Roanoke, VA 
Fishburn Park Share
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3 / 321ft. Par / Distance:
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Needs serious work

5+    9/3/2014   9/29/2014
Review By: splatbaseball51
Played: 69  Reviewed: 27  Exp: 5.6 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Out of the available land in the park, Fishburn utilizes it ok for probably 2 of the 9 holes (1 and 8). The other holes all felt contrived.

Hole 1 gets you off to a fun start with a downhill shot to a basket tucked safely behind a tree. The only other fun hole on the course is hole 8, which is pretty unique I must admit, but forces a semi blind shot over a walking path which is in use every time I've been out.

There is water in play, both in the form of a river and surely in your shoes as well! That does create a mild risk/reward element, but no other real challenge to speak of.

The length of the holes are actually long enough that, despite the low rating of this course, requires you to pull out a driver on. Usually courses rated this poorly will be pitch and putt deals, but you'll at least get to let a few rip on a few holes.

Other than the other amenities in the park, there are very little pro's to this course other than holes 1 and 8.
Cons: Where do I begin?

First off, the tee "pads" are merely circular concrete markers, often times overgrown so much with grass they are hard to spot. Forget throwing off of these, they simply serve as a starting point.

The baskets are old and in extreme disrepair. Several of the baskets are bent or are angled awkwardly and simply need to be replaced.

The entire course is located in a flood zone and any little amount of rain is sure to saturate the ground on every hole. This also attracts the mosquitoes rather fiercely in the summer and makes for an almost miserable experience.

I know this course was made a while ago, and I have no idea how the park was set up during its inception, but nearly every hole has the walking path in play. (In fact I'd say only holes 1,2 and 3 are the exception). This is not only dangerous for the other park goers, it's frustrating for the golfers as well as they are forced to wait at nearly every hole for the walkers to pass.

There are zero signs, either tee or navigational. Be prepared to stumble about in the swamp to find a bit of concrete marking the "tee area".
Other Thoughts: I know the back story of this course and I realize it was the only local course for many years. I know there is a lot of emotional ties to the course but that simply doesn't excuse the disrepair it is in.

Someone should really go in and overhaul this course. I wouldn't advocate removing it entirely, mostly because I think any course is better than no course, but it doesn't represent our sport well and would be a complete turnoff for a beginner golfer.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Wetlands Wandering

1    4/6/2009   4/7/2009
Review By: swatso
Played: 369  Reviewed: 348  Exp: 6.2 Years
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros:
Tees marked by in-ground circular concrete medallions which list the hole number, the distance, and the direction to the basket.

Webpage at http://www.overacker.com/fishburn.htm provides an excellent description of each hole.

Good use of the land available (water-holding land between a road and a creek).
Cons:
Holes #7-#9 play near a walking path.

Tee "pad" is the dirt/grass next to the tee marker.

Being below street level and next to the creek, the ground holds water quite well.

Most holes geared for a RHBH hyzer throw.
Other Thoughts:
First tee is to the right of the tennis courts. Course plays in a counter-clockwise direction, first down the hill, then down the meadow, keeping the creek to your right, until you reverse course after hole #5, keeping the road to your right.

Distance of holes: minimim 156', maximum 352', average about 275'.

Fairly open, with a few trees or the creek to keep your focus.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 

3/22/2008   6/29/2008
Review By: danhyzer
Played: 1180  Reviewed: 87  Exp: 26.6 Years
0 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: to few to list, but if I had to say anything good about this course is that it's a course for people to learn to play DG
Cons: Shared tees with multiple holes. Hole # 5 went nowhere, then you had to backtrack and throw into another hole. Dirt tees.
Other Thoughts: Why couldn't the course be extended over the creek?? I personally think the course should be redesigned. But i'm a tourist and not a local.

0 of 9 people found this review helpful.


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