Mostly open and boring, but well maintained
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The concrete tee pads are nice, signage is accurate, and the course is well maintained. The baskets are in great shape. There are a couple of holes on the back 9 that go into and out of wooded areas near the river, but you're far enough away from the water to avoid losing a disk in there.
Cons: There are few mature trees throughout a large majority of the course - instead, you'll find large grassy patches that swallow up discs, only to be found when they mow that stuff down in late fall. Since the park sits right next to the river, the wind can be pretty brutal. My biggest problem with this course is the entry fee...every now and then (especially on nice days) there will be a Colerain Township employee or volunteer sitting at the entrance to the park collecting admission. You can get in for $5, or buy an annual pass for $10. They only accept cash, and I've been told by the guy that even he doesn't know which park he'll be working at on a given day. So, if you want to play the course, make sure you have cash on hand, otherwise you may not be able to get in. I've turned around and went elsewhere on multiple occasions because I typically don't carry cash and its easier to go to another course than to drive to an ATM.
Other Thoughts: I play this course relatively frequently because it's close to home. It's a pretty boring course with few obstacles, but is good for practicing your drive since many of the holes are so open. I've lost more discs here than I care to admit, because walking through 6+ ft. tall grass searching for a disc in the baking sun is not typically my idea of fun. I've seen several reviews mention the gunshots off in the distance - there is a gun club located a few miles down the road. You'll likely hear some gun fire while playing, but it's far enough away that it's never disrupted my game. Contrary to another reviewer's claim, you won't find any stray bullets from the gun range lying around at the park.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Open and boring
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 18 hole course set in an open field behind some baseball diamonds.
Navigation is pretty simple, as all the holes are out in a flat field, without any obstructions. Tee signs were good (although one was missing). Distance, hole number...solid.
One tee pad per hole, but they were very nice concrete. Plenty long, plenty wide, with a foul line and small overrun area. The tee pads were probably the best part of the course.
Decent variety of distances on the holes. This is about all I can come up with for pros in the actual play of the course. A couple holes venture ever so slightly into the woods, and poke back out, but nothing to get excited about.
Cons: Blah. Double blah. This course is basically just a bunch of baskets in a field, with some occasional big, annoying shule patches. For smaller arms, the shule will force you to go around. For bigger arms, you can go over the shule. For every arm, putting your disc in crazy shule in the middle of a field and having it hide discs sucks. Granted, it's open enough that you really SHOULDN'T end up in there, it's still a huge pain in the ass. Just plant some damn trees.
Apparently, this is P2P. We were there at about 6:30am, and didn't notice anything signifying this. I would advise against anybody actually paying to play this course. Spend the money on gas and go somewhere else to throw frisbees.
There's a running/walking trail that meanders through the course, which could be a pretty big safety hazard. Even at the buttcrack of dawn, there were several people on the trail. I imagine it only gets more congested later in the day.
Other Thoughts: I suppose if you have a big chunk of unused land, and 18 baskets, there's worse ways of using it than making a course. It's a damn shame they couldn't use the wooded area behind the parking lot, and move the dog walking back out to the open field.
Kind of a bummer of a course, but if I lived right next door, the solid tees would at least make it a fun place to range discs, or ace run. Baggable, but no real replay factor.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Pay $$ to throw in a field.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: There's baskets.
When the weeds are cut, there is no chance of losing a disc.
Concrete tee pads and signs.
Cons: One of the most boring 18 hole courses I've ever played except for two holes near the woods. Most of the holes you are just throwing thru a field.
And then you have to pay to play this course! No thanks.
Other Thoughts: I don't recall ever paying to play though. Must not have noticed that sign!
This course would be a good one to work on your drives and try out new discs.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This course is a fun course in cincinnati to go air it out. For big arms you might jus leave your drivers in the car. holes range from 200 feet to just under 400 feet. The grass makes this course interesting. A lot of blind shots.
Cons: Not a challenging course to shoot under par on. The do utilize the grass to make the course a good challenge. Love the blind shots that are big anhyzers.
Other Thoughts: Good course over all.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Heritage Park DGC
Pros: - Very good flow from hole to hole
- Small mixture of open field, over rough, and into/ out of wooded shots
- Flat and quick to play layout
Cons: - Have to buy 10$ parking pass for year (Colerain Township Parks)
- Part of year without weeds makes it a very simple course
- Highly trafficked park
- Easy to lose discs in rough
Other Thoughts: I give it a 3 cause I don't love it, but I don't hate it. There is gunfire at times which can mess with putting, but it's no different than hearing an airplane go by, or any other typical disturbances. It can get very muddy as it is on a flood plain. The layout is nice, when the rough is there. When there is rough it is a fun/ok course to play as their is a chance to lose a disc making it different from the usual wooded traps, it's tall zebra grass. I like that a couple holes you have to throw into the woods, and a couple out, it does have a nice mixed up design. Some holes are too easy however as you essentially just throw across a field to a basket you can easily see. This course is the perfect definition of a good course. Will it really challenge you? Probably not. It is a good change up from other local courses? Yes.Great for beginners to learn on and Great for people of higher skill who just want to take a break from more serious play and go out and throw an easy round
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 11 Not
Cons: One of the worst disc golf course ever! I remember when it was first installed sometime in early 2000's, I gave it some time to "grow up", but all that grew was zebra grass, and a shooting range. Its completely flat, infested with mosquitos and you need a Colerain park pass...
Sorry for who's ever's names attached to that design. I just can't putt while I hear close range gun fire... I have seen stray bullets around too... those baskets should be yanked out!
1 of 12 people found this review helpful.
Pros: I really liked this 18 hole course..has open fields and strategic design with bush obstacles and trees...nicely made signs and tee pads with a foul line added in for a nice touch.
Cons: park can be a little busy sometimes.
Other Thoughts: A good, long course that will require a walk. 18 holes, open fields, easy to navigate signs.
Hyzers (& Annies) ‘Round the Hay
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The thing you need to know most about Heritage Park DGC: has the hay been mown? This course is completely different from mid-fall to mid-spring. When they cut the long grasses, 2/3rds of the holes become open shots, with practically no chance of losing a disc. You have to decide if you like the challenge of keeping it out of the stuff (in the summer), or like me (a relative noob), actually prefer this course mown.
This course is set in a nice, level floodplain, with other sports fields and the obligatory jogging path winding around, adding some optional OB challenges, if your shots go really wild. There is a cool looking playground by the parking lot, and a new deck off the path, overlooking the stream on the left after hole 13. Most of the course has good signage, there's a good map kiosk, at least one beverage machine, trash baskets here and there, and one bench on the path near the #9 tee, if you need a break.
This course has some of the neatest concrete tees I've seen: they're oval/teardrop shaped, with a foul line marked, allowing you to follow through without stepping off the front. The baskets are almost all 24 chains, and catch very well (#11 and #16 have only 18 chain baskets).
If you prefer some obstacles, there are permanent shrubs to work around on 2, 4, 7, 9 & 15 (stay outta them bushes!), holes 12 & 16 shoot into the woods, and holes 13 & 17 require tight tee shots out of the woods.
Cons: Every time I've been here, there's a Civil War re-enactment going on just across the water. Well, maybe it's just a shooting range, but if you feel at all skittish about a near-constant barrage of gunfire nearby, you might be a little distracted here.
There's no elevation to speak of (wait, you cross a drainage ditch on hole 11!).
The course can feel a little ho-hum and bland in the winter (but on the bright side, as of 12/9/12, they have not pulled the baskets for the winter, so there's a course here - and that is good).
Other Thoughts: The course design flows fairly well, with only one walk out into the field between 13 & 14. In the peak of the summer, I'm sure most holes are forced blind hyzers and annies. It would be interesting to analyze the change in average scores, depending on the season.
The current pictures show 2-3 foot tall bushes, and do not indicate the tall grass potential very well. Since those bushes are now 6-8' high, and very thick, some aspiring photographer needs to update the course pics with one set for the winter, and one set for the summer.
Edit 9/18/14: Having just played Heritage for the first time with the grasses in their seasonal 6 foot plus height, I must say it IS a more challenging course. You'll want a spotter if you go for the riskier lines, and you may have to settle for more threes if you play smartly in all the fairways. The angles of the teepads become more obvious (laid out by a rhbh player?). And the terrible position of the tee sign to the right front corner of hole 6 stands out even more. Also, there is word that the park wants $5 for a day pass (slightly more for all season), but they don't seem to have a collection booth, so take that as you may.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Beginner Course or a Quick Play
Pros: Based purely on the holes I'd give this course a 2.5 (Decent/Typical) but I gave it a bump for its good condition.
Par is very generous so is friendly to beginners, but for anyone else you should play this as a par 3 course. The signs, pads, and baskets are in great shape with the signs being informative and pointing the way to the next tee. I didn't have any problem navigating the place on the first go 'round. Course is flat without much water coming into play so you won't lose a disc outside the grasses (see below). Holes are in a good arrangement so you start and end at the same place and holes do not interfere with each other.
Cons: I am not a big fan of "field courses" and this one falls squarely into that category: lots of wide open holes on flat ground, very little use of the limited woods and water. The hole layouts are fairly unimaginative with mostly left-to-right and straight throws. Bring either your forearm shot or some understable discs for a RHBH thrower. Challenge is added to the course by having large areas of tall grasses (when in season) that you need to curve your disc around. While this does make for a better round it also makes for a more frustrating one since finding your disc can be a royal pain. There are many paved walking paths weaving through the course with plenty of runners and families milling about without an awareness for discs.
Other Thoughts: No long holes here, will be fairway driver and midrange for intermediate and up players. There is only one set of tee pads and I believe the basket positions do not change.
Nice park, well maintained, plenty of other activities to do here. The ball fields looked great. This would be a great course to have a picnic by the river before or after the round.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very well maintained and new park. Great signs and tee pads. The river scenery is nice. You can work on decently long drives and interesting putts. It plays in about an hour and fifteen minutes so its great for a quick, fun round. You can score here.
Cons: If it's a windy day it's a major factor since it's so flat (I've walked off more than once because of this). Walking paths are in play and can be busy at times. 11-14 watch out for itchy bushes in the rough. When the rough is high it is really high so you'll need a spotter on some holes certain times of year.
Other Thoughts: This course is definitely fun. I enjoy playing here fairly often even though I wouldn't call it a favorite course. All holes can be played as 3's for the intermediate player, but that's not saying they are super easy holes. This course is different depending on the season.
- Spring: The rough obstacles aren't high yet since they get cut down in the fall. The courses plays easier this time of year.
- Summer: Not much shade here so it can be very hot on a sunny day. The rough gets really high as the summer goes on so it makes the course a lot harder and increases the chance of losing discs.
- Fall: The rough can still be very high, but this is the time of year when they cut it down so you'll see a change in the course dynamic once it's cut.
- Winter: Normally they take out the baskets in case of flooding so you may be going to an empty course (although this year it sounds like they never took them out).
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