4 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.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Get It or Figure It Out
Pros: This course sits in a nice park that is very well maintained. It makes use of park features very well including trees and elevation. There is a good variety of different kids of holes and most holes offer a variety of options with similar degrees fo challenge. The tee pades are really good for the most part and there are brand new baskets in the course, presumably in place for Am Worlds. Tee signs are very helpful and lead you in the right direction to the next hole. There are two lakes that come into play on this course and they are used well to increase the challenge of the course while being fair and allowing shorter throwers a way around. The mental challenge on this course is much higher than most making it more of a mental course rather than just a throw it as far as you can kind of challenge, even if some of the mental challenges are long holes. There are other things in the park for the rest of the family to do including a very nice playground. There are some pretty nice bathrooms near the playground as well.
Cons: There are times when other park users will be in the way so please be patient. There are a couple of places where there is a long walk between holes. Specifically from 13 to 14 and from 16 to 17. Some of the holes are almost too easy and the sheer number of these holes brings the rating down a half disc.
Other Thoughts: This is a really fun course and probably a much better course for beginners to play in comparison to the course on the East park of the park. There is a lot of fun and I was really impressed with the mental challenge that is this course. Park in the furthest west lot in the park. The fact that there is a nice park and nice bathrooms in the middle of the park makes a big difference. This is a course that I would really enjoy playing again and again, even with so many other good courses in town.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Many tough holes that required some planning. The course seemed to be well kept. Baskets were also in better shape than other places as well. There is a road going through the course but it seemed to be minimal, and the size of the park kept overcrowding down to a minimum.
Cons: Some of the holes were difficult to navigate. There were other tee pads for an alternate course, so it was easy to get things mixed up. The flow of the holes also seemed a little rough in places. In some places there was tall grass with some kind of skinny thorns. I'm sure it was just ob, but throwing a disc in there made it a pain to retrieve.
Other Thoughts: The course overall was put together well. The town of Emporia is a disc golf mecca. Dynamic Discs is based out of there and has a good store. This summer the PDGA world ams are being hosted here and after playing that course I could see why it would be a great spot for it.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This is a nice change of pace from the East side.
I prefer the distances on this course, more than the other. This is especially true when there are still some long 500 foot holes.
Water is utilized well here too.
I feel there is more shot variety here than the other course in the park, and a more technical side.
This course was more fun for me and my buddy to play then the East side.
Cons: I prefer East's baskets to the baskets on this course.
The final hole, when set to the location on the right is almost unfair with where the hole is compared to the water.
Going from hole 13 basket to 14 pad is really confusing. The pads for 16 and 15 are much closer than 14. It also feels weird playing so close to a cemetary.
Other Thoughts: This was the last of 4 courses I played in my day in Emporia. It was great to be done. I was tired when I played this though. I am glad I saved this for last, rather than the East as West is less tiring.
If I come back to Emporia again, it will be for Peter Pan, and these 2 courses will be a nice add on.
0 of 2 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.
4 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Great course. Absolutely love the layout and how they divided the courses.
West is Best
Cons: baskets don't watch as well as I might have preferred
Not as much hole variety as the one next door, but this one is ,more fun, so it makes up for it.
Other Thoughts: This is possibly my favorite course ever, along with Peter Pan and Water Works. It really is great. Trees are not too horribly obtrusive, but do provide a nice obstacle. Holes really do flow with the land well. No doubt why these courses produced a World Champion.
4 of 8 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.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
The friendlier side of Jones Park
Pros: Very well taken care of park. Good signage. Designed with varying challenges for different skill levels, therefore while it can be tough, its a fair kind of tough.. Multiple pin positions that actually give you a different look and may cause you to vary your strategy. Some pins cleverly hidden inside groups of evergreens. Hole 17 with the pin long (686 feet) with two preferred routes, one through a low tunnel, the other over the top both of them hazardous is one of the challenging holes anywhere.
Cons: Has a few areas where there are flow issues on the back nine. No map of the course onsite. For all its care, Jones Park has some issues with drainage. You can find waterlogged or muddy spots in lots of places after a hard rain. An extra pair of socks would come in handy here.
Other Thoughts: Not as overwhelming as its sister course which it literally brushes right up against, this is still a very serious challenge when the pins are in the longs. Even the short holes are no gimme as there is always that errant tree branch and sometimes relentless wind that blows your disc off its line. I would highly recommend taking a look down the fairway to see the basket if you can't spot it from the tee. The Mach 3's on this course aren't as visible as the yellow Discatchers on the East course. Regardless of what configuraton you get, you will want another crack at this one when you're done. Better for newbies and casuals along with Peter Pan Park across town. You could really spend a night in Emporia with all the disc golf courses available.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: every hole is parable, not too many trees, the water hazards are short, cement tees, with real life pictures at each tee showing where the basket is at. multiple basket placements. good course for beginers and pros.
Cons: not really any cons,, maybe a bright yellow ring on top of baskets like the east course has, at the same park
Other Thoughts: highly recomended!! 2 courses at the same park.. 36 different tees
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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