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Other Thoughts: This course in it's heyday when it was a full 18 holes was one of the most scenic and fun courses to play in the area. Sadly they have taken this course and turned it into half of what it used to be. At 9 holes, it's a good course if you live in Oxford, but now you might as well drive another 8 minutes and play at Disctractions until they restore the course.
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I Love This Place
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Pros: Green and lush, hilly, clean as can be. The tees on 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9 are perfect. The 8th hole down a ravine with mature trees is my favorite hole that I have ever played. It's absolutely gorgeous!
Update: A new concrete tee has been installed on #1. It is lined up with the center of the tunnel under the bridge and plays a bit easier than the old tee location but still offers a unique challenge right out of the gate. The newly installed pond on hole #3 has completely altered the layout and I no longer tee from the former location. I now tee near the manhole cover, directly opposite the basket across the pond. I have estimated it to be about 240 feet and it requires a tight left to right approach in order to access the basket on your drive. It's really a beautiful hole to play.
Cons: The creek is on the verge of claiming the 1st tee. But right now it is fully useable! The 3rd tee is dirt but fine in dry conditions. 8th tee has loose bricks on the front and requires a cautious follow through.
Update: I already commented about the tees for #1 and #3 in pros section. The pavers on #8 have been repaired and are solidly in place. They have also completed pretty extensive landscaping on hole #8. Much of the overgrowth near the perimeter trees has been removed and you now have a terrific elevated view of the pond from the 8th tee. They also had to remove the large dead tree near the 8th basket. The hole plays a bit easier now with one fewer obstacle to contend with but it's still a great hole, possibly still my favorite. In my opinion the only cons at Oxford now are the few remaining "antique" baskets at holes 2, 3, and 6. And the trees near the #2 basket need to be trimmed as they hang down and offer little or no access to the basket on your tee shot.
Other Thoughts: While I never played the original 18 hole course at Miami U I feel that the current 9 hole configuration has several holes that qualify as "signatures." The tee shot through the arch on one; the anhyzer approach with the pond on the left on four; the ace run down the steep slope on seven; and the majestic tee shot and approach through the ravine on eight. Enjoy!
12/16/2015 ***Parking Update*** You can now print out a day pass at the Miami U website that will allow parking in any red zone (pretty much the entire campus) for $3 per day. And even better, there is now metered parking available in the lot that fronts Kumler Chapel near holes 8 & 9. $1 per hour with a 2 hour limit.
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Not What It Once Was
Pros: The course is still very technical and provides a decent challenge. The variety of obstacles are what define this course. The scenery is also a plus.
Cons: Half of the course was utterly destroyed by new construction, and the removed holes were arguably the best the course offered. Areas near the construction site have had constructions vehicles compact the ground. The affected areas are almost always muddy. The tee pads are also poorly maintained. Tees with brick are falling apart, and the first hole is dangerously close to the river. The baskets are rather old. The wooded areas are also littered and needs to be cleaned up.
Other Thoughts: The course needs another nine holes; otherwise, it is too short. Watch out on hole six, there are a couple of dead ash tree that are going to come crashing down soon.
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Pros: ***Update on playing in July, 2014: have to lower my rating until they figure out if they want to keep this course. My course condition update reads as follows: Still puddling under bridge on #1, and the tee pad is getting pretty much undercut. #2 has branches leaning out over the approach, and the percussion section of the band practices there. #3 is no longer advisable: they've removed the trees, added a pond and a sidewalk. Since it didn't have a tee anyway, it's best to say skip hole 3. 4-9 are playable, accessible, and fairly well kept.***
Original review: This is a beautiful nine hole course on one of the prettiest college campuses in the Midwest. For you young whippersnappers, visiting here during certain times of the year might be even more rewarding because the course is on what has traditionally been the campus of the women's college here ;-)
The disc golf is good because there are left, right, straight, and blind shots ranging from 176' to 525' that utilize every bit of the elevation available. These nine holes will pose a challenge to the recreational to Intermediate level player, and usually not cost you lost discs, so the intended audience (the college students enrolled here) can enjoy the course, as well. It will just take most of them a few more shots to hole out.
Despite the recent changes (see below), there are still some memorable 'signature' shots here, like driving out through a bridge archway on 1 and the scenic basket location by the pond on 4.
Cons: This setup currently has aging 18 chain DGA baskets and tees ranging from awesome brick pavers to dirt and a crumbling concrete pad where you have a slim chance to hurt yourself falling into the creek behind you (on the first hole: a bad first impression). Though the signs are well done and informative, they're only available on six of the holes (1,2, & 5-8). There are some lengthy walks (some with steep slopes) from basket to tee on 3, 4, 5, 6 & 8.
Obviously, as a college campus course, parking anywhere around here while classes are in session could be problematic, and there is a chance that you'll have non-players anywhere on the course on nice days.
The university is clearly interested in keeping a course here, but has to struggle with the changes brought on by campus construction, and determining the future of the course once the dust settles.
Other Thoughts: I was fortunate to have played the 18 hole course here in the late spring of 2012, just before it was closed for the beginning of the construction. For those who hadn't heard, the present (5/27/13) incarnation consists of the old holes 5-13. They've permanently lost the signature S-bending shot under the multiply-arched bridge, for instance. Essentially, I've now played four rounds on the existing holes, and aside from re-numbering a couple of signs, the course certainly appears to be in transition still. If I were re-numbering these holes, I'd suggest starting on the new #9, because you walk past it from the nearest accessible parking lot (next to the greenhouses across the drive from the chapel). Besides, starting my first round on this setup on 9, I tossed a first throw ace there!
Hole by hole: #1 (was #5) starts below the multi-arched bridge just to the south of the new construction, and adjacent to the creek. It has an adequate concrete tee pad and an informative sign, but it still seems to be getting dangerous: the creek has undercut the back quarter of the tee pad, and the construction sediment washes all over the pad. Anyway, you need to throw through a second bridge arch and fade left to a hillside basket 315' out.
Turn to your right across the creek for the shorter left-fading #2 (old #6), where you'll find what I hope is the plan for the tees here: a large red brick paved rectangle. You can run right at this 219' basket because it's tucked into a very forgiving bowl, so overshooting it will generally dig in not too deep in the brush. Oh, and the 18 chain DGA basket here isn't really rusty. It's painted bronze.
Walk up the obvious path to the top of the hill, cross the drive, and you'll see a barren patch of dirt next to a tree that currently constitutes the #3 (old#7) tee area. I hope the brick pavers are coming, because right now, you'll be dealing with roots or mud underfoot. Though there is no sign, this shot is a dogleg left around a mando (marked clearly with a permanent sign) that runs about 420' all told. The mando is there to keep discs away from the new sidewalk you'll see off to your left.
After you hole out on 3, cross the band practice field diagonally to the brick paved tee along the sidewalk, and shape a shot that bends deep and right for the 'J' shaped 588 foot hole #4 (old #8) down beside 'Swan Lake'. This may be to only hole on the course where you are likely to lose a disc in the rough (I did it!).
Walk up the driveway to the simple 266' hole #5 (old #9) that has the pavers and a sign, then go down across the bridge and to the bottom of the hill on the far side for the 308' uphill #6 (old #10). There is another nice tee pad here that unfortunately is currently washed over with the mud from the construction. And the whole #7 (old #11) fairway is currently being re-seeded. But this is a fun, relatively open, downhill 343 foot ace run.
To get to hole #8 (old #12), you must climb the hill across the drive, but there is shade up there by the paved tee (watch for the loose bricks at the front). This is the only place on the course where a small wall can be used as a bench, and the only place I saw a trash can. But you've got a pretty 525' shot across the valley, heading north, before walking up the hill to the #9 (old #13) tee pad (which does not have a sign). Walk up the short (176') hole to get a good bead on the blind basket position that's just up the hill, then go for your own ace finish!
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