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Burnet Woods (Univ. of Cincinnati)

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4 1
bdarg34
Experience: 2.8 years 54 played 2 reviews
4.00 star(s)

Urban Disc Golf

Reviewed: Played on:Jul 20, 2022 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

Newly redesigned and added 9 holes to previous layout.

New baskets and world class tee pads.

Sleeves are in for long pins as well.

Cons:

Baskets are a little lower on quite a few holes....may need to drop to knee for a putt or 2.

Other Thoughts:

Parking is off Clifton across from Dixmyth Ave. Signs are temp for now but are on a post and the updates are available on UDisc.
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Qikly
Diamond level trusted reviewer
Experience: 12 years 181 played 150 reviews
1.50 star(s)

2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Jul 24, 2017 Played the course:once

Pros:

Burnett Woods DGC sits in a humble city park across the street from University of Cinncinati. The course runs along sloped hills dotted with trees and patches of dense rough. The course is largely short and sweet, with ace runs / easy birdies predominating, but a few holes stretch out to around 300 ft or more to add some variety. Holes are never too complicated but there are some windows to hit, trees to shape around, and landing zones to move through; Burnett offers an easy round for even a newer player but isn't a sleep walk or a waste of time owing to sitting on some decent terrain. With numerous other such small courses in the area, it's a functional addition to an afternoon of course bagging. As far as somewhat-neglected small park courses go, there's much worse out there.

It's a quick play, navigation issues aside.

Cons:

The course is simple and straightforward, which is to be expected. It's also pretty rough around the edges, both figuratively and literally: newer players could easily lose a disc on an errant throw, tempering the appeal of an otherwise beginner-friendly course. Navigation was quite unintuitive, for my group at least: we had to double back and search for the next tee on several occasions. This made an otherwise quick playthrough considerably less so.

The course plays close to other park services such as gazebos and grill pits, so there's some possibility of conflicting with pedestrians etc especially if it gets busy.

Other Thoughts:

Burnett Woods' layout was pretty fun to play considering the context, though the navigation issues put a small damper on things. Worth a stop to bag, worth visiting if you're in the area to keep your game fresh.
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9576
Experience: 2 played 2 reviews
3.00 star(s)

Burnet Woods Fall 2017 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Sep 6, 2017 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

Well kept. Good variety of terrain. Near the University. Nice park.

Cons:

Some poorly marked tees. Only 9 holes. Tee pads are "au naturel" - marked only with simple signage and railroad ties. Some sort of burrowing animal has taken up residence on 5-8. Have not found a nearby bar yet.

Other Thoughts:

Download the map first. The first time here, it didn't occur to me that the 5th tee is across the road. Tee one is on the opposite side of the park, it might be easier to park at the playground lot and start on hole 5. Some of the tees are a little rough,l I was genuinely afraid that I might break my ankle on hole 2.
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ForearmGalore
Silver level trusted reviewer
Experience: 11.1 years 250 played 42 reviews
2.50 star(s)

Good for what it is 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Apr 3, 2017 Played the course:once

Pros:

-Offers a good variety of shots considering the size of the park. You'll throw up, down and have the occasional dogleg.
-With the exception of hole 1, every hole can punish you for a bad throw or reward you for a good one. There are plenty of ways for your disc to get caught, but also clear routes to the basket for birdie.
-WITH A MAP, this is easy to navigate. Map is a must though
-For being part of a college campus and next to main roads, there is virtually no way to throw into the street. All the throws go IN towards the park and not out towards the road/sidewalk.
-Good for forearmers and backhanders. Both shots will help you here.
-There is free parking inside the park, Not sure if the University Police would bother you if you parked on the street near campus.
-This is a super quick play for travelers (if you have a map!) I started a timer when I got off the interstate ramp. I got to the course, jogged through playing all 9, and was back on the interstate in 28 minutes!

Cons:

-The biggest issue is navigation. You NEED to download the map.
-The free parking puts you between holes. Hole 5 is north of you, 4 is east and 7 is south. Honestly it's easier to start on hole 5 and then finish on 4.
-No teepads is always a bummer, but there are marked throwing locations.
-No signs means you need a map to ensure you know where you're throwing. Although, there is not much overlap,
-Did I mention you NEED a map?!

Other Thoughts:

Directions: (Again, my tip would be to start on 5 at the parking in the middle of the park)
Hole 1: Near MLK Dr. and Brookline. Throws in towards a park slightly down hill
Hole 2: From hole 1 pin look east and up towards a cluster of trees. From pad throw is long and dogleg left into a tunnel.
Hole 3: from hole 2 pin keep going west and then north around bushes. Throw straight ahead to basket in brush on right
Hole 4: Head north from pin 3 than east. You'll walk the opposite way down the fairway to the tee, then you'll throw west to the basket.
Hole 5: From basket head west to parking lot. On northwest side is the tee that throws north and down to basket.
Hole 6: From basket head down hill and west. Tee pad is near road/sidewalk and throws back uphill towards park.
Hole 7:From basket head south and straight. You'll pass through parking lot and playground before you find tee. Straight throw that's easy to see.
Hole 8: From 7 go straight to south west side of the pavilion. Throw is south and dogleg left into flower patch.
Hole: 9 Keep heading south and the throw is south east back towards hole 1's tee pad.
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icezero82
Experience: 10.1 years 63 played 4 reviews
1.50 star(s)

Fun short quick course 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Oct 12, 2014 Played the course:once

Pros:

Challenging on uphill throws and nice short hike.

Cons:

Tees are not completed and posts are missing. The directions to next tees are confusing. I cannot find #2 tee.

Other Thoughts:

I give this course a 1.5 - passable because it was playable. A bit of a challenge for new players. I will come back here if I need a quick fix for disc-golfing!
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Eric troll Biscuits
Experience: 35.9 years 31 played 29 reviews
2.00 star(s)

Troll's Review 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Sep 4, 2013 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

9 hole course right on UC campus. I know for the Disc golf community, its not the greatest, but it does show this city's love for disc golf to new UC students who may not ever heard of it. Or may know of the sport but stuck on campus

Cons:

Its poor maintained, labeled.
Not worth playing, unless you have no alternative.

Other Thoughts:

The City could do so much more with the "on campus" Disc golf course design. Burnet is great example of how it COULD be great, but isn't
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gt700
Experience: 17.1 years 168 played 13 reviews
1.50 star(s)

UC Disc Golf (Burnet Woods) 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Jun 3, 2013 Played the course:once

Pros:

Hole 1 starts on Brookline, there is a board that looks like it should be a sign showing course layout, but it's got nothing written on it. There is a wooden post there that has the number 1 on it. Hole 2 tee is up by the group of trees. you will see the worn out grass that is used as a tee pad. Hole 3 is around the corner to the right. Hole 4 is around the bushes, (you will see a large wooden post and a smaller wooden post, use the smaller wooden post) Hole 5 & 6 are across the road. You will throw down towards Clifton Avenue and then throw up towards #6. Hole 7 will be straiht in front of you. Hole 8 is on other side of gazeebo, and hole 9 throws towards M.L.King Drive.

Cons:

Needs better signage! Also needs some care. Hopefully somebody from U.C. can step up with a group of college students to assist in caring for this 9 hole course.

Other Thoughts:

It is not a bad little course. Some elevation changes, some areas to throw, a couple of short holes. It just needs some caring people to assist in its upkeep.
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preludedrew
Experience: 17.1 years 82 played 44 reviews
3.00 star(s)

Burnet Woods 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Apr 27, 2013 Played the course:once

Pros:

I really liked this 9 hole course, it has enough distance for the holes throughout the woods, with some open fields. All holes wood stick pads, but are a little hard to find.

Cons:

Some tees are hard to find, some grass needs cut as well.

Other Thoughts:

A good 9 hole course, set in a big park worth checking out.
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fritzaj4
Experience: 12 years 12 played 3 reviews
1.50 star(s)

NEEDS HELP!!! 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Oct 11, 2012 Played the course:once

Pros:

Next to University of Cincinnati, beautiful park, well maintain course, encourages use of backhand and forehand. Simple course. Never busy

Cons:

Terribly maintained dirt teepads, extremely confusing course with no signs and using the map doesn't help that much. Many better courses close by.

Other Thoughts:

This is a good course for students from UC who want to practice their technique but there are a lot better courses a quick drive from this area.
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steven2361
Bronze level trusted reviewer
Experience: 16.2 years 286 played 55 reviews
1.50 star(s)

Couple cool holes 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Jul 11, 2012 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

Hole 2 is a really tough birdie to get. The hole slopes down but then slopes back up and to the left. The basket sits on a slope. It is a tricky angle to judge and to get far left enough. 4 is a cool low ceiling shot. 6 is a good double route uphill hole. 7's basket placement is good, it is easy to blow by it.

Cons:

Poor signage and dirt tees. The rough is rough, keep it on the fairway folks. This is quite a short course, only really holes 2 and 6 call for drivers. Most of the holes are really boring as they are short and open like Holes 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, and 9.

Other Thoughts:

Watch for other park users. This course is not worth your time.
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sisyphus
Diamond level trusted reviewer
Experience: 12.8 years 400 played 385 reviews
3.00 star(s)

Doubling the fun through redesign

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:May 25, 2022 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

The Burnet course just across MLK Drive from the UC campus languished for years as a nine holer with tee posts and ruts aiming at aging baskets, despite having another easily accessed, hilly area just screaming for a redesign for the past decade and a half. Finally being revealed in glory is a new 18 hole track with Mach VII baskets and large, level, concrete tees which incorporates twice the elevation and twice the fun.

Geared well toward the Recreational to Intermediate player, there are now holes ranging from 157 to 300 feet in length, but the tricky use of elevation (especially on holes 2,7,9&10) will keep folks on their toes, while trees force lines and edges to avoid on probably 2/3rds the shots. The design calls for a balanced game (fading right to left and left to right), and focuses more on control than on distance. Players rated 900 or above will likely have a great shot at deucing more than half of these holes on any given outing, so if you think that's fun (well, I do), then this is likely a course you'll enjoy.

Cons:

Designers were forced to have players walk down toward the road, then through right back uphill a couple of times in a row, as the park forbade them to have even the most errant misfire head toward the busy boulevard below, so they were forced to have a few of my least favorite (uphill) throws, with very few long, glidey downhillers, even though these are rolling hills in a campus park. In a similar vein, due to erosion, they wound up having to move what was once the most interesting hole on the course (old hole 2: a downhill tee shot with a forced dogleg left up the valley below), and wound up with the tee pad (now hole 16) going from the bottom and straight up the former second 'leg' of the hole.

This may not be a 'con' to some, but this park is in an urban setting, and unattended vehicles will likely have the same risks as, for instance, Mt. Airy. It isn't entirely clear, but during 'school' hours, the first drive into the park may be patrolled for campus parking stickers, so you'll want to enter on the Clifton Street side of the park, and circle right to the gazebo and shelter lots near new hole 1 (old hole5). Furthermore, this is not a quiet part of town, with heavy traffic just alongside half the course and hospitals all around.

Other Thoughts:

As mentioned before, this redesign has been eagerly anticipated, and certainly makes the most of the allowable space to create a fun, relatively quick loop for its intended audience.
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crandellfamily
Silver level trusted reviewer
Experience: 20.1 years 27 played 27 reviews
1.50 star(s)

This course could use a makeover 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Jul 23, 2012 Played the course:once

Pros:

Quick. Some fun use of elevation changes. Forgiving for beginners, even with the woods that frame #2 and #3, and the trees that dot the fairway of #4, #5, #6, #7 and #9.

A couple best holes:

#2 is a sharp dogleg left that requires a finesse drive downhill. Too long and you're in the woods. Try to cut too much of the dogleg too soon and you're in the woods.

#5 is a short downhill with a decent gap for the drive between two large trees.

Cons:

This course seems generally worn down. The basket at #7 is bent significantly. There's a bulletin board near the first tee, but nothing was posted there when we played.

Nondescript brown posts mark the natural tees. There are often tree roots in the tee areas, and they can be hard to spot, with no signs to mark the walks from basket to tee.

For such a short, simple course, there's a fair amount of walking involved. The park pavilions and playground severely inhibit the best use of the available space. #5 and #6 are across the park road, significantly removed from the rest of the layout.

If the money and energy were available, the best option for this course might be to pull up the baskets and start over.

Other Thoughts:

We were the only people on the course except for a few sunbathers, on a weekday early afternoon: another sign the course may suffer from neglect.

Mt. Airy, a much more challenging, beautifully designed 18 hole layout, is only 3.5 miles away.
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thrembo
Diamond level trusted reviewer
Premium Member
Experience: 49.1 years 242 played 195 reviews
1.50 star(s)

Course Needs Help!!! 2+ years

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:Dec 24, 2011 Played the course:once

Pros:

+ Beautiful course with hills, old trees, grass fairways, and light woods for rough.

+ Close parking. We literally parked right next to hole 1's tee.

Cons:

- 4 missing baskets. A local said they are being stolen.

- Very few tee pads, very few tee signs, and even with a course map it was very hard to navigate.

Other Thoughts:

This place has the potential to be an incredible course. STOP STEALING THE BASKETS!

I really like this park. and hope that they can have a nice course here someday.
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Jason Kerl
Experience: 37.9 years 56 played 4 reviews
2.00 star(s)

Bringing this course back to life! 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:May 31, 2009 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

Hope the course can get back in to shape. Could be fun.

Cons:

The course needs some good ole TLC. Missing baskets, teesigns, teepads......

Other Thoughts:

Hold off on playing this course til the redesign is finished. With Courses like Mt. Airy just 5 min away you should head there instead for right now. Even Surge DGC 9 hole at Cincinnati State is a better option
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AdamJ
Experience: 34.2 years 156 played 4 reviews
2.50 star(s)

Cincinnati Parks Master Plan 2+ years

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:Aug 8, 2013 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

New plan for a full 18 in the works with a redesign to bring about the parks full potential. This may not begin till 20??.
3 missing baskets where replaced this spring, along with new tee sign posts(new signs are in the works) and they let us put a 4x6 board down for the front of the tee area.

Cons:

Parks won`t allow more permanent Tee areas, so we will have to deal with natural tees. Parking at hole 1 is for students only during week days and can be a problem for some if ticketed. We plan on changing the numbers so that in the future hole 5 will be the new hole 1 for parking issues.

Other Thoughts:

Update for all. Cincinnati Parks has been working on a new Master Plan for Burnet Woods. We were able to get a full 18 hole design in their proposal and are awaiting further information from the Parks department. We are working very hard to get this course renovated and up to par along with Mt.Airy. Please be patient and look for volunteer work days at these parks on the GCFDA website. www.cincinnatidiscgolf.com
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Bearcat42
Experience: 28.1 years 83 played 1 reviews
1.50 star(s)

A course of Possibilites 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:May 27, 2010 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

+Right next to University of Cincinnati's Campus
+Park Staff is pretty friendly
+Great Landscape

Cons:

-Two missing baskets
-Dirt tees
-little to no signage, very confusing to play
-Very worn out baskets

Other Thoughts:

This is a course with HUGE potential. Right next to a big University (that I attend) with a very large population of disc golfers. There is ample room in the park for at least 18 holes. If a proper designer was hired and materials could be acquired, with just a little bit of weekly maintenance (after construction) this could be a great Cincinnati course. Right now, though, it is basically a course for practicing approaches and putting. I have found that the best way to play it is make up your own holes with the existing baskets in order to test and improve your own skills.

Something else worth mentioning. This is pretty close to Downtown and over-the-rhine, which basically means you don't want to play this course at night, and it is probably best if you play with a friend rather than alone. As a student of UC, on campus security is practically perfect, but once you step off campus you have to be constantly alert. So if you do go to play this course, just be aware of suspicious looking people.
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CincyDiscGolf
Experience: 15.9 years 22 played 10 reviews
1.00 star(s)

2 baskets are gone 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:May 12, 2009 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

-There is another 9 hole course just down the road at Cincinnati State.

-2 is a neat hole with elevation change that doglegs left through some woods.

Cons:

-Badly Bent Baskets

-2 Stolen Baskets

Other Thoughts:

This park isn't really worth playing unless you are in the area and just feel like playing. You could play this course and Cincinnati State pretty quickly.

Last time I played here we went to Cincinnati State and then St. Bernard.
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SimonCarr
Gold level trusted reviewer
Experience: 25.2 years 116 played 57 reviews
2.50 star(s)

Nice 9 hole course 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Jul 7, 2006 Played the course:once

Pros:

This a great course for people learning the game or recreational players. Not to mention that it is great for students and others who find themselves downtown.

The course is not long, but makes good use of the terrain - with a good bit of elevation change and many of the holes playing along the edge of the woods. There are some fun shots at this course with lots of birdie/ace-run opportunities.

Cons:

Dirt teepads, not super challenging. Course could get confusing in a couple spots for people playing it for the first time.

Other Thoughts:

Advanced players could play this course with a midrange or putter. It was fun to play and is enjoyable for a casual round with friends. More serious players will want to check out some of the more challening courses in the area (Mt Airy etc.)
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NEWBY1151
Experience: 20.1 years 100 played 39 reviews
2.00 star(s)

2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Nov 8, 2008 Played the course:once

Pros:

Nice elevation changes,you can start on several different holes course goes in a circle with a parking lot in middle,Discraft baskets,course is in a nice park and is well maintained with mowed fairways,course was not very busy when I was there,

Cons:

One basket missing as of 10/08 damaged in storm,only nine holes there is enough room for 18,natural tees,l little confusing to navigate for first time not many signs,

Other Thoughts:

Pass needed to park by hole #1,park on top of hill by playground you will see baskets,
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discgolferjr
Experience: 16.7 years 16 played 16 reviews
2.50 star(s)

Burnet Woods 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:Dec 27, 2009 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

Good practice course. Challenging holes.
Chainstar baskets and dirt tees (except on hole 1). Close to town. They have removed most of the trees around the baskets.

Cons:

Old, bent, beat up baskets. Most teesigns missing. Basket 9 missing (sometimes a basket will be there, but rarely) by this I mean and portable basket that people on the course bring. Traffic will not stop for a disc in the road. Also I got an update saying that #4 basket was stolen. If you have your own basket take it.

Other Thoughts:

Some challenging holes and a very fun course. Cincinnati State has a course right down the street. Go play it to make 18 holes.
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