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Woods, Lake, College town: whatís not to like?
Pros: The Disctractions DGC in Hueston Woods state park is a challenging woods course near the lodge on Acton lake, featuring dual tee pads on every hole, of which 18 are established, and 9 more are in the works. For me (a Rec level player), the difference from the long tees to the shorter ones makes up 8 to 10 strokes per round, so there is enough variety to keep player of several skill levels interested. Most of the holes have been cleared well enough to establish a choice of realistic flight lines to the 'greens', and there is a good variety of left/right, uphill/down, and shorter/longer holes. Holes 1-7 play on the sloped lake side of the main driveway, and the rest are only a few steps across the road to the 8th tee. In all, a fairly well balanced course for the Intermediate disc golfer (plus or minus a division).
There are some ravines, particularly on holes 1-7, you want to avoid (and are deemed as OB during tournament play). You definitely want to avoid going long on #1, so the clearing has left a bit of a wall (fallen timber) as a backstop. I leave this as a positive because most higher level players seem to enjoy the challenge.
The flow of the course is relatively intuitive for the blue tees, but where needed, the course has 'next tee' signs. Even if some of the dual tee positions might make these a little confusing, following the fairly straightforward map will keep you on track for the finished 18. It looks like the nine holes being added are likely to go further into the woods between holes 8 and 9 (?), so there might be a little bit of confusion with some of the hole numbering during the transition.
Most elements of the infrastructure, such as bridges, etc., are excellent and solid, and there are trash receptacles (some need more frequent emptying) and benches scattered throughout the course. The best bench is behind the long tee on 3, overlooking the lake: a beautiful view!
The park, of course, has a huge variety of activities for the non-DG members of the family, from nature trails to horseback riding, a quality ball golf course, camping, and, of course, the lodge. Check the state park website for kid's classes, such as archery, and other events.
Cons: A very few of the 'fairways' aren't yet clear enough to really call 'em 'fair' (most folks have issues with the 18th not offering an obvious lane from the long tee, but there is also a 'U' shaped hole that seems to be going through some clearing which might make it more fun for a very clean and well thrown hyzer (rhbh) shot, in the near future.
Other Thoughts: This is a fantastic course to play in the summer heat because it plays almost entirely in the shade.
"Disctractions" is only minutes outside of the (Miami University) college town of Oxford, OH, so there are some really nice places to go and enjoy your "19th hole". And with the college course being modified (in fact, temporarily closed) due to construction, it's the only game in town.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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Ohios Addison Oaks
Pros: Excellent Wooded course, though some tees need better green signs, the scenery is gorgeous, the drives are nice and long with a few short ones, great view of the lake on the first few holes.
Cons: Need signs and pictures for the rest of the holes, like the first few do.
Other Thoughts: Takes a while to drive to the lodge where the course is located, but worth it.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Disctractions in the Forested Realm of Hueston Woods SP
Pros: The course is played entirely in the woods on scenic state park property. A shady course on sweltering summer days is akin to the proverbial "manna from heaven". The first 5 holes have elevation then the course levels out for the remaining holes. Clean, spotted very little litter during my round.
Next Tee signs throughout this wooded realm show the way to well laid concrete tees. Each hole has two tees which provide two distinct tee shots for each hole as opposed to the run of the mill long tee vs short tee.
Accuracy, variety of shot skills, and a little tree love are needed to do well here. Noodle armed players can neutralize the cannon armed players on this course provided the noodlers hit fewer trees.
There is adequate signage for each hole that provides an accurate map to the basket. Navigation and course flow have improved tremendously in the past year and course is beating in quite well.
Cons: I am hard pressed to con this wooded course considering it is located in the boon docks.
There is wooded debris throughout that can get in the way. Course could use a few more benches. Could not locate distances on some of the latter holes, but, it wasn't too bothersome.
Lacks a signature hole IMO.
Other Thoughts: Disctractions is great addition to Ohio State Park disc golf family and the course in now worthy of its great name.
Be prepared, bring water, bug spray and TP. Port O Pot is located by the paint ball area after the last hole.
Played the day after a vicious summer storm and there were downed trees. Behind basket 1, on the way to hole 2, there was a huge tree that was blown over the brook and took out some good sized limbs on the way down. A lone park maintenance worker was just starting to take a chain saw to the massive mess.
Hank and his crew deserve an mighty round of applause for building and maintaining such a fine course. Disctractions is now a favorite of mine and i plan to play it more often.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Great summer course
Pros: Course is completely shaded with a high ceiling that rarely affects throws. Easy to spot "next tee" signs make navigation easy. Two concrete tee pads per hole. Each tee pad gives a different line, making course play differently. A substantial amount of clearing has been done. All 18 holes in great shape. Newer baskets in great condition. Nice views of lake on early holes. Lots of wildlife throughout the course.
Cons: Still listed as 27 holes, there are only 18 holes. Professional tee signs on first seven holes, but only hand drawn signs for last eleven holes. You will want to bring bug spray. Hole distances similar, no really long holes.
Other Thoughts: First 7 holes on one side of road. Remaining 11 on other side. Follow signs toward the lodge to find course. Practice basket most visible to the right of lodge. Hole #1 near practice basket. I feel this is best wooded course in Cincinnati area. Congrats to those who have put in a lot of work.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: I like the risk and reward factors here, great views ,great teepads, and great basket placements
Cons: the fairways need to be cleaned up alittle and constant storm damage makes it tough , Not enough volunteer work goes into it ,
Other Thoughts: Great design !
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - This course is on a wonderful piece of property in Hueston Woods State Park. The front side is on the side of a hill with beautiful views of Acton Lake.
- Nice concrete tee pads with great signage directing you to the next hole.
- Never very busy, so it makes for a traffic free round.
- Great use of elevation changes on the first seven holes.
- Little trash buckets located at some of the tee pads and a few benches throughout the 18.
Cons: - As much as the first 7 holes are scenically beautiful it feels like they are very spread out and there is room to make more holes or change the flow somehow.
- The tee signs are only on some on the tee pads and they don't have the greatest illustrations.
- On holes 8-18 it feels like some more clearing should be done to create lines for tee shots.
Other Thoughts: The last time I played the course was the first time I could find 18 holes to play. The navigation and organization has definitely improved on this course.
This course has so much potential and every time I play it I am enjoying it more and more. It is a very technical course that challenges you to shape a variety of shots throughout.
Can't wait for future renovations and improvements on this course!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Fun, and Challenging
Pros: Course is in the woods, so requires some skill to get through and around the trees. The first half of the course is in great shape for the most part.
Cons: The back half of the course is still not finished, there are no signs posted telling you the distance or pars, and some don't even tell you where the basket is. So it can be difficult at first.
Other Thoughts: Overall i really like the course, and for the area it is a great course!
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Multiple Launch Pads, Shade from trees, hard to loose a disc as there isn't much brush, not too busy, adding 9 more holes and I've heard they might add multiple basket locations for each hole to have a unique round each time, plenty of parking
Cons: You're going to be throwing and hitting a lot of trees as you're in the middle of the woods, need to have a map the first time you play
Other Thoughts: I really like this course, each time I've played I've had a very enjoyable experience and they're working to make it an even nicer course by adding more holes and more character.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
I'll be back
Pros: This course was a lot of fun to play. It makes you through with precision and accuracy. The distance isn't too far but not too short. You play completely in the woods which is nice to be in shade. The front nine are clearly marked with nice maps and reflective markers pointing you to the next tee.
Cons: The course does not seem to be finished yet. It says its 27 holes but most of the back half of the course is still being developed. With that said the back of the course is not clearly marked and some holes are over grown and need to be cleared.
Other Thoughts: While there we spoke to the designer of the course and owner of sweeteesdiscgolf.com. He told us about the big plan for the course and the schedule to have this course completed over this summer. Every hole will have multiple tees and is designed to be skill challenging versus power challenging. The people behind this course are very passionate and I'm excited to see what comes of it. Just needs a little time.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Awesome beginning, disappointing ending
Pros: The course plays through a hilly forest with nice mature trees. The first part of the course is a more open forest with limited underbrush, more elevation changes, and great views of a lake. The rest of the course is much denser, with smaller trees, lots of thick underbrush and flatter terrain. The elevation changes are used well to make some fun downhill shots and some tricky uphill holes.
There is a nice variety of hole shapes, with left and right turning holes and some straight shots. The first part of the course has a few holes that are a little longer, with shorter more technical holes at the end. There are two tees on every hole, adding a very different line on some holes for some more variety. There are nice concrete tees that are fairly new and in nice shape. The baskets are also pretty new and catch well. The signs that are in are decent with hole shape and distance.
Cons: The course doesn't feel finished at all. The signage starts out nice, then disappears for the rest of the course. The numbering is odd because only 18 of 27 holes are in, with a chunk of holes missing in the middle. Navigation can be a little tricky toward the end of the course with no signage and leaves covering many tees in the fall.
The first 7 holes are great, but the rest of the course gets pretty repetitive and isn't really finished yet. Once you cross the road, nearly every hole is short and a little pinbally, with lots of small trees, fairways that are really narrow and odd shapes, and extremely punishing and disc eating rough. There is lots of brush and dead branches still on these fairways adding to the unfinished feel.
Other Thoughts: If the whole course was like the beginning, it would be a really awesome place to play. It needs a lot of work, and hopefully more holes that are in the style of the beginning of the course. If that happened, and the signage was completed, I would love to come back and give this course a much higher rating. Beginners might find this course a little tough and punishing. More experienced players will find some fun challenges, though overall the course isn't really a test for better throwers.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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