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Smithville is a true multi course park in the KC area.  ::)

 I wanted to thank everyone that worked to make the 6th Old Settlers a great tournament and day.

 Pete Cashen is a class act and we here in KC are fortunate to have him here promoting and working to advance the game. Josh Harvey continues to make the DD tournament experience and the DD store top notch. Scott Reek, although unable to attend was behind the scenes making sure the show came off flawlessly.

 There were many KCFDC volunteers working to make the courses look amazing in the weeks leading up to tourney day.

 My wife Cindy and daughter Amy, along with one of my daughter's friends, Coty Beaman helped me put down a LARGE amount of wood chips at both courses. Gary Harvey, Rob Haney, and Pete Cashen did substantial, heavy weed eating. Michelle Palmer de-thorned 100s of Locust trees. Matt Jenkins swept off all tee boxes at both courses. Andy Lewis and Drew Neitzel handled water for both courses. Nova Politte spotted on 13. Mike Petrin worked vending and payout. The City of Olathe Parks and Rec are awesome, and the pride they take in these parks shows in how beautiful they have made them. I'm sure I missed somebody, but to everyone that worked the event, THANK YOU!

 When Ned Smethers and myself first started developing and playing Prairie Center in 1987, I always wanted the course (and now Birdland too) to be a special place where Disc Golf could be played on land that is maintained and kept much like ball golf courses. Looking around Saturday at the large field of players and the beautiful parks, I have to say my dreams have been realized.

 Lastly but most importantly though, I would like to thank all the players that came out to play. We did it all for you.  :)

 If anyone would like to tell us about things that went wrong and things that went right, or things we might be able to do to make it better next year, please pm me or Pete, or Josh, or Scott, so during planning for next year we can improve the player's experience.

 Again, THANKS EVERYONE for making the 6th Old Settlers Open a success.  8)

Prairie Center / Labor Day
« on: September 07, 2015, 09:22:27 am »
The rain should be gone, and league will be going on today. The course is still set on the Ole Krusty setup, so come give it another try, or if you couldn't play the tourney, see how you might have faired. Be at the shelter around 5:00ish for sign-up. I think Cade said 5:30 tee.

Saturday's weather forecast is for partly cloudy with a high near 90. Southwest winds at 10 to 20 as well.

Check in at P.C. between 8:00 and 8:45. Players meeting will follow check in.

It's the 6th Old Settlers Open eve!

My love, my darling, my husband of five years (as of tomorrow), Matt Jenkins, has forgotten his password to the forum, but wanted me to let Tom and the crew know he swept off the teepads at both courses tonight after work, as promised.  Hopefully they stay that way. No rain is predicted at this time, which should help. :)

I was out at both courses tonight working on a few problem areas and noticed the tee boxes looked really clean. Good job Matt! Good job on 5 years tomorrow too to ya both. I'll share part of me and Cindy's story real quick wit ya all... we were born in the same hospital less than 24 hours apart....met when we were 16 while cruising the main drag in our hometown, got married at 19, and next May will have made it to 35 years married.

Oh well, thread drift at it's finest.

The courses were mowed today and look exceptional. If anyone is out tomorrow, please pick up any trash you see lieing around. The DD RV is gonna be at PC Saturday along with a big crowd of Disc Golfers too. Check in between 8:00 and 8:45 at PC. Players meeting will be immediately after check in. The weather is looking good and the chains are waiting.  8)

The drop zone is mowed and painted on hole 15 pc. It is 315' to the pin and the water's edge is approximately 297'. The field is filling up...will we hit capacity?  8)

There will be water on each course, but with a forecast high of 91, savvy golfers should bring plenty h2o themselves.

Hole 15 at P.C. measures 315'. The water's edge tonight was 18' from the basket.

I will find out this eve. The tee sign says 261'... I can measure it and post the distance as well as have it shown in the tourney program.

Approximately where would the DZ be at on #15 at PC?
It is on the east bank, about 110' from the basket. There is a mowed in path to it from the walk trail. I will have it painted Thursday night and flagged for Saturday.

Lakeside Hills will play  at  7507’  par 58 (on or across the Lake road is OB)
Hole 1 (long) 618’  par 4
Hole 2 (short) 357’  par 3
Hole 3 (short) 270’  par 3
Hole 4 (short) 241’  par 3 
Hole 5 (only) 318’  par 3
Hole 6 (short) 387’ par 3
Hole 7 (only) 330’  par 3
Hole 8 (only) 291’  par 3
Hole 9 (only) 429’ par 3
Hole 10 (short) 372’  par 3
Hole 11 (right) 381’  par 3
Hole 12 (long) 502’  par 4
Hole 13 (only) 336’  par 3
Hole 14 (short) 456’  par 3
Hole 15 (long) 633’  par 3
Hole 16 (long) 806’  par 4
Hole 17 (short) 450’  par 3
Hole 18 (short) 330’  par 3       

Prairie Center  will play  at  6345’  par 56
Hole 1 (right) 240’ par 3  In playground is OB.
Hole 2 (island) 333’  par 3  Long tee box. If you are OB on any shot other than from the island, you play from the drop. Once you have landed and stayed on the island, normal OB rules apply. (play from last place in-bounds)
Hole 3 (long) 315’  par 3  On or across asphalt walk trail or concrete                             sidewalk is OB. Inside fenced yards is OB.
Hole 4 (short right) 330’ par 3  On or across walk trail or in street is OB.
Hole 5 (right) 324’  par 3  In or across street is OB.
Hole 6 (right) 425’  par 3  Long tee box. In or across street is OB.
Hole 7 (middle) 447’  par 3 In or across street is OB.
Hole 8 (long) 327’  par 3  Short tee box. In or across street is OB.
Hole 9 (right) 378’  par 3  In or across street or walk trail is OB.
Hole 10 (middle) 234’  par 3  In or across street or parking lot is OB.
Hole 11 (left) 363’  par 3  In ball field is OB.
Hole 12 (right) 522’  par 4  On or across walk trail is OB. Fence is not OB.
Hole 13 (left) 552’  par 4  Creek is casual.
Hole 14 (short) 316’  par 3  In pond is OB. On or across walk trail is OB. Fence is not OB.
Hole 15 (left) 261’  par 3  Left box. In pond is OB. On or across walk trail is OB. Shoot from drop or re-tee if OB on drive. Shots taken from other than tee box and go OB are played from where last in bounds.
Hole 16 (right) 288’  par 3  In ball field and on or across walk trail is OB.
Hole 17 (left) 321’  par 3  In ball field, in or across street and/or parking lot is OB.
Hole 18 (short) 369’  par 3  Long tee box. On or across walk trail, roof of bathroom, concrete apron of bathroom, shelter concrete slab are all OB.
Note: OB line at any street concrete curb is the back of curb edge.

All correct except hole 15 at Lakeside is a par 4 and hole 15 at P.C. is 315'.

Picking up trash and sweeping/blowing off tee boxes at both courses would be a big help.

I was out there today and I agree, the courses look great.  One question, on hole 2 at P.C. the short tee box was mulched, not the long tee.  Will we be playing from the short tee to the island hole?

The long tee will be used on hole 2 P.C. for the Ole Krusty's Open.

G$ and I went to Birdland all afternoon and weed eated around every large tree on holes 14, 15, and 16, We also lifted low hanging branches around the tees and cleaned up the formerly small opening on hole 12. The courses look great. We'll play the Old Settlers layout at P.C. league tommorrow.

I moved 5 pins at P.C. and 2 pins at Lakeside to get all baskets into tournament position this evening. The holes with alternate tees will use the long tees except for hole 8 P.C, which will be the short box.

I will try to have the hole descriptions posted in the next few days. The O.B. will be minimal and we will not be playing hole 4 at Lakeside as an island this year. The island hole at P.C. will be the tough, "must come to rest on the island, or throw from the drop zone" rule though.

Both courses are looking incredible. The City has been doing lots of extra work to make them look sharp. The mow is like a well kept suburban lawn, and they will hit it again next week before the tourney. Also, super volunteer Michelle Palmer has de-thorned and cleaned up around almost every tree in holes 12, 13, and 14's fairways.  8)

If you want to play two manicured courses in a PDGA tourney setting put on by a most excellent tournament director/staff/company (DD), get signed up.  :)

General Banter / Re: Work Day on Saturday at Prairie Center
« on: August 27, 2015, 08:43:21 pm »
The City has mowed the pond shore, but it is still a little shaggy. Hitting the drop zone and the green with weedeaters Saturday will help make it look super nice.

If minor, low hanging limb trimming occurs, we need to remove them from the fairways, preferably hauling them either to the dumpster up by hole 17, or out of the park completely.  8) 8)

If time allows another place that could use some touch up is all along the top of the slope on hole 12, at the entrance to the wooded down slope.

If the Friday travelers want to be super nice guys, perhaps they could carry some trash bags with them, and pick up the mexican soccer folks water bottles along the tree line on hole 12, and any other misc trash around the courses?  8)

General Banter / Re: Work Day on Saturday at Prairie Center
« on: August 27, 2015, 08:38:10 am »
The parks guys acting on my request for help have been working on the hole 15 mowing. I'll be out there for a recon and basket move tonight. I will post the status tonight. If the pond is cleaned up satisfactorily, another area that needs weedeater is the entire tree line directly to the north of basket 16, and increasing the green to the east and around the basket to at least 10 meters. Thanks everybody!

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