5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Karl Von Coldewey DGC is located in a small, well-groomed park. A small stream bisects the course, coming into play on a few holes. A patch of woods across the stream helps keep discers honest.
-For whatever reason(s), I have the most difficult time remembering "von Coldewey." So from here on out, we're on a first name only sorta basis.
- Karl provides a decent challenge for a park-style 9-er. Nothing to make an advanced player break a sweat, but this is definitely on the tougher end of things for beginners, and could certainly cause some problems for intermediate players. A good variety of shots are required, and the somewhat narrow fairways through the woods make sure that accuracy is tested.
-Elevation is well-implemented. #2's blind downhill shot (with the stream behind) is a fun little dink and dunk. #9 finishes with a longer downhill, over the stream, and slightly back uphill sort of shot that would be a quality hole just about anywhere.
- Several fairways (#4, #9) play along or over the stream. Baskets are placed near the stream on other holes (#2) for maximum OB potential.
Cons: - The tees are the major drawback to this otherwise very good 9-hole course. Rutted earthen tees with a wooden plank at the front on which to stub your toe. Very muddy when wet.
- I'm not entirely sure, but I'm fairly certain I saw enough poison ivy on this course (during winter months, no less) to kill an ox. The vines looked slightly different from the strains we get around here (Northwest IN), so I'm not 100% I made a correct ID. IF (big if) they were poison ivy vines, this is by far the worst course I've ever seen in that regards. Do not stray off the fairways if you are allergic. The area around #4's basket was particularly bad.
- Other than the two 300+ shots, almost every hole is around the 200' mark. It's not really noticeable on the first time through because of the elevation and water, but it'd get repetitive pretty quickly.
Other Thoughts: -Karl's cool by me. I wish more nine-hole layouts incorporated some decent elevation, water, and woods like Karl does. I had to lower Karl's rating a bit due to the brutal tees and (potentially) life-threatening poison ivy clusters.
[Note from Juke:Please, if I am misidentifying some other plant, someone PM me the details. Thanks. ]
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Take the family, if it’s been dry
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This beautiful little family park just outside the beltway east of Milford, Ohio has a decent nine hole course for Novice to Rec players to get in a quick practice round on their short game. The flow is very good, with safe throwing lanes for the most part, and the course lines beside, then weaves twice across a pretty little creek, with a well-built pedestrian bridge situated well below the line of the 9th fairway (25 feet below the flight path). The course uses the hills, terrain, foliage, and limited space very well, keeping mostly away from the shelter and playground areas of the park.
Higher level players will likely avoid this easy course, but might be pleasantly surprised by the tight lines needed on the 325' #5 and the signature hole, the 375' valley-spanning #9 (if only they would put in concrete tees…)
The signage is quality, and you can tell someone is lovingly taking care of this place.
Cons: Dirt teepads boxed with landscape timbers are a little inconsistent, with roots starting to show through, so you worry about your step up. There are no benches or trash bins, yet the park is kept clean.
There is little distance variation, as 7 of the holes are between 185 and 215 feet.
The biggest drawback to this course right now it that the hill top holes (7 & 8) stay muddy for days and days after the most recent rain. If it's been really rainy, they are almost unplayable. The first time I went up there in February, I almost lost a shoe in the muck. So I only go here if it's been dry for most of a week.
Other Thoughts: Gets 2 and not 1.5 because it's beautiful and well-maintained. Clearly a fun little family park.
I've never done a map before, but I added a 'course layout' file until a better one comes along.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Only local course, so...it is what it is.
Pros: Cozy little park,
Good fast paced layout,
Very manageable terrain, good for all ages,
Clean, and very modern look,
Great for beginners,
Easy to get to.
Cons: Short holes,
Thick hedges, and brush,
Grass tees, but very smooth, and comfortable none the less,
Beginner course mostly.
Other Thoughts: As a beginner and a local, I guess I have to like this course as its all I have without going half way across town. Par is easy with exception of two or three holes. On a slow day you can pic and chose your holes to practice what you are looking to improve on. Nice amphitheater and grill spots, can make for a great get together.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Beginner course but fun!
Pros: +Easy to navigate
+right near major highway (275)
+Good elevation change (Hole #2 is downhill so steep it's blind
+New, clean restrooms
+Small creek going through the course
+Nice, big wooden bridge
Cons: -Only 9 holes
-very short course (longest hole is 9 at 375 ft)
-new baskets only have one layer of chains
-not very difficult for seasoned players, but a fine starting course
-"tees" are just a half buried log, but the grass was fine to shoot from, nice and level
Other Thoughts: I will be posting photos of every hole, but my main issue with this course is it's so short. There are a couple holes where I thought the tee shot was going to be longer, but then you realize, no it's the basket right in front of me.
There are a couple holes where you can't see the basket from the tee, and they are usually a LOT closer than you think, so don't overshoot.
The only really fun, standout hole for me was #9, with a large downhill shot fading left across the stream with the basket behind a large tree, but this is a great course to take a newcomer!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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