Not the Best Setting for a Course
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course at Ohio State University plays around massive parking lots through small bits of grassy courtyards. The course starts and ends next to the Jesse Owens Tennis Center and metered parking is provided near Bevis Hall. I parked in the first empty lot that I saw because I was unfamiliar with the campus. I did not get ticketed, though it seems to be advised to park in the dorm lot. The course does a nice job winding back around to where it starts.
Tee pads are nontraditional but are huge and provide more than enough room for a big run-up. Chainstar baskets are in good shape and are easy to spot from the tees.
There is a nice mix of hyzer, anny, and straight shots and the course does a good job of using - though limited - the elevation and trees provided. If contending with O.B. gives you a thrill, you'll really like that aspect about this course. There are a few cool pin positions with 14's island-like green and 8 and 9's tucked-away baskets among trees.
Holes 2, 15, and 18 were the highlights for me as they provided some scenic shots and were the most technical on the course offering a few different lines to choose from off the tee. 15 allows for some potential to get wet if you fade into the pond, though chances of doing so are minimal.
There is good use of navigational aids on the tee signs and with some 'next tee' signs. The course allows for a very quick 18 as the holes are pretty short and straight-forward.
Cons: This is one of the first courses I have played where I believe that a course may be better off not being here. I emphasize the word "may" because it really is great to have a course at a huge college to expose more people to the sport. However, there is a big danger factor here as the course literally plays around parking lots, busy roads, and campus buildings.
The holes often play dangerously close to the parking lots and roads, sometimes even crossing the roads. I played at probably one of the least busy times available and still had some issues with cars (parked and moving) and pedestrians. This is definitely not the usual case of clueless park-goers who are in the way of the course. I feel that this course is in the way of everything else going on.
There are some long walks from hole to hole in order to loop the course around the parking lots. From 7-8 the walk is marked as being 300 yards to the next tee.
Even without all of the busyness around the course, the holes are still below average in my book. The designers used the grassy land that is provided here the best they could, but the topography still doesn't allow for very interesting holes.
Other Thoughts: I tried to be as fair as I could in my review, but combining mostly straight-forward holes with a very dangerous setting makes me feel that this course may be better off not in the ground. With a maximum hole distance of 360 feet, limited chances of losing discs, and straight-forward design, this could be a good course to bring beginners to…just as long as the campus isn't busy! I'd recommend playing here when school is not in session or at dusk.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Decent course, terrible parking
Pros: Nice beginner friendly course near OSU campus
Cons: People hardly ever let you play through, There is a 300 yard walk between two holes, You have to pay for parking even though it isn't obviously marked as so. I parked in an empty parking lot at 6pm and ended up getting a $55 ticket.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Could’ve been more…more!
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Beginning at the entrance to the Jesse Owens Tennis Center on the OSU campus, this 18 hole course ambles about the sides of Carmack Drive and the parking facilities supporting this area. There actually are a couple of scenic shots approaching the pond and fountain on holes 13 & 14, and using some elevation on 16 & 17. The course starts with a nice map sign, and about a third of the holes have a sturdy bench and/or a trash can, plus campus maintenance, so the course remains very clean.
The large, level, ridged, concrete tee pads on every hole here at OSU are fantastic, and include permanent concrete tee signs (see pics) which give you a general overview of the hole, the distance (oddly, in yards), and sometimes an indication of the next tee position. The baskets are quality DGA made, seem to catch well, and the design incorporates the gentle rolling terrain, trees, and shrub lines whenever it could. Hole distances are scaled to the recreational to intermediate arm, ranging from 174 to 360 feet (which means no huge rips, but nicely sized for the fairways and obstacles they had).
There are a few holes which have a 'just blind' basket position to add a little thrill. #7 is a short sky hyzer (you might want a spotter for safety), while #8 is just blind on the left past the last large bush you see left of the next tee. Then you can spot the 9th basket by stepping out about 15' right of the tee.
Cons: It's pretty clear as you play OSU that they were given the islands of green space around the parking lots here, rather than the go-ahead to really put in a more robust, stand-alone disc golf course. There is plenty of space, and even some wooded potential that slaps you on the noggin as you come upon the 'next tee' sign between 7 and 8. I mean, 300 yards to the next tee? You walk almost a thousand feet beside some interesting looking woods, and keep thinking, 'at least three holes could go right along here…' Granted, there's a murky swamp in there, too, but c'mon! And even though you get pretty close to using the pond on #15, it feels a little disappointing that they couldn't ask for even 50' of water carry to make it more fun.
Even though most of the holes flow pretty quickly one to the next, they can get a little repetitive, so you'll want to pay attention to the map, and some of the tee signs that indicate the next hole. And there will be some walking. If there's an event going on in one of the nearby facilities, there will be non-players to take care of, so don't throw if your shot might stray their way. And there's a lot of potential OB sidewalks and driveways to avoid.
Not a deal-breaker because the tees are all huge, but the stone tee signs are ON the pad, toward the back left quarter, which limits some angles of run-up.
Other Thoughts: Hey, there's a practice basket at the start which clearly gets dual usage as a place to tie up your dog when you come for a Sunday mid-day soccer match. And there's sometimes an attendant at the parking lots, collecting $5 for 'event parking', but you might feel just like I did to see it was apparently free to park there by the time I got done. (or not..sounds like they will patrol, but not necessarily provide any way to pay) Grrrr!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: small and fast
could ace almost every hole because they are short
not as busy as you'd think
Cons: all par 3's realistically.
bust roads near buy
Other Thoughts: this is a fun small course you can run or play a cool off round after playing griggs. you really only need a good mid range, or a mid and a putter to play. you could realistically ace every hole if your a high enough caliber player (don't have to be a pro, just need some luck)
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Ok course but I'd like to see OSU do something great!
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Pros: -Concrete tee pads with nice signage
-You can rent discs from OSU if you don't have any
-Is on campus (West Campus, to be exact)
-Has nice trees that create nice obstacles
-Has a decent array of skill shots involved. This course is good for the short game.
Cons: -Not much green space to work with. Errant throws go in the street.
-Hole distance is measured in yards and seems inaccurate
-There is a sizable walk from 7 to 8 that is out of the way, but I guess this is how they had to fit the course into this space.
-The tee signs, although they're very nice, are built into the tee pads on a block of concrete and are literally part of the tee. They can get in the way if you want to start at the back corner of the tee.
-This course is very short
-There are always geese by the small pond out here and they are certainly crapping all over the hole/
Other Thoughts: This course is best used for practicing finesse shots and making runs at the chains. It is very short and several of the holes are basically long putts. I did enjoy throwing around trees and seeing what shots I could take. This course is surrounded by busy roads and parking lots so if you have a bad throw it can be trouble. There are some decent/good holes here and the equipment is nice but it seems like they just stuck a course in the slivers of green space that surround West Campus. Since OSU obviously put some effort into this course I think they could have it somewhere there is more space. All in all, the OSU DGC is just ok if you're looking for a DG fix. It's not worth going out of your way to play. It's short, precarious, has nice tees, and is measured in football distance.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The majority of these reviews all mention the same pros, which I agree with all, just wanted to add one more:
- Night discing. I can't believe no one else has mentioned this. With the course having been built around the OSU parking lot, there are plenty of street lights near each hole to allow for night discing. Maybe bring your glow discs with you, but all you really need is a flash light or your cell phone light. With the course being as well maintained as it is, as long as you play it a little safe, your discs should be fine.
Cons: Agree with most everyone else's cons, although, I don't believe wind has ever been an issue for me.
...I take it back, wind is in play.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Great for Learners
Pros: -Concrete Tees
-Nice tee Signs
-Can play with one disc
-Great for kids
Cons: -No Free Parking
-Very Short for experienced players
-Very repetitive on back 9
-Not the best flow
-Parking lot and road too close to fairways
Other Thoughts: If your just starting this is a great course, but more of a pitch and putt, or playing with just a roc/buzzz. If your in the area and want to play a round drive down to griggs for more of a challenge. I played this just to see what it was like and I found it lackluster, but I have played a round and found much better courses
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
OSU: Short and Open
Pros: Very grippy pads and good signage. Nice baskets with number plates. Hole 4 is decent
Cons: Even though the signage is good, the placement of the signage is not. The signs are concrete literally on the back left side of the tee pad. It can be a nuisance at times.
This course does not present much challenge with it being so open and short. You can throw a hyzer on almost every hole. Some holes are extremely short such as 2, 16, and 17. On 16 I could jump putt from the tee.
There is a 900 foot stroll between hole 7 and 8.
Other Thoughts: Make sure you purchase a parking receipt near hole 1's basket at the corner of the parking lot and place it on your car's dashboard before you play.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Nice open course
Pros: Well marked signs at tees.
Great tee pads!
Occasional benches if you are waiting or need a quick rest.
Plays quickly, usually not crowded.
Cons: Distance given in yards.
Usually quite windy.
Parking lots and roads (OB) in play a LOT.
Pedestrian and car traffic can be hazardous.
Other Thoughts: I like this course a lot. I have taken several people here to introduce them to disc golf. You need to have some distance on your throws but it is not supremely challenging. Paying for parking can be a pain, but it's better than a ticket! Overall it is a great place to play.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A very nice course in a campus enviornment
Best tee pads ive ever played on. Verry grippy
Not crowded(it was sunny and 93)
Nice course for begginers
Pretty good signage exept for #1
Trees added for difficulty. Without trees=1 star
Layed out nice
Very close to campus
Cons: Way to close to parking lot and roads
Measured in yards
Couldn't use practice basket because of cricket game(???)
Lake dosent come into play
No restrooms or water fountains that I saw
300 yard walk from 7 basket to 8 tee
Parking costs $1.50/hr.
Couldnt find 1st tee so had to tee off from #2
Other Thoughts: I was at the university for my sisters dive meet and thought I'd check this place out. Very nice. This is the 1st university course I have played and was very impressed.
Baskets, Tees, and hole diagrams: 3/5
Variety in hole distances: 3/5
Variety in hole types: 3/5
Course flow: 3/5
Outside interference(Pedestrians, Distractions, etc.) 3/5
Fun Factor: 3.5/5
Use of available land: 4/5
Overall Grade: 3/5
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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