A Little TLC Would Go A Long Way
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Pros: The Twin Creek Black Course is a 27 hole course whose modern wooded design provides a very good experience over half the time. Overlapping with and occasionally improving upon the on-site Red Course, the Black Course also plays by itself through a much more visually pleasing area of the woods, with a handful of holes playing directly alongside the creek. Most holes in this Black loop are longer and interesting, often requiring shot shaping and precise lines. A couple of split fairways allow for some variety of play on multiple visits.
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.
The concrete tee pads are adequate, and feature simple, color-coded tee posts giving distance.
27 holes are always nice, despite the overlap with the Red Course.
Cons: Most of the holes in the Black loop have a significant chuck and pray element, even if they aren't overly difficult. It's not uncommon to find a tree on your tee shot, even if it doesn't carom your disc too far off line. Despite a lot of chances to recover, it gets frustrating when every drive ends in a thud. When these shots are strung together over time it can make the round feel like a grind instead of fun. It seems that a little bit of TLC would go a long way here.
While the creekside setting sounds nice, it's largely squandered by the litter, broken glass, and natural debris strewn about the course, especially on the holes shared with Red. 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. The litter is better on the Black loop, but much of the natural debris remains.
There's no map on the tee posts, and with number of blind pins throughout a first-timer will end up walking down the fairway a few times.
Although the sandy earth means the course drains and dries fairly well on the holes shared with Red, the Black loop has a bit of a drainage issue, often leaving large, muddy fairway puddles that are deep enough to lose a disc.
Other Thoughts: With a bit more clearing, the Twin Creek Black Course has the potential to compete with Handyman for the best modern course in the area. Instead, the maintenance holds back both the design and aesthetics, making this a good course with squandered potential and significant opportunity to improve on its rating.
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 Hard One
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Pros: 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) at Twin Creek use the woods adjoining a beautiful creek, so there is no overlap with other park activities. Twin Creek's Black course has been cleverly blended in as an overlap and extension of the existing (Red) course. Essentially, you start at the first tee and shoot to the second basket, then shoot from the third tee to the fourth basket. The next four holes are identical to the Red course holes with the exception of having an alternate tee for Black #5. Black # 7 bypasses one basket, finishing at Red #11, which has a blind pin position from the tee, with the creek running by only 25-30' to its right. The courses share the next six holes (and the final two) in common, but Black 14-25 are all new, and some of those have variable pin positions and alternative fairways.
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.
The Black course really starts to shine on hole 14, a long anny (rhbh) finishing through a dozen small guardian trees in front of a mound-raised basket. Following the trail to your left (for both), you'll find 15 to be a park-style hyzer, and 16 to be an open 300 footer that shoots into a gap in the woods. 17 in the long position could be deuced if you have a precise 440+ foot S-curve in your bag! A couple of holes with beautiful views of the swiftly flowing creek later, and you'll find the real challenge: #22 in the long position sits 393' away from the tee, across a sandy (hopefully dry) creekbed, with the basket on a ridge only a dozen feet short of that creek you just thought looked so pretty! #23 in the long position hyzers over that (not always dry) creekbed again, and #24 finishes right beyond a pit lined with tumbled-down rocks reminiscent of the miniature Stonehenge from Spinal Tap. The course map suggests flipping for which of the fairways to use on hole 25 (the one with the cool, pentagonal teepad), then you rejoin the Red course for holes 26 & 27.
Cons: The naturally sandy soil along the creek can become unexpectedly slippery underfoot when overly wet OR dry, and the relatively heavy foot traffic (on the red course, primarily) makes for some muddy paths and fairways.
The overlapping holes mean that Black course players need to be cautious about throwing on groups ahead of them, and to be mindful of throwing higher speed stuff in the woods on the tight half of the course.
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 it might be best to print a map of the area or use a GPS to get there.
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Pros: Wooded area course, like the option of red and black course, but can loose a disc easy.
Cons: tee signs are hard to find for a few, but great variety for a 27 hole course.
Other Thoughts: Can switch from Red to Black very easily, hidden in the woods, very unique course.
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Pros: Lots of trees so it forces you to stay low and try some shots you wouldn't take many other times.
It is along a river with a great scenery all around.
Very clean course with only a few pieces of broken glass in 1 rocky spot.
Cons: Runs along a river in a few spots so it is easy to loose a disc or two.
Its a natural flood plain so if the river rises too much the course floods entirely.
Seems like a tight course and can be a little confusing here and there.
Other Thoughts: A fun course that you should play a few times. Yes it may not be a lot of spots where you can throw 400 ft in an open field, but the course does make you a better overall player.
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Impressed with the design.
Pros: Located in a quaint little park, in the hamlet of Germantown, OH. A technical course that plays along side a big creek through trees big and small. The course makes use of the scarce elevation provided. Aces are possible on a few holes for most players. Even the longer, more open tee shots required a bit of thought with regards to path and placement. Some holes bring the creek into play. Variety of shots needed in order to score well. Considering the course incorporates the shorter Red Course within the newly added longer Black Course, the navigation was fairly straight forward. Next Tee signs arrows are well placed and visible throughout the course. The hole numbers on the yellow banded baskets are color coded and numbered. The concrete tee pads are in good shape, well screeded, and of sufficient length. The tees were marked by post with hole number and distance. The other activities provided in the park do not interfere with the course. Due to the out of the way nature of the course, was not crowded. Combination of the original 18 holes & the new 27 holes makes for a good day of disc golf.
Cons: Not much to con about this course, just need the pay attention and be sure to drive at the correct basket due to the red/black course blending. Should not be issue after playing course a time or two. Some players will complain about lack of descriptive tee signage, but the post are sufficient since most baskets can be seen from the pads. Distances seem to be off a bit. Course could use a few more trash cans, might encourage the slobs to use them. Disappointed the course is not closer.
Other Thoughts: I'm impressed with the design of the course. The melding of the 2 courses was well executed. I was forehanding and overhanding with abandon, even threw a fore hand roller with decent results. I suspect the designers are LHBH or RHFH throwers since the longer holes bend right and the hole with creek along the entire left side. In the fall, the course is covered with leaves making disc hard to locate. I imagine there are fewer shot lanes available when the trees have their leaves. All in all, this course is a welcome addition to the area.
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