5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Roscoe Ewing DGC showcases its idyllic setting and packs a lot of history and fun design into a compact, 16 hole package. The oldest course in Ohio, Ewing boasts a prodigious design pedigree that began with Steady Ed's original routing in 1978 and continued with updates through the years by the late Leroy Jenkins and his wife Sharon (parents of world champions Avery & Valarie Jenkins), who call the area home. Today, only one Steady Ed hole remains in its original form (Hole 4 short), but the capable hands of Team Jenkins have crafted an entertaining Int-level routing through this surprisingly picturesque neighborhood park. Most holes play around a meandering creek that's large enough to affect shot placement, but small enough to retrieve discs from with ease. When you're not playing by the creek, you'll throw up and down the lip of the valley that holds the course, which makes for some cool uphill and downhill drives on Holes 2, 11, 12, and 13 long. Pin positions are intentional yet fair, rewarding placement and punishing bad misses.
Again, the course setting is surprisingly picturesque for a neighborhood park, and I've encountered all kinds of wildlife here. Songbirds and woodpeckers provide a very pleasant soundtrack for a solo round.
Maintenance is excellent, with the grass regularly mowed and foliage consistently trimmed.
Dual concrete pads offer a decent variety of looks, and the baskets are in good shape and catch well.
Cons: A majority of the holes play alongside, over, or within reach of a fairly popular bike/walking path. You'll probably have to yield to other park users at least once on nice days.
Due to the compact nature of the course, there are a few points where you may have to yield to other golfers as well, most notably in my experience on the head-to-head fairways of Holes 10 & 14 and adjoining fairways of Holes 11 & 12.
This is definitely Par 3 disc golf, and you won't necessarily find an opportunity to unload a full drive, either. Bombers will likely be a bit underwhelmed.
The fact that there's only 16 holes is more of a minor bummer than a major letdown, but it's worth noting anyway.
Other Thoughts: Roscoe is an unpretentious gem that's worth playing once for historical purposes, but worth returning to for the fun you'll have during your round. A must-visit in NE Ohio.
PROTIP: Roscoe Ewing can be played as a 27 hole routing with its sister course, Sam Masi DGC. After putting out on Hole 7, follow the path across the street until you reach Hole 8 at Masi.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Roscoe is a historic course that has stood the test of time. First designed by Steady Ed Headrick way back in the 70s, Roscoe is a really fun course that winds through woods, hills, and a beautiful park.
-Concrete tees and newer baskets.
-Home to the oldest disc golf hole in Ohio (#4 Short)
-Usually stays pretty clean
-Lots of different shots and lines to take on every hole
-Two sets of tees for amateurs and advanced players
-Navigation is really simple, just follow the tape on the baskets
-Accurate tee signs and maps on every hole
-Nice practice area with a basket, distance markers, a picnic table, and a restroom
-You can play a full 27 holes by taking the trail from #7's basket across the street to Sam Masi DGC #8.
Cons: -After the two holes across the railroad track were removed (by the city), flow gets screwed up at #7 (See other thoughts)
-Walking path comes into play on several holes, but trail traffic has started to die down over the past few years
-Can't play after rain because the creek gets murky and starts flowing REALLY fast.
-Some minor graffiti on benches, tee signs, etc.
-Not much variation in distances
Other Thoughts: I love Roscoe like my child. Sure he has a few flaws, but at the end of the day, it's still one of the best courses in the area.
A few years back, holes #8 and #9 were removed at request of the city because disc golfers crossing the tracks were all of the sudden considered to be dangerous. That messed with the flow, so you have to walk all the way back up #7's fairway to get to the next hole. Kinda sucks, but not much could be done about it.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
So cool to play an "older" course
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Cement pads, cement pads, cement pads! On top of that you get to play an original Steady Ed hole! Very technical and with the OB stream thrown in you had better be on your game.
Cons: The walking path through the course makes for the occasional run in with walkers (they don't pay attention and you have to wait.) Hole 2 can be treacherous so be careful.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: beautiful layout
short tees make playing the long pins easier
long tees offer a challenge to intermediate players
like the elevation change and how the course really utilizes the space it has
Cons: has standing water in places
walking path goes through part of it
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Steady Ed in Your Backyard
Pros: Roscoe Ewing offers the player a fun par 3, Steady Ed style of disc golf. I was a little disappointed when I realized that only one tee at one hole (4) was originally designed by Steady Ed here, but the entire course presents this same fun style throughout the course.
I was intrigued by the course's setting, being right in the middle of a residential area. This is your standard suburban Eastern OH neighborhood littered with houses and out of nowhere pops this fun course. The road to the park isn't initially obvious, so I appreciate the huge disc golf sign that they put up. There is plenty of parking, a practice basket, bulletin board with club info, and a porta-potty near hole 1.
The course is set in a picturesque park that is very well maintained. Not many chances to lose discs here. Because the creek water is clear, sunken discs are easy the spot. The park itself (minus the walkers) does a nice job of helping you forget that you are in the backyard of this huge neighborhood.
I'd label the course as standard par 3 style, but it is designed very well to still be interesting. There are some unique holes here with some great elevation changes and the creek. The designers really made good use of the land here, being tightly packed in this smaller park. Hole 2 is a unique hole and the only real multi-stage hole on the course playing uphill through the woods with a drop-off and dogleg left to a well-protected pin. Hole 12 is another unique hole that stood out to me with its technical approach up the steep hill and to the pin.
There is some great risk/reward play here with the ever-present creek and some sketchy pin positions. Holes 2-5 and 16 offer death-putt scenarios either being near a steep drop-off or near the creek. Hole 4 is a fun one that forces you to attack the basket by throwing a spike hyzer down a steep hill. It's a true do-or-die hole, well done Steady Ed. The creek is also just a bad tree kick away on many of the holes. O.B. is even marked on a few holes, creating more of an island green on holes 5 and 8.
Being in such a flat area, elevation is found here in a surprising way, with uphill shots on holes 2, 10, and 12 and downhill shots on 4, 11, and 14. The designers did a great job incorporating this elevation.
Navigation flowed well and the course does a fine job of circling back to the parking lot after hole 16. There are many signs that point you in the right direction.
Cons: The course offers a very similar style of play throughout the round. While par 3 is done well here, the course doesn't offer much variety in lengths and pars. This left me wanting more multi-staged holes that put more emphasis on each shot's placement.
I don't have a big arm but I would have liked to air out a disc more here. There are a few holes over 400 feet, but with tight fairways, the creek, and sharp angles, I felt that I didn't get many opportunities to throw as far as I would have liked.
The course covers a pretty small piece of land, which creates some issues with other park goers and players. The running path plays dangerously close to a lot of the middle holes - close to the point where throwing isn't an option if people are on the path. There are also some close fairways, particularly holes 10 and 14.
Some of the holes are straight-forward and open, not offering any real challenge or risk.
Some of the tees could be longer.
I honestly thought that some of the fairways rewarded luck more than skill by being super tight and having randomly placed trees.
Other Thoughts: For some reason, I am one of the few people to rate this course lower than a 4.0 and I am not one to lowball a course. This is probably a style preference thing, as Roscoe Ewing is a fun-filled course that combines many elements of course design. I would recommend playing here, as the positives definitely outweigh the negatives and I can see players of all skill levels having fun here with the course having some basic holes and then a few holes that are very tight.
Being originally designed by Steady Ed and redesigned by the Jenkins family, this course offers some disc golf history and could not have been better designed with the land given.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Roscoe-Ewing is Worth Doing
Pros: There is something about the old school courses that is always fun to see. I like Roscoe Ewing disc golf course, where lids have been flying since the disco era. There have been changes over the years, current layout is only 16 holes. The quality of the holes is pretty good on most. There are two sets of concrete tee boxes, and a sign on each hole. Baskets work nicely. The layout is not hard to follow, and all basic elements of fun disc golf courses: elevation, water, woods and open air. Alternate pin positions on multiple holes may vary the look a bit, and are generally well placed. Not too easy, not too difficult, fun for most disc golfers. A nice stream runs through the park, and is strategically in play on many of the holes, so try to keep em' dry. The elevation is not overwhelming but is significant on a few holes. My favorite holes were 2, 4, 5, 11-13, 15 and 16. 11 and 13 the best. There are a couple of benches available if you need a break periodically. Park was clean and grass was cut. Nice conditions without mud or bugs when I was there.
Cons: There are walking trails very close to the course, and several people were using them when I played on a Monday morning. Not 18 holes, unfortunately, but a good layout for the space available.
Other Thoughts: Wanted to see some Steady Ed courses, even if the layout here has been altered from the old school days. A good quality course. Left a neon yellow champion Valkyrie on the last hole, but worth the sacrifice.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Classic, Classy Course (with Punishing OB)
Pros: - Long / Short Tees.
- Well Mapped and Maintained.
- Challenging Environment
- Elevation and Distance Balanced to Perfection
- Good shots are amply rewarded (which is rarer than might be expected).
Cons: - Water in Play on Many, Many Holes (Creek)
- Impenetrable Brush / Mini-Swamp
- Known Course w/ Good Rep. = Some Crowding
- Walking Path Meanders Through Course
- Disaster lurks
Other Thoughts: The course is beautiful. The holes are well designed. But...
The OB on this course is serious business. Yes, the creek is shallow, but it can run muddy, and be impossible to see into (as we found out). Yes, those railroad tracks are OB, but the dense, dense thicket that borders them can be nearly impossible to find an errant disc in (as we found out).
In my opinion, this just is not a beginner-friendly course. Adjust accordingly...
OTOH, the locals are nice. The course is beautiful, and the challenging nature of the wooded layout means that every shot counts!
This course was a blast to play...but some of our party were out-of-the-running and frustrated early.
Maybe work up to it...
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Roscoe Ewing: An awesome course!
Pros: Roscoe Ewing is an awesome course with a fantastic design. There are many unique holes, with plenty of elevation changes and hazards. It is a really nice park with a playground for the kids. The signage around the course Is nice, so you shouldn't have a problem with navigation. Locals seem to be very friendly, and they seem to care about the park, as well as the course.
Cons: There is only one bathroom, and it is kind of out of the way. There is also a walking trail that winds through the course, but I didn't have any issues with people not paying attention.
Other Thoughts: This is a very nice course, and a must play if you live in the area!
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
A barrel of monkeys
Pros: -Quality baskets, with bright pink tape on the center pole and tape on the bottom rungs pointing to each next tee; also with big orange and blue 'lollipop' tops that indicate hole # - which you can see from a good distance away
-Variety of shots needed, good mix of right and left leaning holes as well as many changes in elevation and terrain
-Nicely broken in (I mean that in a good way) concrete tee pads
-Signs for most holes, with posts to hang bags on
-Multiple tees for majority of holes, multiple pin locations as well that usually change 1-2 times a year
-Plenty of trash cans
Cons: -The walking path hasn't always been here, but it sure can be a bummer. What a stupid idea by the city. Probably part of the reason they took 8 and 9 out. Plenty of people will stop and wait if you're obviously ready to throw into them, but just as many ignore you. It can get busy, but it usually doesn't interrupt play for more than 1-2 minutes at a time. The path comes into play for half of the holes
-Finding the course parking lot might be hard for some, especially with two different parking lots aside the course. You want the one that says 'DISC GOLF COURSE,' not just 'Roscoe Ewing Park.'
-Only one bathroom, and it's where the deceased holes 8 and 9 were, which is kind of out of the way
-Hole 7 in particular can be hard for some to find, the amateur teepad was paved over to build a bridge a number of years ago (for the aforementioned walking path - can you tell I despise it?) so now the amateur 'tee' is right where the pavement meets the bridge. Could be confusing for first-timers
Other Thoughts: One of the most fun courses to play in NE Ohio without a doubt. It has water holes, but the water (a meandering stream referred to as 'Champion Creek') is rarely high enough to warrant concern about losing a disc. The course makes some great use of elevation, especially on holes 2, 4, 11, 12, and signature hole 13 - where you have to throw through a tight tree gap off of a huge hill, then way right, then over the river and back into the woods where the pin sits in a guarded circle. Some tighter lines, some wide open shots, a couple of roller opportunities.
The course is beautiful, especially with the creek running through it, and the big wooded hills on the second half. Hole 5 is particularly picturesque during the fall, where fallen apples cover the fairway and bees buzz around them (they're too drunk to be a threat, just step over them). Smells pretty good too.
A lot of pins that are tucked away in a little alcove of trees or bushes. A number of pins with steeps drops or water hazards directly behind them so you have to be smart with your approaches. In all one of the absolute best courses in NE Ohio, probably the best if the city had never put that walking path right through the middle of it or forced it down to 16 holes.
Keep an eye out for an expansion: rumors have been circulating that 7 more holes are going to be put in by Team Jenkins about a 5 minute walk from hole 7. Timeline unknown, but that's been the word on the street for a while now.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 11 Not
Pros: Great course with several different challenging tees and elevations.
Cons: Walking path goes through the middle of half the course and two holes have been removed.
Other Thoughts: Nice winding creek goes through the course and it is typically well maintained. Waiting for the park to hopefully become a 27 hole course with the rumors I'm hearing!
0 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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