Pros: Great signage! Accurate maps and ample navigational aids both at the beginning of the course and on the tee pad signs. Signs are bright and clear.
Good shot variety. I never once got bored throwing on this course. In spite of the lack of elevation, different types of shots are used very well to keep the round interesting. The back 9 opens up a lot and gives you plenty of chances to open up and throw.
Grippy, nice concrete tee pads all in good shape, as I would expect for a new course.
Great variety of shots, including some fun tunnel shots. There isn't a lot of elevation out here, but the woods are used very well and make for a fun round.
This course is very spread out and doesn't play over itself very often, which is really nice.
The course is in a very large park (that I was totally unaware existed here during the 2 years I lived in Manhattan), but I didn't see many non-DG players out here. Just one couple walking a dog. That might be different when school is in session, but it was pretty dead non DG-wise when I was out there in July.
Plenty of parking! I didn't see many benches or other creature comforts out there, but I think most of us are here to play, not sit on benches. :) Not that there's anything wrong with that!
The scenery on this course is nice for the most part. I really like how the woods were incorporated in the first 9 holes, very nice.
Cons: Holy roads, Batman! The back 9 plays over and over and over the gravel roads that cut through the park. Not only can it chew up your disc, they were actually rather busy when I played.
You're also playing very perilously close to private property on many holes, some of which was slightly unkempt. Don't go onto private property to get discs! (Or throw into the abandoned refrigerator I saw!)
There really isn't much elevation to be spoken of out here. That's not the course's fault per se, but just be aware of it before you come out.
Other Thoughts: This course is right off K-177, before you cross over the Kansas River to get into Manhattan. Hang a right at that sign that says "Zeandale", then an immediate left and there should be a sign for the park.
This was a very fun play. The layout was exceptionally well done, and it was just a blast. Manhattanites are lucky to have two very nice and very different courses so close by -- this was a totally different experience than Warner Park, which is also a great course.
Manhattan is a neat town, and it has grown a TON in the last decade. Combine this with Warner Park and hit up the other entertainment options in town, and you can easily make a fun daytrip out of it from Kansas City. I went to school at K-State and it was neat to come back and play back in Manhattan. Great course!
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My most visited
Pros: New tee boxes and better hole maps make for a much less confusing game. (not every hole yet)
difference in the front 9 and back 9 make for a good practice course for everyone.
Cons: Very hard to play when ground is wet, due to dirt tee boxes and muddy holes.
Other Thoughts: Being a college student, I enjoy this course because it is close enough to campus that I can drive there quickly and it is far enough from the "city" I get a breath of fresh air.
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In process of being expanded to 18
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Pros: Course is in process of being upgraded to 18 holes. Temporary tee signs are up now as well as tee box spray painted in the grass. Appears as though concrete tees may be in the plans.
19th basket for practice.
Some holes have multiple placements.
Cons: It's in process, i.e. not done yet.
Hoping they will add concrete tees, signs, etc. Seems like they intend to.
Other Thoughts: Expecting to play 9 holes and found out it was increased to 18 - nice!
First 9 have mix of open shots and holes cut through new woods.
1 - tunnel shot, saw at least 2 placements.
2 - very tight tunnel shot
3 - great use of embankment
4 - open shot that needs to hit a hole. Reminded me of the bamboo wall for the USDGC.
5 - moderate trees with another opening that must be hit.
6 - tunnel shot
7 - short hole with a very protected green
8 - nice S-curve shot required to make par
9 - another hole that must be hit, this time closer to the tee
10-18 back into the original part of the park.
Moderately wooded that requires various shots, hyzer, anyhzer, long and straight, etc.
When completed, expect this to rise to a 3.5 course.
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