Manhattan, KS 
Tuttle Creek SP - River Pond Share
Uploaded By: scarpfish Hole #11 (Taken 9/2009)
3 / 232ft. Par / Distance:
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 Decent challenge wise, but has some navigation and cosmetic issues

2-4    9/30/2009   10/9/2009
Review By: scarpfish
Played: 346  Reviewed: 100  Exp: 14.3 Years
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: At over 6000' , this is the best of three courses inside a Kansas state park in terms of challenge, even if it is a mostly open course. Cool 700+' bomb on Hole 7. One tricky blind water shot. There is a kiosk right by Hole 1 with a map of the course and baskets have flags on them (purple!) to make them more visible. Has decent parking near the first tee and actual bathrooms you can use on the course. A great recreational outlet for people camping at the lake. Never crowded with DG'ers, although you might have plenty of non-DG'ers to deal with on weekends.
Cons: Terrain is flat as a pancake and as a result when there is a hard rain, there can be mud & standing water on the course, including right over some of the teepads, which are small, unimposing, and with no signage or markers hard to find. When I visited here in July, there were two teepads under water. There are also a number of spots on the course where fairways get dangerously close to non-DG amenites. The water shot on #13 has a boat ramp and fish cleaning station in the way and #16 cuts somewhat close to a cabin. Campers/picknickers sometimes pitch themselves into the line of fire not realizing there is a DGC on the grounds. Baskets are getting rusty and there are signs at the holes. Chronic construction on the dam and in the park has made some of the front nine holes near the drainage ditch (3-5) unplayable. Hopefully this will be fixed soon. Closed during a country music festival every year. Pay to play, and if you just want to play the course, not really worth it for one person unless they have money to burn, moreso for a group who can split the cost.
Other Thoughts: Tuttle Creek can sort of befuddle you with its flatness considering the steep hills in the area surrounding it. When you see some of the land on the winding road leading into the park, you wonder why they didn't put the course there as there is some stupendous elevation in those areas. If I had a "needs some TLC" award to give out to one course in Kansas, this one would probably get it to put in some signs, and some better teepads. This course is actually free to play but there is a $4.20 ($3.70 October-March) daily vehicle fee for entering the park, usually you pay this on the honor system at a self pay booth as there is nobody at the gatehouse. If you visit this or any of the Kansas State Parks frequently, a KDWP annual pass might be the better way to go. See their website: details. Not in the best shape, not what it could be, but still the best in the Manhattan area for the time being.

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