West Branch State Park
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Very scenic.
-Good, new baskets.
-The tight fairways can be challenging.
-Easy to get to off Rt.5
-Well shaded for summer days with high temperatures.
-Easy to get two rather quick rounds in.
-Much potential for either alternate tee boxes, and/or a back nine.
Cons: -Course plays through a series of walking/hiking trails. I had to wait 2 or 3 times for people walking through from the nearby campground. At least, given that you can see down each fairway rather well, its easy to see if anyone is coming. This is probably only a real issue if the campground is crowded.
-The natural tee pads could get quite muddy if there has been rain recently. There hadn't been significant precipitation in the roughly 2 weeks prior to playing, yet 2 or 3 tee pads were still moist.
-The backtracking to get to the next tee on a few holes, particularly between 2 and 3 and 5 and 6.
Other Thoughts: Other reviews have good hole-by-hole descriptions, so just a few thoughts: on hole 6 it seems that recently a large, old tree has fallen just to the left of the pin with much of the root system now exposed, up to 6 or 7 feet above ground. I would recommend leaving this tree and the roots where they are, undisturbed, simply because it adds what amounts to an inverted bunker to the hole. If you leave your drive to the left you'll have to shoot around or over the tree/roots. This definitely added a unique challenge to this hole and the course overall. Hole 8 was also quite memorable with its elevation change.
Perhaps painting part of the tee signs red (instead of leaving them brown, which blends in with the abundant trees) might help with navigating the course.
I will be interested to see what else is done to this course, either with adding a back nine or alternate tee pads. It seems like there is significant room for expansion to the west of the present course.
For what it is: a heavily wooded, tight but short course with challenging pin positions and elevation change, its a good course.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Scenic. It's just nice being in the woods, you know? Saw a few deer first time out.
Good chance to drive putts or work on your mid range discs. Leave the drivers at home.
Nice baskets and tee signs.
Cons: Not really challenging. But fun non-the-less
Natural tees can get sloppy if it's been raining recently
Other Thoughts: It's just a fun course to go play a quick round, I live 15 minutes away so probably wouldn't go if it was much further.
Holes 2 and 9 I believe are marked par 4's and should be 3's IMO
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Broad is the Path to Destruction
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Opportunity to work on straight-and-narrow game.
Single tee/pin position.
Fairly flat, fairly short.
Other than the majority of #1 (beginning) and #9 (ending), this course plays entirely within the dense woods (i.e. thick canopy, so little undergrowth) in a small part of a large public park. Most fairways are tight - one-to-three person-wide walking paths, often needing a sharp turn (lefts more common than rights) late.
The online map aids in navigation, but I still missed tee-4, finding tee-5 instead, then backtracking. From basket-2, backtrack and look right to find tee-3.
Favourite hole: #8. One of the longer holes at 320', it is the only hole that requires an S-shape, and initially loses, then gains, elevation.
If you're in the mood for a quick, short, tight round, pay a visit.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Tight but fair
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: beautiful heavy forest setting
low chance to lose disc
great map on each hole
differing shot patterns
tight but fair
basket areas are cleaned nicely
plenty of parking
nice practice basket
Cons: 1 set of tee's
no garbage cans on course
natural tees with kick board(great shape though)
hard to navigate without map(I'm drawing a crude one up)
Par is a little off(should be all 3's)
Other Thoughts: Beautiful newer course with loads of potential. Heavily wooded but has nice fair lines that give everyone a chance to advance towards the hole Course winds through a dense forest just north of the main lake. When driving there turn into the main drive past the West Branch park sign and continue on road towards main office. Course will be on the left. Parking is just past the practice basket. The designer definitely put some thought into the layout. Course winds around the forest area just north of parking area. Definitely helps if you can throw a nice straight shot 200-250 feet. Fairways are cleared of trees and give you lines to follow. Course can be tricky to find your way around due to the dense forest it is sometimes a little hard to find next tees. I'm uploading a crude map to help fellow golfers get around. Two really nice signature holes to finish round. #8 is just a beautiful S-curve that drops down and then back up a hill . # 9 is a straight shot to basket into a field that allows you to throw away. The tricky part though is a grouping of low hanging branches that you must stay under before you make field. Makes for a fun, challenging shot. Site lists three holes as par 4's but course sets up to play all holes as par 3's.
Overall it is nice to see another nice course built in an Ohio State Park and has lots of potential to grow going forward.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Nice start, could be great
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course has some real potential. There is a ton of land here and there is room and some topographical features that could allow this course to really develop some signature holes. The individuals working on this case have done a lot of work to clear the first lanes. If they are going to invest that work into developing the longer white tee lines and another 9 holes, I will be very excited to return repeatedly.
Cons: At this point the course only plays from the red tees. This makes the holes relatively short overall and fairly easy. Adding white lines will really help. Some more permanent tee pads will help here also. Some of the holes get repetitive as the woods all have a similar look, but this will change as the course gets worn in more.
Other Thoughts: This is an excellent start, I can't wait to come back to see improvements as they come in. Here is a hole to hole review as it stands today.
1 - Medium length line into a pin protected by trees. There are two lanes cut into the basket that provide alternative routes to the basket.
You have to take a right from the number 1 pin together to basket 2. It can be a bit confusing.
2 - This is a longer tunnel short with a lazy right turning shape. The pin is tucked in sharp left at the end.
3 - This is a fun short straight ace race hole
4 - This is a neat, tight l shape. The disc flies straight for most of the hole, then should cut in hard left at the very end
Find the tee for 5 off to the right
5 - This is a fun short right turn with some water hazard potential. Probably one of the most scenic holes.
The number 6 tee requires you to walk back up the number 5 fairway.
6 - This is a short uphill with a small left turn to the pin at the end
Go back to the left to find 7
7 - This is a shorter tunnel shot with a big fallout into a gully on the right. Nice way to make a more risky green!
8 - This is a nice narrow s-bend right the. Left tunnel. This is one of the most imaginative holes in the course design.
Go left from the pin to find the tee for 9
9 - This is a longer open field throw. A good chance to finally rip an open driver.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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