Great Intermediate course
Pros: Englewood's course is located in a larger multiuse park, with the disc golf area isolated from the rest of the activities. This means you only really need to watch for other players instead of people jogging, having picnics, etc. All teepads are concrete, and the DiscCatcher baskets are still in good shape (albeit with rusty chains). This course is more balanced in terms of left-finishing and right-finishing holes than any other I've played. Shots that find the deep rough will be punished and can be difficult to recover from, but it doesn't necessarily eat discs, which is just about ideal. There are a mix of open holes and surprisingly technical ones, such as 4, 13, and 15. Elevation is incorporated well.
Cons: In the late spring and summer only part of the fairways are mowed, and the parts that aren't cut low can be up to a foot deep. Worst of all, there is poison ivy in there you'll need to watch for, especially on the first few holes. This area of the park can flood after heavy rains and can take a while to be playable again. It's also on the short side, with only 2 holes over 350'; plan on leaving your distance drivers at home. This is the most popular course in this part of the Dayton area, and can get busy on nice days.
A lovely course set on the lake
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A beautiful area set deep into a park near a lake. This was a lovely course to play at sunset. Very well maintained. The one time my disc went into the brush off the fairway, it was very manageable to find and get back. Some decent variation in types of play, even if there's not in length. Easy layout. Well-marked holes, and each sign tells you where the next hole is. Cool elevated hole on # 12. Really beautiful, serene course.
Cons: Not much in this course for players seeking long distance shots. Advanced players may find this course less than challenging.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
A Must Play course in Dayton
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very scenic course right next to the lake, mature trees and dense vegetation. It's a very peaceful location and makes for a relaxing round.
Nice concrete tee pads, good signage, a logical layout and ease of play make this a good course. Even though it's not a huge area, it doesn't feel small. Halfway through the round I realized this course doesn't ramble through the grounds like some courses. That kept the flow moving with no big gaps between holes. It plays quickly but doesn't feel like it.
Great layout in the woods with trees being in effect on most shots. Lots of opportunities to pick different lanes. Straight shots, annys and hyzers can all work here on the same hole. Aces are very possible on many holes. The fairways are mowed, the rough is not bad and won't eat a disc unless you are too lazy to look but don't get real far off or you'll wind up in the woods with the bounty of poison ivy and nettles. Overall a very nice place to throw.
Cons: If you live to bomb discs, this is not your course. All are par 3 and only two holes are just over 400'. The layout is fairly flat so if you like a lot of elevation changes (like Sycamore) you won't get that here. Can be damp- we went through a lot of moist areas that are very slick so watch your step or a wipe-out could occur. While it was not busy when I played I can see this course being a bit congested on a weekend and parking is limited.
Other Thoughts: As mentioned, this is a nice 18 hole course that shouldn't be missed but it won't wear you out so make it a two-round day and hit another area course afterwards. Do Englewood in the morning, go eat lunch and then hit O'fisher. I'd give this course 4 stars if they had a couple par 4s but once you see the place you'll see that the space simply won't allow. You'll not be disappointed though. Enjoy!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Discatcher Baskets are showing rust on the chains but grab great
-The layout of the course is by far the best in Dayton Metro Area
-Great Scenery in park...
Cons: -Rough can be long during the summer months and full of weeds that will make you itch
-High Traffic (a disc golf course getting to much traffic? Weird huh?) On a nice day the course can be busy and a more leisure round is to ensue.
Other Thoughts: Honestly this is probably my second favorite course in the area. Great mixes of distance and shot type and elevation. Great intermediate course and probably my favorite course to play partner's best doubles. A lot of risk/rewards!
Edit 02/27/2017 Due to the installation of concrete tee pads I believe this course warrants a 4.0. It is one of the better courses in Ohio!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Dayton's Best Park-Style Course!
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Pros: The disc golf course at Englewood MetroPark is a park course with a high fun factor that will delight players of all skill levels. Since Englewood isn't terribly difficult but still requires strategic thought, it's the perfect course to introduce new players to the game while still being able to enjoy your round as well.
This is one of the best uses of limited space I've ever seen, and the course fully utilizes the available elevation changes. As a bonus, nearly all of the holes that feature elevation begin with a downhill tee shot, incorporating one of ball golf's most treasured design elements into the world of disc. Although the course is mostly open, a majority of the baskets are protected by or placed near mature trees, requiring the player to make exciting and thoughtful upshots.
In addition to the design, Englewood is blessed with a number of beautiful views of the woods and neighboring reservoir that are sure to make your round a pleasant one. The aesthetics are superior for the area, and make 18 holes an enjoyable walk as well as (hopefully!) an enjoyable round.
Multi-chain Innova baskets and above-average, detailed tee signs cover the basics nicely.
On-course restrooms are located near the #10 pin.
Cons: "The rubber tee pads can be a big pain, especially when wet or muddy. Not all of them are level, but when dry most of them probably won't give you too much trouble. Concrete tee pads would easily make this a 4.0 disc course." UPDATE 05/24/16 -- Through the generous financial backing and hard work of the Dayton Disc Golf Association (DDGA) Englewood now has concrete pads! As promised, I've moved my review up to 4 discs.
There can be some routing confusion and tedious walks here, most notably as it relates to holes #11 & 12 and the walks between #12 and 13 and #18 back to the parking lot. Neither the routing nor the walks are significant detractors, but are definitely worth mentioning.
Englewood may be fun, but it lacks the championship-level challenge that many players crave, which can be a con for higher skill levels.
Due to the course's open nature and limited space, an errant tee shot has the potential to land in an opposite fairway. Luckily, visibility is high and no shots are blind, so you likely won't be surprised by an incoming disc.
Other Thoughts: I highly recommend playing Englewood in tandem with nearby Westbrook Park. They are the peanut butter and chocolate of north Dayton courses, with Englewood providing the more open experience and Westbrook relying on technical placement. Englewood is the better course if you can only play one, but taken together they are greater than the sum of their parts.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Large mature trees make this course nice pick for a summer round. Elevation changes and a lot of holes in the 200-270 range gives you many chances to run an ace!! Restrooms. Easy to follow with nice signs.
Cons: A few holes have some serious drainage issues. Standing water is pretty normal. Only a few long holes for those who like to air out. The rubber mats don't work here for me. Water and mud don't go well with the rubber matts.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Favorite course I have been to based on scenery
Good mix of holes, tee signs, ace runs, great walk in the park.
Cons: Rubber pads can get slick, and tall grass eats your disc.
Other Thoughts: Well worth the drive, I travel about 40 to this course and hit some other courses in the area as well.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A newer course in the area, Englewood is set back in a mostly dedicated area of the park to disc golf, although you will occasionally encounter other park patrons walking, running, or making use of the trail system that runs throughout the park.
The course itself provides an excellent introductory course for newer and intermediate players, requiring smart play and line shaping on several holes to make par. There are also a few holes which will offer the opportunity to test your arm and air out a disc in the range of 350-400ft. Additionally, there are several hole which offer the possibility of an ace run.
While there's a minimum of elevation change through out the park, the course designers took every opportunity to take advantage of what was there, with several holes playing down hill at varying distances, others playing uphill, and a tunnel shot that plays uphill and left before finishing downhill to the right blind.
Overall, the course is well designed and thought out, with a variety of shots required and ensuring that some thought is required for disc selection on each hole.
Cons: While the course is excellent, it is not exceptionally challenging for more advance players, particularly those with well developed drives in the 400' range. For these players, most if not all holes will be playable with a midrange, and even the longer holes won't pose much challenge at all.
Additionally, a nuance of the way the grounds are set up requires you to walk back nearly the full length of hole 11 to throw hole 12.
Other Thoughts: While there aren't trash cans located on each hole, they are evenly spaced through the park, with some being near the start and practice basket, Additionally, there are restrooms located near the pin for hole 10, which you'll pass by on the way to the first tee as well, making them very easily accessible. Additionally, attentive park staff ensures that they're kept fairly clean and stocked.
Last, even though this course is new, a good deal of effort goes into keeping the course maintained, with the fairways and rough being mowed regularly during the summer months. As such, even though this course is on the lower end of the difficulty spectrum, it should still be considered one of the better courses in the Dayton area.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
fun but muddy
Pros: Fairly clean course in a good area. A lot of nice lines to choose (flex, straight, hyzers) on some holes. Kinda easy to play but is a fun course and worth playing twice(I did)
Most of the reviews are right on for this course. 2-3 aceable holes. Beautiful T signs!!!
Cons: MUDDY, Rubber tee's and mud do not make for a good combo, did not see a trash can. 11 and 12 are a walk to basket and back to tee area
Other Thoughts: #1 is straight across from practice baskets as are 2 others, remember them! Would be a great course to play in drier weather. It is just a fun course.. Leaving the course, first 2 rights!!!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Edit 5/30/16: Brand new, large, level concrete tees have just been installed, and they make all the difference. Raised my rating a half point right there. Fun course, GREAT upgrade!
The Englewood DGC is a beautiful parks course lying in the floodplain of a huge park just north of interstate 70, northwest of Dayton, Ohio. It has 11 holes which range from 220 to 300 feet in length, five up to 350', and two right at 400'. There wasn't a great deal of opportunity to use elevation, but the design incorporates some of the rolling terrain, while including a fairly even distribution of shots that run left, straight and right. A handful of the holes run through decently forgiving tree lanes, but foliage could not be considered thick here. There is plenty of opportunity to choose creative lines around the mature trees on the more open holes. So overall, it's a course well designed for the intermediate to recreational disc golfer.
Signature holes include the raised basket on #12 and the ravine side tee on #15. Long bombers might consider #13 a signature hole as well, because the basket is just a few yards short of the reservoir (water filled in season, I hear), where their ace run risk is greater than the birdie wishes of us weaker arms.
Once you've perused the very nice course map, navigation is relatively intuitive (exception below), and loops back to the primary parking area after holes 7 and 16.
There's a practice basket in the parking circle turnaround, quality tee signs showing distance and obstacles, as well as directions to the next tee, benches every few holes, and restrooms near the 10th basket.
Cons: There are some long walks from basket to the next tee after holes 6 & 12, and back to the start after 18. Holes 6 & 7 appear to share a part of the hiking trail, so you need to keep an eye out for pedestrians.
One strange feature of the design comes after hole 10: you need to walk forward toward the entrance driveway for the #11 tee, shoot back into the park, then walk back to the drive again for the #12 tee. Seems like it would flow better with the 11th hole reversed.
The driveway in and through the park is one way only, and sends you on a fairly long meander before you can get back around to the road you came in (turn right twice, and you'll be headed back toward Englewood proper).
Other Thoughts: I'd heard Englewood was a fine course whenever I would meet a Dayton area player and ask which courses I should come up and play. It did not disappoint. After a summer visit for a casual round here (where I just missed an unintentional skip ace on #11 by about 6 inches), I returned for the Lucky 13 tournament on Labor Day weekend, and hit my first tournament ace! So I'm feeling pretty good about Englewood right now.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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