Ada, OH 
Ohio Northern University Share
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3 / 265ft.   3 / 360ft. Par / Distance:
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My "home" course

5+    5/7/2016   5/16/2016
Review By: DoctorC
Played: 3  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 23.6 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Good use of water and trees. Two sets of tees on every hole adds some length and variety. Mostly open-ish shots with only two in the woods. I get to play this as often as I want as 18's basket is less than 100 feet from my desk. It's often windy, which makes the course play a little harder than it is. When calm the short tees provide a lot of birdie chances for advanced/open players with a round of 47 or lower easily possible. The "extra" hole in between 11 and 12 passes behind the university president's house and is unmarked. The long tees are a nice bonus.
Cons: Very little elevation change and lack of shot lines which require a variety of throws.

Can be very wet and very windy.
Other Thoughts: Nice university course. Only 15 minutes from I-75 and a nice course in Lima. Well worth your time to play both.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Ohio Northern Water Park

1    3/22/2015   3/25/2015
Review By: Derek B
Played: 202  Reviewed: 42  Exp: 15.5 Years
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 1) concrete tees
2) beautiful property
3) water hazards
4) very clean and well kept
5) highlight holes: 2-6
Cons: 1) very little elevation
2) A few holes seemed like filler, or repetitive (holes 1, 8, 13)
3) navigation

Other Thoughts: Scenery: 3.5/5
Difficulty v Fun factor (5/5 is best mix): 3.5/5
Tees: 3.75/5
Signage: 3.5/5
Navigation: 2/5
Total: 3.25/5

This course is set on beautiful property at Ohio Northern University's campus. It is an open style course, with mature trees scattered throughout (except holes 14 and 15 which are wooded). I played from the shorts so my review will be isolated to speaking on the shorts only.

When I stepped up to hole 1, I thought this would be a lame course. I was wrong. Immediately after hole 1, the fun begins. Holes 2-6 have water hazards and make for some exciting and fun play. There are many more holes that have water involved as well. I kept expecting the water hazards to end, but they kept popping up. A unique feature. I haven't played a course with this many water holes since playing the temporary course at the Ohio Amateur Championships.

The property is very well kept and there is little to no trash anywhere on the course. A welcome sight, considering a lot of courses have littering issues.

Although the course has many attributes that make it attractive, I did find that some of the holes were repetitive....holes 1, 8, and 13 are all straight ahead open holes with no obstacles. Also, 16 and 17 play around a pond and are very similar. That said, there are plenty of holes here to keep you interested and challenged.

I did find that navigation was difficult at times. For example, I could not find hole 9's small tee, even after downloading the map on my phone. Also, I had a difficult time with verifying 11s small tee v 11s long tee. The map doesn't even show a long tee, but the sign says there is one. Also, on the way from 11 to 12, I saw another basket, but there's no hole marked on the map. I concluded that it must be a connector hole as the walk is fairly long from 11 to 12's tee. Last, there is a painfully long walk from 15 to 16. There are no next tee signs or arrows to lead you to the next hole. Definitely bring a map.

The course is mostly flat. There are few mounds here and there, but nothing outrageous. Luckily, the water challenges make up for the lack of elevation.

I found this course to be very enjoyable to play. The long tees look sick. I can't imagine playing the length of those holes with the constant wind and the water on top of it. I will definitely be back to try it though. I'm giving it a 3.5/5 because there's no quarter point ratings.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Wedding toss

1    6/21/2009   12/21/2010
Review By: cfair
Played: 3  Reviewed: 3
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Well maintained since it is on a college campus.
-Nice area
-Variety of difficulty (long open, long wooded, short open, short woods)
-Water hazards that are avoidable or you can take them to save strokes
- Multiple Tees
Cons: -A lot of straight out there shots, no a lot of annies, or unique hyzers (spike, skip, ect)
-Being on a college campus it can be crowded with some holes having you driving across multiple crosswalks at weird spots.
-Somewhat confusing tee signs (only a couple)
Other Thoughts: I can be super windy in this part of Ohio so you better know how to play it or expect extra strokes even from the short tees. The am and pro tees are noticeably different with the pros sometimes being odd to locate or throw from. The town is cute and the holes are nice but I didn't see sign of a strong DG community...

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.


5+    9/22/2010   9/22/2010
Review By: andrewkh
Played: 54  Reviewed: 28  Exp: 10.4 Years
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -well maintained
-very scenic college campus
-lots of nice long open holes for big bombs
-nice baskets and tee pads
-has little elevation changes (common to the area), but makes great use of what they have
Cons: -can be very hard to navigate first time threw
-heavy pedestrian foot traffic during school year
-mostly open so wind can be a big factor
-has some drainage issues with some holes collecting lots of standing water
Other Thoughts: this is a very fun course, but bring your A can be tricky. will be playing this course for years to come

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Windy Course

1    9/30/2009   10/23/2009
Review By: simskc
Played: 3  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 9.4 Years
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Easy to find at ONU. Holes flow pretty easy and did not get lost. Nice variety of short and long holes. Most on the long side for what I am used to playing but not terrible. Has several ponds that come into play which makes for some exciting shots.
Cons: Very windy in Ada most of the time since it is so flat which makes playing difficult. Can lose discs in ponds if you are not accurate
Other Thoughts: Would reccommend this course to others. Nice view of the campus especially the large football stadium.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Bucolic Bliss

5+    7/1/2009   7/7/2009
Review By: Kellermeyer14
Played: 10  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 9.3 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: A variety of distances, including a pro tee that is 700+. A variety of obstacles. Many Doglegs. Get to see most of the campus. Variety of fairways, including tunnels.
Cons: Land is flat for 30 miles in every direction, so when the wind blows - it really blows. Distance between holes and subsequent tees is usually quite far. so expect a lot of walking from hole to tee.
Other Thoughts: Go Polar Bears!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

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