5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Personally, I like a well- maintained park course where there is little chance of losing a disc. If you have a disc retriever for the small pond (you'll putt to within 10' four times!), you're good to go. Take it as a pro or a con, Eagle Ridge was designed in the back of Patricia Allyn Park (on route 48, north of Lebanon, OH) with obstacles, tight or low lines and actual risk/ reward opportunities. You're either going to face disc-grabbing cypress trees, challenging gaps, or going in the drink, on nearly every hole.
There are two sets of tees (each marked by a pair of ground-level blocks) and nine baskets. Starting at the course sign just left of the shelter, first consult the map for layout, then look for the small orange tee markers for the first nine, and come back around for the yellow markers for the 'back nine'.
Holes 1 and 2 (add nine all the way through: the second tees change some shot angles) start you into the cypress grove, 3 and 4 cross a small, pretty drainage creek (with 4's basket precariously close to the ditch), and 5 hyzers (rhbh) across a beautifully built (Eagle Scout project) bridge, to a basket just inside the woods. 6 is a long-arm uphill hole finishing behind a pine tree and just 8 feet from the pond. 7 is a reachable 330' glide downhill (stay right if you go short), that just barely enters the woods again, and 8 shoots out from the edge of the woods into a small glade. You finish on 9 (18) between a pair of pines and again about 7' from the pond.
This park has all the amenities, and is very clean and well-maintained. The disc golf is set apart from most of the other activities, though there does appear to be a nice trail back in the woods to the right. You usually won't have to wait on non-DGers to clear the area.
Cons: 18 chains are nice on a basket, but the single ring of them allows cut-throughs if you putt strong. Tees are natural turf (though they don't yet seem to be overly worn in). There are no distance markers.
The flow of the course runs in a bit of a figure-8, so going from 4/13 to 5/14 crosses the 1/10 fairway.
If you're not up to shaping lines carefully, keeping your lines below overhanging branches, and still being able to shoot well between 250' and 350', this course could eat your lunch! And if you stress out putting toward water, this might not be your cup of tea.
Other Thoughts: The front and back nine were designed to have some balance, but as you go around twice, you can either play it as designed with a mix of long and short tees, or (if you brought less experienced players) you might want to play the nine shorter tees.
The park appears to have a lot of potential for more holes, incorporating more of the woods, or even out along the sides, where there's still lots of room. A simple shot over the pond as you walk back to the beginning would be neat.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Variety of hole design and distances.
Great use of mature trees and terrain.
Park is absolutely beautiful and very well maintained.
Cons: The tee boxes are very difficult to find, even with a map. There really isnt a box, just a ground marker.
9 baskets for 18 holes. Could be an issue if the course is busy. Luckily we were alone, so we could hunt for tee boxes all we wanted.
Hole 6 and 9 are way too close to the pond. Forces you play ultra-conservative with your approach.
Other Thoughts: This course has amazing potential within an even more amazing park setting. The tee box markers were easy to find at first, but after 5 holes, we only found one more marker, so we just played basically from basket to basket.
The baskets for holes 6 and 9 need to be moved away from the pond. Each b asket has a grouping of pine trees in front of them. If the basket was moved up into the middle of the trees, the holes would be awesome! As they are now, you cannot afford to go for the pin due the the extreme risk of landing in the pond.
With some maturity and additional upgrades, this course could easily be rated 3.5-4.0 in my opinion. Great job for an Eagle Scout project. Thanks guys! Keep up the great work!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Some good challenges. Some holes to really drive, and some to take care even from the teepad.
Cons: Teepads can be difficult to find at times. A couple baskets too close to the pond for recreational play.
Other Thoughts: Nice course!
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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