Not Worth the Drive
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - Griggs is clean and well maintained
- A Decent walkabout
- Some decently long holes
- Concrete tee pads
Cons: - Griggs is very boring and samey
- Most all shots are straight ahead shots on an open fairway
- Confusing to navigate to the next hole
- Crowded and with more than just people trying to disc
- Risk throwing your disc into the water or onto the busy street on several holes.
Other Thoughts: Griggs, to me, is certainly off the list of places to play. It is too far away from where I am and it is just not worth the effort to play. Hoover is a hundred times better of an option. Griggs used to be a bit of a shithole back in the day, glad to see it is now nice and cleaned up, but it still suffers from being contained in its long, rectangular strip of land. All the holes are essentially the same with no real difference throughout the course. I applaud it for being clean, but it is just too boring and not worth the drive.
Also, not sure about others' experiences, but when I played here last, my dog started freaking out - she was getting stung by bees, so I lay my bag down to go try to help her, and when I look back at my bag, my bag is swarmed with bees. We spent 10 minutes trying to find a long enough stick/hatch a plan to get it. I have never before seen anything like this. And this was right around the basket of one of the holes, right next to the walking path. So this is my own experience and anecdote, but I am just wondering if anyone else has been swarmed with bees while discing at Griggs! And they were angry, my friend. Anyway, all of this considered, it is enough to keep me away from Griggs. I would rather take my chances at losing a disc at Simsbury, or practice my form at Evans park for a while than make the drive to UA for a big "Meh!"
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Pros: Nice scenery
Great concrete tee pads
Very close to Disc Golf Mart
Plenty of opportunities for local tournaments and league play
Cons: Sometimes very busy
A couple of holes intersect so the basket placement is confusing
Pathways next to holes so you will sometimes have to avoid non-discers
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Concrete Tee pads
Close proximity to a good disc golf store.
Cons: Damaged/missing/inaccurate signs
Boring layout frequently overrun by non discer's who don't understand that their leisurely stroll along the river is forcing you to either wait to throw or risk hitting them.
Jogging/Bike trail runs right though the center of the course, basically dividing it in two lengthwise. This forces the same decisions as I mentioned in the previous con.
Long "out and back" layout with tees close together in some places, and too close to pins in others.
Other Thoughts: Overall Griggs is a solid beginners course, with it's open layout and few trees to punish errant shots. Unfortunately it's proximity to OSU's campus ensures it's frequently crowded with players of all levels, which makes using it as a training ground for newer players problematic.
There are two weekly doubles leagues here as well, so don't bother trying to get on Monday or Wednesday evenings unless you want to play doubles. On the bright side most of the players in these leagues are friendly and welcoming to newcomers, so don't be afraid to come out.
While having to wait on other users of the park to clear your throwing lanes can be frustrating, there is a decent amount of "scenery" on the trail, so it's not always bad.
I'd really like to rate Griggs higher, but other than doubles or tossing a few holes to test a disc I bought at Disc Golf Mart I really don't play here. Mainly this is because Griggs is lacking in personality, and just doesn't have anything that makes it stand out above the crowd in Columbus. When I'm deciding where to play a round, it's just never what I think of. If I want to stay close to Columbus at the cost of dealing with crowds I'll go play Hoover, and have a more memorable round. If I really want to play a good course I'll head down to Pickerington and hit up Simsbury.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Played almost every day this week update.
2 Helpful / 3 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.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Concrete tee pads
-Distance for each hole
-Lots of trees
-Good variation of throws
Cons: -Trees are slowly being cut down because of the emerald ash borer.
-You can easily lose discs in the bushes
-No maps on holes
Other Thoughts: I probably play this course the most because it is the closest to my house. Good variation of throws. You can throw a 2 on most all holes or ace. Holes 4 and 5 are much harder now that they are more tucked back in the woods making it almost impossible to ace. Trees are being cut down because of the ash borer but they are planting new ones. Course may be bad for awhile once all the trees are cut down because there is a lot of them. The bushes make it easy to lose discs because they have a canopy which they land on and you can't see your disc. There are a few holes in which water is in play. When the water is down you can find discs. Don't come on Wednesday nights unless you wanna play in a tournament with the columbus flyers, they take up the whole course.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Open and Short
1 Helpful / 1 Not
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.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Good, solid tee pads
-Disc Golf Mart is just down the road
Cons: -Signage, if not stolen/missing, is horrible on each hole
-No course map
-No "next tee" signs
-No hole #s on the baskets, difficult to tell which hole is which
Other Thoughts: I was not a fan of Griggs Reservior. I live about an hour away and it was the first course I have played at in Columbus so there isn't much to compare it to with the surrounding area (having a disc golf store down the road is a nice plus, highly recommend going there). The course has many similar holes. and nothing that is a real challenge except distance. If you are looking to play a round in Columbus, I wouldn't recommend this course because I am sure there is something better near by (Hoover).
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: There were port a johns or bathrooms.
Cons: Missing numbers on baskets or not visible from far away.
There are three baskets that are easily confused for others.
Can get crowded at times.
Other Thoughts: As long as you dont try any thing stupid on holes that are near the main road or river, then you dont have to worry about the main road or the river.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
At the Griggs
Pros: Very good tee pads!
Like the rough lines on the ends of the tee pads.
Good use of surrounding trees.
Cons: Difficult to determine course flow that first time.
No course maps or individual hole maps.
Parking lot is a mess! (Pot holes, etc,)
Grass needed mowed!
Very level course needs some elevation changes!
Other Thoughts: Could be a good course just needs some maintenance and clean up. Construction in the area also messes things up. Out and back design is pretty boring!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Has Great Potential
Pros: -Adequate teepads and baskets.
-OB road makes your round more exciting if you choose to use it.
-Although the tee signs were primitive, they were all there.
-A block away from Disc Golf Mart, where you can grab scorecards.
-Challenging holes, but not frustrating. There were newbies and experienced players in my group today and no one thought the course was too easy/hard.
-Great use of the woods for protected baskets.
-I've experienced a "fishy" smell when playing near the creek.
-It is very difficult to find the course the first time, as you don't see much of the course from the road.
-The course gets muddy and eventually floods while it's raining (See http://www.dgcoursereview.com....php?t=30456)
-Parking lot has lots of pot holes
If this course was fixed up a little, It could easily be rated a 4. It is a refreshing change from the rest of the Columbus scene, although I would not put it on the same level as the Brent Hambrick course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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