6 Helpful / 0 Not
Picturesque in Northern KY
Pros: -good signage at each hole, all intact as of this review except for one
-some holes have multiple tee pads and basket locations
-undergrowth is limited so discs aren't tough to find
-water features, elevation changes, and woods add challenge and interest
-benches and garbage cans on just about all the holes
-excellent use of space with 24 interesting holes
Cons: -can be muddy around the creek, but this is only a problem if you make a bad shot, and is to be expected
-depending on how much energy you have, 24 holes of elevation change can be tiring
-no next tee signs, can be somewhat confusing
-despite 2 ponds on this course, neither is really a risk unless you make a pretty terrible shot, they could be incorporated better
Other Thoughts: This is very picturesque course, especially in the fall with the leaves changing. The creek running through the course adds some challenge, and while none of the holes are impossible many are quite challenging and force you to make the right shot. This is a good intermediate course that allows some forgiveness but still requires some skill. It's a lot of fun and has tons of elevation change- bring your hiking boots. It probably gets overlooked with Idlewild just a few miles away but this is a very respectable course in its own right. It's definitely one worth playing. If it's your first (or second) time, I strongly recommend bringing a map, navigation can be difficult.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Grains of sand tickle my nose
Pros: Personal Rank: 109
Good solid fun without being overly challenging or punishing. Nearly every hole is deuceable, but that doesn't mean it's easy - hit your line and you will be rewarded, miss your line and you might have a look at a par save. Use of elevation and heavily wooded areas with some thick rough make for a fun variety of shots that makes this course enjoyable many times through. I definitely enjoy a round at Lincoln Ridge as a great compliment to its neighbor, Idlewild and the other Cincy courses makes for a great destination area.
I highly recommend this area and this course for anybody traveling by or looking for a weekend destination area of great disc golf.
Other Thoughts: After playing 1000 courses, I'm excited to share my opinion on some of my favorites. My top 100+ list can be found on my blog, my favorites list is at 110 of 1020 as of writing this review. Of all courses played, the top 1.5% receive a rating of 5, down to 6% is a 4.5, and 15% is a 4.0 creating a bell curve distribution. I apologize that my reviews are not as detailed as they have been previously. I have included the details as to why this course stands out to the best that my memory serves.
My personal criteria is very subjective, a gut feeling:
~Physical beauty stands out, both scenery and the beauty of each hole.
~Amenities don't mean much to me, it doesn't much matter if there's benches, concrete tee pads, or garbage cans.
~Technical design - How well designed are the fairways/airways and landing areas? Are there unique holes that stand out? Variety of holes - distances, shapes, elevation, tree density, rough thickness. Pars 4 and 5?
~I love extreme/adventure golf. Rugged and secluded courses stand out more than park style courses. In general I prefer more technical over more open.
~Local Scene. If I was involved in a tournament or league or met up with some locals and played the course multiple times I appreciate different aspects of a course.
Thank you, enjoy my reviews and if you don't find this information helpful, please let me know what I can do to improve.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Lincoln Ridge - Another Cinci Gem!!!
Pros: We had driven 10 hrs from Mpls/St Paul the day before to tackle some of the Cinci area courses and I knew this one should not be missed! I had played this course a year earlier on a road trip but it was raining and I couldnt get the full enjoyment out of the course. This time it was perfect, 65 degress, sunny, light wind and nobody on the course! Do the locals not know whats in their back yard!
Fairways: were in great shape and well maintained, looks like they had plenty of watering as they were still lush green as of Oct 9. The mowers were just coming through (a huge area to mow may I mention) making the course look pristine.
Rough: at Lincoln Ridge was well placed and usually managable. Many holes have dense woods risk, drop off risks a few water risks towards the end. Not knowing the course and no locals being around meant that we sent one guy ahead to spot on many of the holes to ensure a round that didnt break 4 hrs.. Many holes will gobble up your discs if you are a first timer or dont have a spotter.
Elevation Variety: was phenomenal. The coures starts off with two long downhill heiser shots. Penty of space to bomb it without risk however the approachs go into the woods slightly. From there the elevation goes down into a valley and along side some of the ridges. A nice river/stream flows at the bottom with nice rock ridges and small drops. Cool scenery and good photo ops here. The course has plenty of uphill hikes and shots that require accuracy and patience. No doubt a few shots are going to take a long roll downhill. Playing during the fall makes loosing a disc under some debris/leaves a scary reality, but thats the risk we take to play this game.
Length: was just about right. Took two of us about 3 hours. Not too long that you're throwing your arm out of socket every hole and needing 4 bottles of water to get through the hike. But dont get me wrong, there are plenty of difficult holes here that requre strength and good placement. The course is just about right if you want a good workout, challenge and mix of holes and still have some energy for another round.
Use of Water: towards the end of the course the holes encircle a small pond. The placements when I was there were in places where the water posed absolutely no risk which was a bit dissappointing. There is also a small far pond on 16 and 17. And the little stream running through the mddle of the course but doesnt pose any "loss" risk.
Course Beauty: is fantastic. Set among rolling hills in the countryside outside Cincinatti. The course meanders through and around a small forest on the grouds of a well maintained public park. No trash to be seen, plenty of cans, and wonderfully maintained.
Overall: Phenomenal design with pin placements that are simply FUN. The course requires an arsenal of shots to score well. This is a must visit if you are in the Cincinatti area (along with Idlewild and Mt Airy). Fantastic course that is now in my top 10 played. Cant wait to come back.
Signs: Fairly well maintained and well marked. Lengths do not match the scorecards in all cases. Pars seemed to be a bit off on some holes. We played them all 3 for simplicity and increased challenge.
Tees: concrete and in good shape.
Ease of Navigation: Simple layout that is relatively easy to follow. A map and simply directions make navigation a bit easier but they arent mandatory.
Lost Disc Potential: Moderate
Cons: Hardly a thing!
The water on the "water holes" unfortunately do not pose much if any risk of disc loss. Was hoping to have my heart beating faster when I stepped on the teepad for the water holes... But they still look cool.
Other Thoughts: Favorite Hole(s): 1, 7, 15, 18
10 CURRENT FAVORITE COURSE (Played):
1. Flyboy Aviation, Whitesburg GA
2. Blueberry Hill, Highbridge WI
3. Idlewild, Burlington KY
4. Rennaissance Park, Charlotte NC
5. Diamond X, Billings MT
6. Blue Ribbon Pines, East Bethel MN
7. Lincoln Ridge Park, Independence KY
8. Ashe Co Park, Jefferson, NC
9. Highbridge Gold, Highbridge WI
10. WR Jackson Memorial DGC, Intl Disc Golf Center, Appling GA
Granite Ridge, Highbridge, WI
Hornets' Nest, Charlotte NC
Whistler DGC, Whistler, British Columbia
Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter MI
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: Great course but not for beginners. Long holes. Acurate drives are important!!! Lots of hills . The holes by the creek can be very challenging the first time.
Cons: Some holes are hard to find for firsttime players.
Other Thoughts: Great course and very challenging.
0 of 8 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Beautiful, Fun, and Hilly
Pros: excellent mix of terrain
*great elevation changes
*course situated away from other park activities
*found the course easy to navigate with map
* great concrete tee pads with signs
*local player helped find TWO of my discs
*beautiful creek holes
*lots of fun to play holes and shots
*cute bridges and benches throughout
Cons: *Longest hole is only 516
*Only 1 hole besides longest is over 400
*While holes 14-16 by the creek are scenic and can be very fun to play because of the gorge they can also be dangerous and easy to fall on
*the elevation on other holes can make it very difficult disc diving should you go into some brush on a hill
*only a couple holes with multiple tees
*the extension holes could use more variety
Other Thoughts: Some of the steep parts are super fun just walking around on and even more fun to through from but can present a safety hazard so be careful out there! Many of the area players I talked to about this course (I called it by its current name, Lincoln Ridge Park, while the locals seemed to prefer calling it Old Bancklick or just BanckLick) expressed frustration over hole 14 mainly that its too easy to shoot into the out of bounds creek. I actually talked to a guy at Idelwild who said he would never play Bancklick again because of that 1 hole! I thought it was a fun hole but agree that it seems incredibly difficult to land inbounds and might be a touch on the short side. I believe a second, long tee pad would work perfectly for hole 14 and I think that if they added them wherever there was room longer tee pads would give you much more room to stretch out your throwing arm. While the course was one of the most fun and scenic courses I've ever played and adding more long tee pads and changing the extension holes is the only way right now I could I imagine the course getting better and deserving a 5 rating. I will absolutely play this course again the next time I am in N. Kentucky or S. Ohio and would highly recommend it for people of any disc golf skill level as long as hey can safely navigate steep hills.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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.
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