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Pros: Some unique holes, interesting placement of baskets. There's some talk of expanding this out to 18 holes, which would make this a worthwhile trip.
Cons: SWAMPY. Don't go after a rain, or if there's been steady rain in the past week (even if it's been sunny for a few days); you'll end up swimming through a few holes.
It's off the beaten path, and a bit hard to find even when you get to the park.
Only 9 holes. That's not bad for a beginner or practice course, but for a course at a remote state park, it's harder to consider it worth the trip.
While there are some good holes, there are also some bland ones.
Other Thoughts: OK, despite the long list of cons, this isn't a bad course. IF, and only if, you're in the area. It's not worth a special trip for. It mostly plays like a good, well designed course that's half the usual length. Now, if they get another 9 holes in like I heard was intended, this might be worth a side trip if you're already heading down I-71 or somewhere else in the area, but it's unlikely to turn into a course that's worth a special trip for.
UPDATE, Summer 2017: They expanded out the course to 18 holes. At the moment, there aren't tee pads or signs for the back 9, but this has turned the course into one worth swinging out of your way for, now. It should definitely be hit by anyone in Columbus or the areas south and west of it.
I'm serious about the swampy problem. Holes 1, 2, 3, and 9 don't drain at all, so rain collects until it either evaporates or soaks into the ground (and soaking in is a slow process with the heavy clay soil). The other holes will drain normally. Unfortunately, the ones that don't drain are the ones you have to cross to get to the others.
There are no grip-it-and-rip it holes, which I don't find a problem (I don't distance drive well), but others might.
Hole 1 is a fairly normal mid-distance around a grove throw. 2 is through a couple short rows of pines. 3 is where the course gets interesting; it's a mid-long throw with a sharp (120°) dogleg right, trees in the post-dogleg part of the fairway. 4 is open for the first 3/4 of it, then it hooks right with the basket just on the slope down towards a ravine. 5 is a nice double-ravine crossing with a leftward curve, and 6 is a mid-long single ravine crossing. 7 is a short sharp dogleg left. 8 is a mid-short mix of open and wooded, and 9 is another one on the bland side; a mid-long throw through semi-wooded area. (Distances mentioned being relative to mostly wooded technical throws.)
There's a sign helping you get from 7 to 8 that's needed. There's a sign helping you get from 8 to 9 that doesn't always work the way it's supposed to; I keep going the wrong way, even though I've played this course a number of times.
Back 9 update: I'm not going to go hole by hole. The current lack of signs (which will probably be fixed by the time you read this) isn't a problem, as the back 9 flows naturally from one hole to the next, and I didn't have any issues finding the baskets, except for #16. I saw basket #17 in the distance and started aiming for it, only to find #16... 10' up, mounted to a tall tree stump, partially blocked by the (living) remainder of the tree. It's a fun little hole. The new holes are mostly through partially-wooded clearings in the denser woods, but there are also a couple of purely technical holes. A few have nice cross-valley throws, but no other elevation changes.
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Nice course, but needs some work still....
Pros: I like the layout of the holes. Nice use of the woods. The short tees are nice, for the most part, ( I will deal with that more in the "cons" section). The course flows well and gives some challenge.
Cons: Let me start with hole 3. There is a tree around 3 feet directly in front of the tee pad. That tree needs to be removed as it totally impedes the ability to throw any kind of decent drive off of that tee, whether you are left or right-handed. I ended up teeing off from in front of it, after I hit it 3 times in a row. Poor design in my opinion. Not only do you have that tree, but 2 or 3 others that make getting a drive out of there almost a matter of being fortunate.
The short tee on hole 4 points into the brush on the left, instead of following the flow of the hole. Not sure what happened there.
The long tees are really bad. They are either grass (hole 2) or uneven carpet, which is dangerous at times. On hole 3,4,5,6, the lines you are expected to navigate through from the long tees are almost non-existent, or are filled with trees. A wall of trees is not playable, as you will experience on hole 5. Hole 4's line has a big tree right in the middle of your line, less than 20 feet from the pad, and the gaps you are expected to hit are really small.
I don't mind tight lines. However, some of the shots on this course, you have to get really fortunate not to hit the many trees that are in your way. All it would take would be removing a few trees on a few of the holes, and this course would be a lot more fun to play. This course has a lot of potential. There are definitely some needed changes, though.
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Really NEW, Great State Park Nine
Pros: It's always nice to show up at a brand new course and discover that the designers have had some solid experience. They know that you start out with some tight lines (don't cut all the trees yet!), install tees that will draw players in, and lay out the longer tees that will maintain and increase the challenge when the shorter lines open up with time.
Don't judge the Jeremy Lewis Memorial course by looking at only the first hole. It's a simple, flat, short fade (rhbh) through a pretty generous gap, after all. The pine lane hole two may seem obligatory. But when you get to the multi-stage hole three, with its tightly treed tee shot, the landscaped walkway, and then the landing zone turn to the right, through a grove of pretty trees, you'll start to appreciate what lies beyond. Hole four enters the woods with a finish to the right. Hole five's elevated tee aims across a double ravine to a hidden basket to the left. Hole six finishes right, on the rise above the ravine back. Seven is a dastardly, short curl to the left, eight would be an ace run shortie, if not for the guarded 'green', and nine sweeps slightly right through a phalanx of trees that force you to hit a line of your choosing. And they've already marked and cleared the longer, other-angled, long tees throughout.
Large, level concrete tees, new DisCatcher baskets (including a practice target at the start), great wooden signposts with bag holders, and quality state park infrastructure going in all suggest they're doing this one right. Located near plenty of parking at the campground entrance (go into the park on park road 20, turn left on 21, and you'll see the first two baskets on your left), the course runs into the woods and only seems to come near incidental conflict with a horseback riding trail. But the non-playing members of the family have putt putt ball golf, bike rentals, a bmx course, and the rest of the park to enjoy nearby. There's a camp store in the entrance and an outhouse bathroom beside the mini-golf.
Overall, the course is scaled for casual to Recreational players to enjoy a pretty stiff challenge to shoot par, while the longer tees look like they'll maintain the enjoyment factor for Intermediate to Advanced players. The lines of flight are fairly balanced left and right, and elevation does come into play on holes 4 (rollaway beyond the basket), 5 and 6.
Cons: The lack of big bomber holes will likely disappoint guys who need to air it out. The rough is presently as rough as you might expect for a brand new course, and the whole of the first fairway is soft and muddy after a rain. The ravines are steep, and might be in need of steps at some point, to keep folks safe when wet. There aren't signs yet, but it's obvious they're coming soon. The tee pads are recently poured, and some need final grading of the soil around them. Finally: put on some bug spray...the woods holes stay damp, and generate swarms of mosquitoes that will only get bigger and bolder as the summer wears on.
Other Thoughts: The course is already getting some play, as I saw several groups having fun on the day before the Fourth of July. Though it's not likely going to draw in tourney players, the traveling disc golfer now has another fun, casual round available to him in a nice park not too far southwest of Columbus. I look forward to visiting again when the course gets all its upgrades!
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