aka BankLick, A True Beauty
14 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Disc Golf comes across as the focal point of this beautiful park, with an opening hole where you get to launch an open drive downhill ("yay!" -noodlearm) towards the woods, come back to your right, and launch another downhill. So I'm already happy at the outset of this 24 hole gem.
For Rec to Intermediate players, Lincoln Ridge (once called BankLick) is the very best. Open players seem to want just a little more challenge, but the rest of us will already struggle with the variety and sometimes the length of this course. Holes range (fairly evenly distributed) in length, elevation and technicality, and (if you're limited by time) loop back toward the parking lot at #11, 19, 23 (&24), but you'll want to play them all!
Concrete tee pads, decent tee signs, and good baskets join benches and trash receptacles on every hole. The park is always well-maintained, and I've never even seen much trash here. Paths and some of the wooded fairways got new mulch before the first spring tournament, and are clearly kept up regularly. There are upper and lower tee pads on four of the holes, adequate parking, and amenities (bathrooms, shelter, playground, ball fields, etc.) for the rest of the family if they don't get hooked and play with you.
But if I haven't mentioned the beauty, the open shots include one (#13) that goes out 317' along a ridge that falls off gently into the woods on three sides of the basket, a tricksy drop shot down toward a ravine right and beyond, and then two beautiful trail holes where you'll really want to stay up to the left, and not down the 20' bluff into the creek.
One of my favorite holes is a 270' ravine-crossing (rhbh) anny (#20) that cuts through a 15' gap about 200' from the tee. It feels awesome to park this one for a birdie!
I haven't even mentioned the wooded, uphill, blind, S-shaped #6, the deuce-able but dangerous drop on #7, or the rewarding blind hyzer #8. But wait, even the open (again, downhill!) finish on the 519' #24 rolls across the manicured lawn above the picturesque pond.
Update 4/22/14: For variety, there are 'upper' and 'lower' tees on 10, 16, 18, 19, & 21). There are a few alternate pin placements (on 1, 10, 11 & 13) used since I started playing in 2011, but they are not frequently shifted, so you don't need to constantly adapt.
The parks department (or volunteers?) keep this course in the top favorites in the world by annually refreshing mulch and gravel where needed, or, just this month, terracing a nice set of steps down the steep hill on the ace run #7. The path down the right side of the fairway is safe and easy for all weather conditions, right down to the bridge. Nicely done!
Cons: The only complaints I have here are that holes #22 & 23 feel so much like afterthoughts, involving a lengthy trek up the driveway and across the entry drive, to get to them; #10, aside from being hard on me, tends to retain water, and the basket is on a fairly steep slope down to the right (watch your rollers); and there are now a couple of places (especially on #19 upper), where the tee pads need to be replaced or upgraded.
Edit 4/22/14: For 'winter' tourney play, or when the slopes are likely to be treacherous, the 'winter 20' are often played, skipping the beautiful, but slippery ravine holes 14-17. We cut left down the path after 13, but that path can be a muddy mess, as well, and the 'lower' 18th tee pad is not really maintained regularly (FYI if you're worried about your footing in the wet).
Other Thoughts: In all, if you're in Northern Kentucky or the Greater Cincinnati area, you have a number of 'Must See' courses. Stop by Idlewild or Mt.Airy for beauty plus challenge, but if you're hoping to play the most fun and beautiful course in the region, stop by for a couple of enjoyable hours at Lincoln Ridge.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Great over all course.
Long drives and challenging putts all around.
The fairways in the wooded areas are just big enough for you to feel comfortable really putting some energy into your drives.
Cons: Some tee pads are cracking apart a tiny bit.
Some holes do play along a water hazard. These aren't too bad now but given some time and spring rain the water level will rise and make it hard to collect discs.
A little bit of trash is collecting in the low area, but its still early in the year and weather has been bad.
Other Thoughts: If you get a chance to play here you must. Its worth the drive.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: This course is great for practicing lots of different types of shots, and there are lots of people who venture here, so you get lots of pointers for each hole.
Cons: The signs and some of the tees are in need of repair.
Other Thoughts: None.
0 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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