This championship-level disc golf course was designed by renowned disc golf course designer John Houck. This is the firstHouckDesigncourse built in Missouri.
Strawn Park features big hills, wide meandering creeks, and lots of tall trees – everything needed to accommodate a world class destination course. Interesting creek crossings and ways to traverse the terrain were incorporated into the course design. The championship layout has a par of 68, including four par five holes. Most holes have three tees to accommodate everyone, from beginning players to the most experienced pros. Landing zones are utilized in the course design, mutiple lines are always a possibility, and risk/reward must be weighed with every shot. For the times when the course will host the world’s top players, there will be a set of longer and trickier “Gold” pin positions, which will allow disc golfers to do what John Houck calls “turning Strawn into Gold.”
What’s new and unique about this course? Course designer John Houck explains it in this three minute video.
The course designer was also excited about holes #13 and #17.
“Harmony Creek and Perche Creek are going to make this course really memorable. Perche Creek twists and turns in ways that make it perfect for two of the par fives – I’m not sure I could have drawn up a creek that’s better for what I was hoping to do. Hole #17 will be a par five that combines one of the highest tees on the course with several twists and turn of the Perche AND another hillside impinging on the approach – it will be a breathtaking signature hole. And Hole #13, back on the Harmony, is going to be one of my all-time favorite par fours – I don’t know if it’ll be more challenging or beautiful. I do predict that, when it’s done,there will be a good number of players naming Strawn as their favorite course anywhere.”—John Houck
The area beyond the stone wall is Out-of-Bounds (OB); play from the drop zone with one throw penalty. There is also OB along the right side of the fairway; normal OB rules apply.
This hole has four elevated landing areas, and each one has a drop zone to provide a good safe run-up. If your shot comes to rest within the drop zone, play it where it lies. If your shot comes to rest outside the drop zone, you must move to the nearest lie on the edge of the drop zone, no penalty.
The top outer edges of the stone wall define the landing area. If your shot comes to rest next to a landing area, you may take up to 1 meter relief, perpendicular to the stone wall, no penalty.
The stone stairs running up the hill are considered part of the landing areas. If your shot comes to rest on the stairs, take the nearest lie on the nearest drop zone, no penalty.
Any shot coming to rest below the log wall within the designated casual area must take relief on the line of play with no penalty, even if the lie is moved more than 5 meters.
The stone wall by the basket is considered casual. Any shot coming to rest completely on the wall must take relief on the line of play, no penalty.
Across the creek is Out-of-Bounds up until about 180’ from the basket. Out-of-Bounds/In-Bounds line is marked.
If you land in the marked area just short of the first creek bend (the “STRAWN,”), you may take one meter relief (about 3.3 feet) on either side, perpendicular, with no penalty. The STRAWN (Solution To Reduce Arbitrariness When Necessary) is there to help players who, through no fault of their own, get a randomly bad lie behind the big sycamore tree.
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