What a great balanced course
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Pros: Multiple pin placements.
Several birdieable holes and a Ace Run or two as well.
Many lines to be shaped.
Great shot variety.
Well maintained course, always making improvements.
Tee pads are plenty long and wide allowing for a proper run up.
Great Kiosk with a course map.
Good mix of short, moderate, and longer holes.
Both dog leg L/R holes here.
Tunnel shots, low ceiling shots, and water threat present here.
The flow is logical.
Other amenities in the park like playgrounds, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, etc.
Guarded or protected pins on several holes.
Hole 10 with the basket on the island is definitely a fun risk/reward hole.
There are places to air out drives like on holes 13-15.
The planting of a row of trees mid fairway on hole 15 will make this hole very difficult as the trees mature in the future.
Cons: The walk from 2's basket to 3's tee, 7's basket to 8's tee, 16's basket to 17's basket and 18's basket to the parking lot slows the flow of the round down a bit.
If the course had heavy traffic getting to 6's tee might be and issue as you have to walk down 5's fairway to get to 6's tee.
Hole 10 might see an errant throw hit a parked car along the street on the right hand side. Please pay extra close attention on this hole.
Other Thoughts: There's just something about this course that keeps drawing me back to play it each time I'm in Emporia. I really love the balance on this course. Its more than a grip and rip course and there are just enough technical holes to challenge you but not to frustrate you. Its hard to find many cons about this course, one could list the lack of elevation as a con but that's not really fair because the terrain of the land just doesn't allow for up and down holes.
This course will challenge your overall game from your distance driving skills, to your shot shaping abilities, and being accurate will greatly improve your odds here.
I play this course every time I'm in Emporia because I enjoy the great golf it has to offer. If you are in Emporia or are passing through do yourself a favor and play this outstanding course. Make a day of it and play the Jones E and W course while you're at it. I think you will be pleasantly pleased with what Peter Pan has to offer.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
The disc eater
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Well kept.
Very good information sign on every tee and even though there only was one basket per tee (the tee signs pointed at two) it was fine.
The signs next to each tee made them visible from far away.
Good flow for most of the holes - I only needed to check the picture I took of the course overview at tee #1 a few times to find out where to go next.
Not too long holes either for a weak arm like mine.
Very long teepads - I still don't do runups, but I can imagine that some like to complete half a marathon before each throw.
Great layout that in some places forces you to take different shots.
Cons: Hole #11 is a disc eater. I still haven't conquered the forehand, but I do (or rather: did) have a midrange that I can make go right.. which it did.. right into an overhanging tree that sent it straight into the lake. Two kids behind me lost one disc too, and the party behind them lost one as well.. all within 5 minutes. There's probably hundreds of discs in the water right there.
Other disc golfers : apparently there's not much DG-etiquette going on here.. both the kids behind me and the party of 4 behind them just tossed their discs as soon as they could get to it, regardless of other people being in front or not.
Other Thoughts: I managed to loose a newly bought valkyrie in the river at hole 15 too.. I wasn't aware that the river was right there on the right hand side, and my disc flipped on me.. but most players playing stable discs shouldn't have a problem. The ground turns into a very sticky sludge after rain, but not much to do about that.
Please bear i mind that I am complete noob at this game, but I would still recommend this course - new players should just skip hole #11 though as it's simply too scary (really deep and really murky water that you're not allowed to go into anyway).
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Great course hidden in small-town Kansas!
Pros: Beautiful park with lots of shade.
New tee signs and tee pads installed for worlds 2013.
Lots of parking near hole 1.
Park has some interesting architecture (like "monkey island") that is very unique. This park looks like no other disc golf course you have played in some ways. Doubt it feels redundant even if you are a regular.
I like this course a lot. This is a great beginner course because of the length, but also can challenge a better player to play a solid round and shoot for a great score in the mid-40s (par is 55). Trees, water, and OB lines make this course less simple than it may look when you see the the course on a map or read the hole lengths.
Despite the many short holes, there are some unique challenges like hole 4, which is an interesting par 4 that favors accuracy over the long drive. I think hole 4 might be my favorite hole even though I did not score well on it either time that I played it.
This is not the most challenging course in Emporia, but if you have time to only play one round when you are in town, I would tell you to play here.
Cons: A few holes play very near a lake in the center of the park where locals often hang out on weekends fishing or relaxing. The lake makes an excellent hazard for the holes, but having to worry about pedestrians in your way for the drive is no good.
A bit too short. As others have said, the middle of the course features a lot of short holes back to back. I think holes 5-12 are all clear birdie opportunities. It would be nice if the layout mixed up the hole lengths more. This is a minor issue, as these "easy" holes are still fun to play and have some interesting obstacles in play and angles to shoot. I just like my birdie chances to be throughout a round, not all together.
My least favorite part about this course is the layout of holes 17 and 18. The course flows very well until you finish hole 16, at which point you have to cross the fairway of the only par 4 on the course in order to get to the tee of hole 17. Then hole 17 is a short hole that finishes just in front of the middle of the fairway to hole 18, which means long drives on 17 can interact with players walking hole 18. Then to get from 18s basket back to hold 1, you have to walk across hole 17. I think holes 17 and 18 could be reversed (ie, play the other direction) to improve this flow. They are still fun holes to play.
Other Thoughts: I played Peter Pan twice during my trip to Emporia for the PDGA Amateur World Disc Golf Championships in July 2013. Once as a practice round and then a week later on my final round of the tournament. I shot a 53 in that competitive round and felt like it should have been more like 49. Good players should definitely be shooting in the 40s here, but the course has enough OB to challenge the accuracy of your shots. A good player who isn't focused can easily shoot a bad round and lose a few discs to water and OB.
Because of the frequent use of the park and lake by non-golfer locals, I have been told there is a lot of debris in the water (like old fish hooks or even broken bottles) which means it is probably not safe to go in the water looking for a lost disc, at least not without shoes in (keep in mind there is a "no swimming" sign also).
Great course to play in the summer when it is hot because of all the shade!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
So much fun!
Pros: -Baskets: Chainstars are in great condition
-Teepads: Adequately sized, good concrete
-Signs: Excellent signs in place from 2013 Am Worlds
-Design: Great mix of short/long, right/left holes
-Flow: Flows very well for the most part, makes sense
-Accessibility: Easy to get to from anywhere in Emporia
-Enjoyment: Very fun course to play, challenging, yet not too difficult to score
-Maintenance: Park is kept up very well
Cons: -Some long walks: Some holes have long walks between, but are marked for the most part
-Repetitive: The middle of the course is lots of short holes that seem the same, with long holes bracketing them.
Other Thoughts: In my opinion, the funnest course in Emporia to play! While it is the easiest to score on, it is certainly not a cakewalk. It rewards accurate drives, and still offers chances to bomb a drive. It does not take a long time to play, and I was left wanting more after it was all said and done. A course you'll want to play over and over again!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
If Only I Had Played Better
Pros: This is a really fun course that has a great mix of short and long, tight and open, and just about every other kind of mix you can think of. Set in a nice park with other things to do. There are things for just about everyone to do with bathrooms near the baseball fields. The tee pads are consistent. The baskets are consistent. There are many memorable holes as the course makes great use of the trees and water features in the park. There are very few holes that feel exactly the same. There is plenty of challenge even on the shorter holes.
Cons: The pond gets deep very quickly and makes it incredibly difficult to find discs that skip into the water. When the ground is wet it is incredibly muddy, as in you will be looking for places to wipe the mud off your feet. There are a couple of tee pads that are a bit of a walk from the previous basket and would be tough to find unless you know where you are going. There are no tee signs. The walk from 16 to 17 crosses 4's fairway so be sure to look out as you are making this walk.
Other Thoughts: This course was really fun to play and set in a very nice park. There are some dangerous areas near water features that could be potential places for injury. Be careful. Hole one is at the far end of the parking lot near the baseball fields. Hole 17 appears to be the basket that most people use to practice their putting before a round, just be sure to watch out for other players playing the hole. I highly recommend finding a map to bring with you on this one to be sure that you know where you are going next. I was not prepared for the challenge that this course would be, particularly in the wind, be prepared and your experience will be that much better.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Best Emporia Course!
Pros: What a great park! The park felt very old and was very beautiful. It might have been my favorite park to play disc golf in.
There are great variety in shots. There are shorter, more technical holes, and there are long, more open yet still technical, holes. Every hole was something new and kept me incredibly interested throughout the round. This very course is what made the trip from KC to Emporia worth it for me.
The teepads, while skinny, were plenty long.
The "island shot" on 11 is great. Take a disc you dont care much for, and go for it! I did and got a tap in birdie!
The river provides nice scenery.
The layout flows very well and the course is beautiful!
Cons: I really wish I could give this course a 4.5. However, there are no tee signs, but I do see the ground marked up for tee signs. Each pad has the hole number and distance.
There were only 2 instances in which I was confused on the layout. Between hole 16 and the pad for 17, and from hole 5 to hole 6.
Other Thoughts: This is such a great course, that is on the high end of a 4.0. It is a great course for all levels, and seems to be a course to really develop an all-around player.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Peter Pan Park
Pros: Once the layout is understood, the course flows very naturally through the park. If you're by yourself, it's very easy to finish a round quickly. In fact, when I'm solo, I'll drive 5 & 6 before taking an upshot on either hole because these holes are side by side. I'll park by hole 8 and leisurely play 5-13 and be finished with those 9 holes in less than 45 minutes.
Several of the holes have more than one line that will work well, the course plays well to creativity. 10 & 11 are both short, but they make good use of water and can be nerve wracking.
Overall, the course has a good variety of length and obstacles. Great opportunity to practice shaping various lines. There is plenty of shade here and the course is protected from the KS wind because it is in a low river bottom with plenty of trees. It's a busy park, but I've never had issues with waiting on the teepad.
The park has some excellent historical value as well, there are plenty of interesting things to see. Locals can be found on the baseball fields, fishing in the pond and barbecuing in the shelter houses.
Cons: If you're looking for an abundance of long holes, this is not the park for you. The difficulty is not too extreme in this park.
Locals play soccer a few times a week in the evenings which can cause issues for hole 7, though I have seen large groups of league players throw right over them.
Other Thoughts: This is a neighborhood park which borders an elementary school and a river. Despite living a block from Jones Park, I find myself playing the Pan more frequently.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
fun park course
Pros: -fun layout with a variety of holes: some shorter & tighter, some longer & more open
-tighter and more wooded fairways than Jones Park but still semi-open park style
-pond in play on several holes, 11 is especially cool
-concrete tees (a little thin) and baskets in good condition
-navigation is mostly obvious, can play without a map
-really cool and beautiful park, with stone structures and a natural amphitheater, very green
-plenty of parking
-lots of other sports facilities on premises (and i think restrooms?)
Cons: -a few holes don't have concrete tees and those ones get really muddy in wet weather (especially 5 & 6)
-easy to confuse the tees for 5 & 6, they are right next to each other and share part of a fairway together.
-multi-use park means lots of pedestrians in some areas, people fishing around the lake, etc
Other Thoughts: This semi-open park style course is lots of fun to play. The front 9 is a bit more wooded with lots of more narrow fairways, low ceilings, and shorter technical shots. The back 9 opens up a bit more and has some longer bombs as well. Altogether there is a nice variety of distances and shot types.
The concrete tees that are on most holes are very narrow but not too difficult to throw from or just step to the side. I really like the hole around the pond. Hole 11 is a great ace run with a basket right on a peninsula on the pond. Too short or long and you are wet!
The front 9 and back 9 compliment each other well. It is nice that you can warm up your arm on the shorter, more technical front and then really crank some drives on the longer back 9. There are not any super difficult holes but you can pick up a lot of extra strokes getting off the fairway or into the drink. The many well-guarded baskets definitely put a premium on accuracy here.
I had the most fun here out of all the Emporia courses and if I were a local then I would probably play here most often. Definitely worth stopping to play here if you are in the area.
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
A tale of two nines
Pros: This course is a thinking man's course. You are rewarded for smart and safe play but can also be rewarded when you gamble and it pays off. The course plays like two courses to me. The front nine has more trees and narrow fairways and the back nine opens up more and has a few longer and open holes. Plenty of water for those who like that element. Less wind than any other Emporia courses so that is a Pro....even if you like wind.
Cons: Not the best tee boxes but they aren't bad. Same with the baskets. The park is a more active family park than Jones park in Emporia. This means you have to be careful of families and dog walkers while you throw. Not a big deal but just remember it's a family park first and disc golf park second. Played this course over the weekend and had a group of travelers ask me about where the course begins. I gave them the basics but then it dawned on me that the signage of this course is really bad. No directional arrows, no marked teepad signs, etc. So basically I'm saying print out a map from this site if you know you'll be playing this course.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoy this course. Not as much as Jones Park West but it can be fun on windy days when you want those trees. Plenty of places to lose discs so be prepared for that.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Best in Emporia
Pros: Focuses more on accuracy than distance. just like I like it.
But does have longer holes you can bomb on too.
hole 11 is very nice. i could play that all day. Its just there is this bug yellow thing in the way, like metal and stuff, but I think it can be moved. I reccommend moving it, or else you will end up in the lake.
Just an awesome course, with cool buldings and areas.
Cons: The lake sneaks up on you at times.
Ice isn't OB, right?
teepads can be verrrry difficult to find with no signage and having a couple inches of snow
Other Thoughts: Most hole variety of any course in Emporia. You get the 230 foot accuracy shots, and the 600 foot bombs. Every hole is unique, every basket is placed perfectly. Beautiful course, beautiful land. The course is not too terribly difficult, which is always encouraging, but not too easy either. I can't wait to get back and play again.
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