bigreddog

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34729 DGCR Number
Wichita, KS Location
Cliff Oswald Real Name
29 Age
11.3 Years Years Playing
RHBH Main Throwing Style
940 DGCR Player Rating
65829 PDGA Number
880 Player Rating
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Total Reviews / Avg. Score
157 - 61 Voting Record
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When I was in college getting my engineering physics degree, I developed an excel spreadsheet to assist me in objectively rating courses. I began by listing all of the factors I wanted to take into account for rating courses and weighting each of them on importance (3 being the most important). The factors and weighting I take into account are as follows.

Condition of Baskets, tees (half to each) 1.5
Overall comfort level while playing (benches? bathrooms? water fountain? Fairways mowed? Not worried about hitting bystanders?) 1.5
Course maintenance (amenities kept up? General mowing? Baskets/Tees in good shape? Signage kept up? Clean?) 1.25
Navigation on the actual holes 1.5
Amount of elevation present/Use of elevation 3
Use of obstacles (How good is the course compared to how good a course in the same area could be?) 2.5
How easy it is to find discs 1.5
Variety of distances 3
variety of shot paths 3
Variety of openness on shots 3
Decisionmaking required 1.5
Quality of Alternate hole positions 2.5
Overall challenge of the course 1.5
Ability to challenge all levels without being impossible 1.5

For each of these factors I rate the course 0 through 10. I put these values into a formula which outputs an overall rating value. These rating values for each category are added up and the total (rounded to the nearest half disc) is the rating I give.

For my fellow math geeks, the formula I use for each is (-2.5cos(pi*R/10)+2.5)*W

where R is the 0-10 rating for each category and W is the importance weighting.

A more qualitative view of my ratings would be...

5 - Destination course, anyone who hasn't played this course is missing out
4.5 - Phenomenal course, a must play if in the area
4.0 - A course I would frequent if I lived in the area and would recommend to out of staters
3.5 - This course would be part of my regular rotation if I were local, worth a play if you're out of state and have time
3.0 - I'd play here every now and then for variety if local
2.5 - I would have to be doing something else that happened to be near this course to play it again. Potentially a "warm-up" course
2.0 - Probably won't play again unless it's in my backyard
1.5 - Won't be back
1.0 - A regularly mowed field with 9 tees/markers and 9 baskets and no obstacles
0.5 - Same as 1.0 but overgrown/missing baskets or tees
0.0 - I'm actually not sure this is a disc golf course

The following are the more exact ratings I have for each course I've played.

4.923 Harmony Bends
4.820 Water Works Park
4.382 Longview DGC (Perry Lake)
4.367 Indian Foothills - North
4.275 Lakeside Hills (Birdland)
4.214 Centennial Park
4.155 Jackson Park - 18
4.119 Dretzka Park
4.090 Wyandotte County Park
4.046 Sioux Passage - Original
4.033 Dineen Park
4.019 Heritage Park
3.987 Brown Deer Park
3.985 Grandview Park
3.953 Graceland University
3.905 Johnson Park
3.896 Shawnee Mission Park
3.772 Pendleton King Park
3.645 Fairmont Park
3.631 Legacy Park
3.630 Recreation Park
3.588 Oak Park
3.580 Swope Park (old)
3.577 Rosedale - top
3.566 Wilbur Young Park DGC
3.562 Crestview Park
3.532 Warner Park
3.459 Cliff Drive
3.397 Blue Valley - MO
3.309 Lake Shore DGC
3.276 J&B Rolling Hills
3.273 Rose Park
3.267 Harmon & Sante Fe Parks DGC
3.197 William Yates Sprint DGC
3.177 Blue Valley - KS
3.137 Estabrook Park
3.121 Fox Hill Fliers
3.084 Prairie Center Park
3.064 Hammond Park
3.041 Rosedale - Down Under
2.991 Tuttle Creek SP
2.984 William Jewell DGC
2.902 Lake Shawnee
2.798 Baldwin City Lake
2.741 Jackson Park - 9
2.706 Missouri Western
2.634 Pomona State Park
2.627 Kanza Park
2.589 Howard Park
2.514 Lenexa DGC
2.476 Riverfront Park
2.336 Blue Valley - MO short
2.266 Rice Park
2.242 Riverview Park
2.226 Crystal City Underground
2.211 Wheatridge Park
2.190 West Millbrook Park
2.180 Crivaro Park
1.937 Cleveland Lake
1.784 Pomona Lake
1.726 De Soto
1.705 Eastminster Church
1.676 University of St Mary
1.604 English Landing Park
1.577 Hidden Valley Park
1.511 Bluejacket DGC
1.460 Maize South
1.331 Brown Deer HS
1.236 Basehor-Linwood Middle School DGC
1.216 Edwardsville
0.989 California Trail
0.881 Shawnee Country Club
0.649 Cambridge Park

Note: I also do not post reviews until I have played a course at least twice unless it is either a nine hole course, has no reviews at the time I first play it, or if my initial rating is 1.75 or lower and I will probably not return as a result.
Favorite Courses (15)
Played Courses (177)
United States
Conifer, CO Beaver Ranch - Main
1 Course(s)
Iowa
Des Moines, IA Grandview Park
1 Course(s)
Kansas
Lawrence, KS Centennial Park
Gardner, KS Gardner DGC
Atchison, KS Jackson Park - 18
Ozawkie, KS Longview DGC
Bonner Springs, KS Wyandotte County Park
6 Course(s)
Maryland
Gaithersburg, MD Seneca Creek State Park
1 Course(s)
Missouri
Columbia, MO Harmony Bends DGC
Kansas City, MO Water Works Park
3 Course(s)
Wisconsin
Racine, WI Johnson Park
Reedsville, WI Rollin Ridge
West Bend, WI Sandy Knoll - Original
3 Course(s)
Course Wish List (75)
United States
Illinois
Milan, IL Camden Park - II
1 Course(s)
Iowa
Indianola, IA Pickard Park
Council Bluffs, IA Treasure Cove DGC
Urbana, IA Wildcat Bluff
3 Course(s)
Kansas
Topeka, KS Big Shunga Park
Clearwater, KS Chisholm Trail DGC
Douglass, KS Douglass DGC
Osage City, KS Eisenhower State Park
Emporia, KS Emporia Middle School
Garden Plain, KS Garden Plain
Andover, KS HOPE Community Church
Emporia, KS Jones Park - Supreme
Neosho Rapids, KS Neosho Rapids DGC
Olathe, KS Spoon Creek DGC
Miltonvale, KS Tootleville Park
Towanda, KS Towanda DGC
Whitewater, KS Whitewater DGC
Wellington, KS Woods Park
19 Course(s)
Michigan
1 Course(s)
Missouri
Cameron, MO Cameron DGC
Smithville, MO Camp Branch DGC
Camdenton, MO Dragon Ridge
Hawk Point, MO Eagles Crossing
Lee's Summit, MO Hawthorn Hill Elementary
Kearney, MO Jesse James DGC
Jefferson City, MO Joseph C. Miller DGC
Rolla, MO Lion's Club DGC
California, MO Proctor Lake Park
15 Course(s)
Beatrice, NE Chautauqua Park
Omaha, NE Hummel Park
Fairbury, NE McNish Park
Lincoln, NE Roper Park - West
5 Course(s)
Oklahoma
Tulsa, OK Blackhawk
Tulsa, OK Dovillio DGC
Tulsa (Broken Arrow), OK Haikey Creek Park
Tulsa, OK Hunter Park
Ponca City, OK Lake Ponca - Bois D'arc
Ponca City, OK Lake Ponca - Lake Course
Tulsa (Sperry), OK Mack Taylor Park
Tulsa, OK McClure Park
West Siloam Springs, OK Natural Falls State Park
Ponca City, OK Willow Springs DGC
13 Course(s)
Texas
Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI Dretzka Park - Winter
Silver Lake, WI Fox River Park - Grey Fox
West Bend, WI Riverside Park DGC
Manitowoc, WI Silver Creek Park
Silver Lake, WI Silver Fox DGC
Fredonia, WI Stoney Creek DGC
Saukville, WI Tendick Nature Park
Kenosha, WI UW Campus - Parkside
Sheboygan, WI Vollrath Park
Waupun, WI WARP DGC
Montello, WI Wilderness DGC
Green Lake, WI Zobel Park
16 Course(s)
Antarctica
McMurdo, Antarctica Ross Island DGC
1 Course(s)
United States
Arkansas
Jonesboro, AR Disc Side of Heaven - Champ 12/13/2014
Jonesboro, AR Disc Side of Heaven - Rec. 12/13/2014
2 Course(s)
California
San Francisco, CA Golden Gate Park DGC 7/1/2018
San Diego, CA Morley Field 1/14/2017
2 Course(s)
Conifer, CO Beaver Ranch - Bluebird 9/22/2017
Conifer, CO Beaver Ranch - Main 9/22/2017
Longmont, CO Clark Centennial Park 9/22/2017
Broomfield, CO East Interlocken Park 8/18/2020
Arvada, CO Johnny Roberts DGC 8/18/2020
Estes Park, CO YMCA of the Rockies 9/20/2017
6 Course(s)
Florida
Clearwater, FL North East Coachman Park 12/15/2016
Tampa, FL Picnic Island DGC 12/16/2016
Largo, FL Taylor Park 12/15/2016
St. Petersburg, FL Tocobaga DGC 12/16/2016
4 Course(s)
Georgia
Appling, GA IDGC - WR Jackson Memorial DGC 5/13/2019
Augusta, GA Pendleton King Park 4/17/2014
2 Course(s)
Illinois
Round Lake, IL Fairfield Park 6/10/2022
1 Course(s)
Iowa
Polk City, IA Big Creek State Park 6/7/2016
Des Moines, IA   Crivaro Park 6/6/2016
Des Moines, IA Ewing Park 6/6/2016
Lamoni, IA Graceland University 8/6/2013
Des Moines, IA   Grandview Park 6/7/2016
Lamoni, IA J&B Rolling Hills 8/6/2013
Altoona, IA Lions Park 7/16/2018
Johnston, IA Walnut Ridge 6/7/2016
9 Course(s)
Kansas
Bel Aire, KS Alley Park 8/3/2022
Andover, KS Andover Central Park 8/18/2022
Cottonwood Falls, KS B. Baumgardner Memorial DGC - Advanced 6/20/2017
Baldwin City, KS Baldwin City Lake 4/25/2014
Bonner Springs, KS   Basehor-Linwood Middle School DGC 6/9/2016
Edgerton, KS Big Bull Creek 9/3/2020
Clinton, KS Bloomington DGC 10/20/2021
Eudora, KS   Bluejacket DGC 5/17/2013
Olathe, KS   California Trail 8/6/2012
Overland Park, KS   Cambridge Park 8/7/2012
Newton, KS Camp Hawk 4/30/2023
Hutchinson, KS Carey Park 7/1/2018
Bonner Springs, KS Cedar Ridge DGC 9/30/2021
Lawrence, KS   Centennial Park 8/8/2012
Wichita, KS   Central Community Church 7/12/2022
Wichita, KS Cessna West Park 7/1/2018
Colwich, KS Cowskin - East 7/1/2018
Colwich, KS Cowskin - West 12/10/2022
Topeka, KS   Crestview Park - West 6/14/2013
De Soto, KS   De Soto Wildcat DGC 7/8/2018
Olpe, KS Eagle DGC 8/18/2020
Wichita, KS Earhart Environmental School 7/18/2022
Wichita, KS   Eastminster Church DGC 5/20/2020
Edwardsville, KS   Edwardsville City Park 7/6/2018
Emporia, KS Emporia Country Club 10/27/2021
Wichita, KS Evergreen Park 7/28/2022
Manhattan, KS Fairmont Park - Original 9/20/2014
Emporia, KS Flint Hills Tech. College 12/4/2022
Ottawa, KS Forest Park DGC 10/30/2022
Gardner, KS Gardner DGC 9/3/2020
Augusta, KS Garvin Park 11/25/2022
Emporia, KS   Hammond Park 5/26/2020
Park City, KS Hap McLean DGC 6/14/2020
Prairie Village, KS   Harmon & Santa Fe Parks DGC 5/22/2016
Olathe, KS Heritage Park 5/20/2016
Ottawa, KS Heritage Park 10/30/2022
Wichita, KS Herman Hill Park 6/13/2016
Atchison, KS   Jackson Park - 18 8/13/2013
Atchison, KS   Jackson Park - 9 8/13/2013
Emporia, KS Jones Park - East 12/13/2014
Emporia, KS Jones Park - Gold 8/3/2022
Emporia, KS Jones Park - West 12/13/2014
Ottawa, KS   Kanza Park 7/8/2013
Wichita, KS L.W. Clapp Park - West 5/26/2020
Topeka, KS   Lake Shawnee 6/14/2016
Olathe, KS   Lakeside Hills DGC (Birdland) 5/15/2013
Lenexa, KS   Lenexa DGC 6/17/2014
Goddard, KS Linear Park 5/31/2020
Ozawkie, KS   Longview DGC 7/8/2013
Wichita, KS   Maize South DGC 7/1/2020
Valley Center, KS McLaughlin Park DGC 5/21/2020
Wichita, KS Newman University DGC 7/12/2022
Wichita, KS   Oak Park 6/13/2016
Haysville, KS Old Oak DGC 7/8/2022
Emporia, KS Peter Pan Park - Optimist DGC 6/13/2016
Vassar, KS Pomona Lake - Wolf Creek 8/22/2013
Vassar, KS   Pomona State Park 8/22/2013
Olathe, KS   Prairie Center Park 8/6/2012
Overland Park, KS   Prairie Pass 8/5/2012
Lawrence, KS Quail Run Elementary School 5/28/2016
Topeka, KS   Rice Park 6/14/2013
Haysville, KS Riggs Park 7/9/2022
Lawrence, KS   Riverfront DGC 8/20/2012
Rose Hill, KS Rocking JP Tick Ranch 9/26/2022
McLouth, KS Rose Park 6/9/2016
McLouth, KS   Rose Park - Old Layout 6/23/2013
Kansas City, KS   Rosedale Park - Down Under 8/7/2012
Kansas City, KS   Rosedale Park - Top 8/9/2012
Shawnee, KS   Shawnee Country Club 7/28/2013
Shawnee, KS   Shawnee Mission Park DGC 8/7/2012
Derby, KS Stone Creek Park 6/13/2016
Salina, KS Thomas Park 8/18/2020
Manhattan, KS   Tuttle Creek SP - River Pond 9/20/2014
Leavenworth, KS   University of St. Mary 8/13/2013
Manhattan, KS   Warner Park 6/11/2020
Wichita, KS   West Millbrook Park 5/26/2020
Moundridge, KS   Wheatridge Park 8/24/2020
Bonner Springs, KS   Wyandotte County Park 8/10/2012
78 Course(s)
Maryland
Gaithersburg, MD Seneca Creek State Park 6/30/2018
1 Course(s)
Minnesota
Roseville, MN Acorn DGC 11/1/2021
Arden Hills, MN Bethel University DGC 5/21/2022
East Bethel, MN Blue Ribbon Pines - Main 9/30/2021
Minneapolis (Eden Prairie), MN Bryant Lake Park 5/29/2021
4 Course(s)
Missouri
Columbia, MO Albert Oakland Park - Lower 6/20/2017
Columbia, MO Albert Oakland Park - Upper 10/20/2021
Liberty, MO Bad Rock Creek DGC 8/15/2014
Kansas City, MO   Blue Valley Park 8/18/2012
Kansas City, MO   Blue Valley Park - Short Course 8/18/2012
Belton, MO Cleveland Lake 5/20/2016
Crystal City, MO Crystal City Underground DGC - North 3/16/2014
Joplin, MO Dover Hill Park DGC 10/21/2021
Parkville, MO   English Landing Park 7/17/2013
Independence, MO EPIC KC DGC 9/30/2021
Kansas City, MO Fox Hill Fliers 7/17/2013
Columbia, MO   Harmony Bends DGC 7/23/2018
Kansas City, MO   Hidden Valley Park 8/8/2013
Laurie, MO Hillbilly DGC 6/29/2014
Gladstone, MO Hobby Hill DGC 9/30/2021
Lee's Summit, MO   Howard Park 9/30/2021
Marshall, MO   Indian Foothills Park - North 7/17/2014
Marshall, MO Indian Foothills Park - South 7/17/2014
Columbia, MO Indian Hills DGC 4/25/2014
Kansas City, MO   Kessler Park (Cliff Drive) 6/14/2013
Pleasant Hill, MO Lake Shore DGC 7/11/2013
Lee's Summit, MO   Legacy Park 8/19/2012
Raytown, MO Minor Smith / Southwood 9/30/2021
St. Joseph, MO Missouri Western 8/3/2013
Gladstone, MO Old Pike Country Club 7/19/2018
Smithville, MO Paradise Pointe - Beaver Creek 6/23/2016
Smithville, MO Paradise Pointe - Blackthorn 6/23/2016
Smithville, MO Paradise Pointe - Woodhenge 6/23/2016
Raymore, MO Recreation Park 5/20/2016
Platte City, MO   Riverview Park 8/13/2013
St. Louis (Florissant), MO Sioux Passage - Original 5/22/2014
Kansas City, MO Swope Park 9/30/2021
Kansas City, MO   Swope Park - Old Layout 8/18/2012
Kansas City, MO   Water Works Park 6/27/2013
Blue Springs, MO Wilbur Young Park DGC 7/21/2013
Liberty, MO William Jewell DGC 7/17/2013
Independence, MO   William Yates Sprint DGC 7/21/2013
37 Course(s)
Omaha, NE Seymour Smith Park 10/17/2022
1 Course(s)
New Mexico
Las Vegas, NM New Mexico Highlands University DGC 4/30/2023
1 Course(s)
Pennsylvania
Lancaster, PA D. F. Buchmiller Park 6/30/2018
Tarentum, PA Deer Lakes Park 5/13/2019
York, PA Samuel S. Lewis State Park 6/30/2018
Pittsburgh, PA Schenley Park 5/10/2019
4 Course(s)
South Carolina
North Augusta, SC Hippodrome Complex - Headrick Hills 4/17/2014
North Augusta, SC Hippodrome Complex - Hogback 4/25/2014
North Augusta, SC Hippodrome Complex - Moody Woods 4/17/2014
North Augusta, SC Hippodrome Complex - Old Glory 4/18/2014
Burnettown, SC Langley Pond DiscGolfPark 9/30/2021
5 Course(s)
Virginia
Lynchburg, VA Liberty University - East 9/20/2018
1 Course(s)
Wisconsin
Oak Creek, WI Abendschein Park 9/30/2021
Milwaukee, WI Brown Deer DGC 9/30/2021
Brown Deer, WI   Brown Deer High School 10/13/2021
Mequon, WI   Concordia University DGC 11/8/2021
Milwaukee, WI   Dineen Park 9/30/2021
Milwaukee, WI Doctors Park 10/22/2021
Milwaukee, WI Dretzka Park 9/30/2021
Milwaukee, WI   Estabrook Park 9/30/2021
Mequon, WI   Homestead High School 10/22/2021
Racine, WI Johnson Park 10/18/2021
Grafton, WI Lime-Kiln Park 9/30/2021
Reedsville, WI Rollin Ridge 10/23/2021
Greendale, WI Root River Parkway DGC 9/30/2021
West Bend, WI   Sandy Knoll - Anfänger 11/21/2021
West Bend, WI Sandy Knoll - Original 11/21/2021
Germantown, WI   Spassland DGC 11/3/2021
New Berlin, WI Valley View Park 11/6/2021
Sussex, WI Village Park 12/13/2021
19 Course(s)