Clearly a Labor of Love
14 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This rambling course has clearly gotten quite a bit of love and attention in its installation, from great baskets which change to red bands for the back nine, to the installation of gravel paths and turf tees, to the clearing of underbrush on the wooded holes, to the construction of the double mando fencing on hole seven, to the map kiosk and signage at each of the 36 tees. It appears to be geared toward recreational to intermediate skill levels from the shorter tees, to intermediate to advanced skill levels (more ‘D’!) from the longs. There is as much usage of the gentle slopes as could be managed, requiring the player to have a good feel for ranging the open field shots to get in close for your potential deuce putt (on the downslope holes for this old arm, at least).
When the course goes into the woods, you can clearly see that there are gaps to shoot which would give a reward, but you will also note that hitting that one …trouble ...tree (!) can be disastrous. The design loops you back to the start for a front and back nine, and cleverly utilizes the same space twice, so you can somewhat scope out the challenges ahead as you play the ‘other’ loop, or enjoy the space once around lightly if you only have time for a quick nine. In all, it seems to be a beautiful property for a great round of disc golf on a sunny, dry, temperate day (of course, we stopped by on a partly cloudy, 29 degree, slightly breezy Saturday, but could sense the potential…)
Cons: The main issue here is the marshy, flattish areas they had to utilize. Might want to give it a pass in the rainy season, no matter how much they’ve tried to help so far. Then there are the turf tees, which may be a future project to make more level with compacted, boxed gravel, or otherwise upgrade. My only other major complaint would be the distances you may have to walk from hole to hole, with some likely confusion for first timers in finding the next tee (the holes do seem to ‘interact’, even if they do not cross). Folks like me who are resisting the urge to let an app like Udisc interfere with my disc golfing serenity will want to take a picture of the map, at least until someone posts it here on the real disc golf course site. Oh wait… just done :)
Other Thoughts: I hope the folks who are putting so much effort in here keep up the good work, and allow constructive feedback help them to tweak and finalize this interesting piece of land into a really nice course. It’s the only one ‘in’ Pataskala!
14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
Good Location, Unfortunate Execution
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Easy to find, right off of Route 16 between Columbus and Newark.
- Big map at parking lot
- Porta-potty provided on-site
- Nice mix of open fields, rolling hills, and woods
- Water hazards are enough to be interesting, but not deep enough to require a snorkel if you put a disc in.
- Holes have both short and long tees
- There are quite a few benches and a couple trash cans
Cons: - carpet/astro-turf tee pads are lumpy and bumpy. Can't always do a proper run-up drive.
- hole-to-hole navigation is difficult. course layout is like a rat's nest, interspersed with hiking trails. Even with UDisc app map, next tee is difficult to locate. Without UDisc it would be nearly impossible.
- long tees often aren't much longer than the shorts
- bad hole-to-hole flow. long walks between holes
- several holes throw across the fairways and near teepads of other holes. risk of hitting other golfers or being hit yourself.
- all holes are basically straight with no requirement for shot-shaping except to get around trees
- short holes are very short. The "longs" here would be shorts at most other courses in this area.
- mud and standing water a problem after rain
- small parking lot
Other Thoughts: Tri-Village Church is a course set in a nice piece of land, but after playing it the course feels like the designers really missed an opportunity for greatness.
Grafted onto an existing set of wooded hiking trails, this course feels like it was set up by someone who wanted to support local disc golf, but wasn't actually a disc golf player themselves.
I'd love to see a serious re-design here, set up by people who are serious disc golf players. This piece of land has a ton of potential, but the current course layout doesn't take advantage of it.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
Work In Progress
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Decent quick course right off of RT 16, makes for a good after work or warm up round, as it isn't as populated as other courses in the area.
Fantastic baskets for a church property.
Able to play and finish multiple rounds in a couple of hours time.
A nice mixture of wooded and open shots for the size of the course.
A great place to take beginners, as you can see most baskets from the tees, and there aren't any intimidating distances or shot shapes.
on church property so you wont see a lot of the normal DG shenanigans you'd see on other courses. (don't see a lot of beer cans in the trash here)
Cons: MUD. ALL OF THE MUD (see other thoughts)
on church property so you wont get to DO a lot of the normal DG shenanigans you'd do on other courses.(wouldn't recommend a cold one here)
Parking lot isn't the biggest, no direction as to where spaces are, so you could end up blocked in by someone.
Astroturf tee pads are often slippery or muddy.
No benches, not a real "con" but it would be nice to have a place to rest before teeing off, or while waiting behind a group.
Other Thoughts: This is a nice course on nice property, and I can see it becoming a hidden gem in a few years time, I am a bit biased, as it's on a main road and I play it to and from work often.
as of this writing (3/11/22) the mud isn't as mad as it has been. But I would still avoid hole 6 if you can help it. Once the pond is complete, I can see the shot being a lovely view, with a risky pond to the right leaving the potential for a danger putt.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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