1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Clean, quiet, good signage, easy to follow flow. Nice tee pads
Technical in nature...lots of tightlines...
Cons: No real chances to air it out
Other Thoughts: If you like technical you will enjoy this park...i felt it was better than its rating...there are ace and birdie ops...but you can also make a double in a hurry...playing all as 3s
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Best mulch in the biz!
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Westbrook is a nice park on the West side of Dayton that seems to have disc golf as its main focus. The 18 hole course has a front half that is mostly open, around park trees, and a back half that winds nicely through the woods and unexpected hills. Brand new concrete tee pads are a welcome addition, and are decently sized for the distances involved (holes range from 180 to 350 feet, with some of the shorter ones being steeply uphill). Most of the Innova Discatcher baskets (yes, the ones with the yellow band at the top) are resisting rusting. There are benches and trash cans occasionally throughout the course, and bridges and infrastructure are in good condition. The most noticeable thing to me is the incredible amount of mulch they've installed in the wooded sections of the course, to wick up the moisture and provide decent footing. The course uses minimal, but effective signage at each hole, and a nice map at the small parking lot at the end of Jean Dr.
Hole by hole: 1) pretty, short, downhill anny (rhbh) w/ a raised pin
2) straight uphill (at least 30' elevation) thru woods gap
3) open fairway with one tree to get around & a loose grove near the pin…careful with path on the right
4) blind pin position but essentially aligned with tee pad
5) longer, over the ridge with some trees to navigate en route
6) hyzer end, slight downhill, fun for me (at Rec) to reach the green at 300-330'
7) straight down the slope, but trees guard the pin
8) sweeping hyzer over the path the whole way, can run to yards if you drive right
9) take path left to tee, entering the woods with a relatively tight, ending to the right
10) cross left and take on this longer lefty hole
11) straight uphill repeats #2, but possibly higher
12) hyzer over the side ridge w/ lots of trees and a steep rollaway possible to the right (cross the nice bridge left of fairway)
13) way down hill to tee, shoot a hyzer just around the basket hiding behind the 3rd large tree on the hillside left
14) hike to the hilltop and find a tight straight 250 footer downhill
15) back up the hill, with a hyzer ending to a steeply sloping pin position, then be careful crossing 14 fairway to 16 tee
16) straight but fairly wooded fairway, next tee is back a little to your right
17) smooth anny down to ravine-side basket, just past magnificent tree trunk
18 finish coming up out of the woods to the right side corner of the parking lot
Overall, I've found this to be a fun and challenging course for the recreational to intermediate disc golfer, and had been looking forward to my second trip up here.
Cons: The only glitch in the flow is when you have to cross the 14th fairway about 30 below the tee, but crossing parties should easily be able to see each other.
Bigger arms might be looking for more "D" (but not me: this one is my speed).
Other Thoughts: This time of year, when the leaves are down, they pile up in drifts, so you'll need to watch your flight paths and tree kicks, as well as your footing on some of the steeper holes and paths.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: very nice course, mostly woods, has some real nice drops in the woods.
Cons: Some drops in the woods are deep and you can lose a disc easy that way. lots of elevation in the woods too, in case you dont want to walk.
Other Thoughts: I love this 18 hole course, has some good open, field shots, and interesting drops in the woods.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - A course map right next to the parking lot.
- Adequate tee signs for every hole. Some better navigational signs in the woods.
- A few benches/rocks for your bags and also plenty of trashcans around the course.
- A good mix of open and wooded holes that uses the elevation to the fullest.
- Not a lot of traffic
Cons: - Lack of tee pads (some gravel on the gorund, but much of it is washed away).
- No practice basket or restroom that I could see.
- Navigation can be tricky in between a few holes (take a picture of the map before you play).
- Lack of distance, because it is on a smaller piece of property.
Other Thoughts: Although this course looks pretty rough I find that most of the holes are well designed and challenging for all levels. With a few upgrades this course could be easily a 3.5, but without teepads, a practice basket and better navigation I had to give it a 2.5.
This course is fun for all skill levels and will provide a challenge for any player. The open holes give you plenty of time to loosen up your arm while the wooded holes are very technical and require a more skillful approach.
If you're in the area, might as well stop by this neighborhood course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
--Baskets: DisCatcher, Excellent Condition.
--Tee Signs/Maps/Markers: Basic signs at each hole. Signs are very simple including hole number, direction, distance, and par. There is a map online and near the first tee, next to the parking lot. There were 4x4 posts in the woods with sharpie marker arrows pointing you toward the next tee when it was not visible or obvious by the path direction.
--General Course Design: Course flows well from hole to hole. Course starts and ends close to the parking lot.
--Foliage Maintenance: Areas around the baskets were clear. Wooded areas were clear of debris. Trees are nicely trimmed and grass appears to be cut regularly.
--Benches & Trash bins: There were a few benches throughout the course. A few trash cans available and I did not notice any trash on the course.
--Elevation: Great use of mature trees and elevation changes. The front 8 holes play primarily in open areas while the last 10 holes are almost all inside a heavily wooded area. The elevation in the wooded area was extreme in spots. It was definitely a workout hiking up and down the hills through the back 9.
--Signature Holes: Several potential signature holes. A variety of hole distances requiring many different shot selections. The course offers a good mix of tight, technical shots and a few opportunities for open bombs.
--Tee Pads: Gravel, poor condition, no real identifiable boundaries to the tees. Just simply some gravel near the hole sign. Gravel areas were heavily worn and several contained deep ruts from heavy use.
--Restrooms: I did not notice any restrooms at the park.
--General Course Design: A few holes seemed to just be a tee and a basket with little thought what was in between. Although the majority of the holes appeared to be thought out, there were a few that seemed to be dropped in place with no rhyme or reason. Some paths to the next tee could interfere with other players. At one point, you have to walk right in front of a tee to get to the next hole.
--Foliage Maintenance: There was a lot of mulch throughout the wooded area in an attempt to make the paths less muddy. Instead, the mulch is very wet and squishy. On some of the steeper hills, this could become very hazardous. At the entrance, there is a huge pile of fresh mulch, so perhaps there is a plan to replace this older mulch.
--This course was fun to play, and not so tough that beginners will be discouraged. As a beginner myself, the course was challenging enough to force me to consider my shots before throwing. The par on several holes was set at 4, which for a beginner allowed errant shots to not be punished too harshly, but this also gave a false sense of accomplishment when you got a birdie simply by missing the trees on your tee shot.
--There were some tricky hole layouts that required skilled shots and/or some self control.
--There is plenty of parking available with a short walk to the first tee.
--I definitely recommend this course to any beginners looking for a confidence boost.
--Veterans to the game looking for some challenging wooded shots with a lot of forgiveness will enjoy this course as well.
--When the tee pads are upgraded and the mulch replaced, this course will get higher ratings.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Lost in the trees!
Pros: Very unique basket placements.
Variety of shot possibilities.
Great elevation changes.
Great fitness workout!
Cons: Tee areas are terrible!
Too much mulch in areas!
Hilly areas slick when wet!
Huffin and puffin on some of the hills.
Other Thoughts: This course has great potential! Get some tee pads and clean some areas up and you have a great course. Very technical, can't just grip it and rip it. I hope they make the necessary additions to make this a better course.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Westbrook Park (Clayton)
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Westbrook plays in a small suburban park that seemed to be mostly about the disc golf course. There's a good variety of environment here as the front nine plays primarily in the open, while the back plays primarily in tight woods. Elevation changes throughout the course make for some exciting and challenging shots. Overall, this is a very enjoyable park to walk through.
Discatcher baskets are in good shape except for Hole 12 (I think) has a couple loose chains. It totally cost me a stroke, I swear. Each hole has a sign post with distance, par, and basic hole map.
There's a bit of shot variety here, and several holes could be approached in a variety of ways. I don't think it was as varied as Buck Creek up in Springfield, but it's definitely more so than at a place like Belmont. The use of the elevation is superb -- not only for variety, but also to create blind shot opportunities.
The park is a bit too small for the course, especially on the back nine. I agree with a previous reviewer that an 18-hole course was crammed into a 12-hole space. The paths in the back nine were muddy when I played, making them a little bit sketch. Some mulch would be helpful, especially on the walk from 12-13 which is a little steep downhill. Otherwise, the area is wonderful.
Well the tees are gravel. There are plenty of reviews citing the cons of gravel tees, so I won't rehash that, but I wanted to add a couple other items. First, aside from the gravel, the pads themselves are pretty uneven and tended to have a bit of mud in them. Second, there was nothing to mark the perimeter of the pad. We kinda just guessed where the end of the pad was. Even a couple of stakes pounded into the ground would have been helpful.
[UPDATE 1-27-2013] Concrete tee pads have been installed on all holes. The pad placements are generally in the same area as the original gravel pads. The placements make sense for the holes and in some cases, Hole 8 in particular, actually add a little bit of difficulty to the hole compared to the original placement. The only complaint I have regarding the new pads is that they were not dug in and poured flush with the ground. Hopefully some landscaping can resolve this, but for now use caution and try not to roll your ankle.
The signage is OK, but not great. The tee signs are very basic, but they get the point across. Signage to the next tee, however, is lacking. The back nine especially would benefit from some more, better placed signs directing you where to go.
Since the course is a bit short on space, several holes tend to bleed into one another posing some potentially severe safety concerns. Go a bit wide left on 16 and you're in 12's fairway. The walk from 15 to 16 requires that you walk right in front of 14's tee pad. If there's someone there at best you interrupt their drive; at worst you take a disc to the dome. If there's a path around the tee, I didn't see it.
Other Thoughts: The course is fairly beginner friendly, though there might be a fair amount of pinball being played on the back nine. The average hole distance here is ~260' with the max being 350', so if you've got a big arm and you're looking to bomb some drives, Westbrook probably isn't what you're looking for. OTOH, if you're looking for a short to mid-range, finesse course, Westbrook is worth the trip.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This is a good course because it has alot of variety. When I'm in the mood to play a hilly wooded course, this is a good pick. It has alot of potential if it gets completed with signs and teepads.
Cons: There are some holes that you just hope for the best because there are so many trees.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -lots of elevation changes
-great basket placement
-wide variety of shot options
-doesn't seem to get crowded
-baskets were in good shape
Cons: -loose gravel tees make for bad footing
-lots of fallen or cut down debris laying around
-needs more trash can
-lack of signs on the course makes it hard to navigate
Other Thoughts: this course looks to have huge potential, if only just a little work is put into it. would definatly rate this course higher but when i played it there was a ridiculous amount of twigs, branches, and other loose debris everywhere...if it gets clean up, this course would be great
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This course has alot of hole to try differant throws. Front 9 open not much trouble. Back 9 is very fun and challenging.
Cons: Hole 5 is close to houses and I lost my favorite mid-range disc (Buzz). Tees are loose graval and easy to loose your footing. because of this u should have a good onestep throwing approach.
Other Thoughts: The back nine does not have moderate hills at points i felt like a billygoat. Overall I enjoyed the course greatly. I will play again.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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