We are staying a couple of nights here because we were unsure about the generator hours policy at the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument about 90 miles south of Gila Bend. (Hours are 4-6 PM and 8-10 PM.) Not sure we wanted to fore go charging our batteries at those odd times instead of later in the evening after our peak hours.
Instead, we found that there is a FamCamp at the Gila Bend Auxiliary Air Field. It is 3 miles south of Gila Bend. It was a step up from Quartzsite because it has full hookups. But it is pretty austere.
I walked over to what looked like the gym or maybe the FamCamp Office. It was once a gym, but now is a 'Geospatial Intelligence Agency' facility. Hmm... not what I was looking for.
Over at the Lodging / FamCamp Office it looks like a dorm that might be used for units when they train here or something like that. Two people were in the building. Really a sleepy hollow kind of place.
After paying $20 for my intended two-night stay I asked about the golf course. You know--this is an Air Force facility. No matter how basic or modest, the joke is that the AF always builds the golf course first---then the rest of the base. The AF, the 'country club' group of the Armed Forces.
On our way out next morning, we passed a couple who were over on a vacant lot at one of those empty blocks/housing areas --- playing golf! Later in the day we went over and tried it out.
Greens fees, parking, tee times and big crowds were no problem.
The 'green' is mostly free of rocks. They took a 2 foot piece of rebar, pounded it through the center of an upside down pie tin, put a 5' piece of PVC pipe over it for the flag stick and attached a little flag at the top.
Then they marked out 18 holes that were between 30-65 yards long. One of the coolest things we've seen. I used my 56 degree wedge and Pam used her 7-iron the whole time. Good news - no three putts and no lost balls, none in the water.
I thought it was good practice in learning how to hit chip shots from the rough. Growing up and learning to play golf in NM, I sometimes found myself with one of these lies. 'Putting' was not really an option. Most of the time I worked on a 'blade shot'. When I was close to the hole, I tried to 'blade' it toward the hole. The pie tin has a distinctive sound when you 'hole' it.
That's all for this edition of the Roadrunner Chronicles! Thanks for joining us. Until next time...