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Pros: The Earl Thomas Conley (ETC) Riverside Park DG course boasts nine new DGA Mach III baskets and basic tee signage including hole number, distance and par. The course offers bigger arms the opportunity to air it out on holes 1-3, 5, 6 & 9, and will give you a good deal of exercise due to its overall length. Technical players can actually get even on holes 4 & 7 by carefully placing their throws, while the more ambitious venture into the thick rough. There are some really beautiful views of the Ohio River to the right of holes 5 & 6.
Cons: Seven of the nine holes play almost completely flat. There is elevation at the back of the park, and you walk by a nice opportunity to throw off the top of a slope (after hole 5), but they didn't use that feature in the design. They did put one valley hole along a winding, 400 foot section of a 10 foot wide gravel access path, with weeds up to your knees on all sides. The other valley hole is on the finishing ninth, with about a 300 foot carry over a soybean field to a basket more than 375' from the tee. In season, you do NOT want to try disc searching in soybeans!
My biggest issue with the course comes in its massive overall size. You find yourself facing (at LEAST) 400, 700 and 500 foot walks between holes at times (with no 'next tee' indicators). The park is big enough to have easily gone to 18 better holes in the loop you have to traverse. And all but one hole (the 8th) is unreachable for casual to recreational players. The longest hole (the 665' 3rd) plays along essentially a flat, 40-50' wide fairway with soybeans on the left and corn on the right. Beginners who throw only 150-250' under any kind of control just have to hope they can toss several down the middle. Bigger arms better hope they can stay on line, or they'll be spending as much time playing hide and seek as playing disc golf.
The course appears to share access space with a fitness trail (with a station on the left side of the first fairway), and possibly another trail looping counterclockwise around the fields in the park. Users will need to make sure that station is not in use before they throw, and that no one is on the paths on 4 and 7 as well. Oh, I should mention the picnic table under the tree ON the first 'green'. There is an odd mound and ditch lined with barbed wire to the left of the 6th fairway (right about where recreational players might hyzer their drives).
Other Thoughts: There is no easily visible signage in the park directing you to the start of the course, so it would help to bring their map. Park near the large pavilion and go behind it to the right. The course circles the perimeter of the entire park (all the way to the river), and finishes with the 9th basket behind the playground.
There has been a little talk of redesigning before putting in permanent tees, and I hope they do. There's potential here.
Reviewer Background as of this writing: played 274 courses and written 256 reviews, with skills hovering around a 900 rating, I started playing at 50 and am now 55. I don't throw far (300 footers feel like success), but am addicted to DG, and have played with folks ranging from age 7 to 87, so I try to write reviews helpful to all.
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Pros: This is a newer course along the banks of the old basin of the Scioto River and the current banks of the ohio river at Earl Thomas Conley Park. This 9 hole (currently) course essentially plays on rolling hills plains farm land.
The first 3 holes are beautiful. After looking back at this being Red rated, i would agree with most of the pars. Although from a white or blue perspective, almost every hole is a tweener.
This course wide open and mostly flat, which is quite the change of pace for courses in the area. It also makes use of very, very long holes. This is great if you need field practice, not so great if you want to actually play a course. I believe that there will eventually be some trees planted to me know you hit some lines.
The baskets are brand new and beautiful.
Cons: The major cons of this course rely on it not really being a course... but 9 holes worth of field practice. There is maybe 2 holes that require you to hit or choose a line. Most of the holes feel like tweeners... but again might be close for red level.
No pads (hopefully this remains... if the course is redesigned for 18 holes. Pads will need to move a little bit to get out of possible tweener zones).
Danger hole 6- you are expected to place your shot on a 50 foot wide fairway between the ohio river... and barbed wire fence.
Not sure if this will hold true in the long term, but as of right now... you end up walking about 2 miles total to play 9 holes. This is mostly due to the fact that there are about three 1000 foot walks on this course.
Having been placed on old farmland along the ohio... whenever it is muddy... it is super duper muddy... like up to your knees muddy.
Other Thoughts: I believe that this course will get better. As of now, I'm just happy to have a few extra baskets in the ground around here.
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