3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Legacy Park of Lee's Summit brings together a great disc golf space and a good design that has been well equipped. The grounds are clean and nicely groomed.
Grassy hills with a smattering of medium sized trees that have tangles of branches waiting to suck in any throws that come too near. A creek winds through some of the back nine.
The tees have good signs, that are mapped out with pin locations and distance. Good benches at each tee as well. Concrete tees are sizable, and the baskets are good. The layout circles back to the parking lot after 9 holes, allowing you to stop by your vehicle mid-round, or play half the course easily.
The first hole is a long one, and has many pin locations. I saw 3 sleeves in addition to the one being used. The slope is a little downhill, and trees come into play as you near the basket. I like a course with a good first hole, and this one represents the feel of the park well. Hole 2 has a good bit of fairway that is slightly uphill, and mature trees nearer to the basket. 3 is where the hills show themselves more prominently. it is downhill, and the pin is behind a thick cluster of thorny trees. 4 plays up that hill with two lines created by gaps in a wall of brush in front of the pins. The long pin on hole 7 was in an interesting spot amongst several trees on the side of the hill. My second shot landed close to the pin, under a particularly large tree that might be dead. I threw a short but difficult shot out from under it, feeling nervous that it might fall over on top of me as I listened to it squeaking and swaying in the wind.
The lines on the back 9 are a little more consistently challenging, with bigger hills, more trees and water in play. I really liked hole 12, an elevated tee that looks over a nice avenue to the basket at the bottom of the hill with big old trees on each side. 14 may be the best hole in my opinion. Downhill, with big trees to keep the line tight, and the basket near the creek at the bottom. Hole 17 is long, and the basket is close to a slope that is backed by the creek at the bottom, waiting to catch overshot and rolling discs.
Cons: The walking path is near the first fairway. Right around the first tee the grass was really wet and sloppy. Also patches of muddy grass on the third fairway, but the rest of the course was dry. Watch out for the locust trees that have sharp thorns all over the limbs.
The wind was gale force. I was the only player on the course, because conditions were nearly impossible. Nailed the perfect drive on hole two, but the birdie putt bounced off the chains. I had a few good throws, but there were a lot of discs driven into the ground by the sustained gusts, flipped by the wind, pushed off course, and the short game was UGLY.
I wouldn't mind a few more signs pointing the way in between holes. I did have to stop and check the map a couple of times. Layout is fairly logical, but help would be nice in a few spots.
Other Thoughts: Legacy Park is really good. I wish I was there on a nicer day, but glad I went to check it out still. The park is really nice, clean, and the design does a great job making the most of the terrain. Totally worth checking out if you are working your way around B tier courses in the KC area.
It is pretty lengthy, but the long positions are marked with fair pars, making a lot of par 4's if long pins are used. I was way over par, since the wind prematurely knocked down three quarters of what I put up, and my short throws frequently sailed past the target I was aiming for. In good conditions being at or near par shouldn't be too unlikely, but distance and accuracy need to be on point. Kind of reminded me of the Dam Course in Jefferson City, turned down a half a step.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Honey Locust Trees and a Secret Waterfall
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Concrete Tees and signs at each hole (though Confusing)
- Multiple Pin Locations
- Bag holders at each tee
- Frequent benches on course
- Course Map by parking lot
- Practice Basket
- Permanent Bathrooms
- Playground and Shelter near parking lot
- land is dedicated to disc golf so not too much worry of random people wandering onto fairways
- no significant brush to lose discs in
- moderate use of elevation and trees to shape fairways
Cons: - Tee signs appear outdated, most holes appeared to have 4 pin locations, but signs occasionally only showed two and no way to indicate which location it is in.
- Lots of trees with massive thorns (Honey Locust I believe)
- Fairway grass was kinda long so not great for rollers or skips
- I found navigation to be confusing, if you take a picture of the course map you can easily figure it out.
Other Thoughts: I've played this course in the early spring and in the middle of summer. The course is definitely plays differently in the summer once all of the greenery has grown in. Additionally I played this course a few days after large rainstorms and flooding hit the area and didn't have any problem with mud.
I thought the design of the course was decent but some of that depends on the hole placements when you play it. Trees were used to limit routes and force different shots, however I found that many of the trees seemed younger/smaller and it was really easy to just hyzer your way around them. As these trees grow taller however that will help limit these routes and force more technical shots.
This course is designed for RHBH, I threw only 1 forehand on the course. Some holes played up or down elevation but it just seemed like they used it to extend or shorten holes. You never really played on the side of the hill or had to worry about a putt rolling away from a basket.
As we approached 7s tee pad a husband and wife came from the field to the east soaked head to toe. The wife excitedly told us of a secret waterfall somewhere to the east. The husband was not happy that his wife revealed the existence of a nearby secret waterfall. Come hurry and play this park before the secrets of the waterfall are revealed to all!
The biggest improvements I would appreciate on this course would be improvements to the navigation. Marking on the tee signs the direction to the next tee would be appreciated. Also maybe updating the signs and indicating current tee placement.
Overall this was a very fun course. My family of complete novices were able to enjoy themselves because the rough wasn't too punishing at any point.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Best Course I've Played Yet!
Pros: Very well designed, full 18 hole course.
2 different pin placement option that actually gets changed now and again.
Good variety of long and short holes.
Benches/trash cans next to all the Tee-pads
Cons: Not everything is mowed short. It's relatively easy to overlook a disc in the taller grass.
Hawthorn trees (thorns) EVERYWHERE
Poison ivy occasionally in the brush if you throw a disc too far.
Other Thoughts: This is by far the best and most actively maintained course I've played, but it is also fairly busy. There was a ton of planning and work that went into designing this course, very well done.
I HIGHLY recommend a play through!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
change of pace
Pros: - Concrete tee pads, Discatchers, imformative signs.
- benches, trashcans, and bag holders
- Elevation changes and rolling hills.
- front more open, back technical
- Manicured fairways with thick rough during growing season
- Hole 9 by parking lot for intermission.
- plenty of bomber holes
- clean park with friendly people
- Easy to navigate.
Cons: - park can become busy during prime throwing hours.
- Large shelter by parking lot can result in crowds of people and curious park goers.
- front 9 plays around the parks dept. maintenance shop and becomes aesthetically hectic.
- many blind baskets result in walking fairways in search of target
- Concrete walking path boundarys some fairways so take care.
Other Thoughts: Enjoy throwing this park when not crowded. My biggest con of this course is the number of blind baskets. Being able to see my disc flying toward the target is a wonderful thing. Holes 10 and 11 are my favorite - when course is not busy one can empty the bag going both ways then do it all over again. I throw this course as a change of pace from all the other great courses KC has to offer.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
LSMO's Finest (By Way of Being the Only)
Pros: 1 - Nice park benches and trash cans galore!
2 - Well laid out and marked.
3 - Area of the park the course is in is dedicated to the course.
Cons: 1 - Can get really busy.
2 - Some pretty deep rough that can eat a disc with ease.
3 - No lost disc return.
Other Thoughts: Generally me and my disc golfing buddies consider the front ten the open part of the course, that on a windy day can be a real bear, and the back eight the technical part of the course. The place in the park the course is in is definitely not prime real estate! Also watch out for the locust trees!
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun little gem in Lee's Summit!
Pros: Grass is always mowed, and trash is generally well taken care of.
Benches, concrete tees, and clear, unmarked signs at every hole with bag hangers.
Good range of shots; the first 11 holes are generally fairly open, then 12-18 take you through the woods.
Natural obstacles are used very well. For a beginner, it is challenging but I've never felt overwhelmed or frustrated from playing here. There is a small creek that comes into play on a couple of holes on the back 9 that adds a nice touch.
Everything in good condition, including baskets, tees, grass, etc...also (obviously), the course is in a very nice neighborhood, so no worries there.
Course is fairly long and is laid out very nicely. An excellent way to unwind and relax after a long day at work and enjoy the park.
While part of the course butts up against Colbern Road, the road noise isn't excessive by any means.
As I've played more courses, I'm really coming to appreciate how the fairways don't cross each other and are spaced very nicely. Even though the back 9 is a bit closer, it still doesn't feel encumbered at all. The room is nice and makes this course flow exceptionally well.
UPDATE (2/9): Course has been nicely maintained over winter. I believe 5 is now the only hole that doesn't have multiple pin positions. 9 now has a sharp left dogleg into the trees, 10 and 11 have alternate shorter positions, and 14 now plays over a small creekbed. All excellent changes that really keep the course fresh and are well thought out! Great job Lee's Summit.
EDIT (9/4/14): 5 now also has an additional pin position, farther back. While there are still no alternate tee pads, the city does move the baskets fairly often and many of the alternates do change the par of the hole, which is always good in my opinion.
The terrain variety here is excellent, in my opinion. You have some long hills and wide-open shots, plenty of technical woods, and even some rocky areas on 16-18, which forces you to think about what the disc is going to do when it lands.
The fairways are generally very well maintained, and as stated before, the safe neighborhood is really nice to be in. Trash has been very well under control the last few months.
EDIT (1/30/16): The city has planted multiple trees and appears to be taking great care of this course. The long, tall grass has been mowed down and the underbrush cleared in many spots. Much better to play now.
Cons: This course can get very crowded -- I know this isn't a fault of the course at all, but I've rarely played here where there haven't been several other groups playing as well. Be prepared to wait a lot or get played through.
There is a large maintenance complex right next to holes 1, 2, and 5 with a very high fence, and if you're not careful, an errant drive can easily end up in there. You're technically not allowed to climb the fence to retrieve your disc, so they give you a number to call.
Wear long socks! There's a fair amount of burrs out here and they can get tangled on you if you're not careful.
I'm getting nit-picky here, but there are two large shelters near holes 10-12, and on occasion I've seen partygoers wander into the fairways when there's events. They're usually pretty good about moving, but just be careful so you don't bean some kid in the head with your driver.
EDIT (9/4/14): I've been playing here for over a year now and this is still one of my favorite courses. However, the city does NOT do a great job keeping the rough and brush under control. It can get up over your knees before they finally come and trim it back a bit.
EDIT (1/30/16): It appears LSPR came out this month and REALLY cleaned up the weeds and underbrush. Course is a much better play now!
Other Thoughts: If you're in the KC metro, this course is on the far southeast edge of town. It's a very suburban, quiet setting, and the most noise you'll ever hear is a kids soccer game at the nearby fields. That's a pro for me, but I chalk that up to personal preference, so your mileage may vary.
I absolutely love this course! I'm so glad it's close by and play as often as I can. There are tons of amenities here and the holes can be challenging, but not overwhelming, for beginners.
The 9th hole dumps you right by the parking lot, so if you're running short on time or need to grab something out of your car, it's super easy.
This is one of my favorite courses, but the lack of trimming the rough has gotten ridiculous this summer it seems like. 6-9 are particularly bad about this -- the fairways are pretty tight, especially on 8, and it doesn't take far into the rough for your disc to dig down and hide. Almost every time I've played lately I've seen people searching in that stupid huge patch of weeds to the left of 4/6, and 7 plays over a hill, which forces you to shoot blind in between two huge fields of weeds. The city really needs to watch this a little closer, as several of these holes are challenging already without the added danger of losing a disc in the middle of a field. (EDIT 1/30/16) This appears to be under much better control now.
While the scenery isn't near, say, Water Works Park, it's still pretty and makes best use of what the designer had to work with. I enjoy the rolling hills and trees. Definitely recommend if you're in the area!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
A Fun Place to Throw
Pros: Creature comforts!
High-quality benches at every hole. Informative signs with alternate pin positions, accurate disances, and pars. Bag hangers. Bridges over the streams. Next tee visible from every pin but one, IIRC. Double-loop configuration (pick up / drop off @ your car after the front nine).
Good variation in shots required. Lots of long bomb opportunities until you hit #11, lots of technical finesse required from #12 through #16. Moderate up- and downhills, nothing that would require steps to be cut. No crossing faiways or fairways crossing paths / roads.
All in all, a very comfortable place to play - leave your worries at home, go out and throw a round or two, relax and have a good time. That's what this course is all about.
Cons: Given the gently rolling terrain, the designers did a good job here. The only thing that's missing is the drama factor that comes with radical elevation changes, wide water obstacles, and other environmental risk / reward elements. This is a great place for a fun round and high enough quality to merit a stop of you're passing through town, but in no way could it be termed a destination course. That (probably) wasn't the intention so for what it is - a fun place to play - Legacy solildly meets expctations.
Other Thoughts: This is a really good course for rec players, and I have a feeling that its character changes dramatically when the trees are in leaf. Looking forward to playing it again, and again, and again.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: + some chances to air it out over big distances
+ decent variety of shots
+ part of a larger parent Park Dept. park
+ back 9 has good design, but the terrain is brutal
+ shots over shrubs and bushes
Cons: - Front 11 is too open
- a very rough course in terms of OB, rocks and lack of grass in some places
-some holes are just extremely boring
-bit too open on front 9
Other Thoughts: looks to me like they took the worst piece of land in the whole Legacy park, that they couldn't do anything else with and dropped a disc golf course in it. Plays like Wilbur Young if Wilbur Young with less trees.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
two courses in one
Pros: Large concrete tees and great baskets. 10/10
Course maintenance is great, all four times I've been there it was mostly mowed down in the fairways with some taller grass way in the rough, which is about upper shin on the back nine and ankle high on the front. I've seen pictures where there is knee high grass everywhere, but they seem to have picked it up. There are benches on most holes and trashcans along the course. Bathrooms and water available after the front nine and after 15. Tee signs present on every hole with a map and hole information. 10/10
The obstacles are used very well at this course, and some are pretty unique. There are some hedges used on the third and fourth holes with small openings to throw through. The eighth hole has a pretty large tree with the hole tucked immediately behind it. 10/10
Great variety of openness on shots. In general, the front nine is fairly open while the back is more wooded, but the front still has some holes and shots with more obstacles (approach on 2 and 8, drive on 5, hedge shots on 3 and 4) and the back nine has some more open shots (10 and 11, approach on 15, drive on 16 and 18). Great mix 10/10
There's a nice variety of distances on holes. It seems like they always have one of the nines in the long spots and one in the short spots because in the two times I've played, once mostly every hole on the front nine was in the back position and the back nine was mostly in the front position, and the other time was the opposite. That's why I called the review "two courses in one", because it's like a different course depending on which nine is in the long spot. No matter which way it is, there is lots of variety in distance with some birdieable holes and some that are tough to par. 8/10
Navigation between holes is pretty easy and intuitive. There's one spot after the fifth hole where two tees are visible, but if you just follow the mowing path you'll be fine. 8/10
Water fountains and restrooms present, no benches on the tees, but there's a shelter with benches where the water is that's good for a rest that three holes come back to (9, 11, and 15). Comfort during round: 7/10
There's not a ton of elevation present, but it's used pretty well and there's a nice variety of slopes throughout the course. Most of the hills are rolling so there isn't much severe elevation except for 10, 12 and 14, but the variety helps give every hole a different feel. 7/10
Navigation on the holes themselves is pretty good. There are tee signs on every hole with a map giving distance to both hole positions. A few holes (4, 5, 6, 7, and 8) can't be seen from the tee, so it makes it a little tricky because you can't tell which spot it's in from the tee. 7/10
The course does a good job of forcing the player to make decisions on the front nine. The first three holes all of multiple throwing lanes to go through, and the hedge shots are good for this too. 6/10
Discs aren't too hard to find, hedge shots and other blind shots can be a little tough because you can't actually see the discs land, but as long as it's mowed like it's not too bad. 6/10
Cons: No hole has more than one alternate hole position, most do have one at least. On the front nine, the different hole positions don't really change the feel of the holes at all, it just makes them one shot longer and increases the par by one. 3/10
This course is probably too difficult for beginners, but too easy for advanced players. It's great for recreational and intermediate players but overall doesn't do a good job challenging all levels. Multiple tees on at least some holes could really help with this. 3/10
The course doesn't have very many holes which require a certain shape on some shots. The hedge shots do a great job with this, and so do some of the more wooded holes 5/10
I'm not a fan of the blind shots just because you can't always see where your disc is going or see it if you make the incredible hole out.
Other Thoughts: Overall difficulty: 7/10
I like the mix of par 3's and par 4's, sort of reminded me of Wyandotte County Park. I still wish more courses would do this.
I really like the use of hedges with a few openings to throw through, I'd never seen anything like that before.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I love that the course is well balanced in regards to blind shots, long holes, short wooded holes. The variety gives you a great chance to practice all of the elements that make up disc golf. They make it pretty simple to decide what you want to focus on as the majority of the front 9 plays open and long and the majority of the back 9 is wooded and short.
Cons: The rough is ROUGH. If the parks department didn't treat this like a ball course it would be a lot better. There is no need for narrow fairways lined with knee high grass. They only mow the rough 3-4 times a year. After its mowed it's a completely different course and is a 5/5, the short rough allows you to play different, riskier shots without fear of losing your disc.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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