Play on a Botanical Garden Hill
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Surge DGC at Cincinnati State (aka Copperleaf) is a relatively challenging nine hole course in the middle of town, and easily accessible near Interstate 75, so folks coming through town who want to stretch their legs (especially on a weekend) might want to see this unique course situated on a collegiate hillside botanical garden. There are educational signs all over describing features of the plantings, the paving, and so on, so if you have family with you that are more interested in gardening than disc golf, they can easily be entertained here while you get in a round.
Holes work their way back and forth the hillside, where you are forced to go left, right, straight, and tight, by the park-like trees and plantings that are extremely well maintained by the college. The landscaping itself is superb, while the disc golf holes range from 185 to 405 feet in length (depending on where you tee for #2 - there are two spots, depending on which map you follow), and possibly 500' up and around the blind hill. There are plenty of places for players with bigger arms than me to use the sidewalks creatively to lengthen the holes and increase difficulty. In fact, if you want to declare some areas out of bounds, like the raingarden area on hole 8, this course could challenge advanced and open players. In its intended state, it poses a decent challenge for rec to intermediate players.
The interactive map at http://itd1.cincinnatistate.e...flash_map.htm
is one of the coolest things I've seen.
Cons: The 9th basket has been missing for at least six months. There are no trash cans or benches near the tees.
Navigation of the course would be very tricky without a map. For instance, The first tee is somewhere on the corner of the parking lot. Hole two tees off either on the central path up an indeterminate number of flights of stairs or somewhere unspecified along the sidewalk by the driveway, just to the right of the first basket. The fifth hole tees from the central stair/sidewalk again. You have to either hop over a guardrail or negotiate the steep hill 100' past the 5th basket to get to the 6th tee. The #7 tee is directly downhill below the 6th basket, and nearly invisible because of the mud running down over it. The 8th tee is marked by paint on the sidewalk below the main driveway, near one of the nation's biggest Gingko trees.
Only holes 3, 4, 6, (7), and 9 have dedicated tee areas, where they've used brick pavers, which seem to be the only neglected areas of the landscaping here. Some have weeds, and #7 is covered in mud, either of which can lead to slipping on your drives.
They've added a beautifully landscaped raingarden which now constitutes the 8th fairway. I feel guilty throwing in there, and worry about trampling on the plantings, or possibly losing a disc there in the thick stuff.
Other Thoughts: I can't decide if this is a pro or a con: Hole 6 may be impossible for a beginner, with no clear flight path to the 300' basket. Big arms may be able to tomahawk over the tree in the fairway, but keeping a disc under a 5' high branch and running out along a hillside past another set of trees is a trick! I got lucky by accidentally firing my turnover beast through there, where it kicked up into a hillside roller to 6' from the pin!
This is a community college, and access might be limited during school sessions. I've gone on weekends, and had no trouble getting in to park, and have been alone on the course both times. I think the course gets relatively limited play, which might also be what the college wants in the long run: the botanical garden aspect of the landscape has clearly gotten the most attention. Not to say it isn't a really nice DG course: I'd recommend a visit either way!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Nice City Course!
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: + The course is pretty scenic for an inner city park. Hills, trees, etc. Cool industrial and large building views around the course.
+ Fairly long, and challenging for an inner city course.
+ Nice baskets.
+ Some holes had decent tee pads.
Cons: - Some holes have no tee pads (Hopefuly they are planning on adding the rest). I don't mind grass tee pads, but at least give me a well defined area to throw from.
- Definitey need the map to find your way around. Needs tee signs and trailblazers to help with navigation.
Other Thoughts: We had a blast playing this hilly mid length inner city college campus course. It was a little hard to navigate, and had an almost safari round feel to it, but you can't help but smile as you play it. A little love and upgrade could make this a really nice course!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Quick to play (easy to get multiple rounds of nine in a short time.)
Love the view.
Great level of difficulty (in reference to the elevation).
Easy to access from the riverfront. If you are traveling to Cincinnati/ NKY and Don't want to get lost this is an easy course to find.
Never had a crowd on the weekend no matter what time of year.
You have to print off and bring the course map. www.cincinnatidiscgolf.com
Even with the map the Tees are very hard to locate.
Other Thoughts: It seems to me every time I'm back in town I play this course (mostly due to location) and some improvement has been made. I really hope it keeps getting better and more popular.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -It's on a nice little campus.
-good use of trees and shrubs.
-lots of elevation changes.
-Not crowded on weekend.
-They are starting to put in some nice brick tee pads as of 4-26-09.
-there are no overwhelming distances so that is good for new players. But there are plenty of trees and obstacles to give the more experienced players a challenge.
Cons: -No tee signs
-most hole dont have tee pads
-Hole 2 tee marker was nowhere to be found.
Other Thoughts: Since all of the other local courses are packed on the weekends(mt.airy,harbin,winton) I thought i would finally try this course out. And im glad i did. It was a fun short course, and it was nice to have the course to myself. Make sure to print a course map from cincinnatidiscgolf.com before you go or it may be a little difficult to find some tees.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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