great short course
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Short with some tight and technical shots with lots of aces to be had.
-Great family course
-I can play the course in under 60 minutes normally as its a easy walk.
Cons: -Tons of kids are great for the sport but can be a nightmare in dealing with their lack of course etiquette. I've had kids pick up discs that were not theirs and try to walk off with them as I am walking up for my next shot.
-Litter everywhere in the bushes and rough as kids sneak out with dads beverages and toss the cans on the ground instead of the trash cans. There could be more trash cans available, but I doubt it would help. People just do not treat the course like they should.
- When the course went from 9 holes to 18 and the tees pads were built the church just dug them out, poured the concrete, and left the piles of dirt where they lay. They did zero leveling or dispersing of the dirt so there are mounds of dirt next to the tees and it can be a total muddy mess.
- No bathrooms available
- tons of poison ivy on hole 14 makes it almost no fun to play. A little herbicide would go a long way in making this hole better.
Other Thoughts: While I enjoy playing this course, the upkeep could be a lot better. There are times when the fairways go uncut for weeks and the tee sign on 3 has been missing since this past summer.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Church Course that Offers Good Variety
4 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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Groovy Pads, Man!
5 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!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 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.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Fun and Challenging
3 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!
3 of 3 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 / 8 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 9 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
-Concrete tees and new signage
-Good practice for the short game and has a few long bombs as well. This course offers a nice variety of shots.
-Good use of course flow and design
Cons: -Often littered everywhere, which is unfortunate.
-The tee pads can get a bit short so if you need a long run-up it will be tough
-Not many other cons I can think of since the course has improved greatly in the past few seasons. Mostly the problems are with people throwing on you when they can't wait 30 seconds for your group to finish.
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. I used to avoid this course but now I am happy to play it and work on my shots. Hole 1 is a total ace run and I swear I'll get it one of these days! Also they host a lot of local events at this course so keep on the lookout for cool things over there!
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Sweet Course, with minor troubles
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.
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