Ashtabula, OH 
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 beautiful course

1    7/7/2011   7/13/2011
Review By: aDedhed
Played: 31  Reviewed: 22  Exp: 17.6 Years
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: nicely laid out and beautifully kept up. the course has a nice flow to it. the view of lake erie is gorgeous.
Cons: alot of goose poo everywhere. the pars on the tee boxes don't match the pars anywhere else.
Other Thoughts: i would play this course over and over again if i lived close to it

2 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 Great Views and Fun DG

1    6/18/2011   7/6/2011
Review By: bcr123psu
Played: 81  Reviewed: 64  Exp: 8.5 Years
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Lake Shore Park sits atop a bluff with the vast waters of Lake Erie providing a stunning backdrop. The course is very easy to get to and is well mowed and maintained.

Specific to the design of the course, water (though not the lake) is factored into several of the holes, including a few fenced areas, which pushes the risk vs. reward aspect. Although the park is mostly open, trees are included in the design of nearly every hole, creating some additional challenge. Whenever possible, the elevation changes are incorporated into the layout of the fairways, adding some more variety to the course.

Multiple concrete tees are available on every hole, with as many as three being available on any given hole. Tee signs are still in decent shape (despite being very old school) and show distance, par, intended throwing lines, and the direction of the next tee. The baskets at the course are in good condition.
Cons: The biggest danger for any DG course is that of the saftey of the general public. Several of the fairways at Lake Shore Park are too close to frequently-used public areas, paths, and pavillions with a few holes that danced a bit too close to parking lots.

Despite the use of trees and elevation, the basic design of most of the fairways are straight from the tee to the basket, with little variation in throwing lines. Additionally, even with the multiple tees, the holes are all around the same length with very few topping 400' and the vast majority at or under 300'.

Although the concrete tees are in good shape, they're quite small and can't accommodate an elongated run-up.

Even though the tee signs have a "next tee" arrow, there are a few places where navigation from the basket to the next tee is confusing (specifically going to hole #3).
Other Thoughts: One of the ponds that is incorporated into the design of the course doesn't seem to have much in the way of flowing water, so the summer months can be mosquito prone with swarms lurking around half the course.

Although no signs are posted, the main gates to the park were still closed prior to 7:00AM.

Given the straight, short layout of many of the fairways, this course would be great for newer players and provides excellent birdie and ace runs for more seasoned players. All things considered, I'd put this course at a 3.25. Because the course lacks significant variety and challenge (which I know is subjective), I'd have to log it in at a 3.0. If some of the saftey conerns were alleviated and the fairways modified to create some additional variety, there's no reason why this course shouldn't be a 3.5.

With it's proximity to Erie, PA (which is currently devoid of quality disc golf), Lake Shore Park is a very viable disc golf option for the NE Ohio/NW PA area.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.


2-4    6/26/2011   6/27/2011
Review By: Brall
Played: 43  Reviewed: 38  Exp: 9.4 Years
This review was updated on 8/9/2011
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Multiple parking lots and pavilions
- Playground for the kids and a concession stand with ice cream
- Beach for swimming and fishing
- Three sets of bathrooms!
- The map is very accurate
- Premium multiple concrete tees with a label/sign embedded in the tee itself. Most holes have three tees and some holes have two permanent basket locations.
- Accurate tee signs. Note that there is one per hole located at the original single tee position which could now be any of the three positions.
- Baskets are in excellent condition.
- Many challenging basket placements on steep hills and mounds which make you have to decide to play it safe or risk 3-putting.
- Good flow. Hole #18 ends at Hole #1 which is near the parking area/bathroom and pavilion.
- Fantastic mix of shots required. Right when you think you have this course figured out, all you have to do is switch to another tee/basket position and your entire game is changed! After three rounds mixing tee and basket position I had literally thrown every type of throw that I know the name for.
- The distances of the shots has something for everyone. Plenty of ace runs and a lot of looooong bomb shots with obstacles to get around.
- Gorgeous scenery with a very intense rolling landscape on a well manicured park and an awesome view of Lake Erie. Once here, many will say that this is the most picturesque park they've been too.
- First class upkeep
- Water obstacle for two different holes
- No vandalism
- Benches located around the course
Cons: - Busy, Busy, Busy. Very popular park for non disc golfers and disc golfers alike. You will always have to have a sharp eye out for walkers on the sidewalks and families walking outward on the grass from the many pavilions placed throughout the course.
- Even though this course is quite large, it can get very cramped. Over half of the Holes have a chance of throwing into another Hole's space. I was in a tournament there and you will constantly here, "FORE!". Just play smart when there are a lot of other groups out there. Having said that, it was a very intelligent use of the land provided for the course.
- Mosquitoes! I've never been eating alive like this before.
Other Thoughts: - Depending on what Tee/Basket combination you are hitting that day, this can be a VERY challenging course or a course that seems simpler to you. Because there are so many combinations it can be a little confusing so I highly suggest grabbing a scorecard/map from concession stand.
- This course is loaded with challenging holes, but for me the most challenging is #3. There are quite a few routes to take here and every one has a large window of opportunity to hit a tree. Not only is there a wall of trees to get through, but rolling hills and a mando on the left!
- My favorite hole is #13 from the Blue Tee (Long). The fenced in bird area along with the peacock pen and rolling hills make this the most beautiful hole here. It's long and runs up and alongside a hill with a water hazard to your right. Very difficult and intimidating but also beautiful and enjoyable.
- This is absolutely a destination course that I personally will make an attempt to travel to every year! Huge thanks to the very active club that keeps this course one of the top around.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 A Fun Course from the Blue Tees

1    6/18/2011   6/21/2011
Review By: crandellfamily
Played: 27  Reviewed: 27  Exp: 13.6 Years
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course is much better than its first impression as we drove into the park. The baskets looked crowded together, and wedged into the relatively open park grounds. Once we started our round, we could focus on our shots and ignore the encroaching distractions, well, at least most of them. It's near impossible to ignore the caged peacock between the number 8 and 13 tees.

We aren't especially strong players, but even for us it makes the course a lot better to play from the blues. It adds a lot of distance and challenge to the layout. Tee pads are somewhat thin and short, but well-marked with engraved insets at the back.

The grass was very well-groomed everywhere. The geese were a fun distraction on the 4th and 13th, and on the walk from the 2nd to the 3rd.

Favorite holes:

#4 slight downhill with an wide open fairway to invite a long drive, then into trees for the putt

#13 bends slightly right and uphill, with a pond framing the right side of the fairway

#18 downhill then back up again, a strong challenge to close out the round
Cons: It's hard to come up with much to say about favorite holes, and that's probably the biggest drawback to the course. The holes aren't all similar, but there aren't any great standouts either. There's very little need to stray from a favorite reliable shot off the tee or fairways - whether forehand or backhand.

Equally important, the overall layout feels uninspired. #8, for example, could be a great hole with its drive about 180 feet across a pond. But the entire pond is fenced in - almost definitely an understandable park safety measure, but it detracts from the natural design. The occasional cluster of baskets doesn't hurt the play, but again, it gives the course much more of a small-scale feel.

Even though the course is cramped, there's a couple long walks from basket to tee. And no directional signs. It would have been near impossible to figure out how to get from #2 to #3 without a scorecard. Highly recommended to pick one up at the concession stand across the road from the first tee.

The marked pars don't reflect quality disc golf standards, but that wasn't a big issue for us. None of the holes deserve a par 5, even from the blues.
Other Thoughts: The course plays primarily across two small hills, with a few nice views of Lake Erie. Lots of sidehill lies and steep slopes for the basket placements. The park has a beach with swimming, but the water is cold, even in summer. Less than 60 degrees in late June when we visited - it took me five minutes to get my head under water.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 passing through

1    4/21/2011   4/22/2011
Review By: bhoff
Played: 32  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 7.6 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: great park - easy to find off I-90. Holes flow well. most have 3 tees, some have 2 baskets - easy to adjust to different levels (I was with a newbie). Wide open, rolling terrain. Tough to lose a disc - no undergrowth, only water hazards.
Cons: very wet/muddy in spring. no map available - too early in season. Could see multiple baskets from some tees and confusing which was which.
Other Thoughts: Will definitely come back in drier weather. If you are flying down I-90, stop for a round!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 wow was it windy!!

1    6/15/2007   7/25/2010
Review By: urdone00
Played: 136  Reviewed: 15  Exp: 37.7 Years
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: good course with lots of variations of shots/elevations. ob comes into play for a few holes... but the wind. wow, add a few strokes.
Other Thoughts: hooked up with a local that had a hand in the course.. great guy . I can play in wind, but this was getting crazy. another course played just passing thru on a vacation.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Fun course

2-4    7/11/2010   7/24/2010
Review By: JohtoVillage
Played: 160  Reviewed: 74  Exp: 17.8 Years
This review was updated on 8/1/2014
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Fun course located in a nice park right on the shores of Lake Erie. Three sets of distinct concrete tees per hole really add to the value of the course, as all three layouts offer very different challenges. By itself this course would probably be a solid 3, but the addition of the teepads, the onsite concession stand, and the beach, the course gets bumped up for me. The elevation is awesome in the course, and holes 8, 13, 16, and 17 really stand out. Hole 8 requires you to carry a small pond and then play through a tight gap of trees, or go way around the trees to the right. The pro tees offer a good challenge, as I have shot around 58 both times playing the long tees, and I would consider myself a solid player. If you are in the area you should consider this course, as it is the only course in the area!
Cons: The course really doesn't feature any signature holes - as I stated above, the course itself is above average, offering three sets of distinct challenges. I have played both the pro and am tees, and some of the pro tees have become difficult because of overgrowth of trees. In particular, hole 18 doesn't appear to have a gap through the trees (my partner and I made a gap around the trees, but I don't know if that was the intention of the hole). Also, the navigation is somewhat difficult after holes 2 and 4, but just walk across the road both times and you will find the holes. Also, one of the pro tees did force you to walk back near the fairway of the prior hole (holes 6 and 7), but it wasn't that big of a deal.
Other Thoughts: If you get a chance to play Lake Shore park, you won't regret it. Spend 90 minutes playing the course, and then head over to the concession stand to get some ice cream and finish it off at the beach to relax your body! All in all this is a nice course that doesn't have anything "spectacular" in terms of the holes but offers some nice amenities. Very worthy of a Very Good rating.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.


1    6/11/2009   2/24/2010
Review By: mprestop
Played: 57  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 11.6 Years
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Beautiful views, interesting layout, challenging holes, many differentiated holes, great park.
Cons: wind - but that really just adds to the challenge.
Other Thoughts: Wish I could play this course more often. It's quite fun. The Shoot the Breeze Open is a great tournament run by the local club.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful.


1    6/26/2009   6/26/2009
Review By: AdamNaumann
Played: 19  Reviewed: 2
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Wow what a great course! Sits on Lake Erie so there are great views to be had as well as some great disc golf.
Three pads for every hole, and some holes have mulitple pin locations as well.
Pad locations change the course completely. You can go from a 450'+ par 5 to a 200' par 3 in the same hole depending on which pads you play from. Great for beginners, intermediates, and pros. Wind from Lake Erie makes for some interesting shots as well. The course will never play the same twice. Great elevation shots, good tree placement for forcing accuracy, and well thought out setup makes this one of the most fun courses Ive played. Props to the designers and the "Shoot the Breeze" DG club for sponsoring and maintaining such a great course.
Cons: In a VERY busy public park with lots of other activities going on. Several time playing we had to wait on/avoid hitting other patrons of the park. However, while I put this in the con category, this was not really a problem because everyone was friendly, and most people understood what was going on and would get out of the way.
Other Thoughts: GREAT COURSE!!!! if you get to go to Ashtabula, play this course!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Amazing course

1    6/20/2009   6/21/2009
Review By: roadtripstuff
Played: 193  Reviewed: 56  Exp: 14.9 Years
This review was updated on 3/14/2011
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Three Tee Pads Per Hole
Very Clean and Well Manicured
Baskets are in Great Shape
Concession Stand Near First Tee
Tee Signs on Every Hole
Great Elevation Changes
Beautiful Mature Trees Throughout
Multiple Restrooms
Picnic Areas with Grills and Pavilions
Great Views of Lake Erie
Each Tee Pad Has Par and Distance On It
Navigation Can Be Confusing (Print Map)
Can Get Swampy After Hard Rains
Other Thoughts:
Beautiful course located right on the shores of Lake Erie. Course is beautifully maintained, and I don't remember seeing one piece of litter on the course. Course has many ammenties, pretty much anything you could really want. There was a concession stand right by the first hole as well as a picnic pavillion and bathrooms. We didn't go to the concession stand, so I'm not sure what they sell, but it is fairly large so they should have a good selection. There is plenty of parking near the first tee as well, and even though the park gets a lot of traffic from other park go-ers, the course is pretty well set away from the traffic and they won't get in the way on most holes. The course starts across the road from the concession stand, and the first hole is up the hill from the restrooms.

If you are a first timer to the course I would suggest getting a course map. There are definitly a couple places where you could find yourself looking for the next hole, and the map with also help you to locate all of the tee pads.

There are three tee pads for each hole, all are marked on the map and tee signs. Also each tee pad has the distance, par, and sponser engraved into the concrete. This was a great feature that I wish more courses would implement. It allows for only one tee sign per hole, but you still know the distance to the pin from each tee pad. Another thing that could get really confusing without a map is the two basket holes. Holes 3, 5, 13, and 17 each have two baskets that are permanent, they don't swtich back and forth, they are always there. They are marked on the map, but not on the tee signs.

As I mentioned before there are also a couple places where you might find yourself wondering where to go next. After hole #2, you will probably find yourself looking for hole #3. Behind the basket for #2, you will some stairs going up and down the hill. You will want to head down the stairs. You will see the tee pad for #3 across the park road, the basket is up near the restrooms.

After hole #4 it can start to be a bit confusing as well. You will want to head down the hill and cross the road to get to #5, not the main park road, but the side entrance, if you are looking at the basket from the tees it will be over the hill and towards the left.

For holes #6 and 7, you will want to look up towards the highway that runs next to the park. The tee pads will be in the trees near the edge of the park.

Hole #8 has a great water hazard, the long tee finds you throwing over the smaller of the two duck ponds in the park. If throwing over the pond isn't your style or you just don't feel like losing a disc, I did, then the shorter tees are on the other side of the pond.

After Hole #9 head back across the road for the rest of the holes. Navigation is pretty straight forward from this point on. There are a couple blind holes, but you should be able to see most of them without having to walk too far from the tee.

One con that I did forget to mention above was the large amount of bugs that were throughout the course. I have never seen so many bugs, there were lots of mosquitos, and they were huge, so you definitely want to bring the bug spray, and a lot of it. Another thing that I would recommend is using the restrooms at the start of the course, or the ones located near the basket for #11. DO NOT even try to go in the ones at hole #3. I got about a foot from the door and saw that they entire restroom was covered in bugs, it was insane, like something straight out of a horror flick. The other restrooms however were spotless, so just stay away from the ones near #3.

I would recommend this course to anyone. The long tees are all pretty long, but the medium and short tees allow for anyone to enjoy a round here. The wind off the lake can also add a lot of challenge to this course, even from the short tees. If it is windy, 50-60 mph is not unheard of, plan on having a rough round, but the wind can also be a much needed relief during the hot, humid months as well.

Just a little side note. When we were playing it started to rain while we finished up. We made our way to one of the pavillions to get some shelter from the rain. The rain quickly passed, cutting out much of the heat and humidity, and a giant rainbow appear over the course. It was a great end to a great day of disc golf.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

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