Future of Organized HS DG?
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Let me start out by saying, this is the best property owned by a school that I have ever seen. I believe they own 80+ acres and have plans for 9 more holes in the future.
This course is really not what you think of when you hear "9 hole course". It really isn't. A few bomber holes to open up with, followed by a few technical holes through some trees. A really interesting/possibly infuriating downhill touch shot. Andy you finish by winding back around the school. Want extra innings? Play the short pads! They off some unique views for each basket.
I have a feeling that this is really going to help spread the word through the local ohio schools that arent familiar with disc golf. Kids talk, post on social media, and will probably demand another local school to help put in another course. Before you know it, club play between schools like in central kentucky. These kids are going to throw far!
For being so young, this course has a lot of love to it! Already have nice paver pads, benches, even hooks for your bag.
Cons: This is being nit picky, but would love to see some type of trees (just a few) on several of the holes. Something to throw around, or to try to make you hit a line. For example, hole 3 is throw hard and far twice from either pad... and hope for a putt. No thinking to that... and that is what the sport is partially about. Thinking.
In the future, would definitely like to see those extra holes look something similar to hole 5 for balance.
Other Thoughts: 3 is a strong score for a course in its infancy. I think this will really serve the community in a great way. Excited to see some young throwers catching the bug, and spreading it to other local schools.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Interesting for a school course!
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: South Point is a really different kind of nine hole course, and while brand new, has had a lot of love already put into it. They bought fantastic MVP baskets (triple chained, and deep cages catch great!), put up really good signage (visible even in fog), and built nice interlocking block paver tees and benches at all 18 tees (at least the ones that don't tee from an already established surface). The variety of play is impressive, from an opening bomber hole down, then an uphill third that play up what has got to be one of the most tempting sledding hills I've seen in a while. You get to play technical and sloping from 4 through 8, while still having little chance of a lost disc.
Signature holes are likely to always be the top of the world shots on 1 & 8, and there is some extreme hole distance variety out here, from 200 to nearly 700 feet. You'll need to play smart to avoid some of the clearly marked and logical OB throughout the course, and to stay between the double mando on 2, so the course provides a little of everything needed to help HS aged youngsters get the basics of the sport. A nice job in the space they had available.
Cons: Speaking of space, there are some walks from baskets to next tees where we wondered if a few short, technical holes could be added. And the access to the hilltop hole 8 was not readily apparent: climbing straight up that slope is going to be tough on the legs, tough on the turf, and impossible when wet. Further, the muddy ditch at the bottom there, and the rough clearing to get to 5 might make the course less than fun when wet or icy. Overall, the course isn't always 'accessible' (for carts or older players): you have to hop the guard rail to throw 9 short, for instance.
On holes 1, 2, 3, 7 & 8, having two tees didn't really add any change to the shot needed, while the different tees on 4, 6, & 9 use obstacles to solid effect to change the shot (with the downside being that they do add a little safety hazard for misfires, as well).
As far as design safety (again, understanding the land they had to work with), six of the nine holes throw from, over, or near drives and parking areas, so it's really important to stress that visitors need to come only when there's no school or school events. But if the phys ed classes ever want to use the course, drives and lots won't be empty, so...
Other Thoughts: In all, I had mixed feelings about the course: it was a fun play for our skill level (see below), but I worried about the fun factor versus safety issues if they use it to introduce 14 to 17 year olds to high speed projectiles. Finally, I was planning to post some pictures after a visit on an unseasonably warm Presidents Day road trip, but the thick morning fog didn't lift until we were done.
Reviewer Background as of this writing: flirting with Intermediate skill levels and grandmaster age, I've now had the pleasure of being able to review 274 courses. Thanks to all who build 'em!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Great 9 hole course with diverse holes
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Well marked holes, mandos, and directional signs
good mix of holes
concrete block tee pads
good use of elevation
multiple tee pads
Cons: Slight walk between 5 and 6
Course can be closed at times due to school functions
Other Thoughts: Definitely the most fun nine hole course I've played. There are a few wide open holes to start that allow you to throw any type of shot you want and work on distance as well. Baskets have three rows of chains.
There is a little walk between 5 and 6, but it isn't that bad. Made nice use of roads, sidewalks, fences, and rocks for ob's. Be sure to watch out for the occasional car driving around school.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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