0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Woods, woods, woods. if you like woods this is the course for you. challenging course.
Cons: Poor tee boxes. Small too. Got confused a few times on which way to go. some sort of map would help.
Other Thoughts: Peaceful, quiet, rustic, secluded. Felt like i was on the AT. It was a great way to get away from it all. worth the trip to play.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Solid Wooded Course
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Excellent mix of shots: forehand, backhand, tunnel shots ect. Wonderful course to practice shaping your lines.
-Short and long tees are a big pro here because the difference between the shorts and longs is a completely different course.
-Located in a part of the park that is exclusively for disc golf, there is little to no miscellaneous foot traffic.
-Well worn course which keeps the rough from getting overbearing and keeps lost discs to a minimum for a wooded course
Cons: -Tees are natural with blocks at the front of the pads. some days this is ok but if its been wet they can be a mess.
-Signage isn't great, although the course has very little extra walking between the pin and next tee so navigation isn't much of an issue.
-There isn't a tremendous variety in distances and no holes that could be considered signatre holes.
Other Thoughts: This is a really solid woods course that i have played many times trying to improve my line shaping, any line you want to practice is available on this site. The difference in the long and short tees is substantial lets you decide how you want to test yourself on any given day (a good round from the shorts is 9 or 10 down, from the longs one down is solid). This course won't blow you away but it will test your accuracy and provide an enjoyable day throwing discs.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Technical and very annoying
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: = Very technical shots, all very short. Hones your lines in for intermediate players. The trees make you learn. Two medium holes to keep you from going stir crazy from all the 200' madness (medium at best coming from Bryan Park standards)
= Environment is very nice and peaceful, and the locals are nice too (one gave me a free millennium JLS).
= Doesn't require a variety of disc selection. Bring a VERY straight midrange for medium to power players and a VERY straight fairway driver if you're lacking power, and a putter and that's it.
= Navigation is very straight forward. If my friend can navigate this course with ease (which is REALLY saying something), you can too
Cons: = So.....many.....trees!!! Granted the trees make it very interesting and a very technical course, but some of the holes are just ridiculous. Your best shot is going to hit a tree, the issue is will it get a good bounce. Bring a buzz or a straight roc, you'll need it. The most annoying thing that can happen is throwing a perfect shot, just to have it anhyzer a bit on you, and gets ruined by a tree. YOU HAVE NO ROOM FOR ERROR
Other Thoughts: This course could remain nice and technical, and yet be so much better with the removal of just a couple trees on the entire course. That's it.
Be patient, and bring straight discs and you'll have fun
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Easily Navigated(when you find it you have to go to the farthest part of the park)
-Located in a gorgeous park with plenty of other activities.
-Course is located in a active park with a lot of people there but is tucked in the back so you dont have to worry about avoiding park visitors.
-Good mixture of wooded and open holes.
Cons: -Old baskets but it didn't effect the game, I've seen worse.
-Muddy but i played the day after it rained so I'm sure its not an issue in warmer months.
-Had a hard time finding it the first time because it is tucked all the way at the end of this very large park but it will be easy to find when i return.
-Muddy tees but again probably not an issue in warmer months.
-The pars are way off... Just play "pro par" (3 for everything) and it will all level out.
Other Thoughts: I very much enjoyed this course. Good mixture of open and wooded holes. Some difficult but if they are all easy whats the point? Of course i cursed the trees out when i was out there but there are open lanes for every hole you just have to hit them. The course was easy to navigate and both blue and white tees were easy to find. The only thing i would change about this course is put some good tee boxes in, hole maps on the signage instead of just a number, and change the Pars... I don't shoot -10 ever except here.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Good variety of rights and lefts
- Good use of elevation
- Nice benches and bag poles
- Very limited chance of disc lose
- Some of the blue tees really add to the challenge : 100+ft, or additional tree gates, additional line shaping
Cons: - No Overall map or Hole diagrams
- Only two open holes (one more with open fairway but basket tucked in woods
- Several holes that had very tight lines; removing just a few trees would really eliminate the luck aspect of some fairways
- Difficult to see the baskets (Paint the top basket markers)
- Dirt pads
- Difficult to find some of the blue tees.
Other Thoughts: - Hole info on this site indicates multiple tees on every hole; however, many of the tee markers are painted both white and blue.
- Par information is messed up as well - I threw a 57 from the whites (+3) and a 58 from the blues (-14)?? Just forget par and enjoy.
- Don't get me wrong I wouldn't want to dramaticly open up the entire course, just so many tight woods and splitter trees gets a little tiring. It would nice to have 1 or 2 more holes you can relax and open up on.
This course has a lot of Potential. With a few little improvements (add a map at the entrance, some hole diagrams, cut a few small trees, and paint the top markers) this could easily be 1/2 to one full disc higher rated. Adding gravel pads would be a lot of work but would be icing on the cake.
I'll come back here rather than the overcrowed and overused Bryan Park.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Solid Course in a Nice Park
Pros: Even though it's located in a park where there were a good number of people out and about doing other activities, the course is in an isolated area and almost feels like it's own entity. Never had to worry about any pedestrians.
- 2 sets of tees
- Not crowded
- Lots of scoring opportunities if you hit the right lines
- Although there wasn't any signage, it was pretty easy to follow the natural flow of the course and most of the baskets you can see from the tee, so it's not too hard to figure out where you need to go.
Cons: - Holes are kind of repetitive, so doesn't force you to use the entire bag.
- Bit of a walk from parking lot to first tee.
Other Thoughts: - Take some bug spray with you, and beware of the spider webs if you go off the fairway.
- Watch out for the hollies as well.
- Fun course to play, could imagine it being a lot quicker to get through once you've played it a few times.
- Was in Richmond for the weekend and ran into another golfer at Bryan that told me Dorey was the oldest course in the area, so pretty neat and would recommend playing.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Well Manicured Woods
Pros: This is the best maintained course in Richmond.
The park around it is very beautiful. Great warmup field as you get to the start of the course, and also a nice practice basket before the start. That is always a plus.
2 sets of tees for different levels of challenge.
For a wooded course, there are very well defined shot lines that reward a good shot while fairly punishing a poor one.
Great elevation changes with some really neat approach shots on the back nine.
The holes that play down the underground lines path are really cool. It made for a really nice fairway.
Good hole signs. Navigation between holes was generally easy. Obvious paths led to the next hole which was marked by bright blue signs.
Cons: Natural tees are very slick here. And they hold water pretty badly.
Some of the baskets are bent from recent storm damage.
Simply too many short holes through the trees. It got a bit monotonous.
Navigation to the course from the park entrance is a problem. Basically no navigation exists. The course itself is around the lake at the end of the park. It takes some wandering to get there if you haven't been there before. Look for a large wooden sign across the lake from the last parking lot. A gravel path through the woods from there will lead you to the first tee.
The "par" from the blue tees is ridiculously inflated...most every hole could still easily a par 3.
Other Thoughts: I had been waiting to come here because I had heard it was way too narrow and in the woods, but it is actually appropriately narrow. This course most definitely holds its own with Bryan and Gillies.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Regular Richmond Course
Pros: UPDATE: So...Just got back out and played Dorey since the storm damage. Good news, someone dropped some money and put in some fancy blue "Tee X" signs, that are really easy to spot. Bad news, there are some bent cages that presumably got hit and haven't been replaced, and some nice stacks of wood which make it fun to find discs. Also, a couple of the tees are holding water pretty well now...had to throw from behind them in order to stay dry. This seems limited to white tees...pro tees all looked fine.
Dorey is a well thought out wooded course with a range of hole styles. There are a couple of open holes that shoot down what appears to be a power line easement. The course varies, with both left and right doglegs. Trash cans abound, there is ample parking, and the course also has a few covered shelters under which one can hide from the rain. There were plenty of signs to keep us headed in the right direction, and a practice tee at the beginning of the course allows for practice putting. There's a decent bit of elevation change and, although it was raining, the course, for the most part, was not overly muddy or messy. For the most part, underbrush has been thinned, and the course is well maintained. The course is mostly heavily wooded, so you can play here without having to worry about the hot summer sun as much.
Cons: Tee beds are natural, which can lead to slippage. Also, one of the tee pads was instead a giant puddle due to the rain, but this did not plague the entire course. There is a little ambiguity in layout of the second half, but the course is still easy enough to follow.
Other Thoughts: It's a bit of a hike to get to the first tee but, as I play for pleasure and exercise, this doesn't bother me. If I wanted a golf cart, I'd play stick golf. Furthermore, the distance from the main part of the park provides some seclusion, meaning frosty beverages can be enjoyed away from prying eyes. This course is very enjoyable, and I highly recommend it as a compliment to Bryan, with Bryan being the place to work your arm and show your big booming drives, and Dorey being the more technical course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Where's the love?
Pros: 18 hole course set in the back of a large park full of family amenities and activities. Multiple tees for each hole providing either additional length, or in some cases totally different angles off the tee pad. Course is far removed from rest of park and has a nice quiet, secluded feel to it. There are some trails through the woods for other park users, but they didn't look heavily travelled.
Course is mostly wooded, but also has a few spots where you can let a big driver fly. Hole design has good variety. Nice mix of lefts and rights. Not a ton of elevation present, but what there is is used well.
Course plays mostly as a technical wooded course. Disc control and placement ismmore important than distance. Even with the wooded fairways most of the holes have an obvious line to the basket. On a couple holes it takes a good eye to see a line, but they are there. Even if they are a little tight at times. But there are no shots that you throw and pray.
Cons: Natural tee pads in various degrees of wear.
Signs that indicate hole number but nothing else. No distances or hole design. No navigation aids. For the most part navigation isn't too bad, but in a few spots there are multiple trails leading away from the basket. There are some walking trails out there too.
Older baskets can be a little hard too see in the woods. They could use a flag or bright tape to make them stand out.
Other Thoughts: From the short tees this course is pretty much a putter course. From the long tees it plays much more challenging, and can be more than tough enough. There is a decent mix of shots needed to score well, decent use of elevation, and a couple cool basket positions to add to the difficulty. There is probably only one or two holes that seem kind of thrown in for convenience. Mostly the holes in the open easement. Other than those there really are no bad holes on this course. But there are no memorable or epic holes either. I enjoyed my round, but was never super excited as I stepped up to any of the tees. It's a good course, and could be even better with some decent tee pads and signage, but it's not the kind of course that you'll make a point of traveling to from a distance or dream of getting back to.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: Cool, easy enough for the beginner but still a little challenging for the more experienced dg'er. Easy to follow holes.
Cons: A problem that a lot of parks have, they need better signage. Other than that, I was pleased.....
0 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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