Lone Jack, MO 
James A. Jackson Park Share
Uploaded By: Surge5 Hole #3 (Taken 11/2020)
3 / 275ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #3 Tee Sign

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Glad to see a new course

1    12/28/2020   12/28/2020
Review By: kp_1024
Played: 147  Reviewed: 87  Exp: 10.9 Years
This review was updated on 5/10/2022
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: James A. Jackson is a fairly new course with good tee pads, decent signs on every hole, and good baskets and even benches. It's always easy to tell where the next tee and basket are, and it's a solid place to have a quick round.

There aren't many obstacles, but they do a good job blocking certain lines on some holes. The variety is there on the first four holes to have both left-to-right and right-to-left holes, which isn't easy given the land there was to work with.

Even though the area is mostly flat, there is some soft elevation that will make distance control and distance perception tricky. There's just enough distance to force most people to bust out their drivers, making this a decent warm-up course if nothing else.
Cons: Every hole is pretty open, and the last five holes have pretty much nothing in the way other than some grass. Only holes 1 and 4 are holes that have significant trees, and even then, there's a lot of room for error.

The rough looks like it can get a little tall. It's still easy to find discs most of the time, but it is annoying to walk through if your accuracy isn't on point. There's enough grass now that mud isn't an issue, but it wouldn't take long for the grass to be too tall. It looks like the fairways that are mowed shorter are pretty narrow, so putts from tall grass might be common.

Because of the distances and lack of obstacles, many holes become tweener holes really fast for some skill levels, with drives difficult to put in putting range but easy to put in upshot range. While it's not a horrible beginner course, some more variety would give more scoring opportunities for everyone.

You have to walk a bit to the south from the parking lot to get to hole 1, then walk back from a different direction from hole 9. As a result, since there's no practice basket, there's not an easy place to practice putting before your round. If you're playing multiple rounds, it'll be another long walk to get back to hole 1.
Other Thoughts: Looking around, there are several trees that don't come into play at all. They could have been used, just weren't. A treeline blocks right-to-left shots on holes 3 and 4, but if the tees were closer to it, the holes would be much better. However, there are property lines to stay away from, and some of the other trees are on top of muddy areas.

While there is not a whole lot exciting about this course, it is good that the city spent some money on nine tees and baskets, and since there is some legitimate distance here, gives it an advantage over some other niners. It just doesn't have the challenge to give it a higher rating. Hopefully some trees are planted soon.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful.

 Giver her a rip!

2-4    11/28/2020   12/1/2020
Review By: BigRedRocker
Played: 13  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 7.7 Years
8 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: NEW Course! (2020)
This is the newest course in the area, while still under development it's got nice new Veteran baskets from Dynamic Discs, concrete tee pads, and benches at every hole.
This is a pretty open course, one I'd label more on the grip and rip side. There are a couple shorter holes around 250', but a lot of these are right around the 300' mark with 2, almost 3 in the 400' range.
Cons: There is no signage telling you where hole #1 is from the parking lot. You'll have to walk well beyond the South end of the parking lot, there you'll see a bridge. After the bridge there is a sign pointing to the #1 tee pad on the left.
The last 4 holes don't have tee signs, but they're relatively easy to navigate.
Mud! - So much mud when we went to play. (Don't wear shoes that you care about)
Other Thoughts: This course has great potential, and is off to a pretty good start. Most holes have very little in the way for obstacles. The hardest part is the distance, and keeping your disc out of the rough. On the note of the rough, as long as it is maintained and doesn't get too overgrown this will be a nice course to hit up now and again.
Don't let the naysayers turn you away from giving this one a try, especially if your itching for a grip and rip course.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful.

 Needs Work

1    11/27/2020   11/30/2020
Review By: Surge5
Played: 131  Reviewed: 130  Exp: 8.7 Years
This review was updated on 1/5/2021
12 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Brand new DD Veteran baskets

Nice concrete pads.

Benches at most holes.
Cons: The pads are a little small.

Only the first 5 holes have tee signs, and the distances on them are rough estimates.

The first tee is a good 1000ft to the west of the parking area.

The next tee is always easy to find, but they are sometimes too close to the previous basket

With the park being so open and the way the course sits on the hills, wind will always be an issue. Knowing that, the holes here are needlessly long. A very decent (dare I posit, maybe even better) course could have been made with shorter holes.

Other Thoughts: To get to the first tee, you'll have to walk through some dirt/mud for about 1000 feet before you get to the course sign, which points right to the first tee.

Holes 3-5 are the highlight. 2 and 6-9 are just baskets in a field.

I know this is a course in development... well, it needs a lot of it. I can't yet tell if there's a plan to plant any trees or add holes, since the park is being developed, too. If it stays as-is I won't be making the drive out there and I wouldn't recommend it unless you like watching the wind blow your disc away. Way away.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful.

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