Newtonsville, OH 
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Uploaded By: sisyphus Hole #4 (Taken 12/2015)
3 / 185ft.   3 / 185ft. Par / Distance:
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2-4    12/29/2015   12/29/2015
Review By: sisyphus
Played: 300  Reviewed: 283  Exp: 6.1 Years
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Pros: Another new course in Clermont County! No matter the intended audience, I always applaud new courses! This nine hole course is geared to casual to recreational players, and boasts nicely mulched tee pads with toe boards, good basic signage showing distance, par, and a hole schematic, and finishes with adequate Instep baskets (single ring of 14 chains, and shallow cages). Mostly flat and open, there won't be too much chance of losing a disc (though the thorns in the rough woods just past many of the greens will have you wanting to keep it under control as you hole out). There are three holes just under 200 feet or so, three in the mid 200's, and three at 300' plus.

Hole by hole: #1 shoots between the tree line on your right (pretty thorny, so stay outta there!), past one pine and the metal walled shelter on your left, and up a slight rise.
#2 parallels the buildings from behind the shelter to the tree line left of the basketball court.
#3 is a longer rhbh hyzer over the basketball court to the tree line, just left, and blind from the tee.
#4 is a short ace run to the center of the baseball field (!?).
#5 angles back to the tree line with one gnarly tree overhanging and about eight feet to the right of the basket.
#6 finishes with a slight down slope, and is reachable for almost everyone.
#7 plays slightly upslope and is the longest hole on the course.
#8 aims to a basket about ten feet left of the baseball field's chain link fence on the 1st base side.
#9, a short walk back to the wood line, plays as a rhbh hyzer around the tree line and finishes at the shelter.
Cons: The crossing fairways (on 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, & 9), nearness of the basketball court, baseball field, and shelter, as well as the next tees within a few steps of the baskets mean an easy, intuitive flow, but could be hazardous with multiple groups playing at one time. I'd never recommend an event out here unless done with careful, mature supervision. Expect to have discs hit the metal siding of the shelter on 1, land on the basketball court on 2, zip over it on 3, cross the baseball field on 4 and 8 (even zip into the first base 'dugout area' on a good shot), and sometimes fly or skip into the shelter on 9. Please, if other park patrons are using these amenities, let's be sure disc golfers are the mature ones, and skip any hole where someone could even conceivably get hit!

Competitive players at even an Intermediate level probably won't see too much challenge here, and there isn't any obstacle or distance here that would force Advanced and Open players to take many third shots on these holes. If they don't shoot 20 or under here, I'm sure they'd be disappointed in themselves.

The Instep baskets were surely affordable, but they are a bare minimum for permanent installation. I had a putt float in the breeze, hit the number plate, and fall in, through the top of the frame (which doesn't count as holed out in pdga competition). I can see great, firm shots cutting through the single ring of 14 chains, and bouncing right out of the shallow cages.

Compliments on the nice installation, and excellent mulch work for the tee boxes, but even in its first few months of existence, the up-sloping 7th tee is beginning to wash away.
Other Thoughts: The creation of courses like this always amaze me: there are obviously groups of folks who love disc golf well enough to help their local town put in a course, but who've not yet plugged in completely with all the area has to offer, in terms of clubs, tournaments, etc. This course, like the one in Owensville (Gauche Park) just sort of sprung up out of nowhere, and little was said about them until they were practically done.

Reviewer Background as of this writing: age 54 w/ 4 yrs experience, rated 900+/-, played 245+ courses in 23 states, 80% w/in 3hr drive of Cincinnati. Thrown with folks rated 600's to 1000's, ages 9 to 85 in events and leagues at all tiers. Seldom drive beyond 300-330, but have a solid up-shot and putting game. I haven't designed any courses, but try to lend a hand (with my severely desk-job limited skill set) when I can.

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