A very interesting campus course
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Pros: Elevation, elevation, elevation!
Beautiful scenery pretty much any time of the year
Interesting and challenging holes, despite the relatively short overall length of the course.
Had the course to ourselves on a warm Friday afternoon while school was in session, so I can't imagine it ever gets too congested.
Cons: Badly worn natural tees
Some long tees are hard to find
Course flow is awkward between 2 and 3 (somewhat) and 15 and 16 (severely).
Campus buildings come into play on a couple holes
Not a ton of variety to the hole types, despite the terrain.
Other Thoughts: Let's get a few things out of the way up front. Despite my long list of cons I don't hate this course. I recognize that the people who built it did the very best they could with the land available. Like others have said, I would not want to lug concrete up to some of these tee locations. I would rate this course a full point higher with concrete tees, but realize it's unrealistic. We only had one muddy tee the day we played, and both times I played that hole I realized this course would be extremely difficult to play on anything but a dry day.
I get the impression that the short tees get much more play, which is too bad. The course is very repetitive from these tees, but they were where my guide wanted to play from. I think some of the long tees open up different lines and might make the course feel less repetitive (as an example, holes 1, 11 and 12 are basically the exact same shot, just with slight tweaks to elevation and obstacles).
With the complaints out of the way, let's talk about the elevation. Flatland disc golfers will have NO idea how to approach some of these holes, and even players with experience dealing with elevation will be granted the opportunity for some memorable shots. Sisyphus talked about the plateau green on 7 without mentioning that it's the size of a postage stamp. I felt lucky to hold it the first time, and got lucky enough to miss right the second. DON'T miss left for any reason! For me the most memorable shot was 14. You throw a steep uphill shot for 13, climb up and throw back down for 14. Watching my guide just barely let the disc fall out of his hand, and then park the hole made me realize just how much touch would be needed here. Miss short, and you're down a nasty gully. Miss long and you're even deeper down a steep ravine. Scary stuff!
I played this course on a calm, warm day and enjoyed it thoroughly. On a day that was rainy, windy, or otherwise inclement, I'm fairly certain I'd have hated it, so factor that in when you choose to play this baby for the first time.
In a perfect world I'd probably skip most of the campus holes, although 1 and 18 are pretty good. 5-15 are where the fun is, and are the reasons this course is rated as highly as it is.
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first time on this course.
Pros: Nice variety of shots. Technical course. Very rugged terrain. Nice placement of trashcans and benches.
Cons: Almost half of the tee signs are missing. Some tee pads had mud and standing water on them.
Other Thoughts: Has potential to be a very good course. I personally don't think it is all par threes.
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Pros: Lots of variety
Love the woods
Lots of ace opportunities
Lots of technical play
Cons: Not in love with the tees
Some very unforgiving areas
Other Thoughts: always a fun playable course
would like to see more modifications
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Nice public course at local college.
Pros: - Course takes great advantage of wooded terrain, and the hike through the forest itself is just as enjoyable as the round. Caretakers have done a tremendous amount of work building trails, steps, and bridges to accomodate the course.
- Good variety of holes requiring plenty of shot types. Elevation changes and varying shot shapes abound. Also has a decent mix of open versus wooded holes.
- Signage is great in terms of hole layout and navigating from one hole to the next tee.
Cons: - Finding the start of the course isn't necessarily obvious. No welcome signs at the start of campus reference where the course is located. I found Hole 18 near the lot where I parked and walked around a little until I figured things out.
- The first three holes are right in the middle of campus, and even during summer session it was a bit crowded. I'm not generally a huge fan of being on display to ambivalent spectators, let alone having to throw around them.
- The hike to the wooded portion of the course is fairly long and the hikes in general are steeper than I imagine some older or casual players may be able to comfortably navigate.
- I only found out about the "don't miss left" rule from the course website after my round, which included a thirty minute period scaling the side of a ravine looking for my driver on Hole 7. It's worth walking each hole tee to green before throwing off to get a feel for course layout, as there are some pretty significant dropoffs.
- New hole maps on the tees look like they're using hieroglyphics. Old signs with drawings were better, but this is probably a nitpick.
Other Thoughts: Please note that the course has been redesigned since some of these pictures have been posted. Course configuration is drastically different since adding new holes, it seems.
I often travel to Hocking County for work and, having taken up frisbee golf earlier this summer, I was delighted to find a public course at the college, as I pass through Nelsonville on each trip. Generally speaking, the course is a lot of fun and it's nice that something like this is available to the community. I was in a hurry and wish I had more time to enjoy the course, but I felt like it was challenging yet fair and provided good variety. It is unforgiving in spots, but I know that now and will adjust next time. It may not be perfect for the total novice player to learn on, but it's definitely a course I would recommend.
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Hocking College DGC
Pros: Very scenic wooded holes. A lot of work has been done with staircases, bridges etc.. Tons of elevation through wooded fairways, without anything being a poke and hope.
If you like wooded courses and are in the area, it is definately worth stopping.
Also very close to the freeway.
Cons: No concrete. Most of the tees were manageable, but a few weren't level or had some interfering roots. It appears there has been some effort at signage, but is still not enough to smoothly navigate the course. There was a sign on either 13 or 14 which stated: "Copperheads spotted in the area 9/2/2009" (3 days prior to me playing)
Other Thoughts: Some discers we ran into said that there was some construction going on which was affecting several holes, plus they have recently expanded from 12 to 18 holes, so given some time, i'm sure the course will just get better. At present hole 2 didn't have an actual teepad. We found the remnents of a spraypainted line and #2 so threw from there. Never found the true teepad for 16, but were able to play what we believed was the general hole. (the only way that didn't have buildings coming into play) Hole 18's teepad is literally 7 feet from 17's basket. And hole 18's tee sign (which still reads hole 12 from before the expansion) is actually between those.
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