0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Well laid out and well maintained.
Little chance of losing your discs, so introducing friends to the sport is incredibly easy at this course.
Many of the holes have different basket locations, that are moved often (by Dayton Disc Golf Assoc. I believe) for variability.
Cons: Somewhat simple for an advanced player.
It is always windy here for one reason or another.
Other Thoughts: There is a local league that plays a random draw doubles round for about $7 (non-league member cost). It is a great way to meet people and play competitively.
IF YOU VISIT THIS COURSE, make sure to go check out the Hazy Shade disc golf shop (less than 1 mile away). They are a knowledgeable staff and love the sport.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
A Course with Character
Pros: Belmont is an established and heavily played park style course that appeals to longer arms (typically Intermediate and above), with opportunities to bomb 490' downhill through mature trees on hole 11 and up to 607' across the open soccer field on hole 16. There are a few shorter deuce opportunities for us weaker arms, and a number of baskets are well-guarded by the trees and branches near the 'greens', but overall, this course reminds me a little bit of Lover's Lane in Bowling Green, Kentucky, but with more rolling elevation and more park trees to force you to choose lines. There are opportunities to go left, right, long and sometimes blind, but the character of the park makes Belmont a little special:
The flow of the course creates a couple of opportunities to socialize, like at 'the hub', where the tees for 6, 9 & 11 all join together near a picnic table and an elevated bench, so there will usually be a friend or two swinging by to trash talk you when you 'mismanage' a release. Most tees have a log for a bench, but a few have outdoor furniture, and all have trash barrels (usually painted in a unique manner), that give this place a semi-urban character. There's even an Ace Hole (Clubhouse? Annex for the Hazy Shade DG Store?) right by the #4 basket.
The tees are all level, concrete, and large enough for the distances involved. The DGA baskets catch well, despite beginning to show their age. There are multiple pin positions on many holes, and a couple of places where there are alternate tees. A friendly local told me they often get creative with the layout here for bigger (!) arm tournaments, like driving from the long tee on #12 to the 'nipple' (the raised basket on 14). I saw and played a 19th hole on the other side of the parking lot, and saw yet another basket over there, which I think would be preferable to the official practice basket.
Cons: The practice basket is really beat up and rusty, there is only a bathroom if someone has unlocked it at the shelter left of the parking lot (so some of the larger bushes become stand-inside latrines), and the signage, while decently showing major elements, distances, and mandos, don't always help the newcomer determine where the next tee is. I used a map and asked questions the two times I've been here.
The course is relatively well located, and easily accessible from the major roads through Dayton, but there is no park sign: you feel like you're driving into the parking lot from the servant's entrance to the park (and maybe you are?). On the positive side, this just lends another layer to the feeling that Belmont is kind of a "boy's club" course.
Other Thoughts: The infrastructure here has some really neat elements, like the large wooden slabs used as stairs up the hill to #11, and they've done a really nice job extending teepads that needed it.
6 of 6 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.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: 18 Hole course in Dayton, very open has some long shots too for good drives. Easy to understand tees.
Cons: always older guys sitting in chairs in the parking lot, gives the park a bad mood i think, all shots are open, no wood shots, have to keep going up to the mound for a few holes. A long walk for some. Needs new and betters tee signs if you ask me.
Other Thoughts: A popular course in Dayton, this older course is love it or hate it.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Lots of different throws required. There's trees on most of the holes but if you throw it right, you should be able to get around them. The holes that don't have trees are mostly wide open. Most holes have info at the tees on distance and where the basket should be. Concrete tee pads.
Cons: Baskets are not great. Old, rusty, and not marked well. It's really hard to find them if you've never played here before.
Other Thoughts: There's a pro shop on hole 4 that was a house that someone bought. Pretty cool!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
History in the backyard
Pros: Dayton has a number of courses in the area, but Belmont is by far the most popular. This is an older course, and some of the history is lost on me, but it has aged well. There are numerous trees, but the course still feels very open.
The course reaches into the longer holes on the second nine including a three downhill bombers (11, 16, and 18) and there are very few simple RHBH hyzer holes (1, 3, 6, 8, 10, and 14 are the ones to just throw and fade). There are a number of different lines on the course and could even lead to some interesting mandos.
Belmont is located just down the street from the local store Hazy Shade, who are very active in the Dayton disc golf scene as well. The park itself has no water and plenty of space for throwing in fields.
Cons: Because of it's popularity and location in the city, a lot of the casual drunks and smokers like to play Belmont, which isn't a problem until they smash glass bottles near tee pads and leave cigarette butts everywhere. The local regulars, and city police have been trying to improve the course after the possibility of losing the course has come up.
Other Thoughts: The course has aged well, but there are are shorter holes than the more modern courses. The three downhill bombers help off set the short course feeling though.
There are rumored to be undercover police around recently to help clean up the park, so don't brink your beer.
Park on the left side of the parking lot, the first fairway goes along the right side of the lot and the best shot is a RHBH down that edge of the lot.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Variety of shots and terrain.
Nice pleasant home course.
It's dang near impossible to lose a disc here.
Friendly players frequent this park.
"Hippy Shack" near hole 3 !
Awesome course overall!
Hole 19 Added! and an extra practice basket!
Cons: Some of the fairways are right next to each other. (Nothing major just keep it tight)
Other Thoughts: The course gives a certain "comfortable home" feeling. The locals here work very hard to maintain a very nice local course. Thanks to all that help out. Also it is very close to the local disc shop!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Great Course, OK Location
Pros: Excellent use of mature trees and elevation changes.
Great variety in length and direction of holes. Requires long drives on some holes, finesse shots, left/right, high/low, you name it.
Very easy to transition from the basket to the next tee.
Concrete tee pads and signage with map, par, and distance listed.
Cons: Some of the tee pads are in need of maintenance. A lot of cracked pads and one has a severe slant to it. The pads vary in size which can make you adjust your throwing style. Some of the tees appear to have been extended with gravel.
The signage is very worn, and some are almost faded completely.
Some holes run very close to one another, so if it is busy, you could end up with some interference from other players.
The park is not in the greatest shape, and there is a lot of trash and broken beer bottles littered throguhout the park and course. Although I did not personally step in any dog poo, the smell was very strong, so I have to assume the potential exists.
Other Thoughts: All in all, the course is one of my all-time favorites. It is relatively open, yet has plenty of trees to get in the way. This could mean the difference in shooting par, or way over.
Some of the pars listed seemed to be high. I was able to shoot pretty low due to some short par 4s on the course. Perhaps I was just having a great day. I will know better next time I play here. There will definitely be a next time at Belmont!
3 of 3 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 / 3 Not
Where it all began!!
Pros: For me, the biggest pro of this course is that this is where I learned what disc golf is. It will always hold a place in my heart. That may not mean much to some, but for a lot of Dayton locals, they feel the same way I do about this course. It can be good for beginners, but if I'm working on some new shots, I always hit up Belmont. I'm not saying it's easy though. My PB there is -1. But you can definitely work on your game here because of the hole designs. There is also some decent elevation changes here and 4 holes have two different pads, while seven holes have two different basket placements. And a local disc shop, the Hazy Shade is minutes away.
Cons: Due to the amount of people and certain types of people that can frequent this course, I try to play here very early in the day when it's not crowded. And on nice days, it can get VERY crowded. For some this may not pose a problem, as you can engage in some good conversations if you get held up. But it does attract a lot of beginners. So if you're out there and get stuck behind a group of seven that are new to the sport, be patient!
Other Thoughts: What can I say about Belmont, other than, "IT'S BELMONT."
*This course scored a 30 out of 45 on my rating scale.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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