3 Helpful / 0 Not
Solid course, terrible tees
Pros: The course plays through a corner of a nice state park with a large lake. Several of the holes have great views out over the marina and lake from the top of a hill. The first half of the course plays through tight woods with some elevation changes. There is enough underbrush to punish errant shots but not enough to really eat discs. The second half of the course opens up and uses more elevation and wider fairways with brushy rough. This makes for a really fun variety with lots of different types of holes.
There is a nice balance of tight shorter holes and open longer holes with a few that let you open up a little more. The wooded holes call for a great variety of shot shapes, with enough trouble to make you hit your lines if you want to score well. The elevation on the property s used very well to make some fun downhill shots and some tough uphill holes.
Cons: The course feels like it's still a work in progress, and definitely has some room to improve. The wooded holes still need a little clearing and cleaning up, they feel a little unfinished at the moment. The open holes have some tall grass rough, not my favorite kind of obstacle on a course when it eats discs and doesn't do a good job of making your next shot harder after an errant drive.
The tees are terrible. They are loose piles of gravel that shift under your feet and make for really awful footing. They are even poor for stand and deliver shots because they are so uneven and loose. The signage is pretty poor, and doesn't do a great job of showing where to throw or where to go next.
Other Thoughts: The design of this course is really solid, with lots of fun and challenging holes and enough variety to keep it really interesting. With a little work on the amenities, this could be a great course in a cool state park with lots of other fun things to do. Beginners might find it a little tough and punishing. More experienced players will find some really good challenges here, it's not a championship level course but it has enough variety to make it a lot of fun. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -great looking course
-large variety of shots
-great use of natural landscape
-great use of elevation changes
-no wait to throw
-very advanced course play
-good local dg scene
Cons: -gravel tee pads
-lots of blind shots
-not beginner friendly
Other Thoughts: a very enjoyable course! very technical , i have never had to scramble so hard to get 3's on some of the holes. the gravel tee pads kind of kill it for me, they are ok in the shorter wooded holes but on several of the longer open holes i couldn't get the power i would normally use because i was sinking in to the stones. i read at the course that they are planning to add rubber tee pads and this will be a great improvement. when the pads are installed i will likely give this course a better rating. i will definatly be back to this course for future rounds
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Beautiful State Park. Good mixture of tight wooded holes and open fairways that makes you hit your shots. Good use of elevation and well manicured holes. The first 9 holes have been redesigned again since 2009 and I love the changes. Before those holes were mostly luck if you made it down the non existant "fairway" in the woods now there are like 5 to 10 feet wide gaps that gives you a chance if your shot holds it anhyzer or hyzer line or s-curve.
Cons: Wish there were accurate tee pad maps and concrete tee pads vesus rubber or natural because the tee pad areas don't drain well from the rain. The fairways are well defined but if your off course just a touch there is thick overgrowth to contend with.
Other Thoughts: Because of the redesign of the first 9 holes (they added 2 holes on completely different acres of land than before and cleared out some brush on the other front nine) I now have this course at 3 1/2 rating. They could improve the signage a bit and put in better tee pads but this is a pretty great play on a sunny day as is. Very challenging fun holes in a beautiful State Park. Worth the drive out to play it for sure. After playing this course a couple more times, I think its just so important they fix the gravel tee pads because it really affects the type of game you have to throw for the holes designed here. If they do, watch out this course will really become premier.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Wide range of shots
Ranges from heavily wooded to wide open
Great elevation changes
Cons: No tee signs
A couple wooded holes with no defined fairway
Other Thoughts: The course starts off in dense woods. Tight shots throughout the front 9. I like tunnel shots, but a couple of these holes have no defined fairway at all. I've never liked "luck" holes like these.
The back nine opens up wide. There were mild elevation changes in the front but in the back 9, you begin shooting up and down significant slopes. The distance lengthens as well here.
I love the diversity of this course. You will need a balanced game to score well. Right, left, long, short, open, tight. Its all here.
With a few more amenities (pads and signage) along with getting in the front nine with a chain saw and making a few more defined fairways - this could be a much improved course. It has the potential to be excellent.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Forces you to use every shot in the bag, backhand, forehand, overhand. There is a generous amount of uphill and downhill holes that make the course more interesting. Hole 17 is one of the most interesting holes in central Ohio and surrounding areas.
Cons: The biggest con is the GRAVEL TEES! These tees make it next to impossible to have consistent footwork. If I really stretched I could say that the course could be more clearly marked and the old tees taken out..
Other Thoughts: The first nine holes are extreme skill shots and force pinpoint placement. Even though they are difficult they are balanced with the open holes, making them a great mesh.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Good Course some Problems
Pros: Good Variety
Lots of Elevation Changes
Cons: Poorly Marked
Loose Gravel Tee Pads
Other Thoughts: The first part of the course goes through the woods and visually it's excellent. The second part is more open with some very fun elevation changes
The problem is the signs. It is not labeled well and it's easy to get lost. Also the tees are loose gravel and it's tough to get footing in. I have bad knees and I was in pain by the end and had to move off and throw from the side of the tee. Also there was and old guy playing in front of me wearing spandex. Saw much more than I wanted to when he bent over to pick up his disc bag.
It's a fun course, nothing wrong with it but it's not memorable.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Buck Creek State Park DGC
Pros: Challenging. Front nine is wooded but very playable.
Cons: Back nine is a long, hard walk up and down a very large hill. Poor signage on the entire course.
Other Thoughts: At times there is water in play. One hole on the front nine appeared to be in the process of a redesign and we played what we thought was the right teebox only to find out it was not the right teebox. Back nine should probably have a few more par fours and the 480' hole should probably be a par five for amateurs.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Buck Creek Review
Pros: Layed out pretty well. Course is well maintained and challenging to play. First 6-8 holes are all wooded. Challenging placements make for some great risk/reward shots.
Cons: No Signs. If you're not looking, you will miss the "next tee" signs. No real indication as to where the Baskets are so plan some time to "walk around the tee" to find where you're throwing.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
All Shot Types Required
Park Staff is Friendly and Helpful
Great Elevation Changes
Camping in Park (Very Close to Course)
Plenty of Parking
Trash Cans On Every Hole
Great Views of the Reservoir
Other Amenities in Park (Boating, Fishing, Hiking)
Hard to Navigate
Gravel Tee Pads Need Work
Rough Can Eat Discs
No Real Tee signs (Wooded Posts with the Hole Number)
No Distances Marked
Course/First Tee Can Be Hard to Find
Could Use More Benches
The course can be hard to locate. From Route 40, take Bird Road north. Once you go through the light at Old Columbus Road you will be on Buck Creek Lane which leads into the park. Once you are in the park you will want to turn right on Merritt Road, just past the park office. From there you will take the 4th left. Park in the second parking lot that you come to, just past the restrooms, and the first tee is just at the edge of the woods on the backside of the lot, look for the bulletin board.
Course layout is really good, front 9 are short, technical, and heavily wooded. The back nine are more open, there are still a few mature trees in some of the fairways, and the holes are much longer.
Once you start playing navigating can be difficult. After Hole 1, face the tee pad for 1 and you will see a path heading off to the left. The tee pad for 2 will be visibly as soon as you are on the path.
To get to hole 3 continue past the basket for 2, over the downed tree/log, and you will see the tee pad just up the hill. Hole three plays up the large hill, and the basket is between the pine trees near the top of the hill.
From there the front nine gets a little easier to navigate, paths have been worn and lead you from the basket of the previous hole to the next hole's tee pad. There are a couple blind shots that will give first-timers some trouble. The first really hard to see basket is hole 6, and extreme anhyzer (RHBH), that is heavily wooded. If you head down the fairway to the turn you will easily spot the basket. Nine is also blind, another anhyzer, but more of a sweeping anhyzer around the side of the hill.
The back nine are a lot easier to navigate, they are pretty open, making the tee pad and baskets a lot easier to spot.
Hole 10 is easy to find, but you can't see the basket. The fairway is unmistakable and the basket is down the fairway and to the left, about 35 to 40 feet from the turn. HOle 11 should be fairly straight forward with the great elevation changes starting to come into play.
Hole 12 and 13 play up and down the side of a big hill. Over shoot 12 and you could end up in the lake, the only time it could really come into play.
Hole 14 is my favorite of the course. Its a long hyzer shot down a very steep hill (A top of the world shot). Wind can also be a big factor here, and not airing it out can be difficult. Make sure to keep an eye on your disc on this one, the rough at the bottom of the hill is, a little over knee high, grass and once you are down there it can be hard to spot your discs.
Hole 15 is pretty straight forward, nothing too tricky, with a great tee pad placement.
Hole 16 is a long shot, up a big hill.
The course flattens back out on hole 17, a big right turn onto an island green. Hole 18 is long and flat. It does play next to a fairly large, and often occupied picnic area adding some challenge to this wide open hole. Try to be accurate on this one and try not to hit some unsuspecting picnic go-ers, or kids playing.
If you are in the area definitely give this course a go. If you can get some one to navigate for you, you will be a lot better off, but even if you don't try to tough it out. The course itself plays well and can be very challenging. I'm hoping for some new tee pads, and something to mark the distances and the course rating would go up tremendously, but even with the cons the layout is good enough to keep me coming back.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Springfield's Only 18
Pros: Great land, good mix of wooded and open holes, need a plethora of shots to get under par (pro par)
Cons: Raw course, needs a lot of beautification efforts. Course is going to have changes made which should create a better overall experience. No tee pads, no signs, but all of which will be taken care of later this spring
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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