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Swope Park

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brentondowdy
Experience: 1 played 1 reviews
1.50 star(s)

Underwhelming 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Apr 4, 2022 Played the course:once

Pros:

The main pro is that in the least there is a course at Swope. Some elevation changes help, the tee pads are very nice. Some have nice benches and trash cans.

Cons:

No dig at the designers -- there wasn't much to work with here. Very hard to not review this in light of the course's predecessor and the stain of its removal, but intentionally trying to be unbiased here. Very few obstacles and lots of uninteresting shots. The grass was at least ankle high almost everywhere and finding discs on normal throws was obnoxious. 60% of the course was deceptively swampy under the grass. It had rained recently but it wasn't a heavy rain. Don't go play this course if it's rained in the last few days unless you're wearing water shoes or you like having wet socks because you're going to sink unexpectedly at some point even if you're being cautious.

Other Thoughts:

This course is the closest to where I live, but I don't have much desire to return to it. I've heard rumors there are plans to improve it, but I know nothing official, and as it is I would recommend playing any other number of enjoyable courses in the KC Metro until it gets more work.
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jayhawker36
Experience: 11.9 years 67 played 1 reviews
2.00 star(s)

We all want Old Swope back, but... 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Mar 27, 2021 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

Course Design: Swope makes decent use of the terrain that is present: elevation is in play on many holes and there are trees used near the pin (hole 3 and hole 5 for example) that certainly favor left to right or right to left shot shapes. Elevation is used well on a few holes to allow for a big downhill rip (hole 18) or to force some decision making (hole 10, might have to control a flippier disc up the hill into the trees).

Concrete tee pads are very large.

Baskets are Mach X. I think they catch alright, your opinion may vary.

Cons:

Some locals might not share the park very well. I'm not talking about anyone using the pavilions to grill and gather, they're not harming anyone. I'm talking about having dirt bikes and 4 wheelers and even dune buggies racing through the fairways while people are playing, taking a major toll on some of the fairways. That's not sustainable for the park, let alone trying to make it a mixed use park with the disc golf course.

Course Design: Yes, the majority of the holes are open and if you can throw a controlled hyzer from about 280-360 feet both forehand and backhand, you'll bore quickly while likely scoring very well. However...

Other Thoughts:

THERE IS WORK BEING PUT INTO THE COURSE. I have faith that the fundraiser tournament held, in combination with the GoFundMe that was out there will allow for some new holes and a little more TLC to be put into the course. The tournament layout for the KC Wide Open has a lot of potential, bringing in some big shots with alternate holes that introduced a lot more foliage to the design, while keeping large elevation changes. If they move toward this layout and can make the course flow a bit better than the tournament layout, all the sudden this is a fun course with some OB (yes, some artificial) that can really sneak up on you. I have hope that this course can yet be shaped into something that offers varied shots, terrain, and a bit more in the way of navigation. I have the course sitting at 2.0 right now, but I think it could pop to a 3.5 or higher with some layout tweaks and navigational aids. I'm cautiously optimistic.
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Surge5
Gold level trusted reviewer
Experience: 9.9 years 170 played 170 reviews
2.00 star(s)

There is no Passion! There is no Vision! There is no Aggression!

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:May 1, 2024 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

Swope has all the trimmings of a nice course, with 18 massive tee pads and 18 MachX baskets in great condition. Benches have been installed on about half of the tees and 3 and 11 have trash cans on their pad as well.

A few spots of tricky elevation. 1, 2, 9, and 18 have scary slopes on some of their pin spots. Long downhills on 6, 13, 14, and 18 are contrasted by shorter uphill throws on 5 and 16.

Some trees to avoid off the tee of 1, and staying low to reach the longer pins of 3 is important. 18 has a treeline on the left to either avoid or go around, and 8 and 9 are shorter holes with a bit of tree challenge.

Cons:

Eight of the holes have zero obstacles, and in certain pin spots that number could go up to ten! The obstacles that exist are fairly easily cleared besides 18's trees. I wouldn't go so far as to say it's pitch and putt as some of the open holes approach 400 feet, but bogies are hard to come by if you have decent distance and approach game.

Wayfinding has declined over time. In the beginning each tee had a large white sign, now the only one remaining is on 15. Paths through the grass are somewhat worn to help, but longer transitions (5 to 6, 17 to 18) may be difficult without a map.

Creek crossings are highly dangerous. Hole 1's long pin, 1 to 2, 3 to 4, and 9 to 10 all require crossing a creek just large enough to be annoying. Wood pallets were out down early on to keep you from having to jump over... all but one of those have rotted away.

Maintenance is below average and inconsistent. Thigh high grass awaits if you get off the fairway on 2-9 and 13 and 14. 1, and 15-17. 10-12 and 18 were freshly mown, but who knows how they'll end up. Just be aware it may be an unpleasant time.

Parking might be an adventure as this is a popular hangout for locals and there isn't much parking available for the course proper.

Other Thoughts:

At the beginning, improvements were said to be coming. It's been nearly four years since course installation and things have only gone south from there (apart from the benches being installed).

I don't recommend this course to anyone unless you just have to bag it, and especially if you've heard the name "Swope" as something great. I'm glad I never got to play the old one so I have no comparison to make. The course of legend sits half under an animal shelter since the city lied about where it was going (do NOT bring that up with the locals. Still very sore), and the replacement is a bore that no one seems to care about improving. Change is welcome, but doesn't seem to be on the horizon.
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DGnow
Experience: 35.1 years 1 played 1 reviews
1.50 star(s)

Swope Park misses the mark. 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Aug 22, 2020 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

It's in Swope Park. Decent tee pads and good baskets.

Cons:

It's short, wide open and boring because there are not many trees. The grass gets long, needs to be mowed more often and there are a lot of wet spots. The terrain is rough in some areas and the tilt of the land is a little tiresome.

Other Thoughts:

Not a great course. Just tee pads and baskets and not much of a design. What a letdown for Swope II.
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SaintBananas
Experience: 2 played 1 reviews
1.50 star(s)

Unimaginative Course that needs to be mowed 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Aug 18, 2020 Played the course:once

Pros:

Holes are spread out.
It looks to be newer as the concrete pads look fresh.

Cons:

Some of the pads/baskets are not marked.
They do not list the par or show a diagram of the hole with obstacles.
Signs are flimsy and more of a temporary nature, may blow away or be taken.
Little shade.
The grass was knee high in some places and ankle high everywhere else.
There are several ditches that run throughout the course.

Other Thoughts:

If they would get decent signs and mow, this would be an okay course. Most of the holes are out in open spaces with no obstacles to get around so it gets a little boring.
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Pevio
Gold level trusted reviewer
Experience: 12.2 years 190 played 120 reviews
2.00 star(s)

Inadequate Replacement

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:Sep 24, 2022 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

Swope Park is a massive park, the Disc Golf course taking up just a small portion of it, conveniently situated away from any walking trails. The old course elsewhere in the park was pulled (don't follow the signs for "Disc Golf"; they'll lead you to an animal shelter), and this one was the replacement. It features... well, not much interesting.

Nice big cement tee pads, brand new Mach X baskets, and multiple pins on every hole.

The hills are used well. The lack of trees, while a big con, does make distance perception difficult. Right now, with not much signage, it's difficult to tell how far away the basket is, and with the hills, how hard to throw the disc.

The holes that do have trees are pretty interesting. While there's only a few of them, there's multiple ways to attack those holes, with opportunity for punishment if you miss your line.

Cons:

Half - and I mean literally half - of the holes on this course have nothing interesting about them. Just a tee and a basket, with a bit of elevation. Some holes have trees, but they are so spread far apart there are still multiple lines to throw on.

The course is being installed, so benches and better tee signs can be expected in the future.

While other park functions avoid the course, or rather the course avoids them, there are sometimes some loud events just across the street that make the course not all peaceful.

The grass gets mowed pretty irregularly. Angle-deep grass is common, making disc searching take an annoying long time, even when there's no trees. Or, the fairways might be mowed but the grass is long off the fairway.

Other Thoughts:

This course is likely to improve, but it needs many trees to be planted and grow for it to offer a consistent challenge across all holes.

If you're travelling through and want to see what the city has to offer, choose a different course - KC has plenty.
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