Ready for a disc golf vacation? #playemporia365
Posted on Apr 17, 2018
Disc golf enthusiasts are familiar with Emporia thanks to the popular Glass Blown Open, the annual tournament that challenges both professional and amateur golfers. Sponsored by Dynamic Discs, a hometown company with a global reputation for quality products, the Glass Blown Open brings players and spectators from around the country and around the world to Emporia and the surrounding area each April.
But disc golf is not just an April sport in the Flint Hills.
Multiple Courses for Multiple Proficiencies
Kansas weather is notoriously unpredictable – Snowstorms in May? Heat waves in November? Check and check! – but that just adds to the fun, right? Challenge yourself on our disc golf courses year-round to hone your skills and enjoy the outdoors, no matter the season. With nine disc golf courses in Emporia and many more in nearby communities like Olpe and Cottonwood Falls, no matter your skill level, you have several options for a round.
The “monster” at the Emporia Country Club, 1801 Rural Street, is home to the annual Glass Blown Open and hosted the 2016 Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) World Championship. With one of the toughest finishes in disc golf, no matter how well you have done on holes 1-15, you will still have to navigate two par 5’s and an island green on your last 3 holes. The Club offers specific times for disc golf play year-round. Visit the Club website for details.
Jones Park, 2006 Jones Drive, offers two courses, including the toughest park-style course in Emporia. Maintained by the Emporia Parks Department, the park is so beautiful you may be distracted from the danger lurking until it’s too late and your score has exploded.
Peter Pan Park, 515 South Congress Street, is the shortest of the tournament courses. Peter Pan is the place in town where you can get the most birdies. It’s fun course is set in a wonderful park with a few water holes, an amphitheater, and the famous monkey island to challenge you along the way.
Hammond Park, corner of West 18th Avenue and Merchant Street, is the newest course in Emporia. In contrast to the long, challenging Emporia Country Club course across the street, Hammond is a 9-hole beginner-friendly course with an average hole length of around 240 feet. Large trees provide shade and a bit of a challenge, but the course is great for someone just starting out and looking to improve!
You can play on your own or join one of the many group events happening year-round. Leagues play weeknights and weekends and welcome visitors. Competitions range from the Glass Blown Open in April to the Monkey Island Open to Junior Worlds in 2018.
What To Do When You’re Not Golfing
Have you ever wondered what over a quarter of a million discs in one place looks like? Would you like to see it in person? Dynamic Discs offers warehouse tours twice monthly, on the second and fourth Fridays of the month.
The 15-20 minute tour around the Dynamic Distribution Warehouse gives tourists a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to be a major disc golf supplier. Included in the tour is first-hand experience with the hot stamp process and the chance to hot stamp a disc. The disc you stamp will not be available for purchase. Tourists also receive a commemorative Dynamic Discs DyeMax disc and a Dynamic Discs Lanyard with a personalized name badge. Tours are $20 per person and limited to groups of 10. Visit the Dynamic Discs website to reserve your spot.
After a round or two of golf, enjoy the shopping, dining, culture and sights in Emporia. Of course you’ll want to visit the flagship Dynamic Discs store at 912 Commercial Street. With a knowledgeable staff and an extensive range of products, it’s a golfer’s dream destination.
Enjoy a delicious meal at our local restaurants, celebrate a good round – or commiserate after a bad one – after hours and be sure to check out what concerts and other shows are happening while you’re here.
In addition to being a top disc golf destination, Emporia is also the founding city of Veterans Day and home to the National Teachers Hall of Fame. While you’re here, visit the All Veterans Memorial, 933 South Commercial Street, and the National Teachers Hall of Fame on the campus of Emporia State University.
With multiple courses, a welcoming community, beautiful surroundings and a leading disc manufacturer headquartered right downtown, Emporia is ready to host your disc golf vacation any time of year!