6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course plays up a big hill and down the other side and has a creek running right through the middle. See the map to get an idea.
Some reviewers have stated that they don't like the first four holes headed up hill. I would have to disagree. Even though they are short, it's fun to take an ace run without much consequence.
The 4 holes on the other side of the creek going downhill were fun to air out a few shots. Most of these holes had quick greens thanks to the slope of the hill. Missing a putt on the downhill holes could easily result in your disc sailing way past.
I played mid-day on a beautiful sunny August Saturday and we were one of two groups playing. This seems like one of the least busy courses in the Vancouver area. I love never having to wait.
The map at the kiosk by the parking lot is very accurate and aside from the tee box on hole four, we had no trouble navigating the course.
JR Stengele mentioned that a 20 hole layout is available. While I don't know the this layout I can tell there are many options available for safari golf here. These holes may better utilize the creek as a hazard.
Cons: I think most other reviews have touched on this but my number one con here is the tee boxes. Some of them are so bumpy that you could easily roll an ankle.
Basket # 7 threw us off because it was not a yellow DISCatcher like the other 8 holes. It was plain gray and had a homemade basket attached. The basket is about twice as deep as a normal basket.
We couldn't find the actual tee pad for hole # four. It was nowhere to be found. We just teed off where the map said it should be.
There was no water fountains or amenities other than a kiosk with a map and picnic table at the first tee box.
Other Thoughts: I think I would have rated this course 2.5 or even maybe a 3.0 if it had cement tee pads. Some of them were so bad that I didn't even use them. I would just tee off beside the tee pad.
Overall, it's a decent course. It is one of the hillier courses around here, and if you're in the neighborhood you should stop by.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Up And Down Course Where Dogs Might Be The Priority!
Pros: The course sits in the very corner of a fairly large city park. The parking lot feels very isolated from the rest of the world even though a freeway is just a few hundred feet away. The course plays the first four holes up one side of the creek/ravine and then the last five down the hill around on the other side of this brushy ravine. The baskets are mostly OK but the teepads are very uneven natural ones. Numbers on top of the baskets could've helped me. If not that, even writing the # on the pole in Sharpie would have saved me some looking around. I think # 9 is easily the signature hole here. It's about 280 ft. downhill with the basket hidden behind a large cedar tree and another tree. There is a fairly small window to throw through on both sides of these trees and there's the ravine over on the left side. And you have to throw with a touch as the parking lot looms directly behind the basket.
Cons: Some of the teepads are really terrible, # 1's especially. They could use some work. I got a little confused on # 5. I looked and couldn't find the basket where I thought it should be. I finally walked down and located the basket with # 5 on it and played to it. Then I played # 6 going back up the hill. Looking down from the # 7 teepad, the only basket I could find which made any sense was the same # 5 basket. Later looking back up the hill I saw the phantom basket I couldn't find before. I'm still not sure if it is the # 5 or the # 7 basket??? Somebody please Sharpie a # on those baskets for me. I believe this course would be very wet and muddy during much of the long winter BC months.
Other Thoughts: It's fun throwing four out of the last five downhill. I wasn't too keen on playing the first four uphill. There seems to be a large expanse of park here to work with but it appears that the dog community has sunken their canine teeth into the larger part and aren't willing to share it with the disc golfers. There are dogs, dog signs and pooper scoopers stations located seemingly everywhere I went in this section of Mundy Park. In conclusion, I think much of this course has gone to the dogs!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Robert Burnaby Park
Pros: When entering Robert Burnaby Park you feel as if your pulling up the a campsite. The course is located on a hillside that is surrounded by massive Evergreens which makes the area feel very secluded. A small but ever present gully splits right up the middle of the course dividing the holes (5 on one side and four on the other) but doesn't come in to play unless your playing the local 20 hole course layout (which adds to the uniqueness but not difficulty).
Baskets are in good enough shape to still catch discs well although one basket that looks homemade probably needs a makeover.
Elevation was a major factor on the hole course. You find yourself throwing either uphill (5holes) or down (4 holes) so knowing which disc to use regarding stability is key to your shot selection. Because the course is fairly short (although holes #5 and #9 are longer) I found myself using a mid and putter for most of the holes. I also found that it catered to lefties for the sidearm.
Bathrooms are located at the very bottom near basket nine and tee one when you first come in and park. Additional parking located just above the bottom parking lot but much smaller. It has you starting on hole five rather than one.
Cons: The course did a fantastic job making use of the land given to them. However, tee pads need some TLC. Even though I don't always find natural tee's to be a con, the fact that there are roots throughout some of the pads as well as short uneven footing makes for a bit of a challenge.
Signage could be somewhat better as well. The kiosk near hole one gives a quick overview which is great and very helpful but unless you have a picture phone getting from hole #4 to #5 might be a little confusing. Also, several locals play safari golf on their 20 hole layout which can be very confusing to first timers (especially when they are throwning at or over you to a hole that shouldn't really exist).
Last, with the exception of a few holes, the course is fairly short which makes it easy to score low and even have a chance for an ace or two (which some may not see as a con).
Other Thoughts: I felt very fortunate to play when I did as my friend and I ran into two fantastic locals who were not only helpful but willing to let us play a round on their "local" 20 hole layout which was truly great. They had us playing all over Burnaby including across the gully multiple times which added quite the thrill.
I appreciate the time and effort spent here from the local club as they do a great job with the upkeep and truly making this course a great place to play.
Thanks Mark and Dennis for being so personable and keeping us entertained.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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