Bristol Park DGC
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Pros: Very simply laid out course, great for beginners to get to know the game or to practice controlling your drive distance. The course is 90% open, so there's not many obstacles to try to circumvent, which means players can work on fundamentals without hitting a tree every throw. Hole 6 is the easiest ace-able hole, a straight shot of a little over 100'. Players with a little stronger arm have ace opportunities on holes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7 as well. Hole 9 has a short fence ~20' short of the basket that creates a sort of "island green", bit the fence is open at both ends, as well as having an opening in the middle.
Cons: As far as ammenities, the course leaves a lit to be desired. The signage is basic at best, just a plastic sign with the hole number, distance and par with a section of yellow corrugated pipe around the pole. The poles for holes 4 and 9 are currently lying on the ground and the sign for hole 9 is missing. Hole 5's basket currently lies adjacent to a gravel mound covered in tall weeds. A slight relocation of the basket to be between the gravel mounds would still make for a slightly challenging hole, as well as making the basket slightly more accessible. The approach to hole 6 is an easy ~150' straight shot, but pushing the disc a little left or right will land you in thick brush or a corn field, so accuracy and distance control are key.
Other Thoughts: As far as a simple and easy beginners or practice course, Bristol Park isn't bad. If you're looking for more of a challenge, there are other more challenging courses not far from Waverly. There are rumours of using the bottom field that's currently empty to add 9 additional holes. This will at least add something new for the locals to play, and maybe introduce a little additional challenge if laid out properly.
For holes 1-5, and 8 & 9, the course can be made slightly more interesting by playing the ball fields and adjacent yards and fields as OB, which narrows the playable fairway, as well as playing the pathway crossing 5 and running along 6 as an OB river.
There's a large parking lot and usable restroom facilities.
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Play it if you're close ...
Pros: It's there, and there are baskets.
Not busy during the week, especially daytime.
Wide open, good for practicing drives, etc.
Cons: No tee pads.
Minimal signage (though to be honest, it's pretty easy to see the basket.) Only really a factor on #5 and #7.
Basket placement on 5 and 7 are both cons. 5 less so.
Hole 6 and 7 are both cons - not really needed, adds nothing to the course but two sub-par holes (par2?! Really?!)
Other Thoughts: Tried this out on my way home from a doctor's appointment, figuring I'd do a little course bagging. It's bagged, but I doubt I'll play it again unless I've got time to kill in Waverly.
My biggest complaint is holes 6 and 7. They seem pointless. You could have run a fairway from around 5's basket up the path to around 6's tee pad and had a half-way decent hole. Renumber 8 as 7, 9 as 8, then run another hole back closer to the parking lot for #9. Maybe there was a reason they couldn't do that, I don't know, but that was in my mind as I walked back to my car from 9's basket.
SOMEONE put a fence up about 30 feet or so from 9's basket, by the way. My drive was about 30 feet short of the fence, but I can see some bigger arms getting upset about a perfect drive that should be parked, but bounced off the fence and rolled back 20 or 30 feet. Recommend moving the basket a bit closer to make it inside the fence.
I'm glad there's a course in Waverly - it's now the second closest course to my house (third once Black Bear is completed). I just wish it was worth the drive.
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Got a couple of suggestions…
Pros: Waverly, Ohio (just a half hour south of the hilly and wooded courses in Chillicothe) has its own nine hole disc golf course in Bristol Park. It features ten new-ish 18 chain baskets and some older looking, basic (hole number and distance) tee signs, with all the posts wrapped with bright yellow corrugated piping for visibility. They used the spaces around the baseball outfields and two short holes between the woods and the cornfields at the back of the park where a little elevation could come into play. They've said there might be some more holes installed in the future.
Almost all the holes are open for easy beginner play, but there is some non-beginner distance to make them par threes (for the most part) for even Recreational players. Holes 6 & 7 were extreme shorties (ace runs, in fact), but at least asked for some control to stay out of the thick stuff. Dragged my buddy out there, and was pre-apologetic about it, until he threw a pretty little ace on 6 (you want to float a putter in - he's expert with his Comet midrange - so it doesn't float down the slope beyond).
There's plenty of parking right beside the practice basket, and the course loops back there at the finish. Obviously, this park focuses around the eight ball fields and the kids' playground, but it's nice to have a disc golf course in town.
Cons: So far, they've chosen to use the flat, open terrain for seven of the holes, which means no forced line shaping or real challenge, except for ranging the distances needed for your tee shots. If there are games on the fields, you should obviously consider anything passing an outfield fence as OB. It seemed odd that they mow the fields, but leave a few square yards of high stuff around the tee signs. And letting the weedy clump obscuring the fifth basket grow right up into it, is ...odd. The tees are unmarked grass, so you're supposed to throw from somewhere near the signs, I suppose. And there's an unusual fence on the approach to the 9th basket, which fortunately has a gateway. I guess this might actually be a positive, as it becomes a feature you do have to work around, and which could be used to define an 'island green'.
The real frustration for me was being teased with the potential they have at the back of the park to do something really interesting. As you play hole 5 (the odd one with the weed island green), you walk right past a really nice, small shelter overlooking the woods-fringed bowl of land they should be using for the disc golf course. My suggestion would be to immediately pull three or four of the bland holes out front (maybe keep 4, 5 & 8?) and get busy putting in some elevation and woods holes back there, and certainly having a feature 'top of the world' shot right beside that shelter. It wouldn't even add any materials cost: keep it nine holes, but make half of them much more interesting.
Other Thoughts: Like I always say, it's great that somebody put in the effort and expense to build a course. And there will be folks who'll enjoy it as it stands (I added some pictures and a course map for first timers: enjoy!). But, I'd say out of towners like me who are dedicated to the pursuit of course bagging would really appreciate it even more if that teaser land were used!
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Pros: This course could be useful for a new player exploring his range of distance. There are several holes well beyond the distance range of the typical beginner... certainly beyond my own. It may be that usage by the nearby retirement community and adjacent neighborhood were envisioned, and if so the course would be suitably undemanding.
Cons: However... it appears that neither the old folks nor anyone else are using the course much. This is probably because it is very boring, and in some cases ill-conceived. This is mostly due to the resources at hand, namely a flat, empty fringe of grass that skirts a group of ball-fields. The holes have, mostly, an appropriate range of distance, but are without meaningful obstacles of any kind. Aesthetic appeal is also lacking.
More specific are these faults:
Hole 5: The basket is currently among a clump of head-high weeds. While some sort of a challenge is refreshing, putting through grass is likely not the sort of obstacle most would prefer.
Basket 5 to Tee 6: There is no indication of where to go, and 6&7 will be missed by anyone walking the course for the first time. These holes are tucked along the farm path that circles the crop-fields. Go straight (E) and around a right turn after 5 instead of left to #8.
Holes 6&7: 6 is a 158' par 2, according to the sign. While I don't much care about par arguments, the fact remains that the basket could have been easily planted farther down the hill and a sensible hole made of it. As it is, the basket is perched on an overgrown edge of the farm path, and any errant throw to its right will, in summertime, land in a very difficult weedpatch/ravine/sinkholeinwhichlieswhatlooksexactlylikeahumanskullfromadistancebutisactuallysomesortoffiberglassroundthing. If the course was played regularly and these weeds trampled/cut, the hole would be merely silly. As it is, there's no point in even playing it. You'll be furious if you throw into the scrub, and bored if you "par". Hole 7 is similarly a joke. Described as 221' (I think) on the sign, the straight line distance to the hole is probably 100' less. In summer the line is obstructed only by some weeds, but an overhand toss by even the most elementary player will reach the basket.
Other "cons" that I don't personally care about are the lack of tee pads or decent signage, and the large red man in the small orange shorts that watches you as you play past his back yard on holes 1-4. Fancy pads and signs here would be a pearls before swine situation, so I'm not complaining.
Other Thoughts: I have read somewhere that 9 more holes may be coming eventually. If so, the course will get longer, but not better. A big empty field is available, but nothing very interesting can probably be made of it. Certainly it could become "better" as a practice field, according to a "more is better" philosophy. The role of practice field is after all a noble one, and this course could be thought of as genuinely useful if only it weren't so secluded and thus neglected.
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