0 Helpful / 1 Not
I like it
Pros: This is a fun course to practice throws, part of the Hamilton county park district so 10 bucks a year, good elevation changes on holes and varying distances
Cons: Without map you are throwing blind, disc goes into woods disc is gone, course gets crowded expect to wait on people and duck
Other Thoughts: I have lost several disc in the woods here
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
My 'home' course
Pros: Relatively scenic, short course for players between beginner and intermediate levels, situated in a great suburban county park just southeast of Cincinnati.
The course plays back along a couple of ridges, away from the ball fields and mini kids' water park, across from a nice nature center and view over the Ohio River.
I really enjoy the three shots around 300' across ravines, with #10 being fairly tight.
Good use of elevation, and generally excellent maintenance of the fairways, though the rough can get thick in the summer (they cut it way back late last fall).
There is a fun factor for less experienced/casual players, which means there are usually witnesses if you manage your first ace here (I haven't got one...yet!).
Cons: More experienced players, and definitely the big arms, won't find much challenge here, so the overall ratings are a little low for what the course deserves. Oh, and par really shouldn't be over 3 for any hole here, even for rec players.
Generally well maintained, but the ravine bridges need some firming up, and the asphalt tee pads are getting a little run-down (sometimes slick in shaded areas). The hillsides near tees #2, #3, and #11 can get pretty muddy and slick in the fall/winter.
Layout does get a little congested, and it can get relatively busy here.
Other Thoughts: Hamilton county park passes are $3/day, but only $10/year with coupons and access to all the parks, including several area DG courses.
Though a beginner, I've played nearly 40 rounds here, plus 30 or so on a dozen other area courses. This is my first review.
Update 4/5/13 (now with about 120 rounds here, and nearly 600 on 101 total courses):
The Lorax didn't save the trees at Woodland Mound. Nearly two dozen trees were cut down this winter (Emerald Ash Borer?), removing many from fairways where they had defined your lines (like on holes 10, 12, 15, 16, 17 & 18), making the Mound and even easier play. This also means that when the course gets crowded with young guys who throw tomahawks on every hole, the odds of getting hit by a high speed driver on a relatively short hole has increased.
Despite the fact that the Park has gone to the trouble of removing the first bridge (on hole 10), and replacing it with backfill over a large drainpipe, I fear that fewer and fewer of the more experienced and helpful DG'ers will want to bother coming here.
In all, I would say Woodland Mound has become an easier course, but because this will also make it more, not less, dangerous, I had to drop my rating by a half point.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 8 Not
A One Discer
Pros: None to share with others or at least help anyone want to play this course
Cons: Lots of confusion on the tees to which basket to throw at. So short you could play this whole course with a putter on pro par and still go negative
Other Thoughts: Not worth the gas money
0 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
not worth the time!
Pros: Not many pros to this small course, other than the fact that there is a disc golf course to play for the kids in the area.
Cons: Course is short, fairways cross each other and baskets are easily confused as to which hole it actually goes to. length of holes are wrong, and the pars are too high.
Other Thoughts: will not be playing this course again because it's simply not challenging enough to enjoy.
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Course offers a great challenge for new to intermediate players. Its location adds to a fun layout of woods and hills. A few holes offer a fun challenge throwing over a creek from one hilltop to another.
Cons: Cages are a bit outdated and some tees are cracked.
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Steady Ed Classic
Pros: Woodland Mounds is located in a very nice park that offers a lot of amenities and some great views of the Ohio River. The course itself is very well maintained with the tees, baskets and fairways kept in good, if dated, condition as well as free of trash and debris. Although the course is short almost every hole offers multiple lines to the basket giving you a chance to practice all of your shots. Again while overall being a short course there are a handful of holes that play over 300 ft and give you a chance to open up a little bit. This is a Steady Ed course which nowadays translates mostly into a great beginner course with lots of ace opportunities. This course has mostly open fairways but offers a couple of nice holes that play over creeks and through gaps in the trees.
Cons: Short. I played all but 3 holes with a putter and was 9 down (all holes as a par three). Every single hole is aceable. Course par itself is a little bit silly. There are par 4's that are under 200 feet. This course was definitely designed for mid 80's era discing. I would suggest disregarding the course pars and playing them all as par 3's. The asphalt tees were in pretty poor shape but you don't need too much of a run up here so that's good. There is a 6 ft asphalt circle around every basket that makes no sense to me at all. I cannot figure out what good this circle is doing other than ripping up DX plastic. If you miss a fifteen foot putt get ready for a notch on your disc. As I was playing disc golf around the Cincinnati area I was surprised to find that this was the only course in the area that I played that had more than two groups on it at the same time. In fact this course was packed. I think there was a group on every single hole all at once with more coming and going all the time. With how closely the holes are laid out (another con) this made for discs being sprayed all over the place. It is very important to keep an eye on your surroundings and where you disc is heading. I did not hear even a single yell of "Fore" the entire time. Navigation is not too difficult after you find the first hole. Since the course is packed you can just follow the group in front of you. This is good since at any given point in time you can see most of the baskets. This is a pay to play course also. It is 2 dollars to enter the park or 5 dollars for an annual pass.
Other Thoughts: I cannot get my head around how crowded this course was. The previous afternoon we played Mt Airy and the place was completely empty. Early in the next morning we played Banklick with two other groups on the course followed by Idlewild that we had all to ourselves. But Woodland Mounds is packed everyday? Very strange. One side note that all though there were plenty of one-discers on this course everybody seemed very nice and having a great time. It was nice to see such enjoyment for disc golf. My friend and I played our round with two local guys that we met there (both one discers, one with a Magic and the other with a Wraith, odd mix) and they were super cool and helpful. Woodland Mounds was a very fun little course to play but with such nice courses elsewhere in the area I think I would head back to them before coming here again. This course seems like a great place to introduce people to disc golf and I hope that it keeps getting people hooked.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Great For Beginners
Pros: The one main thing i like about this course is how easy it is to get around. Where the pins are located the have dirt around it to stop the disc from skipping. There are two bridges here to cross that become very helpful. This is definately not a challenging course at all. I finished well below zero as should everyone who plays this course. The course gets alot of use which can be good but can also be bad. The course is very well taken care of. The lawns are mowed often and the tree limbs are also cut often. It is located in a very nice park with lots of facilities there for ou. Right behind the parking lot they have a very nice overlook of the ohio river, and of the rolling hills of Kentucky. If this isn't a great view of a city then i have no idea what is.
Cons: The asphalt launch pads are not as nice as you would think. I would actually have prefered just plain old dirt over this. It really knocks you off of your game. The baskets were a little bit cheap, you could tell. When you are here try as hard as you can not to go into the woods. These are the thickest woods that i have ever seen. I can guarantee you that if you go deep into the woods you most likely are not coming out. The tee sign is not even noticeable. When i went there on the first hole i didn't even know where to throw, until a man told me where to go. The sign is actually on the ground. Alot of the sign has faded, so it is hard to see what the par is and that sort of stuff. There are baskets located all over the place. You look into an open field and ou can see like five baskets. But many things make up for that.
Other Thoughts: When you come here make sure that it is early in the day. This course gets loaded with people around five or six o'clock. When you look one way a disc is flying at you and then another is coming at you the other way. It is very chaotic when its busy. One thing you need is money. Unfortunately this is a pay to play course. It is only two dollars for a daily pass so its not that bad. Also one main thing that you need while here is bug spray. The flies and the bugs are everywhere. I had many bites the next day. Thats just about all that you need to have a fun day at Woodland Mound.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Not recommended for beginners
Pros: Lots of variety. Each hole is noticably different from the last. Well-kept
Cons: I would not recommend this course for novice players. Many of the holes are so close together that only the straightest shots can keep from crossing into another hole's area or into the dense foliage. The thick woods with small, deep valleys easily conceal miss-thrown discs.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Nostalgic but Easy
Pros: This course was designed by Steady Ed Headrick the Father of Disc Golf. Great place to learn or take your family. Most people play par 3 for every hole. If you are a well seasoned player you can go here to show others how much you rock.
Cons: This course is heavily played. At 3:00pm on a weekday you can count on all of the high school kids. From 5:30pm to Dusk on a weekday you can count on everyone with a 9 to 5 job. There are no shot corridors to create challenge but there are some well placed trees that occasional force a curving throw. I have learned to use my approach putter for most of the holes now.
Other Thoughts: Play this course for aces, because all the distances are reasonable. I've aced about half the holes in my lifetime and had about 5 or 6 that hit chains and bounced out. On a typical trip you will normally hear someone yell on another hole you can't see and can tell that they must have aced or come close. Most people play this course because it just brings back good memories. But If your an advanced player from out of town I don't know that I would go here unless I was doing the Steady Ed Headrick Disc Golf Tour or something like that.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very nicely kept. A good amount of elevation change over creek beds. Nice concrete tee pads. A few blind shots. Mostly short holes a few medium, plenty of ace chances. Most fairways are open but there are plenty of of trees through the course. Fairways are grassy rough is thick wooded areas. There is a nature center by parking where you can get score cards. Weekly doubles event is fun.
Cons: Flow can be a bit confusing and blind shots are very confusing since hole are close together be sure to walk up the fairway the first time you play to see the hole you are shooting for.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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