7 Helpful / 1 Not
Griggs - Renovated
Pros: + I consider Griggs Reservoir an excellent course for those learning to play the game. It provides the opportunity for the new and inexperienced player to hone their skills without an obsessive amount of difficult shots along the way. This is not to say, however, that the experienced player should skip this course. While it is not at the level of other area courses, it can still provide a challenge and can require the use of various shots (and an excellent spot for practicing hyzers).
+ The parking situation is excellent. In three years of playing here, I have never experienced any trouble.
+ Concrete tees are a bonus and the course itself is very well maintained.
+ Even during the peak weekday evening hours, the a round can be played in less than ninety minutes.
Cons: - Lack of facilities.
- Can be crowed during the weeknights and weekends. Along a popular walking/bike route and pedestrians can be a problem.
- The course can feel overly-compacted in some areas.
- No practice basket (though it is common to see people using the #2 basket to warm-up).
Other Thoughts: While not a championship caliber course, Griggs is a great place for recreational disc golf. After the first three holes, the terrain is flat and easily walked. Be aware of the river height as it can/will come into play on multiple holes.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun but busy
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.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Always love this course
Pros: The funnest course ever played. I loved to wait from hole to hole once in a while. What other course can you go to, besides a tournament and see every variation and level of player talking, cheering, and learning from one another.
Griggs is an excellent place to bring any level player at any time. You can always find or make a friend. I'll always think of Griggs as my home course, regardless of where I am. Very relaxed and courteous atmosphere.
Cons: Just wish it was a hair longer, but space is limited.
Other Thoughts: New pin locations were more challenging. The regular wholes are challenging, if you play O.B. I think some visitors are unaware.
The disc golf store where Mike helped me select disks is greatly missed. You will rarely find a store like it (yet to find one in Maryland).
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I've played this course many times in visits to Columbus (I'm from Chicago) and have to say that the new pin placements have definitely improved the course. Almost every hole with the exception of 3,10, and 18 were to my memory longer and more challenging than the previous pin placements. I really like the baskets tucked up in the bushes. It means a well placed drive is essential to ensure a 3 and only great drives will get the 2.
This is a great course to get out and play an easy round with little elevation change and relatively short holes. Just a walk in the park.
Cons: There's only so much land to work with and the course designers have done a nice job, but more variety would be nice. The tees don't always point toward the basket which is a little akward. Some of the tee signs have been updated with a sharpie but many show the distance for the "A" position only. I'm sure that will change with time.
Course was crowded on Sunday afternoon, just be prepared.
Other Thoughts: Definitely worth the stop, especially with the new variety. Check out the disc store before your round and test out new discs. Great course for beginner to intermediate players.
3 of 4 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.
5 Helpful / 4 Not
Griggs a.k.a. riverside
Pros: Well-maintained course and closer to the city than most other parks in the area. I find the course challenging enough to keep me coming back, especially with the new pin placements. Good jog guys!
Cons: This park always seems to be busy. If you're not very patient, try playing either before noon or after 7 pm (during summer months).
Other Thoughts: I look forward to playing the Wednesday Doubles that are held every wednesday at 6 p.m.
5 of 9 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 4 Not
Good course for quick play.
Pros: The course is well maintained. "B" pin placements have been added to help with the maintenance of the course. Most holes are between 200-400', so a good range for non-pros. Closed road up the middle of the course and river on the return side of the course are OB. Many holes going out are in the bushes (with an opening), making for blind holes from the tee. Because the course is an out and back course, you can cut from holes on the outward track to holes on the inward track to make a shorter course, if you are running short on time (or wanted to thow some holes on lunch break).
Cons: Almost every hole turns to the right (the few that do not are straight). No dog-leg holes. In years with heavy rain, the river can flood and turn some holes into mud puddles. Hard to find the first time.
Other Thoughts: Some left-turning holes would have improved it. Improved signage would help first-times find the course.
6 of 10 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 4 Not
Home course for many in Columbus
Pros: + A & B pin placements
+ Discs available near by, DiscGolf Mart located a mile south of the course, and the Marathon Station located shortly north of the course
+ Local course for many players in the Disc Golf community
+ Monday and Wednesday Random Draw Doubles, starts usually around 5pm - 6pm depending on length of daylight.
+ Has several tournaments each year
Cons: - Can get very busy
- Lots of wear and tear, but the community is working towards fixing up the course
-B placements are new (2009) so distance is just written on hole poles with a marker, not on the official signage.
- Pin #2 is usually used as a practice tee since there aren't any, can confuse people teeing off, but just let anyone know you are throwing and the community is well aware and respectful.
Great course with short & some semi-long and simple technical play. You can meet a lot of community players at this course.
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6 of 10 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: I really like this coarse because of the great driving chances. Many holes are easy twos and can really be fun. The tee pads are really nice and well kept.
Cons: This coarse is always really busy. Lots of big groups and begginers.
Other Thoughts: There is a old road through the middle and a great place for a walk
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 4 Not
Nice neighborhood course.
Pros: This is a good neighborhood course.
It is laid out well considering the shape of the land they are using. The park is well maintained and does offer some amenities.
This is the type of course to spend time with the family or friends and shoot the breeze. It offers enough for a experienced player but allows a beginner enough grace to enjoy the game and learn.
Mostly an open course with some big trees. A couple of blind shots that require some finesse. It is marked well and the pads are concrete which is nice.
Parking was not a problem.
Cons: It was busy the day I played but not bad enough to slow my game or have to deal with rude behavior.
The course is not the easiest place to find. The park is real long and it is at one end.
A map is needed in order to find the tee on the blind baskets and determining which tee was next on a couple the map is needed.
Some of the fairways come close to tees. A little off on a drive at 9 and it could go flying at someone teeing off on 12. This also happens on several others.
Need something in place to tell which basket you are throwing to. Whether it is A or B.
Other Thoughts: If you just want to go out and throw some and its close by it is a good place to go.
A good place to learn.
4 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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