Feel The Burn!
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Deis Hill is a very nice course that is set amongst the beautiful rolling hills of Dover. There are plenty of opportunities to air it out, with a few technical holes mixed in.
Deis Hill is ranked #2 in the state, and I can see why that's the case. Each hole sports three concrete tees, very nice tee signs, and quality DGA baskets. The signs have a picture of the hole, and an arrow indicating the basket position. The maps are very descriptive.
This is a big arm's dream! There are many holes that require a big arm rather than an accurate one. However, there are some more technical holes mixed in that will balance out the round.
Three sets of tees that do a good job in providing variety. Red tees are perfect for a newer player, while the whites and blues give you a decent challenge.
Nice kiosk with an information board and a practice basket. The basket is conveniently next to #1's tee.
Maintained very well. All the grass was cut, and there really wasn't much debris or trash to speak of. It's a lot of effort to maintain a big course like this, and they do a good job.
Tons of elevation changes here, and the design takes full advantage of it. There aren't any flat holes.
Very good mix in distances and hole shapes to make things interesting. Tests most of the shots in your game.
While there could be some fresh tape applied to the bottom of the baskets, navigation is pretty simple. There are some signs for tougher holes to navigate.
Pin placements were very challenging, but fair at the same time. Many were tucked in the trees, making a good approach shot critical.
Trash cans scattered about the course, contributing to how clean the park is.
The first tee is really easy to find. You aren't driving through a big park lost, the tee is right next to the entrance.
You'll feel the burn here, and get your workout in! Might invent the Deis Hill Workout Program... guaranteed you'll lose 10 pounds per month ;)
Cons: There was a good amount of backtracking from basket to the next tee. Seems to be more noticeable when the baskets are in their "B" positions.
Some signs were way to close to the tee par. Some holes, I was paranoid that I was going to smack my hand against the sign on my drive.
There weren't enough "crazy fun" holes to give Deis much more than a 4.0. Almost every hole was nice, but not really breathtaking.
I always put "multiple pin positions" as a con in my book. Hard to explain why, but I feel like some of the A positions were better than the B positions, but I never got to play it. Just take the best placement and keep it there.
There isn't a loop back to the parking lot until you get back to 18. If you forgot something in the car, it'll have to wait until the end of the round.
A few holes on the front 9 play over a walking path, that was a little bit busy when I played.
Might want to skip this one if you are aren't in the best of shape.
Other Thoughts: I'm not the hardest thrower around, but I still found Deis Hill to be a really fun play. Even though there are lots of long "bomber" holes, there are enough wooded holes to balance it out.
I'd say that Deis lived up to my expectations. It didn't blow me away, but it was still a very fun course that I'd visit again if I was in the area.
With all of that being said, I give Deis Hill a 4.0/5.0. Very solid place to throw, and would recommend it to pretty much anybody.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 2 Not
Not sure what I'm missing
Pros: If you want to throw long open drives all round time and time again, this is the place for you.
If you want to get a LOT of exercise and hiking in, this is also the place for you.
Signage was top notch, navigation was fairly well shown.
The shade and holes by the pond were very nice and the parl atmosphere is very relaxing and enjoyable...it was hard not to just relax by the water for an hour or so!
Wide open fairways on many holes.
Cons: Distance for distance's sake...no real challenge or obsacle, just 600 plus feet of open field to throw a disc across.
Some holes could be broken up into 2 separate holes, I.e. 11 was just a long 400 foot drive, then an abrupt lefthand 90 degree turn and another 100 feet, 15 was a 200 foot open drive and then 90 degrees left and a 200 foot uphill corridor.
A lot of backtracking to get from each basket to the next tee unless you play red tees.
When there is a huge hill, why not drive off of it for a spectacular drive? Instead, hole 17 plays along the top of a hill through a tree corridor and any hit to a tree or disc not landing flat will roll 200 feet down the hill...not very fun.
Not so much challenging as long, ardouos, and repetitive.
Other Thoughts: I have now played in 5 states, 30 plus courses over 5 years.
I say this to state that I am not a beginner or novice and play quite a lot.
I drove an hour to this course since it is ranked best in Ohio.
I reread all the reviews and must have missed something.
Aside from being ver very long, this course has little else noteworthy about it. It is not bad, but there are much much better courses in the NW Ohio area both for challenge and variety of shot as well as overall fun.
I played 12 holes at par, one under, and the rest within 2 or 3 of par from a mix of the blue and white tees, and would not make the drive to this course again.
Check it out if you are in the area, but IMHO not in the top ten courses in Ohio.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: 18 holes with excellent tee signs and baskets over some great elevation. Concrete tees on the whites, mix of concrete and natural tees for blues. Navigation was ok. Nicely mowed grass fairways.
Cons: Only one big loop back to parking lot, this is a con here. There is a lot of backtracking to the blue tees as well as the shorts. I usually don't have issues with natural tees, but the long tees here are often natural with bad placement on short slopes and tend to be muddy areas. Being a mostly open course, it gets hot, especially hiking up and down big elevation. Benches are a scarce here and actually needed.
The placement of the tee sign for 1 blue is not great right next to the front of the tee. Plays over/near less used parking lot This hole just feels long for the sake of long with no real risk or reward.
Hole 2 had some walkers by the blind basket and poison ivy lining the narrow fairway.
Hole 4 and 5 had people walking back and forth over the fairway from parking lot to pond. Hole 6 looked like one the best holes but I could not play as it was roped off for a camp archery competition. I had the willies playing hole 7 and 8 with the archers behind me and poison ivy down the edges of the fairways and not far from basket. There is a lot poison ivy in the wood line here.
Hole 13 is another hole that is just long for the sake of long.
Hole 14 is probably the signature hole, but once again I could not play as there was a soccer game in the fairway.
Hole 15 there were people in the way from the long tee and the gap on the dog leg up the hill seems a bit ridiculous to hit as you want to land almost exactly on the short tee pad there, then there is the poison ivy up both sides the steep narrow "fairway".
Hole 16 plays over the park road.
Hole 17 plays right next to road with narrow fairway of line trees, looks like a really cool hole, but doesn't play well as kicks become completely random. The best move is to pitch outside the fairway and play a hyzer instead of hoping to keep any disc that straight and narrow that long and risking the bad kicks.
Hole 18 was a lackluster uphill sloped open hole.
Other Thoughts: I generally love long courses with big elevation and Deis Hill has that aspect in spades, but overall the course is rampant with other park users, poison off the fairway and lacks technicality to make this the top tier course it begs to be like the Black Course in WV. I got bored as it's so straight forward and throw far or die here.
5 of 8 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Deis Hill/Deis Long
Pros: Deis Hill is a championship-level course and is located in a very big park packed with things to do. The course is thoroughly spread over different sections of the park, allowing the player to experience many different types of holes. Park on the right side of the road next to the pavilions, and a practice basket and hole 1 will be directly to the left.
This course is in top condition, with the most detailed tee signs I've ever seen, concrete tee pads nicely set in the ground, in terrific shape, and allowing a comfortable run-up, and DGA baskets that are in great shape and have the hole numbers on them. There are three sets of tees on almost every hole, with 1 or 2 holes having shared white and blue tees. This is a definite plus here, as each tee gives vastly different looks and lengths for the hole. This is especially true for the middle holes that play through the woods.
One of the most physically challenging courses I've ever played, Deis Hill rewards a big arm - only 3 holes are under 400 feet and 5 holes are over 600 feet from the blues. These incredible lengths, as well as the terrific use of elevation, make even the more open holes challenging to achieve par. Hole 1 - for example - is nearly 1,000 feet of open space, but the gigantic slopes that it plays on can cause definite rollaway potential. However, there are a lot of holes that require you to hit tight lines in the woods as well (holes 6-8, 15, 17). Finally, there are holes in between these two extremes that require you to pick a line through the numerous trees and incorporate length and elevation as well (holes 4, 5, and 16 do the best job of this).
This is a superbly maintained park, and there aren't many chances to lose discs. Rough is present on some holes, but it is not annoyingly thick. There is fairness in scrambling out of the rough. This course is a huge hike, plays directly under the sun most of the time, and takes a lot of time to play, so prepare accordingly. While I enjoyed the hiking aspect of it, some people may not be up for it. Navigation flows very well and there are a lot of next tee signs.
Cons: -There was a bad storm the night before I played, but still, the course was incredibly swampy throughout most of the course. It doesn't seem that the course drains well, as a lot of the holes play down in many valleys. A lot of standing water was present.
-I wouldn't call the more open holes (9-13) throwaways, but they did get a little repetitive and I would've liked more opportunities for line-shaping in this part of the course. Still, the length and elevation made these holes challenging.
-Holes 1-5 play dangerously close to park roads, causing me to play a little more conservatively and affecting my round a little bit in this way.
-I hardly ever feel the need to sit during a round, but this is one course that could use a few more benches as it is a grueling hike.
Other Thoughts: Deis Hill is a very physically demanding course with its vast elevation and seemingly never-ending hole lengths. I really enjoyed the variety of hole types that it has, whether being a steep downhill shot(2, 10, 14), super tight tunnel shot (7, 8, 17), sharp anhyzer (6, 9, 12), hyzer bomb (11), or a fun combination of shots. This is definitely one of the hardest courses I have played, and I recommend it to anybody. If you are a beginner, the red tees are still very enjoyable.
My favorite holes on the course:
1- A great way to start a round. Completely open but plays on a very fast slope and then downhill to the basket. Nearly 1,000'!
8- Have to hit a super tight line to reach a the green, plays gradually downhill.
14- A true top of the world shot, and the best downhill bomb I have played. Still requires you to hit a tight window before heading to the bottom of the hill.
17- My favorite tunnel shot and most scenic one that I have played. Very tight but still fair.
Took me about an hour and a half to play alone.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 6 Not
Best in Ohio!
Pros: - Lots of long holes for big arms.
- Best signage I've ever seen at a course.
- Multiple tee pads, mostly concrete.
- Great use of the park's terrain.
- Picturesque scenery
- Hole 14 is the bomb!
- Clean and well maintained.
Cons: - Not close enough to me :P
- Not really a con, but beware this course will work you out.
- More benches would be welcomed, but not a necessity.
Other Thoughts: The best course in the state of OH, IMO. If you're contemplating checking this place out, do it! You won't regret it, unless you're really out of shape :P
Bring lots of water, especially in the summer.
7 of 13 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 10 Not
Pros: Really fun shots!
more than just par 3s
Rolling hills, tree lined fairways, a good deal of elevation, open, semi wooded and wooded holes.
I threw a lot of dif discs off the tee, which always makes for more fun IMO.
Good variety of shots needed to score well
Long par 3s and par 4s and two par 5s.
Cons: It was a little hard to navigate as a 1st timer.
Other Thoughts: My 2 friends and I stopped to play the course on the way to NC from MI for the USDGC in 2009, as a break from driving. We were SUPER surprised at the course we stumbled upon!! There are a good number of long holes. I really enjoyed this course! I wish I lived closer.
0 of 10 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Really enjoyed the walk out here. Coming from playing alot of elevation in NC this course isn't as bad of walk as others have reviewed. I played the whites except blue 14 in 1 hr 3 mins. Alot of open crush shots that got a little redundant and not much midrange off tees.
Tee signs were awesome.
Really liked holes 1,2,14 and 17. 17 was probably my favorite even though it was my only bogey. Great drive but that fast green will get you.
Cons: Hole 11 WTF. especially being LBH. Didn't realize I had to crush another drive 450 or throw 330 and thumber over top.
Didn't care for 15 either.
Other Thoughts: Really fun course especially driving from MI to NC. Will dif stop in spring or summer so I can throw some rollers. Also check views by the pool
4 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Bring your "Bag 'O Drivers"!
Pros: Fun course to just let 'er rip. Nicely mowed fairways. Little interference from non-disc golfers. Nice tee signs. Nice use of elevation changes. Closest "destination course" to where I live.
Cons: My only complaint is the lack of concrete tee pads on some of the blue tees. (I've only played the blue ones.) Hole 4 from the blue tee is the best example of this.
Other Thoughts: This course is definitely worth the drive. You will get to see how far you can throw. Since hole 1 is the longest hole, the rest of the holes don't seem as long. But they are. Hole 14 is my favorite. I like being able to admire a good drive for several seconds.
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
DEIS HILL IS AT THE TOP
Pros: It is a very challenging course and you better be in good shape cuz its a hike. There a 3 Degrees of Insanity: Red - White - Blue - choose your best option. Whatever you think you can handle from Beginner to Intermediate to Advanced. You have to be insane to play Deis Hill. So Play It!!!! This course is clean and the Signage is Amazing. I have never seen tee signs like it anywhere. I would like to know who made the signs - the course I frequent could use these.
Cons: Like most reviewers it's the benches or even a few tree stumps. Someplace to rest the weary bones. Other than that a trash can or two other than at the pavillion or pool would help eliminate the random bottle trash on the course.
Other Thoughts: As an Intermediate player I like the course. The first hole has a basket with a huge arrow attached to it. Can't miss it - well ok I missed the putt but I knew where the basket was!
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Big Course, Big Arms
Very Nice Tee Signs
Three Tee Pads Per Hole
Nice Concrete Tees on Most Holes
Baskets are in Great Shape
Great Use of Elevation Changes
Has A Couple of Really Nice Signature Holes
Decent Mix Of Open and Wooded Holes
Begins and Ends at Parking Lot
Clean and Very Well-Maintained
Ample Parking (For Normal Play)
Pinic Pavilions, Pool, Walking Trails and Other Amnities in Park
Could Use More Variety
Other Park Traffic Close to Fairways
Could Use A Few More Obstacles on Some Holes
No Benches (Pretty Big for a Course This Long)
Not for All Skill Levels
Poisen Ivy Still Prevelant Throughout the Course
Deis Hill is an absolutely huge 18-hole course located in the small town of Dover, Ohio. The course is located in a beautiful city park and is one of the cleanest park courses that I have ever played. I don't know if it's all the parks department or the users of the park themselves, but whatever they are doing it's working and all parks should model themselves after this one.
Enter the park from Deis Hill Road. You will be driving along the wooded fairway of hole 17 and come up on the practice basket on the left side of the road. You have two choices for parking, one is on the left behind the practice basket, the second is along the right side of the park road near the picnic pavilions. Hole 1 is located on the left side of the park road directly across from the pavilions.
The one thing that really stands out about this course right from the beginning are the amazing tee signs. They not only show the tee pad, basket, and obstacles for each hole, they also show the alternate tee pads, roads, OB, and any other park features such as buildings, shelters, and parking lots. This makes navigating from hole to hole and tee to tee a breeze as long as you pay attention to the tee sign at each pad.
Right from the first hole you can also see that this course is for experienced players and big arms with the long tee pad measuring in at close to 1000 feet, with the short pad still reaching the 400 foot mark. While this may be great for many experience players and championship caliber tournaments, the novice or casual player might have a tough time or get frustrated with the sheer distance that this course demands even from the short tees.
As you make your way through the course you see some great amenites that I think really add to this courses overall score for many people. I mentioned the amazing tee signs, but there is also huge concrete tee pads, nice and easy to spot next tee signs, and great baskets. While all these are great they seemed to overlook a couple key elements, the first being benches. I wouldn't take off points as far as ratings go, but with a course of this size, hole length, and hiking wise, I would expect to see at least a couple of benches. Another great addition to this course would be some trash cans. While this was one of the cleanest parks I have ever seen, there were a couple of stray water and gatorade bottles throughout. Obviously this happens everywhere and isn't a con of the course but I do think that with a trash can or two this one may actually be as close to spotless as a course can get since many of the bottles I did see looked like they may have just fallen out of bags or were forgotten and left behind.
While the course and park have great amenities, the course could use a little more diversity to be the best of the best. There is a decent mix of open and wooded holes, but some of the holes are so wide open it kind of gives the course that "too open" feel. On top of the wide open feel the course has, it also lacks a lot of thought to play. Aside from one or two signature holes you are just out there throwing basic hyzer, anhyzer, and straight shots. I don't recall one hole that had me standing on the tee pad trying to decide on a route to take, or which shot to pull out of my bag.
Overall the course is really good. While there could be more, there is enough diversity on top of all of the great amenities to put this up there in the top. One thing I will advise is to go in with little to no expectations. Right now this is ranked as the top course in Ohio, and while it's definitely in the top few if you go in thinking number one, you might be disappointed. This course does deserve many of the high praises it gets, but ratings are opinoined based and in my opinion keeping that in mind will really help you to enjoy this course for what it is.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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