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.
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Pros: Not much to say, stroller friendly, 9 holes... all shorties
Good for newbies and kids
Cons: it backs up on itself, kind of like woodland mound...
Crowded and pedestrian
Of course, you need a county park pass
Other Thoughts: Miami White Water is A super nice park. I think its a good idea for the Hamilton county park system to seriously install a whole new series of Disc Golf Courses,(and keep the old school Frisbee Golf Style ones too) It would be effective for annual pass sales.
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Great 9 hole
Pros: This is a surprisingly great 9 hole course. There are slight rolling hills though the course, Lots of pine trees and elevation changes too. Sits in the middle of a nice big park with a regular golf course too. Easy sings with a rock on each tee, that anyone can understand.
Cons: Baskets show some age, but not a big deal for this well kept course.
Other Thoughts: As good as 9 holes courses get, this has great challenge to it, easy to navigate and well kept grass and rock signs.
Intermediate length, but...
5 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
5 of 5 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 / 0 Not
Pros: Beautiful park with a lot to do in addition to disc golf. Ball golf course, large lake for paddle boating and fishing, 8 mile loop trail with shorter option of a mile and a half. Also a great kids playground area with a seasonal kids spray park. Course is easy to navigate and is well maintained. Man-made moguls line the fairways for holes 4-9. Older course but there aren't the ridiculously short 100-200 foot holes you see at other parks course (Winton Woods,Woodland Mound).
Cons: Baskets are probably the worst in the city. Single chain,rusted. Tough to hit a long distance shot (basket #9 being the exception, it is a new basket). Baskets have the annoying ring of concrete around them. The large pine trees that line fairways 4-9 swallow discs.
Other Thoughts: Tee signs are the white marker "discs" in the ground. For how old they are, they are in remarkably good shape. Only 9 holes, but not a simple nine. #1 is a sharp anhyzer 300+ footer that hugs the right tree-line. #2 is a narrow uphill 300 foot hyper tunnel shot. #5 plays slightly uphill and nearly 400 feet. #8 is 400 feet and guarded by pine trees. Holes # 3,4 and 6 are the simplest holes and most dueceable. I've heard talk of adding another nine holes, that would be welcomed.
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4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Many of the park courses in the area have much more enclosed courses. Miami Whitewater is more open than many of those and so finding a lost disc is much easier in most cases. It is a bit introductory compared to some other courses in our area and small being only 9 holes. However, they efficiently use that space and the latter half of them are enjoyable long distance back and forth. It isn't often too busy and can be a good place to relax and play a few quick games.
Cons: There aren't many obstacles to get in your way, which for some isn't a problem but I've come to enjoy trying to snake a disc through problematic trees and brush.
For those who enjoy technical difficulty, its on the rather low side of the scale.
Other Thoughts: This is a park i went to at least once a week for much of my life and I sentimentally enjoy it. It really is a pretty park and if you like to make a day of it the longer bike course takes about 35 minutes, they have hiking trails, a lake with canoe rental and paddleboat, and a few other common park staples. A yearly park pass is only 5 dollars and allows you access to Winton Woods my favorite disc course as well as Miami and two other decent disc parks.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
9 Open holes
Pros: The man-made mogul type things on this course add interest and make an otherwise boring course into something that can be pretty fun.
The wide-open fairways provide good opportunities to launch some bombs without fear of punishment.
I'd say this is a good course for beginners who want some longer throws but don't want to have to search through dense woods when they're slightly off-target.
Tees have discs in the ground with hole layouts on them.
Not too far from the main boathouse/marina area which has a snack bar and refreshments.
Cons: The baskets are old and only have one layer of chains. Many are rusted and or bent.
Not a lot of variety in the holes, as they basically go back and forth. It reminds me of Embschoff woods except flat and not hilly.
Other Thoughts: $2 per play may seem like a lot, but think of it this way: For $5, you can get a parks pass for a year. There are 4 disc golf courses in the park system: Miami Whitewater, Embschoff Woods, Winton Woods, and Woodland Mound. And the pass is good for the entire calendar year. I wouldn't pay to play just this course, but if you pay to play all these courses, it can be worthwhile.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Decent if you are around
Pros: This course is a 9 hole, pretty short course. The posted par is pretty high so it can be played as a par 3 course. The tee signs are little plates in the ground that show distance and the layout of the hole. They are pretty helpful.
There are some decent, challenging shots with some holes that are fairly open so you can huck it fairly far. It's also away from the walking path so generally no people get in the way. The course is well kept (mowed grass and trimmed back woods when they need to be). Sometimes there are groups of girls that play! Good stuff! :D
Cons: The course is pay to play but this is only to get access to the entire park. It's $2 for the day or $5 for the whole year. It's also good for all the other Hamilton County parks in the area that are pay to enter. If you live around the area, I would suggest getting the season pass.
The baskets aren't the greatest at catching discs because there aren't many chains and they are pretty rusted. The tee pads are somewhat rough, short, and uneven even though they are asphalt.
Other Thoughts: The course is pretty easy so if you're looking for a challenge, stay away. But, if you are looking on improving that backhand or forehand throws, this is a good course that doesn't punish at all. Have fun!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Set in a beautiful park that offers a wide variety of activities for the entire family. The holes are designed as though someone were installing a 9 hole ball golf course. There are many mounds on each hole that adds a distinct feeling to the course. It feels better for some odd reason to have manicured grass fairways, well trimmed trees, and mounds highlighting the fairways.
5 of the 9 holes are over 300 feet and one is 400 on the nose. This...in my opinion makes it a little long for beginners...but the tee signs show these as being Par 5's so I guess it doesn't bruise their egos that much.
In my oh so humble opinion....Ohio women rank almost dead last in the looks department..however, this course had me quickly re-evaluating my thinking. The women that rollerblade, walk their dogs, fitness trail....whatever...all had me and my friends straining our necks. This course is notorious for having some sights.
Cons: The baskets are single chain and a little worse for wear. Hitting an ace here is pretty difficult since you need to have the disc actually stay in when it hits. Most 20ft putts stay in..but if you put too much juice on it...it is popping out.
For local tournaments we add 9 temp holes...this course is a beautiful 9 holes..and there are thousands of acres here...so why not a full 18?
Other Thoughts: There are clean restrooms, a snack bar with hotdogs, gatoraid, cokes, candy bars, chips, whatever...even a little soft serve ice cream to settle bets made during the rounds. The Hamilton County Parks Department takes very good care of this park...and it shows.
If you have a $5/yr parks pass that is good at other area parks...you don't even think of pay to play...but since out of towners don't have a parks pass....$2 to play a 9 holer may be too much to ask.
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