Hamilton, OH 
Millikin Mile Share
Uploaded By: sisyphus Hole #5 (Taken 4/2016)
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A pleasant surprise surprise

1    4/15/2017   4/15/2017
Review By: UFM82
Played: 18  Reviewed: 18  Exp: 7.2 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Well, planned to play this course almost as a time-killer but was surprised to find that it's actually very worthy course for being 1) a municipal park course, and 2) 9 holes. While another 9 are planned the 9 that are there are great with none being a gimme. From the initial 250 footer to the last shot over the bike path (literally) this course plays much bigger than expected. Old growth trees inhabit the course and many are in play, deflecting shots and blocking approaches. Low scrub obscures the baskets depending on your lie and that adds to the fun. This course plays big despite being in a relatively small park. This course is definitely worth a play and I anxiously await the installation of the other 9. Pretty nice.
Cons: It's a city park right in the middle of a neighborhood but it doesn't feel like it. Parking is VERY limited. But go anyway.
Other Thoughts: Only one year old and improvements are coming. Will be even better when done. Looking forward to it. It may be a 4 star course when done...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

If You're In The Area

5+    10/23/2016   10/24/2016
Review By: Jay Dub
Played: 91  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 37.3 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 10 minutes from my house, I have played here often since the baskets were installed. I really like the course. The park is made up of large mature trees that create the fairways with minimal trimming and contains slight elevation changes.

The new concrete tee pads are fantastic. They seem to be 4' by 6' (I didn't measure) with great texture for good footing. #2s tee is flared from back to front to allow for a LHBH or RHBH throw. The park has been well maintained since they installed the baskets about 6 months ago. The park workers recently cleared the fairways by trimming small limbs/bushes in the right places, imo.

The holes are fun to play with a nice mixture of short, long and longer holes thru the mature trees. Three holes in the 220-250 range, a few 300+/- holes and three that are 350+. The hole layout utilizes the slight elevation changes the park offers very well. When it's wet casual water can come into play on a few holes adding to the difficulty. An area in front of 8s basket can get wet and muddy so they placed about 15 pieces of broken up concrete slabs in that area for some nice stepping stones which works very well.

The course is easy to follow with next tee signs on each basket. Fun for all levels.
Cons: Temporary tee signs. They do the job but won't last long thru the winter.

Sometimes you have to wait for a casual walker thru the park. The park has houses on two sides and they are new to having a disc golf course next to them.

Hole #9 throws over the walking path that goes thru the tunnels (see Other). The path is about 15ft below the teeing area and to the right of the fairway. So far this has not caused any problems that I've heard of. But if there is anyone walking on that path golfers should wait until they clear the path before throwing.
Other Thoughts: This park is located in the middle of a neighborhood in the west side of Hamilton, Ohio.

The park is separated by about 1000' feet of Washington Blvd which runs right thru the middle of the park but separated by fencing and grass medians. The 9 hole golf course is located on the east side of the Blvd. On the west side is where the back nine is to be installed in the future.

If you have a young family with you they have a playground next to the golf course or a new water play ground on the other side of the park to keep the young children occupied and happy. They also have a paved path that goes under the Blvd thru tunnels for easy and safe access to the other side.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

Fun and quick

5+    8/18/2016   8/25/2016
Review By: huffoa4874
Played: 7  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 3.1 Years
This review was updated on 10/31/2016
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Overall the course is fun and quick. Millikin Woods is an old park that is seeing new investments that make the park very enjoyable (spraygrounds for kids, new shelters, etc.). The course is currently 9 holes, with a full 18 planned in the future. Its quick to play and has a variety of distances that are difficult enough for an intermediate player. Not too many lost discs in this relatively open course, although the left side of hole 4 can cause trouble. The parks department does a good job keeping it mowed and looking nice.

Favorite holes - Hole 7: has a relatively tight window to hit off the tee to get it over the large valley. Hole 9: throwing over the bike path below. Most go with a hyzer around the trees, but you can hit it dead center in the winter months. Fun way to end the round with a chance at an ace.
Cons: A few of the holes (2, 3, 7, 8) get pretty swampy, but only in the late winter/spring months. Natural tees for the 9 holes are fine. It sounds like these will be upgraded to concrete soon. Temporary signage is really nice, but will need to be upgraded soon.
Other Thoughts: Can't wait for the full 18. I have heard that it is slated for next year.

EDIT: new 5' x 10' concrete tee pads have been installed. Also, the old temp signs have been replaced with newer temp signs. The course is looking nice during these Fall months.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Nine in, nine to come?

5+    4/3/2016   4/3/2016
Review By: sisyphus
Played: 296  Reviewed: 280  Exp: 5.9 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: In a beautiful park just west of Hamilton, Ohio, you'll now find nine new DisCatcher baskets (with 'next tee' arrows), mulched tees, and really good temporary signage, all weaving through mature park trees to create a fun, quick round to challenge the Recreational to Intermediate level player with its distances ranging between 210 and 360 feet. The lines of flight are shaped by the sparse trees, and there is little chance of losing a disc unless you fade hard to the left on the longest holes (4 and 7). There are shots shaping both left and right, and excellent use of the limited elevation (which picks up on holes 7 and 9).

The design is really good, taking advantage of the large eastern half of the park, and is safe, as holes are well separated from each other and the other park activities. Memorable holes certainly include 7, with its sweeping 'valley' crossing line and distance that makes it a challenge for newer players. Hole 9 is a really fun flourish of a finish, with a reachable hyzer shot over the much lower path that traverses below the roadway to the western half of the park (where, it's fairly certain, there will be an additional nine holes added in the near future).

Even in its infancy, the course is very playable, and the trees provide enough challenge to improve the replay factor. The holes have clearly been laid out with the potential to add multiple tees as the course gets 'played in'. There is talk of more permanent tees and of course permanent signage, so this one's only going to get better.
Cons: The lack of elevation on the first six holes leads to some water and mud retention after heavy rains, and even some 'water hazards' on holes 3, 7 and 8. Folks are adding logs for bridging some of the low spots.

The current mulch tees are good, and the signage is really good, but they will both need upgrades.

Be aware that the split roadway is one way only, so you need to do a right, then a u-turn to go back south to 129 after you play.
Other Thoughts: First timers, please see the pics and map uploaded here. Coming into the park northbound on Washington Blvd, pass the railroad tracks, and enter the second parking area by the second small shelter, where you'll see the '1st Tee' sign and progress clockwise (mostly) around the park through hole 7, then cross left to the next clearing for 8, walk north to hole 9 and repeat (until the 'back nine' opens up, when you'll circle under the path). Can't wait!

Reviewer Background as of this writing: played 260 courses and written 242 reviews, with skills hovering around a 900 rating, I started playing at 50 and am turning 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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Beautiful park, tons of potential

5+    10/28/2016   1/5/2016
Review By: onthemile
Played: 77  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 7.2 Years
This review was updated on 10/31/2016
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros:
+ The park itself is great. A classic neighborhood park surrounded by single family homes on all sides. It has large mature trees, playgrounds, walking trails, shelters, and a fair amount of parking.
+ The course offers shots that are challenging but still possible for beginners and intermediate players. This layout will test your ability to hit gaps from various distances.
+ Very few day-ruining hazards. No water, no deep ravines, and thorns are sparse. Great place to learn the game without getting too frustrated.
+ Concrete pads are now in the ground. A real game changer for those who remember the natural tees of yesteryear.
+ The temp signs here are actually better than most of the permanent signs I've seen. Someone spent a lot of time on these.
+ There's also a "next tee" arrow underneath each basket, which really helps for navigation on a brand new course.
+ Hole 1, ace run. You'll always want to empty your bag on this tee. So tempting!
+ Hole 7, signature hole (for now). Beautiful scene looking from the tee box across a small valley with brush on both sides. Easy shot to place, but also easy to slice.
+ Hole 9, cool and creative. Tee off right next to the road and put on a show for the traffic on Washington. The fairway drops about 15-20 ft right after the tee box before slowly climbing back up to the basket, which is protected by a few trees. Even a beginner might hit metal on this one.
Cons:
- Be on the lookout for standing water on holes 3, 7, and 8 after it rains. Nothing that will steal your disc, but enough to get your ankles wet in some places.
- No informational sign or map at the start of the course. But navigation is still pretty easy using the "next tee" signs.
- Needs some new infrastructure in certain places. A small bridge leading to hole 1, a wooden walkway through the swamp on 7, and a set of stairs on hole 9 would help a ton.
- Needs a few trash cans here and there. I hate seeing garbage in a park like this. Please pack out what you pack in.
- Limited parking. This has only been an issue once or twice.
- Just 9 holes! The layout makes it seamless to jump from hole 9 to hole 1 and start a new round, but I can't wait for the full 18. Lots of potential on the west side of the park. Could be a 24 hole layout eventually.
Other Thoughts: Very nice to finally see a permanent course in Hamilton. I might argue that Millikin is the best 9 hole course in the Cincinnati region. This should be a full 18 hole course within the next year, and I'll update my review accordingly as improvements are made.

Edit, May 26: Upgraded rating from 2.5 to 3. This course is a different animal now that I've seen it in the summer! Tees are mulched, ground is bone dry, and the foliage makes all nine holes much tougher.

Edit, Oct 29: Concrete tees and upgraded signs have made a huge difference. Millikin is looking better than she ever has. Hoping to get busy clearing brush for the back 9 this winter...

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.


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