Nearly Riskless Traditional
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Blendon Woods is a really nice park on the northeast side of Columbus, Ohio, about 2-3 miles south of the Brent Hambrink course at Hoover Reservoir. The park has lots of family outdoor activities and a bunch of really nice hiking trails. The disc golf course is obviously a 1980's style course with holes ranging from 146 to 285 feet in length, with most of them being ace run/ birdie bash opportunities for all Intermediate level players and above. What that means is that the course is well established, popular with casual to Recreational level players, and you really won't need a map to find the next tee, as thousands have beat in the paths for you.
There are nice, new(er) DGA baskets out there (including multiple practice baskets near the kiosk at the start, which also has a course map), which catch your shots extremely well. The nice concrete tees are definitely good for the shortness of the course, and there is some really nice landscaping raising the 16th tee. There are plenty of benches and trash cans, and it seems to be fairly well tidied up for such a popular course. The fairways are situated apart from other park activities, so you won't see many non-players near your throws.
The shots feel as if they tend to favor left to right turns, and even when you can't see the basket immediately from the tee, you'll only have to walk a short distance ahead to pick them out. The main thing about this course is that it is extremely forgiving. It may once have been tighter, but I felt as if every fairway was now pretty easy to manage. The greens pose no serious risk of a bad shot at an ace or a deuce winding up giving you a four. In all, this is an enjoyable little course to work on your short game. Memorable holes were probably 5 (a short, tight hook anny - rhbh) just past a marshy bottom rough, that I almost aced, and maybe 18, which plays slightly uphill, and requires a decently controlled fade to the pin position just out of view on the left.
Cons: The 80's had a lot of asphalt 'greens' at the basket, and Blendon still has these, offering you skip-aways, plus wear and tear on baseline plastic. But they have upgraded the tees to concrete (a while back). There are a number of places where the next tee is in line with, and only 40-50' past the previous basket. Wild casual chuckers could wind up in parallel fairways, as the course design favors 'out, back, out' sets of three holes at a time. The fairways on holes 16 & 17 seemed as if they might be prone to holding water and might be muddy days after rain. And there were a lot of times where I came to a new hole, and thought, "oh, this one's just like that last one, and the one two before…"
Other Thoughts: There is an honor box at the course entrance asking players to drop in $1.50 per play, or $4.50 all day, to help with the cost of maintenance. Some would put this in the "con's" section, but I thought it was a fair amount for an out of towner checking out the course. The park might want to work with the Columbus club to sell locals a cool bag tag or key chain fob for each season?
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Ye Olde Blendon
2 Helpful / 1 Not
-Located in a nice park with beautiful green foliage
-A great course to introduce people to disc golf
-Nice putting area with a discatcher and two other baskets
-Will challenge you with many different throws
-Great for an ace race and mid range accuracy
-Would be great for night discing
-Just a beautiful park and course that makes use of many differing factors such as the shots and the topography
-Drink machine and lounging areas
-Has nice tees and signs, trash cans, benches
-Can play quickly and then head over the Hoover for the bigger action.
-The biggest con for me, personally, is that they strictly don't allow dogs, and they even have two signs telling you that as you walk in! I play with my dog 99.9% of the time and she has become the most important member of our crew, so denying her entrance is enough to turn me away almost for good. This isn't out of spite; my dog discs with us all the time and beyond her just being awesome, we need her there with us. That said...
-The course gets very crowded and it tends to attract the proverbial "chucker."
-This course is more for beginners and subsequently has short holes
-You will probably find yourself bored and wanting to play Hoover and explore other courses if you are trying to advance your game.
-Blendon lost trees I hear from the ash borer, so it is disappointing to see her not as glorious as she used to be, but she is still a beaut.
-It is a short course so you won't need drivers and there are no holes to really air it out on other than maybe 17, and even then you don't have too much room for error.
-It still smells by the watery parts! haha
-Don't go 15 MPH driving up to the place or you are subject to hear about it from the rangers ;)
-The course used to have a disc hut where you would pay but now they just have a donation box that is basically still requiring you to pay (or be subject to moral scrutiny!), but without them making any effort to take your money. I understand they need to maintain it, but the whole box thing strikes me as odd. Plus, you can't buy their sweet wares anymore.
Blendon Woods is a beautiful little park there and it is not far off the beaten path. Hoover is close by, and Sunbury not far either.
I don't really have much to say against Blendon (I know I typed a lot in the cons!). It gets crowded and often the people can be less than courteous.
She isn't as green and dense as she used to be, but the course is still quite nice to walk through and play.
I used to play here all the time when starting disc golf until I outgrew it and wanted to throw Hoover all the time. It is nice to go back and play Blendon, especially as a warm up to Hoover, but with their disallowance of dogs, I just can't see myself ever playing here really.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Steady on Ed, steady on!
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A basic "Steady Ed" course. Short, fairly tightly wooded shots. Precision rather than raw power will be rewarded here.
Solid place to work on putting, with 3 practice baskets available.
Shelter house and open field make for a nice "driving range" to warm up.
Cons: This seems to be the "beginners course" in Columbus, and etiquette can be lacking, despite plenty of instructional signs at the first tee.
People don't pay the honor box, and maintenance is somewhat lacking consequently. Currently there are no major problems, but I can see where there will be eventually.
Absurd course pars. This course claims to be a par 63, but the longest hole is 284'! I shot a 42 with nothing but a pair of Wizards. There isn't a single par 4 on this course.
Only one set of tees and pin positions. To add more would require a major redesign and if people won't pay, this won't happen.
Other Thoughts: Blendon is a fun course to play at off-peak times. However, on a nice weekend or evening go elsewhere. This course is clearly an older design, and evoked many nostalgic memories when I was playing it. I hope they hire someone to man the booth, so that there can be some money to put into the course. There's a decent amount of brush to clear, and there is enough unused land to add another 9 short holes, or to lengthen and redesign the existing 18.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Good for beginners, ace run and mid range practice
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - Practice putting area
- Benches and trash cans for your convenience
- Good for beginners
- Is close to Hoover so you can warm up here and then play a bigger course
- Drink machine on site
-Water fountain on site
Cons: - No one works there anymore and there is an honor box of a suggested $1.50 for upkeep of the course. This also eliminates the small disc shop that was once there.
- Is rather small and some holes are very short at around 170 feet and the shots get repetitive.
- Lost many trees due to the ash borer so it is not as woodsy as it used to be.
-No dogs allowed :(
Other Thoughts: Blendon is a decent little course that is good for mid range work and also for introducing people to disc golf. The course offers a few different shot opportunities mostly in right and left doglegs but many of the holes are just short, straight shots through open space. Some trees come into play but for the most part it is not particularly challenging for an experienced player. The course itself is in good shape.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Nice Short 18
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Well maintained
-Concrete tee pads
-Maps on every hole
-Lots of benches and trash cans
-In the woods which is nice on a hot day
Cons: -Holes are short, but there are a few long ones.
-Not a lot of shot varieties
-Good practice course and for beginners
-$1.50 to play but is free right now
Other Thoughts: I like to play this course when I play hoover because it is close and you can play a quick round and have time to play several courses in a day. You could use your putter and mid-range throughout the course if you are experienced.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Great Beginner Coure
Pros: Nice, long tee pads and open fairways. The layout was VERY easy to follow. And even though it is pay-to-play, a buck-fifty is a bargain, and at 4.50 all day, can't rally be beat.
The layout, though super short, is fun and pin-placement is solid. I didn't see any holes I'd consider 'dumb'.
This is a great beginner course with the short, relatively wide fairways. It's an easy course for beginners to master.
Cons: If you play much better than a good rec player, you'll get bored quickly. Plus the course with very busy and plays slow with young, beginning player
Other Thoughts: I think I through my putter 95% of the time and only brought out a beat up Roc on a couple of shots. If you're looking to work on your long game, it's not here. Bring a putter and practice your upshots.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Bench and trashcan at almost every hole. Good use of nature holes. Restrooms near the entrance of the course with a little booth to rent or buy discs from.
Cons: You have to pay 1.50 for a round 4.50 to play all day. This course can be the most crowded in Ohio due to it's small size most of there par 4s are now really par 3s so be aware. This course is really jam packed on the weekends. This is a short course so if your an advanced or pro player you might find yourself a little bored.
Other Thoughts: The very first course I ever played great for teaching newbies.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
My Retreat Course
Pros: + Extremely well maintained
+ 3 practice baskets, one with markings for an around the world style game.
+ All technical holes that work your accuracy and control
+ Short fairways are beginner and small arm friendly
+ Generous pars will stroke your ego
+ Able to play 18 in a short amount of time
+ Pro Shop to buy and rent discs
+ Vending machine at entrance for sports drinks and water.
Cons: - Concrete "greens"
- No dogs allowed
- Pro Shop is small
- On weekends large groups new to the game can clog the course.
- The course is compact and thus you really should keep your eyes up for discs heading your way from an errant throw on another tee.
Other Thoughts: If you're in the area and want to work on your short game and putting this course is 100% worth the money to play. $1.50 for a round and $4.50 for all day is fair for the upkeep on the course.
This course is also great for introducing people to the game. Short enough they won't get worn out and pars generous enough they shouldn't get discouraged.
All holes are so in reach to anybody more than new to the game, you really only need a putter and a favorite midrange.
A good retreat for when Brent Hambrick Memorial DGC is overcrowded and you need a peaceful round. Although it can be crowded too if its the weekend.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
Nice little course
Pros: I really like this course, even though it is very short. It is tight, and very well manicured, very technical. Experienced players will score well, but its nice to have a course that shorter throwing players can compete.
Cons: Some will consider it too short, very advanced players may be bored by this course.
Other Thoughts: Over all I would say it is definately worth the money. Its refreshing to play a short technical course once in a while, it seems like "longer is better" is the mantra in most of the new courses I see going in.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: very nice baskets and even a great putting practice area. nice tee pads, easy to follow
Cons: very short, pay to play
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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