New Course , Great Design
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Okay , this is the first course in Columbus where I automatically gave it a 3.5 on course design alone . I drove over from Area 51 to here , the newest of the Columbus area courses , and also an automatic must-play for southwest Columbusans just south of I-270 . FYI ; when driving in to find the course , go in the 2nd entrance ,( the main entrance ) and remember to make 3 right turns during your long drive in . You will arrive at a small lengthwise parking lot unsure if you are in the right spot or not . Better save some time and either ask someone ,or park and walk forward through and out of the lot to a basket you will eventually see and the tee pad to it on your left of the walking path . This will be one of the only times that you could come into contact with non disc players . You will make a left from the basket into some woods for hole 2 , a short 228' tunnel shot with brush and a small tree designed to make you pay for inaccuracy . #3 is the first of your top of the world shots . You can't really go check the topography of this hole ahead of time , so you will have to take my word for it . Throw a rock or approach disc downward slightly right to left off the narrow pass on the hill . The basket sits on kind of an inlet with water the length of the fairway on the right , and a big pond that is hidden from your sight on the left and behind the basket .I would have named this my signature hole if it had not swallowed up my Beast driver . The reason you will not be able to go down and see where the danger lurks is because you have to let yourself down the hill by rope . I still have a blister over a week later because of this . After this hole , you walk to your left and throw short to a basket that is hidden and protected by the same pond from 3 the guards the right of the basket and fir and regular trees that protect the . left side . Then the course pulls you up part of the hill to another elevated shot that will send you to the lower section of the course and force you back up the hill to a tight narrow shot uphill . Great basket placement ! Many of these holes are not the longest in Columbus , but are among the most unique . Holes that take you from top of the world drives almost 400' to back up the hill into narrow gaps into tight greens . The course designer spared nothing in the way of elevation . My signature hole would be #11 , a tee sitting sideways on the hill with either a safe hyzer left to right downward , avoiding most of the blocking trees , or the risky straight shot that eventually drops right to left . After your hopefully well placed drive , you have to shoot a narrow upwards approach that will drop straight down over the hill to the basket which is protected by a jail of several small trees . This is the longest hole at 418' . Another good hole is #12 , which is a downhill throw through a tight alley , spins a hard left into a tight fairway to an uphill basket . Better have a spotter for this one . The course eventually pops back out to the main low area for several remaining holes that have baskets on hills , baskets protected by bushes , etc . #17 stands out in my mind as a fairly long throw to a base of a small hill protects by bushes all around it , then go back down and tee off again toward this hill where your drive hopefully sits somewhere on this steep hill between the base and the top , where you missed all of the brush on either side . This final basket sits at the top of the steep hill and force you to use a rope to climb to the top to finish your round . The course enjoyment gauge is way up on this course .Dependable but short cement tees. Fantastic tee signs . Great visible green Mach baskets You will play holes that you never see in this area . I will surely play this course again very soon .
Cons: Bearing in mind that this course is brand new , I still have to point out the cons . #1. The rope . With the elevation being such a great plus on this course , attention should have been made to how players can get down #3 and up #18 specifically , but not solely . PLEASE CONSIDER INSTALLING STEPS ON THESE !!! #2 . After some rain , this course could be hard to navigate . Lots of spots and hillsides could become muddy fast . #3. No trash receptacles ,no benches , and course can become a little confusing with several baskets visible in the valley .#4 maybe some course cleanup with excess brush , like the mess on #12 . #5.Even though the signage is A+ , the navigation can be taxing for first timers . A necessity would be someone from Metro to put an informative online map here .Maybe some Next tee signs or tape to show where to go . Also some Disc Golf Course Signs directing you to the course itself . The park will have to watch the parking lot carefully , because the small spot they currently have could be outgrown by the course they installed .
Other Thoughts: I'm sure the cons I wrote down will be corrected , since the course is in it's infancy stages . Regardless of what I put down , this will soon be THE course to visit in Columbus aside from maybe Brent Hambrick ( or maybe not ) . This is a FOR SURE PLAY when in Columbus and will be a destination course soon . It may not play long , but it plays incredibly enjoyable . I don't want to fist bump or high five the person that made this course possible , I want to buy him some beer !!!
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Rough but decent
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: * Mixes up distances and appearances of throws
* Elevation and water in play
* High-vis baskets
* Decent but not amazing signage. The course is farily easy to get around; I only had one point where I had to backtrack.
* Concrete tees
* The repelling ropes to get down #3 and up #18 give the course a certain flair. This is both a positive and a negative.
Cons: * Seriously needs landscaping. Scruffy appearance, and you may trip once or twice over rocks or low-cut tree trunks.
* Tees are short and small
* The baskets aren't numbered. This isn't a major problem (the course has a reasonably obvious layout), but there were a couple times I had to check twice to make sure I knew where I was throwing.
* Road noise in spots; part of it is near a major throughfare.
* Some areas of rough are overgrown enough to make disc-hunting a pain
* Until they put in a few sets of stairs, getting down #3 or up #18 requires use of a repelling rope (provided), unless you want to risk a nasty fall down a hill
Other Thoughts: Based on some of the other reviews here, I went in with high hopes. The course didn't live up to my hopes, but I wasn't disappointed by going, either.
The course is set at the back part of a large park with some activities, but a lot of wetlands reserve areas. The part with the course looks like it was a dumping ground for rocks over the years, and a few other things (there's a car frame with tires, but nothing else, by one of the holes). It's nice that they're finding a constructive use for the area, but the large number of rocks poking up mean that grass is nearly impossible to grow, and most of the trees in the area are short and scrubby. I tripped over a couple roots from where they cut trees down but didn't fully clear out the stumps. Hopefully, that will clear up over the years, but given the number of rocks, I'm not expecting any nice lawn-type grass growing on the course ever.
The baskets are real nice, high-vis coating on both the rim and the basket. Tee pads are big enough for most people, but not for anyone who wants a good run-up on their drive. Some of the tees aren't flush with the ground, so be careful if you have a big follow-through with your drives.
The course itself... I want to like it. I really do. I like the way they mixed technical with distance throws, elevated with flat, and varied enough from hole to hole in both distance and appearance that I rarely thought that I had just seen that hole before, hadn't I? until near the end, when there comes a number of distance throws through the scrub in a row.
There are some unique holes (#3 and #5 have been mentioned elsewhere, and I'll add in #7, a decently long throw that combines technical, distance, and a bit of elevation all in one package, with multiple possible throwing lanes), and if I got tired of the number of long, straight throws with stubby trees scattered at random toward the end, that's a personal preference (I'm a technical thrower more than distance) than a flaw in the course.
I wish I liked the course more, and I'm having troubles figuring out why I don't. I have two guesses: first, a few of the holes seemed like they were designed simply to be difficult, rather than fun. Second, I think that the scrubby nature of the place got to me. I know this sounds silly, maybe even petty, but graceful distance throws over nicely cared-for lawn have a certain beauty to them. Long throws over rocks and weeds...less so.
That doesn't mean this is a bad course. I did give it a better-than-three rating for a reason. And it has a few really cool holes. This course will be a welcome addition to the rotation of anyone who plays Columbus regularly. And it's not a bad course to hit if you're in the area--probably the best in Columbus, definitely the best on the south side of the city. But it's not worth heading out of your way to get to.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Great new addition to Central Ohio
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Easy to navigate
-Challenging for all skill levels
-All shots required
Cons: -Rough is thick in some areas, but this is expected with a new course.
Other Thoughts: Disregard the one star wonder reviewer who clearly has no idea of the work involved to design and install a disc golf course. Scioto Grove will test your backhand, forehand, and overhand, and it reminds me of a bit of an Eagles Nest and Buck Creek hybrid. Uphill shots, downhill shots, dogleg holes, and water hazards provide an exciting and challenging round, and this course will only get better with traffic and continued hard work from those who donated their spare time and free labor so that others can trash it with an unwarranted low rating.
The signature hole 3 is indeed surrounded by water, and requires accuracy off the tee. Want to know how I solved it? I parked it with a backhand and banged out a birdie. Boom.
Check this course out for a nice new addition to Central Ohio. Just don't invite that last guy, because nobody wants to play with that guy.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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