8 Helpful / 1 Not
Moments of Greatness
- Multiple Tees. Every hole at Randolph Park has three sets of tees (Red, White, Blue) allowing the user to determine the course they want to play. I found the Whites to be the most "finished" set of tees in terms of construction of the tee-pads... while the Blues and Reds were there to be used, but not as "finished".
- Open / Wooded. The Front-9 at Dublin played through an extremely wooded section of the park, while the Back-9 played primarily through a wide open section of the park. All the wooded holes fairways were completely fair, and the open holes were designed in such a way that they were not boring. Actually, the open holes used some drainage basins quite well to tighten up some otherwise wide-open shots (if played as OB).
- Long Stuff. There were some long holes on the Back-9... 700'er... 900'er... etc... I love having to play GOLF where you're required to throw to an optimal landing zone in order to have a successful attempt at the next shot. And, with wide open skies, you really get to air it out and watch the disc fly.
- Trashed. LITTERally. Parts of the course were trashed - LITTERally. My buddy and I would pick up all the trash we could find on each Hole and deliver it to the next tee-pad (as there were no trashcans in the woods, and there was no way we could carry it all out). Hopefully, our recentralization of the litter at each tee-pad convinces some local to go for a round with a trash bag and finish the job.
- Long Walks. There are some amazingly long walks out there. One that has to be almost a ¼ mile between Hole 10 and 11... and then an 1/8 mile walk between Holes 12 and 13... and then another long walk to 16. Luckily, I had seen the baskets on that side of the park on my way into the course and knew I would have to walk in that direction.
- Ends Weak. For a course with so many great shots, I feel that it ends weak... as if they were just trying to get back to the car. Several of the Holes on the course are "Championship" quality Holes... and then Holes 17 and 18 are just there. I hate when courses do that.
- Convenient. Randolph Park is located right off the I-81 and is extremely close to gas, food, and other stores. It's an ideal road-trip course to grab if driving down the I-81.
- Overall. I thought Randolph Park had some great golf to be played. I've played it from the Whites and Blues and had a blast on both, but preferred the Whites. The Blues are definitely designed for the Pro-level golfer in mind, providing very few bridie opportunities (except for the longest of arms), while the Whites are designed more like a standard disc golf course in terms of length and difficulty. The trash, long walks and natural tee-pads definitely take away from the course in terms of rating, but the course is still fun and has some championship level golf to be played.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - this type of course is what comes to mind when you think of a balanced course. Front 9 in the woods, back 9 in the clear, a decent amount of elevation on some holes
- the distance (both throws and total walking) is a good amount. This course will take you 2 hours to play through
- the course is located in a well maintained county park. Nicely maintained for the most part. The course is wooded, but not overly so.
Cons: - you need to consult a map the first time you play, the hole locations are not exactly intuitive. The front 9 in the woods wind a little. Look out for between hole 10 and 11, it's not easy to find.
- white tees are clearly visible, it's hard to find the blues or reds on most.
- there are no par markings on the holes. Print a score card. we always just score as a par 3 course then subtract off 6 at the end. You should be able to tell where the 4 and 5's are.
Other Thoughts: The park is relatively busy on most afternoons/evenings, but it seems the holes are far enough out of the way there isn't much interference. There are walking paths that wind through the front 9, but there are rarely people in the way.
The woods are not too dense (except for leaves in the fall), lost disks should not be a terrible problem.
There are some fences in some places. Look out for the electric fence to the left of 16.
Pads are natural, some filled with stone. Obviously would be nice to have real pads, but you can't complain too much.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Beautiful. Peaceful. Right off the highway. Great variety of shots/lengths. Never too crowded. Etc Etc
Cons: About a year ago I played it for the first time. I pulled up right before a tournament started. I asked to play, they said no - for club members only. Hopefully this has changed, otherwise these guys are dipsh*ts.
Other Thoughts: Vareity (shots) 4.5/5 - Front 9 wooded, back 9 opens up.
Variety (length) 5/5 - shorties through bombs. Also nice that the length varies in the woods, as well as out in the open.
Beauty - 5/5 - You ever go to the Grand Canyon and think, "Holy sh*t, there's no way you can capture this in a picture." Maybe I just suck at photography, but this place is way prettier than the pictures.
Trackability - 3.5/5 - Could use a little help here. More signs? I gave it some extra credit because it's so easy to track from I-81 (and so close)
Lost Disc Hazard - 3/5 - The woods, obviously, but the back 9 can hide a disc too
Vibe - 4/5 - Front 9 can have a lot of walkers. Otherwise peaceful and serene. Great way to break up a road trip.
Safety - 4.5/5 - Little security office on your way in. The locals seem to be small-town friendly. I only docked 1/2 point because there were some laws I wanted to break on the front 9 but I was nervous about the people and security in the area.
29.5/35 = 4.21 = 4
I bumped it up to 4.5 because I like it so much. Very highly recommended to anyone driving up I-81
4 of 11 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: - Great balance of open and wooded holes.
- Course will test both your distance and accuracy.
- Park has a great pool open to the public. Jump in after your round to cool off during the summer months.
Cons: - Course doesn't flow extremely well. A course map is very helpful for first-time navigation.
- The park has many other amenities that make it congested during summer months. However this doesn't interfere with most holes.
- Tee signs don't list pars. Just be sure to print a scorecard from DGCR.
Other Thoughts: - For a full day of disc golf, play Randolph Park and then drive over to the Golden Hills course in Christiansburg and enjoy the full New River Valley 36!
Variety:4 Balance:5 Strategy:3 Character:3 Fun:4 Avg: 3.8
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
An interesting mix
Pros: The course has a big variety of holes which makes for a fun and interesting round. The first half of the course is mostly through fairly dense woods, while the second half plays through mostly rolling fields around drainage ponds. The elevation available was pretty minimal, but it was used well where possible to make things more interesting.
The wooded holes had a great mix of straight holes and holes with bends and doglegs left and right. They forced many different types of shots in order to score well, and put a premium on accuracy. The open holes were more about shot placement and controlled distance to have a shot at the hole and stay out of the retention ponds (empty when I played, but they could be a cool water feature at times). There was a good mix of lengths, from ace run holes to some good places to air it out including one hole at around 900'.
The signage on the course was very good,with good hole maps that were very descriptive of how to find the next hole when there was a long walk or it was otherwise not immediately obvious. The baskets were in good shape with painted spokes to point the way to the next tee. The course loops back near the parking lot in the middle which is always nice.
Cons: There are a couple holes that have silly fairway shapes in the woods, especially #6 which was very long and basically boomerang shaped with a sharp dogleg down a very tight fairway. It would be nice to have the open holes and wooded holes more mixed rather than half the course of each, but that would be very difficult to incorporate into the design, so it feels like a couple different courses put together.
There are some very long walks between sections of the course to avoid other park features. I definitely prefer that to having the course interfere with paths and sports fields, but it still breaks up the flow of the course. They are well marked though, which keeps it from being too much of a navigation issue.
None of the holes really stood out to me as anything really special, and the course seemed a bit repetitive at times.
Other Thoughts: This course has something for everyone, from easy to hard, long to short, and open to tightly wooded. The course is approachable for newer players, but would be pretty tough. More experienced players will find some fun challenges, though the open holes don't have enough chances for bad shots to be punished to be very tough.
I definitely would play this course if you're in the area, but it's not really a destination course that I would drive a long way to play.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Saturday in Dublin, VA
Pros: I REALLY liked the mix of wooded and open holes. Even with the wide-open fields, you needed to shot shape. The signage was outstanding with a couple of exceptions (#6 and some directional signage), and that was great. Another nice touch was the QUALITY of the signs, course markers, and even the scorecard/course map...very accurate and helpful. Another PRO is the maintenance and upkeep of the park and course. Good job to those folks in Dublin.
The online docs were great (as stated above), but headed to the #1, there were also copies available...that shows upkeep and pride...good job parks and rec, as well as the local club.
Cons: Hole #6...I hated this hole from beginning to end. It goes against the entire personality of this course. There is NO WAY in (guess the insert here) that you can even get close, much less lucky. Come on guys...re-think this one...it has potential.
Hole #13...just because you have 900' to play with does not mean you have to use it. Don't get me wrong, it was a fun hole, but realistically, this was another hole that was out of the personality mold.
Final CON...PLEASE erect some signage showing directions to the holes..I had good info on 11 and 12, but 15 was a mystery...couple of good arrows...
Other Thoughts: This was a CHALLENGING course and had a lot to offer ANY level of player. The wooded holes were relentless if you missed your line and I like that risk/reward element. The open field holes were cool, too. I would HIGHLY suggest sneaking holes in between 12 and 13...that is a perfect little line to put a sneaky little basket tucked away...
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Best of Both Worlds
Pros: This course offers the best things for people who like wooded courses as well as open courses. I found that this course favors the strong arm because once you get through hole nine, it gets very spacious. Hole 12 rounds 899 feet which can be a bit of a trouble for a player who prefers par 3's and 4's. The park is very well maintained and very scenic.
Cons: The signs need to be replaced because some have been broken and some don't list the par. Also I think one of them was facing backwards. It can be quite easy to lose a disc if the retaining ponds were full and if you don't watch where your disc lands while in the woods.
Other Thoughts: Favorite holes were 9, 15 and 18. 9 is the last of the first set of wooded holes, i like this one because i nearly have aced it twice. 15 is a good straight open shot with a row of trees running parallel along the fairway.and finally 18 is a favorite because the pin is located on a mound of dirt that can be challenging for a longer putt.
Least favorite hole has to be 6 because there was no sign telling how the hole is layed-out and you have no idea what par it is. The hole makes a dog leg right and becomes a bit too difficult.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Very diverse shots and scenary! Challenging wooded area and long open field shots. Great overall course. Very well organized and mapped out. Well kept.
Cons: A bit of a walk between a few holes, but really no problem.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Diversity of course
upkeep of course
facilities around course
Cons: lack of risk reward on most shots
not too many elevation changes
long walk between a couple of holes
Other Thoughts: My wife and I played this course on vacation and loved it. There are a lot of diverse holes from one to the next that can make you have to play a variety of shots. Would highly recomend this one to anybody.
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Woody and Buzz
Excellent signage, especially for the wooded holes. Signs at tee will show distance, path(s) to basket, next tee location. At basket, red spoke indicates direction of next tee, as well as some signs on trees.
Two 9-hole loops both ending near same parking lot.
Within 1.5 miles of I81, restaurants and petrol stations nearby, bathrooms at site. Located in large multi-use park, including a large pool/water park.
Favourite hole #16: 560', first 2/3rds in open, last 1/3rd in woods, retention basin directly between you and basket. If you play to the right, you then have a long right-turning shot to reach the basket deep in the woods.
With leaves on the trees and water in the retention basins, the chance of losing a disc is a bit high.
Wooded holes play amongst multiple walking trails, so be aware of non-players.
Very long walk between holes 10 to 11, 12 to 13.
Least favourite hole #6: After smashing your discs against trees the first five ~250' slight dogleg holes, you get to do so for 450' on this tight right dogleg! :-O
To find tee #1, go left after entering the park, past pool, past gazebo on left, large parking lot on left just after.
Holes 1-5, 7-9, 17&18 are very similar - in the woods, slight doglegs (about half to the left, half to the right), between 183' to 335', most in the mid-200's.
Holes 10-15 are mostly open, bring water retention basins into play, and vary in length from 250' to the monster 860' that is #13.
After finishing #10, follow the fence on the left until it turns sharply to the left, where you will find tee #11.
After finishing #12, walk along the fence, keeping it and the soccer fields to your right, and the woods to your left - you'll eventually find the tee for #13, with its basket being 860' away, down then way to the left.
Fun and challenging course - a bit repetitive in the woods, so the option of airing it out the next few holes is a welcoming sight.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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