Old-School, Still Fun!
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Oak Ledges DGC at Lincoln Park is the type of course that I love to play. Lots of risk-reward shots with an emphasis on elevation, a great place to hone in your putter and midrange finesse game with the shorter, but tight, fairways.
Located in a quiet park on the outskirts of Canton, this short course is a blast to play. The course plays up and down the grassy hills, creating natural ledges, and the mature oak trees scatter the park. I wonder how they got the course name?
One adequate concrete tee pad, an informative tee sign, and some beautiful orange Innova Discatchers, each with an arrow directing you towards the next tee. These must be a huge advantage over the old Mach III baskets.
Lots of elevation around the greens force the player to throw with great speed control and angle, as well as forcing lay-ups on putts that you don't have confidence in. The thin fairways can turn a 200 foot, must-get birdie into a tree-kick to the bottom of a cliff, making a bogey inevitable.
Cons: Oak Ledges is an older course, and while it is well-loved, and played by many, it's not a championship style course. It's older, compact style does not cater to the big tournaments, and there is a lack in variety that limits the potential.
Being a smaller park, there is some confusion as to where you are throwing to, which tee is next, and some other navigational issues. The signage isn't bad, but there will be some issues on the first time playing.
On a busy day, I can see a few backups on some of the more compact holes across the road, making a round here last longer than it should.
There is one tee, one basket position on every hole. This course will not turn into a 10,000 foot monster, unless you play it twice. It will stay here as a park-style par 3 course. Lots of fun to play, but lacking in the fundamentals of a world-class environment.
Other Thoughts: I love playing courses like this, because it appeals to the style of golf I play. However, as much fun as it is, it's not possible for me to rate it any higher. The lack of a wow-factor makes Oak Ledges a perfect daily play, but not a destination.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Uniqueness at its best
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Pulling into Lincoln Park ( Oak Ledges ) , I wasn't sure what to expect . Sometimes , 20+ year old courses fail to meet the hype given to them by the locals and neighboring disc golf clubs . This was NOT one of those that failed to meet . The spacious parking lot allows you to pretty much park right in front of the first tee . If you have bathroom concerns , they have a port o let at the end of the lot . You can't miss the Kiosk with map that is set up right next to the tee and putting basket . The baskets are in very good shape , there are cement tees for all 18 holes ( one for each hole ) , and there are no multiple pin positions . The signage is good , kind of with a flavor of the past . The park is well taken care of , all of it mowed and much of the foilage cut back and very clean . Printing a map would help you , but is not mandatory for this course . They have next tee signs in much of the park , and it has a certain flow to it . A time where you might question your direction would be from basket #1 to tee #2 , which is to the top of the hill and follow the road at least 100 yards or more and look to the left . The course has great elevation , a pond in play at #12 , elevated baskets , and lots of tricky pin placements for risk/reward shots . Several baskets are set up to where a misjudged putt or drive will send you to the bottom of a miniature canyon ( #7 ) . Is this a course that would host a major , or even a B tournament ? NO . Will this be a challenge to pros or good ams ? I think not . But what is lacked in distance is nore than made up in creativity and the beauty of the park and course itself . Nice aging trees form canopies over much of the course and keep some of your trajectories lower than wanted . From an aesthetic point of view , I think this is one of the only course in Ohio that you can sit on one of their many benches between or during rounds and take in the solace and the wildlife surrounding this disc golf area . Other than playing a little close to the road in a couple of spots , disc golfers have the area to themselves . The lines on this course are plenty wide and fair . More finesse to be used on this course , very little grip and rip . I can consider that no multiple pin placements can mean that you don't have to wander to find which spot they are in . Signature holes are #5 , a downhill 310' throw that if you disc fails to break left at the end , you will end out at the bottom of a hill and in some weeds straight ahead or behind the basket . , or #18 , 385' downhill fairly tight to the left side of the pond .
Cons: Not much bad to say about this park . Not a course for the good to get better . Old school course at its best and worst . No long holes , no multiple pin placements , errant throws going to a tough downhill walk into a ravine to retrieve a disc . The park is small and a bit landlocked , so multiple tees or added length aren't reasonable .
Other Thoughts: The " bear down and hit the only line to the hole " , championship caliber course is NOT at Lincoln Park . It is more than cancelled out by the fun factor present here . Every hole is different , many unique . This is disc golf at it's most relaxing and finest . Rock formations and steps , great drop offs , fantastic pin placements ( #s 5,7,11,16,18 among others ) , Friendly locals . All of this adds up to a fun evening or weekend in Massillon , Ohio . Could be considered a destination course if coupled with Spiker Park . My opinion would be , PLAY IT !
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Oak Ledges plays in the very hilly city of Massillon. Winds through the beautiful Lincoln Park, along side streets and small homes.
New baskets and tee signs. Baskets are very visible and catch well. Signs are descriptive. There are concrete tees on every hole.
Really well designed. Lots of fun holes that take advantage of elevation and water. Tough, but fair. Many memorable holes that use the elevation to its maximum potential.
Easy to navigate. There are bright orange arrows hanging from every basket that direct you towards the next tee.
Large parking lot, with a restroom near the first tee.
Just a flat out beautiful park. Abundance of wildlife and good views. Take the time to smell the roses while you play.
Cons: There are a few holes that play close to homes and roadways. I don't think that the homes are close enough to hit, but there's a chance you could end up in their backyard.
The enterance board could use a makeover. Faded and ugly.
I enjoy the technical style of the course, but you can't really air out any shots here.
Load up on the bug spray here, you'll definetly need it.
Other Thoughts: Overall, Oak Ledges is a really enjoyable course. Lots of fun holes here and cool elevation changes. Very solid 4 for this course, come out and enjoy it!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Memorable and fun
Pros: - There are elevation changes on nearly every hole, and it makes good use of the natural rock formations. It's a very nice setting.
- There are a lot of wooded holes, but none so dense that par is unreasonable, and there are a few mostly open holes to provide a good mix.
- For an intermediate player, it is challenging but fair. It will offer a few birdie chances to reward great drives, and errant shots will have you scrambling to save par.
- Concrete tee pads
Cons: - The tee signs are helpful, but some are showing their age.
- The undergrowth can create a bit of a problem in a few spots during the summer, which provides a varying degree of punishment for errant drives.
- Some of the steps are in bad shape, so use caution going up and down.
Other Thoughts: I enjoy the variety and challenge that I found at Lincoln Park. It's got ups/downs, wooded/open and short/long, with several memorable holes. I especially liked #5, #7, #9 and #11, which use the rock formations and elevation really well.
Hole #13 has a new elevated basket. The old one is still there, too, though it looks like it tried to catch a falling tree.
Family Friendly Rating - 2.5
PROS: There is a playground by the parking lot, and a big open soccer field to run around in. The course is set in a triple loop, so every 6 holes bring you back near the parking lot. There are restrooms on site, though I didn't check to see if they were open.
CONS: Between the elevation, the worn steps, and crossing the roads several times, it would be a challenge to push a stroller of for some kids to hike. The playground is out of site from most of the course, and there's a road nearby, so leaving them to play is not a good option.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Elevation Change Capital of Ohio
Pros: -Biggest pro is the variety of elevation change shots on this course. About 14 of the holes were throwing at a basket either uphill or downhill.
-No two holes played the same; Don't be fooled by the "Course Info" showing four uphill holes around 250'.
-Park is generally well maintained.
-Very short walks between holes
-Benches on a lot of holes
-The course had many unique characteristics. This included a memorial garden, stone pond (in play), a basket with plastic inner chains. I would also suggest hanging around the road to see an 18 wheeler struggle to drive uphill
Cons: -Hole 2 tee pad had a lot of ice on it. I was told this happens all winter.
-This course would be a big deal throughout the state if it had a set of long tees, unfortunately it does not
-Trash cans were not abundant here
-Bathrooms on site were locked
Other Thoughts: I got to play this course for the first time as part of the SCDGA Ice Bowl. I got a warm welcome from the (awesome) locals and was blown away by the club's ability to operate a tournament smoothly. With all of the elevation change you get to go up against on this course, your quads are guaranteed to be twice as large.
This gets said in a lot of reviews but this course has the opportunity to be great with some renovations. I would love to see a version of this course with long pads, bathrooms and trash cans.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Much More Enjoyable Than the Band
Pros: Lincoln Park is a solid course with great elevation changes that features an especially technical midrange game. The elevation really steals the show,with all manner of challenges, from up- and down-hill shots to drop-offs framing pins to all manner of rolling hills that need to be smartly accounted for to score well. There are a variety of tight windows and lanes that need to be hit, which are made more tricky on account of the aforementioned elevation changes: these have a tremendous impact on what and how you throw. The level of woodedness ranges from modest to high, tending towards the heavier side. Pins are well placed, providing for lots of challenging birdie runs: the shorter hole lengths put most pins within reach from off the tee for many arms, but the threat of rollaways, drop-offs, and numerous mid-fairway obstacles means you'll still have to earn them.
The course is well sectioned off from other park activities, so conflicts with park goers isn't much of an issue. Parking is ample and starts right next to hole 1; the lot remains close by throughout, so you can skip out early if you need to.
Cons: The course is a shorter one to begin with, and some of the elevation changes and tight spaces make it play even shorter. The net effect was a constricting feel that had me sticking to putters and midranges almost exclusively throughout, and limited the overall sense of variation. A few holes outside of the birdieable par 3 pattern would have really helped to change things up. This isn't necessarily a fault of design, given the relatively small space the course is confined to, but no effort to offset this seems to be taken.
There are a few too many shots where you have to simply throw straight. Even holes that don't force you into a single lane often lack significant risk/reward decisions, allowing you to take a straightforward approach: the only time I caught myself weighing aggressive vs conservative throws was in regards to running baskets guarded by trees or drop-offs. This limits variety and the mental game: so much about Lincoln Park is about hitting the line you're forced to. My personal preference is to have more decisions to weigh.
The course has one set of tees and pin positions, limiting variety, replay value, and appeal to bigger arms.
Other Thoughts: I found Lincoln Park to be a very solid course with a rewardingly technical midrange game. Its shorter length and straightforward par 3 approach limits its appeal a bit, but it's still a worthwhile course in an area with several of them. It's a nice complement to the longer, more varied and open Arboretum-Spiker nearby.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Eastern Ohio has some Serious Elevation
Pros: Oak Ledges DGC is located in beautiful Lincoln Park that has a variety of other things to do. Luckily, the section of the park that the course is in is primarily dedicated to disc golf. The parking lot is big and there is a Porta-John right next to it (which, according to other reviews, is an upgrade from the other bathroom). Hole 1 conveniently starts a few feet away from the parking lot, near the playground. There are an abundance of garbage cans and benches, which is nice to see because you hike up and down many hills throughout the course.
Tee signs are easy to spot, in new condition, and helpful in locating the pins. Concrete tee pads are in great shape, comfortably long, and dug nicely into the ground. Baskets are Mach 3 and have the hole numbers on them. This is helpful in a few spots where you see more than one basket at a time.
The most enjoyable factor to me was the use of elevation on every single hole, whether it was throwing uphill, downhill, across a ravine, or on a side-sloping hill. There are a few pretty extreme elevation changes that are a lot of fun (holes 1, 2, 7, 9, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 18). The course plays through a pretty densely wooded area, so most holes offer multiple lines, and you will throw many different types of shots throughout your round. Also, there are many well thought out pin positions that offer challenging upshots that do not give a lot of room for error, whether being located on a fast green (4, 16) or on a hill surrounded by a steep drop-off (7, 9, 11).
Navigation flows very well and is intuitive for the most part. There are a good number of next tee signs pointing you in the right direction, and a few sets of stairs are helpful in climbing up steep hills. The course begins and ends very close to the parking lot. It is also nice how there aren't many areas where it would be easy to lose a disc, as the rough is pretty limited here.
Cons: -Navigation is great for the most part, but can be tricky around the deep ravine (holes 7 and 9). There is no clear direction for where to go next. There are a few times where you cross roads, so be careful.
-There were a few holes that played uncomfortably close to yards and the park roads. Since hole 2 is downhill, a player could easily hyzer into that person's yard. I felt like I was playing in someone's backyard for holes 3, 4, 11, 13, 14, and 15. It was clearly part of the park, but they play very close to peoples' yards.
-While the holes present are a blast, there is not a whole lot of variety to the types of holes that this course offers - most holes are evenly wooded and hilly. The distances are very similar as well, and only one hole is longer than 400 feet.
-The course is packed pretty tight in a few spots, so I could see some definite trouble if multiple people were playing the course at once. Also, there are some areas where you backtrack to the next hole and parts where different fairways and baskets are close to one another (areas around holes 7 and 9, 12 and 18, 14 and 15). There were a few spots where I needed to check the basket's number first, as multiple were in view.
-Only one tee pad and pin position per hole
Other Thoughts: Lincoln Park (Oak Ledges) offers you a very technical course that will cause you to really think before a lot of your shots. It is a very fun course in that it is not too frustratingly hard, but does offer multiple tight, technical shots. It is definitely a hike, which is a plus in my eyes. People of all skills would enjoy this course, and it is located within 30 min of many other fine courses. I had a tough time deciding what to rate this course. If I could, I'd give it a 3.75, but will raise it up to a 4 because of how well done a lot of the holes are. What is most notable to me is how many unique holes there are on such a small piece of land. Holes 5, 7, 9, and 16 offer something different that I have never seen before. This is an awesome course, was very well designed, and is truly a course that I could play every day.
My favorite holes were -
5- Straight shot that plays super tight off the tee and then downhill to the green
7- Straight shot playing over a deep ravine then uphill to where the basket sits. Not a lot of room for error on your upshot
9- Much like hole 7
14- Longest hole on the course. Plays uphill and through many trees
16- Plays downhill then over a ravine with the basket on a hillside
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 8 Not
challenge me this....
Pros: Good technical shots with distance and great tee placements. Upwind shots, nice elevations, trees are bountiful on many holes. Have fun trying to finish with more than minus eight.
Cons: A little chopped up by the street, plus not all that many trash cans. The restrooms are always locked unfortunately. Plus on occasion there have been disc thieves on certain holes.
1 of 9 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: In a huge absolutely beautiful park. Huge rock ledges and some pretty enormous trees. Plays very hilly and some what wooded, but fairly open. Concrete tees and some very high quality tee signs. Very nice benches and lots if trash cans around. Nice clean park! #7 is close to the parking lot if you need to run to your car that's nice. #9 and #18 also finish right at the parking lot. Lots of fun elevation here, some greens are on peninsula like hills with very little room for error. Lots of risk reward type shots, placement is a must though. All par 3's now makes this a very interesting challenge.
Cons: Some holes are very close to one low traffic road and one more busy road. Most holes here aren't to long, still can be brutal on you if you don't have accuracy. Very hilly, can be a huge energy drainer on you if not used to these conditions.
Other Thoughts: Course also has a very nice walking trail and huge a field. Also a decent size playground sits right at the base of #1. Bathrooms are located at the road by #7 and #9. In my opinion this is a must play if you enjoy a scenic game of DG!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Small Course, Big Personality
New Tee Signs with Maps, Distance, Par and Bag Hanger
Nice Concrete Tee Pads
Great use of Elevation
Good Variety of Distances
Great Variety of Shot Types
Both Wooded and Open Holes
Great Pin Placements
Very Well-Manicured and Maintained
Playground, Walking and Biking Trails, and Picnic Areas In Park
Baskets are in Good Shape
Benches and Trash Cans Throughout
Scenery/Lanscaping is Amazing
Most Skill Levels Can Play Here
No Real Long Holes For Big Arms
Bathrooms on Basically Condemned
Navigating is Tricky in A Couple Spots
Roads/Traffic In Play on Several Holes
Paths/Fairways Are Slippery When Wet
Oak Ledges is a great little 18-hole course located in a small city park in Massillon, Ohio. The course and park are both very clean and very well-maintained except for the restrooms which looked nearly condemned.
To locate the course enter from the intersection of 17th Street Northwest and Lincoln Park Drive Northwest. Park in the lot on the east side of 17th Street, look for the playground. From the parking lot you will see the bulletin board/map and first tee on the south side of the parking lot.
The course plays through the small park, crossing roads in several places. The busiest road does not come into play, but you do have to cross it so be careful, especially if you have kids with you. The two smaller roads that cut through the park do come into play in several spots and traffic, both pedestrian and vehicular, can be a small issue. Just keep an eye out and you should have no problems at all.
After playing the first few holes you really start to get a feel for the type of course you are playing. Nothing too long, but technical and keeps you thinking. Many of the holes have a couple of different lines to take and, in my opinion, this keeps you coming back and keeps things interesting.
The designers did a great job with this course, making it both fun and challenging while working with such a small amount of land. They really used the natural features and obstacles the area has to offer to create some truly unique holes. The first one that comes to mind is hole 5. A fairly straight shot, you start in the open, shoot through the tunnel of trees down to the plateau below. Be careful not to over shoot the basket or put too much anhyzer on it or you will miss the plateau and end up well below the basket with no real shot at deuce. One of the features that make this hole and course so great are the huge stone steps that lead you down the fairway. It gives the course a unique feel and really lives up to its name.
Another great design feature are the pin placements. Not only are they picturesque, atop a hill or surrounded by stone, they provide an excellent risk-reward factor with drop-offs, hills, and guardian trees all coming into play. This is probably the best feature of the course making the short game a real equalizer.
All-in-all I really enjoyed this course. I thought the course was amazing for the land they had to work with. The park is very small and compact but the course has big personality. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone in the area, and with Deis Hill and Spiker-Arboretum not far away you can't go wrong making the Canton area a stop on your next road trip.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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