7 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun over and over again
Pros: -Excellent use of what was available. There were many restrictions that the park put on the designers of the course, but they did a great job with the land they could use.
-Huge variety of holes. Some are on the shorter side, others are long, maxing out at about 660'. Uphill, downhill, there are some of both. Tightly wooded, mostly open, again a few of both. I enjoy the layout.
-The scenery is awesome. You will have views of the river, and occasionally some wildlife will make their presence known.
-Birdies can be had by anyone playing this course, and big arms will still be challenged by most of the course. There are only a couple of holes that I would consider a "must" 2 for the bigger arms.
-This course is fun! I always enjoy playing this course, no matter how well, I am doing. I wish I lived closer to it. I would play it daily if I could.
Cons: I wish it could have a couple more par-4s and a par-5 or two. The par-4s that are there are great. Other than that, I don't see this course as lacking anything.
Other Thoughts: Understand how to play wind and elevation. There is almost always wind in this area just off the Arkansas River. It makes the seemingly innocent looking holes challenging at times. Also, it doesn't always blow in the same direction, so you could play the holes one way one day, and have a different challenge the next as the wind switches directions. I think it adds another interesting and fun element to the course.
There is water and pavilions near the first tee and parking area. There are a lot of things to do in the park near the course, including biking that has trails around the course. I have never seen or heard of any issues involving bikers.
I have been at the course when it seemed like the gnats could carry you away. It isn't always like that, but be prepared in case it is.
The water is usually clear enough to see discs at the bottom of the water on #16. On the rest of the course, there is the possibility of losing discs on the blind holes, and the holes along the bluff. On the downhill holes, if you let your disc start to fade too early, or too high above the fairway, then it could end up going a long way into the woods.
To kinda illustrate how tough the course is, the SSA in a tournament at this course involving some of the top players in the world was just over 52. A round of 52 was rated at 1001, and a round of 62 was rated 905 in both rounds of the tournament.
The fun factor along with the layout of the course make me consider it a "phenomenal" course, thus the 4.5 rating. I truly wish I could play lt every day.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Can't wait for next time
Pros: This course has a lot of fun holes, with a lot of elevation changes and a good variety of shots. The views of the river and dam are really nice along the way. Enough shade to keep players cool even on the hottest days. Hole 9 was my favorite, a downhill bomb with a great view.
After playing it once I couldn't wait to play it again. There are just so many good golf holes on the course, where you have to think about where to place your drive in order to best make your next long shot. There's plenty of birdie holes out there too. Lots of fast greens on the sides of hills.
Cons: Not really any cons for me. Some people might not like the long length or the hike. It's real close to a perfect 5, but it doesn't have a posted map and the tee signs aren't the best.
Other Thoughts: I've played over a hundred courses and this one is a new entry into my top ten.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great Scenery, Layout was great considering what they had to work with, Challenging, mix of short/ long holes, lots of elevation changes.
Cons: No trashcans except at Hole #9, RSD Track Team runs on course which is not bad but they set up and have their meetings in the middle of #1 instead of to the side... other than that not much to complain about.
Other Thoughts: Set up in a Bike Trail so watch for bikers and Park offers a lot of sports other than disc golf.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Nicely organized, updated with signage and concrete pads. Easily navigated. Challenging mix of shots throughout. Located on the edge of the Arkansas River which provided nice scenery.
Cons: Could use some water fountains and or a bathroom halfway through. Not much to complain about really.
Other Thoughts: This is my "Home" course. I love it, and haven't found any that I would rather play over, and over, and over....
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: The tee pads were concrete and the baskets were in great shape. This course had a good mixture long, short, open, and wooded holes. There is a water hazard on 16 which offers a challenge but is not impossible. The park is beautiful right on the Arkansas River and is really well taken care of. Nice changes in terrain .This is the best course I have played, but that isn't saying a whole lot since I haven't played many.
Cons: Can't really think of any major things. Beware of bikers on some of the holes, but they never really interefered with any of my shots.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 11 Not
Pros: It's a disc golf course with some long challenging holes, there really isn't too much more to say about it than that. The course was very spread out over a wonderful little park on the shores of the Arkansas river. Trails around the park for nature courses provide helpful little guides to the local trees and plants. A decent mix of open and wooded shots make for a very nice balance as you progress along the course. The elevation changes were used to a good effect on this course but I found many of the holes ran along the ridges not up and down them.
Tee signs and cement boxes make this course easily navigated.
Hole #8 was a neat wooded run at a really large rock formation with a disc coming out of the top of it. This was probably the most unique feature of the course and added a bit of spice to the approach and putt.
Cons: This course is just a course honestly. I found very little to rave about for this course. It was fun and neat and interesting but there is nothing to make this course stand out. To make it memorable. While tee signs are in place for every hole they are generic and give little information, which honestly isn't needed anyway, as 17/18 drives have a decent sight of the basket. Hole 9 was a neat hole but took some scouting to find the basket, this was definitely the most memorable of holes and honestly was a 3 out of 5. Hole 16 is great example of a missed opportunity. A protected island (peninsula technically) hole your drive goes out over a large stagnant pond, which is rather unsightly and makes you want to lay up if nothing but to avoid the mess at all costs. As you approach your putt you find that on the other side there is a large quarry with beautiful sheer cliffs. A shot from there could have been amazing and 100% a signature hole. Add to these problems that the course was very un-manicured and at the end of the day you have a fun round of disc golf that is 100% forgettable.
Other Thoughts: If you are in Russelville for other reasons or you live here it is definitely worth going to play. If you are going out of your way to play this course, however, you may want to find a different course. It just does not have a wow factor. I would like to see the course in different seasons as I think with a little less green some of the views of the river could have been more interesting. A few more amenities (trash cans, benches) would make this a 3 but still just missing it.
7 of 18 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Good Pin visibility, a couple of amazing holes, a lot of holes that are open but with trees only in the most challenging locations, scorecards are on the side of the sign next to the first tee.
Cons: The holes in general are too long for amateurs to get good scores on the course. Easy to lose disc on the ninth and get forced to go swimming for it on the sixteenth
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Best Course In The State
6 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: I designed and installed this course with the help of the River Valley Disc Golf Association. The land is owned by the Corps of Engineers and they were nice enough to let us put a course there. However, with any federal property there were a lot of restrictions on where the teeboxes, baskets and fairways could go. (Everyone is looking to sue these days) My goal was to provide a good mix of long/short and open/wooded holes with all sorts of different shot shaping required. I also wanted a course that our disc golf community could "grow into". By that, I mean as disc golf continues to grow here, discs fly faster and farther, and our players continue to get better, the course would still be challenging. There is some really awesome scenery and wildlife in the are and I tried to create a good use of the elevation and natural features as well..
Cons: Because of the limitations we had (mainly liability issues) we were restricted on where we could put holes.
Other Thoughts: This was the first course in Arkansas built on federal property. Because of that there were lots of restrictions on where the baskets, teepads and fairways could be placed. This affected how the course could be layed out. Given the restrictions from the Corps of Engineers, it is a really great course. A good challenge for most disc golfers. There is water and pavilions near the first tee and the course is always in great shape.
6 of 12 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 6 Not
Great New Course
Pros: Love the the trail going through the woods and the hole up on top of the hill. Also the hole in which you aim for the Arkansas River is Beautiful!
Cons: The T-pads narrow, not a bad thing I guess, just different. I supose it saved a little money and definitely better than dirt.
Other Thoughts: Be careful when shooting across run off pond from quarry on hole 16. A big thanks to whom got this course put in!!! Thank you.
3 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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