3 Helpful / 3 Not
What a Jewel
Pros: I went expecting a good disc golf course, I found a great disc golf course. Definitely one of the best in the Cincinnati area, and in any area. It has a good mix of long and short holes, some beautifully maintained fairways, some primeval forest, and some holes right on the edge of civilization. I will take this trek any time. At times I felt like I was on Avatar. What an amazing experience.
Cons: I really have nothing negative to say. I didn't give it a 5 because it doesn't quite compare with a couple other courses I've played, and I leave the 5 for only those rarest of rare courses.
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed this course more than Idlewild, though it is great, and not quite as much as Mr. Airy.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 3 Not
An intermediate's Dream
Pros: *Fun, beautiful, and challenging
*Course has everything and more
*Everything you want and more out of a course
*Great beginning and ending holes (especially ending)
*Has WOW factor
*Has tons of replay appeal
Cons: *Sometimes there are back to back holes that seem almost identical
*Can be crowded
*unfortunately it will play second fiddle to idlewild only because of its close proximity
Other Thoughts: I loved this course probably most of all during a disc golf road trip, even though I played idlewild before it on the same day, and lost to my friend on the last hole when he sunk a 150' second shot to win. This course is fantastic!!! I would probably rather play this course again than idlewild due to the difference in level of difficulty. I couldn't dream of shooting under par any time soon at idlewild, while I shot 5 under at Lincoln Ridge and thought its course was just as spectacular. I would play Lincoln Ridge again, whereas I would love to see Pros play idlewild.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Great Challenging Course
Pros: - Great use of elevation whether with big downhill shots or long gradual uphill shots.
- Concrete tee pads that are in good shape. Little to no slipping on them when wet.
- Will test all the shots in your arsenal from straight shots, slight, long and big high hyzers and anhyzers.
- Easy to follow flow to the course.
- Accuracy is needed for the creek holes(it's not fun climbing in and out of the creeks).
- You can be rewarded or punished going for some baskets due to them being on hill sides.
- Very little interference from cars or runners/walkers
- Grass is always in great shape.
- Benches every few holes
- People who play here are pretty good about calling you for lost discs
- Nice restrooms open during the summer months
Cons: These are few and far between
- Will be tough on beginners and rec players but still a fun course to play
- With there being many elevation changes and no grass on the creek holes it can get wet/muddy after heavy rains.
- Can be pretty busy and usually one or more groups waiting on hole 1(or at least every time I play there)
- Many people don't play holes 5 & 6 across the parking lot after hole 4, so you may get cut off on hole 7.
Other Thoughts: - Beautiful park with rolling hills.
- Playground for the kids, a nice pond sits in the middle of holes 21 and 24, soccer and baseball fields and picnic shelters available.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Idle's little brother
Pros: One of the most well-rounded courses I have ever played. Short to long holes, alternate tees and pins and great course maintenance. These are just a few of the reasons that make this course a local favorite.
A huge factor in rating a course for me is public interference, of which this course has very little. You never have to throw across any walking paths or worry about flipping a disc into oncoming traffic. (holes 2, 3 and 22 are only a slight exception of which traffic is extremely sparse on the right side of each). The park is extremely peaceful with no loud highways or picnic shelters on the side of fairways. Despite it's respective remoteness, Banklick has managed to be within decent distance of suburbia and still avoid being overrun.
Sweeping wooded hyzers, steep dropoff shots, open-field headwinds, a variety of fairway elevations, narrow fairways and long bombs are all included in the arsenal of throws you are required to make for a good score here. The mix of scenery is also a huge bonus for this course: the lower holes border a rocky creek, middle holes are tentative woodlands and the upper holes are sparsely wooded fields with beautiful rolling hills and a few ponds (both dry and wet.) The OB's are present but subtle. They are relatively easy to avoid but still add a challenging factor to a minority of holes.
Many holes have benches and most if not all have proficient tee signs and fairly accurate distances and pictures. Trash cans are present and tee pads are perfectly sized.
Lastly, I have never struggled to find a parking spot here.
Cons: The only reason this course is not a 5 Disc Rating in my book is because I don't leave in bewilderment at how amazing the holes and course design are. I do however leave in awe of the beauty of the course.
Also, afternoon DGer traffic can be heavy at times but never too overbearing.
Other Thoughts: Early morning is the best time to go. The course is beautiful in the morning sunlight with the dew still on the grass.
Be careful on the lower holes after a heavy rain, it can get muddy but not extremely sloppy.
Difficulty level: Intermediate to Advanced. This isn't a mind-numbing Idlewild, you can bring your recreational friends and they will still enjoy this course but it does have some more advanced shots so that all skill levels can enjoy playing it.
Lastly, spread the love. Call numbers on found discs, encourage people to check out this course and participate in leagues and tournaments if possible. This course is not only great for Disc Golf play but for the Disc Golf community as well.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Would rather be here than Idlewild.
Pros: Excellent course, tons of variety in the holes
Equal amount of shots in the woods and through open fields
I really enjoy when the course goes down towards the creek, it can be very frustrating to lose your disc in the giant chasm of the creek to your right, but that's the whole point.
I love the downhill shots this course offers. Teaches you a bit about throwing into elevation changes.
Around 16 there's a hole where you shoot across a creekbed that is very deep. This is another one where you have to have control or you're going to have a bad time.
You leave a frustrating woods to the final 3 holes which are wide out in the open and long.
This course is always well maintained. I go here at least twice a week and have never seen this place in bad shape.
They are constantly changing basket positions, which makes for very fun play.
Cons: In a very very busy park area, thus parking can be terrible sometimes.
If it's muddy out at all, this course can be treacherous.
Other Thoughts: Would rather come here than idlewild.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 0 Not
aka BankLick, A True Beauty
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.
15 of 15 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.
0 Helpful / 10 Not
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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