The West Side
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: -Extremely well maintained
-It will challenge you
-Excellent use of the terrain
-2 courses in one park
-You're in Emporia
Cons: -Water will eat your discs, it's deep
-I did not see any restrooms, but I could be mistaken
-I'm trying really hard to think of bad things and I can't
Other Thoughts: Jones West was a breath of fresh air for this Texas Discer. The elevation changes were awesome. The course wasn't unreachably long, but had some very thoughtful trees in your way at times. I took the long way on a few holes and still managed to pull a par out of somewhere.
I played here prior to GBO as my first round in Emporia. It was awesome! The people here are great. You might run into Eric McCabe since he is a local.
The course plays friendly to smaller arms as well as the bigger ones. I would definitely make a trip to play West and East!
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Jones Park in Emporia is a great asset to the community. There are also at leat two other Jones Parks in the area with courses (Olpe and Reading, KS). This particular course, at Jones Park West, has had 36 baskets, over 18 holes, in place all summer long. The east course, in the same park, has an additional 18 holes with one basket apiece. There restrooms, water foutains, trash cans, shelter houses with electricity and grills. Even a fishing dock has been installed on one of the three ponds. There is a playground area. Shelter houses are available for reservation at a fee if you call ahead. Plenty of amenities in the park.
The course has a good mix of difficulty and with the 36 basket format, a player has generally been able to do a lot of picking and choosing difficulty ranges. Often, there are multiple lines available to a player which opens things up. Kansas courses are generally open. Jones has enough trees, ponds, and slight elevation that you will not feel you are playing in a field.
Cons: This is a large park, if you do not like walking, it may not be the best option for you. With the number of holes and baskets in the park, I can see how a person might get confused. Locals will often mix holes from the East and west courses together and play a hybrid round.
Other Thoughts: This course doesn't close until 11pm and is great for a round of night golf! Less tiring/challenging than the Jones Park East course and often more challenging than Peter Pan. I would place Jones West as a medium difficulty course in the Emporia lineup. Probably the most trafficked course in town? I'm giving the course a half disc bonus for having had 36 baskets all summer long.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
My Local Course
Pros: One of the biggest pros is that the course is well maintained and mowed so tall grass is not much of a problem. On most of the holes they have extended the tee pad about a foot which gives the player more room to get up to speed. They have made it easier to reach hole 18 from hole 17.
Cons: There are a few dead trees that need to be removed. Baskets have chains that have become detatched from the ring that make them fly all over the place. Because of geese you may step into poo some of the time.
Other Thoughts: Overall it is a great course. The holes all have two settings so you gain a little variety. I highly recommend this course.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 7 Not
My Favorite Course
Pros: Not as long as the East Course in the same park but more doglegs and trees to challenge your shots. It has a little bit of everything you could want in a round of disc golf. Trees, tight fairways, water, wind, open fairways, and doglegs. Holes have good signage with distance and possible pin positions with real life photos.
Cons: The baskets are the biggest con with this course. It gets played more than the East course but that is the course with the best baskets. I hope they replace them soon. Not a lot of elevation changes but it is Kansas so we don't have a lot of elevation to work with. After rain the teeboxes can get messy as the grass is gone around them.
Other Thoughts: If you are in town do not pass up the chance to play this course. Update 11-21-2011 There is work being done on the west pond near holes 17 and 18. Might want to play another course this winter as this seems like a long term project. Slight interruption on #1 and a big pile of mud on holes 10 and 11 fairways.
2 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
A Fun and Challenging Course
Pros: This isn't a real long and difficult course like its sinister neighbor, but it has a wide variety of challenging holes that will test the skills of most players. The holes are strategically set up in ways that bring many obstacles into play, including a couple water hazards, some small roads, and a wide variety of trees. Some holes are kind of long while others are kind of short. Some are kind of narrow with a lot of obstacles to worry about while others are mostly open with only a few (but also significant) obstacles to worry about. There are quite a few blind tee shots on this course. The alternate hole locations offer more variety to this course, helping maintain a fresh feel to each hole and making them even more fun to play. Also, the wind can sometimes be a big factor with each shot. The course is in great shape and has a beautiful layout. Each hole is very unique and distinct from the others. You'll enjoy playing each one for different reasons.
Cons: A few of the shorter hole locations might be a little too easy for more advanced players. Also, the path that leads to 17's longer hole location, which is the same path that leads to the 18th tee pad, can sometimes be real wet and muddy to walk through.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a well designed course with a lot of fun holes. People of all skill levels will enjoy playing here.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Very nicely kept and maintained course. Good mixture of open/wooded/lefty/righty holes. Tee boxes are in good shape. Good mixuture of alternate pin placements! Easy to find the next tee boxes.
Cons: Not a great course for beginners due to some difficulty, but overall highly recommended
Other Thoughts: Highly recommended if you are in the area or want to compete in the annual tournements in town.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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