Good For Beginner
Pros: I have only been playing for about a month, but have already played several course in the KC area and I think this offers those new to the game a great place to learn, but is difficult enough to be a challenge to my more experienced friends. Course is usually not very crowded compared to others. Playground near the first tee for my kids to play around on while I warm up. Some elevation but not too much that younger kids can't walk it. Plenty of chances to make runs at the baskets on the tee shots.
Cons: Rather short and not many tunnel or real demanding tee shots. Water on #1 comes into play for shorter throwers and #2 for longer throwers. Not much variety in basket locations. Long postition of #9 makes the hole long and boring.
Other Thoughts: Overall I really enjoy the course. It is usually in good condition, baskets are nice, tee pads are nice.
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Kangaroos, Zebras, and Orangutans…OH MY!
Pros: This is a nice lake course that does not get the water too involved. There is some slight elevation here and mostly wide-open type holes. Some of these holes use multiple pins. I liked #5 that had the lake right behind the basket and hole #13 with its short tunnel drive. Navigation is not a problem as long as you remember to cross the entrance road after hole # 11. The cement tees are in great shape. This park is well maintained with a picnic area, a playground, and a nice view of the lake.
Cons: There are only maybe 2 challenging holes on the course, otherwise the straight shot is al that is needed. There really isn't much variation in hole length and this place really needs more trashcans. The tee signs and the map/sign by #1 needs updated.
Other Thoughts: The Fun Factor isn't much to get excited about. I enjoyed the area and all the geese running around. This is a nice course with beautiful surroundings and I did liked that it wasn't a busy place. If I were close by I would probably stop and play it again.
Here's the story to explain the title of this review. I kept hearing a broken police siren sound coming from a barn across the street from hole 10. I was creeped out, because I knew it was coming from an animal and I have been hearing the sounds since hole 6. So, as I was looking around I saw lamas, goats, ostrich, and oddly enough even camels over there in the yard. This is not totally crazy, but certainly odd. However that sound has got me really curious. Finally, I looked up above a barn and saw a small portion of a cage and got s glimpse of the source of a sound. Orangutans! There is some kind of privately owned animal sanctuary here. I ended up seeing kangaroos, zebras, and chimps too.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Well maintained course alongside a picturesque city lake. New DGA baskets with flags on the top to make for easy spotting. Great for beginners up to intermediate level players. Second pin positions which have been added in the last year incorporating the woods better have added some challenge. Flow is very logical, but remember to cross the road into the gated area after Hole 11. Lacks a lot of the crowds you will find at some of the city courses.
Cons: Many of the holes are just sort of boring short. Pro and advanced level players will find many of these holes entirely underwhelming as they can easily be parked for a birdie. For a course that borders water, I found the water threat to be easily avoidable except for Holes 1 & 15 (may have something to do with being a lefty). Course does have some muddy spots including a swampy area on Hole 17. Course map sign at the start needs to be updated. The hole signs, while neat, don't show the exact location of where the pins are, so you may need to walk forward on a few holes to see where to aim.
Other Thoughts: This course was built with recreational play in mind, and it serves that purpose well. I first played Pleasant Hill a couple of years ago, not long after it first went in, and the new layout and added positions are a considerable improvement.
The course was reconfigured after complaints of discs going onto adjacent private property surfaced. While the new layout has improved things. There is still potential for this to happen, so be careful not to throw OB on these holes, and if you do, don't go onto that land trying to retrieve your disc.
I can't call Lake Shore a must play with all the excellent KC area courses around, but if you're looking for something between KC and the Lake of the Ozarks area, this one is decent.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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Lake sure makes it pretty
*The lake makes this course. I love the beauty of water, and it's in play on 4 holes, but visible on many other holes throughout the course.
*Every basket has a big flag with the hole number on the top! That's a really cool addition.
*For added variety 10 holes feature long basket positions.
*Elevation changes- there are lots of hills, with mostly all up or down shots, but the elevation changes are mild. 2 Flat/ 8 Up/ 8 Down
*Wildlife- there was a raccoon just sitting on the 15th fairway, sunning himself in mid-afternoon. He placidly watched me go by.
*Nice metal tee signs with maps.
*Map available online.
-As is true of most courses with multiple basket positions, it would help to implement a simple marking system to show which layout the baskets are in.
-Terrain variety is low (1 Grass/ 17 Mixed), so the holes can seem kind of similar after a while.
-Length variety is rather low. The mixed layout that day had 9 of 225-299/ 7 of 300-399/ 2>400. Suitable for people who throw 300-350 ft.
-Other than the online map there are few amenities. No score card, no warm basket, no message board. There were a few benches and trash cans, though.
Course Level = White (most suited for Intermediate players rated 875-925)
Course Difficulty: 4 (out of 10)
The course is mostly nice grass with scattered trees and foliage; it's more wide open than I generally prefer
My favorite hole: 14. Nice fairway with a long, fun, downhill hole. Very scenic with the lake down the hill on the left.
This was a nice, average course. It's not a destination course, and it's kind of far from Kansas City, but there were certainly some pleasant hills near a lake shore.
NOTE: Look in the "Links/Files" section for my files with Hole-by-hole evaluations, and a more detailed Overall review. You can also read more of my reviews and rating notes at the Yahoo Group, DG Course Reviews
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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Worth a day trip...
Pros: Great setting
Good use of available space
A couple of challenges with trees/obstacles/water
Multiple pin placements on some holes
Easy to navigate
Good park grounds to make a day of it with a BBQ, etc
Cons: Some of the holes were not very challenging and a little redundant...but this is more a result of availble space and having to design around public usage areas, so it's not that big of a negative...the designers did a good job
A couple fairways overlap, so you have to be attentive if it was busy/crowded...there were a few beginner groups playing the day I played, but it wasn't too bad
Other Thoughts: This is a little bit of a drive from the KC metro area, but I think well worth the trip, especially if you bring some food and make a day of it...great park...
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Beautiful environment. Decent if uninspired holes. Water comes into play on a couple of holes.
Cons: Not the most challenging course, and the picnic crowd could become difficult on busy summer weekends.
Oh, and bring the bug spray.
Other Thoughts: I played this course at sunset as the last course of a two-day KC trip. It was a fun course to end with, great vibe, and the education exotic animal farm on the property was pretty cool too.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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