A gem in the rough
Pros: -fun layout on an interesting property; has woods, water, and minor elevation changes
-lots of different shots required, lots of low ceilings on the wooded holes
-has a great mix of open and wooded shots; most of the wooded shots are shorter and the open holes are mostly longer
-grippy, concrete tee pads, some trapezoidal-shaped but not uniformly pointed toward the basket; i found the extra space useful either way
-some of the alternate pin positions looked really cool; i wish i had been able to play the long basket on hole 2
-i really enjoyed the water carries at the end of the course; fun way to end the round
-wooden posts marking the tees, they do have the hole number and are mostly legible, not ideal but they help. navigation is mostly pretty intuitive but you will probably need the map a few times
-older but serviceable Mach 3 baskets
-close to I-135, it's not a quick stop at 24 holes but it's a fun round not far off the beaten path
-plenty of parking and tent camping available on-site
Cons: -seems like some of the alternate pin positions are overgrown but the present basket locations were fine
-better signs would give a nice boost to the enjoyment of this course to the traveling player. i didn't have any problems with a pic of the map but i could see how one could easily get off track here. i did, however, need to scout ahead several times
-holes 7-13 are a bit more rough, with longer grass and more dense schule. it's clear that getting a mower back in that area is easier said than done
-did there used to be a route through the trees on hole 3? there definitely isn't anymore
-the hanging basket on 7 is a little too high for this short guy. i didn't toss up my drop in (!) since i wasn't sure i would be able to get it out
Other Thoughts: Camp Hawk is a county park with lots of woods and a creek running through it that swells to a pond near the first 2 and last 3 holes. The course is a little rough around the edges and has that unpolished feel but the holes are fun and challenging and it does have great concrete tee pads on all 24 holes. When I played the baskets were mostly in the red positions, except holes 1, 2, 7, 12, 18, and hole 19 was in the long purple position. There is a variety of longer, more open holes and shorter more wooded holes. There are also longer wooded holes like hole 7, where you cross the creek and the property line on a tight, slightly uphill, left to right fairway to the blue pin position hanging from a tree (which could be a little lower please!) and shorter open holes like 1, 22, and 18 short (the first two having the water in play). I really liked the finishing holes over and around the water, great use of a cool feature. Be careful not to hit people that may be fishing along the water.
Props to whoever looks after this course. It is mostly in really good condition. I'd love to see some fundraiser events or something here to get some new signs. I haven't played Oak Park in Wichita yet but I'd imagine Camp Hawk is one of the best courses in the area. It was a perfect stop for me on a camping and disc golf road trip. Definitely worth playing if you are in the area or just passing through.
**Like this review? Hate it? Message me and let me know why! I want to make them better!**
Great challenging course!
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Layout is amazing! Maybe the most fun I've had at a course so far.
The property is perfect for the course or the course is perfect for the land ((depending on how you look at it)
1. It's away from the city
2. It is very much tucked in the woods and every shot was creatively crafted
Cons: Things to make the course better:
Add signs at tee boxes:
So if you have never played the Hawk before (like me)
Hike it first, find a friend, something 😒
Do not go by yourself (like me)
I had the map on my phone and after 15 minutes of looking for hole 7 (not painted, no signs, and having to go past an entering private property sign) I had almost given up! I had not remembered everyone's review saying it was hanging from a tree 😩 It's a Great hole by the way!
Paint the baskets- some baskets were hard to see till you got right up on them...
Control overgrowth of small trees
Other Thoughts: Unless you're a pro... bring a floating disc
If you a allergic to poison ivy... be very careful in the rough.
Super big high five to the disc golfers that maintain this course!
I wish there were a bunch more people to help you guys out...
With a few upgrades like signs, burning or clearing brush, thinning out some of the trees, and brightly painting the baskets, this might easily be my favorite course in the area!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
The HAWK is a solid play
Pros: All shot varieties are present here from tunnel shots, uphill/downhill, open, long/short/moderate length, dog leg left/right and anything else in between. The course uses the threat of water well especially on holes 1,3, and 22-24.
Tee pads are plenty long and allow for a proper run up. The locals were friendly and allowed me to play through.
The island shots on 22 and 23 were cool as was the tunnel shot on 19. Also the elevated basket on 10 was a nice touch too.
There is plenty of risk/reward present on this course and you will need to hit your lines to score well here. This course will test your mental game as well as your shot making skills.
Hole 10 had some wooden posts used to replace a tree that fell down to make you shape a shot right off the box. This is something that you just don't see every day.
The addition of 6 extra holes allows you to get in 24 total holes or you can just play 18 and call it a round.
Cons: Navigation can be confusing at times especially for the first time player. No signage and some of the post markers are missing or have been uprooted.
Disc loss could easily become reality here especially around the water holes.
Some back tracking is neccessary to get to the next tee, which slows the flow down a bit.
The rough can be thick at times depending on the time of year.
No trash cans or benches at the tees.
No other amenities so plan ahead.
Other Thoughts: If you prefer a nicely manicured city park with amenities then this isn't your type of course. If however you enjoy a course that values shots over frills then the HAWK is where its at. I enjoy this course because all the shots have been accounted for. Also its nice to be out in the woods playing disc golf away from the hustle and bustle.The more I play this course the more it grows on me. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and if you can look past its flaws the disc golf is fun here. My favorite holes were 8,9,19, and 22-24.
If you are in Newton or anywhere close come out and play this course. I think you will like the disc golf that it has to offer.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Decent caliber out in the country course
Pros: Advanced players looking for something more meaty than a city park course will like Camp Hawk, even though some of the holes are short. Decently challenging without being overwhelming (newbs might want to skip the water holes). Has a nice balance of wooded and open with some moderate elevation. Flow is fairly logical. Accuracy is key, esspecially on holes near the creek is. Great for winter time play when the foliage on the trees in down and the creek and ponds are hopefully frozen. With 24 holes, players not wanting to risk losing discs in the ponds can still get a full 18 in by playing holes 4-21 (you still have to deal with the creek). Hole 4's tee right by the parking lot. Grooved concrete tees help prevent slippage. Hole 7 is one of the area's best.
Cons: Some of the downsides of a rustic looking country course, namely lack of maintainence at times. They do mow here, but depending on when you show up, it can get a bit wooly in spots. Lack of tee signs with distances. A few bridges over the creek in disrepair. Some of the holes towards the middle of the course (holes 9-11) can get spongy after a hard rain as can the road getting out there. Baskets can be hard to see on some holes, so walking a hole before you playing it would be advised..
Other Thoughts: They originally had some nice deluxe tee signs here, but those fell into disrepair. Only about one of these is left. Most of the holes now have an old tree branch segment painted orange with the hole number in black. A nice hidden gem just a couple miles off I-135.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
24 different holes
Pros: Good variety of shots and land. Has a dry creek bed, ponds, tight holes and wide open. 24 holes. Cement tees. Several 'peninsula' type water shots at the end!
Cons: Some tee signs broken or missing, yet all marked with #'s. Some thick rough on a few holes, with ivy. Grass wasn't all freshly mowed.
Other Thoughts: Definitely worth playing along with Hutchinson, Salina courses nearby.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Join Disc Golf Course Review
for free to add your review. Have an account already? Sign In
to add a review.