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Emporia, KS

Emporia Middle School

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PastorofMuppets
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Experience: 5 years 183 played 129 reviews
0.50 star(s)

Casualty of Progress

Reviewed: Played on:Jun 8, 2024 Played the course:once

Pros:

*NOTE* As noted by Surge5 in his review below from Sep of 2022, When I visited during Masters Worlds now in 2024 this course remains partially unplayable, Holes 1, 2, and 15-18 were all completely removed due to construction on the front of the middle school, with multiple other holes either missing a tee sign, tee pad, basket or some combination of those. The holes I managed to play were a combination of the short and long layout depending on which version still existed.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Crammed mostly open course with a few trees to add shape to holes as it winds around the middle school complex of buildings and athletic fields. Beginner friendly short layout with a slightly more challenging long layout offered.

AMENITIES: There were no bathrooms available, though you are very close areas that offer them (several resturaunts, Wal-Mart, and a couple gas stations all within a few blocks). No benches, water stations, shady spots to rest outside of the sports fields structures.

TEES/SIGNAGE/BASKETS: Initial design has two natural grass "tees" that are only indicated by a small printer paper sized tee sign. (multiple missing because of construction). Though small and very difficult to locate because of all the other school related and road signs in the area, the tee signs were well done for what they were with full color maps of holes. Baskets were older but still in good condition white Patriot baskets.

DESIGN: Taking into account the missing holes, the short layout seems targeted at beginners and very low distance players with multiple ace runs and one angle hyzer lines. The long layout is mostly longer versions of the same holes but a few have some added challenge. You can pretty much see the basket from every tee and see the intended line to get there. Nothing overly dramatic or difficult in the course design and not something that would challenge even the modest rec level am.

EXTRAS: Soccer fields on site do offer a long, flat, open place to warm up in a relatively secluded location if you wanted to stop by before heading to a tournament round at Jones or Champions Landing.

Cons:

WALKING TRAIL/ROAD: The original design has no less than half the holes throwing directly over or straight down a well travelled walking trail. I played early on a Saturday morning and encountered quite a few joggers and dog walkers. Hole #13 plays directly over an entrance road to the parking lot and Hole #14 is a forced hyzer out over and down the actual main road.

VEGETATION: There are a couple switch back holes that are supposed to throw "through" a tree line (like Hole #15). The old gap, or intended gap, is completely gone now. Your only hope is to throw an overhand shot over the trees. I did, walked all the way around to find that the basket was gone. Fun times.

NAVIGATION: Apart from most of the course missing items needed to play it, Navigation was NOT easy even with U-Disc GPS. The course flow switched back on itself a few times and you even had to walk back down a few fairways you just played in order to play the next hole.

CONSTRUCTION: I had hoped after construction of the middle school had completed that this course would get redesigned or moved as there is still quite a bit of available space, but 2 years later, this course is still in the same un-repaired state it was at the time of the last review.

Other Thoughts:

This probably at one time was an excellent place to introduce beginners and middle schoolers to the game, especially if the phys-ed program offered a course on disc golf. I do understand that in a town with disc golf courses on literally every free blade of grass in the city, this course might not be high on the priority list to breathe life back into. And with the course being a very simple layout, with a lot of the same shots, and the crowded nature of the fields and trails, I can see why no one is in a rush to redesign it. This course is nothing more than a warm up spot or a personal torture method for those who like courses in neat coherent order. I would avoid even if staying in the area.
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Surge5
Gold level trusted reviewer
Experience: 9.9 years 170 played 170 reviews
1.50 star(s)

Below the Middle

Reviewed: Played on:Sep 3, 2022 Played the course:once

Pros:

*NOTE* When we visited during Worlds, holes 1, 2, and 16-18 were all unplayable due to construction on the front of the middle school. The hole numbers noted are the "short" layout.

Winding around the middle school and its athletic grounds, the course put in here is beginner friendly, but has a few challenges to keep everyone on their toes.

Two tees per hole, and the "longs" combine holes 10/11 short and 13/14 short and play two extra holes set in the woods. Beyond that it's mostly monger versions of holes but a few have some added challenge. Tee signs at each "pad" (grass tees) show distance and a map, but except for a few holes you can always see the basket from the tee.

Several low tree branches on 6-8 making the hyzer plays inaccessible. Really makes you focus on the short and straight game.

Cons:

Eight holes play directly over the walking trail (some right down it in the case of 3 or 10/11). Early morning on a Saturday it was a popular spot with 6 or 7 walkers. Something to be aware of before throwing. Hole 14 is a hyzer play over the road. It should be a strong enough hyzer that the disc won't actually endanger any cars, but with the course being tailored to newer throwers it seems an unnecessary risk.

The line for hole 15 is... gone. Unless the line is to throw over the 50ft tall trees.

Walking all the way up the fairway of 3 just to play it. This is the only rough spot for navigation besides a few long walks, though.

The simplicity of so many of the holes. 5-12 should all be reached with a putter or mid by anyone with 6 months of experience, and from the looks of it 1 and 2 are the same. I know this is a beginner course but it's a vanilla beginner course.

Other Thoughts:

This is an excellent place to introduce beginners to the game, but unless you're just dying for another round save your time and go elsewhere. The course here is overly simple, very repetitive, trips over the walking path a lot, and currently a third of it is unplayable. If you do come and want a challenge, be sure to play all OB rules. It will squeeze some good out of a blander school course.
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eric_vdberg
Bronze level trusted reviewer
Experience: 41 years 1626 played 40 reviews
2.50 star(s)

Decent Middle School Course 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Aug 8, 2016 Played the course:once

Pros:

Tee Signs were clear and directed you to the next tee.
Course flowed fairly well and seemed appropriate for middle schoolers.
Used elevation and natural obstacles well.
Good for practicing approaching and putting in the wind.
There were 2 sets of tees, gray (short) and red (long).

Cons:

Basket 16 quite close to bushes.

Other Thoughts:

New baskets installed where baskets were previously missing.
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jayhawker737
Bronze level trusted reviewer
Experience: 15.4 years 52 played 41 reviews
1.00 star(s)

Uh... What? 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Mar 16, 2013 Played the course:once

Pros:

It is a great idea to have a disc golf course on a school property. Hopefully this will help get more young people interested in the sport.
A great place to work on your very short game.

Cons:

This course is insanely short. Some holes I wouldn't even count as getting an ace on if I hit it as it is so short.
The layout is very confusing in the middle part. Where is the basket for number 4? Where are holes 5-10?
I went on a weekend, but I would imagine the course would not be open when school is in session.

Other Thoughts:

I played this course as a warmup for the other three in Emporia, and to improve my course count, but I honestly wish I didn't. It just wasted my time. The layout is quite confusing in the middle and the course is too short to even warm up on. This is a course to pass on, even if you are in town.
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dreadlock86
Diamond level trusted reviewer
Experience: 17.2 years 388 played 318 reviews
1.50 star(s)

neglected and forgotten 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Apr 14, 2012 Played the course:once

Pros:

-has signs and baskets
-never crowded (never played)
-good for introducing younger players to the sport, appropriate challenge for juniors

Cons:

-hole 5 is either missing or well-hidden
-basket 13 is missing
-plays like a putt-putt course for anyone with a bit of experience. very short holes, few obstacles
-presumably not available for play during school hours
-seems forgotten and dilapidated but still in playable condition

Other Thoughts:

This is a convenient course for the kids who go to school here or live nearby but it is not a destination for the serious golfer or even experienced amateurs.

The holes play around the periphery of the school grounds and are generally wide open. A few small trees come into play on a few holes and the wind is a constant factor. A few holes play across or near parking lots so you could play those as OB to up the challenge (barely).

This one is for kids, absolute beginners, or course baggers only. The only other reason to play is if you really want to try to score 18 down.
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SteezeOG
Experience: 19 played 8 reviews
2.00 star(s)

Need a warm up? 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Nov 10, 2011 Played the course:once

Pros:

Never anyone else playing this course so I consider it a Pro. Decent baskets.

Cons:

Very short and no real teeboxes. Layout is confusing and there are missing holes. Many of which because of construction on the school building. Too many other sports things to get in the way like a track, football practice fields, etc. Way too many dog walkers who don't pick up after their mutts...this means you will step in crap a lot.

Other Thoughts:

This course used to be ok before they built all the other stuff in the same area. Trees along w24th ave are finally coming in to provide wind coverage. I can remember planing them 15 years ago when I was in middle school. Has potential but will never be great. Too many other options in Emporia but it's great for a warm up or cool down round. Plays like a par two course each one is very short but always windy.
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kcplease
Experience: 15.1 years 133 played 31 reviews
1.50 star(s)

SHORT 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:Jan 16, 2011 Played the course:once

Pros:

Flat, good for warm up rounds
Sometimes, too easy...
Nice land
Closed during the shook day
Good for speed rounds

Cons:

Not much variety with the holes. Where is hole 5?
Not tough. I shot 10 under...
120 to 220 foot holes. Everything is an approach shot.

Other Thoughts:

I used exactly 2 discs. 2 soft ions. This is a nice course, they did wonders with what they had, but they didn't have much. Worth a quick play. Besides, if your in emporia its not much of a drive.
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one19
Experience: 15.1 years 34 played 8 reviews
3.00 star(s)

Emporia Middle School 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Sep 19, 2009 Played the course:once

Pros:

Expansive area that runs around the periphery of the school. Grounds well-maintained. Hilly & rolling in some places, straight-forward others. Incorporates pine trees, weeping willows and others as various obstacles.

Cons:

Some players might find the holes and layout a little "elementary" or a little on the short side.

Other Thoughts:

I liked it a lot, it made me wish I was back in junior high, and could play disc golf in P.E. on my school's own course...Every school should be required to have a course!
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