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Emporia, KS

Emporia RV Fun Park

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PastorofMuppets
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Experience: 5.1 years 183 played 131 reviews
2.50 star(s)

Fun and Gimmicky

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

Pros:

WHAT TO EXPECT: Campground/RV Park setting around a small pond just off the main drag on the west side of Emporia. Mildly wooded recreational skilled course with multiple angle options and some gimmicks.

AMENITIES: Obviously camping on site, a picturesque pond setting, some towering old growth trees, plenty of shade, decent sized parking lot, Fun sold seperately...

TEES/SIGNAGE/BASKETS: 1 tee and 1 basket per hole. Tees were short, narrow concrete pads with several not being completely level. This normally wouldn't be a concern but there are some serious lenghty hucks on this "pitch and putt" where a runup might be needed by some mortals. Signs were typical well done DD style full color with hole map. Baskets were red white and blue Veterans.

DESIGN: A lot of course crammed into a small area. Hole distances range from the very long for this style of course (385 ft) to the very short (175 ft). Course utilizes the pond well on 3 holes (a gap shot through the trees out to a basket perched near the edge of the pond, a right to left hyzer of the edge of the pond to a basket tucked back into the tree line, and a pure water carry to a penninsula green the size of a postage stamp). Course does an amazing job for the land available at providing multiple shot shapes, challenging gaps, and risky greens. Where the course lacks in elevation, it makes up for it with three (gimmicky but fun) height changes of the baskets (Hole #2 is buried in the ground with just the top lip of the cage part of the basket above ground level on a very short ace run hole, with two other baskets elevated. Hole #6 is elevated to a comedic height of roughly ten feet "ladder provided")

EXTRAS: Layout is compact but feels like you are playing individual holes and fairways without overlap and the flow of the course is good and quick. Despite being short by design, fun in nature, and quick to play, there is some challenge and touch needed to navigate this course well.

Cons:

LOST DISC POTENTIAL: While a really fun course and somewhere I would love to bring new players, the pond and the tree line beside Hole 4 and long of 6 presents a real risk to losing discs. Maybe if you bring discs that float specifically for those holes for them this wouldn't be such a big issue. But I can see lost disc potential and frustration for new players.

GIMMICKY BASKETS: The buried basket is cute but it does collect a lot of debris and the overly elevated basket with the step ladder can be a nightmare to actually make the putt for a beginner. While they give this course some character, I can also see them being hated by others.

SWAMPY: There was quite a bit of rain in the area before I played most areas were still pretty soggy, some standing water, and quite a bit of muddy areas.

Other Thoughts:

While a short and fun intended course, this course really shows that it had some real thought put into the design. Money was spent of tees, signs, baskets making them all top notch. The novelty basket placements were thought out and added for fun factor. This is a really well done, but not overly challenging, fun, course to drop in and play. Not a multi stop location for me, but a time killer for the experience stop when in Emporia.
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Surge5
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Experience: 10 years 172 played 172 reviews
1.50 star(s)

This Is the RV Park, How Fun Can It Be? 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Feb 11, 2022 Played the course:once

Pros:

The RV park has a sizable parking lot (12-16 cars) right next to the start and end of the course.

Like this course says, it's a "fun park."  It reminds me of a quirky mini golf course.  The basket of 2 is sunk into the ground, while the basket of 6 is about 8 feet of the ground (stepladder provided for disc retrieval). 4 has a very thin fairway, and 5 is on a small island in the pond.

Along with its quirks, the course also has some tight woods to shoot through to get to and from the lakeside holes.  Hole 8 stands out since the basket about 5 feet off the ground.  Really puts a premium on getting close off the tee.

Concrete tees on 7 of the 9 holes (and frames out for the other two), and excellent signage because it's Emporia.

For having such a small space to work with, the distance on the back 4 is a good feature.

Cons:

The pond.  This feels like a course you could bring newer players to, except that it's extremely likely they'll throw a disc into the lake on 3, 4, or 5.  The fairways are just too thin and the island too small to be safe shots for anyone, let alone new players.  And that's not to mention the fence on the other side of 3's fairway...

Hole 7 is just a field with some trees near the basket.

The basket of 2 being sunk into the ground means it collects leaves and other debris really easily.

Other Thoughts:

When you have a fun mini golf style course, the last thing you want to do is ask people to risk their own $10-$20 disc running an island.  Leave the tiny islands to Country Club.  If the course provided discs and fished them out (like a mini golf course would with balls) this would make much more sense.  While it feels lame, the layup play is the smartest on the water holes.

Apart from that, if you have an RV, this is the place to park it.  Fun golf, unique holes, and hopefully no lost discs.
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bigbeano
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Experience: 18.2 years 34 played 28 reviews
3.50 star(s)

Surprisingly fun! 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Jul 26, 2020 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

-Utilizes water hazard for three holes, and of those it's very much in play on two of them.
-While there is no elevation change, three of the baskets are placed at different heights to change the angle in any way possible. (One is in the ground and two are higher, one so much so that a ladder is needed to retrieve disc)
-Tee signs are very nice and give distance, par, hole layout info, etc.
-As of 7/25/2020, concrete pads were poured for 7 of the 9 holes. These pads are very long, level and nice.
-Course layout is good and flow is good.
-Despite being short in nature, there is some challenge with several mandos, ponds in play, trees, etc.
-Very nice, new baskets.

Cons:

-It is a little on the short side, and as such should be considered a rec course.
-Concrete pads were not yet poured for 8 and 9. The tee signs are there however and the molds for the pads are there, so I assume it will be soon that they are poured.

Other Thoughts:

This is a really nice shorter rec course. I've been to so many rec courses that had very little effort put into their construction, and this is NOT one of them. Time and money were put in with the signs, pads, baskets, layout, etc and it shows. I had pretty low expectations coming in since the course is housed on the grounds of campground, but my expectations were vastly exceeded. There is a nice course map at the start. There is an island hole which would require a very accurate tee shot (or for most of us a lay up and putt on). There is a hole where you pretty well have to clear a pond from the tees. There is a hole with the basket buried in the ground. There is a hole with the basket about 12-15 feet in the air, accessible only be a ladder. For being a short 9 hole course, there is a good amount of variety and fun. Some of the basket placements are kind of a novelty, but I think it's fun. I'd recommend checking this out one!
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Breh
Gold level trusted reviewer
Experience: 14.1 years 192 played 190 reviews
3.00 star(s)

2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Jul 13, 2020 Played the course:once

Pros:

This is a new course and still under development. Emporia R.V has brand new red white and blue veteran baskets that really stand out. The layout flows fairly well, and the tee signs are pretty nice and help with the navigation. Theres actually some really fun holes and shots here. Hole 2s pin placement is in the ground and is pretty epic. Hole 5 has you throwing over the pond. Hole 6 might be the best as its a 210 foot island shot to the middle of the pond. I recommend laying up if not confident because you don't want to be in that pond water. With time this will be another great add to emporia as a warmup/cooldown but still demanding accuracy and not to be lazy with your shots or you might be donating a disc.

Cons:

This course is still unfinished as they're still putting in a few of the teepads. Hole 5 and 9 i think are still without pads...
Hole 1 had a giant firework rv blocking the hole so we threw from the side.
Hole 7 basket placement is literally 12 feet tall it's cool yes but to play No its to much of a gimmick and you need a ladder just to retrieve your disc. You shouldn't be worried to miss a 1 foot putt sorry short people I guess lol.
Can tell during rainy weeks it gets unplayable and mushy

Other Thoughts:

over time and with a couple weeks this 9 hole can be great
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