Fort Thomas, KY 
Highland Hills Park Share
Uploaded By: esc1 Hole #6 (Taken 6/2016)
3 / 282ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #6 Basket to Tee

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 Where I Learned The Game

5+    11/10/2018   11/10/2018
Review By: njgrosser
Played: 42  Reviewed: 33  Exp: 9.7 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Playing a quick round here is easy -- it is never crowded and the 9 holes take under 30 minutes either alone or with a small group. The holes are fairly basic, but there are a couple longer, more difficult holes that stand out. There is a lot of elevation change in play here, which is unusual for a course this short. Someone has taken creating signs into their own hands and scribbled an approximate distance, basket layout, and next tee arrow on the wooden posts by the teepads, and frankly this might be the only time where course graffiti has been a plus.

I do want to highlight Holes 5 and 9, as they stand out above the rest. Hole 5 provides a lot of distance (my guess is 410' or so) with an appreciable amount of trees in the direct line of the basket. Hole 9 is also long (430'?) that goes over a valley of sorts and forces you to throw a long straight shot, otherwise the disc will hyzer into the woods.
Cons: The baskets are bad; they are often bent and do not catch discs well at all. The layout is pretty bland beyond Holes 5 and 9, many involving straight shots with some elevation (which is nice) but very few obstacles otherwise (which is not nice). When a baseball game is playing, holes 7-9 become unplayable due to parked cars along the road that meanders past these holes.

However, the most frustrating part of this course is navigation. There are no tee signs on this course (the graffiti work mentioned in the pros doesn't count it) and no signs within the park at all acknowledging the course is there. There are several long walks between holes, notably 6 to 7 which walks all the way to the other side of the baseball field (at least 600' from pin to tee). Some teepads point toward multiple baskets (3 and 5 come to mind), so unless you know the course layout, it is not entirely clear how to play it.
Other Thoughts: Highland Park is an average course layout with terrible "extras" (baskets, signage, local support) that is only worth playing if you are in Fort Thomas. I grew up within walking distance of this course, and it was always easy to go and play a round or two (or five) with friends or by yourself to work on your game. It holds a lot of sentimental value to me, but I just played there today with the mind of someone who had never played there before and frankly, it is not worth it. If you are looking to play a semi-quality disc golf course and do not live within about ten minutes of this course, it is not worth the visit. There are an abundance of good courses throughout the Greater Cincinnati area that deserve to be played more than this one, and unless a significant amount of work is done to improve the course features, it will not be a destination.

Frankly, this was a hard one for me to rate, having known the course for so long and having seen it be "redesigned" a bit over the years. I couldn't decide between a 1.5 and a 2.0, and ultimately went with the 1.5 because if I was not familiar with the course, I would not know how to navigate it. If some money was put forward and someone with an eye for disc golf came in to better locate some of the baskets, I think a fairly strong 9 hole course could be here. However, having grown up in Fort Thomas, I do not see the city doing that.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Needs lots of work...

1    6/7/2010   6/7/2010
Review By: jammydee
Played: 46  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 11.8 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: +Good use of elevation changes

+Plenty of Parking

+Not crowded at all

+Decent hole lengths for an easy 9
Cons: - Horrible tee pads. Seriously they're a broken ankle waiting to happen, uneven stones are worse than just dirt.

-Couldn't find tee for #7, was looking all around the road as I knew it had to be somewhere around there, but eventually just made one up and threw towards the basket.

-As mentioned above, navigating the course is a bit tricky with the lack of signs. A sign for #9 is missing, and I don't know about #7, as I couldn't find the tee...
Other Thoughts: There was an active construction zone going on behind basket #3, so be wary of that if you go.

The hills can be very slippery especially from dew if you play in the morning. Be careful on the tee pads, too. Some of them are especially awful.

This could be a great course if it was well maintained and had better tee pads. If you can't spring for concrete, at least level the stones out of just go with natural tees...

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.


5+    6/18/2008   9/15/2009
Review By: Dice
Played: 16  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 13.9 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course makes great use of space and natural obstacales.

This course is generally very empty, in the six or seven times I have played this course I have never seen anyone else doing so.

The location is nice for those living on the riverfront on the KY side of things.
Cons: When I started playing this was the closest course to my house. I played there four or five times before Surge got more established.

The maintenance of this course is some of the worst I have ever experienced, especially when you consider where it is.

Tee boxes are difficult to locate or to use if located.

Baskets are in atrocious shape.

The playground is in a bad location for errant throws.

Some tees feel as though you are in someones back yard.

Overall Lack of signage (indicating the start of the course) or a very detailed map as of the last time I played (over a year ago).

The last time I played the park seemed to be a construction zone.
Other Thoughts: If I still lived in NKY, I would play Surge as my "short" home course. Skip this course there are far better that are probably just as close.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

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