8 Helpful / 0 Not
Great use of park edge hills and woods
Pros: 24 decently challenging holes await the recreational to intermediate player in a location midway between Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio in the wooded and edge areas of a large park which includes several ball fields, some play equipment, bathroom facilities, and even a log cabin! The beauty of the disc golf course is that it uses the hilly and wooded areas of the park that weren't suitable for the other activities, and seldom crosses paths with them. Even the walking paths that go into the woods are separated from the DG fairways.
The course design starts uphill near the middle of the spacious parking area, coming back down nearby after the 5th and the 9th holes, then goes out around the end of the park, with #20 coming back to the main drive, and the last four holes finishing a short walk away from the original lot. Each segment of the design seems to incorporate uphill and downhill, tightly wooded and open, and shots that shape best left and right. There aren't any real monster length holes here, but the 317' #6 rises between 40 and 50 feet, making it effectively a 450 footer for the bigger arms to wow the rest of us. The shortest hole on the course (the 152' #19) presents its own precision challenge, as the basket is nestled in the bend of the twisty (and often muddy) creek bed that drops a sheer 5' down only a dozen feet from the pin in three directions (I know: it's not a lot, but you don't really want to climb down, or up out of there!)
There has been some clearing of the trees and underbrush here this past year which makes the course more enjoyable for players at my level (Rec/ rookies), but appears to have disappointed some of the more experienced players who liked it a bit more challenging. There are still a dozen fairways that require really good lines to avoid playing lumberjack!
Tee pads a level and concrete, but not overly large. Tee signs are appropriate, and baskets are decent quality.
Monroe is challenging enough to host at least a few tournaments every year, in addition to weekly random draw doubles events.
Cons: Some of the early, uphill fairways seem to hold on to water a bit too much, and could use some drainage improvements. I've noticed that, after a rain, several of the tee pads can get a little muddy and slick, particularly in the shaded areas.
A couple of the holes (21 & 22) require strong, confident hyzer shots (rhbh) which put the end of the ball fields a bit too much in play if there are families sitting there in the shaded park edge cheering on their kids.
Other Thoughts: Print a copy of "Course Map II" if it's your first time here, and playing alone. You may not need it, but it does a great job of indicating 'next tee' positions, if you don't spot the signs.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
improvements being made
Pros: Lots of elevation (Personal opinion a lot of my friends do not care for this course for said reason)
Forces you to try numerous ways of throwing
Good mix from playing in the woods to and open field then back into the woods and so on. Rather than the fron't half being a giant field, and the second half being all wooded.
City Works Dept. has been doing a lot of trimming of overgrown shrubbery.
Cons: Drainage is an issue some times after rain and in the spring time.
There is quite a bit of up hill throwing. I don't mind this but some people do.
Can't really think of any other Cons other than those.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course for all ranges of play. Challenging for beginners, but a good course to really practice your basic skills as a more advanced disc golfer.
They are still looking for sponsors for holes through out the course which is quite in need of just a few more trash cans to help with the litter control.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
well worth the drive
Pros: This is one of my all time favorite courses. It has it all. 24 holes, elevation, woods, open shots, righty and lefty holes. While it is a difficult course the average player should be under par most of the time. It is a very fun course to play. Plenty of parking available. It is hilly so you will get a work out.
Cons: In the summer, there can be soccer and softball going on at the same time so you might have to skip a couple of holes but that shouldn't be a big deal. Someone needs to pick up the trash.
Other Thoughts: A fun course to play. The designer did well with the land that was available.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Elevation Changes, Lots of tight fairways, Slight water hazard, 24 Holes. They make great use of the land here. Up hill then Back down then up and down on front 9. but not tedious or boring.
Cons: Fast few holes may be a problem if soccer games are going on. Lots of short holes. Could use a couple of longer open and tight holes.
Other Thoughts: All in all a good place to play. good for accuracy over power. Can have soggy fairways. Pay attention to next Tee signs, lol
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 8 Not
One of the best
Pros: Great use of elevation, I love that there are 24 holes more holes the better for me. I love that there are throwing lanes that are distinctive and that if you throw a bad shot you get punished but if you throw a good shot you usually get rewarded. Great exercise and variety of shots with holes in the open and wooded. Easy to go from hole to hole and know were you are.
Cons: Not many maybe if a couple holes had a little more distance.
Other Thoughts: I always have fun going and playing here and anyone from noobies to vets will enjoy and are able to play here.
2 of 10 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Good use of elevation, tight and technical course vs. big arm course, great tee pads, good flow, map not required to play.
Cons: The rough is rough, all honey suckle, good shots can take a bad skip resulting in a poor lie...drives me nuts.
Other Thoughts: Solid course
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A fun to play and challenging course, that plays up and down a hill.
Baskets are in good condition, and catch great.
The teepads are fairly smaller than what I'm used too, but you won't be using the whole thing anyway. They are in great condition.
There are teesigns on most of the holes (I think there are one or two missing, I can't remember which holes), and the are accurate and clear.
The course plays in almost a loop, with a short walk back to hole 1 and the parking lot.
There are benches and trash cans on many of the holes, and they are in great condition.
Cons: The underbrush is pretty thick and can be hard to work with.
Most of the holes are under 275 feet.
It can be pretty confusing near the end of the course finding the next holes, but I was playing in the snow.
Other Thoughts: This course is tight and technical, with tons of elevation changes, valuing accuracy over distance. It will punish errant shots with its thick underbrush.
plenty of different types of shots will be needed.
This course will appeal to the beginner and veteran alike, with fun, challenging and technical holes, that don't require a huge arm.
There is plenty of parking, and I saw some drinking fountains, although I did not try them out, so I don't know if they work.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 4 Not
Fun, short, and wooded
Pros: The course plays through a hilly wooded park with dense enough woods and brush to really punish errant shots that go off the fairway but not so thick as to eat discs too badly. The elevation is used well to make some really fun downhill shots and some tricky uphill holes. There is a nice balance of left and right turning holes that keep you throwing different lines and really thinking about your shots. The course is pretty short, but the elevation changes and some variation in hole lengths keeps the lengths from feeling too repetitive.
There are decent concrete tees that are large enough for the length of the holes. The signs are informative, with hole layout and distance. The navigation is good here, it's mostly pretty obvious and there are some next tee signs where there's a possibility of confusion. There are bridges over small creeks and nicely kept paths through the woods that make the course feel very finished and cared for.
Cons: There are some safety issues here. Several holes bring the park road, ball fields and other holes into play, on a nice day there could easily be conflicts. There are lots of downhill walks here, making it feel like you are playing uphill a lot, when you have nice hills to work with it's fun to have more downhill holes than uphill and this course feels like it's the other way around. Some longer holes would make a nicer mix of lengths and a little more balanced layout.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will have a good time here, with relatively short holes, though it can be pretty tight and punitive on errant shots. More experienced players will find it to be a bit deuce or die, but in a fun way with good lines to hit and some good elevation. It's not a course to go way out of your way for, but it's enough fun to be worth a quick stop, and could be a really fun putter round with lots of short tight shots.
9 of 13 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Up and down for awhile but then.....
Pros: They really mix it up on this one, just about every shot you would want
Mowed, trash free, and well taken care of
Good mix of wooded and open holes
Plenty of elevation changes
Your in the woods most of the time and they do a really good job of making fairways with challenging but definable lines.
High fun factor
good for different skill levels
Cons: You share the park with playgrounds, soft ball, and soccer courses, it wasn't a problem when I was there but you may have to contend with traffic when the are games/practices going on
The first part of the course goes up and down the side of a steep hill, they start to feel kind of the same.
Other Thoughts: The 1st part of the course as I've already said goes up and down the side of a steep hill, many of the holes are repetitive. There are some good ones in there with some fun elevation changes. But the course really gets going at hole 10
Your never far from the park but you kinda get the feeling that your deep in the woods. The fairways in the wooded part of the course are perfect. They mostly are fairly tight lines with some obstacles but they are clearly defined. If you throw you disc off the path into the woods you can normally find it pretty quickly, the brush is not overly dense. Some nice elevation changes and shot variety back in there as well.
One of the final holes runs right along the edge of a soccer field. You may want to just skip that one when it's in use.
I wouldn't call it a destination course but its a lot of fun. If you live in the Cincinnati area it's worth hitting. I feel it's a bit of an underrated course
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Tight N Technical
Pros: This course is both a compliment to the Greater Cincinnati scene and the Dayton courses. Now that the course has been in the ground a few years and has matured I can give an honest review without sounding so negative about a great course. First off, I may sound a little homerish eventhough I live an hour away from the course. It is home to my first PDGA Ace, my first PDGA Pro Cash, and several local wins.
I feel this course can challenge both the new player...without being totally punitive....and the seasoned Pro...all because of the scoring expectations that different people have when they go here. A beginner can see most baskets from the tee and play fairly quickly through the course. A seasoned Pro is rewarded for hitting tight but fair gaps in a Deuce or Die quest that can have you muttering to yourself....but enjoying yourself.
The course has great use of elevation playing up and down the hillsides. Some of the holes appear short on paper but play much longer than they are due to elevation and tightness of the fairways. You have to be able to throw straight for distance, throw early breaking hyzers, late breaking hyzers, anhyzers, S-shots, and a good thumber comes in handy from time to time. The course is more about touch and accuracy than it is about raw power. Hole #6 will allow most mortals to air it out and #7 challenges most Intermediate and below players on distance in the open...but most hyzer power throwers will have difficulty on this course if they haven't mastered a hyzer flip with say a Comet or beat Roc that goes lazer straight. I've seen some really good players have difficulty on this course because they were just a touch off the angles on the fairways.
It is a nice fair challenging course. Now that the fairways have grass down in the woods you can even throw a few forehand rollers...or have a reasonable guess of how to play the skips. The tee pads are adequate size for the distance of the holes, the tee signs are accurate, and many trash cans are on the course.
One PRO I must mention due to it being a pet peeve of mine at other courses is...there is a walking trail thru the park being used by kids, moms, dads, grandparents and what not. The park and course designers have made great effort to separate the disc golf course from any dangers of hitting guest walking the trails. The distance...and wooded backdrops leading from one hole to the next across the walking trail is more than enough to ensure the safety of other park guests.
Cons: After mentioning the Pro of the walking trail I need to mention the Con of some holes situate too close to other park activities. While #5 is a pretty good distance from basket to some childrens playground equipment...it isn't out of the realm of possibility that some idiot throws a thumber way too hard with a highspeed driver and cracks some kid because he threw one 80 feet past the hole and way right. Hole #21 is a wonderful hyzer tucked into an elevated tree line at the top of some steps....however..when all the soccer moms are standing on the field watching little susie play...the hole is unplayable unless you are 'that kind of guy' and think it is your God given right to play every hole at the expense of other people's safety. #22 can play over the same soccer field but the main thing is most people hyzer over the top of #24's basket and that can create an unsafe playing experience. #23...there is a baseball field way past the basket...but I've seen people throw too far and hit the aluminum bleachers when nobody was on them...I'd hate to play the hole when the bleachers were full of parents.
Oh...and bring bug spray...the mosquitos are quite hungry here...sometimes the ticks can get bad as well.
Other Thoughts: As far as safety is concerned your biggest concern is tripping over a wayward stump that has yet to rot or be taken out...the bridges are in great shape, the tee pads are level, you won't hit your hands on the tee signs on your follow thru...and the neighborhood is small town safe. A regular police cruiser can be seen driving thru regularly.
The park is mere minutes off Interstate 75...there is absolutely no reason not to stop by this park on your way thru. You will enjoy it...unless you are a power hyzer thrower with no touch :)
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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