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.
17 Helpful / 1 Not
More Fun Than Idlewild
Pros: Every type of shot you could want
There are some excellent lines to be found here, some are in plain site and for others you need to be a creative risk taker, the may not be so obvious but they're there
Changes in Terrain, One minute your playing a great open field course the next your playing a great wooded course and still the next your up against some fantastic elevation changes.
Park is Well kept, mowed. cleared out of heavy brush and is free of trash.
Whoever designed this course had Phenomenal land to work around and used it to perfection
Even if there was no Disc Golf Course here it would still be a kick ass nature trail.
Fun Factor is off the charts
Cons: I couldn't find any, I enjoyed every second I played this course
If I wanted to nit pick though, I could say it'll wear you out if your not in shape.
Also some other people have said 22 and 23 were bland holes. I would have to agree, it's seems like they were just thrown in to artificially inflate the course to 24 holes.
Other Thoughts: I've played a fair amount of courses now and this one may be my 2nd favorite course of all time, at the very least it's in my top 5.
Probably the most diverse course I've ever played. When you play it, it feels like several different types of great courses combined into one. It's hard to believe your on the same piece of land you were on just 20 minutes ago. The changes are that drastic
I had more fun here than I have at Idlewild. To be fair maybe it's because this course is more on my skill level. It's definitely not as difficult. I'm not saying anything bad about Idlewild, I played it several times and I love it. I just loved this place more. It's good that there are 2 courses this fantastic in the same area, I imagine it thins out the traffic for them both.
To sum up, fun fun fun. The fun factor here is insane. If your a local I'm sure you've played it a thousand times. If not shame on you. But if your a road tripper and you come to the area to hit up Idlewild be sure and make some time for this place. It's well worth it
17 of 18 people found this review helpful.
17 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Lincoln Ridge (Banklick) is a beautiful course that is aesthetically pleasing throughout and offers 24 great holes of golf that wind in and out of the woods.
The course is very clean and well maintained. The grass looks to be regularly cut and the woods were very free of debris.
The course designers did a fantastic job of incorporating in tons of elevation changes and offering a huger variety of hole "types". Long, short, open, technical, uphill, downhill, side sloping, trouble early, middle and late.. This course really offers a little bit of everything and flows together seamlessly. I really enjoyed the creek that is incorporated into holes 14-16. It is just beautiful and while admiring the creek I found a great hyzer line off 15's tee!
This is a great course for beginners and for advanced players.
The baskets and tee pads are in great condition. There are benches (which I needed later in the round) and trash cans throughout the course, and the tee signs are very descriptive and accurate.. There are also nice, clean restrooms near the practice basket area.
Hole # 24 is a really great finishing hole. Downhill with just a little bit of trouble. It is always nice to finish your round with a 500 ft Deuce opportunity.
Cons: A few of the holes felt a little bit like "filler" holes. I really felt that holes 22 and 23 were extremely bland and only put in to bring the total number of holes to 24. They are across a road separate from all the other holes and are very easy 3's and not too difficult to deuce.
I would like to see at least one or two par 4's or 5's on this course. I saw on the tee signs that a couple of holes have a safari like layout playing to the next holes basket to add some length to the course but I would like so see a few stand alone holes that can be par 5's
Other Thoughts: I was on a disc golf trip around the Cincinnati/Northern KY area and found that this course was by my most favorite in the area. It had a really high "fun factor" and really made me want to come back and play it again.
I really wanted to give this course 5 discs but I just couldn't since it doesn't seem like a championship level course. Even though I was not playing great I was still able to go under par easily on this course.
Lincoln Ridge is a beautiful course that is very well designed, very well maintained and supported by very friendly and dedicated locals.
I would love this to be my home course.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: This course utilized every inch of space they had available to them. The course is super well maintained, trash buckets on just about every hole (maybe every hole?). Plenty of variation of shots and fairways throughout the course.
The wooded holes are EXTREMELY wooded and the open holes are OPEN. There are some obstacles on the open holes and there are definitive fairways on the wooded holes, but each has their own way of making errant shots cost the player.
Memorable holes (for me):
Hole 3. I was able to skip off the road with my backhand and land within 60 feet for an easy 3.
Hole 7. Watch how your disc kicks off the trees on this hole. Mine kicked high and to the right and ended up farther away from the pin than the tee pad I drove from.
Hole 16. About 150ft on the left, I kicked off a tree straight down into the ground. Upon walking up to where we both saw the disc hit the ground we didn't see anything. After 20 minutes of looking, it was under a pile of leaves less than a foot from the tree. I liked the elevated basket placement as it turned my saved 3 into a wasted 4.
Hole 20. This shot was either an accurate shot through a small alley between what looked like 100 trees on either side, or over the top with a spike hyzer to avoid any rollback into the woods. I took the rhfh spike hyzer route and ended up planting less than 30ft from the pin.
Hole 21. I threw the rhfh again on this hole trying to hook out and spike into the wooded area near the pin. I ended up releasing early and smacked into the building to the right of the fairway. I watched my disc fall and thought it stopped, but after picking up my bag and walking 10 feet I see this blue blur rolling down the hill toward the pond (it landed in a bush).
Cons: The pond near hole 22 is nothing to go swimming in. If you lose your disc, I hope you have a retriever or a spare shower.
Other Thoughts: This course was beautiful and treated me well for my first play. I'll definitely be back to play this year.
4 of 12 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: -This course is very well kept and allot of fun.
-The course is very Hyzer and very right hand friendly, so it's more of an advanced course but you don't have to worry about throwing forehands or turnover shots though.
-The course is a blast though, and most of my greatest rounds that I have played have been on this course.
-The course has a great mix of wooded holes, elevation and downhill holes. The course is not the most advanced but it is one of the funnest courses I guarntee you will play.
-There are a few risk reward holes but most are reachable with a good drive and deucable.
Hole 3 - Love this hole just for the fact that it is a spike hyzer shot with a predator and usually an easy deuce but playing the skip off the road, you can usually park with ease.
Hole 5 - Another great hole. This hole is great and really learned to control an overstable disc because of this hole. This is another great shot for a predator and usually throw flat and just let the predator do the work. With enough finesse can usually get it within 20 or so.
Hole 6 - The only real turnover shot. This has a sharp dog leg left.
Cons: -Most holes are Hyzer shots and very, very RHBH friendly.
-There really aren't any real tough turnover shots.
-This course gets packed, and a ton of people with PBR's, Cigs and DX Valks, so get there early, or be prepared to wait on hole 1 and sometimes play stop and go game.
Other Thoughts: Lincoln Ridge has always been one of my favorite courses. The course itself is not all that advanced by any means and it is one of those courses you could probably play with 3 - 4 discs and really not have any problems. Lincoln Ridge though does have beautiful landscaping and some of the shots in the woods are great. Some of the holes like 22 and 23 really are forgettable, but the rest of the course is excellent. This course is probably 80% straight or hyzer shots though so not going to be a tough daunting course by any stretch of the imagination, but is is not a simple pitch and putt course either.
6 of 11 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 2 Not
One of the best courses in the NKY/Cincy area
Pros: The park has ample parking for a busy day and restrooms near the first tee. Course provides everything from wide open bomber holes to short wooded technical shots. Each wooded hole is carved out nicely from thick woods. All wooded fairways are fair but straying off them can leave you hoping for at least a bogey. The course is set with moderate elevation changes throughout with one big downhill into the lower woods after number 14. Basket placements are fair with some on slopes that can leave with you with a do or die put. The open holes are well placed to provide a mix of open and wooded holes. Deuces can be gotten but they have to be worked for.
Cons: So tee pads are cracked and can affect footing. Walking the course can be troublesome after a rain especially the treks up or down the big hill. In the walk after 16 up the big hill in the woods it looks like they started to build a complete staircase then quit. It would be nice if that were completed or at least a hand rail installed. Also the fairway of 15 can be partially inundated every once in a while with the smell of crap (literally crap) from the police warehouse adjacent to the course.
Other Thoughts: This just maybe a personal preference but holes 22 and 23 seem very out of place. They require a longer walk than from 21 to 24 and don't really add much to the overall feel of the course, just a couple more open holes. Aside from that, this is an exceptional course that gets anywhere from moderate to heavy use everyday. Backups may occur in casual play but the locals are generally friendly and won't slow you down too much. Would highly recommend this if you're passing through the area. One of the top three courses in the NKY/Cincy area.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 2 Not
Disc Golf Paradise
Pros: (My first review...forgive me for the length.)
Lincoln Ridge is a disc golf paradise for many reasons. After about 80 rounds (not all were a complete 24 holes) I feel like I need to give back to the course by rating it. The first "pro" is the fact that it is 24 holes. This course can challenge the best, but yet it can be a very good course for a beginner. The tee pads are concrete and are all in good shape. There are trash cans at almost every tee pad and the course is relatively free of litter. The baskets are in good shape and the course has multiple pin placements. The park has convenient parking by the tee pad for hole no. 1. You can also park at the back of the park near the tee pad for hole 5 and take off from there. There is a soccer field to the right of holes 2 and 3 where you can practice. There is a practice pin right next to the parking lot. Bathrooms and a soda machine are next to the parking lot as well. The course is well maintained. Fresh mulch is placed on the paths and around the tee pads in the spring and fall and the grass is well kept. Be prepared for a hike while you golf, but I guarantee that you will enjoy the views and the course and you really won't notice the hike so much until the next day!
Hole number 1 could be considered the signature hole when the basket is located just across the bridge, inside the woods. Make sure you know where the basket is before throwing on this hole. If it's in the woods it'll require an anhyzer or big S to get you close.
Holes number 2 and 3 offer up opportunities for big drives with no obstacles. Beware of the road though as it's OB. The woods to your left and this OB to the right offer a bit of a challenge to your accuracy.
Hole no. 4 is a short ace opportunity. You'll have to contend with some tree branches, but if you keep it low you'll be just fine. Many who play this for the first time, without a map, will search for hole 5 and give up and just go right over to the tee for hole 7 which is next door. To get to hole 5 continue past the basket for 4 and across the parking lot.
Hole 5 is a big bender to the left and I've found that if I take a fast disc (that I don't have the power for) and toss it down the middle, the disc will do all the work for me and bend right down the path.
Hole 6 is my nemesis. It's uphill and turns to the right about 100 feet away and then it turns a bit more to the right just before the pin. It's also heavily wooded so keep an eye on your disc. Griplock can get you into big trouble on this hole.
Holes 7 through 9 and short and ace/deuce opportunities. These holes will challenge your accuracy. Distance isn't required and some will chuck a putter off the tee (at least on no. 7). Hole 9 also has a couple of different pin placements.
Hole 10 offers an upper and lower tee pad and the possibility of a deadly roll. The fairway slants to the right down into the woods and if a disc lands just "right" it will head towards the woods, possibly down into the creek and offer up a nice little hike for you. After you've thrown, make sure your disc comes to a complete rest before taking your eye off of it.
Holes 11 and 12 are simply bombs away opportunities. It's a nice break from the woods and gives you the chance to pull out your big dog.
Hole 13 has a couple of pin placements so if you don't see the top of the basket straight away, it's just off to the right. You'll need a straight shot for this hole.
Hole 14 can be pure joy or pure hell. It's straight downhill towards the creek and very short. Going past the basket could prove deadly. Be sure that you are in adequate shape before even venturing down the hill for this hole. If you're not, there is a path (not clearly visible in the spring/summer) to the left that will take you over to hole 18 and you can skip the creek holes. If you do this, go down the path and to your right to play the "lower" tee for 18 or you can skip 18 too by heading left past the basket.
If you do play the "creek holes" (14-16), you'll find them very peaceful and scenic. Beware though that once you throw and if you're anything like me, all of that quickly goes out the window when you have to hike down, and back up, to get your disc out of the creek. These holes require a straight toss. If you try to get an S, you'll likely hit the trees to the right and end up in the creek. If you fade to the left too far you might hit the hill to the left of the very narrow fairway and roll down, across the path and down the steep incline into the creek. Plenty of opportunities here for trouble. Hole 16 has a very beautiful pin placement and also has a short and a long tee pad. From hole 16 to the tee for hole 17 is called "fat man's misery". It's partial steps and then just a path. When wet, it's tricky getting there in one piece.
Hole 17 offers a slight bend to the right and lots of trees to contend with. Keep an eye on your disc at all times.
Hole 18 (as mentioned before) offers 2 tee pads. You'll come to the upper and most don't even realize there is a lower. My favorite is the upper which shoots across a ravine and then requires a left to right finish to get near the basket. There is also a bridge across the ravine to the right, but most locals just trek right through the middle and enjoy the hike. It'll certainly get your blood going. Once you cross the ravine, if you'd like to throw the lower tee, it's hidden down a path to your left.
Hole 19 offers an upper and lower tee pad and the woods to your right as well as a group of trees to your left just before the basket can come into play.
Hole 20 is considered by some to be the signature hole. This hole requires either a monster throw over the tree line or a tunnel shot through a narrow opening. Once through, the hole is hard right which offers a challenge.
Hole 21 has 2 tee pads. There is also a small pond that shouldn't come into play, but does for some. If you happen to get the urge to chase your disc into the pond, don't. Many swear that it's infested with leaches. The basket is guarded by several trees which can prove difficult and require accuracy as you approach.
Holes 22 and 23 are referred to as the "bowl holes". There is a pond in the middle of these 2 holes which can come into play on no. 22. Both holes offer another opportunity to bring out the big gun and let it rip.
Hole 24 is the longest of them all. This hole will certainly test your arm strength at a time when your legs and shoulder might be asking you to give them a break. The basket is strategically placed around a few trees which will require some accurate putting.
Cons: I don't think there's anything I'd change about the set up of this course, but one con would be traffic. This course gets lots of traffic, pros and noobs. I guess this is the price to pay for a sweet course. (maybe a chair lift from the basket at 16 to the tee pad at 17?)
Other Thoughts: I live a mile away from Lincoln Ridge and this has spoiled me. I've played a handful of other courses and I enjoy open and wooded, long and short, flat and hilly, but this course has it all. There's not much reason for me to travel 20-30 minutes anywhere else when I get my fill 1.2 miles down the road.
13 of 15 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This course is one of the best in my book. It offers a great variety of holes and is very well maintained in a park setting. The topo played and important, but not overwhelming role in the course. It is quite a hike, but well worth it.
Cons: A few of the holes were a little too open. One of the costs of having such a nice course is that it is so popular. I had to wait on a number of the holes for players to clear. But everyone was polite and I did not experience any inordinant delays. There were no supersized groups clogging up play.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Great use of elevation, treed areas and open fields. For a municipal park it is really, really pretty.
You will need all of your shots for this course. #1 starts the course with a nice downhill, multiple basket locations add interest. A little fairly open play, then into the woods where it gets tricky. As mentioned in other reviews 3-4 can be hard to follow, go through the parking area. #5 is a tough up hill, to the right then straight and down hill. Very tough hole.
After that is some more elevation/woods, some more woods. The middle holes are open, one uphill, one great downhill and then a long shot downhill through a gap in the woods, with multiple pin placements again. Then a great shot down into a ravine. Stunning scenery and scary putts can turn a 3 into a 5-6 quick. Then a couple of holes down tight fairways along the ravine. Shots can add up quick here too, throw straight and true.
Work your way through more woods, with an ace opportunity along the way, then pop out into some less crowded holes. one shot through a small window over a run-off and then you are into the open holes. I find it a nice change of pace after all of the woods. 22 and 24 are especially fun, a shorter downhill and then a looong shot over the top of the park to finish.
Cons: Navigation? Other than that this course has few cons.
Other Thoughts: Put this on your top "to play" courses, along with Idlewild and Mt Airy. Not as challenging as Idlewild, but then not as aggravating either.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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