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.
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Great Campus Course
Pros: I really like this course. Designed to fit the campus & still be challenging. The open holes at the beginning & end were great ways to warm up and end the round.
Not being a big drive thrower the course fit my style of play. I was able to hit a few birdies and when I missed the path on the wooded holes I paid the price.
Some criticize the course for being heavy woods if you miss a throw, but I think it's the incentive to not go there. Just keep an eye on your disc if it sails off the path.
The course is a good mix of holes given that it's on a University campus.
The tee pads are wearing in nicely and the hole signs are accurate.
The wood holes have a diversity that is a challenge, up hill, down hill & hyzers & anhyzers. Yet if you hit the line a birdie is very possible.
Cons: The only con was the walk from hole 3 to 4. I got lost but a little sign mid-way would fix that. This con was negated for me when a University grounds keeper saw me and gave me a ride in his cart to the #4 tee.
Other Thoughts: Some may not like this course because there are some short holes. But the short holes are tree heavy and there are ace lines you just have to hit them. If you don't your in the jail house and that's where you should be for missing the drive.
Once the newness of the course gets worn in to remove some of the walking hazards, some trails in the bushes to help look for a stray disc will lift the 4 rating to a 5 for me.
I'll be playing this course again.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Good addition to the campus
Pros: -Like the new rubber tees
-nice new baskets
-great signs at every tee
Cons: -difficult to navigate without a map
-VERY heavily wooded on most holes
-areas off fairways are fairly rough (wear long pants)
-fairways are a little nasty, not yet broken in
Other Thoughts: -make sure that you have discs that are easy to spot, my buddies and I spent a long time looking for discs in the bushes all round the course
0 of 5 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.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Excellent Richmond Addition!
Pros: Fantastic Course for a City. Well maintained, beautiful course. 18 Holes, Rubber Tee Pads, Maps with all info (distance/par Ect) on every hole. Great mix of not only wooded and open (more wooded than open), but of both FH and BH fairway throws. Great atmosphere and use of grounds. Elevation comes into play on many holes. Some concrete and path OB's to make things even more challenging. (All pavement , paths and stairs are OB).
Cons: Not very first time friendly. Despite the maps on each hole having a 'next tee' directional, it can be hard to find the next tee. Especially when going from 3 to 4. And the 'Next Tee' directions are on the Tee Maps. Wish they had the colored spokes in the baskets pointing the way to the next tees, like Bryan and White Bank Park. Pubic usage. Many of the wooded holes wind through a running trail and stairs that run throughout the campus. In a busy summer I can imagine that the area will get a lot of use. An errant throw here or there will cause more than a few students to start complaining. No restrooms to speak of unless you know a student, I guess?
Other Thoughts: Despite any Cons listed I have to say this was a fun course! We played it twice and the second time the flow/FTF (First Time Friendly) issues went away. The more I thought about the course the more I wanted to play it again. Once all the foliage comes in the wooded holes will be even more daunting. I have to say that we are blessed to have so many great courses in the Richmond area and this is a great addition. This might be one of the best. Once the course gets more traffic and the paths get beaten in more it will certainly give Bryan Park and others a run for the money. More scenic than Bryan Park with more challenge and less grip it and rip options. The first reviewer did a great job explaining how to get from #3 to #4 which is the hardest to find. So follow his directions. Just remember after #3, cross the street to the bottom parking lot, staying to the left and follow the steps down hill. #5 to #6 ignore the paths and follow the back of the Tennis courts and you'll be right at the tee for #6. The first reviewer also warned of briars, have to say they are not an issue. Sure they are there, but not that bad. If you've played the back nine at Goyne and survived the briars here at UR will be laughable to you!
Favorite Holes: 12: A short FH throw to a hard dogleg with a basket that sits on the edge of the lake. The wrong roll on an approach or drive and you're all wet!
14: A tight up hill throw with a steep gulley on the right just waiting to punish you!
6 of 6 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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