0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Decent challenge,good mix of hazards,open fields,long and short pads,beautiful scenery,especially at sun set
Cons: The course is weathered and a few signs are missing,u might need a local to navigate some of the course
Other Thoughts: This is my home town course and i play it a few times a week,im a member of 2 great clubs that have lots of club events here and the locals have made me feel like family since i moved here on jan 1 2012
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Good Local Course
Pros: Good for beginners, without being wide open and too short.
Locals for the most part seem inviting and friendly.
With the exception of hole(s) 14-15, the flow is pretty good.
Cons: Vandals destroyed all but a few signs.
Tee pads are nice, but potential hazards if you get to the edge/ fall off.
Other Thoughts: I am pretty certain the only maintenance that happens here is by dedicated locals. This place seems to be "forgotten" by the city/county. From what I understand, there is no possibility for any kind of improvement here due to "local natives' claiming some form of pre-ownership. Shame really, this course has great potential with some work.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Well designed course with multiple tee pads and pin placements. Some elevation changes. Clear fairways with a few trees thrown in for good measure. Next to the river with restrooms and such. Easy to find right off the highway. Good course to play when passing through the Tri-Cities.
Cons: Vandals have made it difficult when first starting out on the course as they have destroyed signage. Terrain can be rough in a coupe areas and the region can be HOT in summer months and don't forget about the wind. It can be brutal here as well.
Other Thoughts: The city needs to do something about the maintenance on this course...
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun Course Rude Locals
Pros: Fun course with lots of alternate basket locations and variety of terrain and distances. Great use of the natural hazards to make the fairway a challenge to navigate.
Cons: No maps or signs or directions on the walkouts. If you try this course without pre-printing a map or playing a bunch of times you will get out of sequence.
Other Thoughts: This is the first course I've played in years where I ran into belligerent locals. To be fair, I did not have a map and got out of sequence and ended up a throwing behind them while they were trying to play for skins. But was basically told to quit pressing them and go skip to the back nine and get out of their way.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This was an awesome course. I was just passing through Kennewick and stopped to play. After searching around for five minutes to find tee 2, the course picked up. The hole placements were extremely nice. When we got the feel of the course the awesomeness of the layout came alive. Hole 6 was very nice, and if played well is a great birdie hole. From 7-10 the holes are tight and are challenging but still doable. 14 was extreme. The elevation of the tee box is huge and drops to the hole. 15-18 are fairly simple, but the layout and design is very scenic. I play ball golf on occasion and this course was just as beautiful. Well done Columbia Park.
Cons: The signage was ruined on quite a few holes making navigation hard. The map was adequate but could be simpler and easier to read. There were alternate basket placements with the baskets still in them, so knowing which hole we were throwing to was tough. But really not much to complain about.
Other Thoughts: Very nice course. Will play it again at first chance I get. If you have a lot of time, play all alternates as well making the course 25+ holes. Great course!!!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Enjoying this course
Pros: First off I'm new to the sport...
I like a lot of things about this course. There is wide open long baskets to work on your long game and there is baskets that have lots of trees to deal with. The two creeks make you work too on the few baskets that go by them. The wind that is in this area can be a killer to your game when it whips up. If you come in the summer the sun will put a beating on you so play in the early morning or late evening. Bring water!!! I'm getting better every game because of how this course pushes me.
Cons: I'd agree that the city needs to put a little money into the course. Clean up a few things and paint arrows on the tees pointing out the hole that your going to throw at would be a huge help. Also a web page that you can down load a map would help out in a big way.
Other Thoughts: Over all I'd highly recommend visitors playing this course. Fun and safe place to play yet you still have a feeling of being out in the sticks at times. Too bad that the photos only show a fall time of year. It is so much nicer looking then in the photos!
On #14 we use a "spotter" system. Due to how this basket is you have to throw through & above a tree line and 30ft above the fairway. Then dogleg to the right. Very easy to loose a disk in the heavy trees. So we put a man down range who spots where the other players discs go. Then the spotter gets to chuck his. One last thought.... There is no way that #5 can be a par 3. Wow what a ugly run to hit in 3 with a bunch of very large trees that all hang very low playing gate keeper to the final approach to the bucket. My best on #5 so far is 4 (it goes down hill fast from there and I don't want to talk about it)
One last comment from me. From what I understand (and I might be wrong here) the land is Crop of Engineers land. Given the huge court battle that was fought over "Kennewick Man" (who was discovered just a very short distance from the park) everyone is on pins and needles. Doing any improvements to the course is a very hard sell as the entire park is possible Native American burial ground. It is to the point that when the local club sets up a temp 18 hole course next door in the abandoned RV park they can't hammer in wooden stakes to mark tee's as they are not allowed to penetrate the ground. (At least that is what I was told)
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
A Great Course - For Newcomers
Pros: This course plays next to (though does not touch) the Columbia River and has some phenomenal views of it and surrounding park which is very well maintained. There is a good deal of elevation and varied terrain. The mandatories and obstacles of the course require thought and differing techniques to ensure best play possible. For the most part, the course is free of garbage, with frequent spots for disposing of trash.
Cons: The course has been vandalized heavily. Virtually all of the signs guiding a person from tee to tee are destroyed or tagged to unreadability--Please download the map from this site, or go with someone who has played the course before to ensure the ability to guide you from tee to tee. The course has limited options for restroom visits,with only one operating bathroom at the end of the back nine. During the summer months the mosquito population booms in this area--if you are sensitive to mosquitos ensure you are prepared with bug spray to repel them. Cheat grass is a problem in several of the fairways or paths to the tee's.
Other Thoughts: There is a lot to recommend this course. As someone in the beginning of their disc golf life-style I prefer this park to the nearbye Two Rivers Disc Golf Course due to the variety it provides. Most of the people playing this course are courteous, and if you lose a disc, they are often turned into the local "Island View Market", where the store owner--who also sells DG accessories--holds them for their rightful owners.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
About A Mid-Range From The Mighty Colombia River!
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Colombia Park is right on the mighty Colombia River. River Country DGC sits just across the street from the river, about a mid-range away. As stated before, the course is a mix of open grassy areas and scrub land. So it's not necessarily the prettiest course around. But what it is is just a good solid disc golf course. It's designed with multiple tee and basket locations so that would confuse the first time player. I was fortunate enough to be guided around by Ron, one of the regulars. The course offers a nice variety of holes owing much to the variety of the land here.
One can tell that the locals take pride here, mowing, trimming, working on the signs and whatever.
I'm going to agree with Sillybiz who said that course is ideal for all players up to the pro level. I could play this course a lot and not getting tired of it's changing layout, views of the river and overall challenge. The course will penalize errant throws. Some of the rough is quite thick.
Cons: To steal Kevin Costner's word from "Dancing With Wolves" the scrub land doesn't make for the handsomeiest course.
The locals are fighting the good fight against the teen vandal population who because of the course's semi-isolated location are having themselves a rousing good time tearing things up.
And then there is the wind. I'd say these players who deal with it every round are probably better players for it. And it would help on all the broiling hot days on this side of the mountain.
Other Thoughts: I liked Colombia Park more than the new Two Rivers Course across town. This course reminds me of one of those classic old basketball arenas. It's showing it age some. It doesn't have some or all the bells and whistles as the new upstarts do. It could use some new paint. (in this case new signage) But with all it's grittiness, still quite functional and enjoyable. It's still a great place to play. Maybe that's why there were 50 people playing here the day I played and only 4 on the newer Two Rivers course just an hour later. The grand old lady triumphs. Actually, the Kennewick disc golfers are pretty lucky to have two nice courses to choose from.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
River Country Disc Golf Course
River Country DGC is located directly across from the mighty Columbia River, near downtown Kennewick. The course terrain is a mixture of grass and sagebrush, with several OB's (streams, fence lines, and asphalt) and heavy rough. Elevation comes in to play on several holes, although nothing very drastic with the exception of hole #14. Maintenance is apparent, with grass cut regularly, trees and bushes trimmed back, and plenty of waste baskets set up throughout the course.
The course design was set up with multiple tees and pins, with holes ranging anywhere from 202-418 feet, all Par 3, with four of the holes playing near water. The tee pads are all cement, and the Mach 2 baskets are durable and well maintained. The holes seem to be a mainly open, but do have a mixture of tighter wooded fairways as well. Due to the courses location near the river, wind is constantly blowing which requires players to have a good grasp of their disc characteristics. Every hole seems to have a nice mixture of obstacles, pin position, and difficulty. Being a local on this course would never get old, as every time you play the layout can be done differently.
Course navigation can be an issue for first
timers. Although locals truly benefit from the multiple pin positions and tees, it can be very confusing trying to figure out where the next tee is located or what pin you're throwing to if you are unfamiliar with the layout. As other reviewers stated, once you have played the course once it is fairly easy to understand the flow. Many of the issues come from the fact that the majority of the tee signs have been vandalized and are illegible or completely missing all together. The kiosk could be updated as well with a course map so people could take a photograph on their phones or at least get an idea of the course layout.
River Country DGC is the perfect complement to Two Rivers (8 miles away), and just as challenging. Both courses cater to the intermediate and advanced players alike, but pros can still be challenged, especially when the wind is howling (which happens quite a bit). River Country DGC is the older of the two courses, and has a much more rustic feel. This course seems to get a lot more players coming through, and with so much variation it keeps players coming back for more. I am extremely impressed by the local club and all their efforts, as both these courses in the Tri- Cities are excellent! Their tournaments have a great reputation as well, so if you have the time I suggest making your way over to Kennewick for some great disc golf!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Columbia Park is located just across the street from the Columbia River hence the name of the park and disc golf course. Because of the location of the park the wind is blowing very hard most of the time and there aren't enough trees to block that wind out which is good or bad depending on who you are. There are some other hazards including a couple of streams but they are more like psychological hazards than anything else. I would say this course is best suited to intermediate or advanced players as I think pro players will tear this course apart. There is not much elevation but the course design uses what there is effectively and still keeps the flow of the course in the right direction. This is a cool spot to be because of the river right next to you. There is a good variety of hole distances, obstacle amount and right to left and straight shots to challenge you. There are multiple pins and tee pads in place at almost every hole which is a great thing for locals who know and play the course often and this keeps the course fresh and changing for them.
Cons: As I mentioned there are multiple tee pads and pin locations all over the place but this is very confusing for a first time player of the course as it makes it almost impossible to know which basket you are supposed to be playing for when you can see three or more baskets from the tee pad and most tee signs have been vandalized. There is also some issue with finding some of the next tee pads and some signage here would go along way for people unfamiliar with the course. There is limited land available at this park so some of the fairways are close to the tee pad for the next hole or other fairways.
Other Thoughts: This is the older of the two Kennewick courses and when you play both of them you will know what I am talking about as it has an older feel to it. This is a solid all around course that I would be very happy with as a home course, especially when I learned the alternative baskets and tees. With both Kennewick courses I would suggest bringing a camera with you to take pictures and soak in the scenic beauty.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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