4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Lots of variation from hole to hole, with many holes unlike any others that I am aware of in the Richmond area (at Gillies, Dorey, or Bryan). Lots of challenging holes that are too short for big drives but still difficult to make par on. Pro and amateur tees on every hole is a plus as well. The baskets all look nice and new, and having a practice basket is nice as well. The course is secluded so, aside from other discers, there's no park patrons to watch out for.
Cons: Goyne is somewhat difficult to navigate the first time around, but after playing through once its easy. You'll have to be careful on a lot of your drives or you will spend a good deal of time looking for your disc in the woods, which are not easy to get around in (lots of bugs and thorns). Watch out for all of the holes in the ground, too.
Other Thoughts: Goyne seems to be in the process of being renovated - the tees on the front 9 are boxed in and clearly marked, but some of the ones on the back 9 are difficult to locate because the markers are old and destroyed. Once the tees are all boxed in (and hopefully filled with cement) this should be a great course.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Off the road setting, not busy. Challenging holes, baskets hidden in tress make for a fun setting. No use other than disc golf!
Cons: Ground very unbalanced. Rough terrain. Muddy in many places (Back nine can seem unplayable after a hard rain) and hidden holes make for treacherous walking. Blue (long tees) dificult to find at times.
Other Thoughts: This course is much improved since I first reviewed it years ago. It has become a fun and challenging course. I wrote previously that it was hard to find tees and had no map, well now both have been fixed! The map is right at the parking lot and the Yellow (beginner) Tees all have tee boxes and are easy to find.
NOTE: The bugs are still RELENTLESS at this park and the terrain rough, but now knowing the tees of the course is a huge benefit. I believe the map can be found on the Nationwide PDGA course directory.
NOTE 2!!!!: I have again went back and played Goyne and I am happy to report that they have made a lot of improvements. They have now placed a practice tee and a beautiful gravel paved walkway leading right to the first hole! Grass has been placed where there was once brush and the Tee posts are brand new, well not all of them, but when I last played there Tees 1-9 were brand new. It looks like a lot of work is being placed into Goyne and it plays much better thanks to that effort. If the work continues, Goyne will be a great course for the Richmond TriCity Area players to enjoy! I can't wait to see and report on any future improvements to this up and coming course.
NOTE 3: 10/16/08: Looks like they are boxing off the tees at Goyne. If they are going to put in concrete tees, it will be yet another step to increase the appeal of this park. A lot has been done since my first review and its all for the better!
Note #4 (2-17-09): This course just keeps getting better. A lot has been done about the landscaping and there are now signs pinting players in the direction of the next Tee. A fantastic addition. Also at the blue Tees, there are great signs with the distance and detailed maps showing tee to basket layouts. This park only keeps improving and is quickly becoming one of the best in the area!
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Goyne Park DGC
Pros: -Varied Shots
-Top of the line baskets
Cons: -Tight course
-You might have to look before you throw
Other Thoughts: This a nice course that will get some more improvements and care. With those improvements and good maintenance, this will be a good local course. It is a course worth playing, and a great course for developing disc golfers.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Varied Virginia Piedmont Course
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Variety of hole layouts and thus shots needed.
Cons: Many fairways overlap or virtually face each other.
Other Thoughts: Goyne Park is a relatively small but nicely varied course set in an outer suburb of Richmond, Virginia. While most of the holes play largely in the open, many have thick, unforgiving woods just outside of the ample but not huge fairways. A bunch of holes also play to baskets that are well situated just inside a copse of trees, or on the side of an incline, so while the course is relatively short and mostly open, it still plays much more like a precision course rather than a "grip and rip" for big arms only.
On the downside, Goyne Park is set out on less land than most 18-hole disc golf courses. While the space would be perfect for maybe 12 longer, more varied holes, putting 18 holes in this park is a little bit of a squeeze. Many fairways play very close to or really effectively overlap each other. So you may have to stand back and wait for the group on hole #18 to finish before you can start playing #17, for instance, because otherwise you're kind of throwing right at each other. In addition, all but maybe one hole on the course are pretty standard par 3 in terms of length, though blue tees on most every hole can be used to stretch the course out a bit.
The positive trade-off for this squeezed together layout is improved variety. In addition to the well considered basket placements mentioned above, Goyne Park does demand a variety of tee shots; left hook, right fades, big chucks, a couple of interesting touch shots out of trees or around thick trees and thorns, and one true and challenging water hole (if you're playing from the blue tees). Variety is the spice of a good course, in my book.
Goyne Park currently has boxed-in tee areas, but footing can still be a challenge due to wear. The course does have nice signs at each hole and thus shouldn't be too hard to follow for first-timers. And while the course has no big hills, you'll still need your full bag and an array of skills to stay out of trouble and throw a good round at Goyne Park.
Favorite Hole - #14 - Shot has to hook left but terrain slides off to thick woods on the right, then basket is up a steep hill.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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