Wind SW @ 8
In my travels, I’m finding a lot of smaller towns really value and use their parks. Elmwood is a large area, loaded with activities for the Norton and the surrounding areas: football field, baseball diamonds, Equine facilities, dirt track racing, skateboard park, playground, camping, picnicking and of course disc golf. It appeared to be well taken care of and the baskets look fairly new.
It all starts with Tee 1 in the north central part of the park where Park St and Wabash Ave meet. There is a bench, tee pad and plaque with commemorating the course. As I looked down Hole 1 I was reminded of Waterworks Hole 1 in Kansas City. The tee is high and you look down through big old trees. By the time I was done playing, I was calling it a mini-Waterworks because of a number of similarities.
I had to be careful on Hole 3 for an octagonal shelter house. If there are people using it, there could be problems. I also had a bit of trouble finding Tee 4. It’s a straight walk east from Basket 3 along the road and just before the stop sign it's up in the trees on the north side of the road.
Holes 5 and 6 are fairly wide open. Hole 7 gets into the trees along Prairie Dog Creek. It’s straight down the pike, not real long, but really narrow and lots of trees. Hole 8 is similar but the middle part of the fairway is outside of trees only to go back in to the basket.
Basket 9 is hidden in the trees and can't be seen it from the tee pad. You can see the race track and if you just follow the ridge, it's at the corner of the race track behind the trees.
Basket 10 is in the infield of the racetrack which has all kinds of potential conflicts which I probably don’t have to explain! Hole 11 Tee is in the infield as well
Hole 13 runs along a ridge and the basket is down inside the trees on the left side of the ridge. To locate the basket, look along the ridge and find Tee 14. The basket is in the trees to the left in front of that tee box. You need to throw about 255 and then it’s a 90° turn into the trees. Hole 14 is similar, but the basket is up.
Hole 15 and 17 utilize the parking lot and when I was there, a camper trailer was parked in the middle of fairway 15.
Tee 18 is near Basket 1 and Basket 18 is up by Tee 1. You can't see the basket from the tee pad due to evergreens and other very large trees. It’s flat half way and the up hill significantly. When you get done playing Hole 1, look west and see Tee 18 for future reference.
This course was my favorite of the NW Kansas trip. There was a bit of everything! I had to stop and think a bit on most every hole which is a good sign. I compared it to Waterworks in KC because it has ups and downs, tunnel shots, trees, risky shots, and more. It just doesn't have the length. Because of the ups/downs, they had put in wooden steps where needed which was very nice! If I was anywhere close I'd come play this thing anytime I could. If I had nothing to do and I wanted to go play a couple courses over a couple of days, I'm thinking I'd head this way!