A good course but the OB is no man's land
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: - Offers a wide array of challenges and shot opportunities
- Has both Pro and Am tees, but not every hole
- Has enough trash cans for your convenience and also a few benches
- Has plastic bags for doggy waste!
- Is in a nice area
- Has a practice pin although is labeled as "practice tee"
- Lots of elevation changes, which can be a workout, but is not unreasonable
- There are 2 porta potties on site, one of which is handicap accessible
- Has a drink vending machine
Cons: -The OB and much of the rough of this course is extremely overgrown and makes it impossible to retrieve a lost disc. It really needs to be thinned out a lot everywhere.
- We have picked up numerous ticks at this course, so you must always check yourself during and after rounds
- Careless people litter even though there are trash cans
- Confusing flow of course direction in some areas. Also the path from hole 17 to 18 has you backtrack directly across 17's fairway which is a troublesome design.
Other Thoughts: Update: As of 06/14/13 another friend of mine lost a disc in the overgrown OB areas of this course. This course EATS discs, I can only imagine how many have been lost here. Besides the dense overgrowth, the course is actually quite nicely laid out and challenging. Just make sure you stay on the fairways at all times!
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
time of year to play
Pros: Challenging shots
holes that bend both directions
lots of skill shots through trees
great lay out with benches and pretty land
Cons: this is the thickest underbrush i have ever encountered playing disk golf. More than 1/2 half of the holes on this course are deadly for loosing a disk. Having someone run ahead and spot your drive is a must. As much as I love this course and think it is the best one on the Columbus area I will only be interested in playing in early spring and in the autumn because of the thorns, broad leafed plants and bushes that dominate the rough on every hole.
The last time I played there my 2 friends and I left after hole #8 because of the frustration of looking for disks dominated our time.
Other Thoughts: Definitely worth the drive to Pickerington.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Keeps getting better
Pros: Very diverse
Balance of long/short & tight/open
Dual concrete pads & dual pin placements
All proper amenities present - benches, restrooms, stairs when helpful...
Cons: Some rough will swallow your discs...then burp and laugh
Other Thoughts: The design is awesome. This course has a wonderful blend of shots.
Its length is intermediate, for the most part. Even from the longs, many holes are reachable from the tee. There are a few nice bomber holes though, especially hole 13. This hole will take as much control as distance. In fact, as is the case with almost every hole at this couse, your control should trump distance. Every single hole has some element of danger. Some fairways are tight. Some fairways take sharp doglegs. Some pins are elevated. Some pins are on roll-away greens. There are no true open field shots. Most hazards come late but there are also early trouble holes.
A cool aspect of this course is that each hole seems to be its own monster. Hard to describe what I mean. Each hole has it's own character and pretty much has its own ground. From pin to next tee, you often walk to a location unlike the one you just left. The diversity alone makes this a top course.
My first time here was last year right when it opened. I aint gonna lie, the rough was a bit too rough for me. I lost two of my favorite discs here. However, I loved the design. So, I decided to hold off writing a review to see if the rough thinned out over the year. It did. Significantly. Some holes have cleared out nicely. Like I said before, staying in the fairway is more important than a few extra feet.
The fun factor here is high. It is challenging but achievable for most skill levels.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Nicest Tee Pads I've Seen
Multiple Tee Pads
Multiple Pin Placements
Good Variety (Uses every shot you have.)
Beautiful Park in a Wildlife Setting
Excellent Pin Placements (4B is awesome)
Signs at Every Hole
Tee Signs Make Finding Next HOle Easy
Well Defined Fairways
Signs Directing You to Next Tee
Rough is VERY Rough (Briars Everywhere - Bleeding nearly everytime I went off the Fairway)
Discs Can Easily Get Lost
Hole Play Amongst One Another (No Crossing, Just Close to One Another)
This course is another great addition to the Columbus area disc golf scene. Multiple pin placements and tee pads are just some of the great things this course has to offer. While not for beginners, mainly due to the awful rough, intermediate to advanced, and pros alike could each find a challenge here.
The course has a great layout beginning near the parking lot and winding its way through a large rather wild park setting. First three holes play rather open but if you go off the fairway be ready to pay the price. The rough between holes two and three seems especially tough. Aside from the trees, vines, ivy, and briars there is also a giant pile of old logs in the middle of the vegetation. Be careful climbing in there to retrieve discs as one of the logs started sliding on my buddy and he nearly lost it. Best advice is to avoid that patch at all costs.
From here things start to get a little more technical as more trees come into play, as well some wonderful uses of elevation. The designers really took time selecting the pin placements on this one, they are designed to make you think and execute all while still having fun.
Overall this is definitely one of the top three in the area, and with a little more clean up/play, plus the addition of the new signs, and a few benches this could work its way on up the list.
*Update: Benches and trash cans added throughout the park, could still use a few more, or better placements, but it was a great addition to the course. Still needs improved tee signs.
Rough has cleared up a bit, but I don't know if that's permanent or just due to winter. Hopefully it will remain pretty clear throughout the summer.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 2 Not
Very fun, even with the thorns
Pros: After a second trip, I've changed my mind. Pickerington isn't as friendly to beginners as I first thought. It remains forgiving from the short tees, with short to medium length at most. But the thorn-filled woods can come into play on almost every hole. It doesn't matter so much which type of fade or hook you put on your shot, as long as you can keep it straight.
The difficulty increases significantly from the long tees. My son and I played from a mix of short and long, and finished our 18 in two relaxed hours, with at least half a dozen trips into the thickets to chase our worst throws.
There's only one major slope on the parkland, but it's used to very good effect. The first four holes gradually work their way down the hill. 5-8 play along the base. 9 and 10 take a steeper line up and down. 11-16 are flat again. 17 and 18 are two tough uphills to close out the round.
Short tee drives are almost always have a clear path, with a few well-defined trees as obstacles. Beginners can stick with their most reliable shot and trajectory most of the time. Extremely thick brush lines the fairway on most holes, however. If you throw too far off line be prepared for some nasty thorns.
The basket placement when we visited was excellent. Although beginners could once again survive with their most reliable shot, it helps a lot to consider the best angle of approach. Many baskets were tucked tight against protective brush/woods either right or left. There were a couple baskets set into the trees, and two baskets set onto challenging, but very playable ledges.
One of the best visual features of Pickerington is the fairway grass. It was cut fairly short in early July. Very green and clean. The cement tees are standard and perfectly level: both long and short.
#4 - downhill for the drive, with woods on the left to restrict the best line of sight to the basket. Your approach needs to hold a fairly broad ledge, with the basket near the back-left edge.
#10 - significant downhill. Woods on the left. Scattered trees in the fairway and around the basket make this a blind shot, with a bit of luck required to get the drive close.
#11 - Short, flat and straight. Open drive, but then it shoots at least 60 feet into the woods for the approach/putt.
#17 - An extreme drive over out-of-bounds brush from the high platform long tee. From there it's another 250 feet uphill.
Cons: Some of the thickest thorns we've ever seen on a disc golf course. There were a few times we could see our disc stuck in a patch less than 10 feet away, with no easy way to get there, let along swing through a recovery toss. Our fault for finding the rough.
Course navigation isn't always intuitive, and the walks to the next tee aren't always marked. You need to swing around the 7th tee to get from 11 to 12. And you have to walk the length of the 5th hole, and more, in order to get from 16 to 17. Be sure to pick up a scorecard: it includes a map of the overall routing.
Other Thoughts: Depending upon your level of play: the short tees may seem too easy, while the long tees can add a stroke to several holes. We couldn't bring ourselves to accept the 300 foot handicap from the short tee on 13, and stuck with the long tees from that point on. Second round we played the shorts throughout.
The course still seems new, and the signage is limited, but functional. Metal posts with small green number signs on the short tees - the long tee posts are still waiting for signs.
Most holes play straight: doglegs on #8, #9, #12, and #15 from the long tee - makes for a very tough drive.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: + Attractive Scenery
+ Challenging, but not impossible to park holes
+ Short and Long Tees
+ Signage to direct you to next tees
+ Multiple Pin Placements
+ Solid Variety of uphill/downhill/flat as well as left/right/straight shots
+ Practice basket and free scorecards
Cons: - Tee signs appear to be temporary, but as of now lack hole info
- Rough is nasty thick as of now
Other Thoughts: I very much so dug this course. It was peaceful, scenic, and challenging but not frustrating. Accuracy is of the upmost importance over distance here as going off the fairways even a little means a likely long look for your disc and at the very least a tricky stance awaits you. Some elevated pins and tees add to the fun and there was a nice overall balance of elevation changes.
This course is still quite new and as I understand it the rough will be thinned out and more informative tee signs will be put in. I'll definitely be back many more times.
*Trash cans recently added throughout the course, and are much appreciated.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Multiple Tees.
-Nice New DGA Baskets.
-Good Mix of Up & Down Hill and Flat holes.
-Good Mix of Wooded and Open holes.
-Good Mix of Left to Right and Right to Left holes.
-Elevated Baskets and Tees.
-Practice Putting Basket.
-Free Scorecards in the Mailbox.
-Places for Multiple Pins/Baskets.
-Pro & Experienced Level Course.
Cons: -The Rough can be thick in some places.
-Tees Signs don't show Pin Placement or Hole Distances, yet. (See the Scorecard.)
-Trash cans only in parking lot and hole 9.
-Long (distance) 18 hole course.
-Not For Beginners/Novices!
-Pro & Experienced Level Course.
Update... on the majority of the holes the Brush has been cleared away/thinned out!
-Pro through Beginner Level Disc Golf Players alike could have a hard time, trying to find their Disc in the Brush/Rough.
-This Course is NOT for Beginners!
I would recommend Beginners, go over a couple miles to Sycamore Creek DGC! http://www.dgcoursereview.com...se.php?id=850
-Pickerinton DGC, Will be a Great Course, (4/4.5 out of 5) once all signage and amenities are added!
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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