Hollins (Roanoke), VA 
Walrond Park Share
Uploaded By: BrewCrewJake Hole #9 (Taken 7/2011)
4 / 429ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #9 Approach



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 Soapbox Derby Junior

1    4/8/2012   4/9/2012
Review By: swatso
Played: 370  Reviewed: 349  Exp: 6.7 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros:
The map is really good - make sure you have a copy of it, because the tees may be hard to find, and you can use the map to estimate the tee locations.
Cons:
Plays a bit close to some private properties and public waking path. Some hole/baskets/fairways jammed together. Awkward flow from basket-8 to tee-9 - essentially, you walk fairway-4/past tee-5.
Other Thoughts:
Course plays down, up, and within the sloping open space of a multi-purpose park. Elevation changes pose the primary difficulty on about half the holes, which are practically wide open, and a small amount of trees/bushes, usually near the basket, provide the challenges on the open holes. With three holes under 200', and all but two holes under 300', intermediate+ players should have some birdy, and possibly ace, opportunities.

Navigation: The day I played, tees 1, 5-8 had a small pole at the natural tee location. I found worn dirt spots where tees 2&9 seemed to make sense, and I had to estimate the tee spot for 3&4. The most obvious basket from tee-6 is basket-8 - basket-6 is not visible, farther and left of basket-8, behind the trees/bushes. Basket-7 is behind the bushes which are behind tee-8.

The original course was longer, offered two tee locations per hole, but had even less obstacles. Convenient to I81, so possibly worth a visit if you happen to be passing by.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Walrond

1    11/22/2011   11/24/2011
Review By: germs
Played: 69  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 15.1 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The only pro I can think of is that there are Discatcher baskets. It could be decent if you're willing to play an odyssey round. Beginners just learning how to throw would enjoy this course.
Cons: Although there is a small map of where the holes are supposed to be near hole #1, it isn't all that accurate. This course seems nearly abandoned, so there isn't any wear in the grass to show you where the tee-pads should be. Some of them are marked with PVC poles in the ground, but at least 3 of them are missing. I couldn't locate #9 basket at all, even with a picture of the map. The park is constructing new walking paths, and a few holes play directly over the paths. I had to wait for people to walk by on numerous occasions. Almost every hole is short, and completely wide open with no obstacles.
Other Thoughts: This course could be a lot more fun, with something to mark the tee-pads. A lot more area could be utilized, especially with only 9 holes. Maybe throw in a water hazard and some trees or other obstacles. With the new walking paths being installed, it would be nice to avoid them as much as possible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Practice Course at Best

5+    10/5/2011   10/13/2011
Review By: vtarchiek
Played: 50  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 6.6 Years
This review was updated on 12/18/2014
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Holes 6-9 make good use of the trees & vegetation
- Scenic, well-maintained park
- Can be played in about 30 minutes
Cons: - Most of the tee markers (white PVC poles) are gone. Unless you memorize the map near the parking lot or have played several times it's impossible to follow the course layout.
- No tee pads, other than a couple of bare dirt spots left over from the old layout. Since the redesign in summer 2011 it seems like the whole course seems unfinished.
- Several holes (1-5) are very short and unimaginative, can easily be played with a putter
- New course layout feels cramped & doesn't use space available
- Drainage issues around several holes, can get swampy after rain
- Flow from holes 8 to 9 makes no sense, you essentially have to backtrack across the park to get to the hole 9 tee pad
Other Thoughts: I feel that Roanoke County could do so much better with this course. There is a ton of area at this park that is not being utilized & would create some great holes. It seems like portions of the reworked course were crammed together without any real thought. At least the old layout tested your driving ability on a few of the holes.

I definitely think there is potential here, this would be a great location for an 18-hole course, or even a better designed 9-hole course. However, as it stands now Walrond is little more than a practice/putter course.

In case anyone's interested, I've uploaded an alternate 18-hole layout in the links section. Still not great but adds a lot of distance & allows for different types of shots. Feel free to message me with any comments/suggestions.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


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