4 Helpful / 0 Not
Relax and unwind in South OP!
Pros: Lots of fun! A great chance to practice putting or introduce newbies to the game, along with a few technical challenges that keep the course from getting boring.
Navigation is super easy for the most part. The course seems to follow a natural progression first with some very open, clear shots, then into a few elevation changes, into the woods, and then out again.
Baskets are in good condition; while there are no benches, there are rocks at most of the holes where you can take a load off for a bit.
Again, in a very safe neighborhood so you won't have to worry there. I'd stroll through here at 2AM on a Saturday and not worry once for my safety.
Generally, this course isn't overly crowded, although it seems the word is getting out a bit.
Course is always maintained and mowed very well. There are multiple trash cans around for all your rubbish needs.
The course is very easy to get to, and plays fairly fast. A great place to squeeze in a quick round if you're running short on time.
While I realize the designer didn't have a ton to work with, they really used it well, incorporating the various woods, hills, and general lay of the land into a very contiguous course layout that just makes sense in general and is a blast to play, in my opinion.
Cons: As of November, the mulch tees are definitely eroding and need to be re-done.
No benches or bag hangers; signs just give you the number of the hole, without an idea of the layout or where the next hole is. This isn't a huge issue since navigation is so easy, however.
Some of the holes can get a bit repetitive, especially from 15-18. There's different obstacles in there, but it feels like the same basic throw over and over again. 4 basically has zero obstacles and is just a straight shot at the basket.
Some of the shots (1, 16-18) play very close to either Antioch Road or 164th Street. Not a big deal, but I think it breaks up the ambiance of the game.
Be careful of the barbed wire fence near 13-14! Since this used to be farmland I'm sure that's been there for decades. I guess they just decided not to tear it out when they built it.
This is a really fun little course in great shape, but after playing some of the other courses in the area, I just can't in good conscience rate it as highly as our other courses. That doesn't mean I don't like it! Just that I think there's better, but this is still a worthwhile play if you're in the area.
Other Thoughts: If you're visiting KC, like Legacy Park over in Lee's Summit, this one is way out in the suburbs, on the far south edge of the metro. I love the course, but I don't know that I'd make a special trip all the way out here with so many other options in town.
Initially, I rated this course a 4; after playing several more courses, I've revised it to a 3. I still have a soft spot for this course and absolutely love playing it! It's still a great place to introduce someone to the game and a lot of fun. However, if you're looking for a truly excellent course on the Kansas side, I would probably recommend Lakeside Hills in Olathe, or even Wyandotte County Park in Bonner Springs. Both are significantly tougher (and Lakeside is still a bit rough around the edges), but they have the scenery, diversity, and layout to impress in my opinion. Still definitely a good course and a lot of fun for a beginner course.
The course isn't overly well marked; when you pass Blue Valley West High, it's the next right, towards the middle school and near the track. There's a large parking lot there for your parking pleasure.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Great Beginner Course
Pros: Great for putter practice or for taking beginners or children to play. There are a lot of open shots that are friendly and also some more 'technical' holes to challenge.
Tall grass is interesting and could be fun for experience players to play as OB.
Cons: Tall grass could be frustrating for newer players who will find it more frequently. It is also a home for ticks, which are prevalent.
Other Thoughts: This is a solid 'short' or 'beginner' course. Don't expect to go out and see the best course in the world but there are many courses which are 'harder' that are no where near as well thought out or designed.
This could also be fun to play some safari on as the main section of the course has 5 or 6 baskets visible and others that aren't too far away.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Definately a beginner course.
Pros: Short Holes (perfect for mid range practice)
Plenty of elevation change from tee to basket.
About 9 shots into or through the woods.
Holes are close together.
Practice Basket near the parking lot.
Great beginner course.
Cons: First tee is a bit far from the parking lot.
No long distances.
Other Thoughts: This course used to be great. Each hole had tall grass (3 ft high) surrounding the fairway. It made it look like an actual course. However, now they've mowed all the tall grass down, and all the out-of-the-woods holes are just open.
However, because of this, this course has become an excellent beginner course. Newbies should have a much easier time finding their discs when they throw them far right or left.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Ideal Beginner Course
Pros: Great variety of openness on holes. First few and last few (minus 18) are pretty open while there are a moderate amount of obstacles on several holes, and a few that are pretty heavily wooded. 10/10
There isn't very much elevation present, but what there is is used well. 6/10
Wooded on some holes, but not much chance to actually lose a disc except maybe hole 5 and 8. 9/10
It's short, which may be a con for some, but it's great for beginners or to practice midrange shots for more advanced players. I've been playing about six months and I just used it to practice with a new midrange. This makes it pretty good at having something for all skill levels 6/10
Holes require many different shots (some right to left, some left to right, some low etc.) 10/10
Regularly mowed. Most holes (the non-wooded ones) do have a fairway that is shorter than rough and signs on every hole giving distance. 8/10 overall on course maintenance due to issues described in cons.
The mowing pattern makes navigation between holes a breeze because all you have to do is follow the shorter grass. After hole 7 is the only tricky spot I remember, just walk back toward the tee and go right once you're out of the woods the basket is in. 9/10
Because the holes are pretty short it's easy to tell where they go. The only minor problem is that baskets 2 and 17's baskets are close together, but it's still easy to tell since once you get to 17 you've already played 2. 10/10
Benches on most holes and quite a bit of shade. Even though there's no running water (unless you can go in the school) it's still a pretty comfortable round. 7/10.
Tees are mulch and several of them have eroded a little but some are still in good condition. 4/10
Baskets are fine 8/10
Cons: Some of the trees seem to have grown larger and more restricting than originally intended (holes 11 and 13) but it's not too bad. Be careful with thorns if you do throw it in the trees.
No alternate baskets makes it get repetitive to play multiple times. 0/10
Most holes are about the same length. 2/10
Most holes are pretty straightforward, there are only a few with multiple ways to play them successfully (9, 10, 13, and 18 come to mind as exceptions). 3/10
I've only played it during the summer, but during the school year there might be PE classes in the way or something
Other Thoughts: No alternate hole positions makes the course get a little boring after playing it a few times, but since it's only really meant to be a practice course or a course to learn the game it's okay.
If you live anywhere within 20 minutes and are looking for a good course to bring a friend the first time, look no further. The first few holes are the easiest stretch and help the player ease into the round, which is great if they've never played or are still figuring it out. Hole 11 is definitely the hardest hole on the course. Hole 7 is my favorite hole (even though hole 4 was my first and only ace). with two archways, one just in front of the tee, and the other just before the hole. By far the best course I've ever played at a school (out of 3).
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Good, Short course
Pros: Good for beginners
Lots of Birdie opportunities
Hard to lose discs
Cons: On a HS campus, avoiding students a lot
Small hole variations
Other Thoughts: If you want to learn the basics and get better at them then this is a good course at which to do this. If you're anything above a beginner, this won't be too great a course to play. But you can play 18 holes twice in about 2 hours
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Mid- Putter course
Pros: This course was well maintain, Good baskets and had tee signs. Good mixture of wide open to very wooded holes. Good changes and use of elevation. I really liked the challenges on several of the holes as it really required some precision to avoid a bogey.
Cons: Very short, especially many of the wide open holes where the only obstacle was elevation so the lack of distance made it too simple. Tee pads are worn so they are not even, but that is not as important since the course is short.
Other Thoughts: I will defintely take friends that are just starting or group of Jr's. Also a great course if you are looking to work on driving your putter and up shots.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Small fun course
Pros: Easy to navigate, at first looking at a map I was worried it might be a little difficult, but when I arrived at the course I realized that there was tall grass all around, and the holes were all cut down to normal size. This also made the course look really nice and neat.
Good mix of holes, there was a good mix of more open holes, and short technical holes throuh the woods.
well kept, I'm assuming the school grounds crew are the people responsible for this, and they do a good job. There was someone mowing this morning.
Cons: Mulch tee pads, seems like they are starting to erode, leaving a few uneven surfaces.
Throughout the woods thorns can be found, be careful of this when going to retrieve a disc.
Other Thoughts: Most of the holes on this course are fairly short, which can be a pro and a con. Overall a great beginner course, my personal favorite.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Not like the "other" Blue Valley
Pros: - New equipment
- Stone benches
- Some decent shots
Cons: - Lots of similar distance holes
- A lot of the course is pretty wide open
- Uneven teeing surface
Other Thoughts: It's 18 holes on a large middle school campus. Nothing is over 250 feet, so it's nothing like the other Blue Valley course on the east side of KC. Signs are DGA-style metal signs with minimal information. Tees are a mulch material that erodes quickly with use. The first 3-4 holes are essentially the same distance and fairly wide open, but obstacles are gradually introduced as you make your way around the course.
Probably designed for the novice middle school player, so it suits its purpose in that way. First few holes are wide open and around 200' long. You're not required to actually shape a shot until mid-way through the front 9. Approximately half the course features trees to throw around, over or through, but the most prevalent shot is wide open and 200' to 230'. Experienced players will probably tire of it, except as practice for upshots and wind putting.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Great Beginner Course
Pros: This is a very well laid out short course with lots of ace runs! There is a good variety of shots, but keep in mind it's a short course and does not favor big arm players.
Very well cared for - assuming by the school maintenance staff. Rock benches and trash cans scattered throughout - made for an immaculately clean round of DG - I hope it stays this way!
Good signage - easy to navigate!
Cons: It's a short course for experienced players! My suggestion is to leave your drivers at home and play it as a technical approach course if you are used to 300' + holes. there is no need for a driver on this course!
Mulch tee pads appear to get washed out a bit. this course would benefit from small concrete tee pads - we're not preserving a wilderness with this course.....might as well make it maintenance free as possible for long term use.
Other Thoughts: This is definately a quick play course with opportunity to hit multiple dueces...ace runs for you really experienced cats!
Worth the drive for a 1 hour play if you are in the area and short on time. It's definately the best course I have played that is on school property.
Parking is directly adjacent to tee box #1
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Not good, not bad...
Pros: This course is great for beginners. I have only been playing for 8/9 months, and this course was very friendly with regard to that. Lots of short holes, not many technical shots are required. You can play this course very quickly. Very ace-able/birdie-able holes. I had three birdies and made par on the rest. Holes 7 and 13 are okay. Tees and baskets are in very good shape.
Cons: Very, very short holes. The longest hole is 270(ish) feet. Like all the courses in KC, I am happy to have this course. Intermediate and Pros would not enjoy this course as it is very short and wide open (for the most part). It is also very far south (and I drove from Olathe).
Other Thoughts: Really, a decent course for beginners. There are not very many interesting holes. I do not think I will venture that far south to play it again.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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