4 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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Family Park and a good effort
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.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Great place for beginners in an area known for Championship Disc Golf Courses
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.
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.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Every hole challenges you in a different way
-Great elevation changes
-The pin shows what hole the pin goes to by placing the hole number on top of the pin
-The practice pin allows you to practice before you get started
-It is a great beginner course
-It is taken care of pretty well
Cons: -On some of the tees the sign is gone so you dont know which pin you are going for
-Every hole is a par 3
-It doesn't have many long holes
-It doesn't really challenge you
-You have to walk through the park to get to the next hole sometimes and it can interfere with you while you are playing
-Not many people play there
Other Thoughts: This course doesn't really stand a chance, because Idlewild is right down the road and Lincoln Ridge is not too far away. So many people would rather go there than go to here. Out of all the courses that i have played this was the most moderate and didn't challenge me in different ways.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Good practice course
Pros: Really fun Putt & Approach practice course. Begginer and child friendly. A really good course to get your children started in the sport. Played through out a rec park.
Cons: The chains were at best sub-par. It seemed as though they were hand crafted. Not terrible, but definately a factor in it's low rating.
Other Thoughts: If you don't ive in the area, i wouldn't reccomend traveling to play it. Unless you are planning a trip to play the tough and great Idlewild course only a few miles away. This course would definately serve as a good practice or warm up for others.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
A beginner course that accomplihed its design goal
Pros: The new baskets and teepads as well as new desing is a major improvement. I still do not think this course is any better than a typical course. It was desinged to be a beginner course and seperate itself from its neighbors and it accomplished that greatly.
**could be rated 3 disc if small improvements are made especially to short holes**
Great Ace Race course
Practice green! Seems simple but is a major plus
Lots of restrooms
Great Beginner course
New Design uses elevation change and trees to add difficulty
2 very memorable holes in #3 and #4
Lots of other family activities present
Cons: Several holes that put you in dangerous positions due to the tee pad placement or intersecting fairways.
This is still a sub par course for what is located in the Cincy/Nky area
Not very challenging for the INT-OPEN player possibly shooting -11 or more
Fairly short compared to its neighboring courses
Lots of construction
Highly played which at times can be a con because of the new players or players not following the course layout
Other Thoughts: ****Hole by hole description and other thoughts below*****
If I had to guess locals might slam this review, however please look at my other reviews and try to understand why I rate this as low as I do.
Hole 1. (325) A decently long hole that plays as a RH small anhyzer or an easy LH drive, play the parking lot OB to add difficulty
Hole 2. (275) A RH hyzer approach that has a bench and trees to lookout for which add some mental difficulty
Hole 3. (330) An Amazing Hole! Your drive has to make it through a tunnel created by trees off of the teepad, clear an uphill slope then cross a creek and miss several trees to land for even a look at the basket. For some this hole might make your trip.
Hole 4. (350) Another great hole. This hole is very similar to the holes you will find at Lincoln or Idlewild. Heavily wooded but provides lines for the RH and LH thrower.
Hole 5. (320) Mostly wide open with some trees guarding the basket, plays a little longer than it says.
Hole 6. (295) Wide open downhill hole.
Hole 7. (340) A long challenging uphill hole that plays as a RH anhyzer bomb with a solo tree near basket
Hole 8. (200) A short downhill ace run with a tree that will cause some line planning
Hole 9. (295) Another decently long open hole with good use of a hill causing a blind shot, the creek and tree line should not come into play unless you messup
Hole 10. If you can throw straight to 300' your gonna park this, hillside does not prevent much difficulty.
Holes 11-13 are 185', 165', and 130' respectively. They are very close together and can provide some hazards to players. Trees cause some issues but do not really challenge you.
Hole 14-15 are 180' and 185' and play as tunnel shots but are pretty simple deuce opportunities.
Hole 16. (215) Another wide-open hole with a hillside to the right of the basket that causes a RH to use some thought as to their approach.
Hole 17. (255) Downhill hole with some trees guarding the basket not much difficulty here either. Play's like a wide open hole however big arms do need to scale back or will over shoot the hole.
Hole 18. (350) A good hole that provides challenge to both the RH and LH player, the tennis courts and line of trees to the right and left of the fairway will add some thought to your line.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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