They really took advantage of the space!
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Pros: 18+1 good condition Chainstar baskets flow all over this spacious community college campus, and the course boasts nicely sized, level, flush to the ground concrete tees, as well as informative signage with little basket/bins on a number of them. There are even alternate basket positions on five holes, plus play that ranges from ridges to pine lanes, a U-shaped hole around a marshy rough area, a hole that flirts with a creek and another with a pond.
So it's not -only- a course to stretch your legs and work out your arm, just a mile or so off interstate 75 in Piqua, but a design that will enable you to practice control in the frequent plains windiness, and get your upshots right, because about ¾'s of the holes finish into a tight green. Your upshots will need to be pretty good working left to right and right to left to score best out here.
There is a great three-sided kiosk with a course map and some local info, trash barrels and benches all over, as well as tons of available parking. The distances on the course range from four technical holes under 200' to three holes (more open) that are well over 400'.
Cons: They had very little elevation to work with, and did incorporate the available woods edges well, but this necessitated some enormously long walks between holes (probably between 300 to 500 feet from 6 to 7, 9 to 10, 15 to 16, and 16 to 17, then the walk back to 1 after 18). Take a copy of the map out with you!
Personally, as a guy who struggles to get past 300' on my drives, and especially into a headwind, there were at least six holes I'll never have a chance to reach, but they really weren't 'hard' enough to turn into fours, unless I really screwed up my upshot, or fluffed my putt. I tend to prefer a design that gives me a shot at deuces with a perfect tee shot, but might punish poor execution with a well-deserved four. But maybe that's just me.
Other Thoughts: There aren't a lot of courses nearby, and the Duke Foundation course is pretty good one overall, especially if you're out for the fitness benefit of a good hike. They seem to have used the space they had as best they could, and it's clear that there have been some saplings planted in a few places since the pics on here were taken, so they're thinking long term.
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Good test course
Pros: Wide open tee shots lets you test new discs or new throwing technique (for beginners testing their strength). This course makes you feel like a better player than you are.
Cons: In a few years, holes like #14 will be a different story... tree growth being the reason. More obstacles would be more challenging.
Other Thoughts: I am a casual player. I drive between 250-280 typically, with my BOSS driver. I got my first eagle on #16 with two long drives and a 10 foot putt; that hole should be a par 4 at best. Just too wide open to be more than a 3 rating. I am used to LOTS of trees from the tee pad onward.
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Pros: Some nice holes, good signage, clean well kept park.
Cons: Lots of land and potential holes lay between holes. Could be 9 more holes put in between the holes. Witch also means long walks between holes
Other Thoughts: Make sure you make note of witch way the next hole is on the T-signs
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Pros: -A good variety of holes. Not one hole really reminded me of the others.
- Good mix of shorter holes and longer holes.
- Very nice cement tee pads. (also see cons)
- A nice map and practice basket by the first tee
- With the signs it was fairly easy to navigate for a first timer.
Cons: - Not a natural location for a course. It seemed kind of forced into the area.
- Some of the tee pads were short for the length of their holes.
- Long walks between about a handful of holes.
Other Thoughts: All in all this course was just decent. Nothing extremely beautiful about it and as I said before it seemed kind of forced into the location.
It did offer a few unique challenges and each hole was different which I was impressed with.
I wouldn't recommend anyone to go out of their way to play it, but if you are in Piqua you should try it out.
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