Nice course, worth checking out
Pros: Challenging, but there's a few "easy" ones. Mixed distance, mostly what I'd call short, but there's also a few that will show you just how much umpf you have in your arm. Very technical, good place to "break in" new discs. You might learn a few new cuss words. Never crowded, I rarely see other people playing. Absolutely beautiful views and nice wondering trails near the lake.
Cons: Not maintained often, so can be times the course is just thick and full of poison ivy, thorns, etc. This is all typical VA foliage though, I don't know that any other course this tight and technical (sic "woodsy") is any different. You might learn a few new cuss words. With the construction, and change up of the pins, can be a little tricky in places for a first timer to navigate, highly recommend printing the guide. If it's summer, and the course hasn't been trimmed lately, you're likely to loose a disc or two, be sure to know where you're trowing or use a spotter. #4 can be hard to find, you have to hike across the street and behind the cottage building(s). And I can't lie, it's a BIT**, it's down a hill, hard right, and surrounded by an un-holy terrain that will NOT give up a disc. I've found all that I've lost there, but usually a couple of months or weeks after I lost it and the foliage dies back some. #4 will make a preacher cuss.
Other Thoughts: They are still working on the campus, so #1 is still gone, not sure if it's coming back or what the plan is, but just note to start at what WAS #2, over by the field hockey field at the back of the parking lot. All in all, this is actually one of my more favorite courses in Richmond, and I think because the density seems to daunting that few play it or learn to enjoy it. All I can say about those that bitch about it be so rough is it's just a challenge, it will def present a good opportunity to beef up your mid game and accuracy. It's mostly shaded so you can play it about any time of day, even on stupid hot days because you're generally shaded. If you are familiar with Dunncroft on the west end, then I'd say this is like the older brother to Dunncroft and what a nice full, technical course looks like. It's not always perfect, and the construction on campus can make it a little pain in places, but I highly recommend finding out for yourself if you're able to get a chance to play this course. Disclaimer, I do work for UR, but this is not one of my most played or uber-favorite courses, but it's nice. I'd compare it to Dorey, maybe just a little more hills and a little tighter/technical. If you play this course and just hated it, then you might consider finding another sport that doesn't piss you off, I find this an enjoyable, quiet and relaxing course to play. I know I suck, so I don't expect to go out there and throw a Nate Doss type game, still better than sitting in an office or at home on the couch. The sign says they don't allow dogs, there's always people walking dogs, and I do take mine, generally they do need to be on leash, but I see no reason why a well behaved and controlled dog isn't really welcome here.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: good mix of in the trees and some open holes; nice amount of trees as obstacles and uphill/downhill or blind shots.
Cons: oddly enough, the course needs to be played more to be better; lots of little twigs and branches in the way that wouldn't be there if it were played more; also there is some construction causing some temporary problems with some holes.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The entire University of Richmond was beautifully maintained. There were many fun holes. Most of the holes range between 250-300ft so it is beginner friendly but it still can be challenging with tightly wooded holes.
- scenic lake scenes on some holes
- nice tee signs (with direction to next tee)
- elevation used
- spider logo on top of the basket looks great
Cons: The biggest con is when non-DG obstacles come into play. Please watch out for joggers, bikers, dog walkers, and cars. There are plenty of people around the area near the lake and most are not college students.
If you take a look at the map you will see where navigation issues will come into play. The tee signs will get you in the correct direction while you're on the course but a map in hand would be best.
Other Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised with this course and I think it compliments the other Richmond area courses very well.
I had a great time and I think the course will only become better with some more time to break in.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Multiple Challenges, Multiple Rewards
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Landscape, shot variety, signage and teepads
Cons: Average length
Other Thoughts: The disc golf course at the University of Richmond shows it's Jekyll side for the first three holes, with excellent signage and well manicured and mostly open holes typical of other college campus courses. Then the course moves into the woods for #4, turning Hyde in terms of holes (though not in terms of signage and teepads) with thick woods and the sort of touch shots that demand your most reliable mid-range discs, and beat those discs up when you don't put them where you mean too. You don't come out of the woods until #12, for two more picture perfect lakeside holes, and then right back into the woods for a tight uphill shot on #14. The course finishes with its kinder face, with #17 and #18 resuming the characteristics of the first three holes.
This course is multi-faceted, and will challenge most aspects of most players' games. With only one set of tees, and playing mostly 200-350 feet, it's not built for the big arms, but otherwise you'll need to put drivers where you want to, and shape touch shots in the woods just right. This is the sort of course where the more you play it, the more you can figure out how best to play it. Most of the woods holes are tight, a couple perhaps unreasonably so, but maybe the designers meant for you to play two well placed mid-range shots, rather than one drive. These holes play around turns left and right, up and down hills, and the effect is the sort of course where scoring spreads can vary pretty widely I'd think; stay on course and you'll be par all the way, but let up for one throw and you're off in the thicket, looking at a double. Players with good control are rewarded here, but those whose strength is off the tee can catch up a bit on the seven more mixed/open holes.
The course at UR is somewhat complementary to the area's one sort of high-end course, Bryan Park. Both play over an attractive landscape featuring some impressive trees and idyllic water views. Bryan Park is a classic city park landscape, long, mostly open, natural teepads, and most holes playing in straight line. UR is not long by any definition, but does give Richmonders a taste of the top-end DG landscape that can be found on some college campus courses. This nice taste, however, is offset by a couple holes with a very high potential for losing discs (#4 especially) and a couple more that many players might consider unreasonably tight and wooded. The signage at UR is top-notch, but even so there are three or four transitions where first time players could easily get off course, especially going from #3 to #4, and a bunch of next tee signs would help a lot. The teepads are rubber mats over level ground, so not concrete but still pretty good, and the landscape and scenery are as fine as any course in the area, however.
Overall I rate this course as Good, and worth seeing if you're in the area and it suits your taste. Taken as a whole, this course has a bunch of good holes, and the landscape, signage, and teepads are a plus. The frustration factor introduced by some other aspects of the course, however, must be acknowledged. Bring a map the first time through, and your best touch game, and you should be glad you made your way to this course.
Favorite Hole - #12 - straighforward hole out of the woods plays to basket set right on the lake.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
That "New Course" Smell
Pros: Much planning and preparation has been put in to this course. The fairways have been cleared, the rubber tee pads are flat and level, there are stairs and bridges where needed.
The holes are varied in elevation and style. Many tight wooded holes, which seem to play in favor of LHBH throwers. This is rare in a course which makes it more interesting and more difficult for most players. The RHBH holes also seem to be longer holes.
Some of the low limbs and branches which were purposely left to make a harder upshot are refreshing. They need to stay without being trimmed, because too many courses succumb to the "limbing up" syndrome. Trimmed branches can never be replaced and change the character of the hole forever.
The scenery is great, with views of the lake through the trees, and one water hole.
Cons: The course is in fairly tight quarters. The first three holes have roads and parking lots in play. The woods holes weave around gravel paths which are OB, but will definately come into play, and could penalize even an excellent drive. Also the walking traffic could be in conflict with the dgers. Please be aware of pedestrian traffic and hopefully they will become aware of us without incident.
There are a couple of flow issues which obviously couldn't be avoided due to the available space. After hole 1, cross the road and parking lot to find tee 2 on a rise between the parking lot and turf field. From hole 3 to 4, you will cross the street and go to the back left corner of the parking lot, passing the tee for 17 down a small hill to your left. Also after completing hole 5, do not follow any walking path, but hug the fenceline of the tennis courts walking clockwise until you see the tee for 6. Also after number 11, walk downhill and across the creek to the 12th tee which plays toward the lake, with thirteen playing back and crossing the same creek to get back to 14 tee.
Other Thoughts: This is a solid addition to Richmond's repertiore of courses. I will be back to play this course again. I admire any course design where difficulty is high without the need for extreme distance.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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