8 Helpful / 1 Not
I'm a fan of this course
Pros: -This place will make you work for every shot and make you a better player.
I did pretty bad at Pride and went over to Lincoln Ridge and kicked ass. Pride is harder then Lincoln Ridge IMO and that's saying something.
- Memorable Holes:
3's tee is behind an old family cemetery. You have too toss over the cemetery without hitting the metal fence around it or hitting the tree limbs above. (the fence isn't shown in the photo, must have been from before they put the fence in.) There is a gate on the cemetery if your disc goes in.
10 is a monster of a down hill shot.
11 and 13 cross a pretty deep valley which is a total bitch to climb down in and out of.
-There are several holes where you can toss your disc into a deep banked creek with thick weeds and bushes, or a valley. Upon doing so you will be very angry as its not real easy to climb up and down some of the banks. However this will only make you work harder to make smart tosses. You will pay for dumb ones. Plus its fun to laugh at your friends as they take the walk of shame down into hell yelling and screaming all the way.
-No one else was playing when we were there.
Cons: -I played in spring and the grass wasn't as bad as it sounds in mid summer, but its was still knee high in places.
-There are a few banks that could use steps or a bridge.
-This course is only for those in decent shape, who don't mind climbing banks and going up and down steep hills.
-It wouldn't be hard to lose a disc. It's a very good idea to have people spot your tosses at this park.
Other Thoughts: I think the previous reviews of this course are a bit harsh.
Even with the maintenance problems this course is at the very least good. If for nothing else its good for the challenge level it presents as well as the uniqueness of some of its holes.
Id say its the hardest course around Cincinnati / Northern KY (except for Idlewild). It will improve your game.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I like a lot of the holes layouts at Pride Park because of either challenge, creativity, or the scenic factor. 10 is a fun downhill shot that can be surprisingly hard (or frustrating) if the disc gets away from you on the steep, long descent. 11 is my favorite hole even though it's fairly easy because it's a fun shot over a ravine. 13 is a similar shot back over that I enjoy also. The beginning holes are your only chances to enjoy open area so enjoy them while they last! Hole 3, as another reviewer mentioned, may be the only "graveyard shot" in the world and so gets points simply for that.
Overall the holes involve a lot of corridor shots that really test your technical skills and shot variety. Most holes have signs (a few are missing) that give the necessary hole information and the baskets are in good shape. Finally, it is not a well trafficked course so you're probably never going to have backups or worry about others ruining your round.
Cons: That being said, the course has a few too many frustrations to really make it a solid course.
My main problem is lack of maintenance. While it isn't completely neglected, grass is cut extremely irregularly. When cut, the holes with grass are a lot of fun, when not they are miserable to find your disc. Even some woods holes seem to be getting more overgrown, such as 10, whose downhill "fairway" used to be just rocks and dirt, but now has enough vegetation growing out that you must throw your disc a bit higher and risk it fading off into the woods. The ravine that dominates the area around 11, 12, and 13 used to have a bridge over it; now you just have to hoof it up a slippery, steep slope (be careful when it is muddy or if you're not in good physical condition!).
I'm not sure this can qualify as a huge con, but the "to 17 tee" marker sign often gets turned around and so points the wrong direction. It is located shortly after #8's tee (it appears the DGCR photos were taken before the sign was put in). It should point away from this tee, but it is often turned around to face it. This creates a problem when coming from #16 because you may not see the sign or, if you do and its pointed correctly, go the opposite direction you need to up a long, steep hill. The proper way to find 17 is, if you look in the photo for 8, there is a path that veers off to the left. As you come off of 16 you will be coming from the opposite direction along 8's fairway so this path will be to your right. Follow this over the stream and up the hill. There is one place where the path continues straight (in the upstream direction) or does a switchback and continues up the hill, follow the switchback.
There are a couple of holes where the pitch 'n pray factor is too high for my tastes. 17 feels this way and 8 and 9 are probably the worst because they are along steep hillsides. If you catch a tree and it kicks you the wrong direction you can be a long, long way off the fairway and dense trees guarding your return to the clear.
A couple of holes as of June 2009 are missing the signs on their tee posts and 10 is missing the sign entirely (you throw from the top of the hill that you walk up from 9). 17 and 18 also mark the holes incorrectly as 8 and 9.
There are no "this way to the next tee" markers or notes on the hole diagrams, but the course is easy to follow other than the above mentioned problem with getting to 17.
Other Thoughts: Hole #1 starts by the picnic shelter and gravel parking lot on the south side of the park along the road.
Pride Park has plenty of family things to do and so is a nice city park, I wish they would put the effort they've put into the rest of the park into the disc golf course.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Empty Course...Worth Playing
Pros: The best thing about Pride Park is a lack of traffic. I rarely see other golfers there, and never have to wait to tee off. This contasts nicely with some other course in the Cincinnati area (particularly Mt. Airy Forest) which are becoming very popular, and crowded.
Pride also features some quality holes. Hole #3, while not overly challenging, requires a shot over a fenced graveyard (which is probably the only "graveyard shot" in the world). Hole #10 is straight down a steep hill. Holes #17 & #18 are long-ish corridors with plenty of craggy trees to contend with.
Cons: This course gets overgrown in the summer and seems to be neglected by the Parks Dept. From November through May, the plant life is kept in check by "Mother Nature". Unfortunately, as Spring and Summer creep in, so does the (very!) high grass, and uninhibited expansion of branches and vines. It gets easy to lose a disc.
Also, this course is short. One of the holes is under 100 ft., and several are easy dueces, if not ace opportunities.
Other Thoughts: There are rumors of a course re-design in the near future. My hope is that this will add length and challenge to the course, and inspire the Park Dept. to groom the course regularly.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 3 Not
More of a Hike
Pros: Challenging, some unique downhill holes.
Cons: Thick rough, narrow fairways, very steep hills. At times it was hard to walk the course- very steep hills on a narrow dirt trail. I felt like I was backpacking the Appalachian Mtns. instead of playing Disc Golf. There were times that if you got off the "fairway" you might never get back.
The notes about this course being overgrown would only make it that much more difficult to play.
Other Thoughts: I managed ok, but I had 3 friends with me, and they absolutely despised this course. 2 of them were ready to quit and go back to the car. We nicknamed this course "goat track."
With a lot of work clearing fairways, adding safer bridges, lots of stairs (maybe hand rails!), this might be an ok course, but it needs some work.
There are so many awesome courses in this area- I would skip this, unless you are in good shape and looking for a big time challenge.
5 of 8 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
The Woods of Pride Park
Pros: Pride Park DGC is a unique, challenging wilderness course. It traverses very densely wooded hills. Many holes make use of the drastic elevation changes especially hole #10 (a straight shot down a steep incline). Some fairways are situated along the sides of hills making it a challenge to land a drive without your disc rolling into the rough. The course can be quiet the workout. By tee #12, my legs were shaking with fatigue. Thankfully the fairway for hole #12 was surprisingly short (less than 100 feet).
Cons: There are many opportunities to lose your disc on this course. Knee high and sometimes waist high grass invades the fairway on a few fairways. Downed trees can also inhibit smooth navigation of the course. I searched for tee #10 for about fifteen minutes and never found it. The sign for tee #9 indicated that tee #10 was up and to the right of basket #9 on top of the hill. Since this seemed to be the logical tee location, I threw from the top of the hill as shown in the hole #10 photo. Keep in mind the tees are natural and that worked out okay for most of the tees. However, the footing was a little unstable for a couple of the tees.
Other Thoughts: Pride Park DGC requires controlled drives not only for scoring purposes, but also to keep you from having to call a search party to rescue your disc from a very dense and unforgiving rough. For this reason, it is not a beginner friendly course and is best played in the late fall or early spring. The course is best suited for an experienced player seeking a challenge, a workout, lost discs, or serenity in the woods.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
18 wasted baskets
Pros: Good little park. Definiteley has the space.
Cons: Like previously stated it is overgrown, but if it had a redesign and little cleanup maybe some tees added would be excellent course.
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
all kinds of crazy
Pros: noones hardly ever there, nice scenic park, difficult, unique holes
Cons: grass is always wild, insanely dense woods, terribly maintained, lots of lost discs.
Other Thoughts: definitely worth playing once, its a hell of a course, with a little bit of chainsaws, mowers and redesign it could be one of the best around.
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Hole ten one of a kind down hill hole.
Cons: Not taken care of the slightest was one of my favorite courses cause no one is ever there. If grass is present it is waist high. Most holes are on side of hill and do not take advantage of elevation changes.
Other Thoughts: The parks need to allow a redesign and help with maintance, unless your up for a hike and searching for your disc not a good course.
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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