Lawton, OK 
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Good update to Elmer Thomas

2-4    9/23/2019   9/23/2019
Review By: btg53189
Played: 2  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 25.9 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Good mix of long open holes and shorter technical holes
- Better utilization of land than the previous course design
Cons: - Updated course could use a map at the course start or markers to the next pin on each basket
- Course is regularly used by people walking/cycling and plenty of stoppage happen due to the high use of the park
Other Thoughts: This is for the updated course as of September 2019. I haven't played this course in a long time and recently moved to the area. Due to me not being in the area I did not realize the course had changed and ended up finding the fifth hole first. I back tracked the course and eventually found hole one. Which is located across the street/parking area from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

The course has a good balance of technical shorts as (all averaging 300 - 400 ft) to open long par 5's (+800ft). On the front 9 there is many times you have to throw across walkways and bike paths which slows the pace of play. I like how they utilized the area around the lake, but as I was playing alone I regularly had to scout ahead to ensure people were not fishing on some of the blind throws on the back 9.

I look forward to more than likely making this my regular course, and am pleasantly surprised with the update to the course.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.


1    4/19/2017   4/20/2017
Review By: Pizza God
Played: 989  Reviewed: 353  Exp: 33.1 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Tee's are marked fairly well although many of the signs are in poor shape and at least 18 is missing.
You want to work on Distance, this is your course.
Cons: Long holes because there isn't much to work with out here.
Why has no one added inside chains to these old mach I baskets?
Other Thoughts: First off, let me say it was pretty windy the day I played. I wound up throwing my wind driver on nearly every hole.

Nice course map at hole 1, make sure you either take a map with you or memorize a few key places that can be hard to navigate without the map, although there are "next" tee signs in a few spots.

When I play a course, I only play the tee's with the tee signs. Therefor I only played the "Gold" course. I swear almost every hole was about 400 to 500 foot. I am not a long thrower so this means I was putting 3 on most holes. HOWEVER unless you have a drop in, you are going to get a lot of spits and passthoughs. The Mach 1 is not designed for hard putting. I bet I had 9 spits today.

I hate mando's, I have always thought it is because of poor course design. The 2 mando's here are only to make the course a little harder. Although hole 5 is to keep you from throwing over the parking lot. There is zero reason for a mando on hole 7 except to force a turnover shot (for righties)

The real test of a course is if I would ever play here again.

the answer to that question is NO, I see no reason to ever play this course again. I would rather go pitch and putt over at Cameron.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Prairie Dog Welcome

1    11/23/2015   11/26/2015
Review By: air show
Played: 178  Reviewed: 27  Exp: 21.3 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: + 2 First rate 8' by 4' course maps by tee 1 & 10.
+ Natural tee pads and Mach 1 baskets.
+ Informative tee signs give locations and distance.
+ Multiple tee locations for each hole.
+ Elevation changes on most holes.
+ Very easy to navigate.
+ Many bomber holes.
+ Park roadways and walking paths make for interesting O.B.
+ A Prairie dog welcome on hole one.
Cons: - Some natural tees have become rough and uncomfortable to throw from. Just step to one side or the other.
- Very open with distance becoming the only challenge.
- Vacant prairie dog holes can become hazardous so take care.
- Course does not loop back during round.
- Mach 1 baskets were very hard to sink putts on. Had to change putting style to score.
- Park turf was shaggy on some holes.
- Cars driving on roadways may interrupt round at times.
Other Thoughts: Not use to mach 1 baskets made sinking putts very difficult. With a little TLC on baskets, tees, and turf this course would rate higher. If you like airing it out you may enjoy this course. I will probably play this course again on a calm day.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Average Course - Got a Bit Boring

1    10/11/2014   10/12/2014
Review By: Joe6Pack
Played: 34  Reviewed: 18
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Nicely mowed
- Great for airing out some drives
- Plenty of parking
- Decent elevation changes
- Fairly easy to navigate
Cons: - Natural tee pads
- Mostly open and long holes (a bit boring)
- Old single chain baskets with shallow buckets
Other Thoughts: Always nice to have a free course to play, but this one got a bit boring about 9 holes in. Not much variation, just mostly distance shots. Play if you're in town, otherwise not worth an extra drive.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 welcome to the great wide open

1    5/28/2014   6/2/2014
Review By: dreadlock86
Played: 340  Reviewed: 279  Exp: 14 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -design makes use of the nice rolling hills
-long and short tees on each hole
-good signage to help navigate the course, many 'next tee' signs
-a good complement to the other course in town, at Cameron University
-the shorts are still longer than the Cameron U course
-park is clean and mowed
-plenty of parking
-2 course maps, 1 at the start and one at the intersection of holes 9, 10, and 12
Cons: -mostly wide open, distance and OB/mandos are the challenge, no forced lines
-i didn't care much for the mandos, especially hole 7
-natural tees are okay, lots of uneven ground in the fairways, watch for prairie dog holes
-lots of long walks between holes
-many pedestrian paths in play throughout the course
-playground and pavilion in play on hole 14
Other Thoughts: The course at Elmer Thomas park is mostly open and big distance is the primary challenge. The design makes pretty good use of the few trees available and very good use of the rolling hills throughout the park. The short tees are much more accessible for the beginner or rec level player.

I especially liked holes 9-11. Hole 9 has a valley-like fairway with some nice trees, hole 10 is a fun downhill shot, and 11 plays over rolling hills with the lake possibly in play off to the right. The water was pretty low in the current drought conditions so the level had receded out of play. The area from holes 4-5 and 8-12 feature the most elevation changes and include the most interesting holes. The dual tees make the course appealing to a wide range of golfers. The park seems clean and well maintained; the grass was mowed. Navigation is easy with all the signs but there are some long walks between holes. Wind will be a constant factor.

Unfortunately the course plays alongside pedestrian paths almost the entire way through the layout. The park looks like it gets heavy traffic so you will probably have to wait on some holes.

Overall, this course makes good use of the land even though it is a bit repetitive and open. Makes a great complement to the much shorter course in Lawton at Cameron University. I agree with a previous reviewer's comment that Elmer Thomas is like a better designed and maintained version of Woodson Park in OKC.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Tough score, not much fun

5+    2/19/2014   4/19/2014
Review By: berda15
Played: 74  Reviewed: 3
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: From the long tee pads you get to throw as hard as you can on most holes making for some huge bombs and fun shots.
The short pads run around 285-300 average so it can still be a challenge especially in the wind.
Wind is almost always gusting here as there is no elevation and few trees on the course, makes for a good place to practice for big open courses.
Cons: -Dirt pads
-Single chain spitters
-Not many obstacles or obstructed lines
-Walking/running path runs through course

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Open and Windy.

5+    11/25/2012   12/21/2012
Review By: Gabby608
Played: 3  Reviewed: 2
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is very open, and the only places that will test shot placement are the 3 different mandos, only 2 of which are applicable from the red tees, and a tree on hole #9. Wind is always a factor to bump up difficulty, but if you know how to work it you won't have problems. There are some benches to stop and catch a rest on, and there are trash cans to keep it clean. Signage is great for navigational help, and there are restrooms available. I have fun when I go there, although my scores are not very good because I can't throw for any distance. If you need to practice in the wind, then this course will allow you all of it you want.
Cons: The yellow tees are signed and easy to find, but they are really long for many players, and from them par is 55. The red tees are shorter and par is 60. The yellow tee box at 13 has been shortened to approximately 460', but the signage doesn't reflect this. More obstacles could be used, although elevation changes are there. There could also be big improvements made with better tee boxes, and new baskets. Make sure to put your putts in the middle of the chains, and don't force them to hard or you will cut through. There are some long walks from basket to tee, e.g. #10 to #11, and #12 to #13.
Other Thoughts: This course is in a nice park, and it is fun to play. I wouldn't make a special trip to Lawton to play this course, but I would come to play both courses. You can get some more technical shots at the Cameron Universtiy course, and then come to Elmer Thomas to stretch out for some D with about a 10 minute drive between the two courses. Come on down to Lawton, and see what we have to offer.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Enjoyable Course

1    11/1/2012   11/1/2012
Review By: bpartrid
Played: 81  Reviewed: 27  Exp: 9.7 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course is very open and most holes are easily navigated. The course has 2 large course layout boards (1 on each side of the park) to figure out where you are on the course. The holes are very open and long with the intermediate tees giving you ample opportunities at birdies (I scored -7 for the course on my first try). So as a first time it is very enjoyable from the short tees. Each hole has a sign at the yellow tee with distance and hole layout. The course is a round-a-bout around the park that ends back where you started. THE MOST ENJOYABLE PART OF THE PARK ARE THE PRAIRIE DOGS!!! There can be at least 6 prairie dogs around certain baskets; they are everywhere and are very cool to those who have never seen one as quite a few will let walk up very close to them. Overall, the course and park are very fun. Great park as well.
Cons: The tees haven't any concrete pads and the ground is very uneven from where you are throwing. Sometimes the red tees are difficult to see (didn't find one of them and played from the yellow). The baskets are pretty worn down and there aren't many chains on the baskets, which will spit out some good shots/putts if not hit in the middle (one of mine went in and out). As said by a previous review, the yellow tees are fine except for the fact that they are long with only one hole a par 4 (rest are 3s). This definitely makes the pro tees extremely difficult to shoot under par (not fun).

Side note: It may be pretty enjoyable to more advanced players by playing the pro tees while using the red tees' par for each hole and the whole course.
Example: some holes have red tees playing par 4 while the yellow are par 3, so you would throw the hole from the yellow but play it as if it were a par 4.
Other Thoughts: very enjoyable park and course overall. kids can play here and you can jog or ride bike around. if you are around this area, play this course.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Prarie Dogs and a Lakeview

5+    11/15/2011   11/21/2011
Review By: elOso22
Played: 24  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 9.7 Years
This review was updated on 9/21/2012
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The park has a variety of shots and good elevation changes. Much of this large park is utilized so there are hilly holes, grassy holes, holes near the road, holes that are isolated away from everyone else in the park.

Local players are very helpful. Many of the players from Lawton also have a good knowledge of other Oklahoma course and those in north Texas, so these players are an invaluable resource for a new player or a player new to the area.

The course has two maps on the course and the tees are laid out pretty clearly. The signage is excellent and when the next tee is several hundred feet away (hole 13,17,18) there are signs pointing disc golfers in the right direction
Cons: No concrete tee pads. The red amateur pads (a wooden board) are difficult to see since the paint id chipping/fading and the red color is often hard to see in the dirt.

The terrain can be uneven and footing is sometimes tricky. Additionally, prarie dog holes are a concern on the majority of holes, though the prarie dogs themselves are actually a very cool plus, not a bother at all.

Joggers/walkers sometimes interrupt shot, especially on holes 2, 3, 5, 13, and 15.
Other Thoughts: This is the course I've played the most and I like it. For newer players, it is challenging. A lack of trees is difficult for experienced players (including soldiers from Ft. Sill) to get used to if they've played more wooded courses, but the course is interesting still.

The course is long, even from the amateur tees, and it's a good course to learn how to throw your discs (by just airing them out). I imagine that big arms absolutely love this course.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.


1    10/1/2011   10/3/2011
Review By: Okdiscgolfer
Played: 39  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 11 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Nice layout and flow
Cons: Natural tee pads are pretty uneven, baskets are old with only a single set of chains, very easy for a disc to pass thru chains when putting.
Other Thoughts: Course could be something special with new baskets as well as poured tee pads. Dual tee locations make for a great change to the same hole.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

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