5 Helpful / 0 Not
Great 9 hole course
Pros: 9 hole course that works around other park activities, but stays separate. It's a great use of the land.
Concrete tee pads, that could have stood to be a touch longer, but nothing too serious. The ground was quite level around the tee pads. One tee per hole.
Discatcher baskets, all in decent enough repair. One pin position per hole.
Now that we're past that, let's talk about the actual holes. Every hole is pretty damn fantastic. Lots of elevation, lots of distance, and lots of trees. You'll need to be accurate and long to score well here.
The elevation is especially used well here. Almost every hole has at least a little up or down, with many have severe changes. Very well done.
The river comes into play on a couple holes, although the only one it SHOULD come into play is 8.
Cons: One tee/one pin position. As great as this is for a 9 hole course, it would be even better with more options.
You'll want/need a spotter on many holes, as you'll be throwing big shots around blind corners on several holes, and the rough is pretty thick. If you're playing solo and really going for it, there's a BIG chance of losing discs here.
Other Thoughts: Even with the cons above, there's really not much bad that can be said about this course, other than it would be awesome with 9 more similar holes.
This is NOT a course for beginners, although I imagine it gets a decent amount of chucker traffic with being a 9 holer. All other skill levels should have a lot of fun here, especially if you're capable of 350' drives.
Overall, this is a great addition to the Cincy area, and definitely a must hit if you're in the area.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pretty Good 9 Holes
Pros: All the same as above. The company I work for designed/installed the pedestrian bridge used for #5 and #8 so it was nice to see that "in play".
Holes are really well manicured (as stated). It was really a nice course to look at. I know that sounds funny but, not all disc golf courses are pleasing to the eye. This one is.
It is not a difficult walk either.
We played around 11:50am on a Thursday and we were the only ones on the course.
Throwing your disc in the trees is not too hurtful as there are a lot of trails in and out. It is not really dense.
Cons: As stated above, the repative LEFT to RIGHT holes was annoying but it really does test your RHBH An-Hyzer skill.
Other Thoughts: Although I see the comments about a mando on #9 forcing players to throw down the line LEFT of the tree line, it takes a pretty accurate throw to get it threw the tree line and out to the field.
I enjoyed this course a lot. Made for a nice lunch break round.
P.S. - People are listing #8 as a par 5. It is not. As a PDGA course designer myself, this is at best, a Par 4. Even if you lay up short of the creek, you are still in the circle in 2. If you have to play it as a 5 it is because you tossed it into the trees.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Best 9 Hole in Cincy
Pros: -large open field to warmup/practice in. Even has field goal posts to aim. Big enough for monster arms.
-This course will challenge all levels and reward them aswell.
-Plays to both RH/LH and forces Int-Adv players to really work a disc to get a 2.
-Played as a par 3 this is very fun, if your new play it with listed pars to build confidence.
-This course is very well maintained.
-Long concrete tee pads
-Cold water fountains
*others have been covered
Cons: -This frustrates me more than anything else on this course. The tee pads on several of the holes make no sense. They are aligned in very weird directions.
-Hole 2 can lead to car damage.
Other Thoughts: Ok im going to be very descriptive in my posts of cincy courses. So if you dont want hole by hole then stop reading now.
-Hole 1. Short shot but adds some difficulty with a steep incline and a blind shot with trees to the right. LH's will have a decent mid range shot. RH's will have to force a turnover shot uphill which can be hard. *A great shot to try for anyone is a thumber/tomahawk. If thrown right it parks..
Hole 2. Amazing layout. This hole is on a hillside and makes LH's throw a dead straight shot between two big trees. Rh's can throw a straight light fading shot or a big hyzer to park.
Hole 3. A big hyzer for rightys and a difficult turnover of LH's. This seems like a simple hyzer but requires good line shaping and can be more difficult than you imagine because the fairway slopes downhill.
Hole 4. Great layout. S shot for both LH/RH, plays downhill and through a tunnel. Very challenging hole for all levels.
Hole 5. Easy shot for LH. RH's this hole can harm you. This requires some big turnover or creativity and watch out for the creek.
*The next 4 holes seperate the wannabe's from the true players.
Hole 6. Long uphill hole bending to the right with a scary fence to watchout for. LH's can throw a bomb driver, RH's have to work a long controlled turnover line.
Hole 7. Tight fairway bending to the right and long. This shot builds confidence for the next hole one of the best in cincy. Long hyzer line for RH and long tough turnover for LH. Trees down the fairway make approaches for 3's very tough.
Hole 8. In my opinion the best in Cincy. A beautiful shot downhill and over a wide creek. If you park this hole you will remember it and fall in love with this course. This hole really plays with your head and its relatively short.
Hole 9. A very tight fairway and lots of length. LH's will love it for controlled bomb shots and RH's can get creative. real players must call the cart path OB.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Hardest 9 hole course around Cincy
Pros: - Almost every hole doglegs right: This will force you to work on bending your throws right. (tilting the disc or sidearm)
- Nice elevation Changes: There are several holes that either go up hill or have a drop off somewhere along the way.
- Creek: There is a creek that is pretty deep in spots (even more so after a rain). Most creeks on the courses around cincy don't have much water in them, but this thing is like a mini river. Its probably around 20 feet wide and even when its low you can actually hear the water flowing.
Cons: - Only 9 holes: If this were 18 it would be excellent.
- There are so many dogleg rights that its almost unfair. My dad has a mean side arm and he always beats me and my cousin there because we mostly toss backhanded. It will make your right curving throws better. It will force you to find a way.
Other Thoughts: One of the best 9 hole courses around.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Nice layout. Concrete tees. Pretty easy and partially open course. Easy access and seem to be family friendly. Lots of parking and wide open feeling
Cons: It is what it is. Not too challenging even for a beginner.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Cool Course, but Only 9 Holes :-(
Pros: This course offers nice scenery, a variety of holes, and a decent challenge.
It is located in a new, clean park with lots of other activites (i.e. lacrosse, soccer, brand-new baseball fields, sweet playgrounds for the kids, etc.). The city of Mason obviously intends for the park to see heavy traffic from everyone in the community, which should motivate them to keep it clean and manicured. Also, Mason is an affluent area in general, so the course shouldn't suffer from dilapidation.
As far as play/challenge, I would rate the course a 3.5 out of 5. The holes are mixed between 215 ft. birdies to 400+ ft. "testers". Also, shifts from tighter wooded holes to more open fairways require you to break out all of your shots.
Finally, as previously mentioned, hole #8 is about 300ft., with a babbling brook crossing at about the 225 ft. mark. My friend had a killer drive on this one which was cruising over the water when it hit a tree squarely, reversed direction, and spiraled into the creek. Needless to say, we all lost it...ha ha ha...
Cons: My only gripe is that the course is only 9 holes. Because much of the space is already occupied by other activites/ball fields, I don't see expansion as a possibility.
Other Thoughts: This course is nearby several other courses including Turtlecreek, Gulley, and the brand new Countryside YMCA course in Lebanon. (Countryside YMCA just opened on 5/5/09 and isn't yet listed in this website, but I plan to take pictures and add it soon). We drove from Cincinnati up to Mason Sports Park (30 minutes) on 5/9/09 and also played Countryside YMCA's 9 holes (twice). I could have driven over to Gulley (5 miles away) and played 18 more if not for prior obligations.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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