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Pros: Pastime Park is a 9 hole course circling a city park campground in Plain City, OH. There are basketball courts and an aquatic center adjacent (if not part of) the park. It is not known if the public is allowed to play there, but also no signs stating they can't. The village website says the course was professionally redesigned in 2020, and it looks promising on the first hole, with a nice enough sign showing 3 tee positions, red, white, and blue. Encouraging. But the enthusiasm quickly fades when you can't even find the first teepad. Only 3 grassy teepads (and no red ones) were located over the 9 holes. Tee signs give you an idea of where at least one of the teepads would be on the holes that had them, but we didn't even see any dirt areas that seemed like the course was ever played. Several holes were missing tee signs as well. The course plays counter-clockwise around the campground, just stick to the tree line for the first 4-5 holes. The campground was moderately busy, and three holes were close enough to campsites in use to cause concern--either play real safe or skip. The last 3 holes play through what look to be overflow campsites, empty this day, but could be issues. Two holes (7 and 8) also border residences, which a slightly grip-locked drive could find.
Unless one is camping here, or you are a serious bagger, this may be one to skip, for the potential safety issues if nothing else.
>Baskets were OK, setting is a fairly well-maintained public park campground.
>Nice quick loop of 9 holes.
>Hole one is a somewhat challenging with trees at or near full foliage, most holes have few obstructions though.
Cons: >Poorly marked course.
>Campsites come into play on at least two holes if moderately busy, could be several more if very busy. Almost every hole seemed to go through at least one campsite (you can tell by the electric hookup boxes).
>Unsure if the non-camping public is even allowed there, the guard house was empty when we were there.
>No real hole or shot variety. Quite vanilla overall.
Other Thoughts: .
>Teepads--Grassy areas, but only actually found 3 markers on the ground (small plastic white/blue squares on the ground) showing where the tee area should be. The general blue teepad areas can be inferred from where the tee signs were (the holes which had tee signs). Most holes had no markings at all showing where to tee off. Not even any worn areas in the grass where you can usually tell most people tee from. Just grass everywhere on most holes. If you want to play white or red, you just have to guess, or just safari it.
>Baskets--They were not marked, but look like older Discatchers. Pretty good condition.
>Setting--Encircles a city park campground, seems nice enough, well maintained.
>Elevation--Pancake flat except hole one, which has a few feet of change.
>Distance of holes--Hard to be definitive (since some tee signs missing and teepad areas not marked) but my best guess is most are in the 200'-300' range. A couple of the blue tees are longer (per the signs that were there), but given the fact that many holes are near campsites, I wouldn't recommend launching any 14 speed drivers with all you got. This is especially true because the course circles the campground counterclockwise, and for a RHBH player, this means most normal drives will fade back TOWARD the campsites, the first 4 holes anyway.
>Free/pay to play, type of course--Honestly unsure if non-campers are 'allowed' to play, but even if they are not, if you need to bag it, just park by the playground, and start playing. I doubt anyone will chase you down, it didn't seem like an overly secure or resort type of campground, and it IS located in a city park, so that's a great excuse if you ever were approached.
>Ease of getting to--Right in Plain City, a few blocks from downtown area.
>Parking--There is parking near the playground, right at the main entrance on the right. Hole one starts right behind there (there is a tee sign there), and hole 9 finishes near there as well.
>Bathrooms--Portable ones about 200' from hole 7 (look away from campground as going from hole 6 to 7). The campground itself has a restroom building too, which is also open.
>Water/food nearby--Fast food in Plain City, and the 'Der Dutchman' restaurant gets great reviews.
>Tee signs--6 holes had them, and they mostly show red, white, and blue teepads, but again, only a few actual teepads were ever found.
>Next tee direction/signs--No, but pretty easy to follow, just keep remember counter-clockwise. Hole 5 plays back toward the center of the campground (over a wood fence), the others play around the perimeter.
>Wheelchair/cart friendly--Mostly, yes.
>Shot variety--Lacking. Hole one is nice, the rest are meh. There are a couple gentle left to right shots on #3, and #4, and hole #8 is a short hard right turn, but course is mostly 250'-300' straight shots, with only a couple obstacles overall.
>Layout, long walks (inc back to car), loops--One loop, you end up pretty close to where you start. Pretty short walks between holes, provided you can find them.
>Total distance walked--0.9 miles
>Ease of finding next tee--With an online map, (no course map on-site) OK, without it, tricky. Baskets are fairly easy to see, hole 5 does play back toward center of campground, otherwise it is sort of one large counter-clockwise circle. 6 holes had tee signs, look for those.
>General difficulty--Fairly easy, especially since you can pick where you choose to tee off, as few holes have teepad markers.
>Mud/water issues--Seemed like it would stay pretty dry overall.
>Water or O/B to contend with--None marked, but holes 7 and 8 have housing along the right edge, so fence line is likely O/B.
>Difficult rough/lost disc risk--Very low, unless a RHBH player grip locks on 2, 3, or 4 into the trees lining the course.
>How busy was course/park--Course empty, campground about half full, though course itself did not have anyone on it.
>Fun/enjoyment factor, would I play again? No, unless I was camping there. And even then only if it wasn't too busy.
>Who will this course challenge? Beginners or rec players, but only marginally. The holes aren't terribly short, but they are quite basic in design. One Roc you can putt with will do for most holes.
>Is it worth a drive? No.
>Anything unique? No.
>Would be a half star higher with--Tee signs and pads for all holes, and frankly a redesign (probably not possible) which eliminated going through or near any campsites. The Village website states the course was just redesigned in 2020, I am afraid to know what it used to be.
I am in my 50s, 80 or so courses played, 875ish.
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Pros: -This course calls for a decent selection of shots, which makes the course stand out in the pile of nine hole hyzer fests
-I played the course the day after some rain and the natural teeing areas were usable
-All holes had signs with diagrams which were in good shape
Cons: -The chains on some of the baskets were rusted
-Even though there are different shot shapes here, the lack of distance meant there was little challenge
-The course was abundant with obstacles from the course's other uses, such as standing electrical outlets and shelters. I've seen some other reviews say that campers make some of the holes unplayable; I can definitely see that happening
Other Thoughts: I played this course, Roger Reynolds and Balgriffen on the same day. This was my favorite of the nine-holers, although it still doesn't offer much for a player above the recreational level.
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One for the campers?
Pros: The Pastime Park nine hole course in Plain City, Ohio, has holes ranging from 190 to 284 feet in length, with massive old trees to force some line decisions off the grass tees. With good hole signage and Innova DisCatcher baskets, the essential elements for a basic course are in place. Using the driveways, paths, fences & buildings to define OB gives the casual to Intermediate disc golfer a chance to work on some precision. The design uses the limited spaces available fairly well for what they were given.
Cons: However, the fact that the course plays in the flat, camper hookup area of the fairgrounds/park means that there will be a lot of non-disc golfers in range when events are going on here. So the disc golfer needs to be extra cautious at such times. The holes had to be situated as best they could where throws could be made safely, so there are sometimes some long walks from basket to next tee, but there are no 'next tee' signs. I added an aerial schematic map you might want to take with you the first time.
The holes are all somewhat similar in range and in the fact that they are flat, with 2-3 obstacles to consider. None truly stand out as 'memorable'. And trying to park hole 6 with a rhbh hyzer puts the 7th tee area well within accident range (see map). Finally, the second basket was missing a (or had a loose) ring, so half of its chains were just hanging there.
Other Thoughts: It was interesting to note that the tee signs all had a line of flight drawn, with most of them fading to the right on approach, so I wanted to hazard a guess that the designer is either rhfh or lhbh. Just a fun guess, though (which might help in your decision whether a course like this is something you'd want to visit). If this park has an event, or if Pastime Park isn't your cup of tea, there are two other courses nearby, depending on which way you feel like shifting your game: down for the shortie (Balgriffen) over in Dublin, or up for the lengthier (from the long tees) 18 hole course just north (Glacier Ridge).
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Nice Mature Trees Throughout
Tee Signs at Every Hole
Good Layout (Loops Through the Park)
Camping In Park (Summer Months Only)
Restaurant and Convenience Store withing Walking Distance
Natural Tees Are Getting Ruts
Plays Through Other Park Traffic
Two Baskets Are Missing
All Holes < 300
First Holes Play Near Houses With Fences
This is a nice little course located in a small park/campground on the edge of Plain City, OH. The park itself has walking trails, playgrounds, and picnic areas as well as campsites that are available during the summer months (Begins April 1st.)
Hole one is located near the main entrance to the park, across from the playground, and loops through the park back to the entrance. The course itself is definitely a beginner course and would be great for families to spend a day, but intermediate players would even call this one a pitch-n-putt.
While I wouldn't go out of the way to play this one, it might be a good place to camp with the family if you are wanting a place to stay close to Columbus. Glacier Ridge is about 10 minutes away and while not much longer has 18 holes and is a bit more challenging, so playing both with the family or beginner is do-able which adds to the appeal for families.
While I was out there the course was completely empty, but there were a couple of other park users and I did have to wait on them a couple times.Walking trails and roads come into play quite often so you do have to be on the lookout and wait for others to clear before throwing. Another problem is two baskets seem to be missing (7 & 8). I don't know if this is a temporary thing or what, but I know right now there are only seven baskets and nine tee signs. While its not really a huge deal, as it wasn't anything amazing to begin with and you could easily just play two of the holes twice, it is a bit of a downside to the already small course.
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Pros: -nice baskets
-in small secluded park
-great for beginners
-no wait to throw
-easy to navigate
-signs for every hole
-short course makes for a quick round
Cons: -too short for anyone aside from beginners
-signs need some maintenance
-a couple baskets too close to buildings
-has flyways that cross walking paths and near roads
-didnt see any trash cans or restrooms
-dirt tees forming ruts in them
Other Thoughts: it was ok, i would think it would be nice to have if you lived very close to the course, but nothing to go out of your way for. might be back if i'm in the area but i will likely not go out of my way to get back to this course since there are so many other great ones in the area
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My first love.
Pros: Baskets are good. Short course for a quick round.
Cons: Agree with other raters, there are safety problems with the course. Generally there aren't people on the course but occasionally someone will park a camper or a car right in the middle of the fairway.
Other Thoughts: I was part of the team that installed this course as a community event before I even played disc golf. While the installation is a little on the cheap side, it is this course that made me fall in love with the sport so I just can't rate it below a 2. I worked close by and played this course just about every day of the summer for two or three years and rarely had a problem with people in/on the course - but that might be related to timing (lunch).
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For what its worth..
Pros: -Nice baskets
-Low traffic (if you time it right)
-Good signage ++
Cons: - Layout is a little rough
- Course location intermixes with high traffic park areas.
- Little variation
Other Thoughts: Items to note that I dont necessarily consider cons but many players will probably dislike:
-poorly marked natural tees
This is another situation of where the city decided to put in the course as a draw for the park. Honestly, the main problem is that the course plays pretty much entirely over top of regularly used traffic areas of the park. Instead of the park building a DG course, they dropped in a course on top of the park. Like the other reviewer stated, there are picnic tables and such layed out in fairways.
I played around lunchtime on a Friday in May. Schools are still in session and the park was empty. In that case it was a very relaxing easy round or two of DG practice. During the summer when families are out all hours of the day and/or weekends will be a totally different story.
I enjoyed my round but proper timing is key to a unobstructed round.
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A plain course in a plain flat plain
Pros: NOTE: I rated this course according to how good it is for a Red level player.
Green grass and some nice old growth trees. Double chain DISCatcher baskets. I can't think of much else.
Cons: -Safety issues on 6 of 9 holes. Mix lots of safety issues with a busy multi-use park and a course best suited for newer players and you've got a recipe for lots of problems. The picture of the hole 9 fairway on DGCR tells you a lot. You'll see a car in the fairway, a bench you have to throw over, and some people who probably weren't disc golfers.
-The course is totally flat; there's no elevation change on any hole!
-There's very little length variety; all holes are 190-284 ft. (1 of 190/ 8 of 200-284.)
-The tees are dirt and grass and some are uneven.
-Very few amenities. No map, score cards, practice basket...
Course Level = Red (most suitable for Juniors and Intermediate players rated 825-875)
This course OK for Red level players, but it won't inspire them. Those who don't far-- new players, Juniors, some women-- might find it a good place to learn the game before moving on elsewhere. All but the shortest throwing adult males can safely skip this course.
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