Decent course, terrible parking
0 Helpful / 2 Not
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 2 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.
Ok course but I'd like to see OSU do something great!
1 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
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.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
OHIO STATE COURSE NOT UP TO PAR
Pros: * Concrete Tees
* Easy even for beginners
* In the Columbus city limits
Cons: * Easy even for beginners
* Surrounded by parking lots
* Often windy
* Must pay for parking
* Almost a constant flow of people walking around on the course.
Other Thoughts: I would have thought that OSU would have a higher standard for their athletic facilities. I know they were trying to fill the space with something constructive but they could have chosen a better location...
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Good cement tees
-Easy to navigate
Cons: -In the middle of a huge parking lot
-Very crowded with non disc golfers (who have no idea what disc golf is and will walk right through the fairway when you are trying to throw
-Many parked cars and moving cars that you have to worry about hiting with a bad throw
-Pay to park if there is spots open
-No holes in woods
-Most holes are short
-Holes are measured in yards
Other Thoughts: im not a big fan of this course at all. i will play it on occasions if my friends want to go. to many people around that have no idea what disc golf is and will get in the way. if you trow in the street the cars will run over your disc with out thinking about it exspecialy the buses. no pro shop onsite.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: + Huge cement tees which also are grooved for excellent traction
+ Nice newish Chainstairs for baskets
+ Well groomed fairways
+ nice looking signs
Cons: - Not the most accessible DG course with it being on a busy campus and pay to park
- Holes lack significant variety, feeling repetitive at times
- Noisy and lots of non-players and cars/buses to worry about hitting
- Signs take up the back corner of the teebox instead of being off to the side. Distances marked in yards instead of feet for some reason.
Other Thoughts: An effort was clearly made to make this course nice and work with the land that ended up being available. However what resulted is a relatively forgettable playing experience with little challenge aside from the fear of shanking a drive into a car, bus or passerby. Even though some of the signs show a left to right path to the basket, I noticed no mandos and you can throw a right to left shot off every teepad although a straight shot makes more sense some times.
If I were an OSU student I could see playing here more frequently because of convenience. But there are much more relaxing and challenging courses not far away so its a hard course to recommend to somebody that lives off campus or is just passing through town.
I did like most of the tee boxes as they were oversized and grippy. But at times the tee signs were actually on the back end of the box and at other times there were benches on the side taking away much of that room.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -The course takes you on a little journey around the OSU campus
- Well maintained
- Nice signage
- Nice pads
Cons: - Parking sucks
- Concrete and blacktop everywhere - also parked cars if you have errant throws
- Not much diversity
- Little privacy
Other Thoughts: This course will do in a pinch. I would play any Columbus area course before this one.
Hole one has some distance, and you will think this course may really challenge you. Hole 2 on though, is less intriguing. There are a few nice holes, but mostly, this is a drive - putt, drive - putt style course. You play through parking lots and have pedestrian traffic that couldn't care less for your disc golf.
There are few true hazards.
The parking is an issue. The first time at the course I parked quickly at the Jesse Owens center. I thought, "I heard parking sucked, this isn't bad". Next time, I circled for 20 minutes looking for a place to park.
I guess its about your wanting to play. If you are in the area, and Griggs is slammed as usuall, it is definitely serviceable. It is an 18 hole course with nice baskets and pads. If nothing else, it is a nice change of pace course.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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