Miami Whitewater DGC
Pros: - Family Friendly
Cons: - Baskets seriously need updated
- Course needs 9 more holes
Other Thoughts: The first time I played this course it was a challenge, because I didn't know how it played out. Once I got a lay of the land it became an easy course to play. Good course for families and people who are in the area that want a short round, but until they add 9 more holes and update the baskets it is just a passable course.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Intermediate length, but...
Pros: This most westerly Hamilton County Park course is out near the Indiana Border, so it might be the most accessible course for folks living in the disc golf desert that is the southeastern part of that state. It's only nine holes, but most of the shots require some D off the tee, if you want to deuce the hole (three holes between 225 & 250', five over 300', one of which reaches 400').
The park is exceptionally clean and well-maintained, and the course has trash baskets in several places. The flow is intuitive, and there aren't any huge walks between holes. Tee signs are flat plates next to the tee, showing distance and fairway.
Hole by hole, #1 makes a sharp bend right a little over 220' out. Watch out for the thorny stuff in the bend!
#2 is a slightly uphill 310' hyzer (rhbh) lane hole.
#3 feels longer than 225', and has the first of many man-made moguls you'll see, on the left side of the open fairway.
#4 is a very reachable, but blind anny, very slightly downhill, and is the first of the back-and forth holes.
#5 is much longer (at 350'), and introduces the evergreens ("Stay away from Old Man Peabody's pine trees with your flying saucers, Future Boy!")
#6 is a short, clean shot for a deuce.
#7 is a long but open hyzer.
#8 is the longest hole, at 400', and there is a gap of sorts at 300' out, followed by a pin just past the mogul hill.
#9 you finish back toward the path with a 280' tee shot to take you over the last mogul guarding the one new DGA basket.
Cons: The parks initially put in their courses with asphalt tees and asphalt basket pads. The former get VERY slick when wet, and the latter scuff up your plastic. Time to replace them!
8 of the 9 baskets here are rusty, shallow, single ring of 12 chain types that could be modernized like hole 9.
Other Thoughts: The simplest way to get there is to take the Dry Fork Road exit off of I-74, go north about 2 miles to Mt. Hope Rd, and turn right. After the sharp left bend, you'll see four houses on your left, & turn in to the parking area on your right. Go past the guardhouse (Hamilton Co. Parks are $3/day, or $10 all year, and that's worth it: you can play several other courses with the same pass), and park left, back up by the road. Cross to the jogging/par course trail, and look for the (currently empty) DG course sign on your right by the 1st tee.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Home Sweet Home
Pros: First off, this is a beautiful park that is well maintained. This course has a great location (IMO). It's in Harrison, OH which has just about anything you could think of within 5-10 minutes. It's also a cheap course to play. All you need is a park sticker, which is $3/day or $10/annually, and you also get a few coupons and rebates at the time of purchase in a booklet with information on all the parks in Hamilton County. This sticker also gets you access to those parks as well, so its not 3 or 10 bucks for just this park. This course is wonderful for beginners and those pressed for time. It's an easy 9-hole course that is open for the most part, holes 1 & 2 being the exceptions (more experienced players see this as a con). This course is also really easy to navigate. You could show up, never played a round of disc golf in your life, and have absolutely not problem getting around the course. Once you find hole 1, your ready to go! If you plan on stopping by and have never been there, its easy. If you enter the park from Mt. Hope road, once you pass the pay booth, turn left into the parking area and go straight ahead until you hit the walking trail. Park, and the first hole is across the walking trail on the right. If you enter the park from West Road, you will see the lake on your right hand side, and come to a stop sign. Go straight through the stop sign until you dead end and see the walking trail, hop out, load up, cross the trail, and commence to throwing from the teepad on your right. Easy as pie, a huge pro in my book. Overall, this is a great course to start on or to take the family/kids out for a relaxing, fun round of golf.
Cons: Cons...oh where to begin. If you're experienced and/or looking for a challenge, this isn't the course for you. Really only a handful of shots, though. Hole 1 is a 90* dog leg right with the basket hugging the tree line on the right side and hole 4, a dog leg right but much more open. Holes 2, 5, & 7 are all the same shot, a long gradual dog leg left that can be reached with an overstable driver by throwing it flat and letting the disc hyzer out itself (RHBH throwers). 2 is the toughest, since its uphill and extremely narrow in the heart of summer with the overgrowth of trees hanging out over the fairway. Its more of a tunnel shot than anything. 3, 6, 8, & 9 are all dead straight, however 8 may offer you a challenge. 8 plays 400' with pesky pine trees down both sides of the fairway that like to devour plastic and not give it back. The first 8 baskets are from the original 70's course, bearing only 1 row of 12 chains, so you tend to have a lot of kick outs putting as well as the disc going completely through to the opposite side. Hole 9 has the only up to date basket, which I believe is a DGA with 2 rows of 12 chains, totalling 24. All pins also have that larger than normal concrete ring around it which tends to gouge up your plastic, especially putters since most people putt with softer plastic and all the kick outs the course has to offer. The tee signs are the solid white circles in the ground just giving you a vague layout of the hole, nothing to fancy or specific. However, I'd say the distances are relatively close to what the sign says which I've personally found to be a problem at some courses. Another thing that may be bothersome to a few of you - is the poison ivy. If you happen to accidentally huck a disc into the few wooded spots on this course, hopefully you dressed appropriately. It's not everywhere, just in particular spots, but to be safe, try to keep it in the fairways ;) Every now and again you will get large groups of high schoolers that slow play, and most of them aren't familiar with the golf etiquette which can be annoying at times, unless you're really patient or in no hurry at all, but this is rare. This is my home course that I grew up on, playing 4-5x a week, and you maybe come across this issue once, twice a month a most, but this is typical with any course.
Other Thoughts: Again, this park is beautiful! Miami Whitewater has way more to offer than just disc golf. I'd probably have to say that this park has a wider variety of activities than any other park in Hamilton County. If you're looking for a spot to just get out with the family, or a place to take the kids, this spot might be the spot you're looking for. Into sports? They have disc golf (clearly), ball golf, softball fields, soccer fields, sand volleyball, as well as a 2 mile and 8 mile track for biking, jogging, walking, and rollerblading as well as a trail for horses. There's fishing (dock and boat), a boat house, canoe rental, paddle boat rental, a campground, dock/lake access, gift store (that sells a handful of discraft discs), hiking, snack bar, picnicking, a playground with a section being similar to a water park, and of course, DUCKS! Who don't like feeding ducks? I believe they also offer nature programs here as well, if that's something that interests you, but I'm not 100%. Overall, tremendous park, and guaranteed to be a good time.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
baskets from the 70's
Pros: If you have a solid back hand and forehand course is very easy, after the first 3 last 6 are just back and forth which makes it a nice course to practice...also course is not crowded
Cons: pay to play especially since money will not go to new baskets, easy, broken/bent/ugly baskets
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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