Disappointing and Unkempt
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Located in a very nice local park
- Hole 1 is pretty fun and unique, especially in the Cincinnati area
- Hole 7 is definitely the coolest hole, being on top of an earthen dam
- Baskets are pretty good overall
Cons: - Course is difficult, but not for any good reason. The tees, for example, are far too short for some holes. In addition, this course more or less forces you to play perfect on every shot. Even if you are slightly off, you will get punished VERY hard. While some people enjoy this, I feel as though it is too harsh a punishment for such a minor mistake.
- As I said before, the tee pads are honestly terrible. They are far too small to have any sort of run up. That, along with the areas around them being completely unkempt with weeds a few feet high, made me decide to throw from the open pathway next to the tees more times than not.
Speaking of unkempt, there seems to be no care to upkeep this course. Weeds are growing like crazy on both sides of the fairway, which measures only about 10 feet wide at most. In some places the fairway is only about 6 feet wide. This, along with the very tall weeds, seems to add artificial difficulty as I call it: difficulty not because of good, challenging design choices, but from negligence or simply cramming a course in where it probably shouldn't go.
- Beware of walkers. The path the course is on seems to be very heavily walked, and by the way people react to disc golfers, the course seems to be very rarely played. Often you will start to throw and someone will walk around one of the many blind corners and you will have to stop until they pass. This is more of just a frustration, but it happens a lot more than you'd expect.
- Don't be surprised if you lose a disc. There are lots of woods, lots of tall weeds, and lots of blind shots. You definitely need a spotter down the fairway so as to not lose a disc. Even with a spotter, due to the high grass, I almost lost a disc. In addition, there's an elevated drain with opening in the side. A disc could very easily fly in and be gone forever.
- While this is a lesser problem, be prepared for mosquitoes. Even going during the day in fall, I got bit up bad. So bad in fact that by hole 6 I was contemplating skipping the last few holes just so I could get away from the bugs.
- Another minor con, but it is pretty much in the middle of nowhere. It is quite the hike for an incredibly disappointing, subpar course.
Other Thoughts: This course was very disappointing. I could forgive quite a few issues if everything was simply up-kept. Even if there was any semblance of effort put into the course, I could forgive it a bit, but unfortunately this seems to be an instance where the course was placed and forgotten. The weeds building up lead to a variety of problems, including a higher potential for losing discs and the loss of the ability to run up to a tee, which is desperately needed due to how short they are. As I mentioned, holes 1 and 7 are pretty neat, but this is not nearly enough to make up for the rest of the issue. This is one of the few courses where I actually had no fun playing disc golf. It honestly felt like more of a hassle than anything else. Unless you live within 10 or 15 minutes, you are in the area, or this is by far the closest disc golf course around you, it's honestly not worth going to. Maybe it's worth a one time visit, but expect to be disappointed. I went in with fairly low expectations and this course did not even live up to those.
Overall, this course is really hurt by the lack of effort put forward to upkeep it. There's no real reason to ever go out of your way to come here as there are much better courses pretty much anywhere else, especially in the Cincinnati area.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: + New teepads
+ Good baskets
+ Varied length holes
+ Bench at every tee
Cons: - An extemely short hole
- Hikers and runners to avoid
- Super thick rough
- Rock and gravel fairways
- Muddy in spots
Other Thoughts: Was happy to hear this course got a face lift. I never played it previously so I can't speak to how much better it is now, but I had fun here. I would have more fun with a spotter since the woods are really thick and I had to play some of the holes safe. Definitely wear pants unless you have perfect control. Fairways are mowed better than you see in some of the pics on here now. The tee's were just gravel at first, but they have since covered them in black grippy mats. Basket on hole 3 is fun behind the creek with the bridge. Hole 7 is really cool. Don't be fooled by the right side of it looking safe. There is some water down there you can't see from the teepad. There is also a bench in play on the last hole. The lake is very nice and I enjoyed walking the path around it after playing. Very clean and classy park here. Go check it out.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
A Pretty, Nice, Dam Course!
Pros: The re-imagining of Alexandria, Kentucky's nine hole course has been long-awaited, and looks like it's worth that wait. The old course was awkward, super short (a putt putt, in fact), and pretty much abandoned for several years. The new course grabbed up the DGA baskets (still in good shape), lofted them to the north side of the lake, in the paths between the two earthen dams, and more than doubled the length, challenge, and fun.
I'm told the Boy Scouts took this project over, and they did an excellent job installing sturdy, timber-boxed, 8'x 5' compacted gravel tee boxes, with a bench and sign post at every tee. There are some fun holes, from the opening, downhill putter anny (rhbh) hole 1, to the blind ace run 3rd, finishing just past the beautiful spillway creek and bridge, to the signature 7th: a mini-bomb across the top edge of the north dam, with rollaways on both sides (do you have the 'D' to carry, or lay up safely on top for a run at your three?). It even finishes with a pretty, little blind ace run 9th hole.
In all, the tees are great, the baskets good, and with distances ranging from 100 to maybe 470 feet, there's a little sampler for everybody here (which the old course just did not have). Scaled up and tempered down for the casual, recreational, and maybe even intermediate level disc golfer, and situated in one of the prettiest little community parks in northern Kentucky, I'd say they did themselves proud.
Cons: Since they went with the quick route of running the course counterclockwise around and along the trails running north of the lake, disc golfers will need to use maturity and judgment in looking ahead for hikers and joggers out on the course. There are a couple of places where the best line flies right over a bench or a sign (holes 3 & 9). I'd suggest those be moved for safety.
There is a little repetitiveness in having holes 4, 5, 6 & 8 all play to the uphill (left) side of the path. Kudos for making the hole lengths vary, but the safe shots here tend to run to the heavily weeded uphill side of the path, and may require a spotter (on the northbound three) if the weeds don't get regular trimming (it may be tough getting park equipment there regularly to mow).
It's a slight bit of a shame that they didn't go with the initial notion of contracting with a local disc golf hall of famer for the design. His course would certainly have taken better advantage of the hilly terrain and the woods, and resulted in a lot more variety and challenge. But I understand the course 'as is' was not as difficult to prepare as would be the more competition-level route.
Other Thoughts: My thanks to Steve G. for letting the club know the new course was ready to go. It's worth a look, and still offers an interesting day of DG, if combined with AJ Jolly.
To find the first tee, walk the path north, on the east side of the lake, past the Forested Wetlands sign. Hole 1 tees off just past the dam, downhill. The course loops around the trails and finishes a third of a mile up the path on the right.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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