First time Hudson Review
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Well maintained
- Easy to navigate
- Variety of shot selection
- varies in difficulty on front nine compared to the back to offer something for different skill levels
- Nice baskets!
Cons: - Front 9 is very easy. I've only been playing 2 months and I carried a +1 through 9.
- Don't assume the basket you can see is the basket to throw at. A couple holes the baskets are tucked in.
- Beware of walkers/joggers on the back 9 as you'll throw past/into/around them.
Other Thoughts: Overall it was a nice course to play on a Sunday. Wasn't too difficult and the back 9 made up for the easy front 9. It's worth a shot if you're in the area to play it at least once. Being that it was well maintained made the course more enjoyable to play.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Nice course, enjoyable to play
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: *Easy to navigate, the layout makes sense, where the signs are in disrepair
*Good variety of shots, from wide open to technical lines.
*brand new baskets!
*Good tee boxes
Cons: *Pine trees can grab discs, so bring something to get them down with
*Signs needs some TLC in some cases
*Basket that is visible, it's always the basket you are shooting at... be sure and scope out the shot, based on the sign.
Other Thoughts: The front 9 is a great for beginners I think, Having been playing half a year I found the front to be a good test of my skills, and I was able to score some pars and practice some different shots. The back 9 , after the 11th hole, has some good challenges as you get in to the woods.
My favorite hole is 17, throwing from the elevation. If you are in the area, it's worth checking out for sure.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Concrete tee pads and decent signage on all holes
-Good variety of shot types needed
-Pretty easy to find and navigate for the most part
-Practice basket and restrooms at the main parking lot, which is revisited for a perfect loop between holes 9 and 10
Cons: - Baskets as of Oct. 2013 are in poor shape. All are rusted and can cause spit-outs. Still playable but definitely due for an upgrade, which I heard might be happening soon, but who knows.
-Holes 10 and 18 are pretty close to a often busy playground
-Hole 17 is really close to an often busy walking path
-Hole 1 is really close to the main parking lot, if the wind catches your disc wrong or if you just throw badly you could hit somebody's car
-Some uninspired holes - for instance, 10 and 11 are basically the same thing twice in a row, and 18 is just a wide open 675 footer.
Other Thoughts: I like the feel of this course: it can be a quick round if you want it to be, and it's good for what it is. It's like an old Corolla; worn in and by no means flashy, but reliable, and gets the job done. Maybe it has a hubcap missing, but that doesn't mean it doesn't work.
The front nine are generally really short, around 250' or less, and utilize moderate elevation. The back nine are longer and mostly wooded, with more technical lines available. My personal favorite is probably hole 4 - about 250 feet, but downhill and with trees directly in your path to the basket, forcing you to throw either a big hyzer, a big anhyzer, or a roller - any can be played with similar effectiveness. Huge arms only really get to stretch out on a few, like holes 8 and 18 - relatively open, and 500+ feet. Altogether, you're gonna have some straight shots, some big right-hand shots, some big left-hand shots, some tight windows, some ups and some downs and some trees. I wouldn't qualify any of it unfair, but it can be challenging at times.
As mentioned above, this is a multi-use park with a playground relatively nearby for a couple of holes - which is especially busy during the summer. It doesn't usually limit play, though, just a tad too close for comfort. The walking path near 17 can hold up play on busy days for a couple of minutes if you don't want to risk nailing somebody in the face.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Two 9-hole loops. Excellent blend of tech-light (primarily front nine), open bombing (part of back nine), and woodwork (newest holes on re-designed back nine).
Excellent long-n-wide concrete teepads, a major improvement.
"Tee X too close to Basket Y" is something that applies to several holes.
Navigation is fairly straight forward, but note:
- most visible basket from tee-1 is basket-8 (basket-1 is left, hidden by tree)
- most visible tee from basket-1 is tee-3 (tee-2 is to left, near road)
- most visible basket from tee-10 is basket-18 (basket-10 to left, near treeline)
Some might find the highway noise distracting.
Courses plays on the gently rolling land of a pretty public park that backs up to I80. Beginner/intermediate appropriate, while advanced players should have plenty of birdie opportunities. Minor elevation changes on most every hole. The front nine is on the lighter-technical side, with plenty of small trees, mini-forest, and elevation changes to force shot-shaping, although only #8, open until the end, has much length to it. The back nine is longer, with about half the holes open, as long as you don't go too far left too early. The newer holes, 13-17, are the best, with 13-16 twisting through large hardwoods, and favourite number-17 heading downslope, while turning right, and funneling towards the finish.
Very convenient for a traveller to play - close to the interstate, food/petrol options nearby, easy to navigate, low chance of disc loss, good variety, quick to play, pleasant surroundings - certainly worth a visit if passing by.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -good signage on each hole and to next tee
-variety of holes (short, middle to long, open, tree alleys, hyzer/anhyzer, varied wind direction)
-not too muddy after recent rain
-concrete tee ads
Cons: -could use a few more longer holes
-narrow tee pads (fine by me)
- could use some elevation change. Makes good use of available elevation.
Other Thoughts: Best course I've played in northeast Ohio. Play the shorter front with beginners or for shots through the gaps or he longer back 9 with the trees.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Very well groomed course
-Wide variety of holes
-Holes laid in woods are taken care of and manageable
-Each hole has an accurate and easy to read hole layout
-Practice tee before 1st hole
Cons: -Small teeboxes
-Inconsistancy between pars on holes and on scorecards
Other Thoughts: This course is my favorite due to the fact that it's well maintained and about 20 minutes from my house. The course is well worth an hour drive, but I wouldn't drive any longer than that. The woods section of the course is manageable and offers fun challenges. Many good holes to "grip it and rip it" juxtaposed nicely to challenging shots provided in the woods. Overall a great course and well worth the time to play 18!
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
New Layout Good... Terrible Condition
Pros: New layout moves and improves pin position on #12 and adds 4 holes (#13-#16) which play through the woods and back toward the lake with some elevation change and more challenging fairways.
New layout for #17 plays back toward old tee for #13 making for a great overhand ace run.
Practice/#19 basket is in excellent condition .
Cons: Front 9 presents little to no challenge and can be played with a putter with the exception of #8.
#2 tee has been moved off of the hill and now sits level with the pin, eliminating what used to be a somewhat challenging blind shot.
Baskets are rubbish.
Tee pads are rubbish.
Signs are rubbish.
The old layouts for #13, #14, and #16 were excellent just the way they were.
New holes/layouts should have been placed in addition to the existing course, as opposed to replacing them altogether.
More effort should have been made regarding the improvement of existing course/structures/conditions before completing any design development.
Other Thoughts: Muddiest round I have played in my entire life.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
More updates coming
Pros: - Plenty of parking. There's the reservoir and canoeing and a playground for the kids.
- Nice disc golf sign directing you to the front and back nine
- Bathrooms by the parking area
- The map is very helpful
- Excellent practice basket located near Hole #1's Tee right by the parking lot. The basket also has distance markers.
- The Tee Signs on Holes 1-10 are helpful but could use some updating and repair. Tee Signs are still being updated on Holes 11-18 due to all the wonderful changes that have been done on this course lately.
- The course has a decent flow. It is more of two nine hole circles forming a figure-eight with a parking lot at the center. But Hole #18 does end near Hole #1 at the parking lot which is nice.
- Holes #1-11, 17 & 18 are mostly in the open but they still have a decent array of shots required to get around or over some of the obstacles. Holes #12-16 are located in the woods and will require more than a few technical shots.
- The scenery and landscape is very pleasing and the reservoir makes for a fantastic walk with the family. The holes in the woods are done very well, especially on Hole #15 which has a lot of decorative wooden posts along the path and a very nicely done bench.
- The distance on this course is longer than average which is nice. There are a few short holes and lots of ace opportunity on them but there are also some very long holes. The long and open holes provide you the chance to really rip some drives. The elevation adds to this with some long sweeping hills and bends. A few holes have narrow pathways through rows of trees that will test your accuracy.
- There are trashcans and the park is clean
- No vandalism
- General upkeep of the park is very nice.
Cons: - Hole #9's basket is near to #1's Tee which is next to the parking lot. Be extra careful! This park is usually very crowded with disc golfers and a lot of park visitors so there are always cars near where you need to throw for this hole.
- There are still a few very tiny concrete Tees left but since they are close to the ground you can at least start your run-up on the grass. The other Tees are either natural or gravel and are in semi decent shape but seem to collect water and are a bit uneven. Sometimes I just prefer to throw next to the Tee's if they are in rough shape.
Other Thoughts: - Old course and it does show. Established in 1986. Many of the baskets are old and rusty, but still workable and they are labeled
- One suggestion would be to have at least one more bench added to the front & back nine
- The front nine feel somewhat tight and confined until you get to Hole #8 and can really rip it. The back nine really opens up so you can stretch your arm a bit.
- This would be a decent course for beginners, however, a beginner may have a very hard time with a few of the holes in the woods. I cannot say that this course was challenging overall but I will say that the course had some challenging holes. A recreational player could easily score in the high 50's - low 60's here.
- The most challenging hole for me is #13. It is an easy hole to score a 4 on just by playing it very safe, but who wants to do that. There is a sharp turn to the right about 80-100' from the tee and it's a small opening to hit. Fall short like me and you are in some thick rough (this may get cleared out more but it's thick as of 08/31/11). This hole also has some overhand opportunity straight to the basket but that is above my pay grade at the moment. This is your Risk vs. Reward hole.
- My favorite hole is without a doubt Hole #15. A lot of work went into the decorations on this hole and it is beautiful. Nice wooden posts along the path and there's a fancy bench and Tee. This hole is a very long tunnel shot that turns to the left far down the path. You've got thick rough to the right and semi thick woods to the left. Fantastic hole that I really looked forward to the second round we played.
- Lately there have been vast changes to the park especially with the new holes in the woods and they are Beautiful! Huge thanks to all those that have put so many hours into making this course even better. I realize that the work is still continuing and that you have more planned to make this place ever more 'Gooder'!
- Bring the kids, play on the playground, have a picnic and make a day of it. I would not label this as a destination course (yet) to travel a long distance to play but I will say that anyone that lives nearby really needs to get to this course. Had a lot of fun and I look forward to going back.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
~Good mix of holes and shots required
~Well maintained and clean
~Great flow, easy navigation
~Plenty of benches, tables and trash cans
~Hole 1 thru 9 & 10 thru 18 loops
~Practice basket with picnic table
~Existing concrete tee pads are tiny squares
~Natural tee pads are rough
~Signage needs to be updated
~Numerous holes are dangerously close to non-disc activities and roads
Played a mid-morning round and the park was popping with lots of people enjoying the outdoors. Awesome park with playgrounds, walking trails and a huge scenic lake. Parking is close to the start and end of the course. The front nine is relatively short with fences, roads, and numerous trees providing a lot of tight, technical throws creating much risk and reward. Low gap throws are offered throughout the course, but each hole has a clearly defined path. The tees and signage both need to be updated, these improvements would easily up my rating. Holes 12 through 17 are all amazing to throw. The new wooded section is nicely cleared and groomed and should improve over time. It's about a 45 minute drive for me, but I would have no problem coming back again and again.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
New Back Nine!
• Easy to navigate
• Good mix of hole styles
• Good for beginners/novices while appealing to experienced players
• Full park with amenities for non disc golfers
• clean, well-maintained course/park
• friendly locals
• tee pads (upgrades in process)
• signage (upgrades in process)
• some holes overlap other park activities
• park is near a major highway
• can get busy
• Bathrooms are located to the right at the entrance of the parking lot
• A water fountain is located on the boat ramp turnaround
• Basic discs can be purchased from the manned entrance kiosk
Hudson Springs is my home course. Having played quite a few courses across the country (including top-rated Coyote Point, DeLaveaga, Stafford Lake, Deer Lakes), up until the recent back nine redesign I always considered Hudson Springs to be an average course at best. The new back nine changes that.
The front nine is for the most part the same as the previous layout. It has a decent mix of technical holes with wide-open fairways, but nothing too long save for the 500+ hole 8. It's challenging, but short. They did the best they could in the constraints of the area of the park it's located in.
The new back nine really ups the appeal to this course. 10 and 11 stay the same as the old layout, but holes 12-16 now take the player back into the wooded hills of the park. 17 is a bit of a reversal of the old 13, and the new 18 ends the course at the old 17, with a new tee pad location for 18. The old 18 basket is now a much-needed practice basket -- since everyone used it as such and it made finishing the round a pain at times.
The local Summit DGA club did an excellent job up bringing the course on par with some of the other great courses in the area such as Lincoln Park, Roscoe Ewing and Arboretum Spiker.
The new back nine offers mostly technical challenges, but nothing too extreme, and thankfully the wooded fairways were also cleared sufficiently to make stray drives less of a nightmare to find your disc than they could have been. The biggest plus to the back nine is the fairways no longer play through common areas of the park, which always led to frustration and delays on the old course. You'll have a slight bit of that on holes 10, 11 and 18, but it's far better than before.
Hudson Springs still suffers from old beat-up tee signs and tee pads, but both of these are in the process of being upgraded (I believe in summer of 2011) from the efforts of the local Summit DGA club. With these upgrades Hudson Springs will become a worthy course in Northeastern Ohio.
Some of Hudson Springs limitations are due to the park and location -- the park is located near a major highway, so you're always reminded of the traffic. And the course being situated within common areas of a public park brings the same limitations it would to any other course -- a lack of solitude, limited parking at times, and non discers cluttering up the fairways (although less of an issue now with the new back nine).
On the positive side, Hudson is an active course with friendly locals, in a clean, well-maintained park with an easy to navigate layout and a beautiful setting for the wooded back nine with enough challenges without making the course frustrating.
Players who love distance holes and extreme technical challenges will be disappointed, however the course still requires skill from an experienced player. New players, novices and casual players will also enjoy this course. If you've not played Hudson Springs and are in the area, you should definitely give it a round. If you've played before, you'll want to try the new course layout -- I think you'll be as impressed as I am.
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