5 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Open field shots, urban setting, and forest trails.
Cons: Being an urban park renders Gillies more littered than most courses, but that is part of it's charm.
Other Thoughts: Gillies is Richmond's Disc Golf Course. It is one of the first. Back in the 60's projects in Richmond's Church hill district were bulldosed to the ground. Trees were planted over the foundations and the area was left dormant for years. Transients over took the place and the area became a trashy wasteland, yet the trees continued to grow. Around 2000, a group of disc golf enthusiasts, along with the city of Richmond, cleaned up the area, and turned it into a disc golf course. Gillies echos the ghosts of it's past. It's urban setting oozed through it trees and green fields. Old remainants of the former drug infested neighborhood still stand, overgrown with plant life, yet serving as an eerie reminder of Gillies less peaceful past. This park is a must. Though it may not be the prettiest, it is amongst the most fun.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Nice course for a quick game.
Pros: A great place to play if you just want to hang with some friends and enjoy the day. Concrete tees were nice and the park is reasonably well maintained. Some of the tee areas are a real challenge because of some steep drops behind them.
Cons: This park is in a rougher part if Richmond and could be a bit uncomfortable if you play alone.
Other Thoughts: A great place for a quick game.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
2nd place richmond course
Pros: This is a fun course. 2nd best in Richmond I'd say. All par 3. I've played the course about 30 times now, and have liked it a lot since the second time I came and knew where I was going on each hole.
Cons: The course is a little hard to navigate your first time and is a little short. The concrete pads are short in length (I like to take off from a little further back on the 2 longer holes, but the pads are raised too high so it would make it awkward to take off from the dirt behind them.)
Other Thoughts: Favorite holes: 5: nice downhill open shot. 9: down hill to the left wooded shot. 18 - a little longer left turn alley shot.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Richmond's Old School Course
Pros: Variety of shots and skills required.
Cons: Tough to follow for first-time visitors.
Other Thoughts: The first course I ever played, and still my original home course, so I'm biased, but the variety and superior layout of this course makes up for shortcomings in terms of setting and lack of signs. Gillies Creek is a basic par 3 course, but features a good mixture of longer and shorter holes. Plus, while most people just play one set of tee pads, several holes have pro teepads or an alternate approach, which means the course length can vary a good bit, especially since a couple of holes can be moved around entirely. Even as I play more and more courses, this one remains one of the more varied and flexible.
Yes, except for the long version of one hole, Gillies Creek is definitely a strict par 3 course, but to get a good look at a birdie you're going to need a different kind of throw on every hole; just throwing long won't help you much out here The course is about half woods, half open, eight of the baskets have two placements and another two holes can be moved around entirely, about six of the holes have long tees, and you need to break out left and right fades, a fair number of control shots, a couple of just straight-out chucks, and two cool downhill holes. So little distance, no water, and not much uphill, but Gillies has everything else, and a couple of views of the Richmond skyline too.
Again, I'm biased, but Gillies is a great course to build your game, holds up well after many plays (though perhaps doesn't make the best first impression), is kept mowed and somewhat litter free most of the time now, and looks pretty good on a nice spring or fall day. All in all, Gillies Creek has a great balance of holes and shots - long and short, right and left, tight and open, and even a little bit of up and down. In addition, every hole has at least one good concrete teepad, the only course in Richmond with this significant benefit. Since playing is the point, Gillies Creek stacks up well.
Way finding notes: Every basket is correctly numbered, and most (but not all) teepads have the number painted on them. Ignore the embedded rock numbers on some teepads; they are remnants of a much older version of the course. #2 has one tee, but a short basket and then (don't ask me why) a much longer basket set maybe 300 feet beyond the first basket. The tee for #3 short is to the right after #2 short; #3 long is just beyond the #2 long basket. #4 is straight walk up the thin alley beyond #3 to a tee next to a big rock, next to the tee for #9. The extra teepads in between #2 and #3 are confusing; one is for the alternate hole #12 (which is rarely set up) and the other one must be left over from an earlier layout. If it's not too crowded you can use these extra tees to make up three extra holes in this area if you want. Otherwise the course isn't too hard to follow, as the next tee is pretty close to the previous basket.
Favorite Hole - #9 - long downhill into a wide alley of established hardwoods.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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