Dayton's Best Park-Style Course!
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Pros: The disc golf course at Englewood MetroPark is a park course with a high fun factor that will delight players of all skill levels. Since Englewood isn't terribly difficult but still requires strategic thought, it's the perfect course to introduce new players to the game while still being able to enjoy your round as well.
This is one of the best uses of limited space I've ever seen, and the course fully utilizes the available elevation changes. As a bonus, nearly all of the holes that feature elevation begin with a downhill tee shot, incorporating one of ball golf's most treasured design elements into the world of disc. Although the course is mostly open, a majority of the baskets are protected by or placed near mature trees, requiring the player to make exciting and thoughtful upshots.
In addition to the design, Englewood is blessed with a number of beautiful views of the woods and neighboring reservoir that are sure to make your round a pleasant one. The aesthetics are superior for the area, and make 18 holes an enjoyable walk as well as (hopefully!) an enjoyable round.
Multi-chain Innova baskets and above-average, detailed tee signs cover the basics nicely.
On-course restrooms are located near the #10 pin.
Cons: The rubber tee pads can be a big pain, especially when wet or muddy. Not all of them are level, but when dry most of them probably won't give you too much trouble. Concrete tee pads would easily make this a 4.0 disc course.
There can be some routing confusion and tedious walks here, most notably as it relates to holes #11 & 12 and the walks between #12 and 13 and #18 back to the parking lot. Neither the routing nor the walks are significant detractors, but are definitely worth mentioning.
Englewood may be fun, but it lacks the championship-level challenge that many players crave, which can be a con for higher skill levels.
Due to the course's open nature and limited space, an errant tee shot has the potential to land in an opposite fairway. Luckily, visibility is high and no shots are blind, so you likely won't be surprised by an incoming disc.
Other Thoughts: I highly recommend playing Englewood in tandem with nearby Westbrook Park. They are the peanut butter and chocolate of north Dayton courses, with Englewood providing the more open experience and Westbrook relying on technical placement. Englewood is the better course if you can only play one, but taken together they are greater than the sum of their parts.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Large mature trees make this course nice pick for a summer round. Elevation changes and a lot of holes in the 200-270 range gives you many chances to run an ace!! Restrooms. Easy to follow with nice signs.
Cons: A few holes have some serious drainage issues. Standing water is pretty normal. Only a few long holes for those who like to air out. The rubber mats don't work here for me. Water and mud don't go well with the rubber matts.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Favorite course I have been to based on scenery
Good mix of holes, tee signs, ace runs, great walk in the park.
Cons: Rubber pads can get slick, and tall grass eats your disc.
Other Thoughts: Well worth the drive, I travel about 40 to this course and hit some other courses in the area as well.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: A newer course in the area, Englewood is set back in a mostly dedicated area of the park to disc golf, although you will occasionally encounter other park patrons walking, running, or making use of the trail system that runs throughout the park.
The course itself provides an excellent introductory course for newer and intermediate players, requiring smart play and line shaping on several holes to make par. There are also a few holes which will offer the opportunity to test your arm and air out a disc in the range of 350-400ft. Additionally, there are several hole which offer the possibility of an ace run.
While there's a minimum of elevation change through out the park, the course designers took every opportunity to take advantage of what was there, with several holes playing down hill at varying distances, others playing uphill, and a tunnel shot that plays uphill and left before finishing downhill to the right blind.
Overall, the course is well designed and thought out, with a variety of shots required and ensuring that some thought is required for disc selection on each hole.
Cons: While the course is excellent, it is not exceptionally challenging for more advance players, particularly those with well developed drives in the 400' range. For these players, most if not all holes will be playable with a midrange, and even the longer holes won't pose much challenge at all.
Additionally, a nuance of the way the grounds are set up requires you to walk back nearly the full length of hole 11 to throw hole 12.
Other Thoughts: While there aren't trash cans located on each hole, they are evenly spaced through the park, with some being near the start and practice basket, Additionally, there are restrooms located near the pin for hole 10, which you'll pass by on the way to the first tee as well, making them very easily accessible. Additionally, attentive park staff ensures that they're kept fairly clean and stocked.
Last, even though this course is new, a good deal of effort goes into keeping the course maintained, with the fairways and rough being mowed regularly during the summer months. As such, even though this course is on the lower end of the difficulty spectrum, it should still be considered one of the better courses in the Dayton area.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
fun but muddy
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Fairly clean course in a good area. A lot of nice lines to choose (flex, straight, hyzers) on some holes. Kinda easy to play but is a fun course and worth playing twice(I did)
Most of the reviews are right on for this course. 2-3 aceable holes. Beautiful T signs!!!
Cons: MUDDY, Rubber tee's and mud do not make for a good combo, did not see a trash can. 11 and 12 are a walk to basket and back to tee area
Other Thoughts: #1 is straight across from practice baskets as are 2 others, remember them! Would be a great course to play in drier weather. It is just a fun course.. Leaving the course, first 2 rights!!!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: The Englewood DGC is a beautiful parks course lying in the floodplain of a huge park just north of interstate 70, northwest of Dayton, Ohio. It has 11 holes which range from 220 to 300 feet in length, five up to 350', and two right at 400'. There wasn't a great deal of opportunity to use elevation, but the design incorporates some of the rolling terrain, while including a fairly even distribution of shots that run left, straight and right. A handful of the holes run through decently forgiving tree lanes, but foliage could not be considered thick here. There is plenty of opportunity to choose creative lines around the mature trees on the more open holes. So overall, it's a course well designed for the intermediate to recreational disc golfer.
Signature holes include the raised basket on #12 and the ravine side tee on #15. Long bombers might consider #13 a signature hole as well, because the basket is just a few yards short of the reservoir (water filled in season, I hear), where their ace run risk is greater than the birdie wishes of us weaker arms.
Once you've perused the very nice course map, navigation is relatively intuitive (exception below), and loops back to the primary parking area after holes 7 and 16.
There's a practice basket in the parking circle turnaround, quality tee signs showing distance and obstacles, as well as directions to the next tee, benches every few holes, and restrooms near the 10th basket.
Cons: The rubber tee pads are prone to becoming slick, especially when the ground is wet, or even dewy, because the foot traffic has left a lot of areas in dirt/mud (could be corrected with a generous helping of pathway mulch).
There are some long walks from basket to the next tee after holes 6 & 12, and back to the start after 18. Holes 6 & 7 appear to share a part of the hiking trail, so you need to keep an eye out for pedestrians.
One strange feature of the design comes after hole 10: you need to walk forward toward the entrance driveway for the #11 tee, shoot back into the park, then walk back to the drive again for the #12 tee. Seems like it would flow better with the 11th hole reversed.
The driveway in and through the park is one way only, and sends you on a fairly long meander before you can get back around to the road you came in (turn right twice, and you'll be headed back toward Englewood proper).
Other Thoughts: I'd heard Englewood was a fine course whenever I would meet a Dayton area player and ask which courses I should come up and play. It did not disappoint. After a summer visit for a casual round here (where I just missed an unintentional skip ace on #11 by about 6 inches), I returned for the Lucky 13 tournament on Labor Day weekend, and hit my first tournament ace! So I'm feeling pretty good about Englewood right now.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: well maintained, medium to real tough course, 18 easy to find holes.
Cons: can be a bit of a walk for some, but a great experience, with great signs.
Other Thoughts: a basket sits near the bridge, you can see it on your way out.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Great Course for the Dayton Area!
Pros: - Excellent signage, tees, super defined fairways, and the park in general seems to be maintained very well
- Course is easy to find off I-70 and there are even signs within the park to show you were to play disc golf. Likewise, once you start playing, it's hard to get lost because of how intuitive the course design is.
- Decent mix of anyhyzer and hyzer shots with some nice placements of trees to make you think a little.
- Holes #13, 15 are the two best holes IMO. #13 requires a pitch to a basket that sits near a water hazard. Do you want to go for the relatively doable ace or are you going to let up? Great psychological mind games! And 15 is a tightly wooded tunnel shot that goes over a ravine to the basket.
- Back 5 holes provide more challenge (elevation, length and density of trees) than the front 13.
- Water hazards on 13 and 14.
- A great course to take a beginner to and not have him/her completely frustrated
Cons: - Holes seem to blend together after awhile. Seems like you keep hucking discs over grass and into wooded areas with little variation in the shot selection.
- Short holes. Most are under 350 feet. Would be nice to have a nice long bomb hole or two.
- Looks like the course can get crowded. It felt like I was playing a tourney because every tee seemed to have people waiting at it to throw.
Other Thoughts: - This metro park is huge! With that being said, I wish the course designed would have utilized the space and made longer holes, or at least added another set of tees with greater lengths. Either way, it seems like a great place to bring an inexperienced friend and both enjoy your rounds. While the course didn't have any absolutely must-play signature holes, I enjoyed myself thoroughly with its layout, moderate challenge, and nice park amenities.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Man is it Hot!
Pros: Excellent course map in parking area.
Excellent hole picture at each hole.
Tee mats at each hole.
Practice basket near hole 1.
Nice parking area.
Water & restrooms on course.
Cons: Tee pads not consistently flat.
Course hole flow seems weird.
Other Thoughts: If tees were flat I would have rated it .5 higher. Long walk for 18 to the parking area. Not sure why they put 18 where it is. Overall very nice course.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Baskets: DisCatcher, Excellent Condition.
Tee Signs/Maps/Markers: Excellent signs at each hole. Signs are very easy to read with accurate details including distance, par, and direction to next tee. Detailed map online and at the parking lot.
General Course Design: Course flows well from hole to hole. Easily identifiable paths leading to the next tee. Course starts and ends fairly close to the parking lot. Some paths to the next tee could interfere with other players. Fairways are well maintained and easily identifiable on each hole.
Foliage Maintenance: Areas around the baskets are very clear. Wooded areas contain underbrush, but it is manageable for the most part. Trees are nicely trimmed and grass is cut regularly.
Benches & Trash bins: Very nice benches at most tee boxes. Trash cans available throughout and I did not notice any trash on the course.
Elevation: Great use of mature trees and elevation changes.
Signature Holes: Several potential signature holes. Very picturesque setting.
Restrooms available near basket 10. Excellent condition and well maintained.
Variety of hole distances requiring many different shot selections. A good mix of tight, technical shots and opportunities for open bombs.
Cons: Tee Pads: Rubber mat, great condition, mostly level. Slipped a few times due to dust and dirt on the rubber mats. Could be very slippery when wet/muddy.
If the tee pads were concrete, this course would be phenomenal!
Other Thoughts: Course is challenging, but not so tough that beginners will be discouraged. As a beginner myself, this course was motivating and makes me want to improve my game so I can take advantage of what this course has to offer.
I saw more players at this course than I have at any other course, yet we never got held up or ran into one another while on the course. The potential for wait times definitely exists on a busy day.
There is plenty of parking available with a short walk to the practice basket and first tee.
Very beautiful and scenic park. Several shelter houses and playgrounds. The park even has horseback riding available. Great place for disc golf and a family picnic!
By far the nicest course I have played to date. I will definitely make this a regular course.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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