Solid Fun at Forked Run
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Pros: Forked Run is located along the OH-WV border and the course plays widely throughout this state park. It starts near a small pavilion on the left shortly after you enter the park, with signs pointing you to hole 1. It presents a desirable level of difficulty: a great blend of tight, technical shots in the woods and longer, open shots that make you have to fight for par. Distance with accuracy is tested here. However, it isn't challenging to the point where it's not fun. The two sets of tees truly give you a nice option for the level of difficulty you want to play.
There is good signage here, with tee signs and a lot of 'next tee' signs throughout the course. This helps out a lot since the course is so spread out and plays in different parts of the park. Since it is a long hike, benches are plentiful. The tees are awesome, concrete and very large.
There's a great mix of holes with a variety of wooded and open shots as well as moderately wooded holes that force placement shots. Hole 3 comes to mind as a perfect placement shot. It starts out open but a solid approach depends upon a well-executed drive in front of an opening into the woods. The design also makes nice use of the elevation provided with some steep uphill (7-10) and fun downhill (13, 14, 18) throws. 14 is a highlight, a downhill left to right shot in the woods with a challenging pin position on a steep hill. Being 24 holes long, I didn't feel that there was much redundancy. This is uncommon for a 24-hole course that isn't championship level. I think this is mostly due to there being a sequence of open then tight holes back to more open shots, etc.
Well thought out pin positions add to the challenge, with many being on a slope or among a patch of trees. Hole 17 is an open shot on top of the end of a reservoir. The pin is on a very steep hill that calls for a touchy approach.
The land is very well taken care of, with limited rough and chances to lose discs.
Cons: While the navigation is aided for the most part, there are some tricky areas and the direction of the next tee isn't always obvious. I had trouble finding holes 7, 14, and 23. For each one, head to the woods on the left.
I'm not sure how regular this is, but a few holes were pretty swampy when I played. Hole 7 had a pond in its fairway that I just played around.
There is a great variation of holes, but some of them were pretty straight forward. There weren't really any true signature holes that were a blast to play. That more than anything keeps this course from being among the excellent (4.0 and higher) rated courses for me.
With the state park being in a secluded area, the course itself doesn't always feel secluded. There are times where you play around a parking lot and a fishing area. A few holes play near the park road.
A little nitpicky, but the tee signs had 3-6 pin positions marked out, often being very different. This caused me to have to search for the basket on the blind shots. The marked positions didn't always correspond with where the pin was located.
There is no real parking area by the start of the course, I just parked next to the pavilion which is out of the way from other park activities.
Other Thoughts: Forked Run is a very solid course that offers a lot of variety and makes great use of the state park's land. It offers a nice balance of challenge, difficult to achieve par without being too demanding. There aren't any real big detractors to the course, so I think any player would enjoy playing here. Unfortunately, it is a little out of the way in terms of other courses and pretty much anything else. I definitely encourage a stop here if you are near the area.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Forked Run: A fun course, with a few flaws
Pros: Forked Run provides a fun challenge, that will test even the best of disc golfers. The tees and baskets are in phenomenal shape. I really liked the design of this course. It had the perfect mix of open and wooded holes. The park is very welcoming, and I met a few awesome people along the way!
Cons: Navigation was a little confusing throughout the course. I got bit up pretty bad by Mosquitos, so being some bug spray. The main problem was navigation. This is a great course, but with improved navigation, it could easily be a 4-4.5 disc course. I got lost several times.
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed playing Forked Run, and with improved navigation, it could be a phenomenal course. I would reccomend it to my friends, but PLEASE add a few more signs.
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Pros: Great course, has many different basket options, though i don't know how often they change them. Nice mix of open and woods.There are a few holes that have water, but none that you have to throw over. This is a must play if you are in the area.
Cons: There was one hole where you had to head right back towards the tee to get to the next hole, but as there was nobdy else on the course both times I played, it was not really a problem.Other than that I thought the course was very well laid out.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: - Beautiful scenery
- Some long holes for big arms
- Clean and well maintained
- Good use of terrain
- Concrete tee pads
- Multiple tee pads
- Vending machine tucked in the back by one of the buildings when you come out of the woods
Cons: - Minimal parking by the start, more signs for parking further in would be nice
Other Thoughts: Another good destination course. Nice mix of length throughout the course. Nice use of elevation where appropriate. Good general flow from hole to hole.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Great layout of the course. For a first time player here it was very easy to figure out the layout. The entire course is challenging, wither it is a long hole or a very short hole. Great Course
Cons: Only con I had was that it was very wet. The drainage isn't that great but as a traveler water isn't a big deal.
Other Thoughts: I encourage everyone to tell this course and have a killer time. Just be prepared to go up a mountain but the holes are toattaly worth it.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: I really enjoyed Forked Run. There are 24 holes, which is a nice bonus. There are up to 6 pin positions per hole (wow!) The course has plenty of variety even without the multiple pin positions. There are up/down hill shots, left/right/straight shots, open/wooded, and different distances.
Nice tee signs with current pin positions listed.
- dual concrete tees
- well maintained State Park with camping available
- challenging & fun
- water near play
- elevation used
- arrows help navigation
Cons: The course is located out of the way from civilization which bums me out because I really want to come back to play the other pin positions.
Beginners could get frustrated, a nice array of shots needed
Some play near a non-busy road
Other Thoughts: There is onsite camping. There are tent sites or cabins. I took advantage of the cabin. They are small but include: 3 beds, refrigerator, heat/AC and a microwave. There is a shower house nearby. The price was fair and I do recommend it.
The first tee is near the parking at the entrance of the park. The course is long and physically demanding, bring snacks/drinks with you, it won't be finished quickly. I hope to be back to play here again.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: This is a very special course located in a nice secluded state park.
With 24 holes, two tees and up to 6 pin positions, that dramatically change the layout of the hole, you are provided with practically unlimited variety. The different pin positions really do make completely different holes.
The design of the course is very solid. There is a good balance of right turning, left turning, and straight holes. The course provides a great mix of wooded, open and a combination of the two. The design also provides some decent elevation changes. Holes 8 through 18 all have some slight to significant elevation. The designer has also brought water into play on a few holes without making losing a disc a huge fear.
There are two concrete tees for each hole providing very different looks at the basket and all of the baskets are in good shape.
The tee signs are very helpful providing distances for all the pin positions except for the most recently installed. On the tee signs there is a little tag letting you know which position the pin is in currently. As far as I could see they were all accurate.
I got to meet a lot of the locals for this course (although local is a relative term since it really is kind of in the middle of no where) and they were all super cool, helpful and easy to play with.
The entire course is well maintained by the park staff and I have heard that the rough on some of the wooded holes has been thinned significantly over the last year or so.
Cons: There are no serious cons with this course. I would just suggest clearing out a few fairways a little more. Specifically holes 22 and 11.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed playing on this course since it was difficult without being overwhelming. T There is a very high fun factor at this course but I can imagine that when the pins are all in their hardest positions that this course would be an absolute bear.
I have played one sanctioned event at this course and I have been told that all of their events have a festive atmosphere. Everyone I met was relaxed and fun to be around. I am looking forward to playing here again in the fall for the Ohio River Open.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: concrete pads
well mowed grass
good mix of elevation
good hyzer/anhyzer routes
Cons: lots of walking, slightly confusing for a first-time through
Other Thoughts: love the a-g pins, love playing tourneys out here, very humbling
1 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Concrete tees
Multiple Pin placements
Cons: poor layout
bad hole design
Other Thoughts: I whole heartedly disagree with the other reviews. And in my opinion this course definetley does not deserve a 4.25. While the course is not the worst course in the world, it is really not anything to "write home" about. There are a few cool holes and one awesome hole. 2 being a moderatley long hole with the basket situated behind a large and full tree(sycamore if my memory serves me). 18 was shot from an earthen dam to a mowed green about 200 ft out and 50 or so feet down. 24 was (again in my opinion) the best hole on the course and even it wasnt spectacular. It played dogleg right and the left side of the fairway had a straight line of trees for almost the entire length of the hole very cool to look at and hard to bend a shot through. But then there are the other 21 holes. The holes in the woods seemed like they hadnt been thought out well. The trees were just annoying. There was maybe...MAYBE one flight path to take on each of these holes and even then it was a unreasonably small path. The holes in the field had only one or two trees and no elevation change, not a great challenge. Also this course is not long... there were maybe 5 holes that were over 350'. Maybe the pin placements were to blame but this course is probably a one timer for me unless Im passing by( which isnt likley because its painfully out of the way for anybody).
1 of 10 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 1) Great overall diversity of holes; hyzer/anhyzer doglegs, uphill/downhill, open/wooded, super long/to long holes
2) Most holes have a Pro level design
3) State Park atmosphere
4) Each hole has two concrete tee pads with at least 4 pin placements that are very well marked
5) Lots of elevation changes and wooded/open holes
6) Safe clean park
7) Has a fun factor
Cons: 1) 24 holes with 6 awesome holes, 6 cool holes, and 6 so/so holes.
2) Most holes could be very frustrating for beginners due to length and the need to have two high quality shots to reach the pin.
2) There are state parks away from the city and there are state parks away from everything else, this is the latter.
3) Course is demanding physically with length of holes and elevation change
Other Thoughts: After reading various reviews about this course and realizing the distance it would take to travel here, me and three friends picked Forked Run as a place to try our first disc golf camping trip to take full advantage of the course. Like other reviews have said driving into the park for the first time and seeing 3-4 baskets placed in an open field with no real character to them we were already second guessing our decision. However, after playing the course 3 times from the red/shorter tees twice and the blues/longer once we left feeling more than satisfied. I can comfortably say this is best disc golf course in a State Park and the best 24 hole disc golf course I have ever played. There are indeed 4-6 holes one could say that are too boring that seemed to be placed in the open areas to better "connect" the course. However the course has at least 6-10 holes that are really fun/tough/exciting with another half dozen that are worthy to be at a top level course. Even from the shorter red tee pads this course still plays long for beginners and provides challenge for every type of shot disc of your game. Our fastest round was two hours and forty-five minutes. Great signature hole on 18. I think it is a shame that for the majority of the Ohio/Midwest disc golf community that this course is so far away because it is a real gem. I would recommend this course as an ideal disc golf camping trip.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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