4 Helpful / 1 Not
No-Nonsense Cincinnati Highlight
Pros: Pro Shop- I got lost for a bit on the way in, assuming that the "lodge" was some random park building. I was sorely mistaken. Helpful staff and many shelves of discs, bags, etc are a sight to see for one who is used to the homegrown nature of disc golf.
Challenge- Mt. Airy seems to work well as a "barometer" course; you can always improve your score here. The distance can make the course very difficult at times, especially on the holes when the elevation change is minimal. Holes 1, 5, 15, and 17 in particular will test you. Recovery shots are particularly tricky as the deep woods will not let you out without a fight.
Incline- The elevation changes make this course what it is. Sweeping doglegs and downhill shots erase the otherwise average feeling you would get from many of these holes. You will have a better chance to air it here out than anywhere other course in the region.
Cons: Creativity- The major flaw with the course. While the course provides a variety of holes. Mt. Airy doesn't deliver when it comes to uniqueness. You can easily get away with throwing purely straight shots on many of the holes. The course is no-nonsense to a fault, with no significant hazards or "signature" elements.
Natural Beauty (Only slightly con)- While this is no fault of the courses, the Cincinnati woodland scenery is as a rule only moderately interesting. Woodland Mound's brevity works well with the format; at Mt. Airy, it occasionally feels dragged out. The closeness of the course to the park roads also brings it down slightly.
Other Thoughts: This course rewards talent in spades, and as close as it is to the city it should be appreciated as a great piece of parkland. This course has probably been made as good as it can be; however, it still falls short of true greatness.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Fantastic layout and challenge
Pros: Every hole fits well in the overall design. Nothing seems artificial, extravagant, or out of place.
General features I like most:
Long holes that require different strategies: I have no power, but appreciate a course that rewards those who throw 300+ feet with control. At #1, the first shot should ideally stay high to the left, and at least crest the uphill for the tight dogleg right approach. The 17th has several roller coaster hills and trees to navigate. The 5th is long and essentially straight, and slopes down to the brush on the right. You need to stay left, and just keep going until you hole out. It was a bear for my most reliable left-right forehand.
Doglegs of various severity: several with generous landing areas, and a well-defined best line of play. The 15th begs for a long strong drive that stays safe on the high left side, but the fairway is wide enough to accept a bit of left-to-right drift.
Excellent basket placement, including the 1st and 17th: Others of note when I played - the 4th stands on a slight slope and gap in the woods. 11th is great for risk-reward. On a steep wooded slope that could drop all the way to a dry creekbed with bad enough luck. 13th basket to the far right maximizes the dogleg. 15th stands on the crown of a cleared hill, with the forest on all sides.
Again, the challenge: The 6th through the 8th provided about the only chance for a par without my best shotmaking. Of course that gives another clue to my limited ability. 15-17 are relentlessly tough closing holes. The 16th is relatively long and very tight, snaking through the woods. 18th offers a bit of a relief, but not much if the pin is back.
Great pro shop: lots of discs and a very friendly staff. There's a net set up outside to practice full throws - a big help given the immediate challenge of #1, and the number of people at the course.
Cons: Nothing too serious. This course isn't fancy like some. Simple signs. Most baskets are well-worn. Some of the cement tees are cracked, but somebody put in a lot of effort to get them level.
Only one set of tees, with almost no gimme holes. If you're not good, you should at least be good-tempered. I've already mentioned the challenge as a plus, but for some it would be a definite problem. I will not be taking my daughters to this one.
Other Thoughts: Lots of blind shots. It's essential to pick up a map at the pro shop, especially to get from basket to tee in a few cases. Experience should make a big difference in scoring. Wishful thinking for me.
Never played the previous layout, but the current setup seems great. Lots of mid-afternoon mid-week golfers when I was out, and nobody minded my wildness. No conflicts with non-golfers in the park area either.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 10 Not
Hole Variety/Course Layout-
Mt. Airy Forest is a pretty solid course. Good variety, even though I would say it still heavily favors big arms. Elevation helps make this course fun in a lot of spots.
Most holes had concrete tee pads and nice signs (exept the new holes), benches on a few holes are a bonus too. The park itself was clean and well maintained.
-When I was here we met up with a cool local, and she helped us navigate the course right so we never got lost, but without her we may have been confused after a couple holes. She also told us that they had just redesigned the course and some of the old holes are no longer there. For example, holes 7 & 8 on the current pictures are gone (yeah, two of the coolest looking holes). We even walked up to hole #7 (which still has a bench and tee pad, but no basket). I dont understand why they took these holes out, this hurt the image of the course to me very much.
-Like said before, theres alot of people in this park (not just the dg course), these people can get in the way sometimes.
-Overall its a good course. There were some awsome holes, and some boring holes. There were some cool people and there were also some assholes. I think you can get my point.
4 of 14 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: The holes each offer different challenges, not being able to see the basket or going through moderatly to heavily wooded areas. More of a challenge than some of the other courses around Cincinnati.
Cons: The earlier holes aren't bad but in the middle of the course it becomes difficult to navigate through the people that are usually there that aren't playing the game. You can't blame these people though, they just want to enjoy a day out, they can't help that a disc golf course runs through their picnic area. Also some of the tees are hard to find if you are not used to the course.
Other Thoughts: It would be nice if something could be done to help keep people from walking right in the middle of a hole. Again it's not their fault that mor thought didn't go into the planning of the course and picnic areas. Because of this I rarely play the course, and when I do I'm reminded why I stay clear of it.
6 of 15 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun course in Cincy
Pros: The hole layouts are really the reason to play this course. Wonderful variety of elevation and doglegs with enough trees to keep it interesting. This course plays long, probably longer than the yardage makes it seem, because many tee shots are on a slight uphill.
Overall the course is well maintained with garbage cans (buckets) on many tees and benches and water fountains sprinkled throughout. It is also a scenic course and not too crowded.
Cons: A couple of holes (8? in particular) have tight and dense tree shots that sometimes amount to a pitch 'n pray hole.
A few tee signs are missing; there is a post in the ground but no sign on top of it. The signs mark the length, par, and hole layout but not the way to the next tee. This makes a few hard to find (see Other Thoughts for these). There are scorecards available but they do not mark the pars and the lengths differ from those on the sign posts. Thus, a few of the holes the par is uncertain due to the missing signs.
Other Thoughts: To get to the parking lot take a right upon entering the park and then take the left arm at the fork.
Hole 3 is easy to skip if you aren't paying attention. After finishing 2 take the steps down the hill (leading to 3's tee), not the path to the left through the trees (this goes to 4's tee). The next odd one is 12, which requires you to backtrack from 11's standard down the road along 10's fairway. 12's tee is close to the fork in the road. 16 is easy to miss too because you can see 17's tee from 15's basket. 16 is straight behind the basket through the woods.
New in 2009 is a pro shop down the road from the disc golf parking lot (it's by holes 5 and 6). Has a wide selection of discs and is a good place to grab a drink and/or snack for the middle of the round.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 13 Not
A- = Almost As Good As It Gets
Pros: What I personally like and how this course stacks up:
1) Holes with good risk/reward -- A
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities -- B+ (Many holes are too long for my 300-325' arm, making birdies impossible and pars boring.)
3) More wooded than open - lots of variety of shots required caused by hole shape and topography -- A+
4) Natural beauty (Appalachian beauty preferred) and seclusion -- A
5) Bonus amount for multi-shot holes with defined landing zones, good risk/reward and multiple options to play them -- C (one good one, and several tweeners.)
Other Thoughts: It's all about feeding the addiction, so I ranked this course subjectively based on my own "personal addiction factor". The grades above tell how well the course will draw me back to itself again and again and again. Since I have played a decent number of courses (115 18-hole, 50 9-hole as of early 2009), my hope is that players/explorers who have similar addiction tastes will find my ratings list helpful as they choose courses to play and explore.
Over time, I expect to fill some of my reviews in with more descriptive verbiage...if what I can add anything to what has already been written. For now, my list is more important to me than the verbiage of my reviews.
I fully expect others with different tastes/philosophies to disagree with me....that's the fun of things here. See my profile for my rating philosophy.
4 of 17 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Wow. What a great course. There is everything you could want from a course here, including shot type, scenery, difficulty, cool locals and overall enjoyment. The second hole stands out still and I played it several weeks ago. Long, sweeping downhill shot with really nasty woods on right (i know this firsthand...). This is followed up with a narrow uphill/downhill shot to a blind basket. Matter of fact, there are several blind shots on here, but lucky for me I hooked up with 3 brothers that were out and they carted me around (thanks, guys!) and showed me the way. I had enough fun that I shot really badly over par (+10 or something? that part I don't remember clearly...) and still have fond memories of this course.
Cons: The cons for me were that there were a lot of folks walking around and having picnics, etc. One pavilion (hole 12 or so?) was almost right in the fairway. Most of the course, however, is away from the uncool non-DGers. So, not too many cons.
Other Thoughts: I am lucky enough to travel around in 7 states and play a lot of courses now and this started the best two days I've ever had in my DG career: Here, Idlewild and Banklick
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 2 Not
One of the Best
Pros: Very nice course, good variety, and challenging but not impossible. At times it reminds me of a ball golf course in appearance (take hole #2 and #18 for instance). Popular but not too crowded.
Cons: A couple of the holes changed due to some erosion issues. I liked the old holes, but oh well. There are newer holes to replace, they are ok, and just need some time to mature. Navigation is a little tricky a couple of times, just ask somebody though.
Other Thoughts: Mt. Airy is the first upper level course I ever played, and I loved every minute of it. It is hard to believe you are in Cincy- grassy, rolling hills, woods, deer everywhere!
If you are in this area Mt. Airy is a must play. Best Cincy area course north of the Ohio River.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great sweeping vistas,
Challenging hole locations,
Long Driving Distances,
Mixed Difficulty levels,
Lots of wildlife,
Cons: One or two holes are close to a driveway and to avoid them you have to tempt a massive black hole of honeysuckle and tall grass.
Some people don't understand that the area is for disc golf and get angry if you try to play through.
This course is not for beginners, there is too much distance between holes that will tire out the inexperienced.
Other Thoughts: This is an amazing course with a lot of great features, but make sure you are on top of your game before you try to play.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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.
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