Campground Conversion serving dual groups
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The Griggs "Riverside" course in Columbus, OH was clearly installed over the plain along the Scioto river where there once was a campground facility (you encounter the old asphalt drives as you go). It does utilize the available rolling terrain on holes 1-3, and the uphill treeline on 4, 5, 10 & 11, as well as the trees guarding you from putting any in the river on 8 & 18. It is interesting to see that none of the holes really put you at any real risk of going in the river, which might actually be a plus, because retrieval there would be very risky, if not impossible.
Sporting a variety of hole distances (220 to 454 feet in the B positions), the course seems geared to benefit folks with Intermediate distance and above, because it's open enough to set longer arms up for deuce opportunities, while recreational arms (max 'D' 250-280') will often be playing for a three. The course seems to be very popular with (casual playing) young men who can bring their girlfriends out and impress them with long-ish drives (especially if they can drag along a noob buddy to put their skills in perspective. But it also plays well as a tourney course because of the Columbus Flyers' own Paul Jay's creative use of OB, island greens, etc. If you play with strict OB rules for the drive and walkways, there are plenty of opportunities to stray, and add strokes.
Having a nice park kiosk map sign at the first hole, benches where appropriate, one set of level, flush, well-proportioned concrete tee pads (I love the grooved traction strips at the front and back ends!) and decent DGA baskets in either of two pin positions, the infrastructure here at Griggs is sound. There are a lot of baskets out in the open, but the ones set into the woodline create a fun but fair challenge.
Cons: The park entrance could use a sign for newcomers, and they should be encouraged to bring a course map, because of the confusing, crossing flow between 5 to 6 and 16 to 17, plus the somewhat blind pin positions on 4, 5 & 18. When you stand on the 5th tee, the basket you CAN see is for hole 16, yours is just short of there, in the woods, right. And when you stand on the 16th tee looking at a line of three baskets spaced in about 100' increments, your target is the first one (though if it's safe to do so, I suppose bigger arms probably safari on out there!).
Speaking of signage, the course could use an update here. Now that there are multiple pin positions, it would be great to have these upgraded to ones with schematic maps and both (all?) distances included. And though the new basket position on hole ten is excellently placed uphill in the woods, it ain't either of 249' or 265': it's a much longer hole.
Personally, I'm not a huge fan of the fact that the course had to be shoehorned into a very long and narrow strip of land, eliminating the possibility of getting two loops in. The ideal in this situation might have been to figure a way to arrange parking in the middle of the strip, rather than at the south end only.
Finally, there are a few holes (4, 8, 17, 18, maybe others) where you'll need to wait to make sure non-players walking, strolling, and sometimes pausing on the path are clear before you throw. And many of those folks seem a little clueless that you might hit them.
Other Thoughts: This is obviously an established, heavily played course, well enjoyed by the Columbus disc golf scene, and may be the strongest option on the west side of town.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Played almost every day this week update.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Good length, and croncrete tee pads.
Update: I really enjoy the mixed of anny and hyzer holes on the course. Also, more porta potties than the last time I was here, and the locals (mostly the players with bags, not the single disc-ers, go figure) have been very nice and are willing to help if you get lost.
Cons: Poor repair. Bad signage. Overcrowded on any weekday. Made more difficult with strange basket placement which adds to navigation problems.
Updated: many of the baskets appear to be in their "easy" positions, possibly. The problem is, the signs that are present show distances and par numbers that simply don't make any since. Hole 3, for example, says 327 par 4, which makes sense when the pin is in the original position and is a hard anny. Now, it is a soft anny at about 250ft. And should be a par 3.
Other Thoughts: Seems like the course makes more sense as a juggalo convention camping ground than a disc golf course.
Updated: signs that show both pin positions and their correct lengths and pars, as well as numbers on the baskets could really push this course up to a high three/low 4.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Open and Short
Pros: Nice concrete tee pads and decent signage although some distances are inaccurate. 2 was 50 feet longer than it said on the sign. Holes 3 and 18 stand out to me as being pretty cool. 3 is a long right turning shot slightly uphill and 18 is a bomb of a par three with water right.
Cons: This course is very short and open. There is not much line forcing except for a few stray trees. The greens present challenge at times because rough is so close to the basket which is not my favorite way to add difficulty. 17 is a completely blind hole
Other Thoughts: The land does not lend itself to a great course but I think it could be redesigned and become a better course. It feels like an older style lid course.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Back 9 are somewhat challenging
Good concrete pads
Signs provide distance and par
Provides good shade on really hot days
Cons: No real elevation changes
Waiting, waiting... and more waiting.
Some shots are on the edge of rough so some disc hunting may occur.
RECENT: Hole 18 has a massive uprooted tree laying across the entire fairway, it makes for a real difficult shot but also a cool obstacle for those optimistic people.
Other Thoughts: Not a course to play everyday, the foot traffic gets pretty bad on most days. There is a disc store about a mile down the road which makes it a good course for you to play after you get a new disc.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Griggs Reservoir at Riverside
Pros: -Good Mix of Left, Right, & Straight holes.
-Concrete tee pads.
-Wooded Basket areas.
-Benches & Picnic tables.
-Good use of trees, hills, & rocks as obstacles on holes.
Cons: -Missing hole numbers on baskets.
-Easy to mix up which basket goes with each hole (see first Con).
-Some tee signs are just a small post with hand written info.
-Holes run close too each other.
-Random concrete & gravel areas that interfere with holes.
-No Course sign, which makes it easy to drive past.
-The Course in general doesn't seem well maintained.
-An Overused course.
-Drive way and Parking areas have quite a few pot holes.
4/15/10 Update: I went to play Griggs today and It was PACKED with people! The first 3 holes alone averaged 3-4 groups of people in line for each hole.
Make sure you go in the morning or during dinner!
Other Thoughts: -Fun and Challenging holes.
-Course Needs new tee signs
-Course Needs numbers on baskets.
-A little bit of clean up would go along way.
-The course is way too busy, which affects the way the course looks and plays!
-If cleaned & fixed up a little, Griggs could be one of the top courses in Columbus!
-I would like to see more use of the woods, maybe a wooded tunnel hole in between the 4th and 5th hole.
-Dublin, Hilliard, Upper Arlington, and the OSU Campus area really need more Disc Golf Courses ASAP! It will cut down on the traffic on Griggs!
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
good use of land
Pros: Nice pads and baskets
Newly placed pins add challenge and style
Quick and easy to get to
Cons: Thin strip of land leads to traffic issues
Heavily crowded on nice days
Very little elevation changes or significant dog legs
Other Thoughts: Decent course. I would play it a lot more often if it weren't so packed all the time.
There are plenty of nice holes and, considering the land available, a nice mix of shots. The long holes are long enough to need a good arm and the short ones are sweet ace opportunities. The course is full of deuces.
Just this year, they changed some pin placements for the first time. The "new course" is a nice upgrade. There are now some "cubby" style holes that call for some strong putting.
For the most part, its a strait forward course. There are no real tunnel style shots and most drives are wide open. Tree and water hazards are there, but not a real factor.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Fun but busy
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course plays through a small flat area with scattered mature trees, and some thicker brush along the sides. There isn't any real natural elevation, but there are some fun man-made bunkers and mounds that add some fun challenges on some holes. Most of the holes are pretty open, but a few play along the brush to blind pins adding a little variety.
Though the course was pretty open, the trees were used well to leave different kinds of lines on various holes, for a surprising amount of variation throughout the course. There weren't any really long holes, but there was a nice mix of ace run holes and holes with a little more length.
There are nice concrete tee pads on every hole, and they are plenty large enough for the length of holes on the course. The tees are marked with hole number and distance, and the course is pretty easy to navigate. The baskets were older, but caught ok still. There are alternate pin positions on all the holes that looked like they would add some really different looks, and change the course quite a bit.
Cons: The course makes good use of the available space, but it is a pretty tiny area to cram in 18 holes of disc golf. This means that there isn't a lot of length or separation, and often holes play a little close to one another and to other tees.
This is especially an issue because of how crowded the course seems to get, there are definitely some safety issues if you're not paying attention. Also, there is a path that seems to be used for walking, and there were times we had to wait for pedestrians to move before we could play a hole.
The alternate pin positions are really nice, but the hole signs need updated to show the different distances, and to show which position the baskets are currently in. This made navigation a little more difficult, especially on the blind holes where scouting was necessary the first time through.
Other Thoughts: This course is a lot of fun for a nice easy round, and is a wonderful place to bring new players. There aren't a lot of places to lose discs, and the course is definitely beginner friendly. More experienced players won't find a ton of challenge, but there are some interesting holes, and lots of friendly company.
This isn't the top course in the Columbus area, but if you've got time this course is worth a stop. Don't drive too far just for this one, but try to make time for it while you're in the area.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 2 Not
New and Improved
Two Pin Placements Per Hole
Nice Concrete Tee Pads
Fully Stocked Disc Golf Store Nearby (1 Mile South)
Disc Also At Gas Station Nearby (.8 Mile North)
Benches and Trashcans Throughout
Requires a Good Variety of Shots
Good Variety of Distances
Can Get Crowded
Attracts a Lot Dis-Courteous Golfers
Other Park Users Can/Will Interfere
Have to Cross Fairways to Next Tee
Baskets Are Getting Rough
Many Holes Are Very Similar
Prone to Flooding
This is a decent local course. The entrance to the course can be easily missed if you aren't looking for it, but it is about 1000 feet north of Lane Avenue on Riverside Drive, just past the apartment complex at the intersection.
The course is a nice park-like setting. Grassy and flat, they made good use of the land they had to work with. The first hole is next to the bulletin board near the parking lot. Navigating the course isn't too bad, but there are a few places where you must cross the park and other fairways to get to the next tee causing a little confusion, but all the tee pads are visable from the previous basket.
The new placements add challenge and a great new feel to this course. Holes have a pretty good variety as far as distance is concerned, but most of the holes seem to be either straight shots, or anhyzers, but there are a couple good hyzer shots as well.
This course is definitely worth playing if you are in the area, but if you have a limited time Brent Hambrick, as well as the additions of Alum Creek and Pickerington, are much better options.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 8 Not
hoover's little brother
Pros: not as crowded as hoover and much easier...a few holes give the course some character
Cons: quite boring at times
Other Thoughts: if you are in Columbus and want to play a course drive the extra 20 minutes cross town to Brent Hambrick Memorial...much better course
3 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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