3 the Hard (fun) Way
14 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: 27 holes in a beautiful park. Great variety with an open front 9, a wooded middle 9, and a back 9 that would make a great 9 holer in itself in that it has very finesse oriented, short, wooded holes and some open holes to flex the guns. Two pin placements as well as a short and long tee for most holes. Nice cement tees and signs on every hole, benches, adequate use of elevation and "proper" wooded holes (none of that tractor-cleared path through the woods type of crap). Beautiful reservoir and dam next to course. Good hole variety and length as well, you don't feel like lugging 12+ discs at this course is overkill compared to many others. The front 9 has some nice drop-offs near the basket. Trash cans and a portajohn.
Cons: There is a little confusion on where to go after hole 5, a next tee sign would be great. I would have liked to seen better use of the park's elevation and water, especially the water. I'm not saying have a hole that tees off from the top of the dam (although that would be awesomesauce) but some holes ending near the river/reservoir's edge seem doable. That's it though, great course.
Other Thoughts: Really fun, the 27 holes are a breeze to play through and the extra 9 is nice because they're neat holes and they dump you close to the parking lot for nice flow. As an NC disc golfer, this was what I was expecting in an Ohio course with the nice rolling fields and verdant woods. Definitely a repeat play as it feels like three 9-holes combined into one, a venerable smorgasbord of disc golf pleasure.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Worth the road trip
Pros: This is quite simply an above average course. You have everything from open shots to wooded shots, long bombs to short placements, elevation changes (though not too drastic), a bonus 9 holes that wrap around (A-I, starts after hole 14), 3 parking lots, good signs and great tees, plenty of OB challenges...all of the "essentials" that we look for in a good course.
Cons: I wish there were a way for water to come into play. The only problem is that there are no little lagoons or outlets to throw over; all options are really unfeasible. I would like to see 9 more holes put in the woods, either in the ravine along side 10-14 or in the woods beyond G, H, and I. Only restroom is a port-a-john and there aren't water fountains; plan accordingly. Also, the big bummer, due to erosion issues it seems that some holes are often closed. I can't remember the last time that I played this course in its entirety (outside of a tournament).
Other Thoughts: I might have given a higher score if it weren't for Hoover being my home course; unfortunately, playing it often makes me take it for granted. But if you're looking for a disc golf road trip, the Columbus area offers Hoover here, Gordon Holton (technical), and Lobdell (long and strong) as diverse, challenging, and memorable courses that'll make your trip. And we have plenty of warm-up courses, too (Blendon or Griggs), as well as new courses slated for 2010.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
17 Helpful / 4 Not
I thought about this for a long time
Pros: General everyday play this is a great 3.5-4 disc course
During tournaments, when played from long tees, with rope fairways and OB's in play this course moves up to a 4.5
I typically include hole-by-hole descriptions of a course however one of the best attributes about The Hambrick Course is how adaptable it is. It can be played many different ways and will remain fresh after being played many times because of the great time and care given to this course. True disc golf minds get this course ready for a National Tour PDGA Tournament and it shows.
- Long tees add over 1600 ft and a completely different monster.
- Two tee's and 2 basket placements for most holes
- Holes C, D, and E are beautiful and very technical.
- Multiple basket placements with some on higher or lower levels to make approach shots and putting challenging.
- Great scenic views of the lake and Dam on holes 1-3 and 18, appealing views of the river on hole 8 although it can be a Con see below.
- A very appealing wooded layout with holes 10-17 with lots of mature trees and some beautiful walks through pine tree trails.
- With the wooded portion of the course and the majority of the letter holes you will very rarely play the same shot twice.
- Most of the holes do not play to just one shot or style of play..
- The largest tee pads I have ever played for most holes.
- Short tee layout is not challenging for advanced-high level players
- Can be very muddy and does not drain well
- Certain basket placements can result in obstacles coming into play that normally are not. Such as hole 8 when the river is up.
- Holes 5 and 6 are very dangerous and essentially play in several other fairways.
- Holes 1-9 are very simple.
- Not enough holes with open distance. The long tees change this in some aspects, however most drives are in a controlled fashion and can lead to a constricted arm feeling. Everyone once in awhile I like to be able too just bomb away.
- Parking can be a hassle at this course and require you to walk a long way.
- No good restroom facilities. How can a National Tour Course not have a good restroom setup?
Other Thoughts: Memorable things to add:
- I truly love the views and scenery of this course. In Cincinnati you just don't get to walk from one basket to the next tee through a large patch of mature pine trees.
- Hole 15, throw the spike hyzer, thumber etc... don't try the tunnel
- Holes C, D, E are absolutely frustrating and beautiful at the same time for players of all levels
- Real Disc golfers need to ask about OB's and other rules which make this course a lot more challenging on certain holes.
- I really appreciate how diverse in line shaping you need to be to play this course. If you're a RH BH player a FH is a must.
- If the parking lot looks full park somewhere else but don't leave... 27 holes spreads out the local traffic and eliminates wait times.
- A lot of the recreational locals don't play the wooded or letter holes so start there if you want a more personal experience
17 of 21 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -great layout and use of the land
-good variety of open and wooded holes
-The PDGA National Tour Runs through it every year
-pro and am tees
- multiple pin placements
-27 holes to play
Cons: -severely crowded most of the time
-many none disc golf pedestrians walking or jogging so be carefull of where your disc go
-No water hazards
Other Thoughts: this is a great course but way to crowded. i would definitly recomend this course to any one that is in the area and want to get a good game in.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 2 Not
Best course in Columbus and top course in America
Pros: +Great course layout
+Excellent variety (front 9 open, back 9 wooded)
+Long drives and short drives
+Hyzer shots and anhyzers shots
+Great elevation changes
+The PDGA National Tour Runs through it every year
+Clear flight paths for every hole
Cons: -No water hazards
-Can get really crowded
-Holes 1 & 2 have been closed for way too long now
-Pedestrians/people who don't know what disc golf is can get in the way
-Some new tree placements don't make a whole lot of sense (5 and 18)
Other Thoughts: I'm born and raised in Westerville, Ohio (Annehurst to be exact) and this is by far my favorite course in Columbus. If you are driving through Columbus and you want to play a round on disc golf GO HERE!!!! The fact that the PDGA National Tour stops here annually should be convincing enough to come here, plus Valerie Jenkins, among many other pros, lists it as one of her top five favorite courses.
Although a street pretty much splits the course in half, it doesn't begin to take away from the natural beauty Hoover offers. A combination of tough approaches, up-hill and down-hill putts, and monster drives makes this 27-hole course one of the best not only in Ohio, but America.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
hoover dam dgc
Pros: Good shot selections and some very unique pin placements. Nice rolling hills with shots both up and down hill. Fairly well maintained with plenty of trash cans around course so i only saw a few pieces of trash around the course.
Cons: Somewhat difficult to navigate your first time threw. When i threw this course, holes 1 & 2 were closed when i was there. Several holes seemed to be wet even though it hadn't rained in the area for several days which suggests there could be some drainage issues. Very busy even during hours most courses would dead
Other Thoughts: Would like to throw this course again, possibly next time with some locals that throw this course well. maybe i'll chack out sunday league here sometime
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Best in Columbus
Pros: Excellent Shot Variety
Very Well Maintained
Great mix of Wooded/Open Shots
Great for both Novice and Advanced Players
Holes down by the Dam can be Buggy
Other Thoughts: Columbus Ohio and it's surrounding area is a great place place to live if you like Disc Golf. We have lots of great courses but this one is the best.
It has every kind of shot a Disc Golfer could want and they are always looking to add on more. The only problem with this course is it can be overcrowed.
Hole 16 is my favorite, and hole 17 always kicks my ass
On a side note, this course easily has the highest percentage of hot girls I have ever seen on a Disc Golf course
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Excellent versatility. This course has all the shots. From the longs, you will use most of the discs in your bag. Good mix of hyzer, anny and strait shots. Good mix of long and short holes. Good mix of tight and open holes. The park is somewhat small, but gorgeous. The course is always well manicured and clean. Home of the BHMO. One of the elite NT's.
Cons: The course gets slammed on beautiful days. If the weather is perfect you need to get there early or you will be waiting for pads.
Other Thoughts: I love this layout. The course just has all the shots. I play some courses where I only need a back hand throw and a versatile driver with a putter. Not here. This course will challenge any level of player.
The course is broken into a distinct front and back nine.
The front nine is open. Generally easier to get your deuces here. The back nine is tight and wooded. Many various hazards, including a deep ravine to the right side of a few holes. Several of the baskets are blind.
The difference between the short tee's and long tee's are also considerably different form front to back nine. In the front, you may get new angles on some holes, but mostly, you just add distance and minor additional hazards. In the back, the longs are like an entirely different course. They will test your patience. Very narrow gaps where placement is more important than distance. The rough can be very unforgiving.
There are nine additional holes that break off after 14. They loop around a separate part of the park and bring you back to 15. These holes are OK. Personally, I would rather get a couple rounds in from the original course, than take the time to play these 9. If you haven't played them, give'em a go. However, I find they lack the style and design of the initial 18.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Lots of variety
Pros: The course plays through a large park that seemed mostly devoted to disc golf, with lots of elevation changes and a mix of open areas and dense woods. Many of the holes had good uses of elevation to add some interest and challenge, especially on the more open holes. I liked the mix of longer open holes where elevation and wind along with tricky basket placements provided the challenge along with technical woods holes. The wooded holes called for shot shaping and accuracy, and punished errant shots with ravines and dense trees.
There was a really nice variety of long and short holes throughout the course, that called for a nice variety of different shots. It felt like many different shots were necessary to score well here, with lots of right and left turning holes mixed in with the straight shots. The wooded holes were varied between really tight narrow fairways and more open and longer woods shots.
There were nice concrete tees on every hole, and multiple tees on many of the holes that add a nice option for tougher or easier shots on the holes. There were nice tee signs for the holes with the hole layout and distance that made the course easy to follow and navigate for the most part. The park is nicely maintained, and very scenic with little trash and well-kept fairways. There is a nice practice area near the beginning of the course.
Cons: There were a couple weird spots in terms of navigation. Between 9 and 10 the walk is not well marked, and we had to ask a local player where to go. The new 9 holes are a great addition, but also aren't obvious if you don't know where they are. The alternate pin positions were nice, but it wasn't obvious which position each hole was in.
I played on a cold day with lots of slushy snow on the ground, and there were still a bunch of people out playing. I could easily see the course getting crowded on a nice warm day, and making it so that there were waits throughout the round. The people we ran into were all friendly and helpful, though the weather made it so that it was mostly diehards out playing, so I can see there being more of an issue with inexperienced players in the summer. There were some spots where roads were in play, and occasionally we had to wait for traffic to clear before we could play a hole.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course with enough variety to interest just about any player. The signage and the open holes make it pretty beginner friendly, though there are plenty of places to lose discs in the woods. More experienced players will find lots of different challenges here, and I can see why there are successful tournaments held here.
This is a great course, and well worth the stop if you're anywhere near the area. I would recommend playing this course to just about any level of player, the alternate tees give lots of options for different skill levels.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: + Large variety of holes both distance wise and obstacle wise
+ 27 challenging holes
+ Multiple pin positions often utilized
+ Very well maintained for a free course
+ Clear signage makes the course easy to navigate, save for 2 transitions
+ Nearby Duke and Duchess/Marathon is a handy place to grab something to drink and discs if you need them.
+ The majority of us locals are friendly
Cons: - During peak playing hours in the spring and summer it will likely be severely over crowded forcing long waits at every tee pad
- It can be hard to know where to go after holes 9 and 14
- The signs while very nice, aren't all that accurate a representation all of the time with placements. But close enough that its no biggie.
- Many spots through out the course get vandalized. Columbus Flyers do a good job cleaning up this for the tournament though.
- During the peak park hours you'll likely have to park far from hole one in the back ... but this can be good because when you do find a spot at the back of the park you'll realize how much less crowded A-I is
- It is a multiple use park so you do have to keep a heads up for non-golfers on the course.
Other Thoughts: ** Holes 1 and 2 are now back open for play and a few challenges have been added to hole 5. There are 5 new trees that have been planted amongst the other trees that were already there. The basket is now raised up on a pyramid shaped platform so the base is now 5 feet off the ground.
This is the course that made me fall in love with Disc Golf. It is minutes from me and I have gone to it too many times and played too many rounds here over the years to possible have any idea at a count. So please understand this review will be thorough(long winded). I've also done my best to avoid homeboy bias and rate more on how I think others would perceive it. To me this course will always be among the best of the best.
Very open front 9 that requires a fair amount of arm and a good balance of mostly straight and anhyzer throws. (assuming you're throwing rhbh) Basket placements help make these holes challenging.
The back 9 can be hard to spot if you don't see a group go in front of you and are new to the course. After hole 9 you have to walk across the park road to a wooden walkway that leads you to 10. The back 9 is far more dangerous territory for your plastic as its in the woods and for a while next to a deep ravine. Trust me, I speak from experience, you don't want to go looking for discs in the ravine. After hole 14 it can be confusing again as to where to go. If the basket is in the far position you can see a tee pad not far from it and it seems logical to go there. But this is actually Hole A for the aux 9. You need to turn back after the basket and walk through the perfectly lined trees. I've heard people say they have a hard time finding 18. After you finish 17 and walk out of the woods and across the road there are two tee pads in sight as you walk towards the parking lot and the basket is at the top of the little hill by hole 1.
A through I is a great extra 9 with a good mix of tight woods holes, big open holes, and anny holes with OB road next to you. It is often significantly less crowded than the original 18 and is in better condition over all.
This is a tournament course which hosts the BHMO annually. So as a local I don't enjoy how jam packed it gets leading up to the tourney. But it brings in so many crazy talented players that even just going to watch is worth the time.
Even more other thoughts:
Watch out for fishermen walking up hole 1, though most seem to understand its a DG course, walk wide and look out.
Because of its location next to the resevoir if its a windy day the hole 2 gets a lot more challenging.
There are good number of holes that the basket placement means you'll get punished if you miss.
If you end up losing a disc in the ravine the best course of action to find it is to keep someone on top of the hill looking out for it and directing a searcher in the ravine. Also most discs that have been found in the ravine in my presence have been further then were expected. So be sure to extend your search perimeter a good 25 feet past how far you think it could have gone.
There is a porta-potty at the parking lot by 1 if you didn't use the bathroom at the gas station.
This review is from playing short tees. The pro tees add a significant amount of extra distance and challenging lines.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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