Enjoyed Monkee-ing a Round with Mary, Mary
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Pros: Being the feature element in the (light) mature woods of Mary Rutan Park, this 18 hole disc golf course boasts 25 large, level, concrete tees (plus more temp positions spotted, which used flypads), and decent DisCatchers to challenge players from Recreational to Advanced. The long tees combine with the many well-marked mandos to make them distinctly different from the short tees. While there are 'only' four holes over 350', the tree lines and moderately overhanging branches do a pretty good job of demanding precision, even for the longer shots.
Good use of the rolling elevation and the space keep most lines of flight fun as well as safe, while you will discover a couple of near-unique holes that cross the creek. Hole two flies straight over the well-built bridge and finishes to the right just past the first large pine. Hole 16 is a sadistic, er, I mean, clever hole that requires a placement tee shot best dropped just to the right of the large beech tree for your gut-wrenching putt to the basket just on the other side of the steeply-banked creek. Miss the landing zone, and you won't have a clean line for the putt you hope doesn't clank and fall back (like mine did).
The park has made some major improvements to the creek since the map (available online, or at the really nice kiosk beside the shelter at the top of the drive) was made: there are now some large, fenced storm drain 'tunnel' openings near the baskets for holes 3, 12, and 14 that make those 'greens' even more interesting. The signage (at the short tees) is really good, and there is more signage around the park cautioning patrons about disc golf play. Finally, it's really nice to see how many sponsors they've gotten here (listed on the course map), which demonstrates a good level of support from the community.
The rest of the amenities in the park look really nice: a huge swimming pool (almost a water park), an enormous, fortress like playground, the usual other sports fields and courts, and multiple play areas and shelters.
Cons: The basket chains are getting a little rusty (though they still catch well). There are signs telling disc golfers not to park by the course start shelters during peak summer months, but it's not clear where golfers should park otherwise. There is a walk from hole 7 across the street to six of the holes. You need to walk straight forward after 14, up the drive to the 15th tee. And then there's a long walk to play 16. Not only will you need to walk to the tee, but first timers really need to walk ahead and check out the approach. Then, you might be climbing down and up the steep creek banks (which could use some stairs), and/or around across the bridge (which is the 2nd fairway). And there'll be a hike back to 17.
Oh, and I'm pretty sure the basket for #10 has been pulled. Since there is still a large, incongruous section of chain link fence guarding the property beyond, I'd guess there had been problems with overthrows. Some of the later holes have shifted #'s on the baskets, and the basket numbered 16 sits in the alternate position on 18 right now, which means you could throw to 18B, 18A, or the practice basket there!
Edit 12/7/14 from cad77's conditions update, "Until new signs are installed, ignore the old #10 tee. Old tees #11 through #16 now shoot to baskets #10 through #15 respectively. New hole 16 shoots through double mando to alternate pin position for #18." So that might be the flypad tee you'll spot on the slope near the long 17 tee...
Other Thoughts: Overall, the Mary Rutan disc golf course is worth a visit if you're in the area, and just on the cusp of being worth driving into the area, as Bellefontaine isn't on the beaten path.
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Pros: Concrete teepads.
Some holes with pro/am tees.
Well maintained (park officers (?) were mowing the leaves on the ground, clearing the course)
There is a decent variety of holes. Repetition isn't a worry.
Good use of the available elevation. In particular holes 4, 12, 15, and 18. Hole 4 from the long tee plays much longer than marked due to constant rising elevation. Hole 12 is a fun rhbh anhyzer shot down a large hill and across a creek. Hole 15 is a downhill shot that needs to be kept below a low ceiling or potentially an anhyzer, but the anny can be knocked down if it's a little wide. Hole 18 is an uphill shot that hides the basket.
Hole 12. Worth putting as a pro, in my opinion the best hole. 475' downhill that a nice anhyzer will have no problem with getting near the creek or possibly over the creek. Getting an eagle on this hole is possible.
Cons: All signage is at the short tee.
No real par-5 bombers. With three holes over 400' (5, 12 and 17) there are bombers, but a huge par-5er would be nice. The park isn't huge, but with the walk from hole 7-8 some distance could really be added to 7.
It can be muddy and slick, especially in the lower areas.
Other Thoughts: This really is a very nice course and makes incredibly good use of the land. The balance of holes should have everyone enjoying the course, but for higher level players there probably won't be much of a challenge. The mandos usually require the most likely line, but this is likely do to keep other players on different holes safe.
I would suggest using the long tee from hole 5 on hole 2 for more challenge. It's to the right if you're facing the bridge and back a little bit, and it would force a bigger curve versus the straighter shot from the normal tee.
Parking can be a little weird (I had to park by hole 12 on 11/5/12 because the normal parking area was closed).
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Great Park Course!
Pros: -Very well maintained.
-Wonderful use of the land.
-Creative hole designs.
-Clear signage makes it easy to navigate.
-Concrete tees are in great shape.
Cons: -Parking can be difficult in the summer on the weekends.
-Popular course so it can get crowded on a nice day.
-Some of the low areas get incredibly muddy after a rain, especially in the spring.
Other Thoughts: This is a wonderful park course, probably one of the better park courses out there. However, because it's a park course, it also comes with the negatives of a park course. I don't know if I would go out of my way to play this course, but if you're in the area you'll be happy you stopped by to play it.
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Overall Nice Course
Pros: Cement tees with excellent hole description.
Great use of natural obstacles and elevation changes.
Requires a variety of shot types and distances.
Very nice baskets and course flows from hole to hole nicely.
Cons: A lot of foot traffic through the park and pedestrians do not seem to care about the disc golfers.
Parking for disc golf is almost non-existent. What little parking is available is reserved for the shelter houses in the park.
A lot of unnecessary OB and mandos.
Other Thoughts: There are several intimidating holes which test your confidence and shot selection. The course takes full advantage of every opportunity mother nature has provided. There isn't a single tree in the park that does not come into play, not to mention the creek and little old log cabin.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Designers worked well with what they had
Pros: Well thought out holes. I really expected this course to be a typical "in a park" course, but I was very wrong. The course designers really used every tree, creek, and several mandos to make for a fun and sometimes challenging game. You must cross creeks stay in mandos. It was windy when I played (20+mph gusts) but nothing a nice overstable driver (Innova Destroyer for me) couldn't handle.
The baskets are nice Innova DisCathers and the tee pads are concrete. Well designed, and well built.
Cons: People. Lots of people. I went on the first 80 degree day of the year, like every other resident of Bellefontaine. You really want to stay in control here. There are mandos, creeks, playgrounds, shelters, people, roads, and more people. Your best bets are conservative drives, then go for it on the mid shots and the putts.
Other Thoughts: I had a lot of fun at this course. I was very impressed with how the designers used the land they had to work with. They took a park that could have been nothing but boring shots with no elevation changes or obstacles, and made a course that is fun, semi-challenging, and unpredictable. Nice.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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brand new, and well designed.
Pros: this park is well kept and the course is brand new. mature trees with well defined fairways, guided in part by mandatories (arrows on trees and tee signs). short and long tees, both concrete. there are a variety of shots and lengths. backhands, forehands, low ceilings, narrow gaps, mandos, and big throws, as well as risk reward.
Cons: the layout is a bit tricky in a couple places but after the first time you get the hang of it. the tee signs are only on the shorts, so if there is a long, you have no info. there is a creek that runs along the park and comes into play on multiple holes, the con is that it has very little water in it and is very hard to be surrounded (perhaps ob lines should be painted or roped). you think it would be a factor but it doesnt really. benches would be nice here and there, but the park is great so i cant really complain.
Other Thoughts: i believe there are local doubles or leagues, as there was a flyer, but im not sure who takes care of this course or designed it. the mandos took a course that could have been boring and made it punish errant shots, and gave defined fairways.
the images make it look as though it is in the middle of nowhere, but it is actually right next to a large swimming pool and in the middle of town.
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