Nice, pretty putt-putt course
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Pros: For those of you who've never been to Yellow Springs, you know how folks visit Amish, Mennonite, or Quaker communities in PA, OH & IN? Often, it's kind of like a visit to a place frozen in time. Well, Yellow Springs is like somebody scooped up a California hippie community in 1966-67 and plopped it down in rural Ohio, then sealed it in a little time bottle. I lived near here in 1970, and it feels like it still has the same vibe. It is truly an interesting little town to visit. Even the little Mills Lawn Elementary school has a hippie mural with peace signs in a park-like playground surrounded by front porch style houses. They've just built a cute little disc golf course for the kids there, as well.
The course has neat, hand-painted tee signs and map, natural grass tees, and the newest basket design in the area, the Predator, with its shark fin top pointing to the next tee, and its curved over basket lip that keeps bounce-outs, ...well, in. The interesting thing is the community put in these wonderful baskets on a true Par 2 course. It's a great, rewarding place for primary grade students to learn the game with their families, teachers and classmates. All holes are forgiving, and most are safely laid out for wild beginner throws. The sixth hole actually forces a little line shaping around a younger tree and under a more established one. Overall, this course is a fun place to practice putter upshots for ace runs.
Cons: The lack of distance (& elevation, & obstacles) will deter any real reason to come into town just for the disc golf: holes range from 70' to 192', and if you take more than 20 strokes to complete the nine holes, you might feel let down. The tees are natural turf and toe boards, but anything more involved would be overkill. Most holes play safely, but the ninth finished between three pieces of playground equipment, and overzealous kids should be monitored on their throws there. Obviously not intended to be played when the playground or park is in use, or school is in session.
Other Thoughts: They should probably go with the vibe of the town and post a notice suggesting disc golf players should restrict their disc choices to only rounded edges and lids (no 'modern', beveled edges on this course!).
There are baskets up at the nearby high school which seem to roam over a great deal of that campus, but the 'next tee' fin tops aren't up yet, so I plan to revisit once the signage and layout are complete (and I'll be visiting the new course in Xenia again then, as well). Might stop in at Mills Lawn to run up my 'ace' total. ;)
Reviewer Background as of this writing: played 273 courses and written 255 reviews, with skills hovering around a 900 rating, I started playing at 50 and am now 55. I don't throw far (300 footers feel like success), but am addicted to DG, and have played with folks ranging from age 7 to 87, so I try to write reviews helpful to all.
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Quick Putter Course
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Short recreational course installed behind an elementary school.
-High quality baskets for a rec course
-Signage drawn by the students
-Good for a quick putter round. One disc, and you can complete a round in 10-15 minutes
-Meant to introduce students to the sport of disc golf
Cons: -Behind a school. Cannot play when school is in session. The playground may also be used when school is not in session, so use caution.
-Short. Shortest hole is 70 feet. Longest is 192 feet. Many are listed as Par 2's
-Flat...not much of a challenge, but then again, not meant to be
-Six of the holes are Par 2, ranging from 70 feet to 132 feet. In order to birdie them, you have to Ace the hole. If you are teaching elementary kids about disc golf, I would make them par 3's.
-Short...did I mention it's short?
Other Thoughts: There is a planned complementary longer, 9-hole course at the Yellow Springs High School. It appears 8 of the baskets are in place, and the posts, but no signage.
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