One of the best 9 Hole courses
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 1) Concrete tees
2) Elevation changes
3) Good mix of lefty/righty holes
5) Excellent signage
6) Highlight holes: 5, 8
Cons: 1) Long walk to hole 1
2) Hole 2 plays dangerously close to parking lot
2) Navigation to holes 3 and 5
Other Thoughts: Scenery: 3/5
Difficulty v. Fun factor (5/5 is best mix): 3.75
This is one of the best 9 hole courses that I've played to date. Some good land to work with and great design.
The course is set in a metro park-type setting. It looks very clean and well manicured.
The course has awesome elevation changes combined with sloping fairways on some holes, shot shaping, and obstacles (brush, trees, a flowing creek), that combine to create a challenging and fun experience.
The fairways are well defined and manicured, and most are lined on either side with thick brush/woods. Some of the fairways have a few trees in the fairway, but there are no "poke and hope" holes. If you go off of the fairway, be prepared for a pitch out and a bogey (at least).
Some of the more notable holes: Hole 5 is a huge right dog leg that plays over a creek. Hole 8 is a 500'+ hole that is straight ahead, but has a substantial drop off after the tee and a 50' wide creek that runs across the fairway about 80-100' before the target.
Unlike most 9 hole courses, this course has legitimate distances that rival a full 18 hole course. Most of the holes are over 300'. The tees are more than adequate to get a full run up, which is needed for a beefy course such as this one.
The signs are excellent, full color metal signs. They have a map of the hole and distance on each one.
I only have a few complaints about this course and they revolve around navigation and safety. First, hole 2's flight path and basket take your disc right by people's cars. Second, the parking lot is right by hole 2's target. It turns out that you have to walk back through hole 2 and hole 1 to get to the start of the course and if you don't have a map, you would have to look around to even know which way to go to find hole 1's tee. They could solve the latter problem by maybe having a sign directing you how to get to hole 1's tee.
Third is the navigation to hole 3. After holing out on 2, you have to walk up the hill and to the right to get to 3's tee. There are no signs directing to 3's tee and the tee is not visible at all from 2's target.
The fourth problem is the navigation from 4 to 5. You have to walk a cross a field and 5's tee is right in front of a creek. Once you get across the field, don't make the mistake of going the tee to the right, because that is 9's tee.
Bottom line...if you bring a course map you will save some time.
All in all, this course is a great addition to the disc golf community and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a challenging, fun course to play. I think it's even worth a little road trip...maybe combine this with Monroe or Turtlecreek?
This course is a solid 3.5 and if the navigation issues are fixed, would be rated higher.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Better than your average niner
Pros: Fun, reasonably challenging course wraps around a multi-sport park featuring a nice creek and some decent elevation changes.
• Variety: Nice mix of hole lengths, fairway shapes and elevation changes featuring uphill, downhill and flat fairways, left/right/straight fairways, short/med/long holes (including a 585' hole on level ground), and semi-open to somewhat wooded, brush-lined holes. Hard to believe all the shot variety they packed into 9 holes. No two holes feel the same and I genuinely liked every hole on the course - each has its own appeal.
• Property Use: makes good use of the land's features to create challenge, ambience and eye appeal. Additionally, the first 4 holes make good use of small (perhaps otherwise useless) parcels around the park to fit holes in nicely around other park activities while minimizing the chance of interference (except for Hole 2).
• Fairways felt natural, as if they presented themselves amid the trees and brush, requiring little clearing and fairly little maintenance compared to some courses. All were well-defined and nicely groomed with obvious routes to follow (although a few holes offer multiple ways to reach the pin, so some decision making is called for).
• Holes 5, 8 and 9 play over and along a clear running stream which adds to the ambience and aesthetics (and can also come into play).
• Signature Hole 8 plays 360' down a pretty good hill and across the creek to a large flat green. Big arms should carry the water without worry, but for many rec players, the downhill will add just enough distance to bring the creek within reach. Can you carry the water or should you play it safe and lay it up?
• Equipment: Yellow Discatchers were older but easy to see and caught fine. Concrete tees were in good shape. Tee signs were graffiti free (if I recall correctly), an effective aid to navigation with distances that seemed accurate.
• Routing/Nav: Course layout isn't exactly compact and efficient, but routing and signage was good enough to allow two first-timers to get a late start in mid fall and finish all 9 before daylight was gone.
• Hole 2: I love hole itself, and could have fun throwing disc after disc running the pin from the tee, but the placement is close enough to the parking lot that hitting cars and people is a more than just a possibility, especially if a headwind kicks up. Plus, I hate the possibility of my discs hitting asphalt (also possible on 9's OB walking/bike path).
• Tee signs were a little too close to the tee boxes. Maybe I'm strange (OK, so get rid of the "maybe"), but sometimes I like to start my run-up from the side of the tee box (particularly when throwing a big annie), and felt the tee signs were in my way a few times during the round.
• More of an FYI than a true "con," because I happen to think they got this right: course flow is a bit disjointed and hard to follow in spots, but I think they opted to create the best holes available while avoiding filler holes and most safety issues. Nonetheless, there are a couple of long, non-intuitive walks (from parking to hole 1, then again between holes 4 and 5), plus a fairly long trot from 9 back to parking. The real shame is that this results in a really long walk from 9 to the 1st tee, which kind of discourages playing multiple rounds. First timers: PRINT THE MAP - you'll be glad you did.
Other Thoughts: Probably the best niner I've played to this point. I tip my cap to whoever had the vision to see this would make a great nine-hole course and resisted the temptation to shoe horn in more holes to make a "more complete" piece of meh.
Not super challenging, but a lot of fun. Suitable for skill levels ranging from beginner to advanced, particilarly recreational and intermediate players.
Mason really had me thinking about ratings, especially since I haven't awarded anything higher than a 3.0 to a nine basket course - and both of those have dual tees offering different looks at the pin... Mason doesn't. If Mason had another nine holes as good as the ones it already has, I'd give it a 4.0... but it doesn't.
IMHO, Mason's definitely better than "good." I say that because walking back to the car, I realized I'd rather play two rounds at Mason than one round at most 3.0 courses, but don't think I'd choose it over a truly excellent course... that's how I arrived at 3.5.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Each hole presented a diferent challenge. Both left and right hand doglegs. Two holes has a creek you need to cross over which adds to the beauty of this course. Seems like a good course to learn and practice the game.
Cons: Long walk to first and fifth hole.
Other Thoughts: I am brand new to this game. In fact yesterday was my first time out. So this is my first course this review may not help much but I can say that as a newbie this course has showed me the different types of shots I must learn.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Long shot, but short
Pros: This course is a great place to practice your long shot, and has lots of scenery and landscaping to enjoy while you are there.
Cons: The course is very short (9 holes), and you will find that you are throwing toward the top or bottom of a hill at almost every hole.
Other Thoughts: It was very difficult finding the course sequence, so you may spend some time walking to find the next tee.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Grad A 9 Hole Course
Pros: Excellent Nine Hole Course, well maintained, challenging course that makes excellent use of elevation and water. Great course for building decision making skills and for learning the importance of placement.
Cons: Small tee pads and ONLY 9 HOLES!!! If this had 9 more holes of the same caliber it would be a professional grade course.
Other Thoughts: Just north of Kings Island!
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Good 9 Hole Course
Pros: - Very nicely maintained course.
- Nice concrete tee pads with well maintained fairways and good baskets.
- Plenty of benches and trash cans around course.
- Nice elevation changes and some unique holes over a creek.
- Good signage and easy to navigate once you find the first hole.
- A decent mix of easy and more challengin holes for both beginners and more advanced players.
Cons: - Only 9 holes. I wanted this course to continue, but it is surrounded with other sports facilites and it doesn't look like they have enough room for a full 18.
- On the fourth hole if you throw OB it is over a barbed wire fence, so watch out left.
Other Thoughts: The first 9 hole course I have played that was thought out and unique. Even though it was a short round I thought each hole was a fun new challenge and I liked the way the creek was brought in to the course. I would recommend for all levels of players looking for a different course to play in the greater Cincy area.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -very nice dgc located in sports park
-nice big parking lot
-very well maintained
-easy to navigate
-nice teepads and baskets
-no wait to throw
-a couple holes play over a nice little creek
-great setup for only being 9 holes
Cons: -some wooded area get pretty thick so there is a chance of losing a disc
Other Thoughts: have only played this once but i'd like to get back to this course, had a lot of fun here and thought it was one of the best 9 hole course i've come across
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Lot's of Style, but not much Substance
Pros: Well manicured. Variety of doglegs/fairways. Uphill and downhill shots. Scenic.
Cons: Easy, especially after playing more than once. Although there is a river/creek running through and along the course, it's mostly aesthetic and does not pose a challenge. Not a lot of obstacles.
Other Thoughts: The course is definitely worth visiting, but it might be worth the extra ten miles to go play Turtlecreek.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Hidden 9 Hole Gem
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The Mason Sports Park Disc Golf Course is a very well-manicured course that favors neither righties nor lefties. You will find a rock-solid nine holes where 18 could have been crammed. Distances north of 300 feet, as well as elevation changes are abundant while still emphasizing accuracy and intelligent play. Of particular note is hole 8, with its tunnel shot across a creek placed at a score punishing 325-350 feet.
Cons: The rough is very thick and can swallow discs. If you're not careful with your shots, you could spend more time looking for your discs than you do playing your round.
Other Thoughts: With so many wonderful choices of 18 hole courses available in the Greater Cincinnati area, it's hard to schedule driving/playing time for a nine hole course. This course does not disappoint if you're looking for something besides the Big Cincinnati 3.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Feel of an 18
-Low player traffic
-Located at a sports park
-Creek w/ great bridge
-Two shots across water
-Course is well kept
-Fairways are wooded
-Only 9 holes
-Walk to the first tee
-Ending point isn't the same as beginning
-#4 runs alongside a football field
-Fairways are wide
-Doesn't test too many shots
-#9 needs a mando to prevent from throwing into the football field
Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a great 9 hole course. Not too challenging, however, it is one of the more challenging 9 hole courses. Fairways are wide but still wooded.
-#8 is a 360ft blind throw over a creek, with a good elevation drop.
One of the best 9 hole courses in Cincinnati. Beautiful scenery and well kept. Not an easy course but also not a difficult one either. If coming out to play it, definitely play Monroe or Turtlecreek along with it.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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