10 Helpful / 2 Not
Short but technical fun
Pros: The Findley course, as other reviewers have noted, is a short pitch'n'putt course which runs through both technical woods and wide open fields. The park itself is quite beautiful and seems well-maintained by the local parks department. The course is not unmaintained but doesn't have high levels of upkeep either as it can be a bit difficult to navigate and the tees are quite rutted in some places. Experienced players are going to rack up birdies with little effort but those just learning about playing in tight woods are going to have a lot of opportunities to learn new shots and also to learn how to make trick-shot saves. Findley would operate as a pretty nice training ground in this respect because it has fairways which are tight enough for creative save shot-making but holes that are short enough to avoid frustrating players just figuring out this aspect of the game.
Cons: The open holes in the field are utterly boring and while they do complement the wooded holes a *little, they really don't challenge the golfer to 'make a shot', just control distance and throw a hyzer or straight putter/mid. As other reviewers have noted, the natural tees can be a bit awkward (although you shouldn't need any long run-ups here!) to throw from, but it sounds like the local volunteers are working on making them better!
Other Thoughts: We played this course while moving from Virginia to Seattle and it was a nice little stop to break up the drive. Findley doesn't have much to offer the competitive golfer because of the relatively simple and straightforward design but it does make for a nice place for the beginner to start learning about how to throw in the woods. The course at that time was also in design transition with changes being made and new holes in the eaves. It seems like the locals care a lot about this park and are going to keep making improvements!
10 of 12 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: A very beginner friendly course with nice scenery and tight fairways (which I enjoy). The campground store has discs for use on the course, but none for sale. I'm not sure if they charge rental.
-edit- The store does have discs for sale, see cons for more info.
The new back 9 is much more challenging than the original front. Elevation on 10, a nice long tunnel shot on 12, I could have brought drivers on the back for some easier lines. Still, I almost broke par with my putters, if not for missing the fairway on 12.
Cons: Short short short, the shortest course I've ever played. Only 3 holes above 200'. I played the entire course with a Rhyno and a Pig and I'm an 827 rated Am. "Long" tees did not do much to change the look of the hole, just added some distance. Mostly natural dirt teepads, although there were rubber mats on a few holes. Holes 7 plays toward a parking lot, and potentially, so could hole 8. The 2 open holes (1 and 2) are too short to grip and rip anything but a putter.
-edit-As I mentioned, the store does have discs for sale. They are stamped with the park logo. All are DX Rocs at $20 apiece.
Other Thoughts: The back 9 is in! It is longer than the front and more challenging. It was enough to upgrade my rating to a 3
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Not As Bad As I Thought
Pros: "Pro" tees have been recently added to a number of holes, giving the more experienced player a challenge on many of the seriously short holes. What the course lacks in distance is made up in technical aspects since the course is almost entirely wooded (save the first and second hole). Despite this, the tree cover isn't too thick, often leaving the thrower with a drive that requires thought, but isn't impossible.
Cons: Short, short, short. You can leave your driver in the bag for a lot of this one, shooting primarily with your mid-range. I shot pretty damn well with my Innova Shark DX all day. The tees are simple...Not too many with pads, and no tee signs (there's a base for them at every hole, but nothing is on them). The cages are also the portable kind...But there is a permanant course map outline...What's that all about?
Other Thoughts: For the amount of area the course covers, I was pleasantly surprised by the use of terrain. There's often definite and plausible fairways at the tee, with decent dog legs in both directions. As with many of the courses I've played, it looks like this one has more works in the making. There's a donation box at the beginning of the course near the parking lot...Drop a dollar in it!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
My first course
Pros: Great for beginners
A fun, quick 9 holes
In beautiful Findley State Park
Back nine being added and should be completed by the end of summer
Cons: Somewhat uninspired design
First two holes are just moderate length in an open field
From hole two - three is a short hike that could be marked out better
lots of poison ivy
Natural tees with minimal signage. Lot's of slipping potential when muddy
Hole nine is smack dab in a picnic area. BOO!
Other Thoughts: Despite having more negatives listed here than positives, I really do like this course. A heavily wooded course which is very forgiving to a beginning player. Moderate chance of lost discs. Not much in terms of elevation changes. The course is more technical than long, your main challenge will be trying not to hit the numerous trees as most of the holes are heavily wooded with tight fairways, while being extremely short. I was amazed how short each hole appeared after a year being away and playing the courses in the Cleveland area. The back nine is being installed and is expected to be complete by the end of summer 2011. While most of the holes make good use of the limited space that the course utilizes, I really think that the mix of use of hole nine leaves something to be desired. The play of the hole itself is fine; short, but with plenty of trees to make it a challenge, but a picnic area is right smack dab to the left. One grip lock and some poor picnicker is going to be getting hurt.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Short technical course, Play 10 holes in about 20 minutes, (add 5 minutes per player). Great at night for glow golf. Very dark and easy to navigate.
Cons: Only 9 holes.
Other Thoughts: Holes 1 and 2 now have Long Tees! Look for more additions to the existing 9 holes and then we'll be adding 9 more holes for a total of 18! Locals play from the corner next to 7's basket across the parking lot to 5's basket for a bonus hole. This connects you to hole 8 which players have to walk to anyhow. Local Friends of Findley State Park and local players put a lot of work into this disc golf project. Look for this course to get better and better each month.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Quick Technical Game
Pros: Good for a real quick round, or play a few to work on your technical game; tightly wooded for the most part making the shorter holes retain some difficulty.
Cons: Teepads are mostly gravel and then some are just rubber mats in the grass. Hole 9 has a sign but not sure where you are "supposed" to tee of from
Hole 9 has a picnic spot right at the tee; which can make you have to skip the whole. Too bad to, because hole 9 is a fun hole to play.
Other Thoughts: Despite currently only being 9 holes and its other raw shortcomings; Findley brings some technical shot difficulty into play to still bring a challenge and at the same time; ace runs. With the news of the new holes and the way they were described to me, it sounds like it will be adding length and elevation changes making this a much higher rated course.
Beautiful scenery and other activities available at the park could make for a nice family outing for an entire day.
If you are in the area, check it out
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Mostly for beginners . Short and technical hole here . Lots of things going on this park
Cons: No signage or map
no tee pads
Can be a little confusing for 9 holes
Other Thoughts: After holes 1 & 2 you can put your driver away. Work on your approach game here. most of these holes are less than 200ft.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Family Friendly. Short holes for beginners, but enough trees to make it interesting for others. Two open holes to start out.
Cons: A couple holes are way too close to picnic areas.
Other Thoughts: Scenic area, especially hole 9. For casual play. Lots of other activities in the park.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Great course to work on your short, technical game. Plenty of trees to make this course a challenge. We like to find parks to camp and play disc golf and this course fits the bill. Very well maintained. I hope they plan to add some more holes, There is enough real estate to make it 18 holes.
Cons: Cement tees and more holes would make it even better!
Other Thoughts: Great place to camp and enjoy nature. Not busy, at least in Oct./Nov.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Findley Park Review
Pros: Great scenery in the park, wooded and quiet. It's just a short bike ride in the park from camping and swimming.
Course starts out with two nice open holes and then the rest of the course is mixed between wooded areas and small openings. At hole #1 there are free scorecards to take, which I thought was very helpful.
Cons: Not a lot of distance on this course. All holes are par 3's which make it less challenging. The Tee's are a little rough but it appears that the park is dong some construction to lengthen the course.
Other Thoughts: Overall a pleasant nine hole course and the only one around southern Lorain County. I would recommend it to anyone camping at Findley, it would be a fun time for the family to spend an hour on .
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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