All-Around Great Course
Pros: - Several long holes that let you really open up
- Well marked
- Decent variety
- Well maintained
Cons: - Can be crowded
- Steep drop-off after 8 tee-pad, watch your step
- 15 tee missing sign
Other Thoughts: Spread out over Harbin Park, this is a course well-worth a trip to play a few rounds. It's mostly wide-open, with a few more technical holes on the back nine. A great place to work on long drives, the course is good for beginners and offers a moderate challenge to more experienced players.
Harbin Park DGC
Pros: - Ok for higher level players, great for new players
- Good mix of short and long holes
- Layout very easy to follow (can't get lost)
Cons: - Needs a redesign (other thoughts)
Other Thoughts: With a couple changes that would involve only moving two baskets this course could become very challenging. First, combine 13 and 14 (Flying Pig Layout) As this a challenging but fun hole then. Second, since 14 has a free tee pad, and thirteen has a free basket, move 13's basket further to the upper left and throw from 14's teepad to thirteens basket. Only thing needed would be two simple paths through the woods(it's all honey suckle and would take no time to remove). This would make the course fresh and challenging, plus the new holes would be fun. Also take hole number 8 and move the basket up behind the bush so it still is a birdie attempt but not quite as easy.
Pros: good for new and intermediate players
Very open and clear
holes avg 330 ft. or so
easy lay out, and good signs
Nice view on #4,5....
Cons: No water fountains or benches, or picnic tables
could use more large trees for shade, and give a little more challenge
Other Thoughts: I can see this course expanding and being reconfigured all together... its a big park, and the disc golf course does run into the mountain bike trails, that hardly get used, and they could make a very challenging expansion if they thought about it...
Pros: Very good course to practice drives on, holes are easy to find and generally easy to play. This is the first course i played on and had fun.
Cons: Most holes are not challenging other then a few that require long drives.
Other Thoughts: This is a good place to practice long drives, because the long holes, elevation, and wind. Will return for more fun!
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: William Harbin Park is a fun, scenic course with moderate elevation changes on nearly every hole and some great views!
Next tee signs make navigating the course easy, the tee signs are good and make it easy to find baskets that are out of sight from the tee. There is a good mix of short, medium and long holes and the concrete tee pads are nice and big. The course is mostly open with mature trees to navigate on some holes. For a mostly open course, there are a good number of anhyzer shots which is nice to see.
There were a few holes that really stick out in my mind here. Hole 5 is a fun turnover shot with a challenging putting green. The basket on hole 6 is guarded in such a way that this unique hole that will only reward very skilled shots with a birdie. Hole 13 is a fun downhill bomb. And the course finishes with a huge downhill anhyzer shot I wanted to empty my bag on.
It seems they mow the fairways and path to the next tee but let the rest of the grass grow a little more. When I was here the grass off the fairway was taller but certainly not long enough to make it difficult to find discs. Hopefully that's how it's normally kept otherwise finding discs could be a problem.
Cons: About a third of the holes are completely wide open.
The course lacks challenge. Because the course is so open, bad shots are not punished and it's easy to recover for par if you have a bad tee shot.
There is virtually no shade, there isn't water close by and there are no benches if you need to rest and catch your breath from walking the hills.
Some of the holes start to feel repetitive due to the lack of obstacles.
Other Thoughts: Overall I really enjoyed playing this course and I loved the views from the top of the hills. With good views and high elevations often comes wind. It was calm the day I played here but I'm sure the wind is often present here.
It's an excellent course for new players through the Rec or Int division. They'll be challenged by elevation and distance, but there are still some shorts holes that will yield birdies to them to them.
More advanced players will not be challenged here.
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Pros: Fairways and pathways freshly mowed and virtually no mud at all. Tee boxes in great shape.
Cons: It was my first time playing this course and we had a hard time finding the 8th tee. But the rest of them are logically placed.
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Pros: This is a nice 18 hole course. The signs are nice and they even have arrows pointing you to the next tee box. The course is open, so there aren't a lot of obstructions to get in your way.
Cons: This course plays almost all of the holes up hill. Even getting to the first tee is up hill. If you are a beginner and haven't got a good drive or tend to not be very straight, it is a hike getting to bad shots. Make sure you have endurance to play this course.
Other Thoughts: Due to the up hill nature of this course, I recommend that you play with a group of at least 4 people. That way you get a chance to catch your breathe between shots and holes.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Challenging but Fun!
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Pros: From a beginner stand point - This course is open enough so that errant throws dont hurt you to bad. A few straight shots where you can let it rip especially #4 at 725ft but the fairway is open so have at it. Good views of Hamilton and very senic course.
Cons: Sign was missing from hole #15. Watch your step on #9 as there is a big step off the tee pad from erroding landscape perhaps.
Other Thoughts: As a beginer I really liked this course. It is long but fun to play on. Chaneging at times when shots need to be shaped to the right but with the open fairways par is still obtainable with a good approach shot.
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Pros: Excellent open field 18 hole course, for those who love open fields.
Cons: No wood shots at all, a bit of a walk, but not too bad.
Other Thoughts: The water tower shots are awesome, especially the one shooting right towards it. A memorable course.
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Pros: (William) Harbin Park features a longish disc golf course north of the Cincinnati outer belt, which runs uphill near a huge water tower, and incorporates a gigantic sledding hill for its occasional temporary holes (played often in a few of the area's prestigious tournaments, like the Flying Pig). I like hole A which allows for a huge downhill bomb to a ridge near the bottom. If you have a portable basket, it's almost worth dragging it out to watch your best stuff glide down there.
The fairways are usually well maintained, and each hole has a good-sized concrete teepad, decent sign and waste receptacle. The park has several shelters, including one with a huge stone fireplace we used for our true Ice Bowl this year. Most other activities occur in the other areas of the park, and a walk/jog path doesn't come into play, unless you really get off track.
The course can be a little intimidating for weaker arms, as it opens out with three uphill shots, followed by a monster 725 footer that finishes near the high point and flagpole at the 'top' of the park.
There are a handful of birdie holes (better players might call them ace runs) to make up for the tougher ones.
The holes flow nicely back to the starting area after nine, and loop to the left side of the park for the back nine.
Harbin incorporates its natural elevation on most every hole, and requires turning drives in each direction, though it's a very open course.
Cons: There are no benches near the tees, the 6 uphill shots tend to feel a lot alike because of the lack of trees/foliage, and at least one of the teepads (#1) has an uncomfortable upslope.
The rough can get quite long, causing surprising difficulty in finding an errant disc (it feels weird to search for more than a minute when you're really just looking in an open field!).
Can get very muddy on the back nine (#14 can be a swamp, as can the passage through the bushes after you finish #18).
Other Thoughts: Harbin is a challenge for novice to recreational players, but its length (relative length, including the uphills) appeals to intermediates and above.
If you're only in the area for a while, I'm sorry, because there are more than a dozen worthwhile courses here, and you might not have time to try them all. But Harbin falls into the worthwhile group, so come on back if you haven't partaken.
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