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Pros: This course offers a great test of your distance, shot shaping abilities, and your control game. When it is windy, as it often is in Kansas, this will test your mental game as well. There is a solid mix of moderate, and longer playing holes as well. Good use of the ball golf course's rolling hills to add to the fun factor of your round.
Tee pads are excellent and allow for the proper run up and the signage is stellar listing all the necessary information that a player would need. Distance, par, OB etc are all diagramed very well. There are Silver tees on holes 3, 8, 11, 14, 15, 16, and 18. Hole 17 will have a Silver basket position for various divisions during GBO.
Mandos in spots to keep you on your toes and there are some very good and challenging lines to be hit in order to score well here. This course is a bombers dream as many holes will test your distance for sure. Great mix of dog leg L and R playing holes and the trees that are present on several holes offer some tasty lines.
The grass is very lush and well manicured, as one would expect on a golf course. Water threat is present on 4 holes to add to the challenge.
Hole 16 is a great risk reward hole, in the GBO layout, but there is a spot to lay up if you so wish.
Cons: There are a few holes where the transition from the basket to the next tee is a tad long. It is by necessity to keep you away from the greens and tee boxes on the golf course.
Some players might balk at the $10 green fee, but it is worth it to play a course a nicely manicured as this one.
Hole 16, the island hole, is only playable during GBO week as it sits on a tee box for hole 8 of the golf course. There are 18 holes here with an added hole between GBO tournament layout hole 13 and 14. From hole 12 you will walk west to 13's tee box(this is the added hole) and play along the western boundary of the golf course. Then you will walk back to GBO hole 13, which will be 14 for the non GBO layout and proceed from there. GBO layout 14 becomes 15, and GBO hole 15 becomes 16. You will skip GBO island hole 16 and play 17 and 18 just like normal. This took a bit to figure out but makes sense looking back on it now.
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Other Thoughts: This course really has something for everyone. It is a fun play and a nice change of pace to get to play on a golf course. The cart paths and areas around the greens are OB on most holes and you must be accurate in order to stay in bounds. If you can go OB free you should have a good chance to score well. Gold tee par is 63 and Silver tee par is 61. This course favors those with big arms but is still enjoyable by all skill levels as well. If you are in the area and can get on I recommend doing so. See if you can tame the KS wind and the OB's on this course and let 'em rip!!!
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As Country Club As It Gets
Pros: Well desgined course that makes good used of the land used for a ball golf course. This course requires a lot of smart golf and good shots. There are chances to get birdies but a bad shot will cost you a lot. With the maintenance that this course gets because it is on a ball golf course, you really cannot ask for better grounds. There are several memorable holes and many trees that you will get to know because you either start or finish by them. The water comes in to play more than once, and memorably so on holes 1 and 18. The country club did a good job of keeping their club house open for use for the palyers in the tournament and privided breakfast and lunch options everyday. The clubhouse is a nice place to relax before and after rounds. This is one of the few courses in Emporia that makes good use of elevation.
Cons: This is a temporary course that is only used for tournaments as far as I know. Sad that one would not be able to play this course more often. Practice rounds when it is set up before tournaments are $6. If you throw a disc into the water, hope that it is close to the edge, otherwise there is not much hope of getting your disc back. Some of the tee pads are in places where the ground is less than ideal for an initial shot, I was afraid of twisting my ankle on one or two tees. The baskets were all temporary baskets without a ground anchor.
Other Thoughts: This course can be a lot of fun if you play smart. If you decide to have one of thsoe days where you are throwing OB, this course can eat you alive. I found it more enjoyable than the other temporary course on a ball golf course near Emporia, but both are rather similar. If you do not have a big arm, this course may get tedious and frustrating as there are several long holes. The experience of this course is one of the best I have experienced but would not be a course that I would want to play everyday. If you get a chance, it is worth the experience but you will have to plan on being there around tournament time.
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ball golf luxury
Pros: -awesome grounds, classy and well-manicured
-very challenging layout that makes great use of the land
-tons of distance! 8 holes over 500', 4 over 700'
-nice rolling hills on the ball golf course, makes for lots of cool elevation changes, downhill bomb on hole 1 is an incredible start to the course
-tough OB all over the course
-awesome use of the water, hole 18's island green is sick!
-great baskets, temp signs
-mostly open holes with lots of large obstacles, placement for 2nd & 3rd shots are key
Cons: -all the obvious temp course stuff: you can only play it once a year, natural tees, etc
-no tight wooded shots, accuracy is required to stay in the fairway and have a good next shot but you aren't required to carve narrow lines
-mostly open means very exposed to the crazy mid-west winds
Other Thoughts: This course was used for the 2012 GBO and it is a real treat to play. Being on a country club golf course, the land is obviously very well maintained. It makes for a really cool tournament experience.
The course plays across the rolling hills of the ball golf course bringing many cool elevation changes into play. Hole 1 has an incredible downhill drive to a green with water on 3 sides. Holes 3, 9, 10 & 11 also have great downhill shots off the tee. The large pond comes into play on 1, 2, & 18, the last having a sphincter-clenching island green.
Much like the Emporia Municipal Golf Course that was also used for the GBO, the course is kind of one-dimensional. Huge distance and lots of OB across mostly open fairways with some trees. This is to be expected since the course is on a ball golf course but it is a little disappointing that you don't get to play any tight wooded shots.
Getting to play a tournament round here was a great experience. The wind was ridiculous and play was very slow but playing on that pristine land makes it feel like disc golf has made it and that the event is a big deal. It would be incredible to have permanent courses like this one. Come out to the GBO and play this beast next year!
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