The Cleveland Area's Beginner Course
- Concrete Tees and baskets are in good condition.
- Very easy course to play, most holes are between 150-220 ft.
- All holes are par 3, making score-keeping simple.
- The retreat does a great job of maintaining the grass and foliage.
- Aesthetically beautiful, always makes for a good hike if the throws aren't going your way.
- Baskets are only one layer of chains, so discs may slip through if thrown hard.
- Intermediate and advanced players may get bored as this course can easily become a birdie run.
- Little variety, the course could be played with one or two discs.
- One tee, one basket; if you are looking for different levels of challenge give Athens Regional DGC a try.
- Tee pads are short, but this shouldn't be much of a problem. A one-step or short run is all that's necessary.
Other Thoughts: This course is could potentially be deserving of a 3/5 rating, but currently the basket to hole #8 is gone due to a tree falling onto the course. The retreat plans on making a couple alterations to the course, so I look forward to playing and reviewing again in the future. Again, a great hike can be found here, the area is beautiful with a good amount of hills. I took a friend to play here for his first round ever, so I think the course proved to be fun for a beginner, but I found the holes to quickly become repetitive. I certainly recommend for any beginner or an intermediate player looking for something new.
Great for beginners
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Pros: - Perfect for beginners. With short holes but plenty of trees, this is an excellent course for youngsters to learn the beautiful game of disc golf.
- Quiet and not crowded.
- Only need a mid-range and putter to play this course as the longest hole appears to be about 220 feet.
Cons: - Teepads are short and not level; on several holes, your run-up will be uphill or downhill.
- Single chain baskets.
- Since it's a private course, it's not open on the weekends (though it's great that Johnston Woods opens the course to the public during the week).
Other Thoughts: This is a course suited for beginners and youngsters. If you're an experienced player, you might not enjoy this course as much, though it's a nice place to work on throwing your putter longer distances.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Not an ace race course...
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Pros: Beautiful scenery. If you go at the right time of the year there are very few people out, I only saw two people and one dog. The course is laid out well and utilizes the space that it takes up very nicely. Every hole on this course is definitely not an ace run like others have said. There are a good amount of obstacles in the way of quite a few of the holes.
Cons: Just like everyone else has said, this course is quite short but not so short as to make it not fun to play.
Other Thoughts: They definitely have a lot more land out here that could be utilized to make the course better and or bigger. Although we all know that takes money and time. It is very sufficient for the location, use and money spent.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Short & Sweet
Pros: -Concrete Tee pads
-Every hole is an ace run
Cons: -Single chains, I missed several putts that went right through the chains. Bring your rubber putters
-Some tees are literally right next to the last basket
-Fairways cross a few times
Other Thoughts: This is a nice little course laid out perfectly for what it was intended for, children's church retreats. Drink machine on site. Every hole is an ace run, so it is fun to just throw at it every time. Short, fast play, but if there was ever a crowd it could get clogged up real quick.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Nice Beginner Course
Pros: New stone slate tee pads
Located in a scenic church retreat
Short distances make it beginner and kid friendly
Despite its short length, wooded course still makes it somewhat challenging
Scorecards provided at the first tee
Cons: Hilly layout could be a workout for some
Single chain baskets (though they do seem to catch shots fairly well and did not cause a problem for any of my shots)
Extremely short holes/almost too short (I believe I threw my putter on most holes)
Lack of grass and loose rocks can make footing a little treacherous on the hills
No distances on holes or scorecards
Other Thoughts: I would probably like this course regardless, as it is the only one in my home town. Until now, I've had to drive at least twenty miles to get to a course. Nevertheless, I find this an enjoyable little course. It's not a tough course by any stretch, and it takes a really bad shot to even flirt with a bogey (which I found out the hard way on one of the shortest holes on the course);however, it is great place to practice your approaches and try to make birdies and/or aces. Since I take my seven year old son with me a lot, this is ideal for us.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: New pins and rock slates for teepads. Nice course layout, very easy to follow. Most holes are straight with a few curving to the left or right. Course is very short so good for a beginer, child, or anyone lacking power. A real confidence booster for the average player.
Cons: The only cons in my opinion are the shortness of the holes. Shortest being around 100 foot and longest is around 220ft. Also the teepads are located right behind the oins making it dangerous for multiple groups. Also very hilly with some posion oak and ivy around.
Other Thoughts: The course is very sucluded and has awesome scenery. The location allows the course to be a 18 holle course, as long as we do good with the first half. Keep in mind this is on a church retreat so closed on weekends.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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