Seems long for the age group
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This nine hole course laid out in the otherwise unused field areas of Bellbrook Middle School's abundant acreage allows for the Intermediate player to really bomb out some long drives. For those of us with 300 feet (plus or minus), deuces are juuust out of range on most of these holes. The course (mostly) keeps safe lines from errant throws, which would be good for the, shall we say, 'energetic' age group intended. There are really nice Innova discatcher baskets here, each numbered and ready to catch your shots. There is a little patio near the 8th & 9th with a bench or two if you need to rest up. There is plenty of parking available outside of school hours (when the course is available for casual play).
There really isn't much here in the way of obstacles to shape lines or elevation to work with, but holes 6 and 7 play somewhat near the perimeter rough, and hole # 8 actually does have a little bit of a drop to it. Oh, and the map seems to be correct for the most part, but I'm pretty sure hole #4 is closer to 240' than 326' (and I'm glad of it, to have a little variety).
Cons: This course could really use some tee signs, since each tee consists of from four to six 15" concrete paver stones, usually laying on top of the surface (some seem to have been inset for safer footing, but none are large enough to really constitute a proper tee box). Occasionally, the tee can be found by looking for a small orange cone, but not all tees had these. Follow the map and you will be likely to find the tees. To find the #6 tee, for instance, look back to the left, well past a small bush.
The unusual crossing fairways on 8 & 9 seem a little odd, considering the huge amount of space here. The #9 fairway passes very close to the previous basket, then hyzers (rhbh) just past the corner of the building (where the winds plus an errant throw could land one on the roof), near a window (it's conceivable that a high speed driver could hit that just right, er wrong), and out over the blind corner of the gravel path.
Being out in the field area, the likelihood of frequent maintenance is limited, and in fact, there were tall grasses and weeds poking up into the baskets the weekend after school let out, when I played here. But the vegetation is sparse, so even brushing your calves, the course is playable.
Other Thoughts: The thought that keeps occurring to me is that the hole distances here seem a bit much for 13-14 year olds, but the immensity of the course means a decent gym class workout for the kids. I may be wrong, but the designer may have been placing these in his distance range? There's not a whole lot to work with on the school property in terms of forcing line shaping, so most competitive disc golfers won't find much enjoyment out here (except maybe working on their long game, when the ground is dry). But I always believe having some nice baskets on school grounds anywhere, any way, is good for growing the sport, so I hope the students enjoy having nine long holes to play with.
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