Fun park course
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Nice newer baskets that had painted indicators as to which direction the next hole was.
- Great signage on every hole
- Scorecards and 81/2 x 11 maps were available at the kiosk near hole #1
- plenty of benches and trashcans
- 3 tees for each hole
- over half of the long tees had concrete tee pads, the ones that didn't were formed for what must be imminent concrete pourings.
- well groomed and maintained course.
- nice variety of shots, anhyzer/flick, tunnel, etc. including a nice shot over a deep gorge on 15.
- Great use of terrain for a small city park.
- Alternate "Safari Golf" maps were available that added some much needed length to the course.
Cons: The majority of the holes were on the short side (just near or under 300'). I am a newer player and had no problem shooting sub par rounds, so the difficulty was not there for me.
I really don't have a lot of bad things to say that stuck out, While this was not a great course, it was not a bad course, it just lacked distance and variety
Some of the concrete tee pads were on the short side for me, maybe I am spoiled, but I am used to much longer tee pads.
Other Thoughts: As another poster commented, there were about a dozen cats greeting me near the parking lot, kinda weird. If you are anywhere near the Fort Lee area definitely check this course out.
As city park courses go this is in my top 10. It was evident that a lot of care goes into maintaining this course.
I was torn on where to rate this course, I felt that a 3 wouldn't be enough, but a 4 seemed too high as it does not compare to some other city park funded courses I have played in Des Moines and Kansas City. I would have gave it a 3.75 if it were an option, but 3.5 seems a good fit.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Worth a play
Pros: There are multiple tees and some well laid out holes. The park is free and open to the public, and there were maps/scorecards kept at the beginning along with tournament information and a locals posting board. Although there weren't tee signs, having the map was a plus. The baskets have large, bright signs on top, making them a lot easier to see than normal. Also, someone painted the basket spokes to point to the next tee, which is awesome. As far as course play, there are some great holes requiring various different shots...to really play this course, you will need a variety of shots in your quiver. There is a relatively low chance of losing discs, as the only water hazard is down a giant hill, and you'd have to be terrible or catch a nasty roll to actually get a disc down there. Course is a mix of wooded and open, short and long. All in all, a nice course. Also, there is a wind indicator on the 18th basket (the basket closest to the parking lot) so you can see what you're dealing with. Although the tees are merely buried 4x4's, luckily they are color coordinated and clearly labeled with hole number and distance.
Cons: The first two holes were muddy, and look like they have a tendency to flood during bad storms. Because of this, there are briars and mud that make finding errant discs all the more entertaining. Three of the holes (4, 7 & 18?) are situated in such a way that they require shots over and across parking lots. Given the traffic, this could result in vehicle damage if you're not careful. 4 and 18 it was obvious...when shooting 7, I had no idea that I ran the risk of overthrowing and smashing the windshield on a Chevy, as you shoot over the crest of a hill. Be careful. The t's for 4 and 7 are slightly ambiguous also, so a little bit of time was spent wandering back and forth trying to determine what was what.
Other Thoughts: The course wasn't busy...we were the only ones playing. There were kids on the playground and cars in the parking lot though...so be aware of others. We almost managed to wreck a chevy windshield on 7 and take out a photographer who decided to pause in the middle of a fairway to snap a family photo on a bridge. It was cold and very windy when we shot, but I can imagine the first two holes would be bad for mosquitoes in the peak of summer. We never saw a single one of the cats rumored to roam the course, although trash and litter were clearly an issue. Also, depending on the direction you are coming from, the drive takes you through some seedy areas. All things considered, this is a very enjoyable course, and I look forward to shooting it again sans wind, and knowing the layout. Also, it's free to play, which is always a plus.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Excellent course, Nice use of the 9 baskets that they do have for the best fitting holes. Especially on the gorge :) It is a very fun and challenging course from the shorts. And what makes it even better is when you play the longs, its harder, more technical and you must be more precise.
Cons: The only cons are the 9 remaining baskets it needs. And also where some people cut off some of the brush on some of the holes to make them "easier"
Other Thoughts: Great course, great location, great layout. I will definately be playing there a lot more, and bringing all the richmond boys.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
A Full 18 baskets with a Variety of Shots!
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Well laid out and makes great use of the park grounds. Makes use of all shots and even uses pavement as water hazards to make the course even more challenging. The map works great if followed closely. Combines open throws and tough hyzer/anhyzer throws throughout the course. Both wooded and open shots are represented. Red and white tees, red being easier and white a bit more difficult. The course takes you a complete circle around White Bank Park so you get a nice hike as well as a fun game. Great park for families and disc golfers alike! Bathrooms available just beyond the volleyball court. A great addition not always found on DG courses!
Cons: Without a map finding all the tees, Red and White could be difficult. Each is marked with a red or white two by four and are a nice touch, but for a First Time Player it is difficult to follow. E-Mail a guide, like me or follow the course map closely. Falling leaves can make the tees hard to find. After a hard rain, holes 1, 2 and 14 are swampy and marshy, be warned before heading out.
Other Thoughts: Note: 7-15-2009:
Daniel worked hard the last weekend to put down red and white planks to clearly mark the red and white tees. It makes navigating the course a whole lot easier! Great job!
#9: Has you throw across a paved street from a tough angle. Remember, the paved street equals water on this course, and makes this very difficult and fun!
#15: Has you throw across a gorge and is a signature hole for The Tomb!! Very unique high risk/high reward hole. One of the most memorable shots in the Tri City area!
Also as a bonus, if you read the map, WB has a Hole 19. It starts on an island of grass in front of the stop sign and throws across the pavement to a target on another small island of grass! The target is marked by white tape on a post. Remember the pavement = water rule and you have a fun time for a tough bonus shot! It is the last remaining Object and a fun tie breaker hole!
Also note: The name Pharaoh's Tomb comes from the amount of cats running wild in the area! Like the cats left in a Pharaoh's Tomb, White Bank Park has people that leave food out for the wild cats so you may have eyes on you as you play! Welcome to Pharaoh's Tomb!
Update 7/28/2014: All Long Tees now have full concrete Tee Pads!!! Many people complain in reviews that there is too much going on in the park to play thru, BUT when played early or during the week, it is one of the best courses in the area. Gilles Creek gets just as crowded with park goers during peak hours as White Bank, but hardly gets any of the hate, LOL. No difference when it comes to traffic, just need to know when to play. Now with all 18 baskets and alternates on many holes, this course has improved a lot and become one of the most fun courses in the Tri City area! Check the newest map edition, for all Tees and even the Safari Tees, that start at certain Tee boxes and have you shooting further at different number baskets. Just a fun addition to the park's games.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: 4x4 toe boards more visible than the lodge stones. Navigation arrows at key spots and drop zones at mandos. Improved map and scorecard/hole profiles eliminate the need for tee signs. Score card complete with all future alt tee distances.
Forces you to control your disc with some very tight holes. A fun variety of wood/open long/short. Lots of connections that make for a mix of loops. Alt tees are half in and when finished will add a different look to most holes. Course sign has maps and scorecards so pick one up. Baskets are marked with red and white paint to point to the next tee.
The park itself is really nice with a lot for the tots, volleyball, horse shoes, big gazebos, a boat launch and dock, and river trails for some good fishing. Bathrooms and water are seasonal, and a protajohn in the winters.
Cons: Hole 1 can get a little hairy if the up keep is not there during the summer. With heavy heavy rain a few holes get squishy. No Tee signs, Tees are painted dug in 4x4 toe boards, really nice but can be hard to see at times like winter with the leaves but the maps are great and should get you really close.
Other Thoughts: Finally 18 baskets, and it feels good. However things are never done. I've finished putting in the alt toe boards and now have all numbered as well. Still need to get the distances though. I think the directional signage is pretty good but want to work on a number plate alternative to help with that as well. I have added a few protective additions on a couple holes so that over thrown discs don't enter two shelters. Down the line if I can get some extra muscle together I want to put a log bench on every hole. There are more minor projects but there not worth mentioning. I hope that next year Parks and Rec can help with some of the funding to improve the tee pads(I want hard plastic like at hot shots in MD). I left the hole by hole below. If you play and have and feedback please get in touch.
Hole 1 - start it in the woods, has a creek that when it rains fills and is OB.
Hole 2 - more woods and slightly up hill.
Hole 3 - Narrow shot through some trees and slightly up hill but short, however watch you don't go long and hit the parking lot which is OB.
Hole 4 - Either shoots over the corner or down the right side of the parking lot( OB ) but is completely open, again watch that distance as if you catch an edge on your approach you could roll down into the parking lot.
Hole 5 - Dogleg left around the back of the bathrooms.
Hole 6 - tight into the woods shot.
Hole 7 - Long almost double dog leg right, almost better to go wide to the left to set up for a straighter approach.
Hole 8 - Narrow woods hole with a little down and up to the hole.
Hole 9 - slight downhill dog leg left over a road and small creek.
Hole 10 - Great downhill through some big old growth trees.
Hole 11 - Shoots back up the hill through a mando tree path that has fairly low clearing.
Hole 12 - Fairly open with a tree guarded basket and a parking lot down the right side( OB ).
Hole 13 - The first hole I really set in stone, narrow shot through the woods with a hard right.
Hole 14 - Starts in the open and shots into a low clearing path into the woods and then up a hill.
Hole 15 - The Gorge, short enough but if you don't make it or roll down thats a hard putt up hill.
Hole 16 - Shoots back across the beginning of the gorge and fairly open, watch your step in the center through the leaves as there is loose cinder block under them.
Hole 17 - Mostly open through some tree paths.
Hole 18 - Shoots across a street and then up an open hill to behind a giant tree. The road is OB and runs kinda in the middle of two exceptable fairway(left grass, right mulch).
12 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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