Independence, MO 
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 A Blast for non power players

1    11/27/2010   12/2/2010
Review By: WillCW
Played: 6  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 10.8 Years
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Great techinical course for those of us who are not big throwers. Elevation changes, mandos through the trees, holes hidden behind trees were a challenge that didn't require a 350 foot drive.
Cons: New hole layout for 10, 11, 12 intially difficult to follow, but my son and I figured it out.
Other Thoughts: Can not play while school is in session.

The idea behind the developement of the course is to get kids out and get them some exercise, since the course is built on the elemetary school property.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 This is a “Mini-Me” of a Pro Designed Course

1    3/25/2010   4/6/2010
Review By: Donovan
Played: 267  Reviewed: 186  Exp: 36 Years
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This one was tough to review and this is why. It has many of the things that some really good course have, but on a very short and small scale. The holes are very short on many of the holes even from the long tees. They have done some great thing to this place considering the size and area. This course has woods, wide-open fairways, OB, mandos, elevation, possible water in a little creek like area, some protected pins and a couple doglegs. Many of the holes were fun to play. I enjoyed the double mandos where you had to shoot through a tree with the dual trunks in a big V shape. The wooded holes were really great. It is almost like having a pro course for little kids.
Cons: This course has limited public access due to school. At the time of this review, during school days the course is closed 9am to 4pm. So that basically leaves nights, weekends, holidays, and summer. The holes are very short from the short tees and normal short form the long tees. The long tees were put wherever they could find a spot. You will find many of them on sidewalks and one is even on a basketball court. (see pictures). You could really use a map to find the long tees. One basketball court is within the driving area of hole #14 from the long tee. The chance of hitting someone on #14 long tee should be a concern if people are present. The tee pads are a mix of cement sidewalks, asphalt, gravel, & rubber. There are some nice tee signs, but they are not all up to date as of the time of this review.
Other Thoughts: The Fun Factor here was pretty good. I really enjoyed seeing such a fun design on a small scale. This is in no way a real challenge for the average player, but it was without a doubt enjoyable. It was easy to see why there were so many 3 ratings before mine. If I rated it as a kids only course a 4 would be well deserved. We do not rate course on here as kids or adults only courses. So to give it a 4 or higher would be falsifying how it plays for most people.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful.

 Possibly the best for the purpose anywhere

5+    8/18/2009   3/20/2010
Review By: eupher61
Played: 110  Reviewed: 13  Exp: 20.9 Years
4 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Amazing use of great land--hills, woods, open. Tight alleys demand precision, to teach straight throwing. More open holes at the end allow longer drives. For adults, a great midrange/putter workout. Designed for kids, so that's how it should be reviewed.
Cons: Last few holes are sort of crammed in, but still not horrible. Enough to knock it down from a 5 in my book.
Other Thoughts: The use of mandos, doglegs, and the natural lay of the land is amazing. Possibly the best-designed course, relative to intent and land available, I've seen anywhere. I can't imagine what would be better. This is a MUST PLAY course for anyone, you'll leave with a huge smile! DO NOT TAKE ALCOHOL OR OTHER RECREATIONAL SUBSTANCES ON THIS COURSE. And, PICK UP YOUR TRASH!! But, most of all, have fun with your midrange.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful.

 A Great Little Course

5+    5/9/2009   5/21/2009
Review By: KC Red
Played: 13  Reviewed: 6
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Challenging shots even though they are short.
Course is clean and well taken care of.
Cons: No restroom facilities.
Course closed during school hours (understandably)
Other Thoughts: This is a quick course that provides a challenge for even skilled players. Even though the holes are not long enough to do some serious driving it provides great upshot practice and a chance to put away that driver and take out your favorite mid-range disc.

I would give this course a rating of 5 for kids and beginning players.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 How sweet to have disc golf for PE class!

1    10/9/2008   11/24/2008
Review By: Olorin
Played: 885  Reviewed: 118  Exp: 43.9 Years
This review was updated on 5/27/2011
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Course Level: Green (most suited for kids, short throwers, and players rated 775-825.)
This is an excellent Green level course. The course was mainly built for school kids, so it's most appropriate for them, and it excels for that group. This means, though, that most experienced adult males will find the course way too short, especially from the short tees.
Note: This course was hard to rate. This is the highest rating I've given to a Green level course. If I only rated this course by how enjoyable it is for the intended player level then it would easily be rated a 5. But for consistency in my rating system I consider challenge for an adult male to be an integral part of my rating, so my highest ratings are reserved for more challenging courses, and Green level courses are rated lower.

This is the best 18 hole Green level course that I've ever played! Most Green level courses are only 9 holes anyway. I saw a dad out with his 10 year old daughter and I thought that's what this course is all about. They've put in a great deal of care into the design and a lot of work and resources into the course.
Nice elevation changes! 9 are up and 9 are down. The maximum changes vary from 22 ft down to 21 ft up.
There's a good mix of wooded mixed, and open holes. (Long = 7 Wooded/ 2 Open/ 9 Mixed)
Two sets of tees on 7 holes. The longer tees give more challenge to more experienced players.
Cement Tees.
Tee signs are very good, with lengths and pictures of the holes.
Map- Online aerial map is very helpful.
There's a practice basket near 18's basket, so if no one is on hole 18 you can throw back and forth between them.
Baskets- Lightning DB-5s are a little lower quality.
Other Thoughts:
My favorite hole: 6. Downhill through a tree lined fairway to an excellent green with a creek in front of it.

-By design all of the holes are short. The short tees are 17 of 98-145 ft/ 1 of 176 ft. The long tees are range from 108 to 245 ft with 12 holes in the 100-150 ft range.
-I got a kick out of a 145 ft par 4 hole.
-The school stipulated that holes 12-18 had to be more open so that they could monitor kids in PE classes. (I sure wish that I could've played disc golf during PE in elementary school!)
-Understandably, the course is closed during school hours: M-F 8 am - 4:15 pm

If you know a kid that wants to learn disc golf then by all means take them here. Even if you're an adult who is new to the game, you can still hone your game and learn the fundamentals on an easier, shorter course. I wish that my area had a Green level course like this where my kids could have learned the game on a course designed for them. John Theiss is to be highly commended for designing this great addition to the KC plethora of fine courses!

A note about my rating: My rating is a subjective measure of my enjoyment of the course, on the day I played it, and it is NOT intended to be a measure of the quality of the course. My Enjoyment Ratings are given "on the curve" in relation to all other courses I've played.

Look in the "Links/Files" section for my files with Hole-by-hole ratings and a more detailed Overall review. You can also read more of my review philosophy and rating notes at Disc Golf Course Reviews

12 of 12 people found this review helpful.

 Cool little course

5/21/2008   5/21/2008
Review By: Doktor John
Played: 422  Reviewed: 64  Exp: 34.2 Years
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very well used space
Nice use of elevation
Nice challenging Mandos
Good variety
Requires technical accuracy
Good upshot practice (from tees)
Cons: On school grounds - so closed until after school
Short holes
Can get bottled necked if non-technical players are there...with all the obstacles
Other Thoughts: The reson I rated this kinda high for a short, little course is because it is well laid out given the space to work with...they were able to make it as fun and challenging as possible.
I've been to some courses in similiar settings that have been totally redundant and boring compared to this one.
Unfortunately, this course is "competing" with some awesome courses in the KC Metro area, so if I lived around there I would prefer to make the drive to some of the others...but if I had a restricted time schedule and just wanted to have some fun threading the needle...this course would fit the bill

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

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