Hole 8 was just too busy with other park users and had to be moved. The hole is now located across the street from the current hole and about 50 feet past where the old hole 8 t-box was located.
The new hole needs to be measured but guessing 250 to 280 fairly tight tree fairway with thick and thorny rough on both sides. Definitely a putter to midrange control shot. A tree canopy also will keep the shots low and make the overhand shots challenging if not an option.
The pin sits about 15' short of the Stillwater River and is about 6' higher than the river. An ace run that misses is guaranteed to be lost (and lost forever, current is swift and deep on that bend). The choke is about 210' up the fairway, after that it opens with few trees on the green and river behind. There is plenty of room to drop it in for an easy birdie putt on the green, just reach the green and no more.
I really liked the green on the old 8 but this is a way sweeter disc golf shot. In the case of a shanked t-shot at the old 8 getting a bogey was hard to do. Just too easy to save it. I think with this new layout birdies will be frequent and expected if in a tournament. But a bad t-shot that kicks in the thick rough could easily be a 4 or 5 if your rescue shot goes deep or is too soft. The putt back from the river if you go in is no gimme either. Close to one and a high percentage putt.
My one time up at Lawrence we had to skip hole 8 'cause of kids playing on "The Hump." Always a good idea to move golf holes away from play areas (remember the old post course at Lawrence where one of the holes threw OVER the kids play structure?)
http://flatheaddisc.com/lawrence_park_dgc.php - updated course map
The back nine "red tree" course the locals still play is still hucking through the playground down there on 3 shots. I'm hoping once baskets go in they'll play the new layout more. It is played, but without all the crossfire of the old course is a bit shorter.
We also got in the wooden frames for t-boxes on holes 6, 8 (new), 9, and 1, and 3. 4 more sponsors and we'll have 9 baskets in and a roll of t-pads for the front 9, hopefully soon!