Wilbur Young Park
Young Park was designed to give Kansas City a very technical control course among its fantastic more open courses. The course is heavily wooded and was carefully carved out during installation and designed to be a Blue Level course. The course also has good elevation changes throughout and many baskets are placed on elevation changes as well.
Holes vary in length from 160 to 430 feet. Most holes are heavily wooded with 3 to 4 holes being more open, while other holes have varying degrees of thick foliage in different parts of the hole. Players must demonstrate shot control, shot placement, and are forced to execute certain shots on some holes. Several tee shots offer players different routes to choose from, while some tees offer serious risk reward routes, and other tees force players to execute a certain shot. The course is balanced offering tee shots to left, right, and straight. There are tee shots uphill, downhill, flat, and over or near water.
This course is the only one in the KC that offers two concrete tee pads per hole. The alternative pads are extremely short on certain holes and generally short at the request of the parks department. The alternative pads are perfect for first timers or children. The course also boast 19 Mach V powder coated Orange Blaze baskets making them highly visible in the woods. The tee signs have a colored tab that notifies players the location of the baskets by matching the tab color to the tee sign basket locations.
Young Park was funded by the local Rotary Club and Elks Lodge. The majority of the funding was from the Department of Natural Resources and was part of the Wetlands Conservation Grant. The Blue Springs School District also provided labor from their VOTECH class along with writing the grant. The KCFDC was instrumental from the beginning and has provided great insight throughout all stages and is responsible for the design and much labor. The course opened in the Spring of 2010.
- # Holes: 18
- Target Type: Mach5
- Tee Type: Concrete
- Course Length: 6105
- Alternate Length: 4708
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