Fun @ Findley!
Pros: Findley State Park is a very scenic place to play disc golf. Every hole has some type of wildlife that would attract nature loving disc golfers such as myself. Even though the course was on the shorter side, there were still some fun holes that provided a technical ace opportunity. One thing that stood out the most was the cleanliness of the entire park. There was practically no garbage/litter anywhere, so you can tell the course and park are both very well cared for. The tee signs were informational and accurate, but could use a makeover. Very nice concrete tee pads. There wasn't much pedestrian or golfer traffic so you will more than likely get to play at your own pace. The flow and navigation of the course was pretty good and easy to follow. There is a restroom on site, so you won't have to "make your own restroom", if you know what I mean ;)
Cons: It is just a very short course. There are only a few holes over 300 feet, so you can keep most of the discs in the bag. There were some pretty fun holes, but there was a lack in variety. Most of the holes were flat and straight.
Other Thoughts: This was a very well designed course, and I applaud both the designer and the people who help keep the area in phenomenal shape. I would recommend playing this course, maybe with your family or with beginners!
Pros: - Well marked for the most part
- Nice concrete tees
- Pretty walk
- Definite challenges each hole. You have to shape many shots!
- Easy to find in park
Cons: - Watch out for poison Ivy
- Some of the holes need to be cut back. Getting a little thick on the fairways.
- # 11 needs to be marked better since they changed #10.
- Several of the holes were the thing... straight. Would be nice to have a little more variety.
Other Thoughts: Overall, great course if you are in the area. Make sure you wear pants. You will be walking through some deep stuff.
Pros: Good signage at every teebox.
A couple of fairly impressive signature feeling holes. One with a nice elevation change and one long narrow fairway that I dubbed "magnolia lane".
Cons: Trees are QUITE thick on many holes, creating a punishing feeling.
Was fairly muddy the day I played, not awful but squelchy in many places.
Many holes felt a bit same-ish.
A couple of holes play into or over pretty heavily trafficked areas, I ended up skipping one hole because a large gathering/cookout was happening right in the fairway.
Other Thoughts: An enjoyable round while travelling to Oberlin but probably not worth a long drive to experience. Some interesting challenges and a couple great holes made it memorable but not exceptional.
A Great Course
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Changes to holes #2 and #10 were exactly what was needed. The undergrowth removal on #11 and #12 was also a welcome change.
Cons: Have to watch for picnic folks on holes #7 and #8; tables are fairly close to the line of play
Other Thoughts: Many thanks for all the hard work that was put in; especially the most recent changes. Really makes a huge difference in how it plays as well as how it looks.
Hole #2 basket has been moved back into the tree line about 40 feet. Hole #10 is completely changed....Where the tee before was in the parking lot making it a short little tunnel shot it is now located in the woods across the street to the boat launch at the bottom of the hill across from #9's basket. Now, it's a 240' uphill dogleg left.
I'll agree with what others have said...not an overly long course but very technical. Shots and lines have to be thought about beforehand then executed properly to set up the next shot.
It is an excellent course; definitely worth visiting and placing in your favorites...
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Findley State Park
Pros: Nice course mixed into a quiet state park with 18 holes throughout the woods.
Cons: Last time I was there the back 9 on the course was overgrown. Not the most challenging course but it is still fun.
Other Thoughts: Each year there seem to be more improvements to the course with upgrading tee pads, signs and etc.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Very Nice State Park
Pros: Located in a very nice state park, signs direct you all the way to hole 1. Layout just got revamped to help things flow a little better. Its also opened up some of the well known tight shots here. A nice wooden kiosk provides a map and some rules. Plays next to but not too close to a good size beautiful lake. Pretty wooded here all together, makes for a nice course to dial in your accuracy. Wooden tee plaques are in place, tee signs are not. Numbers have still been clearly written though. Fairly new DB-5 baskets I believe. Currently pink duck tape is very helpful in navigating the new layout. New layout offers great variety from righty to lefty shots!
Cons: Tee pads are natural all though all are in pretty good shape.(UPDATE 12-5-12) Tee pads are now concrete. Most holes have pretty poor rough. Leaving you with insane amounts of broken limbs to stand on. Fairways are cleared well though. Not to much elevation here, maybe 1 or 2 holes offer slight elevation. Located in the middle of nowhere!
Other Thoughts: Findley State Park is a great place to bring the family and spend the whole day. They have a amazing mountain biking trail, plenty of hiking, fishing, camping. They even rent out discs at the office. If your in the area I would definitely recommend checking out what this course is turning into.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice short park
Pros: - Plenty of parking
- The park itself is very large with camping and multiple activities.
- There is a bathroom (permanent outhouse) by hole #8's basket
- The entrance is marked with a very nice sign and billboard
- The flow could be considered a con, however, the use of available land was done well even though the overall flow can be difficult to follow. Thanks to the accurate course map posted on the billboard, you can navigate your first time out without getting lost.
- There are four holes with multiple tees
- Natural tees but most are in good condition
- Baskets are old but are in good condition
- Very nice mixture of shots required. Open and tunnel shots, over and around rough.
- Beautiful thick wooded forest area
- Not much upkeep is needed but the grass around the first few holes is always well cut and logs are set around many of the back 6 holes showing the paths to the next tee or fairways
- Not much traffic from either walkers on the path or other disc golfers
- Trash can located at the parking lot, very clean course
Cons: - Some of the tees can quickly become deep puddles in the spring season
- Even with the accurate map, next tee signs would be very helpful
- Very short course. Great for the kids but if you enjoy the long bomber throws then this course will feel very cramped.
- Boring elevation, very flat course
- Needs benches. There is an old picnic table by hole #9's tee but something else would be nice.
- The flat area between holes #3 & #5 turns into a black swampy mess in the spring season which makes the whole area including the fairway where you are supposed to land very difficult to play
Other Thoughts: - A fun course, though small, but on a very large park.
- There is a donation box by the DGC sign at the entrance
- Not much of a challenge overall
- A very good player would easily birdie every hole while a brand new player may find this course extra difficult and frustrating due to the how thick the woods are
- The most challenging hole is probably #4 from the long. There are several paths to take on this right turning hole and heavy tree growth blocking you at every path.
- There are no signature holes here that stand out in my memory but I really enjoyed hole #8. This is a very pretty wooded fairway. The trees to the right are in a nice row making a wall that you have to turn around at the end to get to the basket.
- There are no other courses nearby, this is a small course far from the highway in a remote location
- This is not a destination course and is only worth the travel if you plan on using the park itself for other purposes along with playing a round of disc golf which could turn out to be a fantastic day with the family (note that you can rent discs from the campground store)
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Short but technical fun
Pros: The Findley course, as other reviewers have noted, is a short pitch'n'putt course which runs through both technical woods and wide open fields. The park itself is quite beautiful and seems well-maintained by the local parks department. The course is not unmaintained but doesn't have high levels of upkeep either as it can be a bit difficult to navigate and the tees are quite rutted in some places. Experienced players are going to rack up birdies with little effort but those just learning about playing in tight woods are going to have a lot of opportunities to learn new shots and also to learn how to make trick-shot saves. Findley would operate as a pretty nice training ground in this respect because it has fairways which are tight enough for creative save shot-making but holes that are short enough to avoid frustrating players just figuring out this aspect of the game.
Cons: The open holes in the field are utterly boring and while they do complement the wooded holes a *little, they really don't challenge the golfer to 'make a shot', just control distance and throw a hyzer or straight putter/mid. As other reviewers have noted, the natural tees can be a bit awkward (although you shouldn't need any long run-ups here!) to throw from, but it sounds like the local volunteers are working on making them better!
Other Thoughts: We played this course while moving from Virginia to Seattle and it was a nice little stop to break up the drive. Findley doesn't have much to offer the competitive golfer because of the relatively simple and straightforward design but it does make for a nice place for the beginner to start learning about how to throw in the woods. The course at that time was also in design transition with changes being made and new holes in the eaves. It seems like the locals care a lot about this park and are going to keep making improvements!
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: A very beginner friendly course with nice scenery and tight fairways (which I enjoy). The campground store has discs for use on the course, but none for sale. I'm not sure if they charge rental.
-edit- The store does have discs for sale, see cons for more info.
The new back 9 is much more challenging than the original front. Elevation on 10, a nice long tunnel shot on 12, I could have brought drivers on the back for some easier lines. Still, I almost broke par with my putters, if not for missing the fairway on 12.
Cons: Short short short, the shortest course I've ever played. Only 3 holes above 200'. I played the entire course with a Rhyno and a Pig and I'm an 827 rated Am. "Long" tees did not do much to change the look of the hole, just added some distance. Mostly natural dirt teepads, although there were rubber mats on a few holes. Holes 7 plays toward a parking lot, and potentially, so could hole 8. The 2 open holes (1 and 2) are too short to grip and rip anything but a putter.
-edit-As I mentioned, the store does have discs for sale. They are stamped with the park logo. All are DX Rocs at $20 apiece.
Other Thoughts: The back 9 is in! It is longer than the front and more challenging. It was enough to upgrade my rating to a 3
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Not As Bad As I Thought
Pros: "Pro" tees have been recently added to a number of holes, giving the more experienced player a challenge on many of the seriously short holes. What the course lacks in distance is made up in technical aspects since the course is almost entirely wooded (save the first and second hole). Despite this, the tree cover isn't too thick, often leaving the thrower with a drive that requires thought, but isn't impossible.
Cons: Short, short, short. You can leave your driver in the bag for a lot of this one, shooting primarily with your mid-range. I shot pretty damn well with my Innova Shark DX all day. The tees are simple...Not too many with pads, and no tee signs (there's a base for them at every hole, but nothing is on them). The cages are also the portable kind...But there is a permanant course map outline...What's that all about?
Other Thoughts: For the amount of area the course covers, I was pleasantly surprised by the use of terrain. There's often definite and plausible fairways at the tee, with decent dog legs in both directions. As with many of the courses I've played, it looks like this one has more works in the making. There's a donation box at the beginning of the course near the parking lot...Drop a dollar in it!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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