Beautiful Hike Through Too Many Trees
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is an absolutely beautiful course. The first few holes through the edge of campus and the alumni center are awesome. Other holes by the lake are also beautiful.
Lots of easygoing college kids nearby.
Nice walking trail through the course.
Course was made with the intent of being as eco-friendly as possible.
Great use of elevation changes to make a wide variety of approaches.
Great rubber tee mats! That is a real treat in the Richmond area.
Awesome hole signs with directions to the next tee (although the signs are funny...they show 1-4 trees per hole, whereas there isn't a hole out there between 4 and 17 with less than 100 trees in play).
Nice course map on the first tee. I would recommend downloading or printing a copy for your first round because some of the navigation is a bit difficult.
Cons: This place is simply too narrow. I know they wanted to conserve nature, but some of the holes are just ridiculously skinny.
17 tee box is not available due to construction.
Lots of OB on the first few holes. The parking lot is a bit too close for comfort.
Construction currently makes navigation a bit difficult.
The bridge between 4 and 5 is out...its a pretty big jump across the creek
Other Thoughts: This course could be awesome with a few tree trimmings. It is a course based solely on shot placement, but some of the holes are 95% luck. A little work on this course would make it great. As it stands, its just not that much fun for beginners as it is incredibly narrow and frustrating. I may return for a hike, but not to play disc golf.
Lots of the tees have trees just to the right of the tee box which are a bit of a problem for RHFH players.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Major in Tech, Minor in Open
Pretty campus. Top quality map. Spider logo on top the basket is a nice touch.
Walking path crosses, goes behind, and is often near many of the holes. Flow is quite choppy.
With 2/3rds of the holes, with an average length of 260', playing up, down, and across (mostly across) a wooded (moderately thick, small and medium sized hardwoods) hillside separating the campus buildings from a large pond, the theme of this course is control and hitting your lines, although there are a few holes early, middle, and late that are fairly open and more forgiving - except don't be long on #12, or find the aforementioned pond!
Even blend of left/right/straight shots off the tee, although most of the rights come on the front nine, lefts on the back nine, and straights scattered throughout. Most lines to the basket are fair, although 5, 7, and 9 are certainly on the tight side.
Tees & Baskets: New baskets are top quality. Good signs containing all the basic information you need. Tee pads are 6x10 flat rubber mats, but a few are sinking in the middle, and holding water, especially tee-11 - it was filled end-to-end with water!
Navigation: The map is a necessity for the first-time/infrequent visitor. Some additonal tips are:
* From the parking lot, tee-1 is to the left of the alumni building.
* From basket-1, cross the road then parking lot to find tee-2.
* From basket-2, walking down the path to find tee-3.
* From basket-3, cross the road and head the far end of the parking lot to fnd tee-4.
* From basket-5, hug the tennis court fencline to eventually find tee-6.
* From basket-11, take the path down, then left, passing tee-14, to play 12 (towards pond) and 13 (across meadow), then return to tee-14.
* Tee-18 is across the road, in the midst of the bushes/trees near the entrance.
Favourite hole: #10, longest hole at 330', cross a wooded mini valley 200', then turn left, with a secondary sharper left needed to reach the higher basket.
Least favourite hole: #5, a short-n-sharp right-turner whch seemingly requires more luck than skill to miss the abundance of small trees.
More challenging than most university courses I've played. A good addition to the already-solid base of Richmond-area courses.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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