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I seem to have some issues with my schedules. I always seem to miss a time calculation somewhere and this time I missed it early. The whole day is going to have to change a bit to get everything done. Now that I’m into my 5th trip, I also understand that to enjoy the ride, I have to relax and roll with the punches. I’ll probably not get one of my scheduled courses done this trip and that is OK.
I found the park easily and as I drove in there was a sign with some info and the tee sign for hole #1. The info on the sign was in poor shape and there was a mailbox with scorecards, but no maps. Looking around I didn’t think that would be a problem because the park isn’t that big. It is ‘busy’ though, like a lot of smaller town parks. There are multiple ball fields, soccer complex, playground, picnicking areas, and a water park.
My initial thoughts include the observation that it is a well taken care of park which I have found true for most small Kansas towns. The baskets appear to be homemade and the park appears to be pretty ‘busy’ with lots of potential activities. My guess is that it will play pretty quick.
The weather was a cool 67 degrees, overcast, a little foggy, and quite dewy. There was also a light breeze.
As I played the first two holes I noticed the park was well mowed and in fact they have mowed fairways even shorter which turned out to be a good help. I’m guessing the fairways may also indicate the disc golf course gets used. I found the course to run around the perimeter of the park counter clockwise
I got delayed after hole 2 because I was looking for tee 3 based on what was written in a review on DGCourseReview.com. After some searching I found tee 4 and decided I’d play from there. As I got ready to throw, I looked around and behind me across a road and down an incline was a basket. As I tried to guess the path back to tee 3, I found it up another incline close to basket 2. After you hole out on 2, look to your right, backwards across the road and you’ll see the sign for tee 2. The basket for 3 is to the east, inside the soccer complex and under a huge old cottonwood tree.
With that noted, it’s a bit of a walk, straight north, from basket 3 to tee 4. Holes 4-6 use a more heavily treed area pretty well. This is the most technical portion of the course.
Your next walk comes from basket 6 to Tee 7 in a NW direction. Look for the porta-potty to the north of the ball field and you’ll see the sign. Hole 7 is straight down an open area with road on the left and a tree line on right. At the end of the fairway there is a 90 degree dogleg right, up an incline, into the trees. It’s good to see they didn’t just stick the basket out in the open.
Hole 8 is open all the way to the basket, but the basket is close to the highway on the right and an access road on the left. I always play roads as OB so it made the hole more interesting.
I couldn't find a tee sign for 9 so I walked straight south from basket 8 passed one ball field to the corner of the next ball field. I knew where basket 9 was because it is close to tee 1. This is the longest hole on the course. I decided the corner of the ballfield was probably a good choice because I spotted a mowed 'fairway’ arcing left along the field and then towards the basket.
It’s a fun little Rec course. Beginners will have a really good time here. Intermediates can enjoy it as well. The treed holes of 4-6 provide some technical practice. I appreciate that they did a really nice job of not just making it a wide open and simple course. I did use a lot of mids off the tees and ended up with 3 birdies missing a fourth by an inch. With a couple of straighter drives I may have been able to up the birdie total to 5 or 6.
The tee signs are hole numbers only, the tee pads are grass and there was no map. I put a little map together and uploaded it to DGCourseReview for reference. I do wish I could have had hole distances. My wheel is no more and I haven’t bought a new one yet. I talked to guy in the Rec Department office and he knew the sign for hole 9 was missing and has been for a while, but that’s about it. I didn’t get any other information.
If you're around Council Grove and like to throw, you should stop...it's a good time