Smithville, MO 
Paradise Pointe - Blackthorn Share
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3 / 336ft. Par / Distance:
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 Some promising holes

1    4/22/2012   4/25/2012
Review By: Hector Chain
Played: 185  Reviewed: 180  Exp: 9.4 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Paradise Pointe is a pretty nice recreational area with a lot of space to use. It has to be nice because there is that extra "e" at the end of "Pointe!"

Blackthorn starts and ends out in the open. In between (holes 2 through 9 and 15) play in a heavily wooded area, and hole 16 plays along the shoreline of the lake out to a peninsula. The wooded holes will be pretty nice when they get broken in. There are often multiple lines to the basket of varying risk/reward profiles.

The two signature holes are probably 15 and 16. Hole 15 is requires an accurate 250 foot shot through the woods across a small ravine before making a 60-degree dogleg left. The approach requires a straight shot down an alley with the namesake blackthorn trees lining the fairway. Hole 16 is a shot along the beach around a clump of trees to a basket on the peninsula. There is a risky left-to-right approach along the shoreline that would make for some good tournament decisions.

All the baskets are blue (I like the color coding of the courses, especially since they occasionally play near one another) and are surprisingly visible even in the woods.

There is one hole (#10, I believe) over a pond. There are some options for bailing out, but if you're going for the birdie, you have to wind up for a shot you know you can execute but that will have consequences if you screw it up.
Cons: They give you a map at the guard station, and navigation would have been very tough without one (even with it I had to look around a bit but didn't have too much trouble). There is a long-ish walk between #1 and #2. Walk straight past the basket for the first hole toward the small cemetery in the woods, and the second hole tees off next to it.

The wooded holes were not well mowed, and there are too many dead branches that will eventually get knocked down by drives. Hole 8 had no real lane to the basket that even a good player could consistently hit. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that tree! And plant another one somewhere else.

The open holes were boring. There was some elevation, but too many holes had nothing in the way to force any line or even any decision. Just throw over there.

As others have noted, the concrete tee pads stick out above the ground by a couple too many inches, and you could really screw up your ankle if you're not careful.
Other Thoughts: There is a $5 fee to enter. I don't mind that sort of fee, especially for an area with three courses, very nice baskets, concrete pads, etc. I think half of this course will eventually be pretty fun. The open holes are always going to be uninteresting unless they plant a bunch of trees. Nevertheless, this complex is worth a visit.

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1    1/7/2012   1/12/2012
Review By: kerq6c
Played: 13  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 6.5 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course is very fun and diverse from short wooded shots to long open holes. All the holes have nice long cement pads. All the baskets are nice and new and have a great looking blue powder coat on them. There are some great holes on this course like number 10. You throw down hill between two trees and over a small pond. It is a beautiful hole.
Cons: Very poor signs. From hole one it can be very difficult to find hole 2 without a map. It is up behind the white fenced in area. Some of the concrete pads have issues. When they formed them they just pushed the excess concrete to a pile in front of the pad. On a couple of them it is above pad height and about 4-6 inches in front of the tee so it presents a good tripping hazard if you like to land off the pad. Also not so much of a con but the pads are really narrow. Another small problem is that a few of the holes have no grass so it can be very muddy if it rains. Hole 15 is in need of some heavy work. The teepad right now points straight into the woods with no basket in sight. I had to walk through the woods then down the path to find the basket and then still had no clue how I was going to get there( I ended up throwing through the woods and then down the path). Thorn bushes are common on this course so I would recommend wearing pants to prevent cuts and scrapes. There are no trash cans so the course had quite a few beer cans on it. I could only pick up so many before my bag was full.
Other Thoughts: This course will be very good if a few of the cons would get fixed/finished. This course has a good view of the lake. I will enjoy exhausting myself on all three courses in this park in the very near future.

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