11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Lenexa DGC at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park is the perfect beginners course. It has everything you might possibly want for a newbie to have a fun time and absolutely nothing more. This is the place to get your first birdie, your first ace, or your first under par round. Amenities are nice, being in a well-kept up park, and cement tee pads, tee signs, and pretty straight forward navigation.
Every hole has something interesting to it. There are a decent amount of hills, scattered trees (especially on 4-6), and a couple of low ceilings. There is hardly any thick woods, so there's not much lost disc potential. It's possible on 3-8 due to a creek, but the danger is pretty low.
Most holes offer multiple lines to the basket, despite how short they are. This makes the course a little more fair for different shot types, especially for people who only throw BH or FH. The hills offer some decent variety, mainly 2 and 9.
Even for intermediate players, this place is a birdie fest, and scores of -9 quickly become possible. You can also make a back nine for yourself, which uses the existing tees and baskets but adds mandos to force different lines around certain trees.
Cons: Okay, the holes are really short, and that prevents this course from being very exciting. While that's fine for this course, having a little more distance would always spice things up a bit. The shortness also means some of the trees don't do anything. Especially on hole 6, you can completely miss your line but still have a putt because all of the trees are near the basket. Also, hole 1 is pretty boring; the only tree is beside the basket, and there's a path behind. This may have been intentional, starting with a simple hole, but the result wasn't great.
Safety can be a concern. Walking paths are somewhat in play on around half the holes, and also tennis courts on hole 3. In most cases, it's easy to see if anyone is coming, but the exception is hole 8, which has a path near the basket and trees that block your vision. One of the pins is across the path, which makes things even worse. While smart players will do fine, a busy day could make rounds take annoying long.
The multiple pin positions don't really add anything to this course. They bring some more paths into play on some holes, and the pins are pretty close to each other anyway. While it technically gives the course more variety, it makes the tee signs a little more confusing.
Other Thoughts: This is one of the few courses that I don't think has any room for improvement. It's made for beginners, and it fulfills that role perfectly. While it won't offer much challenge for anyone better, it is a good warmup course and would be a course I would love to have within walking distance of where I live. 15 minute rounds are very feasible.
If you call the paths OB, several holes become instantly harder. This is good as it adds some extra challenge while not burdening the beginners.
Overall, I like this course even though it isn't very grandiose. It's a fun and casual round no matter who you are, and while most players will hopefully outgrow this course and turn towards the many better courses in the area, this can be a stepping stone for bigger and better courses, or one you come to just to mess around and have fun.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Good use use of elevation and obstacles.
Very good signage on each hole with the lengths of each pin.
Despite being old, the tee pads and Discatchers are still in really good shape.
If you desire to set up OB/Mando rules, this course has a lot of options.
Cons: Short and not much meat. Only two pin placements are over 200'.
Navigation is awful if you don't know where you're going. You could skip 4-6 (which are across the bridge) without realizing it until you got to the basket of 7.
Unless you're not brand new to the sport (which most people at the park were), when teeing off on on 3 you have a choice: endanger people on the tee pad of 7, or end up in the tennis courts. If the park is busy, there will also be people on the trails that 3 and 9 throw across.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this course is stuffed in where it doesn't need to be, and it's so short that there's almost no point in going. The golf is decent, but it's far too short for the obstacles to be any type of challenge for a player with more than a year of experience. If you want a warmup before playing Shawnee Mission, this is fine, but nothing special at all.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Lightin' Up Lenexa
Pros: Lenexa DGC is a super fast 9 that you can play sith one or two discs. I used my San Marino Roc on a few drives, but you could go putter all the way in a pinch.
The shortest hole is 123' and the longest is 171', so you don't really need a run up at the tee pad on any of the holes. The map shows multiple pin positions, but I didn't notice the unused post sleeves. If they do get moved, it still is not a long layout.
There are concrete tees, and the baskets are all good quality DISCatchers. There is a course map as you enter from the parking lot near the basketball court and the swimming pool. The park does have nice changes in elevation on a few holes. All of the fairways are well manicured grass.
I liked the holes with elevation change. 1, 2, & 3 all have some downhill action. 1 can give you a roll away if you hit the tree or just get unlucky. 2 and 3 have some rough near the basket that can get you in trouble if you lose control. 9 plays uphill toward the pool, and is probably the most difficult hole. There is a big tree halfway to the basket that can take you out.
There is a bridge behind the third basket that you have to cross get to the middle part of the course. 4, 5 and 6 are in a loop there, and you cross back over the bridge to continue on hole 7. Hole 4 does have lanes through the trees that require some control to navigate.
This is an ideal course to take a new player or a young child. It is fun for an experienced player just because it is possible to get a birdie on every hole. I had a putt on all of them but was unable to go 9/9.
Cons: Super short and easy. You may get stuck waiting for a group on nearby holes that are close together. 7 and 8 are very close to one another. Families with small kids are likely to be out there, and not going at a fast pace.
Hole 8 and 9 had some muddy, squishy grass when I played. There hadn't been much rain prior to that. It is on the hill beneath the pool, maybe that contributed.
Other Thoughts: Lenexa has a pretty cool park for their community, and the disc golf course is nice. It isn't an epic nine, more of a fun pitch and putt. It is set up well with great equipment, and it has interesting terrain, but it's just too easy to take seriously.
I was six under on my first round (21). Missed birdie putts on the other 3 holes. If I can get my girlfriend into disc golf I'm sure we will come here to learn some of the fundamentals. I wouldn't mind coming back to try for a 9 under, all birdie round. Who knows, maybe I get an ace or two in there as well.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Good for putting practice
Pros: Very short course that can be finished in 30 minutes or less.
The hole lengths make this an ideal course for junior players or beginners. But that doesn't mean it is no good for more experienced players. With the average hole being 145-180 feet, it makes this course ideal for people that want to work on their putting.
Cons: Hole 7 plays into the fairway for hole 8 which means if you are just behind another group, you have to wait a little longer here so you don't hit someone.
The tee pad for hole 1 is right next to the basketball court and there were some people playing basketball the day I went. They had put all of their stuff on the pad so we had to start just to the right of the tee. Not a major inconvenience but could have been separated from the court a little more.
Other Thoughts: You could easily do this course over a short lunch break or as a quick workout in the evening.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Bring The Beginners Here. They’ll Love It!
Pros: Lenexa Disc Golf Course sits inside a park called Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park. The course starts at the front of the park right by the basketball court. There is a nice sign complete with a course map. You probably won't need the map. The concrete tee pads are small but perfectly functional here. The tee signs are solidly built and give you the information you need. The baskets are Discatchers with a number on each one. You probably don't need this number either. Each hole has both an A and B position. Each hole is a potential Ace waiting to happen.
# 1 is a 138' straight shot.
# 2 is a neat little 123' downhill toss.
# 3 is interesting as you need to throw a hyser around the tennis courts.
Cross the bridge to get to 4-6.
# 4 is 144' to a basket with four trees around it.
# 5 is 138' needing a minimal hyser.
# 6 is a straight 135'. Miss one tree here.
Cross the bridge again.
# 7 is straight and 198'.
# 8 plays either 189' or 207' or 177' and all you need is a simple hyser.
# 9 is either 141' or 219' up a small hill from a tee pad stuck off in the bushes.
Cons: What's wrong with this course is........nothing! For it's target audience it's about perfect. For those of you who want to compete, throw big air and play big boy courses, then this is not the course for you.
Other Thoughts: This is just a very comfortable and fun course for the beginner crowd. There aren't many courses around that really cater to the really casual player, the ones who come out with one disc or the family with two kids. I like the fact that it incorporates so many elements of a so called regular course. It has a fun downhill, hyser throws, anhyser throws and nine Ace runs. Come and chase Aces but don't show up and then complain that it's too short and easy. Lenexa Disc Golf Course wasn't designed for you, Dude.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Lenexa Miniature Disc Golf
Pros: This is an extremely quick course to play if you are in a hurry or if you just want to get a warm-up before heading to another course. It has concrete t-pads but they are not really necessary. If you are desperate to get your first Ace, there is a good chance of it here. It is a great beginner course, so it might be good if you take a friend just getting into the game. It is good to work on your short game and putts. It is rarely crowded
Cons: It is only 9 holes. There are often walkers and joggers on the course. Hole 8 throws over part of hole 7. It feels like you are playing the equivalent of miniature golf sometimes. Calling the holes par 3's might be a bit of a stretch.
Other Thoughts: I play this course a fair amount because I can get to it so easily while my kids are busy with gymnastics or dance. I can pretty much play the whole course in about 20 minutes. Even if the holes are short it can be a good ego boost after playing some of the longer courses around town.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
nice short course
Pros: in a very nicely maintained park
easy to navigate
nice tee pads
very good use of available space
park is clean and litter free
parking shouldn't be an issue
easy to find
Cons: walking trails near almost every hole so be careful with your throws
water leaking from pool area had basket area at #8 fairly muddy
basket placement for hole #3 ( I think ), was near a hillside next to the tennis courts. we had a bit of a wait while people were getting ready to play tennis but it is a multi use park.....
Other Thoughts: as a beginning player I really liked this course. it was easy to birdie or par each hole, even got close enough to hitting a couple aces that I scared myself. no need for a driver. threw a mid off the tee and then it was putting time. the likelihood of losing a disc was pretty small. some holes are tucked pretty close to one another so some common sense and courtesy goes a long way. Would definitely recommend this course.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
One of my favorite courses
Pros: Concrete pads, nice baskets. Very short and technical. Is fun for all even the most experienced because it is an ace race type of course. You could get away with playing with only one or two discs.
Cons: Some hole overlap. Baskets don't change location often but seems that anybody could move them they are just bolted in but not locked.
Other Thoughts: Great course to practice your putt and approach game. Also perfect for introducing players to the game. It is a quick course you can play 9 in 30ish minutes or play it a couple times or more to get in a full 18.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Short & Sweet
Pros: They did a good job with sch a small area including trees and elevation. Pins are tucked to eliminate the short, wide open look a lot of little parks have. The baskets are nice and the tee pads are adequate for the distances on this course. I really like holes 4 and 8. There are two basket locations for each hole. It is a fun beginner's course.
Cons: You have to walk back from basket 7 to tee 8 in part of 7 fairway. It's pretty short.
Other Thoughts: If you add the walking paths/parking lots as OB, it makes things a bit tougher. I played it twice: once with a full bag and once with a mid and putter which is what I should have done the first time. Bigger, younger arms could get by with a putter. My son-in-law was with me and he thought the card game, Ript Revenge, would be a good option for more experienced players on this course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
A surprising little course
Pros: - Well maintained
- Good signage
- Quality baskets for such a little course
- Ability to lose a disc is minimal
Cons: - Can get overcrowded quick
- Play is through/along walking trails
Other Thoughts: I would not of thought they would have tucked a little course in the park. No holes over 200' and if there are they are barely. A great intro to disc golf course or working on putter/approach.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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