Creative technical neighborhood course
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Near perfect use of the available land in course design. Love this layout.
-Not a lot of "gimme" holes. Every one has some sort of feature that makes you think twice.
-Good changes in distance hole to hole. Even if the hole is short, though, there is usually some natural feature that makes the shot highly technical or interesting.
-Front half is on semi open low rolling hills with lots of great tall old growth trees.
-Back half is heavily wooded and with lots of elevation changes in a partial gorge like area.
-Lots of different shot options for backhand or forehand throwers. Plenty of times overhand can come into play, too.
-Flow is well designed, and not much need for "next tee" signs, except for 14/15 which did have good directional signs in place.
-Decent concrete tees. Simple signage is mostly effective.
Cons: -There are some serious hills to climb on the back half. Heavy leaves can make this difficult, and (like other reviewers have said) its got to get treacherous when wet.
-Build in steps, even something very primitive using the plentiful fallen logs in the area, would be very useful. Probably somewhat unplayable in snow or after heavy rain.
-Signage could be a bit better. Some tees were missing the original signage, and locals have written in markers in place of the signs.
Other Thoughts: -Total diamond in the rough.
-If you are coming to this area to play Englewood, don't miss this one, too. They are probably 5-8 miles apart.
-This is the kind of course I dream about having access to in a neighborhood I wish lived in.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
A lesser known Dayton Gem
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Offers a good variety of shots
-Excellent use of the land available
-Course flows intuitively from hole to hole
Westbrook Park is a solid, albeit seemingly lesser known course in the area. It can provide a solid challenge to more advanced players, while providing multiple opportunities for players new to the game to stretch their skill in throwing shots they might not have an opportunity to throw, particularly when it comes to dealing with elevation.
Overall, the course equipment is in good shape, with concrete teepads of adequate size, Discatcher Pro baskets, and basic, but more than adequate signage giving course par for each hole as well as the distance to the pin.
Cons: -Some missing signage
-Some holes on the back 9 play very close to one another
-General amenties are somewhat lacking; trash receptacles, benches on the course, restrooms
-Very little opportunity for big arms to showcase that skillset
While this is most definitely a very solid course, there are a few issues with it, primarily on the amenities side that can cause issue. While the course does flow very well from hole to hole, there are a couple spots where a 'next tee' sign would be very useful, particularly with the wooded holes. Additionally, there are(at this time), 1-2 holes missing their tee signs. Trash cans are few and far between, and while I've never seen a lot of trash on the course, an extra can or two would go a ways towards helping with that. Last, a bench or two to take a rest would be a fantastic addition, particularly on the holes following some of the steep up hill shots.
The other issue that falls under course design is that due to the nature of the space used, there are a few holes on the back 9 which get somewhat cramped. It's not unusual for errant drives on 13 to wind up on 14's fairway, or for drives on 14 to fade out onto 15. Throws from 16 that fade excessively can also wind up near 12's basket.
Other Thoughts: Overall, despite a few shortcomings, the shot variety and design of the course make it an stand-out course here. It's well worth the drive if you're not in the Englewood/Clayton area, and for those living in the Englewood/Clayton area, provides an excellent alternative to the also excellent Englewood Metropark course.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 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
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Best mulch in the biz!
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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Westbrook Park DGC
Pros: Nice park. Secluded. I saw other disc golfers both times I've played. Course layout makes play an adventure.
Cons: Hills can be very steep. A few more signs indicating next teebox might be nice (good map available online). So many trees.
Other Thoughts: A number of heavily wooded holes make this an enjoyable course to hike. It is set up well for amateurs as there are several par fours and a par five. After playing other courses, I understand this is not a terribly challenging course, but I do enjoy it.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I was very impressed with this recent (5/09-ish) addition to the Dayton, OH disc golf scene. The park was easy to find (I just "googled" Westbrook Park in Clayton, OH for directions), and a large, clear course map greeted us near the first tee.
The course offers a decent challenge for most skill levels. The holes frequently exceed 300 ft., but there are also some birdie/ace opportunities which keep you from getting too frustrated. Also, the obstacles and specific challenges on each hole vary from distance, to trees, to bends, etc. I was particularly pleased with the use of elevation changes, which are abundant. These different challenges keep you engaged and require you to consider different shots and strategies as you move from hole to hole.
Finally, the flow of the course is straightforward and easy to navigate, and there was no traffic. I expect the course to become more crowded once the word gets out about this great course tucked away in a pretty suburban park. Be the first kid on your block to play Westbrook!
Cons: The tee pads are either dirt or gravel at this point. We slipped at least a couple of times. I hope that permanent, concrete tee pads get installed, because those are one of the only things lacking.
The existing tee sigs tell you the distance and general direction, but seem almost oversimplified (i.e. just a straight line). This really isn't a problem because the course was designed with such a natural flow, but I think we got confused on one hole...
Other Thoughts: Westbrook Park is a beauty. Get out and enjoy this one, then drive down the street to Blue Heron (Englewood Metroparks). That is another course which is five minutes from Westbrook, and is worth playing.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This course has a little of everything for the area it is located in. The first 9 are somewhat open and the back are wooded with several elevation changes. The course was designed well and can only get better!
Cons: This course just opened recently so the tee pads are not in yet. Most are just dirt at the moment. Also this park is in an established neighborhood and most do not know they recently had a disc course installed watch for the few people you may encounter on near by hiking trail.
Other Thoughts: Worth a round or two if your in the area.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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