1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: FRONT NINE IS OPEN. NICE LAYOUT. SOME SHORT HOLES. FLAT COURSE WITH GOOD TEE SIGNS. VERY WELL KEPT. OPEN LANES IN THE WOOD HOLES. I'VE BEEN PLAYING FOR LESS THEN A YEAR AND I AM USED TO VERY WOODED AND HILLY COURSES. THIS COURSE WAS A GOOD BREAK FOR AN OLD MAN.(51) I WILL PLAY THIS COURSE AGAIN WHEN I VISIT MY SON. VERY CLOSE TO 2 OTHER COURSES.
Cons: NOT MANY. A LITTLE TOO OPEN ON THE FRONT BUT THATS OK.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice Rec Level Course
Pros: This course has newer, adequate baskets (but only two sets of chains), good tee signs, and good concrete tee pads (although they may be a bit short for some people's taste). The course also has good flow with no long walks between holes. It also has good, simple directional signs for the few walks that it does have.
I played this course in a tournament, so this may not be always the case, but the course was in immaculate condition. The open holes were mowed low and the wooded holes had fresh wood chips down almost every fairway.
This course offers great variety. There are the wide open holes that force you to learn to place your shots when nothing constrains you and that make you deal with the wind (although it was not at all windy when I played). But there are also tightly wooded holes that make you learn to throw controlled drives with tight lines and turns. In addtion, even within the wooded holes there was a great amount of variety with hyzer shots, straight drives, and turnovers.
There are three holes that end on mounds. These provided a good test of putting and required decent strategy to not blow up on a simple hole.
As a Novice rated player the length of this course also appealed to me. There were many holes under 250 feet. There were not too many holes that I would consider very long (400+).
Cons: Short tee pads, less than top-of-the-line baskets, and the overall length of the course limit its appeal to disc golfers of all skill levels. For advanced level players, this course may challenge their upshot game but it will rarely provide them a chance for long drives.
For tournament play or on crowded days (assuming the course gets some despite being far from a population center), there are a number of the open holes that have serious fairway interference issues. Considering how short many of the holes are and how close many of the next tees are to the previous baskets, there are many times when other players are in danger of being hit simply by being on their tee pad or in their fairway.
The course is pretty much flat. The open holes are not very challenging (except on windy days) due to a lack of trees and OB. Some of the wooded holes are a bit gimmicky and luck-oriented with their "fairway" lines: it is not entirely clear what the intended shot is supposed to be other than a putter tossed 100 feet or a shot thrown with eyes shut while hoping for the best.
Other Thoughts: On the whole, I really did enjoy this course. It was fun, challenging, and suited well for my novice game. Plus, it was harder than it seems. The best score on the day (190ish rounds played in the tournament) was only 8 under par (a 57 over 19 holes including 1 temp hole).
The parks department (or whomever controls the park) has added many trees placed strategically on the open holes and put protective material around their trunks. This will only make the course that much better as they grow over the years. Plus they have shown a good commitment to disc golf by maintaining the course very well with mowing, wood chips, gravel, and good signage.
This course is an excellent course for developing players especially since it gives them the challenge of both woods and open holes. However, it may not be a course more advanced players would enjoy very often.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
2 courses in 1?
Pros: First 7 holes are open and are set up for some easy birdies if you make a good tee shot. Once you get into the woods which is a good portion of the course your thoughts of this course completely change. Very tight wooded dog legs with blind holes, not many over 350 but still very difficult if you do not make a great tee shot. This course is very fun to play, you may think its easy at first, but just wait till you get to the woods. I would recommend playing this course no matter what skill level you are.
Cons: Open holes are a little too open.
Other Thoughts: Fun course, challenging back 9, great location its basically a disc golf park only right now.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Has Good mix of woods and open, Good distance with a few ace runs. The Mounded greens on a few holes are very unique. Great mix of righty and lefty holes. Great signs throughout the course to keep you headed in the right direction.
Cons: No elevation other than the mounded greens on a few holes. Trees on front nine are very small and are not really a factor as of now. Some teepads are close to greens which could lead to some fore's while playing.
Other Thoughts: This course played harder than the holes look. Was very windy (Not sure but it looks like it could be all the time.)
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde
Pros: Back 9 is a tough wooded course with tight fairways.
Plenty of signs to direct you through the woods.
Flat course so it is easy for my 3 year to walk with me.
Cons: Front 9 is too vanilla with being in the open and no real obstacles. It is a good way to warm up the arm but not very interesting.
Other Thoughts: I would give the back 9 a rating of 4.0 and the front 9 a 1.5 hence my overall of 2.5. This course is worth checking out if you are in the area just for the back 9.
****Update November 2008***
The Parks Department put in abou 25 trees on the front nine to add obstacles to the course. The trees range in 6' to 20' so it will take time for them to mature. The front 9 is still quite easy (except for windy days) but the trees were definitley put in to make the course a bit more challenging.
Monroe is about 10 minutes away so you could play both courses (42 holes) in about 3 hours.
During the summer there is a weekly Thursday night league that is open to the public.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Night and Day
Pros: The back nine are challenging because they are tight and wooded, and force you to be techinically perfect. Also, there rarely seems to be heavy traffic at this course.
Cons: The front nine are too easy. Many of them are just a basket 200-250 ft. straight ahead with no obstacles. Get your birdies there...
Other Thoughts: I titled this review Night and Day because the front nine and back nine are so different. However, the back nine do make this a worthwhile trip if you're in the area. Also, Monroe has a course very near by, so stop there and make it a double header...
(5/21/09 Update: I originally reviewed this course in the Summer of 2008. Since then, a couple of new 9-hole course have been installed within 10 - 15 miles of Turtlecreek. The course are the Mason Sports Park in Mason, OH and Countryside YMCA in Lebanon, OH. Both are decent options which can can be played in conjunction with Turltecreek for a full day of disc. Countryside doesn't yet appear on this website because it's brand new, but just Google "Countryside YMCA" for directions.)
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Turtlecreek Disc Golf Course
Pros: Nice course. Mach 2 New baskets. Mix of open and wooded holes. Great teesigns. Combo of short and long holes. Practice basket.
Cons: Need more obstacles on Beginning of course. Dig out a pond. Short teepads. Hole 6 teesign missing. Lots of trees fallen onto ground.
If your out here head to Monroe or Mason Sports Park (Both 5 minutes away) for a few more rounds. Turtlecreek Ace Fund. Every Thursday 6 pm tee off. (6 dollars admission) Go to www.cincinnatidiscgolf.com
for more more info.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Well taken care of, good signs, nice park.
Cons: Front nine needs some sort of obstacles, it looks like they have planted some trees, but it will be ten years before they're big enough to do anything.
Other Thoughts: Front nine is in a wide open field, back nine is super tight through trees. Overall it's a nice course, but not particularly fun to play because it goes from too easy to too challenging
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Nice terrain/pads/great signs/well kept.
Cons: -Mostly short and very easy front, funky lines in thick woods on back.
-Almost NO trees on half the course, literally.
-Some woods holes have no realistic fairway, punish good shots.
-Some ivy in woods.
Other Thoughts: Plant some trees, make artificial OB's or dig a pond on front 9. Trim back some on the back 9.
Doesn't have the chance to be a 'great' course really, but it is good for teaching and for someone looking to just play a casual round.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
A gem between Cincy and Dayton
Pros: Nicely mulched throughout the wooded courses great mix of open and wooded holes. Couple elevation changes great flow throughout the course also a good mix of easy and hard holes
Cons: Tee pads are a little short
Other Thoughts: Course is 10 minutes from Monroe Disc Golf course so if you are gonna go play make it a day and play both!
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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