A lesser known Dayton Gem
3 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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
One of my favorite Dayton courses
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Great variety of short, long, open, and wooded holes.
- Fun elevation changes
- Well designed
- Great use of a fairly small area
- Good water drainage compared to other close courses
- Perfect course length for a shorter but challenging round
Cons: - Elevation may be too challenging for some people
- Not long enough for those looking for a long course like HAH in Fairborn
(Side Note: It seems a lot of the previous low rated reviews were due to the lack of tee pads, but concrete tees have been installed.)
Other Thoughts: This is one of my top favorite courses in the Dayton area. What impresses me about Clayton is how fun and challenging it can be in a smaller area than some of the other local courses. I would easily give this course a 4-4.5 rating, so I'm going with the 4.5 to help the average. I'm really surprised it's average isn't higher considering how much this course offers.
(Note: Any "hyzer", "anny", or "anhyzer" references are for RHBH)
Hole 1: Fun little downhill left-to-right shot with an elevated green. With the right throw this is an ace run.
Hole 2: Uphill shot the same length as hole 1, but it plays much longer since it's going uphill. A few trees about 40 ft. from the tee that you need to make it through to get up the hill towards the pin.
Hole 3: Straight shot with a tree straight ahead of the tee 80-90 ft. out. Pin is set in a group of trees.
Hole 4: Straight shot with a few sets of trees in the middle of the fairway. Fairly easy hyzer or anny route.
Hole 5: Longest hole on the course. Small line of tall trees about half way to the basket. Once past those the pin is a little lower than the fairway.
Hole 6: A fairly straight slightly downhill shot. Trees on both sides of the fairway down towards the basket.
Hole 7: Short playing, slightly downhill shot. A tree to the left of the tee box, then a few on the right side towards the basket. The basket is tucked behind a split tree.
Hole 8: Hyzer around the trees that are behind the tee pad for hole 2. Once you make it around that corner it's a simple upshot or putt in.
Hole 9: The first hole going into the woods. The fairway os about the width of a single lane road. Basket is on the right surrounded by a few trees. If you get into the wooded area to the right of the fairway it's pretty heavily wooded.
Hole 10: Dogleg right from the tee, then straight shot towards the basket. Basket is surrounded by a few trees.
Hole 11: Fairly steep uphill shot. Only 180 ft., but due to the elevation it plays quite a bit longer than that. Wooded area on both sides of the fairway.
Hole 12: Only 210 ft., but quite a few trees right between you and the basket. Over-shooting the basket will cost you a trip down a fairly steep hill and make for a tougher approach.
Hole 13: A few trees you have to get past off the tee, then a nice hyzer line to a slightly elevated basket. A nice ace run for most players.
Hole 14: Fun downhill shot. Quite a few trees to hit on either side right off the tee, then it's fairly open until you get to the trees near the basket.
Hole 15: Fairly small fairway off the tee with trees on both sides, then it opens it a bit and goes uphill towards the basket.
Hole 16: Fairly short, straight shot with a lot of trees on either side of a tight fairway. If you keep it nice and straight you'll be parked.
Hole 17: A few different path towards the slight downhill towards the basket. Basket has a small creek behind it, but that creek stays fairly dry.
Hole 18: Uphill shot up and out of the woods. About half way to the basket you come out into the open with a nice shot towards the basket on the right.
1 of 2 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 / 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)
6 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.
6 of 6 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.
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