Sure, Lake Shore
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Pros: Lake Shore Park offers an abundance of elevation changes in all manner of flavors, with uphill and downhill shots, fairways crossing rolling hills, dropoff-backed pins, and hillside shots that threaten some nasty rollaways. The great variety of elevation spices the course up; I found it to be the most interesting part of the course. It's uniquely drastic without becoming absurd.
There's a nice happy medium of tree cover: a few tight lanes and some open drives, with most holes lying in between these two poles. There's almost always some obstacle worth thinking about, whether from off the tee, en route to the fairway, guarding the pin, or a mix of these three. Given that the terrain isn't heavily wooded, the design does a good job of integrating the obstacles present in a range of worthwhile ways. Hole types are nicely varied.
Distances from the long tees are generally in the 300'-350' range, but there's a decent mix of shorter and longer holes thrown in. The short tees are very beginner friendly, and the longest set provide experienced players with a lot of engaging, longer birdie runs and one or two opportunities to bomb. All three sets of tees are well paved and generally well marked, and all seem to have been equally thought through: no one set seems to be the course's focus, they're all equally well-integrated.
Multiple pins on a few holes are a nice touch. Tees and baskets are in great shape. Parking is ample, and bathrooms are readily accessible.
Cons: The course's technical demands are more in the form of "hit your window" than "shape your line": you can often get by on subpar execution as long as you manage to hit the right window or avoid the usually-singular obstacle. You're rarely if ever forced to be accurate at multiple points in your disc's flight. Upshots are rarely punished because of how open the course is, and these easy recoveries take away the tension of hitting your drive. This isn't always the case, especially in the more extreme instances of elevation, but it often is. You can get by with a lot of straight-to-fade shots; line shaping isn't very tested.
The challenge factor overall is relatively low, especially given three sets of tees. As a mid-800s player, I quickly gravitated to the long tees for wont of a challenge, and still didn't fully find it. The course isn't going to challenge higher level players. It still makes for an enjoyable round; this quality just limited its ceiling for me.
The course design is very solid, but the terrain prevents much in the way of wow factor. There are no signature holes here.
Other Thoughts: I found Lake Shore Park's DGC to be an enjoyable one that is perfect for a casual round. It won't test the limits of your game, but most holes have worthwhile obstacles in some form or fashion. If you're in the area, it's a course that is definitely worth stopping at.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Great Views and Fun DG
Pros: Lake Shore Park sits atop a bluff with the vast waters of Lake Erie providing a stunning backdrop. The course is very easy to get to and is well mowed and maintained.
Specific to the design of the course, water (though not the lake) is factored into several of the holes, including a few fenced areas, which pushes the risk vs. reward aspect. Although the park is mostly open, trees are included in the design of nearly every hole, creating some additional challenge. Whenever possible, the elevation changes are incorporated into the layout of the fairways, adding some more variety to the course.
Multiple concrete tees are available on every hole, with as many as three being available on any given hole. Tee signs are still in decent shape (despite being very old school) and show distance, par, intended throwing lines, and the direction of the next tee. The baskets at the course are in good condition.
Cons: The biggest danger for any DG course is that of the saftey of the general public. Several of the fairways at Lake Shore Park are too close to frequently-used public areas, paths, and pavillions with a few holes that danced a bit too close to parking lots.
Despite the use of trees and elevation, the basic design of most of the fairways are straight from the tee to the basket, with little variation in throwing lines. Additionally, even with the multiple tees, the holes are all around the same length with very few topping 400' and the vast majority at or under 300'.
Although the concrete tees are in good shape, they're quite small and can't accommodate an elongated run-up.
Even though the tee signs have a "next tee" arrow, there are a few places where navigation from the basket to the next tee is confusing (specifically going to hole #3).
Other Thoughts: One of the ponds that is incorporated into the design of the course doesn't seem to have much in the way of flowing water, so the summer months can be mosquito prone with swarms lurking around half the course.
Although no signs are posted, the main gates to the park were still closed prior to 7:00AM.
Given the straight, short layout of many of the fairways, this course would be great for newer players and provides excellent birdie and ace runs for more seasoned players. All things considered, I'd put this course at a 3.25. Because the course lacks significant variety and challenge (which I know is subjective), I'd have to log it in at a 3.0. If some of the saftey conerns were alleviated and the fairways modified to create some additional variety, there's no reason why this course shouldn't be a 3.5.
With it's proximity to Erie, PA (which is currently devoid of quality disc golf), Lake Shore Park is a very viable disc golf option for the NE Ohio/NW PA area.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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A Fun Course from the Blue Tees
Pros: The course is much better than its first impression as we drove into the park. The baskets looked crowded together, and wedged into the relatively open park grounds. Once we started our round, we could focus on our shots and ignore the encroaching distractions, well, at least most of them. It's near impossible to ignore the caged peacock between the number 8 and 13 tees.
We aren't especially strong players, but even for us it makes the course a lot better to play from the blues. It adds a lot of distance and challenge to the layout. Tee pads are somewhat thin and short, but well-marked with engraved insets at the back.
The grass was very well-groomed everywhere. The geese were a fun distraction on the 4th and 13th, and on the walk from the 2nd to the 3rd.
#4 slight downhill with an wide open fairway to invite a long drive, then into trees for the putt
#13 bends slightly right and uphill, with a pond framing the right side of the fairway
#18 downhill then back up again, a strong challenge to close out the round
Cons: It's hard to come up with much to say about favorite holes, and that's probably the biggest drawback to the course. The holes aren't all similar, but there aren't any great standouts either. There's very little need to stray from a favorite reliable shot off the tee or fairways - whether forehand or backhand.
Equally important, the overall layout feels uninspired. #8, for example, could be a great hole with its drive about 180 feet across a pond. But the entire pond is fenced in - almost definitely an understandable park safety measure, but it detracts from the natural design. The occasional cluster of baskets doesn't hurt the play, but again, it gives the course much more of a small-scale feel.
Even though the course is cramped, there's a couple long walks from basket to tee. And no directional signs. It would have been near impossible to figure out how to get from #2 to #3 without a scorecard. Highly recommended to pick one up at the concession stand across the road from the first tee.
The marked pars don't reflect quality disc golf standards, but that wasn't a big issue for us. None of the holes deserve a par 5, even from the blues.
Other Thoughts: The course plays primarily across two small hills, with a few nice views of Lake Erie. Lots of sidehill lies and steep slopes for the basket placements. The park has a beach with swimming, but the water is cold, even in summer. Less than 60 degrees in late June when we visited - it took me five minutes to get my head under water.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: great park - easy to find off I-90. Holes flow well. most have 3 tees, some have 2 baskets - easy to adjust to different levels (I was with a newbie). Wide open, rolling terrain. Tough to lose a disc - no undergrowth, only water hazards.
Cons: very wet/muddy in spring. no map available - too early in season. Could see multiple baskets from some tees and confusing which was which.
Other Thoughts: Will definitely come back in drier weather. If you are flying down I-90, stop for a round!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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