Grant County is Good
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Pros: Grant County Park DGC is set in a smaller park with a few baseball fields and a playground or two, with the disc golf course filling the open fields in previously untouched wooded regions. Only being in the ground a few months, this course has already seen a lot of work put into it.
This course serves as a new entry to the disc golf scene south of the Ohio border. While there are a plethora of options in the immediate Cincinnati region, the disc golfers in the town of Crittenden would be driving a little bit longer to play around than others.
The course has three main hole types. Short and technical, mid-length and mostly open, and mid-length wide open. The first third of the course is the latter two, while the next four cover the wooded portion. After that, you go back into the mostly open/open 300-400 foot shots. I would say this is a pretty standard layout for park golf.
Every hole has a concrete tee with a tee post that will soon see a very nice metal tee sign with a map, hole distance and par. The baskets are brand new Prodigy targets painted blue, which I think is a great color for seeing in both the woods and open.
My favorite hole on the course is hole 15. You're throwing a decently powered shot mostly down a hill to a guarded green, and it takes either a RHBH hyzer or a well-played flex shot to get to the pin. However, for the lefty like me, I could throw the flat to fade type shot and watch it coast to the basket.
Cons: First, there is only one tee and one basket position as of now on a majority of the holes. If you plan on playing this course a lot, you won't be seeing a lot of different layouts. In addition to that, there is a decent amount of repetition with the open holes, including a little bit of favoring towards the left-handed player.
I would love to see some of the more open par 3s pushed to be made a more challenging par 4, but I figure that is not what the designer was going for. However, some of the 300-350 foot par 3s left me unsatisfied.
As much as I prefer wooded, technical golf over the wide-open shots, the wooded portion of the course leaves much to be desired. Do not be expecting to shape drives through this stretch, as it is mostly goofy lines through the trees. They are somewhat fun to play, but not championship level.
Off the fairway, there is a lot of debris and brush that will make getting to your poorly thrown shots difficult. Over time, this will clear out with play and the work of the local volunteers.
In January, there was not much foot traffic, but on a summer day I could see the occasional jogger or dog-walker wandering the fairways of the course. There were a few benches and other park amenities that are near the fairways and may interfere with play.
Other Thoughts: Kudos to the crew that was able to put this course in play! In what is already a great disc golf area, the Grant County Park course is a great addition to the area that is well south of the Cincinnati downtown area.
If you are coming to Cincinnati for a day or two, this course is skippable, but for those that are living in the area or want to explore every course in the area, this would be a great stop.
With time and love, this course will definitely improve, but it's already shaping up to be a solid course. It fits right into the park-style archetype and will serve as a great place for locals to hone in their skills.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Excellent ‘fit’ for the region
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Pros: This brand new, park style, recreational to intermediate level course does a pretty good job helping to fill in a little bit more of the gaps in the disc golf corridor up and down I-75 in northern Kentucky. It has some variety in elevation and woodedness, excellent Prodigy baskets, and well-installed concrete tees. There are holes that will have you reaching for a little more distance off the tee and technical lines in the woods where controlling your putter (or Comet!) is going to be the skill set tested.
The course layout and design is quite good, clearly showing it was conceived by disc golfers (thanks Rod & Dan!), and not just a parks and rec representative. Ps: expect the course to take the place of AJ Jolly for the annual Disc n Dat Ice Bowl fundraisers! ;)
With the recent installation of Hidden Ridge (private course in Dry Ridge, KY), and the little park nine holer in Walton, there is now a good variety of options in the area!
Cons: The opening holes are not going to impress you, with wide open lines to the green on 1 & 2, and a bench in the right side line of play on 3 that faces away, so that careless disc golfers might hit an unsuspecting 'civilian'. Hang in there til you at least reach hole 4, with its cleverly guarded green.
The frequency with which you'll encounter holes in the 300' to 350'+ range (the first six, and twelve overall) might be a bit daunting if you only drive in the 250'+ range. I found myself knowing I had a three before playing the hole, time after time.
Pro or con? The course slightly favors left to right lines of flight, and hole 12 was intentionally designed with a steep , rollaway green (listed as a negative because it is dangerously slick there if even a little wet). There's no formal parking lot near hole one, but the shelter by the (seasonal) bathrooms, at the fork in the drive, will suffice for casual groups.
Finally, take the map. Tee signs are up on 4x4 posts, but there aren't 'next tee' signs yet, and they would be helpful in a few spots, especially the longer walks between 3 & 4, and 14 & 15.
Other Thoughts: At present, the course is completely playable, but know going in that it's new, and often, the clearing near the green still has a lot of thicket and even debris piles, so control your approaches.
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