GDL2000 wrote: One's not any better than the other.
Maybe in the eyes of some. I personally would rather have one sweet 18 holer than 5 nice 9 holers. I look at Grandview. I know of many west sider rec players that go out of there way to play there, because they like the moderate difficulty of the course and it's not too
far out of the way, and you don't have to worry about the authorities. I was the same way when I started playing, sure I went to Southwoods that was about a 10 minute drive from my house to try it out, after that it was GVCC. In the grand scheme of things Des Moines isn't a large enough city to consider location of a course to be a big consideration IMO. Everything is about 10-20 minutes away no matter what side of town your on. When I lived in West Des Moines, it took about the same amount of time to get to GVCC (mostly I-235 travel) as it did to get to Southwoods (mostly in town traffic and more stop lights).
Nine hole courses may be good for newcomers, but they have their negatives as well. Southwoods is a prime example. The course is constantly littered from local high schoolers (who are more into getting a buzz than expanding their disc golf game), which gives the Disc Golf Community a bad reputation, and may detour the P&R from granting our disc golf needs.
I agree that the west/ south west side of town is in higher need of a higher caliber course, but from what I am hearing the west side P&R is difficult to work with.