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Pros: The course at Emporia State University (is it Wilson Park? Is it Hornet Hills? I don't know) makes a fine course out of a small area. Tricky lines and great use of mature trees brings the level of difficulty up even with the short distances.
As with most of the Emporia courses, concrete tees, tee signs, and DD Veterans are all present and correct. Hole 1 actually tees from the asphalt and it's unclear which side to go from, but it just opens up more options, I say.
Tricky tree placements are the top challenge. Hole 1 has a clump of three to beat that are just wide enough to make you second guess your shot, 3 has a backhand and forehand line, 6 is a blind right-finisher, 8 also makes you pick left or right, and 9 has a wall of thin trunks that you either have to pierce or throw a pretty sharp hyzer around.
The fully wooded holes - 5 and 7 - are probably the best holes. Both are very thin off the tee and require a precise throw to have an effective putt. 7 has the cleaner green, while 5 has trees the complete way down the hole making even 20-footers a bit more hairy than normal.
Cons: The potential of a shot leaking onto the road exists on 3, 4, 5, and 7. Not the worst thing in the world but it's definitely possible. An overcooked shot could also fly into the basketball courts behind hole 2.
Hole 4 is supremely meh. A wall of trees on the right, some boulders in the way of the pin, but close enough that a 5-year-old could make the putt if they hit them. If they were a little farther back it would make sense, but now the play is to hit the rock then make the putt. Just don't go long or you'll be wading in chest-high grass.
Other Thoughts: This course is on a college campus so parking may become tough to find at times.
This is a solid 9-hole that's absolutely worth a stop. No real failures by the design team, only stuff caused by the land itself. Well made and well maintained, it's a "short game" course that really causes you to stop and think before making a move. If you're looking to cap off a day in Emporia with a short course, this is the spot for you.
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