Ok, short, technical
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Will def give your technical skills a workout, or break in every disc you have. Many trees have recently been cut down or trimmed, so that helps with several of the approach shots. Nice baskets. Soccer field is nice to air out before or after you play, if not too many people are goofing off (50/50 chance). There are a couple of really fun shots, #2, #7 - #9, many are "aceable" but I don't really believe many of the ace grabs noted on several of the tee posts. It's a nice course to play if it's windy because it's all wooded or in a valley, so makes for a nice place to go if it's just stupid windy elsewhere. Typically not too busy, so you're not spending a lot of time waiting on large groups or a bunch of beginners that don't understand letting someone play through.
Cons: Shit head kids, known to steal discs and run, probably the biggest problem, else they just don't move. There's a walking trail through there so often quite a few people wondering through, not typically in the way, but it's not uncommon for kids to be playing in the middle of your shot, and they don't seem to have a CLUE what's going on, and are slow to move, if at all. Although many trees have been cut down, they are not removed and all over the place, or some jackass keeps putting them in the stream and messing up an otherwise nice view and when it rains, since the stream is full of debris, the course floods. It's a real pain to play if it's been raining, there's not really much for a box on any of the tees, other than the blue or white markers, which again, some asshat has taken upon themselves to constantly move and change. You might play the blue on #3 in one spot one day, and 15' ahead the next. This course could REALLY use a course coordinator or someone to take general responsibility for upkeep and layout as it seems anyone that feels like they can make whatever changes they see fit. Finally, trash, this could be a perfect, pristine course, but invariably the smokers refuse to do anything but leave their butts on the ground, and there's always cans and candy wrappers from the kids, would be nice if more trash cans were placed at more than two tees, and if the parks and rec would empty them more than twice a year. Sadly this seems to be a common theme at any Virginia course I've played, no one seems to respect the course or themselves enough to bother not littering. Because it's ALL woods, and pretty heavily overgrown, there's 1000+ roots to stumble over, so you def have to watch were you're walking. If you're not really tight on your aim, you're going to bang in your discs pretty good, that may or may not be a bad thing, but for those who junk a disc after one little notch, don't bring your favorite discs here, you will hit trees. If you want to play 18 you have to play it twice, BUT you can play the shorts then the longs, or other way around to mix it up.
Other Thoughts: All in all not a bad place, and there's not too much you can do about the kids, the trash-jerks, and can't really complain about parks and rec cutting trees, certainly needed to be done, would just be nice if they weren't left laying around, or worse, tossed in the stream by some jackass. Was a really nice meandering stream with a pleasant view throughout, now it's a wooded debris catch all, and floods a lot of the course when it does rain. All in all, not a "home" course, but a good place to warm up or get a quick one in, or break in any new discs.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: 1. Signs have par and distance along with bag holders.
2. Blue and White Tees
3. Tees are easy to spot
Cons: 1. Bugs
2. These trees are heavily traveled so navigation from hole to hole can be tough.
3. Saw a copperhead when we played
4. Baskets are hard to spot
Other Thoughts: This course is a great one for beginners. I personally felt like the pars where too high except for hole 9. I enjoyed this course but I would not play it again in the summer without bug spray. For a quick 9 round I would recommend this course.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Actual baskets are always a plus, solid lanes, water hazards, decent elevation change, marked tees complete with bag hangars, trash cans on site. Also, this is a great beginner course as it is short, entertaining, and it flows really well. It's very easy to follow, and it has some solid elevation change for such a short course.
Cons: Graffiti and natural tees are about the only downside. The graffiti doesn't bother me but, if you play with kids, there are a number of trees painted with giant dicks. As for the natural tees, they are especially bad for two reasons. A) There are roots grown up through them that require that you watch carefully on the run up. B) Some of the tees are situated so you can't run up. For example, one of the holes has the tee markers, and the box is literally like four feet deep and backs up to a bench, so you really have no room to work with.
Other Thoughts: All in all, this is an entertaining course, great for beginners. You won't really find a chance to open your arm up if you're a big driver, but it's a GREAT warmup course for Bryan or Gillies. Also, it's laid out well enough that it's easy to follow, and beginners do well here, as the holes aren't terribly long. This course is also a great place to practice placement, as some of the holes do require precision. The water hazard is entertaining...it's deep enough to be there, but not so deep that it swallows discs, and the creek definitely adds character to the course. The course was also quiet, and very clean. If you're in Richmond, Gillies, Bryan and Dorey are where it's at, but this is worth a quick trip if you want to warm up or strictly work on placement. As someone else mentioned, it's like playing putt-putt.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course is short but makes great use of the space given it. Many of the shots weave in and out of a tiny creek making for some challenging shots and approaches at times. The fairways are pretty wide open for the most part with the trees thinned nicely.
Cons: The course does not offer a variety of shots as most holes are fairly straight from tee to basket.
The tees are just little blocks of wood on the ground, with many missing or in disrepair.
The tee posts are just that...a 4x4 in the ground. Some of the posts have the tee number on them, some don't. some have the par number, some don't. Some have the distance to the hole on them, some don't. Most baskets you can see from the tee, which is a good thing because you are given no signs or diagrams for direction.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this course would be good if it was just better maintained and if better tee posts were put in. I took a friend who was new to the sport, and so it was a good introduction and place for him to practice different shots. However, this is not a course I plan on revisiting.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 3 Not
Wish it was still 18
Pros: -dual tees on 2, 4, 5, 8, 9
-the creek comes into play on 75% of the course
-hole 7, short but the almost the entire fairway is over the creek and the basket sits right at the creeks edge
-quick and fun
-used to be 18, and all the holes are from the original course
-easy to follow and bright blue signs at ever tee so they are easy to see
Cons: -closed during school hours because it is sometimes used for the middle school gym classes
-easy to lose discs under leaves because they never get raked anywhere, so watch your flight paths
-some tees (like 2 long) force you to awkwardly take your run-up around roots that stick out of the ground
-8's fairway and the area immediately in front of 9's tee get VERY muddy after it rains
-no distances or maps on tee signs
Other Thoughts: Dunncroft used to be 18, so what you're playing are the holes that were left over after they built the new middle school. It is one of the most legit 9 hole courses I've ever played due to the fact that it used to be a full course.
I wish that I'd been able to play this course when it was 18 because I've heard it was amazing. If you're looking for a challenging course for your over your lunch break, then Dunncroft is the choice.
7 of 10 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
A Cute Nine
Pros: There are bathrooms (clean), water fountain, playground, and a picnic pavilion by the parking lot.
Bag hangers on the tee posts.
A decent amount of benches (I want to say 5 out of 9 tees had a bench)
Orange center poles on the baskets make them easy to spot.
Holes range from 110' - 510'
Heavily wooded course. Good place to work on accuracy, if not on distance.
Course loops around on itself, so the 9th brings you right back to the beginning.
Cons: Not enough trash cans. Needs some clean-up. I wouldn't say the place is trashed, but an obviously abandoned bike laying by a tree around the 3rd or 4th hole sticks in my mind.
It's only 9 holes.
Tee posts let you know where you are, but not where you're going. There are very few distance markers, and no maps. The 8th tee was hard to find (see course info for directions to 8 & 9).
Other Thoughts: Theoretically there are blue and white tees - most markers were in the same spot. White tee markers for 3 and 9 were non-existent (or at least we couldn't find them)
The creek winds throughout the course and comes into play on many holes. Bridges are provided. But don't worry about losing a disc in the water. Even after a week and a half of steady rain it's not that deep. It's not that pretty, but it's not that deep.
At only 9 holes this course is a tease. It's over before you know it, and leaves you wanting more.
If I lived closer I would probably play this course more often, but nothing about it is so phenomenal to make a special trip. But if you're going to a concert at Innsbrook Pavilion (about 10 minutes away - if that) plan a little extra time to throw a quick round at this cute course.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 2 Not
Not Up to Par
Pros: The first noticeable pro to this course is that its in a nice neighborhood. The soccer field provides a nice place to throw a few practice drives, so long as there isn't a game going on. The baskets (and many hazards) are marked with orange paint, which makes them a little easier to find. The course is very wooded, with some holes requiring specialty shots that you don't usually have to throw at other area courses (Bryan, Gillies). There are several tight tunnel shots for added difficulty. Playing over the stream is nice, as are the changes in elevation - all but 1 or 2 of the holes play either uphill or downhill.
Cons: While playing in the woods has it's advantages, this course is a bit much. The fairways are hardly fairways at all - more like paths through the woods. Holes like this can be fun to play but some variation would make for a more enjoyable game. Playing here will improve your short game for sure, but you will be hitting a lot of trees. The course was also quite muddy - it would be best to wait a few days after a heavy rain.
Other Thoughts: Not a bad park. I'm sure I'll play here again, but mostly because it's not too far out of the city. All things considered, though, if you want to play at a nice wooded course it is worth it to make the longer drive out to Dorey where the holes are more varied and you can play a full 18.
UPDATE (4/12/09): I have been back to this park several times since writing this review, and today was the best experience I've had. Even just yesterday it was very muddy, but it has since dried out and I found it much more enjoyable. Having become familiar with the holes helps as well - this course is really great for your short game. There actually are some chances to rip long drives, provided you can make it around the many obstacles. Playing here more has really improved my drive placement, and my scores here are much better now!
Initial Rating: 1.5
New Rating: 2.5
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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