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Prairie Village, KS

Harmon & Santa Fe Parks DGC

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Pevio
Gold level trusted reviewer
Experience: 12.1 years 190 played 120 reviews
1.50 star(s)

Easy to Fix 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Apr 12, 2021 Played the course:once

Pros:

This is a super simple, but not always super easy course that can be played quickly by any skill level. The next tee is always easy to find, and the park does a good job providing the basics for a Disc Golf course and not much else.

Different holes favor different lines. Holes 2-4 favor right-turning shots, while 7 and 8 probably favor left-turning. A few holes have some tricky lines, namely 1 and 5. Several holes give you upshots that you would see on a longer course, meaning this course can improve your skills without being a fantastic course in and of itself. If you want to add some challenge, you can force yourself to take a different throw than you normally would, which works on this course, because nearly every hole provides that other option but might make it a little harder than your first choice.

This is probably a good beginner course, with little lost disc opportunity and no holes that are really long. But there is some interesting challenge on 2 and 5, with some decent trees that can get in the way but still options to get to the basket. There's also some slight variance in hole distance, with 6 being the shortest and easiest and 2 being the longest (and it's slightly uphill).

Cons:

Dangerous. Like, I don't know how anyone thought this alignment was actually a good idea. To start, 7 and 9 share a basket. A bunch of holes are really close to each other, but it's not always too bad. And, holes 1 and 9 have routes that take you directly over a sidewalk.

While some holes favor certain shot shapes, you can nearly always throw directly at the basket and be fine.

There's some construction beside hole 6, but there's a fence separating it from the park. It's possible the construction could start eating into the course.

Not much elevation change. There are some gentle slopes on 1-3 and possibly 7, but it's not enough to make a big difference. If there was something of note on 6 and 8, or steeper slopes on the others, they would be much better while still being accessible for beginners.

Hole 1 makes no sense at all. You're either throwing over a sidewalk, throwing wide right, or smacking a tree. It's possible the trees used to be much shorter, but it's just another reason this hole needs to go (see below).

Other Thoughts:

So here's the fix: Remove holes 1 and 9 entirely, and have the course start on what's currently hole 3, play 3-8 like normal, and finish on 2. This would remove conflict with the sidewalk, dual-purpose basket, and two pairs of holes that are close to one another. Finally, the course would actually end where it begins. Sure, it'd only be 7 holes, but it would be a massive improvement over what we currently have.

Ignore the posted pars.

While this course has its merits and could be a decent course to play over lunch or in the early morning, the dangerous aspects and the lack of challenge and variety make it difficult to enjoy very much. If there are more than two groups on the course at a time, good luck.
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Surge5
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Experience: 9.9 years 170 played 169 reviews
1.50 star(s)

It's Fun To Play At The Y. M. C. A.

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:Oct 18, 2022 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

The eight bright blue DisCatchers stand out well for this quick round. Nine concrete tees with a tee sign bolted into the back of each pad.

Good variance of length for an easy course, ranging from 160' to 320'. It's a great spot to do some mid-range/putter only rounds to sharpen that skill.

Very easy to navigate, as next tee is very close to the previous basket. Too close in some cases.

The more wooded holes use the obstacles well. 5's pin is tucked 50ft behind a wall of tall bushes, 6's pin has both sides guarded so only a line drive can ace it (I've seen it), and 8 has a large tree trunk forcing a hard rhbh hyzer or big rhfh flex.

The left-to-right slope on the green of 4 is something to watch out for, as are the pebbles on the green of 1 and 2 making upshots more difficult on those.

Cons:

Very small disc golf parking lot, however, you can park in the YMCA lot, or west of the water tower... but it's fun to park at the YMCA.

The baskets of 1 and 2 are leaning badly.

This course has a lot of dangerously close play. Holes 1-3 are smashed against each other so tightly that a good drive on hole 1 could end up on the fairway of hole 2. My RHFH drive on 3 buzzes over the fairway of 2. Hole 4's tee is way too close to the basket on 3. It's inside the circle on a 225' hole. Holes 5/8/9 have the same problem as 1-3, albeit with a few more trees in the way. This issue is compounded by the fact that this is a fairly popular 9-hole.

Holes 7 and 9 share a basket. With both holes being sub-250 smashing past the basket into a group coming up from the other side is a possibility.

The YMCA next door may leave a few picnickers in the fairways, and a bad skip on hole 3 could end up within their fence. A miss right on hole 5 could end up in the fire station parking lot. Luckily the firefighters know about the course and are super chill (yes, I've thrown in there before).

Other Thoughts:

The lines and angles on holes 1 and 2 are tight, and as the longest holes on the course, these sit above the difficulty level of the rest of the round. Not necessarily a bad thing, but the difficulty spike is something to be aware of.

This is a fine place to learn different shapes out of your discs with a few one-disc rounds, or a spot to bring someone wanting a little more challenge in their 9-hole. Either way, keep your eyes out for other player's throws and positions.
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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 20, 2020 Played the course:once

Pros:

The blue band baskets are easily visible from the tee pads. The tee pads are nice and actually have the tee signs inside the pads. They're very well done with hole number and distances. Giant kiosk board by parking lot of hole 1. Shorter course allowing some ace runs and great for new begginers. Even with the shorter holes, most are low lines with branch over hangs adding obstacle to the shorter course. It will make advanced players have to be accurate as the trees come into play on most holes. Quick play

Cons:

Hole 7 and 9 share the same basket. Hole 9 dosen't end near hole 1...so there's a little walkout after the round. No real big distance holes...Park is pretty crammed. A couple say par 2s still over 140 feet should be 3s

Other Thoughts:

Fence to the left of 3 can come into play overall a fun quick little 9 good place to take new players.
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Upshawt1979
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Premium Member
Experience: 21.1 years 551 played 429 reviews
2.00 star(s)

Santa Fe Trail 2+ years

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:Sep 2, 2019 Played the course:once

Pros:

This short course has a couple of nice holes in a park that is well maintained and full of other things to do. The Harmon and Santa Fe Parks DGC fairways are covered with grass and has a good number of mature trees. There is the slightest amount of slope on a hole or two, but this one is pretty flat overall. No water is in play unless you hulk out and throw one into the pool on six.

It is nine holes, and the setup is pretty nice. It has concrete tees that have a good sign bolted straight to the pad. I haven't seen signs that were installed like this before, and I like them because they seem a little bit more vandal proof. The blue rimmed DISCatchers were very nice. Holes 7 and 9 share the same basket.

All of the holes are pretty short, 1 and 2 are probably the hardest lines to hit. The first hole and course map are under the water tower on the West side of the park. Layout is par 23 with four par 2 holes.

Hole 3 and 4 can be dangerous if you get too far right, the edge of the park slopes down and has trees that make for a tough recovery. Hole 5 has the parking lot for the fire station on the right side, behind a wall you have to walk around to reach the low side.

Hole 9 has a fair amount of trees that make you choose what side of the fairway to use.

Cons:

Not a challenging round, but it is in walking distance from my house so I'll play it once in a while. It can be done with a limited discs, and plays very quickly unless the park is busy. There are walking trails adjacent to many holes.

I'm not really into par 2 holes. I know they are very short, but I like getting a birdie without having to make a hole in one.

Other Thoughts:

A really cool community park with a disc golf course that is a fun 9 hole that is beginner friendly. There are a couple of good shots here and there. It's not a bad place to throw a few if you live nearby, but I don't think it merits a special visit otherwise.

I played this course twice using only a mid range. It took about 45 minutes. I scored a 26 and a 27 in misty wet weather.
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dylanpmanning
Experience: 4 played 2 reviews
4.00 star(s)

Great little park 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Apr 17, 2019 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

Great little park to hone in your skills. Very good for beginners with all short holes

Cons:

Hole 6 is out for new fire station. Not sure if it will get out back somewhere
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the_beave
Experience: 2 played 1 reviews
2.50 star(s)

Needs Redesign 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Mar 30, 2019 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

Available holes are still playable, and well maintained. Low traffic compared to the more popular 18-hole courses in the area. Even with the construction affecting the course, still a fun course to play. Be inventive, if no one is on another hole, make your own by throwing to another basket from an accessible teepad.

Cons:

At this time, the course is constrained by construction. Hole 6 is gone, Hole 7 is almost unplayable due to proximity to new fire department & Hole 8 is risky if you mess up your drive, liable to be in the fire departments driveway.

Other Thoughts:

The course needs to be redesigned, but the available space may not make it feasible. I hope the 6-holes untouched by construction remain intact but hope for a redesign to expand to 9, but it may not be likely.
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pcronning
Experience: 14.5 years 1 played 1 reviews
3.50 star(s)

Good lunchtime course 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Mar 27, 2019 Played the course:once

Pros:

Easy relaxed course. Good tee and basket placements. Relatively open treescape, but not so much that there aren't challenges to get around.

Cons:

Tee and basket 6 removed. Pad for 6 is under construction as of 3/27/3019, but the basket is nowhere to be found. Not sure where they're going to fit it in.

Other Thoughts:

Hole 6 will probably end up along the fire station... making it almost certain that a lot of errant throws will end up in their driveway. It looks like you'll have to walk around a bit to go pick those up.
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The Valkyrie Kid
Diamond level trusted reviewer
Experience: 46.1 years 1562 played 1507 reviews
2.00 star(s)

Nice Little Rec Course Missing Holes Due To Construction! 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Oct 6, 2018 Played the course:once

Pros:

Harmon and Santa Fe Parks have so many activities going on. There is a huge picnic pavilion, tennis courts, two pools complete with water slides, skate punk park, ball fields, children's play area. I'm surprised they even have room for the disc golf course.

The course should be a great little rec course. Unfortunately, the # 5 basket, all of # 6 and the # 7 tee pad have all been lost due to the construction of a new building. What's left here is just a fun recreational course. The tee pads are smaller concrete ones. The tee signs are interesting in that they are bolted down at the back of the concrete pads. The baskets are Discatchers. Distances range from 165' up to # 3's 320'. Speaking of # 3, it's an excellent hole for throwing rollers, nice grass and lots of low branches.

Cons:

Obviously, missing 2 1/2 holes from a 9 hole course is a big loss.

Rec distances and challenge.

Not a lot of shot shaping required. Also not many golf decisions needed.

I like the fact that little course remains simple without any alternate pads or basket locations.

Other Thoughts:

I really hope someone can up with an answer to relocate 5-6-7. This is a fun little course and you never want to lose any holes.

On a size note, the legendary Santa Fe trail actually passed through this park. The course information sheet says to look for the little historical markers. Little historical markers? Heck, I was too busy trying to figure out where the # 5 basket went.
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Knippelmeyer
Experience: 30 played 3 reviews
2.50 star(s)

Nice little course 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Mar 20, 2018 Played the course:once

Pros:

Good flow from tee to tee. Some long holes mixed in with some more challenging short shots. Lots of birdles here.

Cons:

Course is tight from hole to hole, so watch out for others players.

Other Thoughts:

Nice 9 hole course tomay a quick 9 or 18.
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Balzac
Experience: 22.2 years 94 played 13 reviews
3.00 star(s)

Small but nice 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Dec 20, 2017 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

- Although compact, this course does a good job of requiring you to hit a variety of lines
- No large elevation changes, but still the small hills make an impact on how you approach several of the holes. Hole 5 is a great example of this.
- Not overly wooded but very nice use of the trees on the property
- Concrete teepads with durable signs attached
- Plays quickly, can get two solo rounds done in 45 minutes
- Almost never have to wait for a group in front of you
- Park is very well maintained. It is mowed frequently in spring and summer.

Cons:

- Hole 9 is a wide open, short hole. Definitely an ace run but I wish the final hole was a bit more... inspired.
- No benches or trash cans by teepads (there are some in other areas of park)
- Course is close to other areas where you will need to keep an eye out for bystanders. There is a walking trail through the park, hole 4 lies close to a YMCA pool, holes 6 and 9 are close to a skate park.
- Additionally, some holes lie in close proximity so in the rare times the course is busy you will need to be aware of other golfers
- No alternate tees or pin positions

Other Thoughts:

Great course for beginners, but still fun for more advanced disc golfers. It values accuracy without being too punishing for an errant shot, and it doesn't require a big arm to shoot a good score. There are a couple of dud holes (looking at you 6 and 9), but the others make up for it.

For those at all interested in American history, the Santa Fe Trail winds through course. There are a couple of markers for this.

The course has a family friendly vibe (may be a pro or con depending on your viewpoint). I bring my 7 year old here to play and don't encounter some of the, let's say recreational, behaviors that you might see at other courses (don't get the wrong impression, I am no prude). There is also a police station immediately adjacent to the course so it's probably not the best place to crush a 12 pack while you play a round.

Overall, the course gets a thumbs up from me. I would rate it higher if it was an 18 hole course of the same quality. I enjoy playing it frequently because I live relatively close, but there are much better offerings in the Kansas City area. Still, if you are close by it's worth checking out.
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bigreddog
Gold level trusted reviewer
Experience: 12.3 years 198 played 63 reviews
3.00 star(s)

Nice little 9 hole 2+ years

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:May 24, 2016 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

This course does a great job using the space and obstacles available to it. A pretty small treed area is utilized by several holes. Hole 6 may be completely open, but the designer didn't have much choice since just about every tree in the park is used on other holes. 10/10

This course has been well mowed all three times I've been there. Hole maps are present on each tee pad and are still in good condition. I've never seen any litter on the course. A bench or two and a water fountain wouldn't hurt. Course maintenance 9/10

The only place you could potentially lost a disc is if you grip lock into backyards on holes 4 or 5. Disc finding 9/10

Baskets are in good shape except for being a little tilted on hole 2. Tees are concrete, maybe a little small, but the course is short enough is doesn't matter much. Holes 3 and 5 are the only holes players might need a longer run up. Baskets/Tees 8/10

There is a pretty good mix of openness on this course. Holes 6 and 9 are very open, A few holes require hitting some fairly tight lines, and a few others are somewhere in between. Variety of openness 7/10

Hole maps are present and helpful on tees. There are a couple of spots where baskets are close to each other and you could potentially throw to the wrong one. 7/10 on hole navigation

The course is great for beginners due to its length, but has enough obstacles to challenge intermediate players and keep advanced players interested. 7/10

There are a few holes that force you to shape shots. Holes 3 and 4 favor left to right, while holes 1 and 8 favor right to left. 6/10

Navigation between holes is pretty intuitive, most of the time the next tee is visible from the previous basket. Some next tee arrows on the poles might be helpful. 6/10

Although most holes are short to intermediate distance, there is still some decent variety. 1, 4, and 9 are 200-240. Holes 3 and 5 play around 350-400 feet. There are several holes are right around 300. 6/10

Cons:

No alternate pin positions or tees. There wouldn't really be space for them on most holes anyway though. 0/10

A couple holes have some options for how to play them, but there isn't a ton of decisionmaking required here. 4/10

There isn't a lot of elevation present, but what is present is utilized. Holes 1, 3, and 6 are a little uphill, while holes 5 and 9 are a little downhill. 4/10

Other Thoughts:

Overall difficulty of the course: 3/10

This course would be a great warmup course and well worth a play if you live in the area. It would be nice if there were a couple other courses in the immediate vicinity. This course can also be played in 30 minutes making it a good option if you're short on time. Also a great place to take beginners.
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DiscChaserDoug
Premium Member
Experience: 12.9 years 295 played 41 reviews
3.00 star(s)

Very Enjoyable Course 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Oct 10, 2015 Played the course:once

Pros:

- good course sign
- - rules/etiquette
- - course overlayed on photo
- tee pads
- - about 8'-9' long and 4' wide at back, 5' wide at front
- - flat hole sign with info in back right corner
- tree obstacles on every hole except 6
- baskets are in good shape except #2 (see con)
- plays in about 30 minutes when not crowded

Cons:

- basket on Hole 2 is leaning pretty good
- pretty flat course
- a lot of other amenities which could bring a lot of people into play

Other Thoughts:

I played with my son-in-law and we had a great time. Even though it's not real long there were some challenging shots. Hole 5 is my favorite. There were some 300+' holes which made having a driver handy for me.
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RedRocket
Experience: 2 played 2 reviews
4.00 star(s)

Great for practicing short game 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Jul 12, 2015 Played the course:once

Pros:

-Great course for practicing your mid-range and short game
-Majority of holes have a low ceiling, which forces you to shape shots
-Park is well maintained because it's in PV, grass is never too long
-Hard to lose discs there (though 5 can be tough if you flick)
-Usually course is not busy, you can play 27 in under an hour if you go at the right time

Cons:

-Couple holes are too easy, 9 especially
-Pace of play can be slow if many others are there due to the shortness of holes
-Next to a police station (no drinking)
-You occasionally get families with packs of kids who don't follow good course etiquette
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KCSchout
Experience: 4 played 1 reviews
3.50 star(s)

Great for a Quick 9 Holes 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Jul 15, 2015 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

Great course for breaking in a disc or working on short game skills.
Concrete Tee Pads and signage at each hole.
Well maintained park.

Cons:

Because of short holes & tight space, course can play slow if busy.
Basket on Hole #2 is crooked - can make for a tricky putt from the left side.

Other Thoughts:

A nice course to practice your mid-range and approach game. Players can get by w/out a distance driver and really a fairway driver is only necessary on 2-3 holes.
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gfox
Experience: 17.1 years 66 played 7 reviews
4.00 star(s)

Great Little Course 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Jun 10, 2015 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

Great little course.
- Good teepads
- Well manicured and cared for bit of park
- You play on the wagon ruts of the Santa Fe Trail!
- Bathrooms open all year
- Looks simple at first, but plenty of challenging lines.
- Just enough trees to make it fun
- Cement teepads
- Signs on pad, interesting, good idea!
- Usually not crowded, though picking up speed fast
- Good baskets
- Quick round, 18 in under an hour
- Honestly my favorite 9 hole course

Cons:

- One tee, one basket per hole, no alternate location
- Short I guess? But you should just expect that coming to a 9 hole in a small park
- No benches
- No water fountain
- Bad shot on 4 puts you in the kiddie pool of the YMCA. Then you either have to climb the fence or if they are open go get them to unlock it.
- It's in PV. I'm not doing anything wrong or carrying anything but PV police love pulling people over.

Other Thoughts:

Being in PV, this course draws little different crowd than many DG courses. Expect men in salmon colored pants and lots of golf shirts. There is also a police station directly below the course, though I have never seen them in the upper parking lot.
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williamchristie
Experience: 2 played 1 reviews
3.00 star(s)

Better Than Expected 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Mar 7, 2015 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

New teepads
Signs on every hole
Nice baskets
Good variation
A few 300+ ft holes

Cons:

Not much elevation change
No warm up basket - you have to use a course basket
Right next to a police station

Other Thoughts:

Overall a nice course in the middle of the suburbs. Great for a warm up on your way to another course, or to play several rounds.
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Chained Evil
Gold level trusted reviewer
Experience: 14.1 years 1116 played 232 reviews
3.00 star(s)

A nice little 9 holer that will make you shape some lines 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Nov 7, 2014 Played the course:once

Pros:

This is a well maintained course with adequate signage and ample tee pads.
The baskets are blue and are easy to see.
There are some holes with short length and some with moderate length. Uses the elevation that is present well.
There is a good amount of trees here to make you shape lines and a few low celing shots.
A couple of holes will have you wanting to run the chains and chase that ACE.
The course flows logically. There are other amenities on site, like a playground, skate park, etc.
This is a good learners couse that will challenge but shouldn't frustrate someone new to the game.

Cons:

There are some rocks under the baskets that might be hard on baseline plastic.
There might be a few fairways where people could be camped out on a nice day.
There is a possibility of putting a disc into the skate park, but you would have to shank one pretty bad to make this happen.

Other Thoughts:

This is a new course that is a fun play. New players will find shots here to challenge them and they should have the opportunity to score well at the same time. Being an advanced/imtermediate player I had fun at this course. Its a good little nine hole course that could be used as a warm up for one of the many KC area courses. If you are looking for a course with wide open spaces and long holes then you will have to move on down the road. If you like a 9 hole park style course with a nice amount of trees to make you shape lines then hit this course up.
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