Nice course for a short round
Pros: Clear Fairways, variety of shots, nice flow to it.
Cons: Some of the baskets are pretty old and the tee pads are crooked on some of the holes.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this is my go-to course if I want to just get a round in after work. Playing by yourself, you can finish this course in probably 45 minutes. It's a nice walk, and has some decent shade.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Decent Beginner Course
Pros: Nice tee boxes, decent grooming, manageable distances for beginners, some challenging holes to play due to elevation.
Cons: Maps at each hole are a bit inaccurate at times, particularly when it comes to gold baskets. Also, a lot of people easily get lost after the end of hole 8. The tee for 9 is really really close to the picnic pavilion across the road, and you can't see it very well until you're right on top of it.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Enjoyable Throw In A Beautiful City Park!
Pros: Buchmiller Park is a lovely green city park with rolling hills, lots of mature trees and acres of lush green grass, just about a perfect environment for disc golf course. The multi-use park features everything you would expect here. I spent a few minutes watching a group playing pickleball, one of my favorites.
I played early on a perfect July morning so the park and course were both relatively empty. The course features nice, extra long concrete tee pads and great, vandal proof colored tee signs. There was a kiosk at the beginning but it had no information about disc golf on it.
Each long had at least two tee positions. I played from the shorts which played as just a perfect little recreational length course. Holes 12,14 and 15 were cool little ACE runs bunched in a group. I really enjoyed # 8 and it's lovely little natural fairway.
Superb use of the elevation. Nice mix between open and more technical wooded holes. This course, even from the shorts, gives you opportunities to throw every shot in your arsenal.
Cons: Very few, IMO.
From the short pads, holes starting to blend together. A lot of 250'-300' with a hyser. But this could easily be fixed by playing from the longs.
A couple of the concrete pads sloping uphill. A personal pet peeve of mine.
Not quite challenging enough for some.
Other Thoughts: D.F. Buchmiller would be about the perfect home course for many of us Rec types. This is a course that I could see myself playing in a stress free environment over and over. You're not worrying about losing discs in the thick underbrush or down that steep embankment or in the water. It's just a really fun, easy, walk in the park, type of day spent disc golfin!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
D.F. Buchmiller Park
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: - Excellent variety and flow
- Beautiful park
- Well maintained
- Great for a quick, casual round
Cons: - Short
- Can get a little crowded
- Sometimes have to watch out for other park users
Other Thoughts: D.F. Buchmiller Park is one of those older, park style courses that was built before high-speed drivers were available. Accordingly, it plays much shorter than more "modern" courses, and many players will find that they can play the entire thing with just a putter, or maybe a putter and a midrange. This may not appeal to players who are looking to really challenge themselves or who want a more difficult course.
That being said, it's still an excellent course, and for what it is, it's the best I have played. It's great for quick, casual rounds and short game practice. It's also just a lot of fun, and it's the first course I would choose to introduce a new player to the sport.
If Buchmiller had the length of a modern course, it would probably be my favorite. It has excellent variety, with shorter holes and (relatively) longer holes, tunnel shots and more open shots, elevation change (both uphill and downhill), ace runs and guarded greens, and so on. And the flow is great as well. While some courses have a night and day feel to them - for example nine holes in the woods and then nine in the open - Buchmiller has everything blended in perfectly so that you are constantly throwing a new shot. It's a beautiful park (there are a couple of wooded type holes, but overall it is definitely a park style course), and it is always well-maintained. There are very few places to lose a disc. There isn't an excessive amount of walking between holes. And you can easily get in two or three rounds within a couple of hours.
But it is a shorter course. There are now long (alternate) baskets on many holes, which helps a little bit. However, in my opinion the alternate baskets don't play as well as the shorts. There is more backtracking, some overlap with other fairways, some of the "long" baskets are actually easier, and in many cases I think the shorts make for a better "golf" hole. But some of the long basket placements are significantly better, and my ideal layout would include a mix of shorts and longs. I sometimes see people making up their own "long" tees, and I know the local league sometimes plays safari holes, both of which would make the course a little more challenging. And like I mentioned above, it is a great course for putter only rounds.
Overall, I think it's an excellent course. I wouldn't travel just to play this course, but I definitely recommend it to anyone who is in the area, especially given that it plays quickly and is located centrally to many of the other area course (and is just up the road from Ship Rock).
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
An enjoyable experience
Pros: I absolutely loved this course. It was a pretty solid layout. Very easy to follow. And pretty straight forward. Some thoughts.
- Easy to navigate. Even with some holed having more than one basket, it was easy to see what you were doing. Good tee signs.
- Nice layout. The course featured a bunch of different holes and shots. Not everything was the same. Only a few "big arm" holes, but many holes that made you work some.
- Elevation. Though not a ton of elevation changes, it was well done enough so that there was a challenge. A couple of cool holes where you had to go up or down. Nicely done.
- Pretty layout. There are some really nice holes with some nice looking views of the park. It does a nice job showing off the park a bit.
- Flows nice. There were a lot of people there the night we went and everything flowed very well.
Cons: There weren't many cons. A couple small things.
- Some of the baskets were a little worn and could use a little TLC. But overall not bad.
- Second baskets. We played the short baskets, but could see where if you were playing the longer baskets, it could have been slightly confusing.
Other Thoughts: This course was one we were hoping to play during our trip to the area. We played 18 in about 1:15-1:30, which was really nice. I love a quick course that flows well and this was it.
The overall atmosphere of the course seemed relaxed and that was really nice. I enjoyed this course a ton and would definitely play it again when in the area.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
A walk in the park with discs
Pros: This is my home course. I learned to play here. It is a great place to learn. Experienced ams will enjoy building their confidence with birdie runs. Most pros will be able to get to the majority of the baskets off the tee and get to go for those big, double-digit under rounds. Relatively open with lots of mature trees to keep things interesting. Spacious concrete tees are a plus. 2 pin positions on most holes. 3 placements for #9. Don't miss the long, long on 9...one of the more challenging 3s on the course. Permanently placed long baskets on 2, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, & 16. The other ones move a few times per year. Family and dog friendly.
Cons: Watch out for picnickers! And remember to be nice, they probably don't know they are in your fairway. Some of the long baskets are in positions that are not on the signs as the signs are pretty old and there have been some changes. 9 doesn't have the super-long placement marked. It is about 50-60 feet behind the 2nd position. 11 long is off to the right, near the road, not off to the left. 15 long is straight ahead with the parking lot behind it. 17 has 3 positions. The third one is not marked. It is down the hill to the right. Hope that helps. After 15, follow the road downhill to 16 tee. Beware the burn hazel.
Other Thoughts: This is a popular course so it's easy to find people to play with, but there are also some traffic jams. Local club holds regular events here. If you're coming from out of town combine with Roland Park in Akron for a great day trip.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Really nice park
Pros: Beautiful park. Really good environment for the whole family. Some really tricky shots, along with some easier ones. Challenges you to use all types of throws. I really got my backhand going at this course. The course is also very well kept. Nice concrete tee pads.
Cons: Some cons would be that every hole is par 3. There are some alternate holes, but not enough for a full game. Some of the regular holes could be par 4s (Hole 3,7, 18). Other then that, its a fine course.
Other Thoughts: Myself and partner (known as the Cardinal and the Bandit at Buchmiller) play this course quite often. My best round is a bogey free -7. I also ACED hole 13 with a champion beast. Backhanded it smoothly into the chains.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Early days Home Course
Pros: Short yet challenging course with alternates. I was there during the construction of this cousre and learned how to play Disc Golf here. Alot of people start out at this couse and then move onto Akron for the next step up. I got my first ace here. Hole 14. It is the only known ace on this hole. Concrete tee pads and alot of challenging Drives for the duece. 14 under is the couse record If I remember correctly.
Cons: None. Simply put. It is a short couse with challenging shots and elevation changes, Also JUST outside of :ancaster City.
Other Thoughts: Nice Quiet area and couse. Please pick up any trash you may find along the way. Thank You.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice clear fairways and interesting basket locations. Nice clean cut grass, very well maintained, Very cool to play in when it's extremely hot out. My buddies and I went here many times during 100+ temperatures for some reason it is cooler than most locations period. good parking close by for easy access for a cool drink. Plenty of benches for you whining Girl friend/wife to sit and complain. Plenty of near by bathrooms/port-potties. Close access to gas stations and restaurants. Have seen hot girls come out.
Cons: lots of underbrush in area to lose a disc, and get 7 minute inch. Oh yeah I went digging for my disc on hole 10 and found other discs in the process up set a honey bee hive and got stung at least 15 times on my hands, legs and torso.
Other Thoughts: Good place for a novice Player to learn and get basics. My friend been playing disc golf for only two months and has already had one Hole in one on the firs hole here. on many Occasions I have hit the bottom of the basket many times on a few holes. Good place to try and get your first Ace. But I never said it was easy.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Lots of Fun!
Pros: The course is very well marked and the tees are real easy to throw from. The setting is relaxing and very interesting to play, as there are no real "straight shots," almost every throw has an obstacle to avoid. Loads of fun for all playing levels!
Cons: More experienced players may not find this course much of a challenge. Also, while most of the baskets appeared to be as marked, a few of the long-course baskets appeared to be either missing, or just too hidden for me to find.
Other Thoughts: The open space is deceiving on this course. Even in the really open areas, there tends to be a tree or two that gets in the way of a real long drive.
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