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DG Course Review
Inman is a small town of about 1300 halfway between Hutchinson and McPherson. The course is located in Lambert Park at the corner of Center St and Gordon St which is pretty much in the middle of town. I came in town westbound on Center Street and the first thing I saw was the pond. As I looked farther south I saw a playground and shelter building. I turned down Gordon Street and parked just south of the shelter. As I got out I saw the skateboard park.
There are several reasons for me playing this course. It is new and so becomes part of my journey. It was a project by the high school daughter of a friend I play with occasionally and it was a food drive for a town that is important to some of my family. With that said, it was also a beautiful day at the end of February and was to get up into the low 70s with the usual south Kansas wind that makes winter days that warm.
After getting checked in I stepped out on the east side of the shelter to take a look at the course. My first impression was, “this is a small park!” I’ve been in other small Kansas towns with bigger parks and their courses were pretty decent. I’ve also been in some similar sized towns with this or smaller sized parks where things weren’t so good.
I’ve got a buddy, Ty, and we remind ourselves that we never make judgements on shots until we are standing over the result. I’ve adopted the same attitude for my travels so I grabbed my NutSac bag with the 7 discs I’m focusing on this year and headed out for tee 1.
The tee pads are cement, new and short. There are posts in for the signs. The permanent signs aren’t in yet, but they had laminated pictures of them stapled to the posts. I would come to like their signage a lot! They are very clear in relation to mandos and OBs. The baskets are new and are the yellow Discatchers. As you can see, I’ve listed the distances below, there is nothing over 300’ which can also lead to some discouraging thoughts. I found the tee pads to be adequate on most holes because of the distances.
Hole 1 has a basket protected by trees and a straight path takes you over the skateboard park which is marked OB on the tee sign.
Hole 2 goes across a drainage ditch that shouldn’t come into play and the basket iss located near a tree and shrub row.
Hole 3 travels over the same drainage ditch to a basket protected by a bushy tree 30’ in front and an OB street 20' to the right. (distances estimated)
Hole 4 tee is right next to hole 2 tee. It is about 30’ back from a group of 3 mature trees. There is a mando between the nearest two trees and the third tree has some low branches that force you to keep your shot down, but you still need to get some distance out of it. It is slightly downhill which helps. The basket is located in a group of 3 trees as well.
Hole 5 goes back the other way with a tree near the tee with low branches that affect your shot. In addition, it is uphill making the low branches even more effective. It is somewhat protected by a tree and there is a street close behind it making an overthrow dangerous.
Hole 6 is the longest on the course and it is slightly downhill toward the water. The basket is quite near the water. There is a large evergreen just off center of a direct line between the tee and the basket. There is also a large tree to the left of and a bit closer to the tee. Beyond the evergreen to the right is a group of mature trees. There are routes for both lefties and righties, but accuracy is a premium and an overthrow gets wet. You really want to be putting from the sides of this basket because putting straight at it with the water directly behind can be a bit unnerving.
Hole 7 is the only one that goes directly across the water. It is the second longest hole and is uphill. During warmer weather there is a fountain in the middle of the water that will cause you to change your throw a bit. If you do end up in the water, they have a very nice drop zone with a cement pad and sign on the north side between the pond and the street. The basket is located near some trees and close to a sidewalk that is OB. The street is also OB which makes the grass strip in between not OB. There is a hill to the left side of the basket that has no real effect except to stop your disc short and quick if you go that way.
Hole 8 is a dangerous hole. The basket again is located very near the water and the fairway is downhill. Together they encourage discs to get wet! It plays on the other side of the hill that affects Hole 7. The tee is located near trees that have no real effect on your drive. About halfway down the fairway is a tall light post that is a mando right. For lefties, this hole can be tough! The tee sign indicates that on this mando, should you miss it, you are to take a stroke and drop next to the light pole.
Hole 9 finishes back slightly uphill. The basket is located in the middle of 7-8 trees which force your uphill drive to be low if you want to get there for a birdie.
I made it around the course 3 times: 1 practice round and 2 rounds for the tournament. You really don’t need a course map to find your way around. I’ve got to say I had a very good time! It’s a small park with short holes and I mostly used my mids and putters, but they have done a great job with tee and basket placement to make it fun and a bit challenging. I would think people in the area who are starting and learning the game will really enjoy this course. For the more experienced players in the area, it will be a great place to hone the short game. I have family in the area and I have no doubt that I’ll play that course every time I get a chance.
Holes and Distances
1 – 221
2 – 199
3 – 212
4 – 210
5 – 215
6 – 282
7 – 279
8 – 207
9 – 211