The Practice Arena
Pros: - A good utilisation of the space
- The rough has been cut and if they don't allow it to grow back (it was over 4 feet), it should be perfect to throw.
- Actually a pretty decent layout/variety of holes considering the space available.
- Porta Potty nearby.
- Lots of parking around.
- Not yet crowded. Any time you go, you are likely to be the only person on the course. I have only been on the course with one other group at a time.
- In a nice park.
- You can basically practice putting on hole 9 and then turn around and practice chucking discs.
- You can get some good practice in here.
Cons: - Short
- Not very much variety in landscape - it is pretty much a square parcel of land that has been turned into a 9 hole disc golf course. There are trees planted but they are small and hopefully they have a chance to grow!
- Can be quite windy, and there is usually always some type of wind.
- No water or vending
- No trashcans
- No benches
- Natural Tees
- There is litter around but I suspect some of this is from the road.
- There are no signs around anywhere to indicate that there is a 9 hole disc golf course in the area.
- If the rough is not cut and is as tall as it was at the beginning of summer (4 feet all around the course if not on the trim fairway), then you will lose a disc.
- You stand the chance of throwing your disc into the adjacent corn field on a couple holes.
- The people whose house is on the course keep 2 dogs outside all the time and they bark and are somewhat annoying when trying to throw.
- Again, no water.
Other Thoughts: This little warm-up is not much to write home about, but it does provide some unique opportunities The park has some good space to practice tossing discs and, due to my current proximity, has become a bit of a training grounds for me. There are not a great variety of looks throughout the course, but it does offer a few different opportunities and a couple actual challenges. I am glad I can throw all the discs in my bag here, including max distance drivers, all the way to overstable & understable mid ranges and putters.
Perhaps in the future there might be some sort of plot to expand the course, much like was done in Pickerington. The space in the park might be able to be utilised for such a thing, but perhaps at the expense of others.
A quick comment on local awareness of the course, I have been going to this park for over a year and until recently, I had no idea there was a disc golf course here. I even pulled up to the parking lot and have chucked discs in the fields there and I had no idea it was there. I am partially oblivious, but also, there is absolutely no indication that such a thing exists. I only found out about it by scouring all the information I could on local disc golf courses. It makes it a bit obscure but at least it is there! A fun place to get in a lot of good throws and putts.
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Pros: Pretty good use of the land available. Holes 8 and 9 are especially fun. There aren't many trees, but they're placed strategically close to and in front of the pads. Long grass has been cut. I could see how it would be a pain looking for discs if those weeds were up. Added challenge when playing along the corn field...if you go into the thick stuff near it, I think you've lost your disc. So you have to think a little bit before you throw.
Cons: It's basically a flat and open field. There is a little bit of elevation here and there, but there's just not much to work with. I also found the course to be shockingly windy considering the weather was perfect.
Other Thoughts: This is a nice course in a nice park. The designer did all that he could with what he had to use (I don't know what I'd do differently if given that plot of land). It is beginner-friendly, but you could make it more difficult by using mandos (even though there are trees off the pad, there is nothing at all left or right, so you can throw anything but straight and still park every hole. Making mandos would at least eliminate SOME tosses). Also, you could play the recently-cut thick grass as OB (there are defined fairways of short grass so this would be possible).
All in all this is anything but a desitnation course, but if you're in the area it's worth stopping by.
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