Pros: 18 holes
new signs and upgraded baskets
User friendly course layout
good challenge for everyone, newbies may have chance...
Great mix of holes and changes w/elevation
Idlewild course is close, so it make a good warm up...
Cons: Nothing wrong with it really, it does lack privacy in areas, and because it user friendly the draw back is people can play into each other... just watch out!
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a great beginner course. For new players, the front nine seems long at around 300 feet each, but they are mostly open. This allows new players to work on distance first without getting discouraged about always being in the rough, but those players soon realize that they need to control their distance in order to improve their game. Missing your spot by 40 feet is the same as throwing 40 feet shorter on your drive. Through the front half of the back nine, it is very technical for newer players, even if the lines seem easy to more advanced players. These holes teach players to hit their lines exactly, or else the trees will put you in a tough spot. Even so, the trees are not so thick as to become discouraging. The final holes open up again to try out your distance. The baskets and teepads are nice, and the course is fairly well-kept, and even though the rough gets pretty rough in the summer, the county seems to spray for the local thorn bushes, so you won't normally get too torn up on an errant throw. The layout is also very good. It is also worth noting that this course is listed as a straight par 3. For beginners, this is a very difficult number to break. This gives an additional challenge to encourage new players to keep playing: even though it is difficult to achieve, when you look at each hole and what you feel like you should be able to get on each one, you should break par every time. But when a couple birdies escape you and a bad drive leaves you with a bogey, it is hard for new players to recover.
Cons: This course is far from perfect. For one, it becomes repetitive as you play it more. You tend to end up looking at the same shots over and over again, rarely finding an interesting or difficult lie. Also, this course tends to favor RHBH shots, without having any serious hyzers, or annys, and only a couple low ceiling shots. It lacks a balance of shot selection, which again becomes repetitive. This park is also popular among local teens, which results in some unsavory graffiti on the course and a tendancy for there to be trash laying around the course, often right next to the trash bucket by the teepad. The course also tends to be very busy during peak hours in season: I have often found myself waiting on two or three groups by hole 3.
Other Thoughts: All around, this is a nice park, and a great course to learn the game at. If you can get here during down hours, during the day during the week or early mornings, I would definitely suggest going here to introduce players to the game or get a quick practice round in. Otherwise, though, there are other places localy where you can go for some better work. For my future reviews, this is one of five parks I will be referencing for comparison, along with Burnet Woods, Licoln Ridge, Walton, and AJ Jolly.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
In the Shadows of Idlewild
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Boone Woods DGC, located in the shadow of the mighty Idlewild, offers a much easier brand of disc golf than its more famous neighbor. Located in a grassy suburban park, this 18-hole course is sparsely dotted with mature trees for the first 10 or so holes before working through a small patch of woods and back into the open for the finish.
- Concrete tees, signage, baskets, and the other park amenities are all in decent working shape.
- The wooded holes (#'s 13, 14, and 15) on the back nine are by far the standouts of this course despite their shorter lengths.
- Although the elevation here is of the gentle rolling type, there's enough for it to be successfully implemented in the design. #'s 7, 8, and 13 all use the elevation to spice things up a bit.
- Perfect companion to Idlewild. Play pre-Idlewild for a quick warm-up. Play post-Idlewild to regain your dignity.
Cons: - The front nine is repetitiously open. A lot of these holes have similar distances, making them even more similar.
- A lot of litter (especially beer cans) was well, you know, littered about.
- This course seems to be predominately inhabited by bag-less groups of 6+, all throwing multiple putts on each hole, and generally exhibiting poor understanding of basic golf etiquette.
- Several holes on the front nine are kinda squashed together and a possible conflict when the park is busy. #'s 6 and 7 are especially bad with the hill in play.
Other Thoughts: - Boone woods doesn't have much going for it to distinguish it from a lot of other predominately open, mostly flat-ish, suburban courses. The back nine makes a valiant effort to boost the excitement factor, but falls just a bit short. In the end, Boone Woods can't escape feeling like two okay-ish 9-holers slapped together to come up with a full 18.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great for beginner/ intermediate players. Front Nine is pretty open but with a couple tough holes. Now that they moved hole #13 by the basketball courts it's back to 18 holes.
Cons: Not many long holes. No Practice basket.
Other Thoughts: Love this course for a daily round challenging but not overly diffacult.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Family Park and a good effort
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Pros: This course in Burlington, Kentucky is just a couple of miles from Idelwild, and presents an entirely different experience: Rec to Intermediate players should be able to break par here. The redesign of this course uses more of the park, and adds variety from a fairly open front nine to a moderately wooded middle, both of which loop back to the lower parking lot. They've used the rolling hills and woods in the park well, and yet there are no seriously steep climbs or walking hazards anywhere (unless there've been torrential rains recently).
There are no overly demanding holes, except possibly the long-ish #4 which sneaks through trees, a ravine, and a bridge to the top corner of the course. Possibly included in the tough holes would be #3, which finishes crossing a low gulley and some mature trees, with the added requirement of avoiding going long up to the playground behind the basket.
The 'new' holes start with #10, which plays longer (uphill over a gulley) than is listed, and the park has put in a really nice T-shaped bridge there. Speaking of the park, there are activities galore for the family, as it is situated behind a YMCA (and its pool): a wooded amphitheater, shelters, playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, horseshoes, a soccer field, restrooms, etc.
Cons: There are only buckets hanging on the tee signs for trash (though the signs clearly have room for full-sized bins beneath the two posts, and folks generally put their trash here if there isn't a receptacle). There are no benches. Some areas seem to hold on to marshy water in rainy seasons, especially around 300' off the tee on #3 (down at the bottom).
Holes 3 and 15 are aimed straight at playground areas. Hole 7 is a difficult, blind over-hill shot with the park's fill dirt pile in the fairway. Holes 11 and 12 are too close together.
Hole 13 was removed after some challenges in that corner of the park. It has recently been replaced with an added hole after #16: walk across the drive towards the basketball courts and shoot a hyzer (rhbh) around the line of three park tree: about 250' (but don't go long into the gulley!). Then walk toward the restrooms by the tennis courts to return to #17.
Finally, there are some relatively long and/or hidden treks from basket to tee on 6, 7,10, 16, (now 13), and 17, so working from a map or playing with someone who knows the course, would be beneficial.
Other Thoughts: This course is a popular spot for casual and recreational players, and usually hosts the fall Discraft Ace Race event for the greater Cincinnati area.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Great place for beginners in an area known for Championship Disc Golf Courses
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great beginners course just down the street from a World class championship course. It's nice to know that the disc golfers of Northern KY care enough to build something like this. It's a great introduction course for those who aren't at a skill level to play Idlewild. Also a great place For Pro's and Other tournament golfers to practice their upshots. Built in a very nice recreational park that has just about any activity you can imagine for outdoors. Fun to play.
Cons: Lots of profane graffiti. Basket missing. Some holes a little close to playgrounds.
Other Thoughts: Not a bad course by any means. It was actually fun to play and a great wind down after playing 24 holes at Idlewild just 2 miles up the road. If you're in the area it's worth checking out. I would defiantly play again. Anyone who can't see the value of having this course in the area is blind to what this sport is all about. No matter what skill level you may be at it's always nice to play something small and fun. Remember we all had to start somewhere and not everyone can play a course like Idlewild.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 10 Not
Pros: - Lots of ace runs.
- Close to Idlewild.
Cons: - Bad layout.
- Confusing tee signs.
- Lots of holes that are borderline jump putt tee shots.
- Poorly kept.
Other Thoughts: I was very disappointed with this course. I have played Idlewild several times and passed this course along the way. One day I decided to stop and play it and as long as it's like this I won't be playing it again. It's a shame that a course this close to Idlewild, in an area known for great disc golf is this disappointing.
0 of 10 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
~Nice, clean and expansive park with a lot of features
~Easy navigation, plenty of signage
~Open & wooded holes creating a decent mix
~Concrete tees and pristine baskets
~Long & short tee shots also add to the variety
~On the easier side of the difficulty spectrum
~Holes are either long and open or short and wooded
~No. 13 basket appears to have been pulled
~Some proximity to housing & other park activities
~Could use some additional creativity and obstacles
Played on a very warm and sunny Autumn afternoon while heading back to Ohio. The entire park was bustling and for good reason as there are numerous options on how to spend some outdoor time throughout this complex. The 1st handful of holes are long wide open bombs and could use some additional trees or other obstacles to up the difficulty. Minor elevation changes throughout, but fairly level for the most part. After about the first half you delve into a more wooded area and the holes throughout this section are fairly short and straightforward shots. Putters or mids off the tees are plenty to give birdie opportunities and easy pars. The last couple of holes open back up and lead you right back to the parking lot. Got around easily and quickly even with a handful of other groups playing. Worth a stop for a casual round.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Nice little layout
Pros: Nice flow that leads to quick play. Even if you are chillin', you can rock a round in about an hour.
The signage is solid. Each tee sign identifies length, ideal line and direction to next tee.
Navigation is a snap. There are really only two points where the next pad is not in eye shot. To get from hole 9 to hole 10 you will need to walk along the road to begin the back nine in a seperate part of the park. Also, from 16 to 17 is a short trip across a parking lot. There is a big sign directing you as you hole out on 16.
The front 9 loops you back around to your vehicle. It's always nice when the front 9 and back nine end at a central point.
Concrete pads and Innova baskets...all in good shape.
Cons: The course is out of balance on the open side. It's also on the short side. Being short is not really a con though, as long as you know it. You can still have short courses that have nice balance/diversity.
No significant hazards come to mind. The hole info shows alot of elevation and water, but IMO, it was relatively minor. This is a simple course. There are no mandos or landing zones. This course definitely lends itself to beginners.
Basket 13 was missing. Shame, it looked to be a nice, tight line.
Other Thoughts: The front nine and back nine are actually distinctly different.
The front is entirely open, with the exception of hole 4 (my fav hole on the course). The front also boasts most of the distance. You may want some fairway drivers for these holes. I went back and forth between Wasps and Stalkers on most of this nine.
The back is much shorter and dense. I would like to call these holes technical but they lack diverse lines. Even though you have more trees to deal with, the line to the pin is still typically a strait shot. I used my putter off many of these tee's.
The maintenance of this course was very nice. It was well mowed and clean. Sexy.
This is a nice little course. That pretty much says it all. It would be a great "ace race" course.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: A nice course for begginers and pros alike. All holes are par 3 so keeping score is very easy. PLay by yourself and should only take an hour. Play with friends and only adds aboutt a half an hour too it. This course is located about three miles From Idlewild so it plays as a great warm up course to get loose for the big one.
Cons: Not many Cons but from repetitive play I have noticed the variety of ppl that play the course and some of these people are to say the least immature. A couple of the Tee's have latex paint splttered on them making the drive a little sketchy not wanting to slip on the paint. Also a couple of the tees signs have been defaced or even removed
Other Thoughts: All in all a nice easy course to play especially after a long day at work
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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