) dry Santa Cruz river channel. Santa Cruz has 2 sets of tees: The short “A” course and the longer “B” course. Both the “A” and “B” courses have cement tee pads. An even longer “C” course and backward layout are sometimes played. Santa Cruz course map

Facilities: A City of Tucson park, Santa Cruz has two water fountains, plenty of parking, covered picnic areas, and city-maintained portable toilets. OTHER: A single, unlit softball field (O.B.) is used by city leagues mainly on Sundays (parking can fill up quickly Sun. morning). A public path runs along the river edge (railing is O.B.) and another one winds along the course (please be careful of and courteous to walkers, cyclists and ballplayers).

Directions: From I-10, take the Speedway exit west about 1/2 mile to Riverview (first light past school). Turn right (north) on Riverview. As you drive down Riverview, stay to the right and be looking to your right for the driveway that leads back into the park.

GROVES PARK

Description: Groves Park (formally, Cedar Groves Park) has 9 permanent baskets that play 2 directions for 18 holes. Groves has many trees and nearly every one comes into play. The course is grassy and frequently mowed. There is a children’s playground area with swings, so it’s a great place to take the kids.

Facilites: Ample parking. Water available at the park near the 3rd hole. A convenience store is very near the park on Escalante. City of Tucson park.

Directions: From I-10 at the Grant exit, travel east on Grant until it turns into Kolb. (From downtown, take the Barrazza-Aviation Parkway which turns into Golf Links, east to Kolb). Continue south on Kolb to Escalante. Turn left (east) on Escalante and continue to Queen Palm. Take a right (south) on Queen Palm into the neighborhood and continue to Juniper. Take a right on Juniper and go 1/2 a block into the park. Course maps: ‘A’ short course  ‘B’ longer course (Note: For now, these are older maps, there may be some slight changes; also there are a few new holes outside the park proper that form an extended layout, stay tuned for updated info and new maps)

Sears Park

Installed in May 2014, Sears Park is a 9-basket layout that plays two ways for 18 holes, in a linear park just south of Park Place Mall. THIS COURSE IS IN A SIX-MONTH PROBATIONARY PERIOD WITH FORMAL DEDICATION EXPECTED IN FALL 2014. LOCATION MAP >> Please use remote Park Place parking area off Wilmot Road, marked on map with blue box; it’s closest to the #1 tee, which is marked with a blue line at southeast corner of park. Tees are temporarily marked with landscaping whiskers, the course essentially zig-zags through the linear park to the west and then back to the east. This is a multi-use park, please be courteous to other users.

Kino/Sam Lena Park

Description: Sam Lena DGC is located in the Kino Sports Complex surrounded by an environmental reclamation area. The course has six baskets that play 3 ways each for 18 holes. Baseball fields and picnic areas add to the course’s difficulty as they are all OB. The park does have some traffic, so please be considerate. kinoprintablemap

Facilities: Nice picnic areas, plenty of shade, restroom facilities and water. Ball-field lights illuminate most of course (when available).

NOTE: After receiving no support or approval for improvements from the county sports authority, this course is slated for removal and its baskets will be repurposed.

MARANA ROCK

Description: Marana Rock is Southern AZ’s newest and most aggressive disc golf course. Located in a water detention basin with beautiful views. and water in the small lake most of the year. Lots of elevation changes. Mature tamarisk trees. Rattlesnakes have been spotted on the course. This is a rugged course with cacti, standing water, wildlife, and uneven terrian. Wear heavy shoes with good traction and long pants. Built and maintained by the Town of Marana and managed by the Marana Disc Golf Club.

Facilities: There are no facilities (yet). Bring plenty of liquids, after Hole 3 you play away from the parking and there’s no potable water on the course. There is a drinking fountain at the pocket park on the edge of the neighborhood east of the parking area, and a Walgreen’s and a Safeway (with restrooms) are nearby on Twin Peaks Road.

Directions: Interstate 10 to Twin Peaks exit. Once you’ve exited Interstate 10, head west toward the Tucson Mountains about a mile or so to Coachline Road (stoplight). Turn right on Coachline Road and go approximately 2 miles. On the right side of the road there will be a big, empty dirt lot with a pump station building that is blue and white. Right after the building, turn into the dirt lot, and go straight. You’ll see the steps to the first tee ahead on the berm that surrounds the course. Find maps at Marana club link above.