Keeper of the Chains
Pros: The locals! Shout out to Guy, Dan and Duck! I showed up in Wichita for work and was treated to a phenomenal guided round at a very nice course. Beautiful grounds. Multiple tee and basket locations. Diverse shots. Clean.
Cons: No signage at all. Talk to a local, they're extremely friendly, maybe they'll let you tag along. Otherwise, it would be VERY difficult to find your way aound.
Other Thoughts: The local shop, Duck's Flying Discs, set me right up. I opened the door and he immediately came over, shook my hand and introduced himself. I found hole one no problem, played it, and came up on a couple locals having a 'safety meeting' who offered to let me play the round with them. One of the guys found a disc during play and he called the number on it right away. Gotta respect a dude that does that. Very thankful for them. I would have struggled to find my way around. Beautiful course. I'd love to go back.
Good Looking Course
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Multiple Tees
- Good variety of lefty/righty, short/long. Mostly open shots.
- Concrete tee pads in good shape and level.
- Fairways are fairly open and there are multiple flight paths on a majority of holes.
- Park is well maintained and plays along the Arkansas River which makes for some really great scenery, but adds a bit of risk.
Cons: - No tee signs
- Course flows fairly well...however, there are quite a few instances where you have to back track to get to the next tee.
- There are a few instances where walkers may be at risk, so caution should be taken.
- No benches or trash receptacles.
Other Thoughts: - All in all I liked this course. I really enjoyed Holes 6, 16, and 18.
- The differences in the Blue and Red tees escapes me. Normally they are differentiated by distance but that didn't seem to be the case. I think they may have separated them by technicality instead. This was a bit confusing.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
The Championship Level Course of Wichita
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: --You will not find a course in the Wichita area with a more beautiful setting. Huge old trees, the prettiest stretch of the Arkansas River in town, ponds, and rock formations all make this a very scenic course.
--Concrete tee pads and top notch baskets
--Multiple tees and multiple pin locations make this course a little different almost every time you play it. Playing from the short tees to short pins creates a lot of opportunity for ace runs and low scores. Play the long tees with long baskets and you will be doing really good to keep double and triple bogeys off your card.
--Quite a few holes where you can rip drives, but quite a few where you have to be very technical with your drive placement. Lots of low ceilings and out of bounds come into play making it very challenging.
--Somewhat protected from the brutal Kansas wind because of its location and tree cover.
--If all you have is a backhand, you better be able to throw a good anheiser shot. Same to be said if you only have a forehand. This course will make you shape shots both ways.
Cons: This is all to be taken with a grain of salt because it is a great course so this is next level stuff:
--No signage, which means no distances or directions to next tee pad. You have to print off a map if you want that information, and even then the map only includes distances to the original pin placements, which the baskets are not always in. First timers will probably struggle getting around.
--It seems like there have been several years gone by without doing a lot of tree trimming along shot paths. What used to be windows have shrunk or disappeared.
--Course is super busy, and some people like to play in groups of 6 or more. It can take over three hours to play a round.
--With the river and two ponds coming into play on about half of the holes, losing a disc is a real possibility.
--Active roads and bike paths run pretty close to hole layouts, so dealing with cars, joggers, bikers, etc is common. It is also a favorite place for people to take family photos, especially around hole 18 basket. Most of them don't even understand that they are obstructing a golf course, and certainly don't know how bad they could be injured with a disc thrown 300 feet. In my opinion the city should put up signs that prevent photo shoots in certain popular areas, or at least warn of the possible dangers.
Other Thoughts: In my opinion this is the best course in the Wichita area. It has a great layout with use of all different types of hazards, and forces you to play all different types of shots. The only draw backs are generally things that fall on the restrictions set forth by the city, which is what I believe holds this course back from getting to the level of a national championship caliber course. If you are a first time visitor: print out a map that is available online, be ready to share the park with non-disc golfers, be prepared to play a round that takes a little longer than normal, and enjoy the best that Wichita has to offer.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
The Mighty Oak
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course has multiple tees and pin placements and the grounds are well taken care of. There is a Kiosk next to hole 1 with all the area events and happenings.
Many holes have good lines that must be hit and there is a good mix of short, moderate, and longer length holes. Some baskets have wood chips around them to help with roll a way putts.
There is a decent amount of water threat on this course to keep you on your toes. The flow of the course is logical and the tee pads are plenty long enough allowing for a proper run up.
There are a few holes where you can't see the pin from the tee and a few holes have protected baskets.
Several holes where you can air a driver out and a few chances to RUN THE CHAINS as well.
This course gets a lot of play, because its that good.
The new Mach X baskets are super nice and do an excellent job of catching putts.
This course plays along the river which adds to the mystique of this course.
The pins get moved periodically so it keeps things from getting stale.
Elevated pad on hole 18 makes for a great finishing hole.
Favorite holes here: 1, 7, 12, 16, and 18.
Cons: Plays next to and by some park roads, mainly affecting holes 7-10 and 14-16. Please be careful of your surroundings and look before you throw. With this in mind the course gets used for wedding photos, family pictures, etc(especially in the fall months) so be respectful and don't throw on the other park users. Some of the interior holes like 8-14 play around/next to sidewalks so again pay attention before you throw.
No signage so the first time user or the out of towner might take exception, however the hole numbers are marked on the tee pads so that helps a bit.
Some of the holes next to the river might be tough to play when the river is out of its banks.
Other Thoughts: Depending on which set of tees you play from and where the pins are set this course will challenge players of all levels and abilities. Obviously the course will play a lot tougher from the long tees to the long pins, but there are good lines to be hit from both sets of tees. There is a good mix of open and wooded holes and you will need to work on both distance and accuracy here to score well. There are several holes where risk/reward shots come into play. Will you take the chance at skipping one in on say holes 11 and 12, or will you play it safe and lay up?
Will you go for it on hole 18 and make it across the pond and pick up a stroke or two?
Whatever your approach this is an excellent course that is a must play if you are in the Wichita area. As others have mentioned this course does get crowded but if you are patient its worth the wait. This is by far my favorite course in Wichita.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Best course in Wichita
Pros: This is a almost perfect course. the first 5 holes play so that if you only want to practice for 30 minutes you can make a few rounds around the first 5 holes and be able to thrown almost every shot that you will throw.
Cons: It's hard to think of any. If I had to be very picky then I would say that there aren't any hole descriptions at every hole. They could also put hole lengths on the tee pads.
Other Thoughts: There is a great club that plays here every Wednesday at 6PM. This is a very active group and just check the air capital disk golf club website for all the info.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: All of the holes now have at least two pin placements. Some (8,9,10,14,17) have three pin placements. All holes have two tee pads. The new pin placements have added length and challenge to some of the holes.
Cons: The course is quite busy on the weekend.
Other Thoughts: Great improvements...play when you are in the area.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Very fun environment
Pros: -I think I liked almost everything about this course.
-Plenty of trees with a nice mix of water holes
-Two tee boxes for some holes
Cons: -Very busy course on the weekends but that goes to show it's a very good course.
-I did get lost one time
-I heard the park this course is in is known as a gay park (literally)
Other Thoughts: Loved this course. Each hole was fun. I liked the series of holes along the river and how some of the more difficult holes had an optional tee box. I would recommend you play this course if you're in the area.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Two sets of cement tees, red and blue, with excellent variety between them.
Message board at hole 1.
Pro shop just a few blocks away, and another one across town.
Well manicured course, in a scenic park.
Plenty of long holes to air out your discs.
Oak park is a large park located near downtown Wichita. The Arkansas river comes into play on several holes, running along the left fairway of these holes. Lots of mature trees but not dense by any measure. A few holes have baskets placed just inside the woods, and a few holes have tee pads located just inside the woods.
The course plays long, regardless of which set of tees you use.
This course has a great signature hole on 18, shooting over a pond. I would say hole 6 long tee (not sure what color), is pretty cool, too. You throw over a (smaller) pond from a slightly elevated tee pad.
No real elevation here. A few tee shots have minor elevation, but the course is mostly flat.
Hole 1 has the only trash can on the course.
Hole 6 has a large tree trunk laying on the ground for seating. The rest of the course had no seating.
No water on the course, although convenience stores / fast food restaurants are nearby.
Cons: This course gets very crowded, since there are only two 18 hole courses within city limits. There are other great courses nearby, but this course sees the most traffic.
I found this weird, but hole 8 seems to be the only hole with two pin placements.
Other Thoughts: Risk / Reward - The risk here is going big to reach the pin, and risking OB in the river or street, or losing control of your drive and hitting a tree.
Fun Factor - This is a challenging and fun course. Although it's a fairly open park course, just shooting par is a real challenge, due to the wind and length of the course. My best was 5+.
Some L to R holes, and some R to L holes, but most holes are straight ahead with length being the real obstacle.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: The course has a great mix of tight and open shots. The layout flows relatively well. Multiple pad locations are a great addition.
Cons: Water can claim discs if one is not careful. Geese were everywhere when I played.
Other Thoughts: A great, challenging course that is certainly the cream of the crop in Wichita
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Nice well maintained course. I love it. Great use of woods and water. 2 sets of launch pads (Red & Blue) so the course doesn't get boring. Easy to follow, everything is marked well.
Cons: Certain times of the year you need to watch out for geese chit everywhere.
Other Thoughts: Maybe a sign for beginners on 18. "You might want to throw from the top of the hill or you WILL get wet.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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