4 Helpful / 0 Not
Come for the front, stay for the birdies on the back...
Pros: Woodlands is a definite city course, and as such there are limiting factors in play. Considering those limiting factors: the course is nice. It opens with a wonderfully designed first eight holes.
You begin on hole 1 with a green protected by a heavy ceiling and mature trees. Hole 2 has a tricky angle, and no direct route. Hole 3 is similar, providing multiple options - each of them risk-reward. Hole 4 is a relatively simple hole, with a nice set of low guardian trees that make the angle to the park job tricky. Hole 5 is has some OB in play, a nice risky forehand and an up the middle route with ceiling. Hole 6 is similar to hole 2 - no straightforward route. Hole 7 allows the arm to open up with a 410-20 foot open field bomb. Hole 8 forces you to rein it back in with a short forehand requiring you to skirt the foliage to park it in a tucked in green.
Beyond the opening stretch of holes - the course has a lot to offer in terms of simple pleasures. It is a very well manicured course - the lawns are mowed, treated, and healthy. There is a very active local community that utilizes the well maintained trail loop around the park. Restrooms near the first hole are clean and pleasant (as restrooms go). There is also a water fountain at the seventh hole that has clean and tasty water. The park is kept free of bad elements by the presence of an elementary school next door to hole eight. The local police are definitely a presence - and have been spotted on multiple occasions.
It is also the only course between Ottawa Park in Toledo and Carter Park in Bowling Green. The gap isn't massive, but at the same time - it is more than the local community would like to see. For those living in Perrysburg - the drive to either locations is at the least an inconvenience. This presence should help to bring about a boost in the local golfer population, as well as a boost to the playing level of many that weren't able to get out as much before.
Cons: As has been stated - this is a city park with limitations. The same things that make it nice, also get in the way. The number of people that spend time at the park, and could therefore be exposed to the game also make it difficult at times to throw. This fall they have not been in the way thus far, but in the summer one could imagine copious numbers of people in the open fields that several holes play across.
The open fields also make the final 10 holes somewhat boring. There is some room for improvement - but overall without planting more trees that is limited. Holes 9-18 all are relatively open field shots, anything in the repertoire is available on any of the holes, with no limiting factors around the teepads to close off angles. Several holes could have been placed closer to nearby bushes or trees to at least force a certain line. Hole 9 is longish, and therefore not a deuce-or-die - but after that it gets down to fairly simple golf until hole 18, which at least provides a berm to force a slightly elevated shot and guardian trees to limit the hyzer.
Other Thoughts: Please don't consider the 2.0 rating an indictment - keep in mind that when rating courses each number value is given a label as well. A 2.0 rating is described as "Reasonable." - that describes Woodlands Park well. It is a reasonable course. If you are in the area and are jonesing for some golf? It is definitely worth throwing. If you're local and need a local course the front 9 provides some challenge and variety, and the back 9 demands perfection. As a course for hosting leagues? It is nice. A great place for a league which will provide positive reinforcement for new players with a real chance to contribute to the round on the shorter holes.
It will even provide a nice site for tournaments - giving NW Ohio disc golf one more location to host tournaments without having to deal with the insanity of the MDGO scheduling meeting (I believe Michigan has somewhere around 379 clubs at this point, all looking to host events on the same weekend you are).
Definitely give Woodlands a play. It is a fun little place, and I enjoyed my time there.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Finally a Manicured Course
Pros: -Manicured course, very well maintained when comparing it to the other courses in this area
-Drinking fountains and bathrooms!
-Some very challenging holes, there are two holes I am trying to wrap my head around still
Cons: -Yes the back 9 could use a little spicing up but it's not that bad
-No practice basket!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Other Thoughts: I hope they plan on putting a practice basket in at some point because I hate no being able to warm up. You can use 18 if no one is on the hole but that's kind of lame.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Disc Golf comes to Perrysburg
Pros: - Brand new course in a park that has been just screaming for a course.
- Concrete tee pads and Mach 3 targets.
- Easy to navigate. No hole or distance signs yet but can see where they will be installed when finished.
- Good mix of shots and hole layouts, given what the park had to work with
- Great course for wide range of players. Course will test the limits of beginners, while appealing to vets that will have to use more than their standard shot to get around some obstacles.
- Clean course in a nice area. Wide open well landscaped park with other features to offer.
- Great use of limited terrain and features to get a respectable 18 hole course in a municipal park.
Cons: - Could use some more trashcans placed closer to tee pads in some areas. There are some near a few tee pads that are closer to shelter houses or pavilions, but could always use more.
- Some holes play rather close to the large running track that winds around the large open field in the park, though given the space they had to work with this is probably unavoidable. Players need to use common sense and a bit of caution to avoid plunking runners. Same for the playground.
- Back 9 holes are mostly short and wide open and can get monotonous compared to the front nine which used large standing trees and shrubs to introduce a challenge to the holes. A few well placed trees and shrubs could easily fix this though.
Other Thoughts: - Designers did an excellent job with what they had to work with. Defiantly room for improvement and growth of the course once it breaks in a little. Could add some flavor to the back 9 holes eventually with a few strategically placed trees and shrubs, to break of the "vanilla" fell of the holes currently.
- Great to see a healthy interest in Disc Golf in the NW Ohio culminate in another badly needed course.
- Overall, it's a very nice course that will appeal to most players. Big arm players may not find as much thrill in this course as its rather short compared to other courses in the region, but it's a welcome addition none the less.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
New Course to NW Ohio
Pros: Brand new and badly needed course to NW Ohio. This is a "City Park" style course that wraps clockwise around the perimeter of the park.
-Clean well manicured park. Although if some trash cans aren't installed I can see that changing as DG'ers aren't really known for packing out their litter. Keep it clean people!
-New tee pads and chain disc catchers.
-Good mix of holes required different types of throws.
-Variety of long and short holes.
-Easy to navigate even without a map.
Cons: -Can get windy (I know there is nothing that one can do about this, but it still sucks).
-The three longer holes (7,9,and 12 I believe) are just out in the open field. There is no trouble to get into whatsoever, making for some pretty bland holes. A few trees/bushes would easily remedy this.
-There's a possibility to hit people using the track on the interior of the park on a couple of holes.
-Lack of water and elevation (again nothing one can do about this).
Other Thoughts: Understandably there are budgetary limitations to what the designers could do with the park (as well as geographical). With that being said, if money were not a constraint I think this course could easily be improved some with a few well placed bushes and trees. In addition, secondary pin placements could add a lot of variety.
All in all the designers did a great job carving an 18 hole disc golf course out of a municipal park in the heart of Pburg. Well done.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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