Medicine Lodge, KS 
Medicine Lodge DGC Share
Uploaded By: Chained Evil Hole #1 (Taken 6/2012)
3 / 102ft. Par / Distance:
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 Introductory level course in a small town

5+    10/31/2012   11/11/2012
Review By: Chained Evil
Played: 426  Reviewed: 193  Exp: 7.6 Years
This review was updated on 11/13/2012
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Pros: This course uses the trees and what little space is available to its fullest. The grounds are well maintained, grass is cut short and often, and there is adequate tee signs and sweet Mach V baskets. Ace runs galore, play here and you will see what I mean, and you will want to go for it often. This is a super quick playing course and you can get in multiple rounds in a very short amount of time.
There is a water threat here which affects holes 1-3. The water is behind the basket on #1, so if you make a run at it and go long you will be fishing your disc out...speaking from experience here. The water again comes into play on holes #2 & #3 and is to the right hand side of the hole. This course provides you with the chance to work on your short game, with mids and putters being used on several holes.
Hole #5 offers a legit hole with a tight window that you need to hit in order to score well.
Cons: First off there are too many short holes. Also the tees are grass and are unlevel on #2, #3, and #5 tee boxes. Normally dirt or grass tee pads wouldn't bother me but on these tees, and #5 in particular, you could easily roll your ankle on your drive. Also you could easily bust your buns on the wet dew while teeing off as well. A simple fix for the uneveness would be to bring in a load of dirt and level out the tee pad areas a bit.
Ridiculous pars, see the hole information. Example #5 is 321 ft and a par 5! Total par on this course is 33.
You have to throw across a dirt road that traffic enters and exits the park in order to play #5, as the basket sits beyond the dirt road. Then you must walk across this road to get to #6. Again this dirt road comes into play on #8, on the right hand side of your shot. There is also a parking area and a pavilion and a playground on the left hand side of #8 as well. The creek stinks to high heaven and trust me if you have to go into it to get your disc back you and your clothes will smell all the way home.
There are no benches here, there are a couple of picnic benches and tables if you need a break, but you most likely won't need them because this is such a short course. The OB area on #3 is often under water so you will want to clear that unless you like wet shoes and socks. If the creek floods #1 basket and #3 tee pad could be under water.
Unspecified mando on #3? I don't know if there is supposed to be one or not, on the tee sign it shows the flight path and it says dog leg and it shows you throwing around a tree. I guess the intent was to have you throw around the big tree to avoid the OB area, which is staked off, and is under water currently. This could be confusing for the first time player here.
Other Thoughts: Hole #3, assuming you play it as a mando to go around the OB area, and #5 are the only two holes that you will possibly use a driver on. All the other holes are so short that you will be using your mid range and putters here frequently. I have seen younger kids in the 8-16 yrs range playing here multiple times as well as groups of adults who look like they just started playing, or were just there for the first time checking the course and the game itself out. If this is what the course was intended for, and I think that is was intended to be a entry level course to get more people into the park, then MLDGC hits the mark. For an advanced or a pro player this course would be nothing more than a warm up or a practice course.
I will add that I had the opportunity to play a round with a young man here a while back, and he was legitimately excited to have this course, as he said he played here every day this summer, and was very knowledgable about the game for his age. This is how the sport grows with courses like this set to introduce the youth to the game.
This would be a course that you could introduce a new player to the game very easily or take your family here and play a round with them. There is also a playground, as mentioned above, that could occupy the kids while you play your round. If you have the park to yourself maybe you can come up with some safari action to challenge yourself.
Not a must play but a very beginner friendly course that has some lines to hit for a seasoned player and a chance to run those chains!

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