6 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: The holes each offer different challenges, not being able to see the basket or going through moderatly to heavily wooded areas. More of a challenge than some of the other courses around Cincinnati.
Cons: The earlier holes aren't bad but in the middle of the course it becomes difficult to navigate through the people that are usually there that aren't playing the game. You can't blame these people though, they just want to enjoy a day out, they can't help that a disc golf course runs through their picnic area. Also some of the tees are hard to find if you are not used to the course.
Other Thoughts: It would be nice if something could be done to help keep people from walking right in the middle of a hole. Again it's not their fault that mor thought didn't go into the planning of the course and picnic areas. Because of this I rarely play the course, and when I do I'm reminded why I stay clear of it.
6 of 15 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun course in Cincy
Pros: The hole layouts are really the reason to play this course. Wonderful variety of elevation and doglegs with enough trees to keep it interesting. This course plays long, probably longer than the yardage makes it seem, because many tee shots are on a slight uphill.
Overall the course is well maintained with garbage cans (buckets) on many tees and benches and water fountains sprinkled throughout. It is also a scenic course and not too crowded.
Cons: A couple of holes (8? in particular) have tight and dense tree shots that sometimes amount to a pitch 'n pray hole.
A few tee signs are missing; there is a post in the ground but no sign on top of it. The signs mark the length, par, and hole layout but not the way to the next tee. This makes a few hard to find (see Other Thoughts for these). There are scorecards available but they do not mark the pars and the lengths differ from those on the sign posts. Thus, a few of the holes the par is uncertain due to the missing signs.
Other Thoughts: To get to the parking lot take a right upon entering the park and then take the left arm at the fork.
Hole 3 is easy to skip if you aren't paying attention. After finishing 2 take the steps down the hill (leading to 3's tee), not the path to the left through the trees (this goes to 4's tee). The next odd one is 12, which requires you to backtrack from 11's standard down the road along 10's fairway. 12's tee is close to the fork in the road. 16 is easy to miss too because you can see 17's tee from 15's basket. 16 is straight behind the basket through the woods.
New in 2009 is a pro shop down the road from the disc golf parking lot (it's by holes 5 and 6). Has a wide selection of discs and is a good place to grab a drink and/or snack for the middle of the round.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 13 Not
A- = Almost As Good As It Gets
Pros: What I personally like and how this course stacks up:
1) Holes with good risk/reward -- A
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities -- B+ (Many holes are too long for my 300-325' arm, making birdies impossible and pars boring.)
3) More wooded than open - lots of variety of shots required caused by hole shape and topography -- A+
4) Natural beauty (Appalachian beauty preferred) and seclusion -- A
5) Bonus amount for multi-shot holes with defined landing zones, good risk/reward and multiple options to play them -- C (one good one, and several tweeners.)
Other Thoughts: It's all about feeding the addiction, so I ranked this course subjectively based on my own "personal addiction factor". The grades above tell how well the course will draw me back to itself again and again and again. Since I have played a decent number of courses (115 18-hole, 50 9-hole as of early 2009), my hope is that players/explorers who have similar addiction tastes will find my ratings list helpful as they choose courses to play and explore.
Over time, I expect to fill some of my reviews in with more descriptive verbiage...if what I can add anything to what has already been written. For now, my list is more important to me than the verbiage of my reviews.
I fully expect others with different tastes/philosophies to disagree with me....that's the fun of things here. See my profile for my rating philosophy.
4 of 17 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Wow. What a great course. There is everything you could want from a course here, including shot type, scenery, difficulty, cool locals and overall enjoyment. The second hole stands out still and I played it several weeks ago. Long, sweeping downhill shot with really nasty woods on right (i know this firsthand...). This is followed up with a narrow uphill/downhill shot to a blind basket. Matter of fact, there are several blind shots on here, but lucky for me I hooked up with 3 brothers that were out and they carted me around (thanks, guys!) and showed me the way. I had enough fun that I shot really badly over par (+10 or something? that part I don't remember clearly...) and still have fond memories of this course.
Cons: The cons for me were that there were a lot of folks walking around and having picnics, etc. One pavilion (hole 12 or so?) was almost right in the fairway. Most of the course, however, is away from the uncool non-DGers. So, not too many cons.
Other Thoughts: I am lucky enough to travel around in 7 states and play a lot of courses now and this started the best two days I've ever had in my DG career: Here, Idlewild and Banklick
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 2 Not
One of the Best
Pros: Very nice course, good variety, and challenging but not impossible. At times it reminds me of a ball golf course in appearance (take hole #2 and #18 for instance). Popular but not too crowded.
Cons: A couple of the holes changed due to some erosion issues. I liked the old holes, but oh well. There are newer holes to replace, they are ok, and just need some time to mature. Navigation is a little tricky a couple of times, just ask somebody though.
Other Thoughts: Mt. Airy is the first upper level course I ever played, and I loved every minute of it. It is hard to believe you are in Cincy- grassy, rolling hills, woods, deer everywhere!
If you are in this area Mt. Airy is a must play. Best Cincy area course north of the Ohio River.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great sweeping vistas,
Challenging hole locations,
Long Driving Distances,
Mixed Difficulty levels,
Lots of wildlife,
Cons: One or two holes are close to a driveway and to avoid them you have to tempt a massive black hole of honeysuckle and tall grass.
Some people don't understand that the area is for disc golf and get angry if you try to play through.
This course is not for beginners, there is too much distance between holes that will tire out the inexperienced.
Other Thoughts: This is an amazing course with a lot of great features, but make sure you are on top of your game before you try to play.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
3rd Best Course in Cincy Area
Pros: Mt. Airy Forest is an excellent disc golf course. Its even mix of long/short and wooded/open holes require players to master all aspects of the game. Also, several holes (#2, #13, and #15 in particular) feature significant elevation changes.
My favorite hole is #2. This is a long, challenging hole which winds down a large hill and bends slightly to the right. Dense woods crowd either side of the broad fairway, and push you to execute a clean drive, and approach. Reaching the chains in three shots is difficult, but attainable. Also, the view from the tee/fairway is picturesque.
Finally, wildlife on the course is abundant. You will frequently see deer and other animals roaming.
Cons: My only gripes with Mt. Airy are minor. Several holes have been moved in the past 2-3 years due to erosion. This may confuse unfamiliar players who have gotten out-of-date maps. cincinnatidiscgolf.com should be updated in the Spring of 2009 with accurate pictures and maps, so check out that site if you plan to play in the near future.
The deer I mentioned in the "Pro's" section leave "droppings" everywhere...watch your step.
Other Thoughts: I titled this review "3rd Best Course in Cincy Area" because I consider Idlewild and Banklick superior to Mt. Airy. However, please don't construe that to mean this is not a good course. Those other two are very tough to live up to. Mt. Airy is my home course. The frequency of which I play it contributes to a sense of familiarity, and drains some of the novelty, but not its quality.
A pro shop is being installed next to holes #5 & #6 in the Spring of 2009, so you should be able to buy discs and refreshments on the course soon!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Worth the Trip
Pros: Top notch course that blends Distance and Obstacles very well. Natural obstacles are used well but OB with paved roads add an additional challenge on many holes. Very Challenging. Some particular high points:
Hole #2 - Lovely tee shot that can get you in trouble if it goes right . Your approach better not hit on it's edge or a long painful roll could be coming.
Hole #4 - A Beauty that combines multiple elevation changes and large well postion pines to protect a pine on an incline. 4 is acceptable - A three and you are happy.
Hole #10 - Long(700') horseshoe shaped hole that is well protected by rough and OB. Play too good placement shots and take your 4 (if lucky). Big arms could get in trouble looking for a 3.
Hole #15 - Tee off by the Shelter and pin on a point behind a clump of trees. Skipping long into the rough can be trouble.
Hole #18 is another left-to-right horseshoe with the tee protected by trees.
Course is setup pretty evenly between forehand/backhand friendly routes. The fairways are fair but errant shots will be punished. Lots of inclines at or near pins to make you be careful with putts.
Very well balanced course - Fun to play!
Cons: They've had to move/modify a couple of holes because of problems with errosion. The new holes don't yet have concrete pads. The rearrangement causes confusion in the numbering of 5 thru 8. Can be sloppy at times - Like most wooded courses.
Other Thoughts: Pros way outweigh the Cons. Lots of elevation changes make for a good workout. Definitely worth the visit!
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 4 Not
Awesome course for Cincy area golfers
Pros: Mt Airy is an excellent course, with shots that will challenge players of all skill levels. Each hole is unique, with only a few standard/simple par 3's. Most of the time you will be dealing with throwing in woods, over steep hills, or extreme doglegs.
This is a challenging course, and accuracy will be rewarded. One some of the harder holes, your drive will be a placement shot just to get in position for a possible 3.
Cons: This course gets some major traffic, and its not uncommon for a round to take nearly 3 hours on a busy day.
Other Thoughts: If not for Idlewild/Banklick, this course would easily be the best option within the greater Cincy area.
This course is heavily populated with deer - don't hit them with your discs!
9 of 13 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 1 Not
One of the best...
Pros: Mt Airy is a fantastic course. It will challange even the best of disc golfers. For me.... par is always hard to attain here. This course has some of the most beautiful holes I have ever played. Number 2 from the tee and number 4 from the upshot instantly come to mind.
The course has good tee pads, tee signs and baskets. The land has great topography for a disc golf course. Not only is it a good course but it's also an invigorating hike as well. This course is easy to navigate for the most part. You will have a chance to use every shot in your bag. Big arms will have a bit of an advantage here but they will be kept honest in most cases because the shots are not all open.
There are restrooms here as well.
Cons: Unfortunately a couple of my favorite holes (7 and 8) were recently removed because of erosion. The replacements are renstalled after hole number 4 (behind the white building). They do not have concrete tee pads and tee signs yet and the other holes still needed to be renumbered. Also... one of the replacement holes is a little bit of a disapointment. It's a must deuce turnover shot (for the righty). But the hole after it makes up for it's relative ease by being very very hard.
Other Thoughts: If you're in Cincinnati this is a must play course.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful.
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