10 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Mt. Airy DGC sits on some great terrain, with rolling, tree-dotted hills and some denser woods. The latter are entered for a few holes but for the most part the course runs along the woods' edge, with them acting as a boundary or occasionally as an obstacle for approaches etc. Most holes feature sloping fairways with multiple obstacles that don't form a single, definite window or lane to hit, meaning shot choice is left to the player and you can tailor your play through to your game. Road OB often factors in, further complicating. The best holes (16!) weave these many factors together into enjoyable challenges that are best suited for players with some skill and experience. At the same time the course is no beat down, and won't leave a bad taste in the mouth of a newer player as long as they're cautious about not ending up too deep in the rough. Hole pars and distances are well-mixed, though there's a penchant for challenging par 3s.
Course is well-groomed, parking is plentiful. Many other courses nearby (Idlewild, duh). Awesome, well-stocked and fair-priced pro shop on site. Support the locals!
Cons: Despite the varied terrain there's a bit of repetitiveness, mostly owing to the way the layout loops around the park. The woods are often bordering to the righthand side with the road to the left; combined with the lack of definitive lanes, you can throw forehand hyzers for days and skirt many of the obstacles. In other spots open fairways allow you to easily steer wide of the rough in play quite easily, limiting challenge on terrain that is filled with potential. I am in general a big fan of holes that allow for choice, but here the choices aren't well-defined and wind up tempting you to take the easy way out, especially if you have FH/BH versatility. This ability to play it safe in several spots waters down the course somewhat. A few more technical holes in the woods, or that play through them in a greater variety of ways, would have broken up the rhythm and shot variety more.
The par 4s are often more a matter of distance than of added wrinkles.
Running so close to the road so regularly is a bit of a concern, even if it isn't well-trafficked.
Other Thoughts: Mt. Airy is a solid course that offers an enjoyable round. Any sane disc golfer would be happy to have it as their home course. Its proximity to Idlewild is a definite plus; the Cincinnati area offers great road trip material.
That said I feel as though Mt. Airy itself is slightly overrated on this site; it isn't itself a must-play for me. But as part of a larger road trip that includes Idlewild? Absolutely worth a visit.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
Fairly Long, Scenic Course
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Well drained, mostly grassy, rolling terrain. Many mature and smaller trees, defining a balance of wide and narrow fairways. Located in the largest City of Cincinnati Park, easily accessed from multiple directions/roads. Very nice condition, multiple pin sleeve/location baskets, ample sized concrete tees, good signage, easy to follow flow of holes, lots of trash cans, and 2 permanent building bathrooms.
The club house, in an old, unique farmhouse building, sells almost every disc manufactured, clothing, food, drinks, disc golf bags, and just about any supply a golfer could use. There is a flat, paved area with a net to throw drives into, and a practice basket with artificial turf, near the first hole.
There is a variety of up-hill and downhill holes, most holes are moderately open, just a few are what I would consider tightly wooded. There are 6 holes which have the potential OB road coming into play.
The hardwood trees planted by the park board over 10 years ago, have grown up nicely, and made many of the holes much more challenging, to the point where some of the par 3 holes are borderline par 4's now. Power throwers have a substantial advantage at Mt. Airy.
The recently added, longer pin positions, have added some interesting variation.
Other Thoughts: Mt. Airy is a challenging and much better than average course with true par 4's and a par 5 hole mixed in with many challenging par 3's.
This is not a recommended course for novice players. The clubhouse may be the best you have ever seen on a course property.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Beautiful State Park look and feel with some awesome amenities. There is a nice/well priced pro shop right by hole 1, a driving/putting practice area and did I mention it's located in a forest?
Tee pads are nice (although a little muddy considering the time of year), the signs are even better with pin locations marked. Although I am slightly red/green color blind, I thought the red baskets were a nice touch and helped when looking for the basket. Well maintained and well respected, it shows.
Cons: Slightly muddy and a lot of leaves on the ground but that is expected this time of year.
Other Thoughts: I'm glad I was finally able to get down to Cincy to play this awesome course. It was challenging but had a great mix of everything. I am sure it is much nicer (but probably also harder) when the trees and grass are green come spring/summer.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Making my way to the Nati, Mt. Airy certainly had the feel of an 'established' course. You can tell that a lot of hours have been put in caring for the course, and that a lot of players have passed through over the years. One major sign of that is of course the Nati, which is probably the best pro shop I've seen. Multiple practice baskets and a driving warm-up area also accommodate players.
Mt. Airy is at its best when it combines multiple elements on its holes. I really enjoyed the multi-shot holes that started out in the open and ended up in the woods or vice versa. Holes 1, 3, 11, 15, 16, and 17 did a great job with this while emphasizing placement. Errant shots are punished but still recoverable. Combining these type of holes with more straight-forward park-style holes gives the entire round a nice variety. It's not just a city park feel or woods golf, you get both here.
I really enjoy playing in a setting with rolling hills and scattered trees, so I enjoyed the holes here that offered that. It isn't quite as extreme as, say, Waterworks, but it does that aspect pretty well. These two combined aspects allow you to play different lines on many of the holes. Again, this is where Mt. Airy shines.
Despite playing in the afternoon and it being one of the most played courses on DGCR, traffic was never really an issue. You may see the same group of players a couple times throughout the round, but fairways are well spread out from each other for the most part.
The course is beautiful and the fairways are in great shape. Unless you land in the thickest patches of rough, disc searches should be rare. The tees and tee signs are also nicely done, while the red baskets are a nice touch to make easier to spot.
Cons: For being a highly heralded course, it had a couple holes that definitely didn't live up to the standard. In particular, 7-9 is a somewhat bland stretch IMO. I also wasn't a big fan of 5 which combined thick rough on one side and the road on the other side of a narrowing fairway.
I'm sure this isn't news to those who are familiar to the course, but it is the most lefty-focused course I've ever played. Playing here and Idlewild the next day helped me realized more than ever the need for me to start throwing forehands, but it still would've been nice to have a variety. Mt. Airy screams, "Lefty's revenge!"
There are a few awkward transitions from hole to hole. Sometimes you have a take a less-obvious path to the next hole, and sometimes, there are multiple paths by a basket but it's not clear which one to take. Sometimes I felt like we simply had to guess where the next hole was.
The course plays along, adjacent, or across the park roads a good bit, probably over half of the course.
The rough is very thick and borders a good bit of the fairways.
Other Thoughts: Mt. Airy has been on my radar since I've been playing, so I enjoyed finally getting to play here. It has a unique feel to it with a combination of park-style play but also has holes that feel like they're in the deep woods. I enjoyed that variety and appreciate the work that has gone into the course. I haven't played Osage Grove yet, but this is easily the third best course in the region. Cincinnati is a great place to take a road trip to with all kinds of courses littered near each other. I'm stating the obvious, but make sure you play this Cincy staple if in the area.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
Mt Airy, on top of the mountain
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 18 unique holes; there isn't a single tee shot that you step up to and think of a previous hole you've played on the course. There are one or two which are similar, but the hole design and tree placement place very different demands on those tee shots.
Excellent use of elevation and mature trees. It is difficult because of the design of the holes, not because there are a million trees which get in the way.
Ample tees for run ups, very grippy.
Well maintained, fairways are mowed and grass is kept from getting too high.
Good flow through the course; it really has various segments where you know you can be aggressive and others where you need to lay back. A fun, engaging round.
Pro shop on site with drinks, snacks, and a great selection of discs. Adam and Jason are also super nice, laid back guys.
Two practice baskets for putts and upshots, as well as a driving net on an old shuffleboard court.
Trash buckets on each tee sign which are regularly emptied.
Water spigots scattered throughout the course with actually high quality water (Bobby Boucher would approve, if his momma hadn't said park water is the devil. And if you don't know who that is, google The Waterboy). They are located in the following places:
- before the pro shop on the right as you walk there from your car.
- behind 14's basket and hole 4's tee, near the playground.
- far to the right about a fifth of the way up four's fairway.
- at the top of the hill near the landing zone from the tee on hole 11.
- between hole 12's basket and hole 13's tee.
Cons: Mach III baskets. I'm not asking for super grabby, can't miss if you hit chains baskets. I'm just asking for fair baskets that don't spit out from pole hits or catching the sweet spot in just such a way the huge ring kicks you back out.
Some holes, for my skill level, play more as a par 4 (Hole 11, 13, 16, and 18 in the long) or par 5 (Hole 5 long). The only ones I'd say are definitely that way are holes 11 and 16 in the long. In the shorter pins, all the holes above are definitely par 3 or 4, but in the longs, I'd say the par can be bumped up. I know most don't care or will just play it the par they like, but I enjoy having pars set accordingly. Not a big deal though.
Can be SUPER busy. If you show up solo, you're probably going to be playing through a lot of groups.
Hole 6 to Hole 7 is a long walk, but you're outside anyways, might as well enjoy it.
The course is intertwined with the trails of the park a little too much for my taste. There are a few pins where the trail goes one way and golfers play the other way, so I could see a perfect storm striking and someone walking up right after a golfer has released a disc, which I'm not the biggest fan of.
Some other park goers can be oblivious to disc golf, so check the fairways.
The rough is super rough and there are some semi-blind shots. Be prepared to either have someone go spot on a few holes, run out from the tee to watch your shot, or spend a while looking. Or just stay in the fairway, it's nice there anyways.
Hole 3's mando is somewhat unnecessary, as the road plays OB and there really isn't anything in danger if you throw over it.
Other Thoughts: Mt. Airy is an old-guard course in Cincinnati, OH, which is the closest of Cincinnati's "Big 3" courses to where I'm currently staying. It winds throughout an old-growth forest with many unique and challenging shots. With three pins per hole, the layout can change to keep the course fresh and interesting. The all longs layout is an absolutely brutal test, while the mixed layout provides for some good birdie chances which aren't exactly gimme birdies. There is a pro shop on site, along with two practice baskets spaced far enough apart for some great upshot practice as well as a net for warming up your drive.
The course is absolutely gorgeous as well, all of the trees are beautiful and the grounds are well kept. Benches are at pretty much every hole and the tee pads are nice and ample on most holes. Each shot is unique and does not feel like you're replaying a hole from earlier in the round. Some of the shots are so much fun to throw that you'll be wanting to replay that hole though! The par 4's link very well and require placement and two great shots to get a birdie, while some of the long pins on other holes are really more like par 3.5s.
My only real qualms with this course are that the trails in the park interlink with the course on several holes, and many park users are also oblivious to disc golf. You'll be wanting to keep an eye out for others, and especially on holes 3 long, 4, 11, 13, 14, and 18. There are also many blind shots with seriously thick rough, so if you don't have a spotter and/or run into the fairway off the tee to watch the shot, you'll definitely be looking for discs during your round. You also may need to check a couple holes (hole 17 in particular) to make sure there isn't a group in the fairway before you throw. Also, I do wish they had upgraded the baskets at this course. Mach IIIs, while not the worst things ever, still give some brutal chain outs and spit outs. They don't really detract overall from the course, but it can still be frustrating. However, these baskets are in excellent shape and catch the best out of all the Mach IIIs I've encountered.
Hole 2 long is a super fun throw. Navigate the trees in front of the tee well, then let the disc do the work. Really nice hole.
Hole 9 is an uphill blast; navigate between one large tree off the tee and two others to the right and pray you have enough of an arm to get all the way up the hill.
Hole 10 is a great downhill hole, with a large bailout space to the left, but a canopy to challenge if you want the bird, or possibly an ace!
Hole 14 is a well set up hole, great flex shot in the C pin or a fun dead straight shot in B.
Hole 17 is a huge throw off the tee, but play for placement and try to set up a great second shot for the birdie three.
Hardest hole: Hole 11 long. There's a flex/turnover line for a 2, but unless you were just playing for the World Championships, odds are you just want your three. The tee shot is a hyzer placement shot around two trees up the hill from the tee, with a narrow tunnel leading to a seriously sloped green. The rough on both sides is thick, so be sure to keep an eye on where your shot is headed! Really fun hole, but seriously tough.
All in all, if you're in the actual city of Cincinnati and can't make it down to Kentucky for Idlewild, this is the must play course.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Beautiful park. concrete tee pads. Signs for pin selection with distance. Has a disc golf store. Offers lessons. Used and new discs. Two practice baskets. Watering pumps on 1, 4, between 7 and 12's basket, 11, and 14 (behind the basket).
Cons: It is a city park, parked cars, picnic areas can be an issue, but it's manageable.
Needs a few arrows for new timers to point them in the correct direction such as going from 5 to 6 or 10 to 11.
A proper 'mando' arrow with a 'mando' warning at tee pad 3 would help new players.
Other Thoughts: Adam and Jason work very diligently to upkeep this course, leagues, & tournaments. If you're new, there is a facebook group page called Cincy Disc Golfers, reach out, and someone can always help you.
I would never play this hole without another set of eyes if you're new to the course. There are some blind holes, wooded areas that love to eat discs.
Name and Number on ALL discs before playing here helps...
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
A very good course
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: + Pretty long!
+ Multiple Basket locations
+ Red colored baskets = easier to see!
+ Warm up net and basket
+ Pro shop that is well stocked
+ Fairly good variety
+ Great hole specific signage
+ Concrete tees in good condition
Cons: - Birdies are hard to come by for noodle arms like mine
- Looks to get a lot of traffic This can only be a con if you get behind a slower group that doesn't want to let you through.
- Lack of next tee signs. Regulars will rightly call out that the tee pad signs show which way to go after the basket. So there is something there but I'd prefer to be told where to go after the hole is played out. I've been on courses that use a different color on one of the basket rungs to point you in the right direction. That could be helpful here.
Other Thoughts: I have been playing for 4 years now, and I finally got down to play Mt. Airy. I had avoided it because a Grandmaster I know told me early on in my recreational playing that I was not ready for Mt. Airy when I asked about it. So playing it was like checking off a bucket list item for me. This is a very good course, that's a lot of fun to play. But I had heard so much about it, that I found it ever so slightly disappointing. It's long, well manicured, and in a very beautiful park. But I think the maintenance, polish, and pro shop really play into the rating of this course. Lincoln Ridge is a good notch better, in my opinion. You may not agree, and that's ok! I'd also say that Gordon Holton Memorial in Delaware, Ohio is also better. Not in the same vicinity, I know. But when I read that it's a top flight course, I'm going to compare it and rate it based on my admittedly limited experience (18 courses.) And Lincoln Ridge and Gordon Holton are easily the 2 best I've played. Mt. Airy currently comes in at 3rd, but if Osage Grove in Goshen can consistently be maintained and continue to be polished, I might even put that course above Airy. But now it reads like I'm putting the course down, and I'm not. It definitely deserves the reverence it receives. It IS a top notch course. But is it the best course in Ohio or Northern Kentucky area? Not in my opinion. Finally, I'm not sure what is with the A and B holes between 3 and 4? They're great holes! But why aren't they on the scorecard available here on dgcoursereview - and by extension, in the sourcecard on the mobile app? Anyways, if you haven't played it, by all means go! It's great! You'll have a blast! And bring your wallet and support The Nati Disc Golf shop. In addition to just about every disc you can think of being available, they offer a good selection of used discs, and even a selection of test discs!
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Decent multi-use park course
7 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Clean, well-maintained course with friendly locals and of course the on-site pro disc shop! A decent course flow, and a decent variety of holes. Ample parking. Water faucet. Easy access off freeway. Good signage.
Cons: Most of the course runs around the perimeter of the park, along the roads. Some of the transitions are confusing. Non-exclusive land for the course. Lots of other park visitor traffic on the fairways.
Other Thoughts: This was a decent course in a multi-use city park. There wasn't anything particularly exceptional about the course save for the very cool pro shop on-site. The holes were challenging, and some were fun. None were particularly memorable.
The course plays so close to the park roads, as well as the other park activities, that I just found myself wanting to finish up my round as soon as possible. I prefer more seclusion when I play disc golf. There was none of that here.
There were no real technical challenges as the course never went back into the woods after the first hole.
The course is obviously well-maintained and cherished by the local players, which is a big plus. But that doesn't change the fact that at best the holes and course are what one would expect at any multi-use park course that takes the "road hug" design approach. There is nothing particularly unique or memorable about the course itself or any of it's holes.
I played Mt. Airy in between playing Lincoln Ridge and Osage Grove the same day on a road trip. I will make a point to play those courses again, and would go out of my way to play Lincoln Ridge. I wouldn't head back to Mt. Airy.
7 of 14 people found this review helpful.
This is what a course should be
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The more I play this course the more I like it. It has everything a course should have. A pro shop on site. Concrete tee pads. Great signage. Common sense layout. Garbage cans, benches, etc. Everything everyone wants is here. The setting is beautiful with big trees and rolling terrain. It's just pleasant to play here. The baskets are the best I've ever seen- painted, marked and they catch properly. No issues not knowing what basket you are throwing at. Overall a great course and one I like to call my home course even though it's not the closest to me. It's that good.
Cons: Only con is that it can be busy, especially on perfect summer weekends. And since it is a local park, you'll get everyone from closet pros down to families with little kids. Usually playing through isn't a problem unless you get behind someone who doesn't understand proper etiquette. But that normally isn't an issue.
Other Thoughts: This course challenges me as rec player with its various lines. Right bends, left bends, low ceilings, wood, brush, etc can all play parts in the round. There are easy par 3s, hard par 3s, reasonable par 4s and an evil par 4. This is a long course for the par 3s it offers. 380' through trees is a tough 3 for me. But the course is such a pleasure to play that I'll just keep at it. If you are in the area it is definitely worse the stop.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Mt. Airy Is Scary!
17 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Sitting high above the city of Cincinnati is the disc golf course that is called Mt. Airy. Before starting your round, a visit to the pro shop is a must. It's a shame they don't stock advanced arms for sale, I couldv'e used one on the course. There you will find an awesome selection of discs, knowledgeable sales people and just about anything else disc golf related.
Right off, you can tell that this is a labor of love. There is the usual practice basket. Then there's a practice net to warm your arm up. You'll need it warmed up before and iced down afterward. And there is a basket set down a hill to warm up your mid-range shots. At the first hole you'll find a bench, nice tee signs giving you the usual information as well as a washer system indicating which position the basket is in at the moment.
Now is when reality sets in and you step up and see the basket is in the B position today, just 489' up a decent sized hill. I would describe Mt. Airy as relentless. It never lets you catch your breath. Hole after hole keeps the pressure on, both in the distance and in the challenging terrain and design. I was playing with local brothers, Tony & Kevin, they of the 400' drives, and to see them struggle at times made me wonder, what the hell am I doing on this mountain with my rec arm and tired old body. Thanks guys for letting me tag along on your round.
I really liked # 4, throwing over the ravine, but it's still a 400' hole. It would be so great to be able to play this course being able to throw 400'. The course is made for young, strong armed players. What a great challenge for them.
Cons: There's not much to complain about. I won't complain about this course being a little too much for us recreational types. I get tired of hearing better players complain that the little rec courses aren't challenging enough for them.
I guess the park's road come into play on a couple of holes.
The rough is nasty in a few places. I'm glad I was able to join up and play with other players. Those extra eyes helped finding discs on more than one occasion.
If I'm being extremely picky, I'd say there's no water in play. Another thing, IMO, is Mt. Airy lacks that signature hole, one that players talk about over campfires and is passed on in awe from generation to generation. It has lots super challenging, world class challenging holes but not that awesome downhill bomb. Again, I'm being picky.
Other Thoughts: I've been really torn over my rating here and I'm usually very quick to decide. I'd love to give Mt. Airy a 4.25 because that's what I'm comfortable with but I guess, with some regrets, I'll give it a 4.0 rating, it is an excellent course with great challenge for those players Intermediate rated and above. Enjoy!
17 of 17 people found this review helpful.
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