3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Swope Park is a good landscape for disc golfing, and the layout is pretty easy to follow. It has versatility, with multiple pin locations on all holes. There are also multiple tees on a few of the holes. The tees are all concrete, and very roomy. They each have good signs that are very clearly numbered, and give pin locations and distances. The baskets are in good condition, and they have numbered flags atop most of them. Flags are red on the front 9, and yellow on the back. There are plenty of benches and trash cans along the way.
I really enjoy this type of terrain. Elevation changes are in play almost constantly, and are usually very considerable. The trees are mature, and the layout does a nice job weaving through them to give different looks. Not dense woods by any means, but enough branches to take you out if you fly to high, or miss the line. There are patches of OB on a few holes, marked by circles of rocks around low spots that can hold water. A couple of the holes are near enough to roads that you may wind up OB if you overshoot.
I thought hole one is a nice lead off hole. The tee is elevated, and the fairway is lined on both sides by large trees. The middle of the course is loaded with similar holes with big elevation changes working around the mature trees. Holes five through fifteen are really fun, and plenty of opportunities for birdies, depending on the pin positions.
Cons: Some of the holes are a bit close together, and on a crowded day other groups could cause delays during a round. Not the most challenging course technically.
Other Thoughts: Swope is a nice park, and the redesign was done really well. Confines are a little tight, but very much worth a visit. More fun than difficult, similar to Water Works but not quite as extreme.
I like this course pretty well. A lot of birdies out there, if you make good drives on a consistent basis. I shot even par on my first round. 6 birdies, 2 bogies and 2 double bogies. Went OB twice and the penalties led to the double bogies. The wind was not blowing really hard, but it was moderate, and it takes some line drives with the right disc to get where you want to go.
I almost had the skip ace on hole 12. My drive barely cleared the brush directly in front of the pin, bounced and hit the top of the basket and chains on the left side. It didn't stick for me, but I did get the easy birdie putt. The drought continues.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Maybe next season...
Pros: Full 18 hole course!
concrete tee pads
good use of elevation changes
and a decent change of long/short holes.
Cons: The day we went it was absurdly windy, so your discs would act rather unexpectedly.
It was rather easy to lose your footing and take a tumble down the hills or step in a mud hole with all the leaves that had fallen off the trees.
Other Thoughts: This was one of the best courses I've played. Hopefully, I'll get to play it again next season, on a calmer day. Totally worth the drive!
1 Helpful / 1 Not
What a course!
Pros: This course is very well maintained. It has many great basket positions and t pads. You can tell that this community has worked really hard to keep this course going and growing as the years past. The course director takes the time to make this course really enjoyable to play and keeps it looking great. Can't wait to play here more!
Cons: It is a little packed in. But due to the lack of land expandability they have done great with the space allotted.
Other Thoughts: One of courses that you'll go back time and time again.
Oh and as of 2-7-15 the baskets will all be in long champion position for the remainder of the month. Happy golfing!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Beautiful Design, Fun Course
Pros: The layout of the course was extremely intuitive. The course has a lot of variation in elevations with a handful of ACE opportunities, and almost every hole has a line for solid Birdie chances if played correctly.
I think that playing this course for the first time in late fall was actually the best time to get on it because I could imagine that there would be a lot of weedy overgrowth and mosquitos near some of the creeks during July/August. But today, it was great- other than just a little bit muddy in a few areas- but we just had two solid days of rain, so that was expected.
Cons: #13 was kind of swampy, and the walk up the hill to #16 was really muddy due to someone allowing the water run from the park faucet... but that has nothing to do with the course, just a mistake made by someone playing.
Other Thoughts: This course was pretty, I had a great time playing it today- even though we barely had light by the time we hit #17. People at this course were great!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very well manicured when we played - the grass had just been mowed and from what I could tell this is well maintained due to the size of the park.
Nice elevation changes between holes, nothing too hilly, but enough to make it interesting.
Holes are very well marked and very easy to get from one pin to the next tee pad. I know that is very annoying especially when playing 18 holes or more.
We played in the morning on a week day so wasn't too crowded, but I imagine there is quite a bit of people out here during the week.
Cons: Although it's located in the heart of the park, the surrounding neighborhoods are a little sketchy, but felt very safe during the day time.
With the close proximity of the holes, there are definitely times where if it were busier you may have to watch for an errant throw.
Other Thoughts: Not really a lot to complain about, this park may not have the difficulty of Water Works, but still a great course to play on a semi-regular basis. The front 9 is definitely easier, but the back 9 can give a few challenges with the tight pin locations. Definitely a must play for any regular disc golfer.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Great, fun course
Pros: Well maintained course with sweet, challenging elevation changes everywhere.
Benches and markers everywhere give a nice flow to the course and places to relax if there's a wait.
Cons: Maybe a few longer holes would have been nice but course is excellent as it is.
Other Thoughts: Played here in the 2009 World's. Kansas City probably has the best collection of DG courses in the world and this is one of the main reasons why.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I love this course. It has nice variation in elevation, but it shouldn't wear you out. The tee signs are very nice and clearly marked. It's pretty easy to navigate the course; each hole has a metal number on top of the tee sign telling you what hole it is. Most holes require you to have a controlled drive and dodge a tree or two. This was the first course I played where there were "mandos" in place which makes it interesting. There are multiple pin locations which is nice. The course is pretty well kept up. The tee pads are nice, clean and long. Overall a very fun course. It's also fairly beginner friendly course which is nice. There are a good number of trees, but they can be easily avoided with low drives. There are plenty of holes <350 feet.
Cons: This course isn't in the best part of Kansas City, but I've never had any trouble. I wouldn't stay after dark though. Some of the fairways run right next to each other so if you have a bad throw on hole number 3, it could land on hole 1. It's usually not a big deal though.
Other Thoughts: This course is definitely one of my favorites. It's the first course I went even par (54) on and I don't consider myself a big arm so take that for what you will. My long drives can be 350 feet to give you an idea of how long this course is. I think it's a great course and everyone should atleast give it a try if they are in the area.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Big tee pads allow a big run-up. Baskets have flags on top of them and are really easy to see. Trash cans and Benches at every tee. Large, metal numbers on the signs are easy to see. Signs are also very nice. Multiple tees and pin placements make it a different game every time.
Lots of elevation. Most of it is throwing from the top of a hill to another hill top. On a few holes there are some interesting piles of rock that are O.B. Holes 9,10, and 11 play over a water filled pit (I can't think of another way to describe it).
Cons: Switchbacks get boring after a while. Back 9 is much better than the front. It's very easy to lose a disc in the giant piles of leaves between 7 and 9.
Watch out for people a hole ahead of you...switchbacks make it easy to hit them. Not really any other cons that I can think of.
Other Thoughts: There are bees in almost every trash can during the fall. If hole 13 is in the long position there's a giant cliff 3 ft. past the basket. Restrooms and a water spout around 16. Be careful of the road on 16. I almost got my disc ran over by a car.
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great course with great elevation and use of space, varied holes. Look amazing in the summer/spring, but I'm not sure it would be as appealing in the fall
Cons: some fairways have trees that are just random, which can be annoying. Some interesting people tend to crowd the fairways. Was afraid of getting robbed past 6 at night.
Other Thoughts: great course and one of my favorites, would play again, especially before three in the afternoon. Would never play this or any course on the missouri side at night, or even the kansas side except shawnee and prarie center.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
One of my longtime fav's
Pros: Well maintained, nice variety of holes, can play real long, is easy to get around and usually not so bust you can't play at whatever pace you want. It's so under rated.
Cons: It gets overshadowed since Water Works has come on board.
Other Thoughts: It is really close to the ballpark so when we go down to see the Twins play it's cool to play a round before the game. Really is still one of my favorites.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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