Intro To Wooded, Technical Golf
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Pros: The Twin Creek Red Course is a great place to introduce beginners to wooded, technical design, as the short length keeps the focus on accuracy over distance. Largely, the layout is stepped in difficulty, allowing beginners some early birdie opportunities while later building them up to more challenging holes that will test their placement ability. The course is at its best for more advanced players in these later holes, where some fundamental strategy can keep everyone engaged.
Routing is largely intuitive, aided by wooden next tee arrows hung to the bottom of the Innova baskets. Baskets are clearly labeled with colored stripes, so you know whether you're playing the Red Course or the Black Course. A few Red Course baskets are stand-alone in the earlier holes, but most are shared with the Black.
The concrete tee pads are adequate, and feature simple, color-coded tee posts giving both Red & Black distance.
The sandy bottom means the course drains and dries fairly well for a wooded course under normal weather conditions. The lack of true "muck" is very welcome.
Cons: Ultimately, the Red Course is short and not very difficult, and will largely bore passable Rec players and beyond. Most holes here clock in at around sub-200 feet, with a large handful at less than 160. For the majority of players, the Red Course can serve as a 30-40 minute above-average warm-up to the more challenging 27 hole Black Course.
While the creekside setting sounds nice, it's largely squandered by the litter, broken glass, and natural debris strewn about the course. Every round looks like it's being played after a storm, and there's a sense (whether fair or not) that the course is not particularly well-maintained.
There's no map on the tee posts, and with a number of blind pins on the back 9 a first-timer will end up walking down the fairway a few times.
Other Thoughts: As you enter the park, drive toward the basketball courts and park near them. Hole 1 begins just inside the tree line beyond the final court.
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The easy one
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Pros: Twin Creek's Red course is short enough and plenty fun enough to introduce beginners to the challenge of shaping lines in and among the trees, without becoming overly daunting. This park and the Dayton area disc golf community have done a really nice job of preserving this course while blending in a much more challenging, longer (the Black) course in the same area.
Signage here is incredibly well done: simple posts are painted red and/or black (as are the 'chastity belts" on the Discatcher baskets), so you can just play by color. Distances are clearly marked. Wooden 'next tee' arrows hanging under the baskets are likewise color coded, and there are other signs when needed. Tees are concrete and well-sized for the distances. There are trash receptacles, and an occasional downed tree serves as a bench.
Located in a large park that features ball fields, tennis and basketball courts, a walking trail, a nature preserve, a playground, port-o-lets, and ample parking, the DG course(s) use the woods adjoining a beautiful creek, so there is no overlap with other park activities.
The Red course begins with a front nine averaging around 150' per hole, while the back nine start to stretch it out a little further (200-250'), so true beginners could choose to play the first nine and keep their self-esteem high. One of the trickiest holes might be #11, which has a blind pin position from the tee, with the creek running by only 25-30' to its right.
Cons: The naturally sandy soil along the creek can become unexpectedly slippery underfoot when overly wet OR dry, and the relatively heavy foot traffic makes for some muddy paths and fairways.
Players above the Rec level won't find much of a challenge on the Red course, and should opt to play the Black.
Other Thoughts: Located just southeast of Germantown, OH, this course is a little bit remote, having few major roads coming over (directly) this way off of the interstate, so you'd be well-advised to print a map of the area or use a GPS to get there.
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