7 Helpful / 0 Not
3rd Best Course in Cincy Area
Pros: Mt. Airy Forest is an excellent disc golf course. Its even mix of long/short and wooded/open holes require players to master all aspects of the game. Also, several holes (#2, #13, and #15 in particular) feature significant elevation changes.
My favorite hole is #2. This is a long, challenging hole which winds down a large hill and bends slightly to the right. Dense woods crowd either side of the broad fairway, and push you to execute a clean drive, and approach. Reaching the chains in three shots is difficult, but attainable. Also, the view from the tee/fairway is picturesque.
Finally, wildlife on the course is abundant. You will frequently see deer and other animals roaming.
Cons: My only gripes with Mt. Airy are minor. Several holes have been moved in the past 2-3 years due to erosion. This may confuse unfamiliar players who have gotten out-of-date maps. cincinnatidiscgolf.com should be updated in the Spring of 2009 with accurate pictures and maps, so check out that site if you plan to play in the near future.
The deer I mentioned in the "Pro's" section leave "droppings" everywhere...watch your step.
Other Thoughts: I titled this review "3rd Best Course in Cincy Area" because I consider Idlewild and Banklick superior to Mt. Airy. However, please don't construe that to mean this is not a good course. Those other two are very tough to live up to. Mt. Airy is my home course. The frequency of which I play it contributes to a sense of familiarity, and drains some of the novelty, but not its quality.
A pro shop is being installed next to holes #5 & #6 in the Spring of 2009, so you should be able to buy discs and refreshments on the course soon!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Worth the Trip
Pros: Top notch course that blends Distance and Obstacles very well. Natural obstacles are used well but OB with paved roads add an additional challenge on many holes. Very Challenging. Some particular high points:
Hole #2 - Lovely tee shot that can get you in trouble if it goes right . Your approach better not hit on it's edge or a long painful roll could be coming.
Hole #4 - A Beauty that combines multiple elevation changes and large well postion pines to protect a pine on an incline. 4 is acceptable - A three and you are happy.
Hole #10 - Long(700') horseshoe shaped hole that is well protected by rough and OB. Play too good placement shots and take your 4 (if lucky). Big arms could get in trouble looking for a 3.
Hole #15 - Tee off by the Shelter and pin on a point behind a clump of trees. Skipping long into the rough can be trouble.
Hole #18 is another left-to-right horseshoe with the tee protected by trees.
Course is setup pretty evenly between forehand/backhand friendly routes. The fairways are fair but errant shots will be punished. Lots of inclines at or near pins to make you be careful with putts.
Very well balanced course - Fun to play!
Cons: They've had to move/modify a couple of holes because of problems with errosion. The new holes don't yet have concrete pads. The rearrangement causes confusion in the numbering of 5 thru 8. Can be sloppy at times - Like most wooded courses.
Other Thoughts: Pros way outweigh the Cons. Lots of elevation changes make for a good workout. Definitely worth the visit!
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 4 Not
Awesome course for Cincy area golfers
Pros: Mt Airy is an excellent course, with shots that will challenge players of all skill levels. Each hole is unique, with only a few standard/simple par 3's. Most of the time you will be dealing with throwing in woods, over steep hills, or extreme doglegs.
This is a challenging course, and accuracy will be rewarded. One some of the harder holes, your drive will be a placement shot just to get in position for a possible 3.
Cons: This course gets some major traffic, and its not uncommon for a round to take nearly 3 hours on a busy day.
Other Thoughts: If not for Idlewild/Banklick, this course would easily be the best option within the greater Cincy area.
This course is heavily populated with deer - don't hit them with your discs!
9 of 13 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 1 Not
One of the best...
Pros: Mt Airy is a fantastic course. It will challange even the best of disc golfers. For me.... par is always hard to attain here. This course has some of the most beautiful holes I have ever played. Number 2 from the tee and number 4 from the upshot instantly come to mind.
The course has good tee pads, tee signs and baskets. The land has great topography for a disc golf course. Not only is it a good course but it's also an invigorating hike as well. This course is easy to navigate for the most part. You will have a chance to use every shot in your bag. Big arms will have a bit of an advantage here but they will be kept honest in most cases because the shots are not all open.
There are restrooms here as well.
Cons: Unfortunately a couple of my favorite holes (7 and 8) were recently removed because of erosion. The replacements are renstalled after hole number 4 (behind the white building). They do not have concrete tee pads and tee signs yet and the other holes still needed to be renumbered. Also... one of the replacement holes is a little bit of a disapointment. It's a must deuce turnover shot (for the righty). But the hole after it makes up for it's relative ease by being very very hard.
Other Thoughts: If you're in Cincinnati this is a must play course.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Mt. Airy Disc Golf Course
Nice, fun course. Mach 3 baskets. Mix of open and wooded holes. Long holes. Cement teepads. Good teesigns. Not that crowded. Challenging holes. Great for a party. Hole 18 basket near Tee 1 so get in a few putts. When pro shop is open, there is a practice basket out. The pro shop is cool. The owner, Fred Salaz, is a nice person and if you need to find a certain kind of disc he can help you find. They have over 3000 discs. Visit http://www.thenatidiscgolf.com
/ to look at what they have.
Cons: 687ft. dogleg Par 4. Now that's crazy.
One of the best courses in Cincy. Head over to Banklick and Idlewild for more rounds. Also Tuesday Ace Fund, Mt. Airy Forest. (6 dollars admission) Go to http://www.cincinnatidiscgolf.com
for more info. Hole 17s basket has been relocated behind row of pines.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
Beautiful and Challenging
Pros: This course offered a wide variety of challenging holes. There is beautiful scenery and some really long holes.
Cons: A 687ft par 4 with a dog leg right? Wow, the par for the course is pretty tough to get. Also, the course map needs updated because it is easy to get lost on the hole progession.
Other Thoughts: The course wasn't crowded and I hit the best shot of my life (100 ft above and around trees to sink it on the second new hole), so it was a good day. If you get lost on where to go, make sure to ask. After hole number 4 you have to walk straight around an old white building to find the next hole, which is a little disappointing.
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very challenging and fun course. Par has recently been dropped to make the course even harder to break par. Holes 11-18 are much more beginner friendly than the first ten which challenge even the best players.
Cons: A couple of signs are missing and the new hole #5 is disappointing.
Other Thoughts: Great course for anyone looking to be challenged but probably not the best place for brand new players. This course is one of my personal favorites and I enjoy playing it much more than Idlewind in Kentucky as it seems to be slightly more forgiving while still extremely challenging.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Best in the Cincy area!
Pros: Very aesthetically pleasing, one of the most beautiful courses I've seen. Very challenging, will challenge even the pros. Conveniently located 5-10 minutes away from downtown Cincy. You will have a great time.
Cons: There's just a few of these:
Some tee signs missing, two holes were moved due to erosion (one of them my favorite previously).
Other Thoughts: This course is my favorite in the Cincinnati Metro area. It combines thickly wooded holes with beautifully sculpted hills and wide open fields. Holes #2 and #4 have some of the best and most aesthetically pleasing hills I've seen incorporated into a disc golf course.
Hole #10 is a beast and will greatly challenge even the most masterful of disc throwers. But then again, so will most other holes on this course. And although you may be getting your brains beat out scorekeeping-wise (which WILL happen), the course is just too fun not to NOT be having a great time
This course combines many of the different aspects that make for a terrific dg course, and they are blended together excellently to create a course with an amazing overall flow.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 2 Not
Great local course.
Pros: Excellent city course. I'm sure that the local DGers have had to fight to keep all of the course intact. Highly skilled shots needed on this course, to include the skipper! I can't remember any other course where this tactic has to be used (hole #6). This course is also beginner friendly in that there are plenty of discs to be found by the patient student.
Cons: Rough can be VERY rough. With out a spotter, you could end up losing several discs on this course. Usually there are plenty of people around, so JOIN A GROUP!
Other Thoughts: Love the location. Once again, Cinci has great topography for DG courses. Just clear, mow and trim and BAM! there's your course.
10 of 12 people found this review helpful.
21 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice hole variety and plenty of elevation changes make for some really fun holes. The park itself is also well maintained and as jsalyers1 said, you definitely feel like you're not in Cincinnati, it feels far more remote.
Also, the tee signs, when available, were helpful.
Cons: The concrete teepads have seen better days and there didn't seem to be a standard pad length so some were quite short where others were a good size.
A few tee signs were vandalized when we played the course (spray painted over).
Overall these are just nitpicks as the course was still a lot of fun.
Other Thoughts: Mt. Airy was the first course I played in the Cincinnati area and it didn't disappoint. Between the elevation changes (Hole #2 sticks out in my mind) and going in and out of the woods, you were always kept on your toes as far as what the next hole would bring.
I was unable to find baskets #7 and #8 but after reading another review below it seems they may have been moved or replaced. We ended up playing from the #7/#8 tees and just aiming for trees that were around where we thought the baskets used to be.
This was a solid, stand-out course in a city with more disc golf options than most of us from other areas have the opportunity to choose from.
So what's the verdict? Should you play this course? Survey says.. Most definitely!
21 of 21 people found this review helpful.
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