4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Malone University offers a very quick round, with multiple tees that cater to a variety arms: there are some big shots for the DGCR super studs, and plenty of beginner-friendly drives if you stick to the short tees. Elevation comes in a variety of forms, from straight up- or down-hill shots to playing across rolling hills, with some tricky pin positions that have the potential for nasty rollaways. 6 has a particularly well-placed pin, with a slope to its right and a mild drop off to its left that doesn't provide an obvious safe approach. The elevation present is used well.
The course is easy to navigate relative to how often you can see multiple pins: signs are informative and indicate where to find the next tee. Parking is plentiful, and right near hole 1.
Cons: This course is completely open, except for the hilariously tight hole 8. Completely. It's the closest I've ever seen to baskets in a field. There is no line shaping to speak of. While elevation plays a factor, there's literally nothing to stop you from driving with impunity throughout your round. Approaches have the elevation to contend with, but nothing else, leading mostly to some extra-gingerly throwing. The few instances of OB provided by the fence will have no impact on an experienced player, and only serve to swallow the discs of wild-armed newbies.
8's attempt to introduce obstacles is appreciated, but it's unrealistically tight - six feet maybe? As much of a NAGS as I've ever seen.
Signs do help with navigation, but finding tees can still be a chore, especially if you're trying to stick to a specific set. They're marked individually only by brick in the ground, with even well-mowed grass making them hard to spot. I rarely if ever found all three tees for a given hole.
Other Thoughts: I can't really fault the designers considering what they were given here - this is just not much of a spot for a course. The elevation alone can't make up for the complete lack of obstacles and line-shaping in my eyes. I'm surprised this course is rated anywhere near as high as it is.
A plaque on 9's basket says the course was donated by the class of 2010: that's very cool. I'm just sorry it couldn't have been placed on more disc golf friendly land.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This is a great course for beginners and the experienced player. Many opportunities to get long drives because the course is for the most part wide open. This makes it great for trying out new drivers.The elevation changes make for a nice challenge.
Cons: A few of the tees are hard to find.I could only find one tee on hole 8.
Other Thoughts: Nice warm up course to play before going to a 18 hole course.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Toss and Watch
Three different tee positions, offering average lengths of ~200', ~285', ~385', permit you to play this course at whatever difficulty level you choose. Glow possibilities for sure!
(Primarily) a one-trick pony - a good, basic trick, but still, just one.
The course is set in the wide-open, rolling, grassy space separating the campus from I77. Other than the 5' wide by 100' long hallway leading to basket-8, there is hardly any obstacle to be found. Distance, wind, elevation changes (all types - down, up, x-slope, across valley, up-n-over), and some sloping greens are the challenges to overcome here.
The excellent online map is necessary for a first-time/infrequent visitor, as the flush-to-ground natural tee areas can be difficult to find. Signs along the interstate fence can help you find the tee locations for 2-4, and wooden blocks (or remnants thereof) can assist you in finding others, but even if you can't find them all (6-white eluded me), you can use the map to make a reasonable estimate.
If you like to watch your disc fly unimpeded toward the basket on ace runs, or leading to birdy opps, you should enjoy this course. Shot-shaping/obstacle avoidance? Not so much.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Plenty of parking, but no pavilion
- The map is very accurate
- Multiple natural tees that are in excellent condition and well marked with colored toe-boards. These multiple tees also provide different angles of approach to the pins.
- Next tee signs located on baskets
- Baskets are in excellent condition and very well marked
- Very nice flow. Hole #1 starts you are the parking lot and hole #9 ends near the parking lot.
- For a wide open course there is still a mix of shots required. Hole #1 & #8 curve right and #7 is uphill, short and has a fenced in hazard to avoid on the left. Hole #6 runs along a steep hill so you will have to decide if you want to ride the hill or come up from the bottom to putt. You will deal with challenging headwinds and tailwinds.
- Good upkeep.
- This may only be a 9 hole course but the holes are long distance and mostly open. Great course to practice your long distance throws!
- Great elevation changes throughout the entire course. No hole is completely flat which really adds a lot to this small course. I felt like I got a good workout after playing two rounds.
- Low traffic by other disc golfers and near zero traffic by anyone else because there are not walking paths. Just beware of cross country practices and track meets that are held directly on the course.
- Trash receptacle at parking lot
- Clean course, no vandalism
Cons: - No bathroom unless the gate or school is open
- Multiple parking areas are very close to fairways. This is also a very windy course so it would be easy to have a shanked drive catch the wrong gust of wind and end up damaging a car. Extra consideration should be spent when deciding what path to take to avoid vehicles.
- Benches. Even though this is a 9 hole course, it is still long, hilly, and quite the walk. There are no benches but just one bench set up half way through would be an excellent addition.
Other Thoughts: - This course is challenging with long distances and large hills. Overall it can be considered very boring if you like the challenge of weaving around trees in a heavily wooded area, but the elevation alone substitutes a bit for the lack of trees and other obstacles. This course seemed harder to me than the course photos let on.
- The scenery is neither a pro or a con. Decent view from the top of a view hills but nothing really of note.
- The most challenging hole is both #6 & #8. #6 is very difficult because it runs along a steep hill and you really have to be careful about rolling away in a direction you really don't want to go. #8 is has the feel of suddenly being in a tight, technical course while the other holes are mostly wide open. #8 is a challenging sharp right turn around a mando but you don't want to overshoot your drive forward because there is a fence that separates you from the highway with a lot of rough in between. To add to #8's difficulty it's on a steep downhill slope.
- My favorite hole was #8 for the challenge and the tree obsticles
- This is not a destination course, however, it is near some very nice courses and this course is worth checking out at least once maybe after you hit one of the primo courses nearby.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Good Windy Hike
~ Excellent baskets with hole indicators
~ Favorable layout with an out and back loop
~ Course is well marked, tee pads are easy to find
~ (3) tees per hole add great variety to the course
~ Deceptively more challenging than it looks
~ Good location, great use of the land
~ Wide open land, however the natural terrain is put to good use
~ Natural tee pads, but the ground is level and firm
~ Other accommodations are unavailable, a shelter and restroom facility would be great
Other Thoughts: The only other use I am aware of for this tract of land would be the handful of cross country meets every year so putting in a 9 hole course in this location is a great thought. It is wide open, but the course is spread over big, rolling hills. I found the challenge lies within the long slopes and heavy cross winds. It's easy for a disc to get blown off course and/or rolled away a great distance. Red, white and blue tees on each hole create enough variety and the blues add a considerable amount of length thus providing greater challenges. The course flows well and the up and down hiking keeps your heart rate up enough to stay loose. Plenty to offer for a 9 hole course and unlike any of the other courses in the area which is a key draw. Please respect the University's policies.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: It never ceases to amaze me how people can make a good round of golf out of 9 holes. Open field , good hiking course for only 9 holes. Constant elevation changes. 3 different tees per hole Each tee is marked with 2 colored blocks also that has the distance on them.
Cons: The loud highway.?
Of course concrete tees are always nice.
Wide open, nothing too challenging.
Other Thoughts: Can't complain here. Excellent job on the design , i would never guessed Malone would be the site of such a cool 9 hole course. Good place to go and air it out as far drives are are concerned. Hole 8 kinda throws a twist at ya, after all those power shots, you will have to thread a narrow lane of trees. Then 9 your back out in the open.
The 3 differnt tees give you different looks at each hole making this a course you could play 3 times over. All the hills and the hiking is sure to give ya some good exercise for only 9 holes. can't beat that. Kudos to the designers
5 of 9 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 5 Not
A Great Compliment To Surrounding Courses
Pros: -Features constant elevation changes, standing in contrast to the somewhat flat Arboretum / Spiker Park. This makes considering which angle your disc will land much more important than on other courses.
-3 complete sets of tees that do a good job of addressing different skill levels. The reds are reasonable shots for novice players, and the blues offer plenty of chances for big arms to open up.
-The wide open land tends to have a constant breeze, making the wind a factor on every hole.
-Hole 8 is a miniaturized version of hole 17 at Deis Hill, being a narrow, straight shot through some pine trees. From the red it's 100' and can be thrown as a putt. The gap isn't much wider than a basket.
-Brand new baskets and as of now little traffic.
-Only a mile from Arboretum / Spiker Park.
Cons: -Most of the holes have no obstacles in play, and are wide open. There are some parking lot O.B's and hole 1 and 8 have some trees in play, otherwise every hole is open. As long as you avoid getting a bad roll down the hills, it's unlikely you'll feel punished for a poorly executed throw.
-The course doesn't offer the best in terms of variety due to the wide open nature of the land.
-The course plays next to a track, some dorms, parking lots and a football / soccer practice field. At the time of writing this the area was empty, but I could see there being days where getting in a round would be tough when teams are out practicing.
Other Thoughts: This course is a welcome addition to the area, with Arboretum / Spiker park being just down the road, and Massillon and Louisville not too far either.
What Malone DGC lacks in trees and water hazards, it makes up for with frequent, and often drastic elevation changes throughout the course. The lack of trees and the placement of the course on the side of a hill tend to make wind come into play as well. This stands in stark contrast to the wooded Oak Ledges DGC in Massillon, or the relatively flat Arboretum / Spiker Park, making the course feel unique compared to others in the area. The designers appeared to do a good job working with what the land offered them.
Since the course opened there have been numerous minor improvements throughout the course to make the experience more enjoyable. Baskets now feature hole numbers and next tee arrows, the white and blue tees have small painted blocks next to the tees to make them easier to find, the hole have attractive signs to show you the hole layout and length, and the red tees have wooden posts installed with maps displayed on the top. Also certain baskets have orange flags sticking out the top to make them visible on holes where a hill blocks your view of them.
If you're playing Arboretum, I'd suggest coming to this course first and warming up with 9 holes, or more if you're up for it.
8 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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