Best Course in UT north of SLC!
Pros: 1. Good overall layout - From the launch pads to the pins, the course was designed well in creating shots that allow for skilled drives as well as the nice and open long bomb. It has a great variety and very little overap on the holes (there is a little on the front 9). They even have an out-of-the-way practice tee/meeting place.
2. Friendly locals - the course is not well marked, but it is easy to navigate, just ask anyone, they'll probably invite you to play with them.
3. Varied shots - The pins have long and short positions, and each hole has beginner, advanced, and pro tees.
4. Great course in the winter - it is nice and quiet - just make sure to wear boots.
Cons: 1. Signage - There are signs present, they have just seen better days (faded). For first timers, it is a hard course to follow, especially the transition from hole 7 to 8. Like I said before, just ask a local.
2. Poison Oak - watch out for poison oak - especially on the back 9. Many of the fairways have it and it is not uncommon to toss a disc in the bush.
3. Tee pads - the tee pads are foam, not concrete - making it really slick in the rain or snow, they also move a little each throw.
Other Thoughts: Though it is one of two courses north of SLC. This is the more technical of the two and the best one of the two for experienced players. There are lots of obstacles and it is extremely fun to play because of the variance in shots.
One other note, because it is the only course in the Ogden area, there are a lot of large groups as mentioned in a previous post. Most of these large groups are youth groups or families that are first timers. They don't know any better on the 'play through' thing. If you ask though, they will let you through, and you can even show them a thing or two and grow the sport.
One last thing, if you are visiting the area and it is even slightly windy in Ogden, expect the front nine to be blowing hard, bring the heavy plastic.
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Riverpark disc golf course, Ogden Utah
Pros: Bathrooms, High participation from locals to maintain course. 27 holes.
Cons: Homemade basket spitouts on some of the baskets.
Other Thoughts: This course plays near and along the Weber river, without the river coming into play on any of the holes. The terrain is fairly flat, with half the course playing in a relatively open area, the other half playing in semi-dense foliage. Some of the fairways are riverbottom, with sandy and rocky loose conditions. Most other fairways are dirt, hard pack which will give you the opportunity to skip shots a long ways. The average hole length is 300 feet. The technical factor is good on this course. You need to place your drives down the fairway for birdie opportunities. Both beginner and pro players will like this course as the course has multiple teepads on just about every hole. You can effectively play three different courses by playing three sets of teepads, although the shorter teepads will be a birdiefest for the pro players.
There is a walk from the parking lot to the first teepad, about 100 yards. Teesigns are on every hole, though some of the teesigns are missing information like hole length. The baskets are homemade, and the sweetspots are small so allow for a higher frustration factor when playing this course. Teepads are rubber, a thinner variation from flypads, but definitely improve the course playability. There is obvious excellent course maintenance from the local club members. No trash to speak of, and every bit of the course was installed and paid for by the locals. There has been a few course re-designs over the years, and each re-design has improved the course technically, and helped the playability especially for beginners. It is not crowded, maybe on a Saturday afternoon there will be big groups, but for the most part at any given time, you will have the course to yourself. The course is centrally located near all kinds of shopping, so taking a break for lunch is quick and easy. This is the best course in the Ogden area, a pretty fun course easily accessible from the freeway so should be a stop for anyone travelling through the area.
10-10-10: update on the course, it is now 27 holes. from hole 10, the course now stretches out southward to include 9 more holes before hooking back up to the original 18 hole course at hole 11, now hole 20. the extra holes are a bit on the short side but a very good addition to the original 18.
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2 Helpful / 1 Not
Solid course, needs some work
Pros: This is a solid 3 disc course that the locals can be proud of. It plays quite challenging and long from the long tees. There are three sets of tees that are pretty well marked. The main yellow ones on long mats, some longer red ones on short mats, and some short blue ones on grass/dirt. It was tough to find the holes at times, but once you find one tee the other ones are too hard to find. If you're having trouble, check the nearby asphalt road running through the park. Several of the tees are marked in paint on the road. I was skeptical of the mats at first, but they were fine and just as good as playing on concrete tees.
Most of the holes are really fun and require good disc golf skills. There are several risk/reward holes as well. Shots require anhyzer/hyzer/forehand/backhand to get birdies. Playing from the long tees, you'll need a good arm to card many birdies. I throw 250-315 and I only had a handful of real birdie attempts, finishing +7 on my round. The course makes excellent use of the trees around. There are also several blind shots to the basket, which are fun.
Cons: I was surprised that the entire course was flat given that it is in Utah in the bottom of a valley with a raging river in it and serious mountains just a few miles away. That's not anyone's fault, just the way the park is set up. All the hills are on the other side of the railroad tracks, so no changing that. The Weber River really doesn't come into play either, but it is fun to look at.
The course gets REALLY muddy after a rain. Being in the valley bottom, it is sheltered from much wind and has lots of trees, which is different from many Western courses. That probably should be in the pro column.
Lastly, the signage was horrible. Really. At times there are mysterious trails off into the woods you have to find, walking up to 200 yards to the next hole, but you'd never know it unless you luck into another player.
The homemade baskets have really small chains, so cut-throughs are pretty easy to get. Careful!
Other Thoughts: Overall, I'd suggest better signs, maybe even a little concrete for the tees (or at least longer pads on the red tees and some kind of pad on the blue tees) and bigger chains on the baskets, but all in all, a great course.
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