Pretty Riverview Course Has Safety Concerns!
Pros: The Riverview DGC in Rotary Park finishes right long the banks of the Colorado River. And right in the wheelhouse of the swimmers and picnickers enjoying the Colorado River. As well as the waters of the Colorado River.
The course starts right next to the BB courts. The tee signs are old school fiberglass ones. There are up to three separate tee pads for the YELLOWS (Longs), medium REDS and the shorter BLUES. Some pads are marked on sidewalks. The baskets are DGA models. A very nice feature is the color coordinated paving bricks under the baskets pointing the way to the next tee.
This is a nice city park with the usual amenities, restrooms, picnic tables, shady areas, and gazebos.
Holes 6 and 8 both have creative tee pad areas and fun hyser routes to baskets down and around the jutting out patio type viewing platforms. However, both are huge Risk/Rewards and with the howling wind today, the odds were tipped too far into the Risk side.
Cons: There are a couple of serious problems with this course.
1) Chance of lost discs. The # 4 baskets sits about 20' from the river's edge. Hole # 6 is another hole where many a player could end of in the river, especially with the howling wind blowing. # 8 is another hole with a great Risk/Reward. Just like # 6, you have to hyser around the raised patio area to a blind basket. It's fairly tight and would easy for many players to end up in the water.
2) Safety issues with everyone. The last six holes all playing along the river are safety concerns. I chose to skip 6 & 8 both as swimmers were sunbathing right near the basket or directly in line. And these are easily the two most creative holes on the course.
Other Thoughts: When I'm playing a 9 hole course and I'm forced to skip the two holes that I'm most excited about throwing to, that's a major negative in my book. And if a player chooses not to skip these holes and throw into people, that would be a recipe for disaster.
This seems to be a fairly busy park. I was here on a weekday in March, hardly the height of the summer popularity when people really need to get into the river and the park was busy enough to adversely affect my game.
Fun Little 9 Hole
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Pros: From both the long and short tees, you can rip it for aces. Even this old guy only failed to reach two pins from the pro tees.
Cons: It's not really going to challenge your game, but there is water and it really is a beautiful setting.
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Tough crowd along the River
Pros: This course has the elevation changes, obstacles, and multiple levels of play that I look for in course design, primarily due to the multiple tee placements. Wind off the river can also add to the skill sets needed for good play. It is compact in design and has short transitions between basket to Tee.
Cons: The short side of this course design is, that it breaks all the rules for good safe play. The short transitions, when done correctly, are always a plus to any course, but here, there are too many examples of where you end up in the field of play from the previous hole, as you transition to the next.
Also, it is a busy multi-purpose park that has to many places in and along the fairways that allow pedestrains and park users to be in danger of good and bad throws. Never a good idea to mix the two. This is also compounded by several Tee and Basket placements that are long blind shots into these busy areas.
I don't recommend play on the weekend.
Other Thoughts: I really like the fact that this course is good for all level of players. Sometimes, designers forget that we are not all pros, and that this is also a family sport. Good job there.
I always find courses with favorite hole designs and in this case it was No.8, even though it had the blind landing area. The use of multi-colored blocks embeded at the base of each basket, directing you in the direction of the next Tees, is something I wish all course designers woud use. I wish this course was in an area that didn't have the casual pedestrain traffic.
It also has good baskets and signs.
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