Lufkin, TX 
Kiwanis Park Share
Uploaded By: DesertFox Hole #4 (Taken 8/2015)
3 / 200ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #13 Tee

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 Kiwanis Park

5+    5/3/2014   5/9/2014
Review By: Choade
Played: 4  Reviewed: 4
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Close to home
Cons: They tried their best to make this work but it is awkward at best and if 2 people are I. The park it becomes very crowded.
Other Thoughts: If you want to catch a quick game then this is the place to play just to get some disc time.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Kiwanis=Fun little course

5+    1/20/2014   1/23/2014
Review By: DesertFox
Played: 47  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 5 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 1) Kiwanis is situated right in the middle of the town and is beautiful, especially during springtime! Very peaceful with only a few park patrons coming by to walk/jog, further explained in the Other Thoughts section. The holes make a loop around the park and start and end at the parking lot by the Tulane Road side of the tennis courts.

2) Although most of the holes are on the short side, most have just enough trees to not make every one a straight shot to the basket. Easy enough for the beginners with some challenge for the experienced players. There are two creeks that run down the entire park and have enough presence to make you think twice on some shots, #6/15 and #16 come to mind.

3) The park is maintained and the grass is kept mostly trimmed, while the banks on the creeks are completely mown down every once in a while. Some might say that there should be a tree or a branch cut down here and there but I think it adds to challenge of course. There are alot of shots that will test your mid range/approach game.

4) There are many restaurants in the immediate area to fill your empty stomach. McDonalds, Papa John's and Subway among others are right across the park on Timberland Drive.
Cons: 1) The dirt tee pads will put off most veteran players that are used to nice concrete pads, although they're only really bad in the rain otherwise they'll just dirty your shoes. Nothing too bad but still a Con to most.

2) There are no hole signs on any of the tees and might confuse new players and first-timers to the course. The Main Sign on the course is also out-of-date and needs to replaced with the new layout of the course. I assume it will be eventually but for now it's a Con. Given all of that, it's still pretty easy to navigate around and find your way through.

3) If you happen to chunk a disc in either of the two creeks, there's a strong chance that you will either not be able to see it, or not want to get it because the water quality is suspect some days.

4) The baskets are pretty old Mach 1s, and there are a couple that are bent/damaged. #3/12 in particular is tricky to putt, but is still possible to make them in there.
Other Thoughts: Like stated in the summary Kiwanis is designed to be a "Junior/Recreational" Course with some challenges and OB to keep it from being too easy. Don't expect it to be a world beater or it will let anyone down, it's made to be what it is and it's exactly that.

Also, it's been redesigned to be more safe for the park patrons as before with the old course there were a couple of holes that went straight through the more busy parts of the park, but that has been addressed with the redesign.

There really isn't a strong need to carry distance drivers on Kiwanis, one could make due with just putters mids and fairways. While Kiwanis isn't very long both distance and time wise, it's always helpful to carry less discs and help your shoulder/back out!

Final Thoughts: Overall Kiwanis isn't a must-play course, but if you're in the area and have an itch to play it's a solid choice. When Morris Frank is completed most will flock there and with good reason, but Kiwanis can be fun in it's own right and I'll keep playing here and enjoy it every time. Don't let the Con section fool you, it's still very much a fun course to play with your buds!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.


1    6/7/2013   6/20/2013
Review By: c_a_miller
Played: 218  Reviewed: 156  Exp: 5.7 Years
This review was updated on 1/29/2015
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is the original course in Lufkin and surprisingly has a big amount of pros.
The course is in a nice park with HUGE trees and the holes are all reasonable distances. Not too long but not too far. Also, no hole is a straight shot, line shaping is necessary. A few shots play over a creek, a deep creek at that. It is a hazard that you would not expect to find at a course like this.

All of the tee posts are still present and the flow of the course is very easy. The majority of baskets/tees can be seen from a single point of the park. If you do get turned around there is a map of the course at the parking lot.
No other disc golfers are out here.
Cons: First and foremost the big con is the baskets. They are small and old and I do not think they are up to current regulations set by the PDGA.

Hole 2 plays near a playground and even the slightest bit off on the shot can put park goers in harms way.

Many of the holes switch back and overlap one another. However, with a course like this that does not see much play it is okay but not real ideal.

I would say that the course could have and should be designed better. I think the land has a bit more potential then what it is sitting at right now.
Other Thoughts: With Morris Frank Park now in Lufkin, this makes Kiwanis Park that much more obsolete. Still, this is a great course to start out at. I have not personally played the new course, but from what I have heard it is much tougher than this one.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

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