Well... the tee pads are nice.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very nice tee pads. Looks like they'll be adding permanent trash cans and benches eventually.
The MachX baskets are a nice touch, even if they aren't my favorite baskets.
Pins get moved pretty frequently.
Temporary tee signs are nice and large, and most even have the (inaccurate) Udisc distances written on them.
Cons: Mowing can be a big issue.
Here's the main issue: 8 of the holes have zero obstacles, and in certain pin spots that number could go up to 10! There's very little uphill and downhill, and the ones that do have obstacles are either easily cleared (an easy forehand line on 9) or massively in the way (basket could be only 15 feet behind a 30 foot wide tree on 3). I wouldn't go so far as to say it's pitch and putt, cause some of the open holes approach 400 feet, but for this to be anything near a "good" course... well, it'll take 10 years for trees to grow up.
If you go a whole round without hearing at least 2 police sirens go by, that's a good round (my record is 6).
Parking can be tough, especially on Saturday nights. Not sure what goes on at the pavillion, but it brings out a lot of the locals who really don't seem to care that you're trying to get through.
Tee signs could easily get stolen as they're the same as political yard signs. The locals seem to leave the course alone, but it could happen.
Other Thoughts: I don't have much good to say about New Swope. It's good I don't have anything to compare it to since I never got out to play the old Swope course, but from everything I hear this is a massive downgrade. The tees and baskets are excellent, but everything in the middle could be labeled downright boring. The elevation changes on 13 and 18 are the only dramatic ones on the course. Overall, there were several better spots in Swope Park to put a course at. It will never be the old course, but this one is really shoehorned in.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
Swope Park misses the mark.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
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.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Unimaginative Course that needs to be mowed
5 Helpful / 2 Not
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.
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.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
At least they replaced the old one
11 Helpful / 1 Not
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.
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.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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