denny ritner

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799 DGCR Number
Austin, TX Location
denny ritner Real Name
45 Age
16.7 Years Years Playing
15497 PDGA Number
933 Player Rating
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4/27/2008 Joined On
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My reviews are written primarily for the traveling, experienced disc golfer. I think DCR is a fantastic resource that I use when traveling and deciding where to play. I hope that my reviews are a helpful addition to the site.

I have designed and constructed several disc golf courses, spending over a thousand hours in the process. I know how it feels to recent less-than-glowing feedback on my work. I respect the hard work that all designers have spent and do not wish to step on anyone's toes with my reviews. Having said that, I take my role as a reviewer seriously and attempt to make the best, unbiased assessments of courses and cannot sugar-coat things. I tend to give lower ratings on most courses than the course average.

I view safety in course design very seriously, probably more so than most reviewers. I am also very critical of courses with less-than-intuitive routing and insufficient directional signage. It's especially unnerving when it takes 20 minutes to find the first tee once arriving at the destination. It's nice to arrive at a new course and play with locals, but it sucks when the course cannot be navigated without their assistance. In that vein, multiple basket locations are great for locals, but very frustrating for visitors when it cannot be readily discerned from the tee signs which position a basket is in. Likewise, it's frustrating when many holes are blind, requiring walking up the fairway.

Aesthetics matter, including natural beauty and maintenance. A mediocre design on an amazing piece of property will likely receive a higher rating than a perfect design on a crappy piece of property. Benches, trash cans, bathrooms, and drinking water on the course matter. I do not give bonus points for more than one course at a single location. I do subtract .5 for courses with less than 18 holes. I do not give bonus points for more than 18 holes. In fact, I feel that good courses with 19-26 holes could likely be great 18 hole courses.

In terms of challenge, multiple tees are essential for most courses. I look for each set of tees to be designed for a particular skill level, corresponding with the PDGA skill color guidelines. I prefer courses that are well balanced in terms of power and technical requirements; I hate wide-open holes. Courses that have par 4's and par 5's are superior to those with all par 3's. I value shot choices and required course management highly in assigning a rating. For a course to be great, it must provide a complete test of disc golf at least for the blue level player. I value "beginner" courses and will write about their strengths as such, but the best such course would likely receive a 2.5 rating. If you google the best 100 golf courses in the world, no list would contain "Joe's Par 3 Course".

Blah, blah, blah . . . what, you're still reading? . . . go practice your putting!
Favorite Courses (22)
Played Courses (161)
United States
Florida
Live Oak, FL Magnolia DGC
1 Course(s)
Georgia
Maryland
Gaithersburg, MD Seneca Creek State Park
1 Course(s)
Michigan
Boyne Falls, MI Boyne Mountain
Northville, MI Cass Benton Hills DGC
Climax, MI Cold Brook Park
Traverse City, MI Hickory Hills
Milford, MI Kensington Metro Park
Milford, MI Kensington Toboggan
9 Course(s)
Missouri
Kansas City, MO Water Works Park
1 Course(s)
North Carolina
Charlotte, NC Nevin Park DGC
1 Course(s)
Ohio
Cincinnati, OH Mt. Airy Forest
1 Course(s)
Tennessee
Nashville, TN Cedar Hill Park
1 Course(s)
Texas
Course Wish List (84)
United States
Alabama
Hamilton, AL Aggieland DGC
1 Course(s)
Arizona
Flagstaff, AZ Arizona Snowbowl
1 Course(s)
Arkansas
1 Course(s)
California
Santa Cruz, CA DeLaveaga Park
San Francisco, CA Golden Gate Park DGC
Markleeville, CA Turtle Rock Park
7 Course(s)
Delaware
Newark, DE Iron Hill
1 Course(s)
Florida
1 Course(s)
Georgia
Columbus, GA Flat Rock Park DGC
Waverly, GA Honey Creek DGC
Grovetown, GA Patriot's Park
Augusta, GA Pendleton King Park
Dallas, GA White Oak Park
7 Course(s)
Illinois
1 Course(s)
Iowa
Johnston (Des Moines), IA Walnut Ridge
Davenport, IA West Lake Park
Urbana, IA Wildcat Bluff
3 Course(s)
Kentucky
Louisville, KY Charlie Vettiner Park
Elizabethtown, KY Freeman Lake Park
Brownsville, KY Holler In The Hills
3 Course(s)
Maine
1 Course(s)
Massachusetts
Leicester, MA Maple Hill DGC
1 Course(s)
Michigan
Wayland, MI BlueGill DGC
Ann Arbor, MI BRATS
Holly, MI Holly Woods DGC
Kalamazoo, MI Oshtemo Township Park
Ypsilanti, MI The Ponds at Lakeshore
7 Course(s)
Minnesota
St. Paul (South St. Paul), MN Kaposia Park
1 Course(s)
Missouri
Kansas City, MO Blue Valley Park
St. Louis (Mehlville), MO Jefferson Barracks
St. Louis (Florissant), MO Sioux Passage - Original
3 Course(s)
Nebraska
Omaha, NE Hummel Park
1 Course(s)
New Mexico
Rociada, NM Pendaries Village DGC
1 Course(s)
New York
1 Course(s)
North Carolina
Jefferson, NC Ashe County Park
Huntersville, NC Bradford Park
Wilmington, NC Castle Hayne Park
Charlotte, NC Renaissance Park
Linville, NC Sugaree
Durham, NC Valley Springs Park
Pinehurst, NC Village of Pinehurst DGC
8 Course(s)
Ohio
Dover, OH Deis Hill Park
1 Course(s)
Oregon
Lebanon, OR Camp Tadmor
Roseburg, OR Whistler's Bend
4 Course(s)
Pennsylvania
Spring City, PA Camp Sankanac DGC
Whitehall, PA Jordan Creek
Quakertown, PA Nockamixon State Park
Philadelphia, PA Sedgley Woods
Newtown, PA Tyler State Park
Greencastle, PA Whispering Falls DGC
7 Course(s)
South Carolina
Easley, SC Foothills DGC
Newberry, SC Stoney Hill
2 Course(s)
Tennessee
Millington, TN Bud Hill - Original
Fall Branch, TN Harmon Hills
Chattanooga, TN The Sinks
Kingsport, TN Warriors Path State Park
4 Course(s)
Texas
Duncanville, TX Crossroads of Life DGC
Rockwall, TX Harry Myers DGC
Austin, TX MetCenter DGC
4 Course(s)
Utah
Salt Lake City, UT Creekside Park
1 Course(s)
Virginia
Williamsburg, VA New Quarter Park
Spotsylvania, VA The Blockhouse - Darkside
Spotsylvania, VA The Blockhouse - Sunnyside
Spotsylvania, VA The Blockhouse - Tiki Course
5 Course(s)
Washington
Shelton, WA Shelton Springs DGC
2 Course(s)
West Virginia
Paw Paw, WV The Woodshed
Paw Paw, WV Whippin' Post
2 Course(s)
Wisconsin
1 Course(s)
Canada
British Columbia
Kamloops, BC Rose Hill - West
1 Course(s)
United States
California
Berkeley, CA   Aquatic Park
1 Course(s)
Colorado
La Porte, CO   Cache La Poudre Jr. High DGC
Federal Heights (Denver), CO   Camenisch Park - Badlands DGC
Fort Collins, CO   Edora Park - Old Layout
Fort Collins, CO   Heritage DGC
Golden, CO   Mines Park DGC
Windsor, CO   Oxbow DGC
7 Course(s)
Florida
Tampa, FL   22nd St. Park DGC
Orlando, FL   Airport Lakes Park
Hialeah, FL   Amelia Earhart Park
Orlando, FL   Avalon Park
Venice, FL   Bird Bay Golf Course
Bonita Springs, FL   Bonita Springs Recreation Center
Clearwater, FL   Cliff Stephens Park
Plant City, FL   Edward Medard Park
Cocoa, FL   F. Burton Smith Park
Floral City, FL   Floral Park
Jacksonville, FL   Fore Palms DGC
Orlando, FL   Gordon Barnett Park - North
Safety Harbor, FL   Gregg Paas Memorial DGC
Dunedin, FL   Hammock Park
Holly Hill, FL   Hollyland Park
Miami (Kendall), FL   Kendall Indian Hammocks Park - East
Miami, FL   Kennedy Park
Sarasota, FL   Lakeview Park
Brandon, FL   Limona DGC
Lutz, FL   Lutz Executive DGC
Live Oak, FL   Magnolia DGC
Elkton, FL   Moccasin Creek DGC
North Port Charlotte, FL   North Charlotte Regional Park - Old Layout
Sarasota, FL   North Water Tower Park
Gainesville, FL   Northside Park
Ocala, FL   Ocala Greenway DGC
Palm Beach Gardens, FL PGA National Park
Venice, FL   Pinebrook DGC
South Daytona, FL   Reed Canal Park DGC
Largo, FL   Taylor Park
Ocala, FL   The Preserve @ Pine Oaks
Brooksville, FL   The Quarry Golf Course
Crystal River, FL   The Red Hawk
Ft. Lauderdale, FL   Tradewinds Park
Gainesville, FL   Trilogy School DGC
Tampa, FL   USF Riverfront Park
Inverness, FL   Whispering Pines DGC
Melbourne, FL   Wickham Park
Hudson, FL   Word of Life Camp DGC
49 Course(s)
Georgia
Valdosta, GA   Freedom Park
Appling, GA   IDGC - Jim Warner Memorial
Fayetteville, GA   McCurry Park
5 Course(s)
Kansas
Kansas City, KS   Rosedale Park - Down Under
Kansas City, KS Rosedale Park - Top
2 Course(s)
Kentucky
Bowling Green, KY   Ephram White Park
Bowling Green, KY Hobson Grove Park
Burlington, KY   Idlewild
Bowling Green, KY   Kereiakes Park
Independence, KY Lincoln Ridge Park
Bowling Green, KY   Lover's Lane Park
7 Course(s)
Louisiana
Lafayette, LA   Acadiana Park - Ace Run
Lafayette, LA   Acadiana Park - Duzee
Shreveport, LA Clyde Fant DGC
Shreveport, LA Ford Park
4 Course(s)
Maryland
Gaithersburg, MD Seneca Creek State Park
1 Course(s)
Michigan
Clarkston, MI   Bay Court Park
Boyne Falls, MI   Boyne Mountain
Ann Arbor, MI Brown Park
Northville, MI Cass Benton Hills DGC
Midland, MI Chippewa Banks
Auburn Hills, MI   Civic Center Park
Climax, MI Cold Brook Park
Grand Rapids, MI Earl W. Brewer Park - Blue
Grand Rapids, MI Earl W. Brewer Park - Gold
Grand Rapids, MI Earl W. Brewer Park - Red
Grand Rapids, MI Earl W. Brewer Park - White
Troy, MI   Firefighters Park
Lansing, MI Grand Woods Park
Traverse City, MI Hickory Hills
Grand Rapids, MI Johnson Park
Milford, MI Kensington Metro Park
Milford, MI Kensington Toboggan
Traverse City, MI Northwestern Michigan College
Troy, MI Raintree Park
Utica, MI River Bends
Oxford, MI Seymour Lake Park
Royal Oak, MI Starr-Jaycee Park
Royal Oak, MI Wagner Park
New Boston, MI   Willow Metropark
32 Course(s)
Missouri
Kansas City, MO Swope Park
Kansas City, MO Water Works Park
2 Course(s)
North Carolina
Charlotte, NC   Eastway Park
Charlotte, NC   Hornets Nest Park
Charlotte, NC   Kilborne TPC
Charlotte, NC   Nevin Park DGC
Charlotte, NC   Renaissance Park
Charlotte, NC   Sugaw Creek Park
6 Course(s)
Ohio
Tiffin, OH   Hedges Boyer Park DGC
Cincinnati, OH   Mt. Airy Forest
4 Course(s)
South Carolina
Columbia, SC Earlewood Park
Rock Hill, SC Winthrop Gold Course
2 Course(s)
Tennessee
Nashville, TN   Cedar Hill Park
Hendersonville, TN Sanders Ferry Park
Nashville, TN Seven Oaks Park
Nashville, TN Two Rivers Park
4 Course(s)
Texas
Lago Vista, TX   Arrowhead Point
Austin, TX   Austin Ridge Bible Church
Austin, TX   Bartholomew Park
Leander, TX   Benbrook Park DGC
Round Rock, TX   Brushy Creek MUD DGC
Cedar Park, TX   Brushy Creek Sports Park DGC
Wimberley, TX   Circle R - Circ Hill DGC
Wimberley, TX   Circle R - Rolling Meadow DGC
Manor, TX   East Metro Park
Live Oak, TX Live Oak City Park
Lubbock, TX   Mackenzie Park
Austin, TX   MetCenter DGC
Pflugerville, TX   North Town
Round Rock, TX   Old Settlers' Park
Austin, TX Pease Park
Georgetown, TX   Rivery Park
Austin, TX   Roy G. Guerrero DGC
Georgetown, TX San Gabriel Park
Austin, TX   Searight Park
Talco, TX   Selah Ranch - Creekside
Kyle, TX   Steeplechase Park DGC
Dripping Springs, TX   Twin Parks Country Club - Parkshire
San Marcos, TX TxState Campus West Park
Austin (Wells Branch), TX   Wells Branch Park
Austin (Wells Branch), TX Wells Branch Park - Old Layout
Austin (Wells Branch), TX   Wells Branch Park - Old Layout II
Marble Falls, TX   Westside Park DGC
Leander, TX   Williamson County DGC
Austin, TX   Zilker Park
35 Course(s)