Church Course that Offers Good Variety
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Sycamore Creek Church offers a unique opportunity, playing through different types of land behind a church. It offers more than you might expect from a church course, with an active club/tournament scene, practice basket, concrete tees, and nice new tee signs. There is also plenty of parking and while it may get crowded during church events, it looks like there is a corner tucked away for disc golfers.
I started out not being too impressed through the first few holes, but I ended up feeling that the course does have good variety in its totality. There are the moderately wooded, technical holes 1-5, 9-10, and 16-18, the open holes 6-8 and 11-13, and the tightly wooded holes 14-15. I particularly enjoyed the transition into the woods for holes 14-15, which came as a pleasant surprise compared to the rest of the course's setting. These were easily the most technical on the course and added some precision shots to make the course feel more complete.
Holes 5 and 17 were also fun, unique holes. 5 is an anny with a blind shot over a shallow stream with a basket on a tightly-cornered green. 17 is a pretty extreme anny with a basket on a peninsula. These holes were unique, especially with the rest of the course. Water comes into play on 2 other holes, adding to the course's challenge.
The baskets were in good shape and the fairways were well taken care of. Grass was cut short when I played.
Navigation is great for the most part and the course conveniently circles back to the parking lot.
Cons: This course is definitely well designed with the property given, but there are some detractors to the land here. While there are some minor elevation changes, the course is pretty much dead flat.
Also, much of the course is on the open side, with a few too many completely open holes in the middle stretch. There really are only a few truly technical holes here, with many that do little to punish errant throws.
Only three holes are over 300 feet, with six holes under 200 feet. This course is short!
I can imagine a lot of problems when the rough is in full bloom. When I played in Oct, the rough was still pretty bad on some holes. It was disc swallowing on holes 3 and 4 and I think would be a big issue on the open holes in the spring/summer.
Hole 3 was hard to find and not an obvious path from 2, but it was the only confusing part of navigating the course.
Other Thoughts: It was cool to play a church course that is well cared for and has an active club scene. I always appreciate when a church allows a course on their property, since it is a great way to introduce new players to the sport. I was however disappointed in all the trash that people left lying around the course. Beer cans everywhere is never an attractive thing, let alone on church property where they may be more likely to pull a course. Either way, Sycamore Creek is well worth checking out for a casual round.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Groovy Pads, Man!
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The Sycamore Creek Church DGC has been upgraded to 18 holes, with excellent, new signage (about half of the holes are just a hair longer than previously listed), large, level, concrete tee pads (including a monster sized tee on 11!) which have been grooved for excellent traction, and quality DGA Mach V baskets. It's a very fun play for the Recreational to Intermediate player to go for a score in the 40's, compared to somewhat tougher courses. Folks at this skill level should be able to get 2's and 3's all day long out here, because even the two holes over 400 feet are open, with generous fairways, and the holes demanding a line through the woods are fair, shorter, and the greens are approachable. You have a decent mix of left to right, straight, and right to left options. A couple of holes toward the end are actually quite scenic, with 16's slope down to the creek-crossing bridge and the lightly guarded green, and 17's pond-side tee, where you can chose the tougher left side line or the right side, with an easily reachable water carry.
Maintenance toward the church (park in the rear, and see the new map added here on DGCR) is really quite good, while the woods and field beyond seem to rely a little more on the conscientiousness of the disc golfers themselves to properly dispose of their empties. There are trash cans out there (please use them, folks!), and some nice benches.
In all, this makes for a nice second-tier course right in Pickerington (along with Simsbury), and playing both in a day is easy, enjoyable, and rewarding for the mid-level player.
Cons: The first obvious issue shows up on hole three, as you look downhill towards what turns out to be the 16th basket. With the third tee sign currently lying down, it just points out the fact that the course needed a map for first timers, so I went ahead and drew one up.
Big arms will only have a few opportunities to air it out, and precision experts won't find this course overly taxing. Once you've reached Advanced skill levels, it might not be your cup of tea. That's not to say that the edges in the field and wooded rough won't be a little hard on casual level players, either. It's really a mid-skill level course, so know what to expect.
I've played here once when it was damp, and once extremely dry. It's better dry. The low areas can get marshy and muddy, and attract bugs.
Other Thoughts: As mentioned above, folks who carry in here need to do a better job of carrying it out, or cleaning it up, please. And they might want to consider respecting this course because it is on church property, after all!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: decent tee pads
Cons: overgrown grass has eaten TWO of my discs
TICKS. TICKS EVERYWHERE
Other Thoughts: They need to mow/cut down all of the crap that is in the out of bounds areas. I've lost two discs now (my beloved Innova Eagle on 3 and my TeeBird plus mold on 4) due to the grass being out of control.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Fun and Challenging
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Concrete pads.
Good challenge, even on short holes.
Clear signs (with a couple of exceptions).
Cons: Trash. Need more trashcans, but also need more respectful people.
What I call "Columbus Par" (short par 4s and 5s).
Other Thoughts: Not a lot that I would consider cons, but not perfect either. Could be a challenge to anyone that doesn't have a forehand game (thankfully, I've finally developed one, and it helped). Hole three could be a problem (the basket you see is hole 7's), but others have covered that detail here, so it wasn't a problem for me.
There are some BRUTAL doglegs on this course (#6, I'm looking at YOU) that add to the challenge. I have trouble understanding why 13 is a par 5 (noodle arm me birdied it twice easily with only a midrange and putter), but it helped me out in the Birdie Bash, so I won't complain. I agree with other reviewers that the trash on the course is pathetic -- the church is letting you play in their backyard, people -- show some respect!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Concrete Teepads
Cons: Trash everywhere
Other Thoughts: The course is up to par finally. There is still a trash issue, and kids coming out to tear up the place. Brand new signage is nice, making the course comprehensible. Keep em coming!
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Concrete tee pads now
Well trimmed fairways
Good course to practice shorter technical shots
A few holes where you can air it out
Good course for first timers and beginners
Cons: Sometimes layout is confusing
Course has the tendency to be muddy
Rough tends to be long (watch your disc) (bug spray would be a suggestion)
Other Thoughts: This course looks and plays much better now that they have done some renovations. I would suggest checking it out again if you have not played it for a while as it was a fun experience.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: -Decent bit of land
-Concrete Tees are now in
-Behind a church
-You pretty much can ace run every hole
-Some pretty shots
Cons: -You pretty much can ace run every hole
-Very confusing to follow and navigate
-No trash cans
-Course is typically mistreated and people don't treat it with respect and there is trash everywhere
-Signs are destroyed and crappy
-Often has huge groups of ill-mannered kids.
-Behind a church
Other Thoughts: I completely re-did my review following the 2013 Ace Race. They had the course in good shape and there was minimal trash and destruction. Hopefully this carries through. The addition of concrete tees is nice, however, they are not uniform and one or two may actually be a bit dangerous at times.
Right now, the course has won me over, the Ace Race did the trick. But will it last? Treat it with respect, people!
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Is right by the Disc Golf Mart
-Has nice trees and is a decent park area
-Good course to introduce n00bs to the game
-Finally got concrete tees and new tee signs
-Course has improved recently
-Has a decent array of challenges
Cons: -Needs more trash cans
-Sometimes a bit confusing to navigate
-Often busy and can get crowded
Other Thoughts: The course has seen much improvement lately and also seems to be getting better care. It has come a long way from its humble beginnings and is now a decent little disc golf course. It's a good beginner course and also has challenges for more experienced players.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Sweet Course, with minor troubles
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice short course, great for an after work round in the summer.
Good variety of shots (open field, woods, water and mixed lengths).
Grass is kept mowed.
Cons: Natural tee pads that get mucky and slippery at times.
Lots of broken glass (although the church youth group does pick in up from time to time).
No garbage cans.
Signs are often damaged.
Hard to navigate on your first couple of visits.
Can get very congested if busy.
TONS of poison ivy.
Other Thoughts: This is a sweet, well designed course. It is nice and short if you want to head out after work in the summer and get a quick round in. The holes are well placed with lots of different shots to take. Left, right, woods, fields, short and longs. The church tries it's best to maintain the course, it is always mowed and in pretty good shape as far as vegitation goes. Over all I feel that this is a very good course.
The CONS are that some of the people using this course are not at all respectful. More often than not there are large amounts of broken glass all over the place. The tee signs get ripped off and posts are busted on a few holes. The church youth group tries to clean this up, but it gets ahead of them. It is sad that a few crappy people are making the course ugly and even slightly dangerous for those of us that want to go out and enjoy it. Also, the church is maintaining this course and letting us play for free, so people should try a little harder to be tidy out there. Right now it is cleaned up, hopefully it will stay glass free this summer. Tee pads can get really slippery, but a rumor is going around that concrete pads are coming. If you are allergic to poison ivy be VERY careful, it is everywhere in the woods and growing up a lot of the trees.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
A nice warm-up...
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: * Beginner friendly
* Nice, high quality baskets
* Second course in Pickerington provides a good warm-up before you go play Simsbury.
* Concrete tee pads are in
Cons: * NO trash cans means tons of trash all over course
* concrete tees seem a couple feet shorter than I'm used too
* Poorly marked layout leads to lots of hunting for the next tee.
Other Thoughts: I want to like this course, I really do. And it has tons of potential. However, the people who play this course are clearly a problem. The first thing we noticed about this course was a ridiculously high number of broken beer bottles around some of the baskets. In addition, several signs had been ripped down, and replaced by laminated paper signs. One of these had been torn in half and left lying on the ground. To me this shows that the church is TRYING to keep the course up, but the idiots playing the course are a problem. In fairness, having a trash can every few holes would alleviate some of the issues with trash. However, I fail to understand why people cant haul their trash out with them, and REALLY can't understand why someone would buy a 12 pack of Bud Light Platinum and proceed to smash every bottle over a basket, leaving tons of blue glass lying around. Due to the amount of trash, and overall poor repair, I wonder if the church will keep the course open.
update: Concrete tees are in, and there was little glass to be found during the Ace Race. I'll play this course again in a few weeks, and if it's still clean I'll give it another 1/2 point bump.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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