Pros: Nice tees with great mapping
Nice baskets with minor vandalism
Holes 2-3, 5-10, 12-17 are almost completely clear of other users
Quiet with Good parking
Easy to find
Many chances to practice accurate tunnel shots
good variation and punishment for lousy throws
Cons: Long walks from hole 3 to tee 4 and from hold 4 to tee 5 are confusing based on the maps
Hole 1 plays past 2 shelters, one playground, and through one playground
Hole 18 plays across a road past 2 parking areas, 3 picnic tables, 2 buildings, and 2 shelters
Holes 4 and 11 play across a biking trail
some holes have no viable lanes for aces
Other Thoughts: What a great change from the Rockies! Not that I'm dissing Rocky Mtn DG, but the reality is most of those courses are very grip n rip friendly. Thomas dgc ain't (except for #11), and it makes no bones about it. The holes aren't too long, but whoosh do they penalize inaccurate throws; almost pinball to the point of being funny in a very humble way. I'll be back!
Fun course, huge park
Pros: * Long shots
* Tight woods
* Requires a variety of shots (not everything is straight/hyzer)
* Huge beautiful park
Cons: * Hole 1 fairway very close to playground
* Lack of marking to find next tee
* Long walks to some tees (3-4, 4-5, for example)
* No elevation changes
Other Thoughts: Considering this is right off the Interstate in the middle of Kansas, I was stoked to find such a nice course so accessible. I struggled from time to time to find the tee pads, and sometimes the map I used had the pin/hole reversed, which cost me even more time, but overall I really enjoyed this course. The park stretches way back and opens up to some pretty views for 5-8 (especially at sunset), while still having tightly wooded shots back there. Fun course
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Pros: - good concrete tees
- good baskets
- decent tee signs that give all the info you need except par
- tons of technical holes through trees along with some fun long holes that are a little more open
- large variety of distances with shots ranging from 225 to 600 feet
- this course with challenge you to throw every type of shot you have
- beautiful park, that really puts you in nature
Cons: -the course could be a little easier to navigate, a few arrows here and there would go a long way
- considering some of the distances and tight lines on this course, it would be nice to have pars on the tee signs.
- hole one plays right through a playground
Other Thoughts: A real quality course and with some new signage could be one of the best courses in the state.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Excellent mix of long and short holes and not too much of the same thing. Love the corridor shots. Very nice tee pads. Two pin placements at all but one hole keeps the course from getting stale.
Cons: The occasional fallen tree or homeless vagrant. As others said, a bit of a walk to some holes. Bugs can be pretty thick in the summer months.
Other Thoughts: Playing here will make you a well rounded player. I view it as a top 10 course in Kansas.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Takes time to grow on you
Pros: This course is well maintained and the tee pads are plenty long and ample. Signage is relatively new and informative.
The flow of the course is logical and the Discatchers work great.
There are low ceiling shots here as well as tunnel shots and both dog leg L and R holes.
Good mix of short, moderate, and longer length holes.
Good technical challenging holes on 5-10 and the tunnel shot on hole 2 is one of the best that I've seen.
You can air out a drive on holes 4 and 11.
Multiple pins on many of the holes to give you a different look and to keep things from stagnating.
Many of the holes have a good amount of risk/reward to them and will challenge your shot shaping abilities and test your mental toughness as well.
There are trashcans and benches here and there on this course.
Cons: The long walk from 3's basket to 4's tee and 4's basket to 5's tee slow the flow of the round down a bit. Also having to backtrack on hole 11 so you can cross the ditch(if you choose not to navigate up and down the ditch) takes a bit of time as well.
Graffiti on the new signage is an absolute outrage.(see hole 12 for example!!!) People and parks departments spend quality time, money, and effort to provide the public with these nice facilities to be enjoyed by all and some @**hats go out and destroy public property. This is inexcusable and needs to stop!!!
Other Thoughts: This course will test your accuracy for sure. You will need a good overall game, and on many holes you will need to re think your approach in order to score well. Grip and rip players will think this course is unfair as will newer players to the game. Good thing that Salina has 2 park style 9 holers across town that will be more to their liking. Players that are just starting out or are new to the game can learn to play at the Lakeside courses before stepping up to this technical course.
Overall this is a very solid course that will make you work on all aspects of your game. If you were to master the shots on this course IMO you would be a very solid disc golfer.
Highly recommend playing this course if you are anywhere near Salina or are passing through the area. If you like a course that provides a good challenging round that will constantly keep you on your toes then this course is for you.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Tough, Tight Fairways
Pros: -Teepads: All are large and in excellent condition
-Baskets: Innova Discatchers are great baskets, all are in great shape, and they are easy to see from a distance
-Signs: Signs are easy to read, informative, and make navigating the course easy
-Variety: The course provides you an opportunity to throw all the shots in your bag
-Maintenance: All fairways were well mowed, and the course is generally well kept
Cons: -Lack of flow: Many walks between holes are very long, and it is difficult to navigate if you are not paying very close attention to the signs
-Trees: The trees are extremely dense, and nearly all the holes are tight tunnel shots that feel nearly the same
-Layout: The first tee and last pin are nowhere near each other, and convenient parking is not near either of these
Other Thoughts: A very difficult course to score well on. If you get off the fairway, it is tough to get back for a good score. Slightly confusing to navigate the course on a first visit, but well worth the trip
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Great stop on I-70
Pros: First on a through trip from KC to Denver just a quarter mile off I-70. Teepads were large and plenty of space to run-up. Innova baskets nice and bright. Tee signs were fantastic, great tee view and overhead map view. Take a look at the tee sign and you will find your way around the course just fine. This course was very challenging nice tight holes were you will have to be nice and creative. Great opportunity to use lots of different shots.
Cons: Not a whole lot of elevation change but the tight holes make up for that.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed this course. Would love to play every time i travel to denver and possibly on the way back
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Goes great with a 4 loko
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Pros: Great wind cover in the normal Kansas days
Cons: The mooney tree is huge and makes it tough to drive it deep on hole 6. Huge wingspan always helpful when reaching around the larger trees
Other Thoughts: People immune to poison ivy will enjoy the course more.
2 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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What a challange!
Pros: First and foremost the biggest pro is the challenges that this course present. Many shots are tunneled in between and underneath trees. This course was clean and well kept in all areas (open and wooded). It was fairly easy to navigate and the maps on the signs at each tee box helped immensely with that. There were nice restrooms available here as well. Also, there was a great mix of short to long holes (200' to 475') at Thomas Park. And lastly, it was great to play in the wooded area most of the day, then pop out of the woods here and there (1, 4, 11, 15, 18) to play some more open holes. Great design.
Cons: If you do not pay attention to the signs at each tee, you will lose your way from time to time, but other then that, fairly easy to navigate.
Some of the holes started to feel the same as previous ones, but not too often.
Also, there were a couple of holes (and #14 in particular) where there was no path through at all.
Very tight and challenging, so course is easily frustrating for beginners.
Other Thoughts: This course is a must play for any passing through. It is not far from I-70 and very easy to find. I can honestly say that this is one of the very most challenging courses I have yet to play!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Hidden gem just off I-70, with woods!
Pros: Good intermediate to expert level course. Dense woods on both sides of 13 of the 18 holes make this a rare wooded treat in mostly open central Kansas. Big spacious tee boxes. The great part is that each tunnel is just a little bit different. Excellent signage with distances, photos and diagrams. While this is a multi-use park, there is rarely interference from other activities. Hardly ever crowded. The diagonal shot over the drainage ditch on Hole 11 is big fun. The occasional open holes (4, 11, 15) after a few holes of dense woods offers nice variety, before returning to the woods.
Cons: Beginners are going to have a very frustrating round here (see the review of the guy who gave it a 1.5) as this course is a radical departure from the open park golf most casuals around here are used to. Course will cause some orientation problems for first timers. Namely between holes 4 & 5, and between 15 &16. (Note: there are next hole indicators on the tee signs). Holes 5 through 8 are packed pretty tightly, and people standing on 6's teebox could get a shot coming in from someone on Hole 8 who can't see them. Not much in the way of elevation or water.
Other Thoughts: Thomas is a great contrast to the more standard park golf at Lakewood across town, and has served a need for more wooded courses in the area. Unlike a number of rushed new course installations I've seen recently where everything was put in at once, the Salina club took great patience in installing permanent tee boxes here to make sure things turned out right.
Not just a must play, but probably one of the top five courses in the state, and just a hop and a skip off of I-70. If you like them wooded and challenging, this will be up your alley.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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