Mohawk Park – 36 Holes of Awesome!
I played five courses in Tulsa as part of the 2014 Tim Selinske US Masters Championships. The Redhawk course was in excellent condition for the event. OB areas along the creek were well marked. There was also additional OB string installed on the 820 foot Par 5, Hole 13.
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36 holes of disc golf in a huge park located north of the Tulsa Airport. The recently updated Par 60 Redhawk is in the more wide open part of the park located among the mowed grass and mature trees. A small creek borders three of the holes. It is a great course for players of all abilities, from advanced level to beginners and families. The other 18 hole dis golf course on site is called Blackhawk/Whitehawk. Blackhawk course is an advanced level course that is located in the wooded area of the park and is not recommended for beginning players.
Excellent for newer players. The Par 27 front nine of Redhawk is located in the more open park area among the mature trees. There are no rough areas and no water in play. Holes play out and back from the first tee and the parking area. These holes are very straightforward. The mature trees provide great shade as well as challenges. The wind can also come into play. Holes 1,3 and 4 have changed since the 2006 Am Worlds adding more distance and challenge to the front 9.
More advanced players will want to try the longer and more challenging Par 31 back nine. The ultimate challenge on the back nine presents itself on Holes 13 - 16. The Par 5 holes 13 and 14 are 850 feet and 868 feet. There are plenty of OB opportunities on these two narrow fairways. Water is also in play along the entire right side of holes 14, 15 & 16. Depending on how high the creek may be, it is possible to lose discs on these holes. Some woods and deep rough can be found along Holes 10 & 11. Of course the wind is an ever present factor on Redhawk.
Customized Wraps on the Baskets
Every basket (except Hole 11) had a custom wrap over the traditional yellow Discatcher band. Each wrap had awesome graphics featuring a Red Hawk. The baskets displayed the hole number on the front and back. The wraps honor the Tulsa Disc Sports Association (TDSA), the 2014 Tim Selinske US Masters and the 2006 PDGA Am Worlds.
This course is designed as two nine hole loops . You can choose to play the front nine and loop back to parking area and call it a day. You also have the option to start or finish your round on the longer Park 31 back nine, 10 - 18. From the same parking area, you could take a short walk over to the Blackhawk/Whitehawk course. If you are up to the challenge you could play all 36 holes at Mohawk Park in one day. I would start with the Red Course and hone your skills out in the open before heading into the more technical Blackhawk/Whitehawk Course.
Extra Long Holes
The Par 5 holes 13 and 14 are each over 850 feet long. These are two of the most challenging holes at Mohawk Park, not only for the distance, but these are more open and subject to high winds. Both holes have narrow fairways that are bounded on both sides by OB. 14 has an OB creek all along the right to add to the difficulty. If you are not quite up to the challenge, you can skip these two hole. After you finish Hole 12 take a shortcut straight across the road to the tee for Hole 15.
Level Concrete Tees
Every hole had an ample concrete tees. Tees were well maintained and even with the surrounding area. Tee areas were clean and well maintained. There was no litter and no graffiti on the course.
There were well placed tee signs on every hole. The graphics were up-to-date and included OB information. Signs also included directions directions to the next tee. As long as you can find the first tee, you do not need a map to play this course.
Wind in Play
This course is in the more open area of the park and the winds can and will come into play. Especially on the Par 5 Hole 13. The persistent winds and longer, more open holes on the Redhawk course provide an interesting alternative to the narrow wooded fairways on the Blackhawk course. Choose your Poison.
Kids and Strollers
The front 9 are ideal for bringing along kids and babes in strollers. If kids can walk, they could even play along on this straightforward front 9. Redhawk is in the grassy part of the park with mature trees and it is very level. Unlike the woods, there are not many bugs or ticks. While the back 9 at Redhawk is longer, it would still be easy enough to bring along kids in strollers. Except for the longer Holes 13 and 14, kids could play the back nine as well. There is a creek all along holes 14- 16. There is a nice modern playground near Holes 17 & 18. There are lots of restrooms in the park. I would not recommend bringing kids to the Blackhawk course.
The course is at the north end of an active airport runway. Jets and planes do fly directly overhead on Hole 13 while landing or taking off. I thought it was neat to see the jets so close. Of course, they can be very noisy.
There were several restrooms with running water as well as a bunch of portables on the courses. I can't recall playing on a course with more facilities.
In summer, there can be a fee to enter the park. It is well worth the cost for the opportunity to play 36 holes of disc golf.
What is not to like?
It is difficult to find a con. This is one of two 18 hole courses in one park. It is a more open course option for newer players, families and folks that don't want to play the woody Blackhawk/Whitehawk course.
Other park users could spill over on the course on crowded days.
The holes are mostly wide open and offer little variation. The park is flat with no elevation changes.
It is possible to lose plastic on the back nine water holes 14, 15, & 16.
The planes and jets fly directly overhead while landing or taking off. It can get very noisy at times.
It is plentiful on Blackhawk/Whitehawk. There may be some poison ivy on Redhawk if you happen to actually find some rough.
This could be an area with room for improvement.
Mohawk Park and Tulsa Zoo
This giant park is the best bet for disc golf in Tulsa. The Blackhawk/Redhawk set of courses offers 36 holes of disc golf and something for every level of player. From the super beginner friendly front nine at Redhawk to the super challenging back nine at Blackhawk there is a something here for players of all skill levels. The Tulsa Zoo is right next door. You park in the same area as Blackhawk/Whitehawk so all 36 holes start in one place.
It's all right here.
You park in the same area as the Blackhawk course, so all 36 holes start in the same area. The Redhawk course offers two nine hole loops. You could play Redhawk, Blackhawk (and Whitehawk) if you are up to the 54 hole challenge.
Choose One - Whitehawk
If I could only play one course at Mohawk Park, I would play the Whitehawk Course layout on Blackhawk. I would rate Blackhawk higher if it was all about the challenge, but BH has issues. Beginners should NOT play Blackhawk/Whitehawk.
2014 US Masters
I played the courses while attending this PDGA Major event. The tournament was hosted by the Tulsa Disc Sports Association. The TDSA did an awesome job preparing all five courses for the event. Tulsa was a friendly and welcoming community. I enjoyed my stay and I was thankful for the opportunity to play disc golf in Tulsa.
Tulsa Disc Sports Assoc is a hardworking club that is responsible for the new basket wraps and updated tee signs. it is obvious they are helping to improve and maintain these courses. The Mohawk Park courses are here as a direct result of the volunteer efforts of the members the TDSA. If you are a local player, you should check out the events they offer. They welcome players of all ages and abilities.
The photos will be updated to show how the course has matured, the concrete tees and the new custom Discatcher target wraps.
The fact there are two 18 hole courses at Mohawk Park is worth a 5 disc rating. The overall challenge of this course is close to a 5, especially if you add in the wind. It is an excellent course for players of all levels from pros to beginners and families. The quality of the tees and signs and overall condition of the course were excellent However, the course doesn't offer a lot of variety or any elevation challenges. I give Redhawk a 4 since it is a top-notch course for a wide range of players in an excellent park.
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Pros: Nice challenge for advanced players. Plenty of distance and technical shots. Well kept park with decent tee signs and direction to next tee pad.
Cons: Can be crowded with people enjoying the park. Can lose a disc easily in a NASTY creek that is in play on the back 9.
Other Thoughts: One of the best courses in Tulsa if you're looking for a challenge. Couple this with Blackhawk in same park and you've got an awesome disc golf couplet.
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Very good course
Pros: Good variety in holes. Playable for beginners but still provides challenge for better players.
Front nine is not especially challenging as every hole is definitely a possible birdie, but there is enough strategic tree placement to still make things interesting.
Back nine provides a lot more challenge with one hole cutting through fairly dense forest, a couple really long holes (800+ feet), and a few that weave along a deep creek.
It's pretty hard to lose a disc out here unless you throw an errant shot into the creek, in which case it's gone.
The course itself is in great shape. Excellent concrete tee pads, clear signs that show distance and a simple map, although one or two of those have somehow been uprooted and are leaning against a nearby tree. The grass is generally mowed very well and it's easy to navigate and find your way.
Cons: Basically no elevation change at all, but it's hard to find much of that in eastern Oklahoma.
There can be a decent amount of people out in the park when the weather is nice, but the course generally wraps around the recreation areas so traffic is not too bad.
I've seen a decent amount of broken glass in places along the course.
Other Thoughts: This is a very fun course overall, probably my favorite in the Tulsa area. It provides good variety without requiring exceptional skill and always offers a pleasant time.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Course is located in a fairly open part of Mohawk park, which has another course, Blackhawk, that is just across the road from Redhawk. The holes seem fairly open, but the trees are very well placed and block some of the most obvious lines. Low branches provide a major challenge, especially in the winter when you can't see all of the branches. The mixture of holes is very good. Plenty of each kind of shot. The variety in distances is good too. There are 200 ft. ace runs and 800 ft. open bombers. The creek and woods come into play a few times. Hole 16 is very cool. You tee off and the creek is curves in front of you the veers off left and comes back behind the hole.
All of the tee pads were very nice. Big enough and textured. Tee signs were very good when they were there. The maps were very accurate and looked nice. Navigation here might be the best I've seen anywhere. Mostly because part of the basket was painted to show which direction the next tee was.
Cons: The front nine was not very challenging. Most holes were between 200 and 350 ft. The front nine was also very repetitive. The trees do help make it more challenging, but it's just too easy. I think the Creek could have been used more. A few of the signs were missing. Number 13 is really confusing if you don't realize it's 820 ft. and that's one of the holes without a sign.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed this course. It wasn't very challenging, but it's an excellent complement to Blackhawk. The front nine would be a good place to bring a newer player. Out of the two courses at Mohawk, I would recommend playing Redhawk first because it's not as good as Blackhawk.
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7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
One of my favorites
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Pros: Really well taken care of. Front nine are makeable even for beginners which helps new people actually want to play, I doubt you have any trouble with it being too wet in the summer (The 100 degree weather will take care of it.)
Cons: If you happen to throw a disc into the woods or creek: There's a HUGE amount of poison ivy, the creek is so murky you couldn't see your hand if you barely stuck it in. April-October Mohawk park has a 2 dollar admission fee.
Other Thoughts: The front 9 are extremely fun.
Hole 11 is a gorgeous shot that will branch you off into the woods.
Hole 13 is a doozy so bust out your best driver.
Holes 14-16 are all right along the creek and if you're still a developing player like me and my friends one sliced drive could be the last one with that frisbee.
I actually lost a disc on hole 18. The tree was so thick we couldn't find the disc even when we climbed the tree.
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Pros: first half of the holes are fairly short making it great for lunch time play. the majority is slightly wooded. all flat tons of fun
Cons: the last half is huge and has water hazs. there are sure to be snakes in the creek in the summer. great place to loose a disc
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