Great Course in Spotsy, VA
Pros: -This course has a great deal of diversity and elevation. There are open holes and there are wooded holes. Some are uphill and some are down.
-The tee-boxes are in OK condition and it appears that they are updating a few of them momentarily.
- There are multiple tee-boxes for additional difficulty if desired and even several holes that have permanent secondary baskets.
-The baskets are in great condition and have crisp yellow paint to guide you through the course.
-The navigation was pretty seamless. Most of the holes have a visual representation of the hole layout and there were only a few holes that did not have such a visual aid.
I really liked the diversity in length and shape. Some were really straight narrow and wooded, while others were of the dog-leg variety. Hole #10 over the water completely was pretty awesome. Bring your swim suit if you don't plan to throw straight on that hole.
Overall, well maintained, at least in the fairways. Some of the open holes can tend to grow grass that is a bit higher, but if you keep them straight you will have no problem keeping an eye on your disc. There are multiple pin placements and long and short tee boxes. I have played this course 10+ times and I do not think that it has been the exact same once.
Cons: As I mentioned before, some of the grass in the fields can get a bit long and if you miss the fairway off the tee box you could lose your disc in the tall grass. Some of the tee boxes show some good wear and tear, however this is one of the best courses I have ever played.
Other Thoughts: I have played this course countless times and at all times of the day. My favorite time is around 3pm-5pm. Its still pretty light out, but the wooded areas provide just enough shade to prevent you from getting too hot.
Loose in Loriella
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 18 challenging holes with two tees and multiple pins per hole. Nice rolling elevation over a split of open and wooded holes, and a pond coming into play in the woods. The two tees vary the holes quite a bit, and the basket positions also vary the shots a good amount. The open holes feature some long uphill and downhill bombs and the wooded holes feature more shorter technical lines although there are a couple legit par 4s in the woods. Signage and navigation were ok. Disc golf only area of park.
Cons: Natural/carpet tees. Some of the wooded holes are a little too tight. One big loop back to parking lot. Traffic can be bad getting to course.
Other Thoughts: Loriella is the best public course in the Spotsy-NOVA area and is conveniently located just off I-95 for travelers and anyone stuck in local traffic. It has great balance of challenges and variety throughout the course and overall fun to play. In the summer it must be nice to cool off in the pool after a round.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: First few holes give you some good long shots and work more into the woods and get more technical. 10 is an awesome set up and a fun hole. Several holes have more 2 tee boxes and baskets. Course is well maintained and fairly easy to follow.
Cons: Basket placement changes often, which is a good thing but some of the holes are hard to place the basket. The fields could be cut a little more often to make it easier to find you disc after your initial drive.
Other Thoughts: Better course for newer players and helps get your throws lined up before the harder holes further into the course.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I have no idea why this course is not rated higher? It has elevation, woods, water, tight lines, open bombs, short holes, long holes, dual tees and dual basket positions.
It takes some skill to play here as you're either carving or riding the winds up and down huge grassy hills or managing the woods or hitting specific lines on forested fairways...distances are advanced to pro worthy. Lot's of thinking and strategy out here as well...with a premium on smart play and execution due to some baskets and tees nestled in interesting nooks...The real joy here for me was the contrast between reckless bombing and then hitting fair golf lines. Hole #3 is the only hole I have ever come across like it......a true hallway of trees downhill....pure it and you're getting a bird or par...shank it and you're going bogey with some creative save shots. The water carry is also a lot of fun as are the downhill bombs in the fields. I think there is a great amount of fun as well as challenge here to keep you enjoying yourself even as you might struggle in the woods or with the wind. The dual tees allow for not only easier quicker play but also more variety......there could be 4 different layouts due to dual tees and pin positions...this saves erosion and keeps things fresh and appropriate to skill level or amount of time a local may want to spend out there.
Tees were not an issue and signage was well done. 1 mando on the course that didn't really affect your shot but was more for idiot shot prevention and safety. The course is far away from other activities and users of the park....I never felt like I was in a park at all...has the feel of an excluded disc golf course.
Cons: Much of the woods might seem too difficult for macho beginners or lower rated players....hint use the shorter tees and play for bogey. Some of the field distances may also overwhelm shorter arms...I'm not picking on lesser players...I am one of them but the course is designed for a higher level of player......hole 4 has a way of making you feel really small and wimpy lol....Course may lack a few signature holes to make it top echelon outside of the pond holes and #3. A top course might have 9 or more dramatic type holes.
Other Thoughts: This is an older course but still delivers. IMO it should be a 4.25 rated course. I fear many bypass it when traveling to the blockhouse on DG vacations when in reality this is a worthy destination on it's own merit.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: The wooded holes require control and the open hole require strenght. I think of this course as the standard golf course. Containing a little bit of everything but specializing in nothing. It's a well rounded course
Cons: There is a lot of traffic at times onthe course however alot of people in the area know about it and play it on a regularly. Also there are almost no signs but the holes and tees are close enough together to figure out where to go.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Lots of shot variability - distance shots, short shots, hyzers, anhyzers, overhands, backhands, forhands. You'll use every disc in your bag at this course.
Excellent mix of wooded holes and field holes.
Field holes make excellent use of hills and some trees to add challenge and make each hole a different experience.
Tee signs tell you where the next hole is and even if you forget to check, the flow is pretty consistent.
The holes are spaced really nicely so you have to do minimal hiking, but you rarely run the risk of a wild shot heading into another hole.
Longer feild holes really let you air out your shots without fear of losing discs; the rough is pretty easy.
Great for all skill levels
Ice cream truck regularly comes as soon as I finish my round, (maybe I'm just lucky haha)
Cons: I've never seen any par info on any of the tee signs. This site claims each hole is a par 3, which makes this course pretty hard in my opinion, (other than that, it's quite beginner friendly)
The tee pads aren't exactly the best I've seen, but I personally had no trouble identifying them or with traction
While there is an excellent 50/50 split of wooded holes and open holes, there isn't anything in between - The open holes are REALLY open and the wooded holes are REALLY tight
No water fountains in or even around the park that I could find
Other Thoughts: This is probably my favorite course to play at, and it has basically everything I look for in a course. It favors big arms, (theres a 700+ foot, uphill, par 3), and you'll really get to work on your distance in most of the 9 open holes. The other 9 are real tight and really reward good control.
Also living in a hole in a tree on hole 16 is a huuuuge snake.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course is very nice. A great variety of right/left, close/far, open/wooded, water hazards, and multiple pin positions to keep it fresh.
Nicely done tee signs.
It is free to play, and there are plenty of other things to do at Loriella park if you bring the family and they don't want to play DG.
There is plenty of parking.
Cons: The tee pads were less than desirable. They need to either take better care of the tee pads, or just bite the bullet and put in cement tees.
No alcoholic beverages (in any VA state park, from what I hear).
Other Thoughts: Overall outstanding course. I highly recommend it!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: Lots of hole variety with narrow treed holes as well as wide open holes. Water comes into play on a couple holes. Multiple tees on many of the holes. Well signed and the tees show you how to get to the next hole.
Cons: Field holes are extremely open, and wooded holes are extremely tight, with not much in between.
Other Thoughts: Kind of an average course, I think. Nothing bad about it, but not too special either.
1 of 10 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: An alternate, slightly longer layout is currently setup, and will challenge most.
1 - An open hole, where the pin's behind the tree directly in front of you, and said tree is about 10' deep. Playing to the right or left of the tree results in the same look, but be careful not to shoot too long or else you'll be in the thick behind the pin.
2 - A pin location is the norm, and is another open hole. The pin is placed on a right to left sloping hill, and miscalculation on your drive can take you pretty far down the hill.
3 - B pin location is currently used, but it's still the tight, tunnel hole I think everyone enjoys. Fairway is about 15' wide, with heavy brush on the right side.
4 - B pin location is currently used, and it makes for a long hole. It's a pretty straight forward hole, going uphill. The white tees are located in the edge of the woods at the point of the trees.
5 - A pin location will have you throwing down hill, for another long hole. Tree light left comes into play, but the brush isn't too thick, and you can recover if you go in without too much issue.
6 - B pin location is used now, with two trees in the middle of the fairway to force you right or left. Staying to the right with a rhbh will put you in good position for an approach, but for an aggressive playing, throwing a rhfh may put you closer.
7 - Another nice wooded hole, A pin location results in a slightly shorter hole, but a slight turn right into the circle. B pin location has the pin slightly elevated from the fairway, set a little further back than A.
8 - Another wooded hole that's longer than the others, and will make you stay true to get through. Pin locations are elevated, with a few trees in the fairway that come into play depending on your location.
9 - Super tight window for drives with a steep hill in front of you. Pins play slightly below your drive, but you want to concentrate on keeping in the drive window or else you'll be in the brush.
10 - What may be the signature hole for Loriella. You'll play your drive over the pond, and the pin is currently at location A which gives you about 10 or 15' from the water's edge and is below the tee. Be aware of this if you chose to go long, as you'll be putting downhill.
11 - Long wooded hole and pin location B will take you slightly right, where as A is a straight shot.
12 - One of my favorite holes. A downhill open hole with the pin currently set at the B location, which is set back in the woods. The A location is out in the open, and easily aceable. With the B pin location, you'll want to drive long, and towards the opening in the trees in front of you, not to the side. The right side of the hole is lined with trees.
13 - going into the woods, this is a pretty challenging hole, with two possible endings. There are two baskets for this hole, one before the water, and another over the water to the left. Current pin placements are at B and C, and B will bring you to the right of the fairway while C will take you over the water. The B location is similar to hole 10, as you'll need to throw with care as the pin sits pretty close to water. If the disc gets away from you, you'll be getting wet to retrieve it.
14 - My favorite hole on the course, and currently playing on at the B pin location. The fairway has a 90-degree right turn, and if playing from the whites, there's a passage way(v-shaped in the top of the trees) if you feel daring. A tomahawk or thumber will get you over but error on your throw will cost you.
15 - A long, but possible, ace run hole that you'll want to play right for a good approach if you want to stay safe.
16 - Long wooded hole that will eat you up if you play left. Current pin location is B, and the tree line on the left seems to play perfectly into not allowing clean second shots. If pin location A is in play, the easiest play is from the left of the fairway.
17 - Back to the wide open after you drive. The teeboxes have a line of trees you'll need to throw through to get into the open. Easily enough, but the pin located in the B location, you'll be throwing blind. You'll want to aim for the crest of the hill and slightly to the right, with the pin on the back-side of the hill.
18 - The finishing hole can make or break your round if the B location is being used. You'll come almost full circle from the first hole. On hole one, you'll see a basket to the left beside a large evergreen, that's the basket for 18(the B location, A is visible from the 18th tee). You'll play up the hill, and want to play to the right to give yourself a view of the basket for your approach. If you end up left, play towards the large tree and the pin will be to the right of the back of the tree.
Cons: Park congestion is become more and more of an issue as it gets warmer. Not many folks respect the signs that are placed at the outlying boundary areas for the course.
Other Thoughts: If you have a long weekend and are in search for a great four course experience, it's hard to beat Fredericksburg with Pratt, Loriella, Blockhouse, and Hawk Hollow all within 30 miles of one another.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Discin in Spotsy
Pros: Loriella gives players an extreme contrast of wide open holes and teeth chattering narrow wooded holes. It's located in a beautiful park which makes a pleasant setting. The use of multiple tee pads on each hole and alternating pin placements makes for great variety.
The most notable holes are the ones in the woods, as they are very tight and challenging. The first of these is very unique - #3 is a tunnel (about 20' wide) that runs over 300' from the long tees. Fade to either side and there's trouble! Another memorable hole is #10 which is a medium length toss over water.
The new signs are outstanding, helpful and give you pin locations and directions to the next tee pad.
It's very apparent a lot of work has been done on this course thus far and I give them props!
Cons: This course is kinda bi-polar. The open holes in the field are REALLY open, and the wooded holes are REALLY tight and treed. There is really little in between. My least favorite are the field holes #2, 4, 17 and 18. Although they all use elevation, almost none of them have trees or any other worthwhile obstacle. If they used the woods like #12 does, they would be much more interesting.
The carpeted tee pads were a bit lumpy (and may be slippery when wet )
Other Thoughts: It would be helpful if they had some kind of marker on the tee signs to indicate what pin is in place (a, b, or c) so you dont have to walk up the fairway. Tyler Park in PA uses a dial on each sign and it works great (see the pictures on this site).
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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