8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I played this course a few years ago before the additional holes were added. The locals have done a lot of work to make this a top notch course. Excellent tee signage, mostly concrete tees (some are awaiting installation). Thanks for all your hard work.
Cons: Several tee placements give you no lanes to throw to the basket. It looks like its still a work in progress, as more trees need removed. There are a number of "throw and pray" holes, as skill has little to do with missing all the trees. I don't remember the hole (Maybe 13), the red tee was only about 200 feet, but you had to throw a 100 ft layup, and then a 100 ft approach...having such an extreme dogleg gives you no options to get it close from the tee. One hole towards the end had the tee throwing directly into the bushes...it was painted on the ground where the concrete is to be added...hopefully they will fix this.
Other Thoughts: There is a mix of three different brands of baskets. The newest are the Predator baskets. Fortunately, these are the ones that don't have the cross-chains (which cause a high number of spitouts.
Usually the red tees are always the shortest. I found on several holes, the red tees are actually longer than the blue.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Still not there
Pros: Great course for a nature walk. It's in the woods, very scenic and plenty of variation. It's close to Oxford, easy to find. Baskets are good, concrete pads, etc. But...
Cons: This course, while having been improved lately, still suffers from the environment. As mentioned, many holes simply have no line to the basket. You are forced to throw in the general direction of the basket and hope you have a line. The look from A to B pads is very different but not any better. While I applaud the efforts, it still is not fun to play here. If it were possible, some trees could be removed to create lines to the baskets that would add challenge. This is the classic situation. While a disc golf course in the woods is cool, this is simply a course in the woods. It could be great but right now it's simply tiring.
Other Thoughts: I don't know if it being a state park prevents the improvements that this course desperately needs but I'd like to see them happen. The course could be great but is not right now. It's not a question of hitting trees but of which tree to hit because you will hit trees.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Glad to be DISCtracted!!!
Pros: Tee Conditions: Excellent (at time of play)
Tee Placement: Phenomenal (Very Challenging)
Tee Variations: Excellent
Course Conditions: Phenomenal
Course Design/layout: Excellent
Course Maintenance: Excellent
Course Cleanliness: Phenomenal
Catcher Basket Quality: Phenomenal
Catcher Basket Condition: Phenomenal
Catcher Basket Placement: Excellent
Catcher Basket Visibility: Very Good
Signage / Navigation: Very Good
Hole Information: Excellent
Next Tee signage: Excellent
Pathway Conditions: Excellent
Parking / Access: Phenomenal
Cons: This course has a lot of potentials but currently, it is very technical. Looking for smooth lines or open drives this is not the place to go, and you will likely give the course a low rating.
Being a State Park where natural preservation is foremost, this is likely why there is a reluctance to cut trees. The undergrowth in peak growing season only adds to the difficulty.
If you don't mind a course that will help improve your skills and forces you to push yourself, then this course is an A+.
As another reviewer has mentioned, finding hole one is tricky.
Other Thoughts: Shade: Phenomenal
Played once while on vacation had this course in the wishlist for three years. Wonderful course enjoyed the experience. Will return one day to throw again.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Better Every Year
Pros: -Recently updated and clearly labeled navigation/signage
-More and more brush/trees being cleared out each year makes the course more playable but still difficult
-Challenging shots due to tight lines and narrow windows carved out between tree-lines.
-Mature trees and elevation changes
-A and B Tees
-More trash cans and less trash on the ground
-Baskets clearly marked with red paint.
-Shaded course keeps it on the cooler side all day long.
Cons: -Some Tee signs don't have yardage and a bit shoddy.
-Course is a constant work in progress, and its always changing gives it an inconsistent feel.
-There are bout 6-12 too many trees on most holes that, if removed, would transform it into a more reasonable (but still quite challenging) disc golf course.
-BRING BUG SPRAY
Other Thoughts: Thanks to all the hard work being done by those managing the course. I know you do it for no pay on your own time, so I truly appreciate the improvement of the course over the past few years.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Holes first couple holes
Cons: Holes 6-18
Other Thoughts: On the first hole my mouth was watering, down hill, tight lines and good length. I really liked the course on the first 5 holes but starting on hole 6 it was putter hole after putter hole. (Except for hole 18) the course felt rushed and very little thought in to hole design. Property has potential but maybe a more expiereienced course designer could bring out that potential. I've seen a lot of changes were made to the course so I do give props to the guys doing the work, its not easy. However if you do it right the first time you will spend less time doing it and more time playing it.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Much Better Lately
Pros: There has been a lot of work done to this course this year. I had really thought it was a joke then. Following the first 6-7 tees, it looked like someone hastily finished the rest of the course and moved on to better things. The signage was poor, fairways were tight or nonexistent with some really nasty rough, and it was impossible to navigate the course without a map.
Now, the course looks so much better. The fairways are clear of much of the thorns, honeysuckle, and other weedy brush that made this course nearly unplayable. The additional baskets are awesome, and every hole as multiple tee pads so that two rounds feel like two different courses. Hank has done a real nice job!
Cons: Some of the baskets have absolutely no line from the pad. While I'm sure this is part of the design to make it difficult, some of the shots you are basically throwing a disc into a wall of trees hoping to get lucky enough not to hit one until it has traveled 150'.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The whole course has been cleared of honeysuckle/weeds so any mis throws are much easier to find and new lines to take that wrent possible before. Baskets have been painted orange so they are much easier to find from the tee. This course has been completely turned around since I last played it in May. #5 bastket moved to a rhbh hyzer. I talked to one of the designers heading the clean up and he informed me that they are adding alternate pin placements soon. If you didn't enjoy the course in the past because of the overgrowth, take a look at it now, you will be surprised.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Beautiful, challenging course. Tons of big beautiful trees. Lots of high risk/reward shots. This course will make you a better golfer by making you concentrate on hitting tight lines instead of just gripping and ripping it. Two tee pads and 2 pin locations for each hole. The course designer Hank (sweetee's disc golf) has poured his heart and soul into this course and it shows. Well worth the drive from wherever your coming from. Camping and the resort to stay in while there. Course maps available in the lodge.
Cons: The only con is that there aren't more courses like this one!
Other Thoughts: One of my favoites. I'd put it up there with mt.airy and idlewild!
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
A little slice of the Northwest, here in the Midwest
Pros: If at the end end of the day, this course is anything, it is definitely hard. It's a technical, shot shaping master work , set on a resort, in the middle of the woods by a beautiful lake. Truly, I can't think of a better place to be playing disc golf. That's the summary. Now on to the specifics.
Targets - The baskets are new and catch wonderfully. no vandalism or rust happening on any of the beautifully placed targets yet.
Tee pads - there are two tee pads on most holes. There might even be two pads on every hole, but we only played from the A pads. All of the pads we played from were level, well thought out concrete launching areas for our disc golf pleasure.
Shots - From sweeping anhyzers, to giant, downhill hyzer shots, to tunnel bombs that require pinpoint accuracy, this course almost has it all. I love the idea that I can't just take a small bag to a course. You need everything you own for this place.
Signs - There are signs there, but not the best ones I have ever seen. However, there are signs that explain each shot and show you where the basket is relative to the hole. They could be better, but I am listing it as a pro, as they are there. There are also signs on every hole that show you where the next tee is. I see that other people say that navigation is tough on this course, and I don't find that to be the case. Snag a map at the cabin, and then follow the "next tee" signs around"
The x factors - Lots of elevation changes on the front nine, and some of the back. Maybe some of the most beautiful shots that I have ever seen. Old growth pine trees that stand as sentinels on many baskets.
It sits on a resort property and it's still free to play!
Cons: Finding the start of the course was harder than it should have been. Find the the little group of trees with basket 19 under it, and head into the woods from there. There needs to be a sign or announcement board or something there to show you where to go.
The signs need a lot of work. In some cases, the signs are hand drawn and don't really give a ton of information.
The course is rough in some places. I am assuming that the resort maintains a lot of the work. There were places on the back, in the woods, away from the walking trails where it looked like no one had been yet this year.
The course is in the middle of nowhere. It's interesting that this would be a con, but we thought about this as we were in the Cincy area playing; This course is a road trip for almost everyone that wants to play it. And because of that, I wonder if there are almost no locals that care for this course.
Other Thoughts: This place is supposed to be 27 holes in the near future. I am super curious to see it get there. Because while this course is an hour and a half from where I live, I would totally drive there to play a lot.
to be super honest, I find this to be one of the better courses that I have played in Ohio. I don't hear it hyped up enough, but I really did love my experience here.
If you need a technical challenge, go here and play!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Hueston, we don't have a problem
Pros: 1) Beautiful scenery
2) Elevation changes on front 9
3) Concrete tees
4) Ace runs
5) Foot bridges
Cons: 1) Signage in certain areas
2) Navigation in certain areas
3) Repetitive at times from B tees
Other Thoughts: Scenery: 4/5
Difficulty v Fun factor (5/5 is best mix): 3.25/5
Tip: As soon as you see the lodge, turn right at the first opportunity into the parking lot and stay to the far right of the lot. The practice basket is underneath some pine trees. You'll see where to go from there.
I played the B tees, which are the shorter tees, so my review is based upon the B tees only. When I go back, I will play the A tees and update my review accordingly.
The whole course plays in dense, mature forest. The first 7 holes are on incredible property. There are fairly significant elevation changes here. Hole 1 is probably one of my favorites. It plays downhill and you get a nice view of the lake in the background.
After hole 7, you cross the road and continue with hole 8 on the other side. The whole rest of the course is on this other side. The property isn't quite as impressive here...not as many elevation changes, and it plays away from the lake and the lodge. That said, it's still peaceful and gorgeous back in there.
The concrete tees are adequate, although I found myself at times wishing they were a little longer, but that's probably because I'm 6' 5". They should be just fine for a normal sized individual.
The tee signs started out being very uniform and consistent, with giant full color metal on poles with maps, tee numbers and distances, but started to degrade as I got further into the course. After I crossed the road, some tee signs consisted of a permanent marker on a wooden pole. Some signs had no distance. One thing that is consistent are the "Next Tee" signs that lead you to the next tee for both the A and the B tee. This was very helpful for navigation. That said, I still recommend bringing a course map because I noticed myself whirling around just looking for the Next Tee sign on occasion. As it turns out, bringing a course map was also helpful because on the map is a notice that "Holes 23-27 serve as holes 14-18 until phase 2 of the course is completed." I wouldn't have known that little fact and would've been very confused had I not had that map. They have handwritten the proper tee number next to the printed number on several of the signs, but it would've been confusing as hell without the map.
The course has a lot of ace runs for a densely wooded course. In tandem with this statement is the fact that many of the targets are straight ahead from the tee, which made the course feel repetitive at times. To its credit, even though the targets were straight ahead a lot of the time, you have to go around obstacles to get there, which create the illusion of a dog leg. There's still plenty of challenge for a beginner/intermediate player from these tees, which is the target audience for these tees. I can't wait to go back and play the A tees though, because it appears from the map that there are more turns from those tees.
I found myself wishing that they had been able to incorporate a couple of water holes. Holes 2 and 3 have their tees down by the water. I wish that at least one of those were reversed, with the target by the water. It's a shame that there's a giant lake right there, but it's not even a factor at all. Even so, it's still fun to play the way it is.
I gave the course an average of 3.25/5 over all the areas. I'll make it 3.5 just because I liked the setting so much and in anticipation of playing the A tees next time.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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