During my little tour of Western US disc golf courses, I got to play a course called Ladera in Albuquerque, NM. This course is a non-maintained, very beat-up mess – but it is fun. Basically, the city of Albuquerque took a problematic waste area and turned it into a very ugly, neglected, but well-designed disc golf course. Because the course is located in saltbush and weeds, posts have been put in the ground as mandos. A small grove of 4-5 cottonwood trees provides a challenging approach to one basket and the fact that the saltbush grows up to six feet tall means it can also shape shots. Tracking discs can be hard in this vegetation type – I actually lost Kelly’s flo-orange Lightning #1 driver on hole #9. (side note: Kelly had a phone call a week later from the disc finder/ new disc owner – the first time I’ve ever had a call on a lost disc!).
This land would be an ugly wasteland, but because the city of Albuquerque saw some potential, it is now an ugly wasteland that contains a neglected disc golf course that is fun to play. (PS – better bring a course map: you,ll need it)