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Wichita, KS

L.W. Clapp Park - West

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3.55(based on 2 reviews)
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eschoenhofer
Experience: 26.6 years 40 played 11 reviews
4.00 star(s)

Very fun course in a very pretty park 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Apr 21, 2020 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

This course was built on a ball golf course that had been around for decades. That means it is one of the prettiest pieces of property around town. A winding creek, huge trees, rolling terrain, are just a few of the unique landscape features that make this a great course. As with most disc golf courses designed on a ball golf course, it is very long. You will probably get at least a dozen opportunities to throw your best distance disc as hard as you want without too much in the way for the majority of the flight, which I think is a blast. There are also probably a dozen tunnel-type shots, so the course requires technical skill as well as power. Several holes use the winding creek to break up the fairway into different landing zones with a risk/reward associated with landing your disc in each area. The baskets are new and in great shape, all the tee boxes are concrete, and the cart path makes it an especially friendly course for cart pullers. Easy to get to and plenty of parking.

Cons:

The big item: no tee signs. On the holes with their own dedicated tee pads it isn't that tough to figure out, but on the holes that use the sidewalk as a tee pad the only markings are a couple of little black or orange triangles. The course map is in UDisc, but there have been some changes made to several holes that aren't current on the map. I think it is fun to play a long course, but this course is very long. There are only a small handful of holes that are reachable from the tee box, even if you are an intermediate to advanced player. I can throw about 350' consistently, and there are only about 4 holes that I have any chance of getting a 2 on. If you are hung up on par levels it might be tough to throw a satisfying round out here. Although the course gives you the option of throwing RH forehand shots, it is only really needed a couple of times in the round, so it is a RH back hand dominate round, which could be a con for some.

Other Thoughts:

Although this is not the 'best designed' or 'most technical' course in town (Colwich IMO), it has become my favorite course to play. If you like testing your distance game and your tunnel shots in a beautiful park setting, than you will probably like this course too. For whatever reason, the city maintenance crews seems to keep up with the mowing better at this park than other courses around town, so that is also an added bonus;) Bring your phone with the UDisc app, stretch out real good before you start chucking discs, and you will probably have a lot of fun on this course.
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Chained Evil
Gold level trusted reviewer
Experience: 14.1 years 1131 played 232 reviews
3.00 star(s)

The Clapper 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Apr 13, 2020 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

Clapp has 2 sets of tees on most holes that provide a different look from each tee. Orange designates the short tees and Black designates the long tees. Most generally the poured tee pads are the Black tees and the orange tees are on the cart paths or sidewalks. On the baskets there is orange and black tape to guide you in the correct direction.
This course has length and bombers will love this course. This course will challenge your distance game especially if you are playing from the Black tees.
There are a few holes with lines to be shaped depending on the tee you play from 3/5/12/13/16 come to mind. 3 is a cool tunnel hole and it is a moderate length hole. 12 is a sweet downhill low ceiling shot and 13 from the Black pad is a gap shot over the creek with a low ceiling. 16 recently got a redesign and is a reachable uphill shot with trees protecting upon approach. Clapp uses cart paths as OBs to add to the challenge. This course is often not crowded and you should have plenty of space between groups and not have the overcrowding like some of the other courses in the area. Wind will surely be a factor on this course due to its open nature on many holes. The creeks that wind through the course add another nice element and challenge here as well.

Cons:

*Navigation can be an issue if you don't know the layout or have a map, played before etc
*No tee signs or hole number on pads etc
*Long walks between many holes
*Have to hunt for the black and orange triangles(tee markers)
*Flow is a bit off in spots, hole 6 is a tad confusing here
*No trash cans or benches
*Some hole numbers wrote on baskets with magic markers

Other Thoughts:

Overall this course challenges most aspects of your game. It is primarily an open course but there are a few lines that need to be hit depending on the tee you play from. 3 from the long tee is a nice tunnel shot, Hole 12 is a sweet hole as is 13 from the long tee over the creek and thru the gap. This course was built with the intentions of bringing an A tier to the city of Wichita with that in mind the course is long, especially from the black tees. Signage would most definitely help to alleviate the navigation issues and to provide distances and clarification on the OB's.
As it is this course is another option for the Wichita area and this course will let you hone in your distance drivers. There are good lines here but there are some holes that could have used the trees provide to make for more interesting shots. This course is still a bit of a work in progress and it has underwent a few tweaks here and there. Hopefully over time it will continue to evolve and with a few improvements it will become that much better.
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