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 An oldy but still a goody

5+    9/28/2010   3/8/2011
Review By: scarpfish
Played: 320  Reviewed: 96  Exp: 11.8 Years
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Good intermediate to recreational course in a large and very scenic park. Has multiple pin positions and on some holes multiple tee pads. Has a good element of elevation, albeit not extreme. Very fun for folks who like uphill/downhill golf. Tall glass OB at the bottom of the tree guarded "valley" on 6-11 and 14 provides a unique obstacle. God knows I throw one in there every time I'm here.
Cons: For advanced/pro caliber players, Swope (at least the usual track) hasn't kept up with the times and can be a birdie fest. Redundancy. A lot of holes have a parallel hole going back the other way. Towards the middle of the course, some holes (namely holes 7-11) feel a bit squeezed too close where you can easily end up on another fairway and in the line of fire. Some issues with flooding and mud on holes 12 and 13 if its been raining. Not in the best part of town. Definitely lock your car and keep anything of value out of view.
Other Thoughts: My last trip here was almost the perfect disc golf day. Course was freshly mowed, 70's and little wind. At 30 years old now, Swope is Kansas City's original DG course. While many have criticized that it is getting behind the times in terms of challenge, it still provides for a fun time for the casual player or even some big arms wanting to play some deuce or die golf. An excellent place to take newbies or kids.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful.

 Fun Fun.

5+    8/23/2010   8/24/2010
Review By: crimsonsation
Played: 10  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 5.8 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I love this course. It has nice variation in elevation, but it shouldn't wear you out. The tee signs are very nice and clearly marked. It's pretty easy to navigate the course; each hole has a metal number on top of the tee sign telling you what hole it is. Most holes require you to have a controlled drive and dodge a tree or two. This was the first course I played where there were "mandos" in place which makes it interesting. There are multiple pin locations which is nice. The course is pretty well kept up. The tee pads are nice, clean and long. Overall a very fun course. It's also fairly beginner friendly course which is nice. There are a good number of trees, but they can be easily avoided with low drives. There are plenty of holes <350 feet.
Cons: This course isn't in the best part of Kansas City, but I've never had any trouble. I wouldn't stay after dark though. Some of the fairways run right next to each other so if you have a bad throw on hole number 3, it could land on hole 1. It's usually not a big deal though.
Other Thoughts: This course is definitely one of my favorites. It's the first course I went even par (54) on and I don't consider myself a big arm so take that for what you will. My long drives can be 350 feet to give you an idea of how long this course is. I think it's a great course and everyone should atleast give it a try if they are in the area.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Great use of space!

5+    8/13/2010   8/13/2010
Review By: jayhawker737
Played: 49  Reviewed: 40  Exp: 6.2 Years
This review was updated on 7/22/2013
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: The use of elevation changes, while not too extreme, benefit this course beautifully.
It is very well layed out and quite simple to figure out where to go and where to throwat.
Combination of long holes and shorter but technical holes.
A hard enough course for advanced players to have their issues, but a good course to learn on.
Cons: There are a few sections with switchbacks, butg the holes are still very unique.
Other Thoughts: Make sure to bring a solid driver and mid range with ya!

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.


1    7/31/2010   7/31/2010
Review By: Magnatizer
Played: 22  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 26.3 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Easy and quick round of disc. Good variety of obstacles with generally short walks from basket to the next tee. Stretches out on the back side when pins are in long position. #13 back pin is on one of the best targets in disc golf, period.
Cons: Some repetition and can be busy.
Other Thoughts: Great daily player. Disc and nothing else at this course. Benches and trash cans readily available. Unique high grass areas dedicated as H2O/OB Take a stroke but easy retrieve of your disc. Dudes traveling from Chi town.... Lake Shore: http://www.pleasanthill.com/i....aspx?nid=116

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Swope Park...

1    6/17/2010   7/18/2010
Review By: eye-ball-sac
Played: 67  Reviewed: 46  Exp: 6.1 Years
This review was updated on 2/19/2011
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Big tee pads allow a big run-up. Baskets have flags on top of them and are really easy to see. Trash cans and Benches at every tee. Large, metal numbers on the signs are easy to see. Signs are also very nice. Multiple tees and pin placements make it a different game every time.

Lots of elevation. Most of it is throwing from the top of a hill to another hill top. On a few holes there are some interesting piles of rock that are O.B. Holes 9,10, and 11 play over a water filled pit (I can't think of another way to describe it).
Cons: Switchbacks get boring after a while. Back 9 is much better than the front. It's very easy to lose a disc in the giant piles of leaves between 7 and 9.
Watch out for people a hole ahead of you...switchbacks make it easy to hit them. Not really any other cons that I can think of.
Other Thoughts: There are bees in almost every trash can during the fall. If hole 13 is in the long position there's a giant cliff 3 ft. past the basket. Restrooms and a water spout around 16. Be careful of the road on 16. I almost got my disc ran over by a car.

If you mark this review unhelpful or you find a mistake, please send me a personal message here on DGCR explaining what is wrong with it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


5+    5/22/2010   5/24/2010
Review By: kcplease
Played: 103  Reviewed: 31  Exp: 5.8 Years
This review was updated on 1/18/2011
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great course with great elevation and use of space, varied holes. Look amazing in the summer/spring, but I'm not sure it would be as appealing in the fall
Cons: some fairways have trees that are just random, which can be annoying. Some interesting people tend to crowd the fairways. Was afraid of getting robbed past 6 at night.
Other Thoughts: great course and one of my favorites, would play again, especially before three in the afternoon. Would never play this or any course on the missouri side at night, or even the kansas side except shawnee and prarie center.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Did you hear an echo? Elevation, elevation, elevation,

1    3/25/2010   4/3/2010
Review By: Donovan
Played: 216  Reviewed: 185  Exp: 28 Years
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Hill top to hill top is how much of this course is played. You are either throwing up and down a valley or over one. This course obviously has a ton of elevation, simple greens, and uses the hills to make it unique in that way. There are only 2 holes where I could say there's just slight elevation to them. The rest of the holes are for the hill hikers. This course has some interesting rough areas, OB and mandos. It has a pro shop in the center of the course and at least 6 tee pads are close to the pro shop. There is off street parking and a restroom here. This course has some nice tee pads and tee signs.
Cons: The layout seems a bit repetitive going back and forth, up and down the same huge slopes. There are enough pads and baskets in close proximity, you will need to be careful if someone is one hole ahead or behind you. You do throw over a road on 13, so be careful of cars or people there.
Other Thoughts: The Fun Factor did not really get me too excited here. I loved the elevation, but it just seemed to get a bit redundant after while. It is a great workout playing here. It is absolutely worth playing once. I enjoyed the last half of the course even more than the first half.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful.

 Swope Park

1    7/22/2009   3/22/2010
Review By: EddieBTrue
Played: 39  Reviewed: 38  Exp: 6.8 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I played this course when in KC for the 2009 Worlds competition after the competitors had finished for the day; and found it to be both a fun and pretty challenging course. Although Swope Park itself is mammoth sized in scope, this particular course is set on a 'square tract' of land that is completely enclosed by either roads or parking lot. As such, getting lost is NOT an issue. It is also pretty much impossible to lose a disc here. Another plus is that all holes are played over varying elevations; so you have the vantage of watching your tee shots remain airborne for good lengths of time!
Cons: Due to the scarcity of available space, a couple of the holes are parallel to each other; so they share common fairways. Although Swope Park itself has one of the best zoo's in the country; and many other amenities worth visiting, even the locals will tell you to stay away from this particular course after dark as it's not 'safe'.
Other Thoughts: I haven't been able to play the many other KC metro area courses; however if this course is the least ranked round, then the others must be really excellent as this was a good play.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 One of my longtime fav's

1    8/6/2006   12/31/2009
Review By: sportsheros90
Played: 11  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 31.9 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Well maintained, nice variety of holes, can play real long, is easy to get around and usually not so bust you can't play at whatever pace you want. It's so under rated.
Cons: It gets overshadowed since Water Works has come on board.
Other Thoughts: It is really close to the ballpark so when we go down to see the Twins play it's cool to play a round before the game. Really is still one of my favorites.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 first time at swope

1    10/3/2009   10/5/2009
Review By: x3billRONIN
Played: 14  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 5.9 Years
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: the course has a nice change of elevation on alot of holes, and a decent amount of tall trees to make it a fairly decent course.
Cons: there is alot of congestion among some of the holes (5-7) and (15-16) share alot of the same fairway space. We commonly found ourselves waiting for the fairway to clear for other players. It also plays very short.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful.

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