Vandalia, OH 
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A well thought out beginner nine

2-4    11/5/2016   12/23/2016
Review By: sisyphus
Played: 300  Reviewed: 283  Exp: 6.1 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Though it's only nine holes, and that's all they likely have space for, Helke Park DGC is a really nice new course already suited for players from Casual to Intermediate skill levels. Boasting two level, flush, concrete tees per hole and the best of the best Mach X baskets, the design takes advantage of the woods that remain in the park in a really interesting way to create a variety of challenges.

The first holes play amongst the field of stumps they left when they sadly had to cut many of the ash trees, but they were able to leave enough trees to force lines and ceilings. You have options to shape your shots in either direction here. The fourth is kind of a signature hole, with a huge log 2/3rds of the way to the 'terraced' green, where the basket is slightly raised and encircled by stones. Then, for the back half of the course, they've put in even more work defining fairways through the woods to force control on the relatively short distances required.

Nice tee signage at the long tees, with obvious short tees, and next tee arrows under the cages, mean first timers will find their way around fairly easily (especially with the map you can get on here). The course starts just past the blockhouse (bathrooms/concessions in season?) and horseshoe pits at the corner of the parking lot. I used the practice basket on the way back to the car after 9 as a little extra upshot practice.

The park is obviously packed with all the attractions a community might want, but they were still able to make the disc golf course a separate entity, so playing here should be safe from oblivious non-players. In all, it's an excellent installation of a reasonably fun nine hole course, and a good addition to the area. Might make for a fantastic warm up on your way to Englewood!
Cons: The lack of available elevation limited the challenge, as did the short hole distances. But the dual tees make this a choice for competitive players; go play the longs for a reasonable par three (235' to 430'), or play the shorts as a 'par two' (145' to 200'). The course flow is really well done, with the exception of the walk from 8 to 9, where first timers have to remember they've already played 6. Finally, the practice basket had to be tucked into an unused space between chain link fences, putting it closer to the 4th tee than the 1st.
Other Thoughts: The course is new, but extremely well thought out. Just mentioning here that, playing in its first fall, the leaves cover a lot of the usual 'stumplets', so lift your feet to avoid stubbed toes until they get the chance to grind these down!

Reviewer Background as of this writing: flirting with Intermediate skill levels and grandmaster age, I've now had the pleasure of being able to review 271 courses. Thanks to all who build 'em!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

Nice Technical Gem for North Dayton

2-4    10/11/2016   10/11/2016
Review By: cad77
Played: 135  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 13.5 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: First installation of Mach X baskets in the Dayton area.
Concrete tees are backfilled, level with surrounding ground.
Nice "Next Tee" arrows hanging from the basket bottoms to aid navigation.
Practice basket.
Restrooms, shelter house, plenty of parking.
Cons: Only nine holes, and no room to add more.
Mach X baskets, like all DGA baskets, can be hard to see in the woods.
Other Thoughts: This brand new course was installed after the loss of hundreds of ash trees, and the first thing you notice when approaching the first tee is a huge amount of stumps, varying in height from two to five feet high. I spoke to a park crew that were building forms for the short tees, and they said that they were only planning to remove stumps as they started to rot, which may be quite some time. So, while the first two holes seem pretty open from the loss of the ash trees, low shots will be punished by the stumps.

Make no mistake, there are still plenty of trees on this property to make this a very technical course. The short tees are great for beginning players to learn shot shaping, possibly the best I've seen for that purpose. Most beginner courses leave the trees out, so new players don't really learn how to steer around the wooden things like they should from the start. While there are plenty of trees, there are only three holes with any appreciable rough to speak of, which can be so intimidating for new players. Even these holes (6, 7, & 8) are generous fairways that shouldn't scare new players away.

The long tees are challenging for advanced players, with multiple lines, low canopies, and plenty of stumps to frustrate your ground skips and trick shots. Hole 4 has an interesting green with large boulders surrounding it. Hole 7 is a legitimate par four dogleg left through the most dense part of the woods. A few holes may have room for a pro tee, but this may be wishful thinking, because the course pretty much fills up the allotted space. Still, a fun nine hole warm-up course for Englewood or Westbrook Park.

This course is brand new. Short tees will be poured very soon, and signs will be installed shortly. This course is a great complement to Englewood Metropark, just a few miles away to the west.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

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