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Disappointed with Maintenance
Pros: Good Signage and mostly well-designed. A number of holes require shot to be shaped and a variety of shots to be used. It is off the beaten path so you are likely to have the course to yourself. It's the closest course to my home. Any other course is at least an hour drive to play, so I was once playing it often. But that is not possible anymore, which brings me to the Con(s) of this course.
Cons: Single pin placements no alternates. Half of the holes on this course are playable only in the months of April and May after the 6-foot tallgrass has been burned off. The course was initially designed to have fairways cut out of the tallgrass, and in the first few years of the course's life, it was playable year round because the fairways were mowed a reasonable width. That is sadly no longer the case. Over the past five years, I've looked on as the mowing crews would reduce the the width of the fairways by a couple of cutting decks each year. Now, the fairways are a 10 foot wide roofless hallway at best. The course is located in a federal campground, so most of the use is coming from novice players, but the conditions do not encourage any one, let alone someone struggling with control, to play. Who want to spend 80% of their time on the course searching the tall grass for their last shot.
Other Thoughts: I know ground rules state you should only review courses you have recently played. While I haven't played the course in sometime, I do drive through there and continue to monitor conditions hoping for improvement.
Park authorities are sending mixed messages regarding their commitment to this course. Two years ago they, reset sign posts at the tees and upgraded the signage (really nice, actually), which indicated to me they were willing to invest time and effort into this course. But, the fairways jst keep getting more narrow. Do not waste your time unless its the Month of May
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Rough, Rough, Rough…Stop Barking!
Pros: This is a nice park. The lake is beautiful (not part of the course) and the course is well maintained. I am sure from the air that this course would look like a ball golf course. The fairways are mowed out (almost carved out) of the landscape. The hole variety length is excellent. There are some short holes and a couple rather long holes out here. This course does have some elevation on several holes even though most of the course is flat. There were tee signs and cement tees in place. There were a couple of protected baskets to get to.
Cons: Navigation is not easy here. It has you crossing multiple streets and some are not that obvious. Some of the tee signs do have the "Next Tee" sticker on them. However, the ones that are really needed, those are the ones that are missing. This place uses the TALL grass roughs that make finding a disc not so easy sometimes. The fairways are fairly narrow as it is, so it is tough not to get into the tall grass on most of your drives unless you are driving the hole every time. The par settings have only 3 par 3's, so this may not be a negative per say, but keep that in mind. If I remember correctly, be careful on hole #5, as this drives near a playground area (and a picnic table at the time of this review), so you will want to make sure the coast is clear. There are few technical holes, so long and straight is the game for the most part.
Other Thoughts: Getting to the first hole will require you to find the road that get's you to the highest point of the hill in the middle of the course. It was a dirt road/gravel road right off the nice paved park road when I was there. There was lots of big equipment and hard work going on, so some of these things may change in time.
The Fun Factor for me was just OK. I loved the fact that no one else was around except the workers, but I would imagine that was partially due to it being a weekday. The rough is just such a bummer to have to mess with. Tall grass will never be something I favor. That and the lack of technicality is why I did get too excited here. Like the title to this review-Lots of bark and not much bite.
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Hidden country gem you'll likely have to yourself
Pros: At almost 7000', Wolf Creek is very challenging despite its open terrain. Located is a US Army Corps park on the east side of Pomona Lake, it is mostly mowed in a "links" style with unmowed, sometimes tall grass warning you on either side of the fairway (holes 9-12 are the exceptions and are mowed park style). I can't state what the degree of maintainence is all year here, but I've been here once in the summer and once in the winter and both times the course was in good shape. Combined with the links fairways, the elevation is used well here on the uphill and downhill holes where your depth perception can be thrown off. Probably my favorite hole was #8 with a narrow fairway with an evergreen tree right in the middle. The dogleg on #4 is cool too which will provide righties with a challenge on how exactly to cut it.
Cons: Will provide for a frustrating round if you're not a sharpshooter. Prepare to look for a few errant throws into the "rough" here (some of which was rougher than other parts). I would in fact suggest only throwing disc colors that contrast well against the grass. While I like the links fairways, I think they could be mowed a bit more generously. Hole #6 esspecially which according to the course map is supposed to have a tree in the fairway like #8. One danger spot on Hole #5 where a children's play area and campground are kind of in the line of fire. The fairway suggesting you lean in that direction doesn't help. 17 and 18 feel sort of redundant as they play a lot like 1 and 2.
Other Thoughts: Kind of in an isolated area, so like me, you may quite possibly have this beauty to yourself, but its well worth the detour if you're passing through Kansas on I-35 or I-70. It won't be a walk in the park, so bring plenty of water, and maybe some bug spray. A buddy to spot would be well advised too.
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