5 Helpful / 0 Not
Solid course in a quiet middle American town
Pros: Relatively open, solidly designed course traverses the perimeter of what looked to be a well maintained city park that sees a fair amount of traffic.
• Makes great use of available elements. Rolling terrain is a factor on the majority of holes to make them play longer/shorter than posted or bump up risk/reward on pin placements. Only sparsely wooded, but tees and pins are placed well to maximize the property's potential.
• Fairly good mix of distances, with a few holes you can open up on, (especially if you play from the long tees and the pins are in the long position), but still provides Ace Runs and plenty of birdie opportunities.
• Fairly open design allows for many different lines to the pin, encouraging some degree of decision making and line shaping (but not much). Every hole has at least a small potential to cost you a stroke, some more than others.
• Most of the dual tees created at least reasonably different looks at the pin. Rotating baskets through two pin positions provides 4 possible layouts to help locals from getting bored over time.
• Two practice baskets across the parking lot from 1st hole.
• Equipment's showing its age, but still quite serviceable. Tee markers aid navigation and distances seemed accurate. Routing was a bit confusing in few spots - not much of a problem on the whole, but glad I printed the map. Tees and baskets were a non-issue. Trash cans and benches placed frequently enough around the course.
• No underbrush to speak of, essentially no chance of disc loss.
• Makes good use of the sections of the park I doubt would see much use otherwise. Trying not to seem biased, I think tees and baskets generate more traffic here than picnic tables and grills would have. I don't see what else they could have done in these sections of the park that would have served the community any better.
Cons: Most of the cons are limitations imposed by the landscape, but nothing major really.
• Doesn't require a well-rounded shot making repertoire. I like at least a few holes that force you to execute a particular line to score well... "Here it is... can you do it?" Although you can throw all sorts of shots here, none of the holes challenge you in that manner. You can do OK here with only one or two types of shots in your bag.
• Often no penalty (or very little) for errant tee shots. Missing your line (even badly) need not cost you a stroke.
• Plays close to backyards and roads in some spots - possibility of wind-blown discs making it into traffic or a backyard.
• Some holes play close to each other with no barriers between them. If there are others around, be ready to yell "Fore!" or alert for others to do the same.
Other Thoughts: More fun than it is challenging, Belmont's well worth playing if you're in the area, but not worth going out of your way for. I can see why locals love it (with good reason): it's a fun, friendly round, looks to be aging nicely, allows you to play several layouts and try out all kinds of shots. It's a good city-park course that's reasonably well executed, does what it does well, but it's not unlike many others I've played.
Very well suited to beginners and intermediate players alike, it's a wonderful place for newbs to learn the following aspects of the game without fear of losing discs:
• Shot shaping
• How elevation affects effective hole length.
• Evaluating whether to lay-up or run the pin on putts and approaches.
• How wind affects your shots (open layout means light breezes have plenty of time to work on your disc).
Does quite well with the palette the designers were given, has obviously stood the test of time and appears to get a decent amount of traffic.
Had the course played flat for the vast majority of the holes, I'd have pegged it as "decent/typical," but the wonderfully rolling terrain enhances it enough to merit a higher rating. No glaring deficiencies jump out at you, but with no truly distinguishing features to warrant the label of "very good," I have to say this course fits quite solidly in the "good" category, hence a rating of 3.0 seems well deserved.
Looks like locals have made a "19th" (and possibly a 20th) hole using the practice baskets.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Belmont Park seems to be a popular course and I see why, the fun factor is pretty high here. The course is semi open with large mature trees and rolling hills so there are elevation changes on many of the holes. There is a decent shot variety with a few holes forcing a turnover shot for RHBH players and the mature trees sometimes give multiple routes to throw to the basket. There is an excellent variety of hole distances ranging from the low 200's to 600 feet with most holes in the 200-350 foot range. A few of the longer holes are downhill so they can still be reached by for someone with decent distance. The course is a little on the open side, but there are enough mature trees and elevation changes to keep you thinking about every shot.
There are concrete tee pads, tee signs that list the hole distance and a practice basket by the parking lot. Navigation is pretty easy once you get started, although the walk from 11 to 12 can be a little tough your first time.
Cons: The tee signs are looking a bit faded, but still get the job done. The practice basket is in terrible condition, but it's better than nothing. The baskets are starting to show their age.
There are mature trees on every hole and no hole is completely wide open, but there is rarely trouble off the tee so bad shots are not punished. This makes getting par quite easy on every hole even with a bad first shot.
The parking lot comes into play on hole one which is a bit of a safety concern, but the rest of the course seems to be away from the surrounding roads and fences. Some of the baskets seem a bit close to other fairways in a few spots so keep an eye out for other golfers.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a great course that caters to a wide variety of players. Newer players will especially like that there is no underbrush so the chance of losing a disc is minimal.
I really enjoyed playing this course, traversing the holes and navigating the trees. The course is excellent for newer players. For a more advanced player, the course is a bit on the open side.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Belmont plays in a mostly open, multi-use city park. There are a couple hills and the elevation comes into play on several holes. There is a moderate amount of mature trees, but no significant ground coverage.
The course sits directly adjacent to some soccer fields, and the course often hosts dog walkers and joggers.
All pads are concrete. Some holes have multiple pads for some added variety and challenge. The baskets are in decent, but well used condition. Most holes have tee signs with adequate information -- hole map w/alternate pin placements, distances, and pars.
The flow of the course is good and easy to follow. An out-and-back element for holes 6-10 makes good use of the space available. Good variety of short and long holes make for interesting ace runs as well as opportunities for long bombs. A few holes have alternate pin placements.
Belmont is the most popular course in the Dayton area; this leads to several crowding issues:
--Expect to wait at some tees.
--Since this is a bit of a multi-use park, dog walkers and joggers can sometimes get in the way. People often let their dogs run unleashed. --Oftentimes trashcans will be overflowing.
The tee pads are not all the same size. Shorter holes tend to have shorter tees and vice versa. On a couple of the shorter holes, I feel like my run-up is constrained by the size of the tee almost to the point of dictating the kind of shot I'm able to take. Also, some of the pads are starting to crack, or worse, almost separate into two sections (they were formed like sections of sidewalk rather than a continuous slab). One tee (Hole 13) significantly leans to the right.
The signs that do exist are alright, but they could use an update/upgrade.
Although there's a good variety of distances at Belmont, the relatively open nature of the course doesn't allow for much shot variety. The holes are all straightforward and don't require much creativity to find a workable line. Punishment for an errant shot is relatively weak allowing for fairly easy recoveries.
To go along with the crowding issues above, the tees for holes 6, 9, and 11 are all packed into one area. It's not rare to come up to those tees and find 2 or more groups there as well. Add in a picnic table and you've got a lot of (talkative) people in not a lot of space.
Several of the holes run a bit close to one another, so there's a potential safety issue there, but I've never experienced a problem myself. The parking lot runs directly parallel to Hole 1. I suggest parking on the far side of the lot to minimize any risk of your car getting hit.
Other Thoughts: Overall, Belmont is a fun, relatively well-maintained course. Although it can get very crowded, the people are generally friendly. Several holes may prove especially long for a beginner, but the open, straightforward design of the course is beginner friendly as it lends itself more to a "grip it and rip it" style of play than it does a strategic finesse game.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Nice "old school" course. Good use of land for what that is worth. A few long tees. Quick round (under 2 hours) Can't really get into trouble out there which can keep the round moving pretty good. Place to buy discs close by.
Cons: Get ready for trash!!! Every time I play here, there is trash overflowing from the cans where available. Cig butts everywhere and dog crap as well. The residents must use this as a toilet for their dogs. A lot of drinking and smoking out in the open. A number of cracked tee pads.
Other Thoughts: Although I am not opposed to drinking, but this place has a lot of carreer alkys. Always someone drinking out in the open. Not a good representation of disc golfers, but Dayton seems to not care about this(at least at this course).
I see that a lot of golfers learned to play out there and it is busy most of the time. Clean up the drinking/smoking and would play this place more.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
The Unemployment League
Pros: Easy course to play in under and 2 hrs of your playing on your lunch hr. Its close to downtown. Like the consession stand at #6. Church bells are nice.
Cons: Short tee pads..or leaning tower of pisa # 13. Dont much care for the gravel pits at the end of the pad either. Large groups really slow down the flow.. Keep it under 6 please. And how about throwing just one disc.
Other Thoughts: If you can have the course to yourself, its a blast.. and bring on the wind!! Can easily play this course with 2 discs.
Wednesdays @ 6 is the belmont unemployment league.
Played it for the first time and me and my partner won.. -13
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: nice and long
Cons: lacks in diversity
no real "tight" shots
Other Thoughts: This course is respectable.
The park is well taken care of and disc golf is king.
If you like to grip and rip, then this is the place for you. All of the holes are open enough to gun it. There are plenty of tree's, however, to keep you on your game. You still have to shape good lines on some holes.
The course has more elevation than you would think, upon first glance. There are steady rolling fairways throughout. There are roll-away greens and many valleys you need to navigate.
This is probably the most popular course in Dayton. On nice days, you will be waiting for tee's.
I know I rate this course below the average. I cannot rate a course any higher that has this little diversity. It is very open. If you have bad shots off the tee, don't worry. You can easily make it up on most holes. There is little in the risk/reward department. No need to plan your shots here...just gun and run.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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