Nice course with some steep hills
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: + Concrete tee pads.
+ The baskets (DGA Mach X's) are in great condition.
+ Several technical shots required.
+ Steep hills ensure a good hike.
+ Quite challenging in general, especially the back 10 holes.
Cons: - Navigation of the back 10 can be tricky without a map.
- Some of the tee signs are missing.
- Two tee signs on the first few holes, with the smaller ones being the most helpful. It's almost as though the taller ones will replace the smaller ones in the future, but no progress has been made on that in seemingly a while.
- The bridge to get to Hole 12's fairway from the tee is closed off with yellow caution tape, as it's in rough shape and missing at least one piece of lumber. Be prepared to use the small creek it goes over to get around.
- Disc loss potential on the wooded holes.
-- On Hole 12, try to park it flat off the tee or you'll be searching for your disc for a while (though I only had to search a few minutes and was fortunate not to have rolled down the ravine).
-- Hole 14 is essentially a blind drive down a hill, as tall bushes block most of your view. A spotter is recommended for this one.
- Some bugs, but not many.
Other Thoughts: Amenities:
- Parking: A bit on the smaller side, but Hole 1's tee is located near the parking lot, behind the practice basket. Hole 18 also finishes near there as well.
- Restrooms: Porta potty in the parking lot. Despite it having graffiti on the exterior, it was surprisingly clean inside.
- Running water: None.
- Benches: None that I recall.
- Trash cans: None that I recall.
- Bag holders: None.
- Tee signs: Smaller, pretty basic sign showing where you need to throw, distance, and par.
- Next tee/direction signs: None. On the back 10 in particular, have a map ready.
- Wheelchair/cart friendly: Not particularly, especially on the back 10 as you're walking up and down hills that are quite steep.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Not the Rockies, but...
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Westbrook Park is an 18 hole public park course just west of Dayton, OH. There is good elevation changes for the area, decent shot and distance variety, and several fairly challenging holes. It will not wow you, but is a solid course overall.
>Good shot and distance variety overall.
>Mix of open, somewhat wooded, and wooded holes.
>Nice use of elevation, especially for this area.
>Navigation is a bit tricky.
>Cannot see many baskets from the teepads, so first timers at a disadvantage there.
>Many of the open holes seemed roughly the same distance, though overall the wooded holes added some variety.
>Inaccurate distances on tee signs, and poor tee signs in general.
Other Thoughts: .
>Teepads--concrete, not long but in good condition
>Baskets--DGA Mach X's, very good condition
># holes--18, one basket and one teepad per hole
>Setting, type of course--City of Clayton public park, free to play.
>Elevation--For western OH, there is a good amount of elevation change here, and the course uses it well. If you are from WV or CO, you will laugh at this, but this is one of the best elevation courses in the area. There are uphill and downhill shots, in fact hole one starts off as a nice short downhill shot.
>Distance of holes--All holes under 350' or so, some as short as 180' (wooded and/or uphill shots)
>Ease of getting to--Easy--10 minutes off I-70 or I-75.
>Parking--Seems like enough, by hole one, though if there was a tournament there, I could see where it would be very tight.
>Bathrooms--Port a john at hole 1.
>Water/food nearby--5-10 minutes away, plenty of fast food, nothing on site.
>Benches--A few sprinkled throughout.
>Trash cans-- A few sprinkled throughout.
>Tee signs--Very poor--distances are mostly incorrect, and flight path provided is sort of useless. This is especially onerous for a first timer, as many baskets cannot be seen from the teepad. Knowing approximate pin locations would be quite helpful. There are newer but blank signs still present, like they may get updated, but those have been there for a while apparently.
>Next tee direction/signs--No, a course map picture or Udisc is highly recommended. Flow is not super intuitive in spots.
>Wheelchair/cart friendly--No, mostly--couple hills, and a bridge on the back nine is missing a few logs, that would be tricky to get a cart across.
>Shot variety--Not bad, course is a mix of open (front nine) and wooded (back nine) holes. The front nine does require some shot shaping, but are mostly designed for straight shots, with slight fades or turns at best. Some low ceilings/large trees make the windows tighter than one might otherwise think. The back nine does have a few nice doglegs, and is pretty tight overall. Some of the doglegs in the woods in fact seem quite difficult to reach the green in one. Definitely a few holes will provide a challenge to INT or even ADV players. Some greens are well guarded, and a few holes frankly seemed a bit 'plinko-ish'. There are a few uphill and a few downhill shots..
>Layout, long walks (inc back to car), loops--Most holes pretty close to each other, you end up right where you started as well.
>Total distance walked--1.7 miles.
>Ease of finding next tee--With map, no issues. Without, issues. Map is very suggested, some of the back nine is pretty crammed together.
>General difficulty--If playing each hole as a par 3, several holes are pretty challenging (to this rec player anyway). I had trouble envisioning ways to get to circle one (or two for that matter) in one shot on a few holes.
>Mud/water issues--None noted, but has been fairly dry lately.
>Water or O/B to contend with--No water, but a couple ravines which it is better to stay out of.
>Difficult rough/lost disc risk--Not too bad, some of the rough is medium, a good search should find most errant throws.
>Scrape/scratch risk--Seems minimal.
>How busy was course/park--
>Fun/enjoyment factor, would I play again? Knowing where the baskets are now, I probably will, it is only 30 minutes away, but Englewood, just up the street, is a more enjoyable course, IMHO.
>Who will this course challenge? Rec and Int players, a few hole will challenge ADV players as well.
>Is it worth a drive? A short one perhaps.
>Anything unique? Not really.
>Would be a half star higher with--Better tee signs, 'next tee' signs, course navigation in general, maybe flags on baskets or some other method of better visibility.
I am in my 50s, 95 or so courses played, 875ish.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
A Nice Mix
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: + Baskets are very new
+ Tee pads in good shape
+ Good variety
+ Sits in a nice park
+ Good use of elevation
Cons: - Tee pads are small
- A couple of missing tee signs
- 2 tee signs per hole in many cases, a tall one that's currently blank, and a very short one that has the distance information - maybe this is a transition period or something, but there only needs to be one, preferably the taller one.
- Baskets can be difficult to see on some holes
Other Thoughts: Random thoughts - the course starts out with probably the course's best, most memorable hole on number 1, which is a highly elevated tee through trees to a basket tucked down to the left. In case it confuses someone else and you miss it, 13 is down the hill to the right from basket 12. The 3 hole sequence from 14, 15, and 16 can be confusing too - you walk up the hill to the 14th tee - which doesn't have a tee sign - and you can see the 16th tee which is pretty close behind you. You throw down the hill (another cool hole) to 14s basket, then the 15th tee is to the left. You throw back towards where you teed off on 14, then walk up past the 14th tee to 16. It's just a little odd and confusing, but 14 and 15 are cool holes. This is a more technical course - not much in the way of open bombers with only 6 holes above 300 ft, and the longest being 350. The course begins with a couple of holes in the woods, then pops out for 7 holes that are more out in the open - but those holes aren't just wide open. There are trees to shape you lines around or under, etc. Then you're taken back in the woods for the remainder of the course. Let's see - I want to say it's the 10th hole? If anyone is doing anything other than throwing a putter off the tee 50-60 feet to set up a long second shot to the basket, I'd love to see it. The course map does not accurately convey that turn. And if you do the putter, you still have a tree in your way for that long up to the basket. The course is doable with a cart, but challenging in a couple of places due to the elevation. While the course is on the shorter side, you'll get a workout just walking it because of the elevation back in the woods. Not sure the kind of traffic this course gets, as I've played it twice now and have only seen one other disc golfer on the course. I hope it gets traffic because it is a very cool course. Couple it with Englewood (a great course) just a 10 minute drive away, and you've got a pretty great 36 holes from 2 very different courses. I'd call these courses the mud brothers though. Or maybe "The Mudders." They do tend to stay soft and muddy in places long after the last rain. Definitely worth checking out - pretty challenging, on the whole.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Shady and Filled with Hills
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course certainly has a lot of variety. there are many holes where you have tight lines which you have to throw thru
and many trees to avoid.
There is not a lot of rough brush so finding discs off the fairway is not too hard I did not think. A lot of the fairways had wood chips on them so its pretty easy to find next hole.
Be prepared to do a lot of hill climbing and technical shots.
The back 9 has a lot of shade cover so nice to play on a hot day.
in 18 holes only saw 1 other group of players so its certainly off the path indeed.
Very nice baskets I thought rather new.
Cons: Adequate tee signs but some holes lacked the yardage markers.
If there was any rain during a day I would maybe avoid this place due to the many hills you have to climb up and down and a couple of streams (dry today though) which might be full of water.
Other Thoughts: [7/16/2020]:
One suggestion if you arrive near sunset in summer and want to play all 18. play #1 down hill then go left and past basket of #1 to #9 and play 9-18 as those are all in wooded sections and all not as lighted then come back from #18 and go left across parking lot and then down hill slightly to right from parking lot and pick up #3 thru #8 which are all out in open light and then finish #2 going up hill toward parking lot.
First about 7-9 holes are pretty out in open cept for 1 and 2 which are up and down steep hill. So one gets a good warmup for the meat of the course which IMO is the back nine. Wow some interesting up hill shots, some blind tee shots the go to right and left. One I really liked think it was #14 that goes off a tee high on hill and basket is way way down a hill. The one is a ton of fun hole to play cause you can launch the disc all way to hole if you get it thru the trees at top.
We played englewood metro park and this one after that one and this one is certainly the tougher of the two I would say. I had not played this course until today but I would go back. Its a good challenge not super long holes but do have tight lines.
One other suggestion ight want to bookmark website or take course map printout with you
as a couple of holes we were not quite sure of next tee position.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Dayton's Hilly, Technical Delight
Pros: Westbrook Park features surprisingly vertical and technical fun in a quiet neighborhood park. This unassuming park may not seem like much at first blush, but the golf is arguably the most technical and hilly in the area - a wonderful counterpoint to the predominantly open metro Dayton courses. Most of the holes (1-2, 9-18) play up, down, and along a wooded hillside in the north side of the park. Measuring at little more than 8 acres, it's a small miracle that the designer was able to successfully wedge 12 holes in here, and a big miracle that they're actually quite enjoyable. Hole 12 is a sneaky flip over a ditch/seasonal creek and through two trees to a highly sloped green. Placement is critical here, and one misstep could leave you with a long, dead uphill putt for your birdie attempt. Hole 14 is a bit of a mini top of the world, forcing another tight line to a narrow fairway well below.
The open holes (3-8) are fine, primarily offering a bit of a variety. Hole 5 offers a nice roller or sky hyzer look through a wall of trees to a sloping green. Leave it short (as I always do) and you'll have a blind or nearly blind approach that's easy to overshoot. A fun hole for my fellow rec-level players.
Maintenance here is extremely proactive. Every year, a small mountain of woodchips gets piled up by the Hole 18 fairway and distributed throughout the course. This year, the park closed for a number of weeks to allow for extensive clearing and invasive plant removal. These extensive maintenance projects help the course not just in the short term, but demonstrate a commitment to disc golf for years to come.
Golf aside, this is more of a hike than most park courses. Play quickly and you'll definitely get your heart rate up, which I think is a nice plus.
Concrete tees play to DISCatchers in good repair.
Cons: The course is short, Par 3 golf, and there aren't any real opportunities to air it out. Couple that with the already cramped quarters in the woods and it's not uncommon to send a drive to an opposite fairway. Make sure to stay aware of other golfers.
Another safety concern is the crossing from Hole 15 to Hole 16, which passes directly in front of the Hole 14 teepad. Be smart and be aware, both at the crossing and on the pad.
As others have mentioned, the hills can be a bit difficult to traverse when it's wet, especially once the leaves are down in the fall. Go slow and steady to keep from slipping and (at worse) hurting yourself or (at best) looking stupid in front of your buddies.
Westbrook is missing a truly memorable hole. All of the golf is solid, but there isn't that one hole that will stay with you after your round.
Signage isn't much here, and detailed tee signs with hole diagrams would greatly help first-timers in particular.
Other Thoughts: I highly recommend playing Westbrook in tandem with the nearby Englewood MetroPark DGC. 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.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Rare Hilly course in western OH
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is the only course in the Dayton area that has more than just gentle, rolling hills. There are some steep elevation changes on a number of holes here, both uphill and downhill. They're incorporated into the course right from the start, with a well-defined downhill tunnel shot right off the first tee. Other highlights include a fun 180' uphill ace run with a late window that plays more like 240', and some pick-your-line-through-the-trees wooded holes. The front 8 is mostly open while the back 10 is very heavily wooded, adding some variety. The wooded holes almost all have tight-but-fair lines to the basket.
There are concrete tees on all holes, and the DISCatcher baskets are still in great shape.
Cons: There aren't any bomber holes to speak of; with no hole over 350' (and most less than 300') you can plan on leaving your distance drivers at home. The back 10 holes are heavily wooded and little of the brush is cleared, meaning you can find your way into some briars if you're unlucky.
Most importantly, the low parts of the course collect water from the hills after it rains. I've played this course a couple of times, and each time there were places (especially on holes 7, 8, and 13) where we couldn't walk down the fairway without stepping into 3" of water and mud.
Some of the holes on the hills have treacherous footing, particularly around hole 12 and 15. Putting here can be risky if you're not careful.
A couple of the signs are missing, and the others aren't the most helpful things I've seen.
Other Thoughts: Having Englewood so close nearby makes for a fun 2-course combination for a day of golf.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Rolling and Rugged
Pros: Concrete Tees.
Variety of shots.
Pretty park. Hilly sections from #1-18...
Cons: Parking is very limited.
Other Thoughts: Came out from Indy, read previous reviews extolling the quality of Englewood. This Course is superior to Englewood, has a way better layout and is a better challenge...
Would love to have this one close to where I live!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Solid concrete tee boxes on every hole
- Interesting use of tight space
- Fun, challenging elevation drops and gains on back 9
- Probably a good course for a beginner but not so easy as to be boring for an intermediate, such as myself.
Cons: - Simplistic hole signs are helpful for finding pin but don't indicate any OBs or mandos.
- Some questionable par 4 and par 5 designations on the front 9. Nothing felt longer than a par 3.
- Could use more trash cans.. a fair bit of glass, candy wrappers throughout the park.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I feel like Westbrook Park is a solid neighborhood course that's worth hitting up if you live nearby but it's not worth going out of your way for. Without making things too complicated, I live closer to Belmont and I prefer Englewood--simple as that.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Creative technical neighborhood course
Pros: -Near perfect use of the available land in course design. Love this layout.
-Not a lot of "gimme" holes. Every one has some sort of feature that makes you think twice.
-Good changes in distance hole to hole. Even if the hole is short, though, there is usually some natural feature that makes the shot highly technical or interesting.
-Front half is on semi open low rolling hills with lots of great tall old growth trees.
-Back half is heavily wooded and with lots of elevation changes in a partial gorge like area.
-Lots of different shot options for backhand or forehand throwers. Plenty of times overhand can come into play, too.
-Flow is well designed, and not much need for "next tee" signs, except for 14/15 which did have good directional signs in place.
-Decent concrete tees. Simple signage is mostly effective.
Cons: -There are some serious hills to climb on the back half. Heavy leaves can make this difficult, and (like other reviewers have said) its got to get treacherous when wet.
-Build in steps, even something very primitive using the plentiful fallen logs in the area, would be very useful. Probably somewhat unplayable in snow or after heavy rain.
-Signage could be a bit better. Some tees were missing the original signage, and locals have written in markers in place of the signs.
Other Thoughts: -Total diamond in the rough.
-If you are coming to this area to play Englewood, don't miss this one, too. They are probably 5-8 miles apart.
-This is the kind of course I dream about having access to in a neighborhood I wish lived in.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
A taste of major elevation changes in a metro area
Pros: -Concrete tee pads.
-Great use of limited space.
-Great use of the struggle between power and accuracy on holes #9 (for the forehand) #15 (for the backhand).
-Few holes on the front for the medium to large arm to air it out.
-Elevation! I cant say enough about this. The use of elevation in the woods is the most intresting and awesome part of this course.
Cons: -In all honesty the biggest detractor of this course is it best feature. The elevation change on the back nine can make for a slippery round if wet. You will have to take the hills very slow or you will be in trouble.
-signs could use updating
-a few more trash cans and benches
Other Thoughts: This course is a diamond in the rough for the Dayton area. Take a look at it!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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