12 Helpful / 0 Not
Yes. All the Yes.
Pros: So. Much. Variety. Even if the pins were never moved I doubt anyone could get bored of this course. You have left-to-right, right-to-left, short, long, wide open, heavily wooded (screw you, hole 6), uphill, downhill, blue baskets, gold baskets. Playing a round here is always enjoyable.
Tee signs really help show you where you're going. There's a sign at the long and short tees!
Multiple tees on every hole give you even more variety!
9 of the holes have the option to play to a gold basket (3 and 8 share a gold basket). These range from a little longer of a pin, to adding 400+ feet to the hole.
The park is always well manicured. It's clear what is OB and what's not.
While it's a fairly busy park, the course does really well at staying clear of any walkers. A few holes on the back half have a bike trail that crosses them, but that's never been a huge issue.
Bathrooms on site are a blessing as this can be a long course if you want it to be.
Hills are used extremely well here.
Cons: A few gold baskets have rough that is really rough. If you toss your third shot on 18 in the rough, just forget it.
Several tee signs have been damaged. This has been reported to the Park, yet nothing has been done about it.
Finding 12 from 11 can be hard even with a map.
Long way from the city, but it's well worth the drive.
Other Thoughts: This is probably the best put together course in Kansas City. There's a few courses that are better playing-wise, but they have issues with draining or signage, stuff like that. BRC has the only legit par-5 on the MO side that isn't at Blue Valley, and the par 4s are very fair, too. You can bring a first-timer out here or a pro and they'll both have a ton of fun. No matter what tees or baskets you play, you'll have a huge variety of shots to take, and you'd better hit them. Not a ton of birdie potential for the average or slightly below-average player, but if you hit the perfect shot, you could be golden. Go out. Enjoy this course over and over. Don't forget water.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Really great variety for everyone
Pros: BRC is a great course in a large multi-use park, with plenty of room for Disc Golf to be separated from everyone else. It has bathrooms and a spicket on site, ample parking, mowed fairways, and a practice basket and field.
A theme of this course is accessibility for everyone. There are two sets of tees on nearly every hole, and two baskets on several holes (three on hole 6), giving numerous options to choose from. Beginners can go short-short, while veterans can go long-long. Or you can mix it up, giving yourself shorter holes when you want to avoid water shots or tight lines. The most popular layout is long pads, short baskets, though I prefer long-long. The shortest layout is always somewhat beginner-friendly, while the longest layout will challenge everyone.
Many holes require long throws, but still have all kinds of danger to get into, such as tall grass or woods. It makes booming shots possible while punishing bad shots. A lot of baskets are reachable from the tee or the middle of the fairway, but still have all kinds of danger to get into, by baiting you into throwing a longer shot than you might be capable of.
The variety on this course is amazing. Some holes turn left, others right, and there are enough tight lines in the woods to keep the long throwers honest. If you call the tall grass out of bounds, it creates great challenges on many holes, encouraging some to lay up instead of going for the basket. The many par 4's have so much going on that you'll have a different experience on them every time you come. Several of those are more placement shots off the tee, with tunnel shots or OB trouble to get into on your second or third shots, and a having a good line is more important than just distance.
The water shots are pretty cool. Only hole 2 plays properly over water, but hole 15 can, and 14 and 16 play near water. All of those have safe plays if you want to avoid the water, or the short tee mitigates it.
Cons: If you're not playing to the gold baskets, some of the holes end up being rather boring. There's a large discrepancy between short and long baskets, and many holes could use something in-between. Short tee, gold pin could be the right option sometimes.
Tee signs are good, but navigation in general is just okay. Bring a map to help finding the next tee. Some gold baskets are hard to find, so I suggest playing the shorter baskets your first time here. It'll also help avoid lost disc potential, which is a factor for anyone playing the gold baskets with little experience on this course, since they bring in more woods and tall grass. A handful of tee signs are missing as well. Also, new pins have come in on holes 4, 5, and 7 that aren't noted on the signs.
For the very top professionals, there's a few holes that won't require much challenge, even if played in an edited short tee or something. This won't be a problem for most people though, but this course is just a few new pin placements away from being a World Championship caliber course.
Minor con, but the short tee signs and short baskets can get in the way if you're playing from the long pads or to the long baskets. In practice, it probably doesn't come into play much, but it can certainly get in your head.
Other Thoughts: If you're just driving by, this is a great course to stop at, regardless of how much time you have to spend. Replayability is great because of the high variety of shot selection, hole shape, and basket possibilities.
Hole 6 in the long basket ought to be a par 4, whatever the sign may say.
Kansas City is blessed to have this really good, and not all that old course on the northeast side of the city!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Good mixture of holes in the open and holes in wooded areas.Tee pads are easy to find from the previous basket
Cons: Nothing about this course "pops" out at you. Fairly mundane
Other Thoughts: Decent enough course to practice on. Not too difficult and not too easy.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is nestled in picturesque rollings hills and utilizes the terrain very well for a variety of shots.
- Nearly every hole has two tee pads: a red and a blue. About half of the holes have a gold basket as well, making for a variety of configurations to play.
- The above point makes the course accessible and interesting to players of all skill levels, beginners to advanced players.
- Nice use of trees. Some holes are mostly open with a few scattered trees that guard the basket, some that play along thick woods or make you hit a narrow tunnel to get to the fairway.
- A few holes play by water (for example on hole #2 you throw across a pond). As an intermediate player, it gives you something to think about but as long as you don't shank it you can avoid the water and possibly losing a disc.
- Requires mix of accuracy and distance to do well. You will especially need to be able to stretch it out to do well on the gold layout.
- Set it multi-use park that includes a dog park, playground, and horseshoe pits. However, these are all away from the course enough that you need not worry about them - however there are some trails that go through the course (see below).
Cons: - No benches or trash cans along the course.
- Mountain bike trails weave around the course. I didn't see any cyclists during my round, but there were a few people running through the course. In any case, you will need to be aware of other park users.
Other Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised by this course. In fact, I would put it up with Water Works as the best in the KC area. It's challenging but fair. It's on a great piece of property for a DG course and it makes the most of it. I only wish it was closer to the KC metro area so I didn't have to drive so far to get to it. If you have the chance, be sure to play this one.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 0 Not
The best course in KC that's not actually in KC.
Pros: Clearly the city of Liberty takes great pride in this multi-use park, including the disc golf course. City workers are out there on many weekdays, roaming the grounds on heavy mowers. There's two modern bathrooms with electric hand dryers, fresh water in spigots, picnic pavilions, ample parking, a dog park, and more.
The course itself is magnificent, ranging over open, semi-wooded, and wooded rolling terrain, with ponds coming into play on two holes (2 and 15), sometimes more based on basket positions (1 long blue is at the water's edge, 14 gold is near the other pond). Nearly every hole has multiple tees, multiple blue basket positions, and a third of them have super-challenging gold positions. There's many, many ways to play this course.
A few holes feature tight tunnel shots off the tee to exit into a wide-open fairway, but once in the open, the basket is on an elevated dimple of earth, so just because you got off the tee cleanly, your work is not yet finished. There's a variety of distances in play, from one hole which is a putter ace run to several arm-busters which require multiple maximum-distance -and- accurate drives to complete successfully. In between there's doglegged-tree-lined tunnels, pond crossings, and enough travel up and down hills to make you regret skipping leg day.
The course coordinator for the local club is a hard-working and amazing fellow, who puts much love and hard work into the upkeep of the course, and moving the baskets around frequently.
The fixtures -- tee pads, signs, information board, trash cans, baskets, lost disc bin, and all of the non-disc-golf related park fixtures are maintained to a very, very high standard of repair and cleanliness.
Cons: Like most parks in the region, the lowest places can become muddy and swampy after prolonged springtime rains, and a small number of disc-destroying (and skin-rash-causing) thorny locust trees can be found, particularly on the tunnel shot on hole #9. (RIP, Fuzion Evidence.)
However, these trees are found at almost every course in the region, and mud happens on almost every course in the region in the rainy season, so if you have experienced this, you know what it's about. It's not a big deal.
Other Thoughts: This is the single best disc golf course in the greater Kansas City Metro Area that is not actually located within the city limits of Kansas City, Missouri or Kansas City, Kansas. If you visit KC, it should be one of your destination courses to hit. While you're here, give a shout out on the Kansas City Flying Disc Club Facebook group, and surely someone will come play with you.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 0 Not
BRC DGC is PDG! (Pretty Darn Good)
Pros: Bad Rock Creek DGC offers a lot of big open areas, with water in play, areas of dense woods, tall grassy patches, a few big elevation changes, and versatility of multiple tee/pin locations and 9 gold buckets that really stretch the course. All of the pads are concrete and the baskets are Discatchers. Good signs for the most part. Disc return in the parking lot. Right from the jump, you are busting a big drive downhill to the edge of a pond. Lots of open air, only the wind to alter your line. 2 tees across the water from the long tee, with a few trees as gate keepers to the basket on the opposite bank. 3 and 4 are shorter, but involve more trees, and narrowing your windows to the basket. If you are playing the gold baskets, 5 is the first test. Open drive to the dogleg right, in a wide grassy lane lined with thick rough to both sides, rolling up and down large hills. 6 is back into the woods, and also has a longer gold pin that is very tough, with less elevation change. 7 is a shorter hole coming out of the trees into the open. 8 is another wide open bomber with trees grouped around the blue basket, and a gold basket atop the hill behind patches of tall grass. 9 is another shorty with some birdie possibilities if you make a nice throw out of the box and clear the few trees in front of the green. Cross the road to find the 10th tee, which is long but mostly open, with mowed landing zones for the normal and gold baskets that are surrounded by tall grass. 11 is out of woods to a basket in open grass, slightly uphill. 12 is a tree lined fairway with low ceiling, made twice as long by using the gold pins. 13 is short, but takes a good throw to make it onto the putting area. 14 is a big bending dogleg right, with dense woods along the right side. It also has a gold pin that doubles the fun. 15 is downhill with some more trees and another pond at the bottom. 16 brings you back to the top of the hill, and on to the next hill if you play golds. There is woods to the right, tall grass to the left. 17 is also pretty open, until you reach the basket tucked into a small pocket in the woods. 18 has some woods and tall rough if you get out of line, but a long wide fairway that permits you to really go for distance on this last long hole. Gold basket is near the playground.
Cons: Stay out of the tall grass. I spent a half hour stomping around that stuff. Found two discs that weren't mine (in the disc return) before locating mine way past where I thought it was. The multiple baskets were unfamiliar to me, and added a little confusion. Print the map, it is good and could be very helpful. I almost went from hole 9 to 12 before realizing my mistake and having to backtrack. DGCR app scored me at +12, but didn't have the par or distances for the gold pins. Mountain bike trails wind near some fairways, look out for other park users.
Other Thoughts: I really like this course, it is tough, and has some fun throws. Need to have a variety of shots to negotiate all the twists and turns. Several great holes and nice amenities. Good for new players and seasoned vets. Surely worth a visit if you are able to get there. I wouldn't mind a second chance at it.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
One of the great courses in the KC metro
Pros: - Concrete tee pads and some have benches and trash cans
- Good signage for the holes themselves
- Takes advantage of the terrain
- Well maintained with quality baskets
- Many holes have multiple tee pads and basket placements
- Map of course at parking area
- Lost disc return
- Nice park overall
Cons: - Plays through areas of the park that are utilized for other things
- Navigation can get a little confusing if you don't have a map or it's your first time playing
- Depending on which hole, losing a disc can be an easy proposition.
Other Thoughts: While I enjoyed my time playing the course and well worth playing, I didn't think it was anything greater or lesser than what many consider to be the "top tier" courses in the KC metro. I found the course to be a mixed bag and had a little bit of everything requiring one to use all their repertoire of shots and tricks.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Well maintained, diverse terrain, several combinations of tees and baskets making it fun for all skill levels. Most holes require accuracy at some point, either at the start, the middle or the approach. There are some very long holes, which requires learning how to get the most out of throws. I keep wanting to come back because I always think I can do better in some area.
Cons: A popular place with occasional tournaments.
Other Thoughts: I just moved to Liberty last year and saw this course so I gave it try using my backyard frisbee. Little did I know what disc golf really was and how many courses there are and how good this course is. I play about 6 different courses now and this is as challenging as any and well maintained. Thanks to those responsible. Still working on grip, angle, approach, drives, and figuring out all the different discs in my bag.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
WELL THOUGHT OUT, CHALLENGING
Pros: 1. Two concrete pads per hole.
2. Many of the holes had more than one basket position so all skills levels can play.
3. A great mix of long drives, short technical shots, water hazards, tree obstacles and more make this a very interesting course you could play 2 or three rounds and stay interested.
4. A great public park with things for kids to do, a dog park.
6. All baskets have numbers printed on them so you can be certain you are not throwing at the wrong basket.
7. Very little trash.
Cons: A bit hard to find the next tee.
Other Thoughts: Great job designing and maintaining this course.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: This course has a little bit of everything. It is very well maintained and has a lot of options for every skill level of player.
Cons: Can't think of any
Other Thoughts: I travel a bit and I try to play a different course every time I go to a different city. This, by far, was the best course I have played on. Although I haven't played many since I have only been playing less than a year, I found this course to be very well designed and maintained. Two different tees for most holes. Two different baskets on almost every hole. I am probably mediocre at best, but the red pads with blue baskets are for those just beginning the sport. I started there and then went to the longer pad and by hole ten, I decided to play the gold baskets. This made it much more challenging. Great experience.
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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