Devou Park Golf &Tennis
|Blue M: 67.1/117 W: 72.1/129||345||347||348||533||372||393||165||385||401||3289||174||363||421||310||346||342||394||156||339||2845||6134|
|White M: 65.4/114 W: 70.2/126||334||325||334||523||340||353||134||333||377||3053||140||332||399||288||335||332||369||139||322||2656||5709|
|Gold M: 63.4/106 W: 67.1/118||326||310||323||418||313||308||117||308||255||2678||133||260||210||282||210||282||312||93||300||2082||4760|
|Red M: 60.7/90 W: 62.7/107||289||197||224||347||224||262||97||245||238||2123||100||236||195||247||185||241||286||78||290||1858||3981|
Food & BeverageBar, Grill
Available FacilitiesClubhouse, Lounge, Banquet Facilities
No one out monitoring pace of play. One group holding up at least two groups behind them. Skipped #9 to get in front of them. Other groups we came across switched to the back nine because pace was so bad.
A great day on the course
My wife and I played a round at Devou recently, and really enjoyed it. The course is probably the most up-and-down layout I have ever seen, so lots of interesting angles to deal with. It was beautiful, and certainly some holes were very challenging. Overall a very good experience.
The course is in rough shape at the moment. It is April and I understand. The grass is still brown, some of the tee boxes are mole ridden, and hole 11 is still unfinished. The staff members are friendly, the clubhouse is immaculate, and the carts are newer. The course is just really rough.
Not What it Used to Be
My buddies and I used to view Devou and one of the nicer public courses available to the Cincinnati/N. Kentucky area, but it has gone downhill pretty dramatically in the past couple years. The fairways and tee boxes are super patchy. Some tee boxes are 90% dirt and sand. Greens are normally okay, unfortunately they had just been aerated prior to our round, and while I understand that is a necessary evil of grounds maintenance, the fact that there was no mention of these conditions when we booked our tee time or when we checked in seems questionable. Additionally, there was no mention (this year or last) of the fact that Hole 11, which has been under construction for the last year, has no green and just end in a water-filled hole with a flag in the middle of some long grass. Any one of these things would've been unfortunate, all of these things together led to our group unanimously deciding that we wouldn't be returning to Devou. It's just not worth the price anymore, and it's clear that management has stopped trying.
Course under construction
Greens newly aerated 4/3/22. No grass in the fairways. One hole has a pin in the fairway. Not worth the money/time to play here right now.
Decent Muni Course
1- Pace of Play: Excellent. Tee time was 1030 hrs Monday, Starter got me out at 1000 hrs. Pace on front was fantastic, no one front, no one behind. Pace slowed on back when I caught up to a 4some (high-handicappers) around hole 11. I asked a single behind me to join and after a couple holes the 4some let us play through. All and all, it was a 3.5hr round and that deserves an Excellent rating no matter where played. 2- Course Conditions: Average. Fairways were thin, probably due to the time of year. Bunkers, not a rake to be seen, fortunately not an issue for me this day. Divot Sand, not bottle on the cart or course. Some rough areas were not uniform. Cart paths were a little rough in some spots and you need to be cautious on the frequent elevation changes. Staff Friendliness: Excellent. Well above average from the Starter to the Pro-Shop and Maintenance Staff. Value for the Money: Good. Course Layout: Good. I played from the Whites. Basically all par 4's were drive/wedge. Nice track, but basically straight shooting. No real doglegs that would provide a more challenging drive/second shot. Fairways on the back are narrower so there aren't too many holes where you can "grip and rip it" like you can on the front, at least not for me. Greens were rolling maybe a 9, and like most mini's there were many unrepaired ball marks. I fixed at least a half dozen on each green and I could've done more. Great views of the Cincinnati Skyline on 3 green, definitely the spot for a group picture. Course Amenities: Average. No range. Tiny practice putting area. I did not grab a bite at the turn, but the clubhouse appearance is well above average and fitting for a few beers and conversation after a round.. I'm a 10 GHIN who's played maybe 10 times over the past year, but still managed to bang out an 82. I was happy. I got the round from a GolfNow Hot Deal. I just moved into the area and I'm looking forward to trying other courses, but I will definitely return to Devou.
Devou is a Cincinnati classic. The hilly landscape makes for some tight fairways, forcing you to step up your iron game.
Good Golf, Crazy Happenings
After finding out my error in reserving the tee time, the gentleman at the pro shop worked out a satisfactory solution. We also had our cart die, but nice gentlemen rescued us. They brought a new cart for us and helped transfer our equipment. Last but not least, two workers were measuring the cart paths for new surfacing. We were in the way and they got stuck. No bad reactions. Now for the golf, it was a great day and the greens were in great shape for the time of year.
Lied to me
It was raining this morning so I called them an hour before my teatime to ask them if they would be open even though it was raining. They assured me they were open, then went over there to find out that they were closing because of the rain. Total waste of a morning.