Kentwood Disc Golf Course
The Kentwood Disc Golf Course was set up by The City of Red Deer in a cooperation with the Red Deer Primary Care Network (special thanks to the RDPCN!) during the spring and early summer of 2012.
This course is within a very large open area on the north side portion of Kentwood Park in a north Red Deer subdivision called Kentwood. The course is named appropriately the Kentwood Disc Golf Course and is located at the east end of Kent Street; east of Kendrew Drive. The coordinates for Tee Box 1 at the north end of Kentwood Park are approximately (52.313551,-113.830093). See map below for specific location details.
The course is made up of 9 holes with a par of 37 and a total length of 2226 feet (678.5 meters). Three of the holes are par 5, four holes are par 4, and two holes are par 3. The target types are custom baskets and are marked (see pics below).
· Number of holes under 300 feet: 6
· Number of holes 300 to 400 feet: 3
· Number of holes over 400 feet: 0
(tee boxes / targets shown are approximate locations)
The tee box areas are grass turf and are marked with some kick ass signage that were made up by the RDPCN (see pics below). Initially there were small (approximately 1 foot diameter) concrete markers with an arrow pointing the way to the target baskets. Tee pads (4’ x 3’ with a rubberized pad) were then installed. Over a couple years, these pads did not turn out to be maintenance friendly and eventually had to be removed in spring 2016. No alternate tees have been installed since.
Overall the Kentwood Disc Golf Course design is straight forward and quite open; perfect for those weekend family activity outings, and for beginners to learn, and novices to practice. The hole lengths are also good for intermediates looking to sharpen their mid-range throws and short game as well. Many local players will play each of the nine fairways as a par 3.
Course Contact Information
Disc Golf Course Maintenance Concerns
· If you find a problem or concern with the disc golf course or equipment, please contact The City of Red Deer Parks Amenities at 403-342-8299.
· For further information on the Kentwood Disc Golf Course, you can leave a message with the site administration here or post a question on the Facebook pages. You can also contact us through the Contact Us form available off of the main menu.
· For nearby amenities, there is a mini mall with a convenience store and deli, and a restaurant that serves Asian cuisine just a couple blocks to the west at Taylor Drive and Kent Street.
· Emergency Services (ambulance and fire) are located to the west at the intersection of Taylor Drive and Jordan Parkway (just west across Taylor Drive from Kent Street).
· On the same park site, there are playgrounds, baseball diamond, basketball court, and a soccer field.
· No washroom facilities at this time.
· There are no camping facilities conveniently nearby, however there are camping site facilities in the area, including The City of Red Deer's Lion's Campground. Please see link for further info.
· For parking, there are no lots nearby, however the street is quite wide allowing for plenty of parallel parking along the street.
· The portion of Kendrew Drive that runs along Kentwood Park is currently a bus route making the Kentwood Disc Golf Course more accessible and convenient for those looking for alternative modes of transportation. See The City of Red Deer Transit web site for further information on fees and scheduling for the local bus routes in the area.
Applicable Links and Related Downloads
· The RDPCN was kind enough to create a .pdf of the Kentwood Disc Golf Course Score Card to download for you to print out at home and take with you to the course to keep track of your scores. Feel free to post a message on the Red Deer Disc Golf Club Facebook page to let others know of your score on the course.
Course Rating and Review
· For course ratings and reviews, please see comments below this article or on the Red Deer Disc Golf Club Facebook page.
· If you would like to post your own comments on this course or your experience playing, please feel free to do so below or within the Red Deer Disc Golf Club Facebook page for further conversation. Note that you have to login to post comments.
Kentwood Disc Golf Course Hole 1
Hole 1 starts the enthusiast off with an easterly facing 329 foot (100.3 meters) Par 5 that aligns along the northern edge of the park. This fairway is wide open with Kendrew Drive off to the left and a baseball diamond to the right. As long as there is not a baseball game in progress, there are no real edge boundaries to this fairway allowing the player to use a wide variety of discs and throwing styles to achieve this hole.
With a good solid drive, a birdie finish is well within reach to give the player a great start.
If a baseball game is in progress, it would be considerate to skip the first three holes due to the proximity to the diamond and the baseball players.
Although not an official rule for this course, landing your disc out on the street or sidewalk could be considered out of bounds.
Kentwood Disc Golf Course Hole 2
Right after your birdie start, hole number 2 heads directly to the south with a shorter 200 foot (61 meters) par 4. The tricky part for this hole is getting a good power throw drive on a "narrow" fairway, due to the residential housing back yards off to the left (east), and a baseball diamond to the right (west). If there is a baseball game in progress, it is a good idea to skip this hole and the next due to the proximity to the diamond and the baseball players.
For the Right Handed Back Hand (RHBH) throw, the risk is slicing off to the left into the fenced backyards of the local residential lots. Some lots have convenient gates, however residents may not appreciate disc golfers rummaging around in their backyards looking for discs. It is wise to ask for permission from the property owner before entering backyards to retrieve discs.
Although not an official rule for this course, backyards and/or the hitting the fence could be considered out of bounds.
<Article edit> Please note that since this course inception, hole number 2 has been adjusted (twice now) due to discs inadvertently landing in residential backyards and people trespassing without property owner permission. Hole number 2 is now considerably shorter than originally designed. The signage has not been adjusted for the new length yet.
Kentwood Disc Golf Course Hole 3
Hole 3 turns towards the west and gives the player another chance for a birdie on a par 5. This par 5 is 328 feet (100 meters) long; just a touch shorter than hole number 1 however is a bit more challenging with potential obstacles in the way before the target basket.
It is not uncommon for players to bounce their discs off the baseball diamond backstop that is just off to the right of the tee box. Further there is a cluster of trees straight up the fairway about 40 meters that provides a challenging second shot if your drive is caught up short behind these trees in relation to the target basket. A safe drive for this hole is to stay off slightly to the left (south) where play is wide open for the power driver.
Again, if there is a baseball game in progress, it is a good idea to skip this hole (or at least move the tee off west past the diamond area), due to the proximity to the diamond and the baseball players.
Kentwood Disc Golf Course Hole 4
Hole 4 is an interesting fairway with a large cluster of trees right in front of the tee box with the target basket on the far side.
The drive options are typically to throw a wide sweeping curve shot off to the right, however if the playground to the left is clear, throwing long, left of the tree cluster with a right hand fade at the end is a great drive shot that gets the player in pretty good shape for a second shot to the target.
This throw is great for those Right Handed Fore Hands (RHFH) that throw a long straight disc with a low speed right fade at the end of the glide.
Although not an official rule for this course, the sand box playground could be considered a sand trap with a stroke penalty if there is no one playing in it, or out of bounds if someone is playing in it.
If there are kids and other people in the playground, please use a spotter to ensure no one gets hit with a wandering disc.
Kentwood Disc Golf Course Hole 5
Hole 5 takes the player back to the east and is straight forward shot straight up a wide open fairway providing a 259 foot (79 meters) par 4 opportunity.
Be aware of the playground and basket ball courts off to the left; the basket ball courts could be considered out of bounds for an alternative option to the official course rules.
As long as there is no soccer game in progress, feel free to utilize that space to the right (south) to avoid the left side "hazards".
If there are kids and other people in the playground or on the basketball courts, please use a spotter to ensure no one gets hit with a wandering disc.
Kentwood Disc Golf Course Hole 6
Another interesting hole similar to hole 2 in that the fairway parallels the fence line of the residential lots to the left (east).
Hole 6 is a 254 foot (77.5 meters) par 4, and as long as there is not a soccer game in progress, the safe drive is to stick slightly to the right to avoid the fence line and/or the residents’ back yards.
If your disc does happen to land within someone's back yard, it is wise to ask for permission from the property owner before entering people's private property.
Again, although not an official rule for this course, backyards and/or the hitting the fence could be considered out of bounds.
Kentwood Disc Golf Course Hole 7
Hole 7 is a challenging 164 foot (50 meters) par 3 in that there is a residential lot fence line to the left (north) with some clusters of trees scattered about, and a small grassy hill off to the right.
The grassy hill seems to be a great disc magnet at times, seemingly pulling the players disc into the hillside potentially affecting the chances of getting a birdie.
Don't let that hill side attract your disc! Take advantage of this shorter hole to improve your score. There are only a couple more opportunities after this basket.
Kentwood Disc Golf Course Hole 8
Hole 8 is a cute little 118 foot (36 meters) par 3 that devilishly lures the player into thinking an ace is in the cards and will be no problem. The tee box is on top of the grassy hill and the target basket is down the hill but only a short distance away.
Be careful not to overshoot this deceptive hole.
If you can catch that draft just right, a light easy glider putter disc will take you straight to a birdie or even an ace!
On to number nine...
Kentwood Disc Golf Course Hole 9
Here is your last chance to let that power driver rip.
Hole 9 is a 328 foot (100 meters) par 5 with wide open fairway (especially to the left side), and as long as the player clears the clusters of trees nearby the tee box, the options for the second shot are all wide open.
If you are not in the running for the lead, now is your chance for that experimental driver disc or new throwing style.