Pros: It has woods. In this part of Kansas this can be a rarity. The course's strength is in its challenge through holes that meander through the woods. There are certainly holes that one can air it out on a long drive.
Cons: The course is littered with spiders, grass spurs and poison ivy. Wear long socks and keep an eye out. The flow of some of the holes is dysfunctional. It uses the water (both the pond and creek) almost too much in ways that lead to unnecessarily risky shots.
Other Thoughts: It is the best 18+ hole course in the immediate area.
Challenging (Mainly) Wooded Course
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a challenging course with a good mix of open and wooded holes. The beginning and ends of the round are in the open, with the heart of the course going through the woods with many difficult tunnel shots. For the most part, the course is well-maintained, and it is a nice, scenic course to play. With 24 holes, you can still elect to skip holes with a chance of losing your disc in the pond and still get in a full 18.
Cons: There are virtually no tee signs on the course, so it is very easy for first-timers here to get lost or not find a teepad or hole. Even for a regular, the baskets seem to move around on the occasion, making for some mid-hole confusion as to where one should throw their disc. Also, it is very easy to lose discs in the many brushy areas (which are full of poison ivy), and in the pond.
Other Thoughts: Overall, a very fun course to play. If you are in the Wichita area, it is worth making the 30 minute trek up the highway to play this course. However, I would recommend playing for the first time with someone who knows the flow of the course. Also, wear long socks, as stickers and poison ivy abound throughout.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Would be better if the back area was mowed more often
Pros: Camp Hawk is a good semi difficult course. There are a lot of trees on holes 7-13 making the course more challenging. Holes1-6 and 14-24 were well mowed when we played. There are a couple "tunnel" fairways which force you to throw straight or smash a disc into a tree. Also, there is a good variety of short and long holes, and dogleg lefts and rights. The peninsula greens of holes 22 and 23 are cool and challenging, making for an interesting finish to your round. Another good thing is a working water pump on hole 18. The water didn't taste the best, but if you forgot water and it's a hot day, it could be a lifesaver. Some of the "greens" are very wooded and have challenging basket placements. Holes 2, 5, and 18 are surrounded by dense woods and a bad approach shot could leave you behind a tree making a more difficult putt. Overall a pretty good course, it's shaded well on holes 5-13 and there are many beautiful trees. The tee pads are big and nice. There was only one other guy there when we played the course and the location seems to indicate it doesn't get crowded.
Cons: The course can get very confusing to a first time player. I would recommend playing with someone who knows the course if possible. My dad and I had a lot of trouble finding where the baskets where. The tee pads fan out and get wider in the direction of the basket so that helps at least knowing which way you're going. Hole 2 was especially hard for us to find. It's about 200 ft east of hole 1's basket. There were a lot of fairways that had greens very close to them which would force players to be careful if there were a lot of people at the course. Also, holes 1 and 3 share fairways and both are blind shots. The course has almost no tee signs, but there are orange painted logs standing up by each tee pad except for hole #7. The grass on holes 7-13 was uncut and with the creek running through, the bugs were incredibly bad on those holes and I would recommend a massive amount of bug spray.
Other Thoughts: The directions to the course were good and my dad and I had no problem finding the course. There are mulberry trees which produce a ton of mulberries if in season. The ground was covered with them around holes 5-12 and 20. Especially on hole 5 where I colored my red beast. Thankfully it comes off with a little soap and water. Half way through #7 we found a cable running along the ground with multiple signs saying it was private property beyond that point and no trespassing. Holes 7 through 13 are all behind the private property. This was a little unnerving to us first timers but we proceeded anyway and played the course.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Decent caliber out in the country course
Pros: Advanced players looking for something more meaty than a city park course will like Camp Hawk, even though some of the holes are short. Decently challenging without being overwhelming (newbs might want to skip the water holes). Has a nice balance of wooded and open with some moderate elevation. Flow is fairly logical. Accuracy is key, esspecially on holes near the creek is. Great for winter time play when the foliage on the trees in down and the creek and ponds are hopefully frozen. With 24 holes, players not wanting to risk losing discs in the ponds can still get a full 18 in by playing holes 4-21 (you still have to deal with the creek). Hole 4's tee right by the parking lot. Grooved concrete tees help prevent slippage. Hole 7 is one of the area's best.
Cons: Some of the downsides of a rustic looking country course, namely lack of maintainence at times. They do mow here, but depending on when you show up, it can get a bit wooly in spots. Lack of tee signs with distances. A few bridges over the creek in disrepair. Some of the holes towards the middle of the course (holes 9-11) can get spongy after a hard rain as can the road getting out there. Baskets can be hard to see on some holes, so walking a hole before you playing it would be advised..
Other Thoughts: They originally had some nice deluxe tee signs here, but those fell into disrepair. Only about one of these is left. Most of the holes now have an old tree branch segment painted orange with the hole number in black. A nice hidden gem just a couple miles off I-135.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: challenging layout, unique design, good flow
Cons: road to location is not paved, grass a bit tall in areas, signs with actual info only on select few holes (most are marked by hole # only), course sign shows par for only 18 holes?
Other Thoughts: most challenging holes are at the end (22-24), fun but easy to lose discs!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Definitely a variety of shots with varying elevation for Kansas. Open distance shots and confined wooded areas. Concrete Tees and it appears that there are alternate pin settings as well.
Cons: Many Tee signs are missing. The course is pretty far out in the country and down a gravel road; although there are multiple signs for Camp Hawk.
Other Thoughts: Holes 22-24 are challenging shots with water on most of the sides, you might want to do these first. By the time I was done with the first 21 holes I was a winded from throwing and my shots weren't as accurate. Overall a nice course if you're in the area.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
24 different holes
Pros: Good variety of shots and land. Has a dry creek bed, ponds, tight holes and wide open. 24 holes. Cement tees. Several 'peninsula' type water shots at the end!
Cons: Some tee signs broken or missing, yet all marked with #'s. Some thick rough on a few holes, with ivy. Grass wasn't all freshly mowed.
Other Thoughts: Definitely worth playing along with Hutchinson, Salina courses nearby.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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