15 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Higginsville packs a well manicured course in the state park which stays out of the way of other park activities nicely. Bright white DisCatchers and concrete tees are the fixtures, with tee signs obviously on the way with the ground markings.
A decent amount of water threats on the back half set this course apart from the rest. Going directly across on 13 and 18, lurking near or behind the greens of 9 and 12, or all the way down the left side of 16 and 17, it'll be happy to eat your disc for good if you aren't careful.
Some elevation is present, most noticeably on 8, 9, and 12... but those are all downhills. The less noticeable uphills throw down the tougher challenges on 1, 6, and 18.
There are good tree challenges and bad tree challenges. This being the pros these are the good ones: the big tree in front of the pin of 1, the two positioned to perfectly guard the forehand line on 3, and the fairway trees of 8, 9, and 14 make solid challenges.
There are multiple pin spots poured for each hole. I only saw 2 on each, but I wouldn't be surprised if there was a third hiding on some holes.
Cons: The poor tree challenges: too low of a ceiling on 6, and random clumps that don't add much challenge on 11 and 17.
Playing close to the road all through the park. 3, 4, 8, 12, 15, and 18 all are quite close to it, but luckily it's a one-way loop which cuts down on the traffic. Unfortunately, there's only one parking area so everyone who comes through will have to use the entire loop at some point.
Hole 12 is a very soft par 5. Even an average player like myself can take advantage of the downhill drop to bite off 450+ feet off the tee, and the trees on the green don't do much to prevent a chance at the 3 being pretty common.
Holes 5 and 18 (even with the water) just have nothing really going for them. A strange contrast to the rest of the course, as is walking all the way back down the fairway of 3 to play 4.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this course is definitely worth making the drive off of I-70 for. It sits in a quiet park, it's well manicured, and it never tries to do too much with itself. The designers managed to pull off some quirky holes while keeping good disc golf holes at the forefront of the design. It's a fun course that is accessible to most, but keeps the challenge up well. My only advice would be to add some shorter tees on the water carry holes so those are accessible for newer arms.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful.
Join Disc Golf Course Review
for free to add your review. Have an account already? Sign In
to add a review.