An interesting contrast
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Pros: With an entirely different feel between the front and back nines, and dual concrete tees for every hole, Ottawa Metro Park @ Lima (not to be confused with Ottawa park a little further north) is just about a mile off interstate 75, making it a great 'layover' for the traveling disc golfer wanting to stretch their legs, and take a break from the seemingly eternal road construction in the area. If you like relatively shorter and technical woods lanes, you could just hit the first nine from the short tees, which average around 210 feet. If you really want to bomb a few before getting back to your trip, you could hit the much more open and even 'hilly' second nine from the long tees, which average over 430 feet per hole.
When you pull up to the course, the first thing you'll notice is the cool totem pole, then the course sign/map and practice basket, then a small shelter (with an explanation of the tranquil memorial grove of white pines to your left) which has boxes for score cards (still cool, even if it's not filled). About half the time, the long and short tees created a different line of flight and challenge, and with most of the baskets on the front nine tucked just around a tree or an obstacle, you'll be hard pressed to deuce a ton of these from the longs. In contrast, the short tees give you three or four absolute ace runs. An interesting contrast. On the open 'back' nine, there aren't a lot of challenging greens, but there is some big D to be had.
The DGA baskets are competition standard and almost always seemed to catch well (with a sad exception: I blew up the chains on the blind short hole 4, but had cut through...been a while since I aced, so I was a little frustrated, but know that it was a fluke either way!).
But for the most part, there's a little something here for everyone: in competition, you'll be tending toward the long tees, where it will take Intermediate or better technical skills to score well on the front, and Advanced and above distance off the tee to score well from the longs on the 'back'. The regionally prevailing winds and prairie grasses will challenge players from holes 9 through 18. And even though two holes teed from atop the mound for long bomb shots, hole twelve has to be the signature hole on the course. Over 600 feet from the longs and 300 from the short tee, the direct line of approach angles across the length of the pond, with a piney green deterring the big rhbh hyzer approach. Do you lay out safely to the left, approach and putt, or do you have to go for it, trailing by a stroke? You'd better know your game for this one.
Cons: Do bring a map for your first visit, or there will be a few puzzling spots, like the first long tee which seems to angle a little toward the nearby ninth basket. Though the 36 tee signs do indicate next tee direction, I didn't always study those, and kept feeling like the course needed some more next tee signage, especially beginning after the 9th hole. And if anything, the maps often underestimate the tight finishing bends, such as the actual S shaped approach you'll be shooting on hole 7, and the fact that hole 17 doesn't just arc around the mound: the basket is fully 80 degrees to your left as you stand on the short tee.
There's a tendency to be marshy and muddy in the woods, especially in the spring, and the tall grasses lining the 18th fairway will be hiding a thousand thorny plants as you get closer to the green, so be prepared for that. The second half of the course entails some real hikes, with only one bench evident up on the mound.
Other Thoughts: My overall impression of the course was that I really thought there were some fun and challenging holes, and then there was a stretch where I was just playing heave, heave, approach and putt (I don't have a big arm off the tee). But trying the course from both the long and short tees showed off its flexible appeal for a casual round. I wouldn't want to play two tournament rounds out here in the middle of the summer, but there are likely to be some young guns around who could really tear up the competition in an event like that!
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Pros: Easy flow
Easy to get to
Cons: Front 9 was like a swamp from rain.
Most of the course was water logged, but it rained for about a week straight until the day before I played. Still worth it though.
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Pros: Challenging holes.
Never a crowd.
Can always find a disc or two.
Cons: Very easy to lose a disc.
Bugs can get really annoying.
Can be overgrown at times.
Other Thoughts: I love this course, even though its only a 9 hole, the holes are very challenging, shooting through trees, and around some pretty tough corners. All the holes are marked and it's easy to find your way around. Never even seen another group of people while out playing. It is very easy to lose a disc, because of how heavily wooded the area is that your playing in, but that's also a bonus because you can find multiple discs on one outing. It's always a staple that my brother and I go and play this course every time I come home.
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