Van Buren, OH 
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Nice and easy

1    9/24/2013   9/24/2013
Review By: Ryno-5 DGT
Played: 171  Reviewed: 12  Exp: 10.6 Years
Pros: Clean open space
Very scenic along the lake
fair mix of distances for beginners
Big open space to practice drives
Cons: natural tee pads
difficult to navigate
at least 12 of 18 are forehand shots just not a good balance
Other Thoughts: a fun place to warm up and play but not a course you would normally plan a trip around.

 The Van Buren Boys

1    10/22/2011   10/23/2011
Review By: kinger
Played: 37  Reviewed: 37  Exp: 4.7 Years
Pros:
~18 holes with some variety mixed in
~Nice tee signs proving good navigation
~Baskets have painted indicators pointing to next tee
~Parking right next to Hole No. 1
~Park kiosk w/ nice map and score cards
Cons:
~Natural tee areas, no actual tee box markers
~Close proximity to playgrounds, roads, picnic tables
~Fairly repetitive
~Numerous crossing fairways
~Sporadic flow, course is chopped up in places
Other Thoughts: All things considered, this is a pleasant 18 hole course in a relatively small state park. A short jaunt from Fostoria, where we visit family throughout the year yet providing me with another option in that area. Most of the holes play around 200'-300' and are placed in areas of medium to large trees requiring good shot shaping. A few holes are short, but are placed in spots where a tight shot is needed to get close. Essentially the layout keeps you near the large body of water as you go out and eventually loop back. I played on a brisk October afternoon and the park was not crowded, even so I still had to play around some people grilling and sitting on a nearby picnic table along with some park roads and other unnatural obstacles. I can't fathom playing here during peak season as it could be frustrating. Many mature trees and a bit of elevation change every so often, but it's flat for the most part as can be expected in North West oHIo. Nice tee signs showing the hole detail, but there are not tee boxes or markers in the ground and the natural footing is hit and miss. Numerous fairways cross one another and some have proximity issues. It is unlikely I will stop back since there are better courses within the same drive time from where I visit while in town, but for Fall Golf it satisfied my need to get out and throw some plastic.

 Hidden Gem

2-4    7/9/2011   7/9/2011
Review By: hoyle7780
Played: 15  Reviewed: 15  Exp: 22.8 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice Course sign with take along maps
Scorecards available at hole #1
Clean Well maintained park
Course flows very nicely with new 18 hole layout
Scenic views next to the lake
Variety of shots to challenge all players
Vending Machines located off hole #9 and #16
Nice tee signs with good descriptions
Lots of other stuff to do, fishing, camping, swimming etc.
Never very crowded
Great use of land and O.B thrown in with some good elevation changes.
Even the 2 holes under 110Ft were sweet shooting over a ravine with O,.B right behind the pin.
Cons: Some holes seemed to come dangerously close to others, and some baskets sat pretty close to the next tee's. This isn't an issue if the course doesnt have many players.
No concrete tee's (and some of the tee's are in wierd spots. #9 you are literally throwing off the incline of a hill.
Park patrons can litter the fairways of a few holes on a busy day (all the people we encountered wer'e cool about it and moved for us to throw)
Single chain baskets on 9 of the 18 holes (still nice baskets though)

Other Thoughts: Iv'e heard allot of bad reviews about this course but since the new 18 was installed it's a great course that will challenge pro's to beginners.
Lot's of O.B to contend with adds to that challenge.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Worst course ever

1    6/11/2011   6/12/2011
Review By: Endloader
Played: 2  Reviewed: 2
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: The Clyde is in a nice small park with a lake to fish in.
Cons: No tee for hole 1,3,5,6,7
Could not find hole one at all or 5 or 6
Other Thoughts: Even with a picture of the map of the course it still did not help at all. Driving 15 min to this horrible 9 hole course was the worst idea ever. Wish I would have brought a fishing pole and a picnic lunch so that I could have had a good time.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 

1    9/17/2010   9/23/2010
Review By: danhyzer
Played: 1205  Reviewed: 87  Exp: 26.8 Years
3 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: # 4 is a cool hole as you have to either drive through a large grouping of pines or go around them to reach the basket.

nice park, no fees

good descriptive tee signs

very close to I-75
Cons: Some walks to the next hole can be lengthy. Like 1/2 mile between holes, lengthy.

dirt tees (which is good and bad and good and bad in this case, as we all love having cement tees but not having them on this DGC as of yet gives hope that someone will re design this DGC in a better DGC).
Other Thoughts: I realize that some DGC's can't be championship caliber because of a lot of variables. but this DGC in it's present state is shame cause the long walks betweens the holes were'nt nessesary and I hope some local club can redo the current layout to make the DGC more pleasurable than it is currently.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 

5+    9/22/2010   9/22/2010
Review By: andrewkh
Played: 54  Reviewed: 28  Exp: 7.5 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -very scenic state park
-well maintained
-good baskets
-lots of birdie or ace opps
-appeals to a wide array of playing ability
-camping next to the course
Cons: -lots of bugs in the summer
-possibilities of losing a disc in the water
-bad flow (but is being redone and new 18 hole setup is much better)
Other Thoughts: in it's current state, this course layout isn't very good. however, there are plans to expand this course into an 18 and the new layout is 10000000% better. findlay disc golf league members have played the new setup using practice baskets for the new 9 basket positions and it is alot of fun. hope everyone comes back out to check out the new set up when it gets in place

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Your In for a hike

1    7/5/2010   7/5/2010
Review By: zero_43502
Played: 54  Reviewed: 23  Exp: 10.6 Years
This review was updated on 12/7/2010
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: First four holes are great with good risk reward water holes.

Lots of ace runs
Cons: short ,easy holes


After four you walk a very long way to five then you have to walk just as far for 5,6,7,8,9 with big gaps between each hole which destroys the flow of the course .

Other Thoughts: Course needs redesigned some how but theres not much to work with .

I will never play this course again with riverbend being just done the road .

2 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Once and Done

1    11/18/2009   11/30/2009
Review By: o01shadow
Played: 42  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 6.7 Years
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course has some pretty scenery in the direction of the reservoir.

Nice baskets and signage and a few elevation changes, which is nice in north-central Ohio.
Cons: This course lacks imagination, especially on the shorter holes. There is no flow to the course, and a lot of walking for the actual play length.

To compromise the great view there is a trailer-park along one side of the course, which is not necessarily what I would consider scenic.

No trash cans, and part of the course runs around a playground, so careful there is anyone there.

Sadly a single bad throw on a few holes will result in water hazards eating your discs, which is a high price to pay for this course.
Other Thoughts: Good equipment does not a good course make. There needs to be a serious renovation for this course to increase in quality.

It is just a mile off the interstate, so if you are starving for a course, this is and easy in an out, just be prepared to walk a lot.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Nicely & Greatly Improved

5+    7/12/2011   10/22/2009
Review By: naturegolfer
Played: 3  Reviewed: 3
This review was updated on 7/13/2011
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Findlay Disc Golf League has adopted this course and the 18 hole course is now completed. They've been working with park management and the Friends of VBSP to make much needed improvements to the old nine hole course. The new 18 is much improved with better flow and shorter distances between tees.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 

1    9/25/2009   9/25/2009
Review By: ejvogie
Played: 62  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 6.3 Years
This review was updated on 11/6/2012
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Heavy duty baskets catch well despite no inner chains. Great scenery, as should be in a state park. Lightly wooded, most holes have obstacles between the tee area and the basket. Multiple routes on most holes, different shots required. Hole 18 ends back up near parking lot. Maps and scorecards by parking lot, by the big sign with the map on it.
Cons: Natural tees, this is unlikely to change as they didn't install concrete when they upgraded from 9 holes to 18.

The long walks between holes have been eliminated, but the holes they replaced those long walks with are either too short or WAYYYY too short. 95 feet? Seriously?

They took the best area (the pine grove) and eliminated it. Now we hug the lake with sub 200' holes and play around a playground.
Other Thoughts: They could have done a lot with this course, but the redesign just made it worse.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.


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