4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Concrete tees in good shape. Short, but easy to run up from behind if needed most places
- Great signage and navigation (big if you're traveling) including a next tee marker on the baskets
- Baskets are in good enough shape
- Elevation gains and losses
- Chances to air out drivers and the need to thread a few down wooded fairways
- Benches scattered throughout
- # 9 was a great hole. OB surrounds tee shots and green.
- Turf maintenance was fair to good in early summer
Cons: - Largest con is the state of the rough. It encroached on too many fairways and basket positions. On multiple holes penal rough was less than five feet surrounding the basket. A lot of shots had to be choked off for fear of losing discs.
- Only one lay out and only one hole that wasn't a par 3
- Not every shot is needed, it was a lot of throw a hyzer, take a putt (although it could have been a forehand or backhand hyzer...)
- The holes by the river with the berm seemed like a missed opportunity. Maybe there were design restrictions, but that berm should be incorporated and it seemed like a place to add a little distance and dramatic elevation.
Other Thoughts: A fun little course, it was a nice detour while driving across the state.
Ease of navigation made it more fun than if the holes had been the same, but in a more confusing order. There was little back tracking and I only had to go spot a few baskets prior to my drive.
Overall an easy course, good for most skill levels.
I would describe this as 'decent/typical' but the state of the equipment and navigation bump it up to a three. Major brush removal and extending holes would be needed to improve beyond a three though.
I disagree with a previous reviewer and actually felt the front nine was the more engaging nine, save a brief stretch on 7 & 8. Different strokes, right?
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Uninspiring front 9 leads to an above average back side
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Fremont, Ohio. It's my first ever trip to this blue collar city of 15,000; train horns and loud factory work filled the air on a nearly silent winter evening almost the entire round. Walsh Park sits on the banks of the Sandusky River and spans across 51 acres of land. playgrounds, ball fields, and a popular sledding hill headline non disc golf related activities.
+ I love the main concourse area. A pavilion, 2 basket practice area, huge parking lot, a drinking fountain, and plenty of trash cans. Only thing missing is a restroom!
+ Great tee signs and concrete pads on every single hole. There's tape on the bottom of each Mach II basket to make navigation as simple as possible for the most part.
+ The back 9 was pretty fun at times with the exception of a couple duds. The stretch of 14-17 provided short ace run potential with some danger involved. #18 is easily the signature hole. 350' downhill off of a drop off to a lightly protected basket.
+ Both nine's make two loops back to the parking lot.
Cons: - If I were to rate the front 9 individually, it would probably get a 1.5 or 2.0. It's mainly predictable and pretty wide open. There's a few short ravines in this stretch that try to play as hazards but they're really just an annoyance more than anything.
- The baskets were in decent shape, but they're just an older model so they won't catch as well.
- Some potential was ignored on #14, could have been a much better hole. I'm thinking move the tee to the top of the hill, and shift the basket closer towards the water. Would make for a more fun hole in my opinion.
- Rusty fence runs along 16 and 17 with private property on the other side. Very easy to get a bad kick off a tree.
Other Thoughts: The back 9 really saved the day and bumped the rating up significantly. There's some fun wooded holes there with some more elevation.
Side note 1: There is a steep trail up the cliff behind #14's basket. If you're adventurous, there's a clifftop trail along the river. Very scenic, but dangerous in spots!
Side note 2: According to a plaque hanging on the course map, the course record is 45 set in 2017. Congrats to whoever pulled that off!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Winds of Walsh
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~Excellent variety of holes
~Clean, well maintained course & park
~Well placed concrete tee pads
~Nice signage, easy navigation, and good flow
~Course starts and ends near the same pavilion
~Although the concrete tees are nice, they could be a couple feet longer
~A majority of the course intertwines with pedestrian walking paths
~A couple areas of grouped repetition (Holes 15-17 & 4-6)
Other Thoughts: I played this course during a blustery Autumn C-Tier sanctioned tournament. I really enjoy this type of course in which most holes are in the 275'-350' range with defined multiple routes from tee to the basket, moderate elevation, and modestly wooded with fair obstructions. Walsh park provides a very nice layout with a great variety of holes. The paved walking path that snakes throughout the course defines out of bounds areas which creates a nice added challenge. While the path benefits the course layout, it also keeps the disc golfers tied to pedestrians which could disrupt flow and cause safety concerns. The park is nice and well maintained, navigation is easy and the course flows well overall. The first half of the course primarily plays in the more open areas among mature trees with a few holes that provide nice elevation changes. Hole 9 is a 600' par 4 with out of bounds along both sides of the fairway. The back nine takes you up and down a sizable hill then back up hill to a wooded section of shorter, tighter fairways. Hole 18 is a great downhill shot over/through trees. With great variety there are two sections noted in the cons above that essentially have similar laid out holes back, to back, to back. Each of these holes are very good, but grouped together does provide a bit of redundancy but this is more nitpicking than an actual con in my opinion. Hedges Boyer in Tiffin is my go to course while back visiting family, but Walsh will definitely be worth the 30 minute drive to revisit as often as I can. All in all a great course, that is in a style I typically prefer to play!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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I Was On Pace To Break The Course Record And Then I Played # 2!
Pros: Walsh Park Disc Golf Course is located in Veteran's Memorial Park. This is a very large park with wide open green grass, some hills and some pretty thick brush and forest areas. The park has picnic pavilions, rest rooms and a popular walking path which seems to be everywhere.
The course which starts right next to the large pavilion, has a small kiosk with map. The teepads are newly poured concrete. They could be a little longer. The nice colored tee signs cover all the basics, hole #, distance, par, map and the next tee arrow. Each hole has a sponser. Some of them remember a loved one passed. The baskets are Mach ll's.
There is a sign below the course map stating that "King" Darrick Gorenflo holds the course record with 10 under par 45. Now Germany had their King Ludwig, we in Seattle have our king, "King" Felix Hernandez and I guess Fremont has their "King" Darrick. Speaking of the King's record, I threw in about a 75' pitch on hole 1 for a birdie. I thought for sure I was going to break the King's record but then things went to hell quickly and I ended up about 10 over. No record for me!
The course is fairly long in places, open on some holes and very technical in other places. This makes for a nice mix of throws and skills needed to score well here. # 3 is a fun 453' throw downhill to an open basket. # 8 is interesting at 297' with two good sized trees lined up directly in front of the basket giving you either a left or right route to the basket. # 9 is 600' and there is a ditch running the length of the hole to give you trouble. # 14 is another interesting little hole at 297' but you have to miss the power poles and the support wires which are both in your line.
Cons: I didn't like #'s 15-16-17. They're all three short little Ace runs around 200' but they three play down a narrow path and # 15 especially, has nasty rough and a ugly, drop off on your left the entire length of the hole. I really dislike holes which play down paths or roads.
The grass was about 6" on most of the course. But in defense of whoever is in charge of the mowing schedule, it has been rainy as hell lately.
Concrete pads could be longer.
Course could be muddy and probably slippery in places during rains. Some steps would be nice on a couple of holes.
Lost discs are a definite possibility on the wooded holes.
Other Thoughts: I liked this course but could have liked it much more if not for three factors, none of which are the fault of the course. Just my bad luck, I guess. My rating will be fair but my memory here might be a little tainted.
1. The grass was 6 inches high and very wet at 7 am. The grass is high because the mowers haven't been able to mow lately because of the rain and the grass was wet because I chose to play very early in the morning. My shoes and socks were soaked after about 3 holes.
2. I noticed some mosquitoes about the 9th hole. As I was applying my repellent, my little bottle ran empty. My mistake. When I got to the wooded holes starting at # 15, the little bastards were swarming me. I basically ran through those three holes trying to outrun the pesky mosquitoes. They chewed me up something mean.
3. I failed on my attempt to break "king" Darrick's record. Well, basically because I suck.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great variety of shots.
Playgrounds and Trails for other people in your group.
Cons: Only 1 teepad per hole, which results in only 4 holes 350'+
Baskets are Mach 2.
Other Thoughts: The lack of multiple teepad/length is my only real knock on the course.
The layout of the holes always has something to make up for the lack of length. The front 9 and back 9 are 2 different courses. Front 9 is open, using walking paths for OB, Trees for protection or forcing a line, 1 shot up a hill, and 1 shot down a hill. One shot is rather wide, OB on each side with the basket 350' on a small hill. On the front 9 you have multiple shots that force smart play around fair OB while allowing for multiple shaped shots.
The back 9 starts with an uphill tunnel shot. Moves to a downhill tunnel shot, with most choosing a spike hyper over a disc eating pond. 2 holes later you enter back to back wooded tunnels, with OB on the right, and a downslopes wooded area on the left. Followed by another short tight wooded tunnel with the basket set to the right. Finishing with another downhill hyper bomb.
The course is easily the best in the surrounding area. Do yourself a favor and try this one.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Concrete pads and mach2 baskets which are better than most but not the best. Great mix of open and tight fairways. Elevated shots where your throwing brown to the basket and one throwing up to the basket.
Plenty of trash bins and benches. Open restrooms. Playground for kids. Just a real beautiful park. Holes seem to really make "disc golf" sense.
Cons: Couple holes are on top of each other. And one that's just wide open but has a elevated basket which helps. Back nine is kind of in a small area but does flow I guess. Gets muddy during wet season, definitely needs some grass in places on the back 9.
Other Thoughts: Great mix of holes. I threw backhand, forehand and overhand shots. Front 9 is a nice mix of long, open holes with the right touch of ob and trees. On hole 7 where it's wide open with ob on either side of the fairway ( not that it's really in play unless you throw a real bad shot) they added a mound that the basket sits on to add a touch of difficulty and second guessing to your putt. Hole 3 is a really cool elivated shot where your throwing down to the basket about 450'. I have to say that #1 is my favorite hole though. The back 9 is a lil more tight playing threw schull and woods. Seem to use a lot of different shots here. #15 can be annoying though, it's only 200' but proves to be one of the deciding holes to your round. #18 is another elevated shot and imho is the signature hole of the course. I really like the new set up and hope to see some events here. Could use some more trees in places but I hear that's in the works.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Concrete Tee Pads, Elevation, mix of tight and open fairways, nice view of river on #14. A lot of good improvements have been done during the renovation.
Cons: Mach 2 Baskets, Could be mowed a little more often.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: mix of long, short, difficult holes
multiply holes with basket on a mound
Cons: gets muddy during wet season especially on back 9
rough on back 9 can be thick
Other Thoughts: 1 of the best in the area
mach 2 baskets
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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