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Way, way, way too long for kids!
*The concept of having a disc golf course at an elementary school is a fantastic idea! Let the kids play disc golf for PE class and get them hooked while they're young. It's so cool to see a disc golf basket by the road in front of an elementary school!
*Beauty- the school is nestled in the foothills of the mountains and it's a beautiful area. I bet the Fall is simply gorgeous.
*Elevation changes. After the first two flat holes there are decent elevation changes. 2 Flat/ 3 Up/ 4 Down
*Baskets- new double chain Discatchers
-The holes are all way too long for elementary school kids. When you figure that the vast majority will be playing their first round of disc golf the course needs to be much, much shorter! The designers should study the design of William Yates- Sprint
in Independence MO and use that as a model. At Bethel hole 8 is about 430 ft long, plus it's uphill with +30 ft. gain so it plays as 520 ft. Kids are going to get really frustrated and bored taking at least 4 shots just to get to the basket.
-Crazy long walks to some tees. Tee 5 was a ridiculously long walk of over 600 ft. from basket 4 and you had to back track to get to it. Tee 4 was also a very long walk from basket 3 and thus quite hard to find. I doubt many first time kids could find tee 4 or 5 without a guide.
-Navigation. First timers, especially kids, would have a hard time finding the little tee marker flags.
-Thorny rough- a few holes (5, 9) have really thorny thick rough that kids could easily throw into. I hit the rough on 9 and it wasn't fun.
-Safety issues. Holes 8 and 9 play very close to the main school entry road; kids could easily spray discs into this road.
-Fairways are repetitive. There are way too many straight holes and no dogleg left holes at all. 7 St/ 2 Rt.
-Terrain. Too open for my taste. 6 Grass/ 3 Mixed. In one way open holes are good for new players as they spray discs around, and there are limitations since much of the school property is cleared. Still you don't want kids first disc golf experience to be boring.
-Signs. There are none.
-Tees. Most are marked by little flags, but there were none on holes 1 and 2 so I just made some up. The natural tees work OK, but they need to mark out the tee boxes.
Amenities: None. No map, score cards, practice basket, message board, benches, or trash cans. Perhaps some of these may be added in time.
Course Level: White (most suited for Intermediate players rated 900.) Not suitable for school kids.
~The course is a long drive from I-40, so all but the hard core course baggers should think hard about whether it's worth the trip.
Frankly, I'm baffled to figure out what the course designers were thinking by designing such a long course at an elementary school. I'm guessing that they just designed the course for their own level, but if so they badly neglected the most frequent players. School kids, especially new players, will find the holes way, way, way too long. I fear that this will make them so frustrated and bored that they will quit the sport. That would be a shame! I'm going to be so bold as to suggest that they redesign the course so that the holes are shorter and closer together.
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