5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great hole variety and just a beautiful course all around. It's challenging but not impossible. You can't go away from this course disappointed. You have to use all of your game here and at the end you'll know you played one of the greatest courses in disc golf. Well kept, well thought-out, length variety, elevations, woods, water, scenery - this course has it all.
Cons: When they expanded this course from 18 to 24 holes some of those added holes didn't add much to improve the course. It would have been nice to add phenomenal holes to an already great course and make it even better.
Other Thoughts: This is one of the best courses I've played - if not the best. There aren't any unfair holes created just to be difficult. There's plenty of challenges but it's still a lot of fun. Just thinking about this course makes me want to go play it again!
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Challenging course with a variety of holes.
The baskets were all in good condition.
Concrete teepads poured well, big enough and level.
Nice Tee signs gives a clear read of the hole. Another good thing is they clearly list what is OB and what is not such as a few holes that have casual water that is not OB.
Flow of the course is good. No unnecessary long or hard to find routes.
Foliage was well maintained.
Course does use some nice elevation changes and dynamics. Like several steep down hill holes and a nice long fair way that banks along a steep down hill to the right on #10.
Good variety of types of shots needed.
Cons: There is some interference with walking/hiking trails. Doesn't bother me to much but there is always a little concern for safety. On #15 we had to wait for a walker on a trail which is the fairway the whole distance of the hole and the next hole uses the same trail for its fairway.
The last few holes always feel like they were just thrown in to "complete" the course. #22 and #23 just throw back and forth in a field with a small pond/marsh separating the fairways. #24 the longest hole throws from high up down to the basket it always feels like it was just stuck in the middle of the course. A lack of flow, throwing away from the beginning toward a previous played teepad and another teepad. After the hole is completed you have a long walk up hill to the parking lot after playing 24 holes. Not major just a lack of flow after the rest of the course was pretty smooth.
Other Thoughts: One thing that is nice about this course is it is a challenge and step up for most beginners and is still accessable whereas a course like idlewild is really not.
Even though there is a good variety of holes there is not really any one hole that sticks out.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Challenging 24 !
Pros: 24 Holes with an amazing variety. Long, short, tight, Open - This place has a little of them all and is a real test. Great use of elevation changes, terrain and water hazards. True risk/reward course that offers options but dishes out punishment when shot go astray.
Hole 06 - 350' turning right across the raven then bearing slightly left going uphill before finishing down to the right. 350' that seems to play 500'.
Hole 07 - A short little 200' downhill ace run that is an easy deuce, unless you run at it then your disc disappears off the point and over the hill.
Hole 10 - 375' Around the hill to the left while the fairway slopes off to the right. Dense tree line to the right can be trouble and the scattered trees in the fairway can turn this hole into a beast.
Holes 15 & 16 "The Ravine Holes" these two use an old road along the hillside as the fairway(not real wide!) for holes that slope drastically off into a ravine on the right. Oh yeah the water(and beyond) at the bottom is OB. It's a hike on 15 if you end up at the bottom.
Hole 24 - 520' Beautiful finishing hole - Downhill with a pond wide left of a well mowed fairway that slopes off to the left. Trees down the center to deflect errant throws. Wind and errant throws can put the pond in play and bad rolls are possible.
Other great holes but these highlight some of the variety. You need to play this place on a clear spring/summer day to fully appreciate it. Many opening from the fall & winter close back up quickly.
Cons: Terrain is rough in places. Holes 14-16 and a few of the others can be a physical challenge. When wet many of these holes could be treacherous.
Other Thoughts: Great course in a beautiful park. This is a great Disc Golf area with Idlewild, a redesigned Boone Woods, Mt Airy Forest and many other course are close by. If planning a trip make a day of it and hit the big three : Idlewild, Lincoln Ridge(Banklick) & Mt Airy
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 8 Not
Always Banklick to me!!
Pros: Having grown up 5 miles away, THIS IS THE PLACE THAT TAUGHT ME TO LOVE DISC GOLF! The original Banklick DGC was located about a half mile away, currently Fox Run Golf Course (you pass it on your way to the course on your left if coming from Turkeyfoot Rd.) The lake that you see was in the middle of the course.
On to the Pros of Lincoln Ridge: FUN FUN AND MORE FUN. Not extremely long by any means but the elevation changes bring some shots out of your bag that you don't normally get to use.
Kenton County Parks does a great job on maintaining everything in the park from the disc course, to play ground, to nice bathrooms.
Cons: My only con is that it changed names. I now refer to it as Banklick Disc Golf Course at Lincoln Ridge Park.
Other Thoughts: If you are in town this is a must play as well at Idlewild, and Mt. Airy in Cincinnati
2 of 10 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 0 Not
Par 3 golf at its finest
Pros: This course has fantastic variety and shot selection. Most of us wont be able to reach every pin from the tee. You will need to shape and land some nice approach shots. If you want deuces, your putting had better be in order.
The park is perfect for disc. The elevation is top shelf. There are multiple upshots and sail shots. The density is ideal. The flow is perfect IMO. This course never feels monotonous. It constantly winds you through varying terrain. Be prepared for a bit of a hike.
You will be rewarded for a balanced game. The layout calls for finesse, power, annys, darts and hyzers. I don't feel this course leans in any direction. Yes, there are some wide open holes, but they are complimented by some technical holes. I'd say this course is split by thirds. One third is relatively open. One third is moderately wooded and one third is tight and technical.
I know this is a debatable point, but this course is extremely high in the fun factor. It will take skill and technique to score well, but it wont beat you down. Beginners can enjoy a good time here. Advanced players will be excited to bank some deuces.
Cons: The only thing this course lacks is significant par 4's. Hole #6 is my fav hole. It is also the closest to a true par 4 on the course. If there were a few more of these, it would be a 5.0 rating and worthy of knocking Idlewild from the Kentucky pedistal.
The signage is in relatively poor shape. However, with a step or two, you can see most pins from the tee.
Navigation is typically smooth, but be aware of holes 4-5. You will need to cross the parking lot after 4 to reach 5. There are no signs directing you.
Other Thoughts: This course is more than a pitch and putt. To lower this course to that level is a great disrespect to its design, terrain and challenge.
As far as par three courses go, this is elite level. The course is over 7000ft. in length. The holes are balanced in the following lengths;
<200ft. = 1 hole
200ft - 300ft = 9 holes
300ft - 400ft = 12 holes
>400ft = 2 holes
Good times await.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 9 Not
Formerly Banklick Woods
Pros: Great course for all types of players. Challenging for the begginers and Relaxing or the More advanced
Cons: Very easy to lose a disc so choice is imperative, Is a hike and can be exhausting if your a little out of shape.
Other Thoughts: Learning how to play on this course I will never say anything bad about this course but you should have a great time period.
0 of 9 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Over the Hills and Through the Woods
Pros: • Marvelous terrain for disc golf: great elevation changes, wonderfully wooded holes, and a creek (or creek bed when dry) combine for some naturally spectacular landscapes and quality discing. Every bit as aesthetically appealing as it is enjoyable to play.
• Nice combo of open and well wooded fairways over 24 holes. Wind can play a big factor on several holes, while playing little to no factor on others (conveniently on those where precision is important).
• Shot variety is quite good, (but not great): long/short, uphill/downhill/ somewhat flat, (see cons) with a few blind holes as well.
• Steep inclines and drop-offs and present numerous risk/reward opportunities - makes you think about whether or not to "go for it."
• Begins and ends with memorable holes, with many interesting holes in between.
• Well designed - makes splendid use of the natural assets gracing the land on which it sits.
• Good tees and baskets with a few holes offering alternate pads and pin placements.
• Nice signs (a few missing), intuitive layout, and well-worn paths help you stay on track, but course map is always a good idea for first timers. Just remember to cross the main park road after 21 to get to 22, and cross again after 23 to get to 24.
• Neatly mowed fairways on open shots, wood chips around baskets. Garbage cans located at many (if not all) holes... I was too busy appreciating the course to notice garbage cans.
• Multi-use park is quite well maintained, and offers typical park amenities and activities: walking trails, pinic tables/pavilions, ball fields, etc.
• Clean restrooms with running water located across the parking lot from the 1st tee.
Cons: • Lacks good L/R balance, seems too RHBH friendly. Not a big factor on open holes which allow many routes to the basket, but some may find the wooded holes a bit unfair, as routes are more or less well defined.
• Several places for discs to hit rocks towards the middle of the course; scenic, but tough on plastic.
• Dry when I played, but with all the steep inclines, I can see where footing could get treacherous on a wet day.
Other Thoughts: Whether you still call it Banklick, or Lincoln Ridge, courses that are this much fun to play are the reason you bought discs in the first place; a beautiful course that plays well, is extremely inviting, offers wonderful disc play and opportunities to use a variety of shots.
In a bit of a contrast to what some others have said, I think this course is particularly well suited to recreational and intermediate players of varying abilities. Pros looking for a real challenge simply won't find it here. Likewise, I wouldn't recommend it for the most novice of players, either - other nearby courses would be far better for someone's first few rounds. That being said, Pros looking for a fun, (i.e. more relaxed) round, as well as beginners who've already logged several rounds elsewhere should really have a great time here.
Be prepared for a workout: 24 holes up, down, over and around the varied terrain will have you throwing all kinds of shots, and likely catching your breath every now and then. Leave your flip-flops at home - you'll want to wear a pair of sturdy hikers here.
Standout holes for me were:
14 - a "very short" 240' shot down a steep downhill that has a looong way to fade left to the creek/bed a long way down. Screaming to be Aced... easier said than done.
15 - What a view! Runs parallel to creek/bed, with a nasty drop-off all the way down the right side of the hole. Disc, don't get squirrely on me now!
22 & 24, downhill bombs where water can come into play.
Course has aged gracefully, but you can tell some of the wooded holes have "opened" up, presenting lines that weren't there a few years ago, and erosion is showing in spots. Even so, this is still a great addition to the local scene and folks in The Nati are lucky to have this gem in their backyard!
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Beautifully showing it's age.
Pros: One of the best maintained parks I've ever been to. Kenton County Parks Dept. does an amazing job keeping this course in good shape. Wood chips are typically always refreshed when needed because they keep a huge pile on hand. (You can usually see it on the walk between holes 4 and 5.) This alone makes the wooded holes very nice to play because they usually drain well and don't get very muddy. Grass is always mowed in a timely manner.
The course features some beautifully varied terrain including everything from tight and wooded to wide open fields and everything in between. You are constantly moving up and down the rolling hills. The course also plays in and out of the woods every few holes which is nice. Most of the wooded holes are very secluded with number 6 being my favorite hole to stop and have a quick snack and just enjoy being outdoors in the woods before I tackle the rest of the round.
Excellent shot variety. Though it may favor righties a bit more, there are still plenty of holes that are more lefty friendly (6, 15, 17, and 18 come to mind). Many of the wooded holes have multiple lines to the basket, you just have to look for them. For the most part, the open holes are friendly to both left and right handed throwers. A handful of holes have multiple pin locations and several even have additional tee pads that drastically change the hole.
Very good course for a large variety of skill levels. I've come a long way since I first started playing and this course still delivers the fun factor every time out. After all the rounds here, it has yet to get the least bit boring.
Baskets are in good shape and there is a practice basket across the entrance to the parking lot from tee #1 and the info board.
Benches and full size garbage cans (emptied frequently) on almost every hole. The garbage cans really help keep the place clean and tidy. Very rarely will you see trash on the course.
Cons: Seeing as how this course is 30 years old, it is starting to show some signs of its age. Some teepads are cracked and uneven, though not unplayable, and there are some areas where erosion is becoming an issue. (Especially the holes down near the creek. 14-16) The railroad tie steps from 14 to 15 are uneven and the ones down to the creek are about useless at this point as many have slipped away.
As others have said, holes 22 and 23 don't compare favorably to the rest of the course. They aren't awful holes, just not up to the level of the rest of the course. They would be more comparable to many holes at Boone Woods Park, with just a bit more elevation. The reviewer who mentioned that it wouldn't be as noticeable if they weren't back to back was spot on. Some strategic tree planting and/or landscaping could greatly improve these two holes in the future.
This is definitely one of the most popular courses in the area and as such can be very busy during peak hours.
Other Thoughts: I've probably played this course over a hundred times because my permanent address is about a 10 minute drive to the park. My wife is a travel nurse now, so I'm moving around the country every few months or so. That said, anytime I'm back home I always make a point to play this course and Idlewild as many times as possible.
Might be a struggle if you're out of shape as many of the hills are very steep and you are constantly going up and down. Bring a light snack and plenty of water. I can't say that's a con, just the way it is.
I can only imagine how much of a beast this course must have been back in the early eighties when it was designed. New disc technologies have certainly tamed some of the longer holes to an extent and as such some of the marked pars are a bit high.
Over all, it's a great park with some nice hiking trails, sand volleyball, a baseball field, a soccer field, a couple playgrounds, picnic shelters, and restrooms open seasonally. (The parks dept. usually has a port-o-let set up in the winter which is nice.) Vending machine with drinks located at the front corner of the parking lot.
Greater Cincinnati is very lucky to have such a nice collection of courses. Along with the parks departments and a great club(GCFDA) that helps keep them in excellent shape. If you're in the area I'd also recommend Idlewild, Mt. Airy Forest, & Monroe Community Park.
The Marathon gas station at the corner of Turkeyfoot Rd. and Independence Station Rd. usually has a very small selection of Innova discs but they are pretty expensive. I'd hit up Disc N' Dat in Florence for any necessary disc related purchases. Good prices and selection, and Dan the owner is an all around great guy who does a lot in the local disc golf scene.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
20 Helpful / 2 Not
Concrete Tee Pads
Both Open and Wooded Holes
Good Use of Elevation
Well-Maintained (Tees and Signs Need Work)
Multiple Pin Positions
Great for All Skill Levels
Plays Away From Other Park Users
Needs More Shot Types (Many RHBH Hyzers)
Some Tee Signs Are Damaged or Missing
Navigation Can Be Hard For First-Timers
Alt. Tees Aren't Marked and Hard to Find
Some Tees Are Cracked and Uneven
Erosion is Starting to Become an Issue
Lincoln Ridge, formerly Banklick, is a great 24-hole course located in a very well maintained county park. In Addition to the great course the park also has playgrounds, baseball and soccer fields, hiking trails, and restrooms on-site.
Once you enter the park you will see the practice basket and parking on the right. The first tee pad is located across the parking lot from the practice basket right beside the information board.
I do recommend printing a map or acquiring a guide if you are a first-timer as there are a couple tricky walks between some holes and also a few blind holes. The first, as previously mentioned, is between holes 4 and 5. From hole 4 continue past the basket and across the parking lot and you will see the tee pad for 5 just on the other side of the lot. It starts to get a little confusing after hole 13 when you enter the woods again, but like I said print a map or grab a local if at all possible, and you should have no problems.
The course itself is great. I think a variety of skill levels could enjoy the course. It could be a real challenge for novice and intermediate while still being fun for both advanced and open players as well. The course has a nice balance of open to wooded holes, but could use a little more variety in shot types as many go left off the tee making it very RHBH friendly.
I only have a couple of complaints on this course. The first is the tee signs. Many are damaged or missing and the alternate tees are not marked at all, making it very hard to find the correct tee. While this doesn't really hurt the play of the course too much, it definitely detracts some points that courses with nicer and complete tee signs will get. Another issue the course has are some of the tee pads being cracked and uneven making footing unsure and even dangerous in some cases. While these things are detractors they definitely aren't worth missing this great course over.
Overall this is one of the better courses I have played and I recommend it to anyone in the greater Cincinnati area. With all the amenities and 24-holes you could easily spend the entire day discing or bring the family and make it an outing they can all enjoy.
20 of 22 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Funnest course in the area
Pros: I think that this is one of the more fun courses in the area. Has a great mix of long and short holes. Just about every hole is possible to drive to the basket. However most require a well placed throw in order to do so. There are some holes in the open which give you a break from all of the wooded holes. This course can be very technical requiring a variety of different shots and thinking/accuracy in order to have a look at birdie/par. Good shots get rewarded in this way and errant throws can leave you scrambling for bogey. Really enjoy the holes that play beside and around the river. Adds a lot of pressure to make a good drive so as not to roll all the way down into the valley. Also, the downhill par 3's are very treacherous because they are on such a steep incline that if you are not careful and a little lucky your disc could leave you with a 100' uphill look for your second shot. The shortest holes could make or break your round.
Cons: Do not care much for holes 22 and 23. They seem like they were just added as filler. They do not provide much challenge which is odd for this course. But 2 out of 24 holes is not bad. If they weren't back to back it would not be as glaring of a problem either. The course also gets a little tough to navigate going to hole #4 if you're not paying attention or have not played the course. But signs and paths help you along your way if you take the time to notice them. Even though I enjoy the holes by the river, they are a very easy place to lose a disc if the sides of the valley are icy or slick as it is very dangerous to make your way down because they are so steep.
Other Thoughts: Very fun course with a lot of different challenges from hole to hole. I usually pair this course with another course from the area to have a great day of disc golf. This course complements idlewild well in my opinion. Idlewild is very demanding and challenging, while this course is still challenging but a little shorter and more forgiving, and offers up several ace runs.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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