Disc Golfers vs. Park Visitors
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Pros: For me, Annie Oakley Park was an ideal location along I-70 to stop and play a new course during my 7 hour drive across Kansas. It was refreshing to see from the previous review that the course had cement tee pads and was in a well-maintained park, so I had high hopes that perhaps the throwing angles weren't quite as bad as they were made out to be. But those hopes were dashed upon standing at each tee pad and realizing that the layout puts everyday park visitors (runners, children at play, baseball outfielders, picnickers, etc.) directly between disc golfers and the baskets. As is the case when designing any disc golf course, you have to use what land and park space is available to you... but you certainly don't have to aim the fairways of the holes straight toward a myriad of playground equipment or between two narrowly-spaced gazebos! With that primary complaint stated, the course had a few positives worth mentioning.
What it has going for it:
- Concrete tee pads
- Pro and amateur tee pad options on a few of the holes
- Quality Mach 5 baskets
- The park is easily accessible from I-70
- The course is in a maintained park
- Holes are pretty challenging and do vary in length
Cons: The pungent smell of Oakley's cattle feed lot is one to be reckoned with. It will curl your nose hairs on a warm summer day. And if that doesn't scare you away, you just might be swept away by the relentless, ever-present howling winds of western Kansas. Also, the lack of tee signs makes it difficult for newcomers to find the next tee AND the baskets, many of which are not visible at all from the tee. Here is a quick list of my grievances.
Where it falls short:
- Dangerous layout that puts park users in harm's way of flying discs
- Wind, wind, wind
- Feed lot odor
- No tee signs at all and no main course sign
- No public restrooms
- Hole #1 does not start by the main parking lot, although hole #18 does end near it
Other Thoughts: Please understand that I was raised for 22 years in Kansas and am not bad-mouthing the state or Oakley at all. It's just that this course could have been designed with so much more tact and creativity than it was. If you're a local, the course probably serves you well, but for those wanting to play an uplifting course en route to bigger and brighter destinations, avoid the whipping winds, potential disc-to-human collisions and foul feed lot odors by playing one of the many other courses along I-70.
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Yeah, just aim between the picnic shelters and the gal pushing the baby stroller.
Pros: Okay recreational level course in a very well maintained park. Two holes with dual tees. Nice baskets. Has some decent length holes and some very tight lines to hit for such a small town course. If you can get past the fact that many of the obstacles are other park amenities and people's cars this can be quite the challenge.
Cons: This course is a safety nightmare. The park can be very busy with other activities such as the swimming pool, ball fields, or pedestrians. There are also these really neat globe lights along the sidewalks just waiting for some disc golfer to shatter them (check out the picture to Hole 1).
Other Thoughts: I'm glad to see a small town like Oakley have a course, but in all honesty, this really borders on the line of "this probably shouldn't have been installed". The one saving grace here probably is that there aren't that many disc golfers in the area so it probably gets light usage. Not far off I-70 and maybe worth a look, but if you hate this kind of course, I'd just keep on driving. Best recommended to play when the park isn't busy (i.e. early morning, before the pool is open, or when school is in session).
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