Smithville, TX 
Riverbend Park Share
Uploaded By: redman2112 Hole #17 (Taken 2/2013)
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A short yet decent course

2-4    6/22/2014   6/23/2014
Review By: c_a_miller
Played: 125  Reviewed: 104  Exp: 2.4 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course plays in a city park of the small city of Smithville. The course has big, wide concrete tees with tee signs at every hole.

There are nine Innova DisCatchers along with nine DN Liberty baskets, all of which are in good shape and have the extra inner chains.

In my opinion, the best part of this course is the use of the hill that five or six holes play up and down multiple times on. Being from Houston, any elevation is good elevation and it brings a new dynamic and can make longer holes play shorter when playing down a hill and vice versa when playing up the hill.

The holes are short enough that shooting under par is not too hard to do. Though the holes are short, there are enough trees in the park that it doesn't feel like you are throwing short shots with no obstacles, and you will have to work for you two.

With the locals there is something that is called "Birdie Row" and it is a string of holes that all should be birdied. Holes 6-10 make up Birdie Row.

Even though there are short holes there are longer and more challenging holes. Hole 12 is the longest and toughest hole on the course as it plays in a tighter part of the woods and up the hill then a dog leg to the right. It is a very tough three, and it adds a bit of challenge after Birdie Row.

There are also bathrooms and water on the course. The flag and eagle carved into the dead tree at Hole 17 is very good and adds a bit of notoriety to the course when looked in from outsiders.
Cons: Several of the holes make you throw over the park road, even some holes twice. If you are not careful or observant, you could hit an oncoming car. With the exception of 12, most of the longer holes, over 325', have few obstacles to contend with. There have been a few trees that have been cleared because they are dead, and I believe that this will be an ongoing trend, which will eventually lead to an even easier course.

There are also very few holes that stick out in my mind as holes where I really felt that I had just played a good thought out hole. Many of the holes felt repetitive, even the ones utilizing the hill. It is what it is, a typical city park disc golf course.
Other Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised when I got to the course to play the Boxcar Bash. Going into it, I thought the course would be bland and not exciting. This is a course I would not mind driving two hours to play on occasion. It is the only course in 20 or so miles, and it is a solid course no doubt about it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Very decent course

2-4    11/17/2013   11/17/2013
Review By: truse
Played: 11  Reviewed: 1
This review was updated on 8/31/2014
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Now 18 holes, all with concrete pads. Nice design that takes into play all of the varied terrain, from some hills, to wide open fields, to the trees lining the Colorado River.
Cons: Pretty short overall. One basket was missing and replaced with a post. Nature is at play with poison ivy, thorns, ants, and the river.
Other Thoughts: This is a very homey course, with good parking and a restroom available. The design seems well organized and was fun to play.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Great, Fun little course!

5+    8/2/2013   8/2/2013
Review By: drooh
Played: 3  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 24.7 Years
This review was updated on 9/11/2014
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Active course, taken care of, association of members, monthly mini and annual tournaments, Fun, Variety, good pace.
Cons: Occasional poison ivy
Other Thoughts: At the time of this posting (Aug 2nd 2013) a few of the other reviews are a little incorrect. This course is in the process of being converted to 18 holes. There are 18 different baskets set up now. There are 9 concrete tee pads and 9 more coming soon (probably done by this time next month). Also, there are signs coming soon to indicate yardage, etc. A new map has been made and can be found online and a new printed map we be posted at the course too. The course is maintained by the Smithville PARD and the Smithville Disc Golf Association. The SDGA is extremely active and is regularly holding meetings to improve the course.

The course.
Has a great variety of shots. Great course for the average, intermediate and beginner player. Super Pros may not enjoy this course. It is designed for all around fun and scoring. All the holes are Par 3 with the exception of 12 can be played as a Par 4. Hole 5 will be elevated and not be a blind shot (SDGA voted to change this hole). There are several holes that can be played with a flick shot. There are a few holes where having a great arm will help. There are a few short holes where precision comes into play.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Not bad, not great

1    6/5/2013   6/5/2013
Review By: Dale W
Played: 82  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 13.7 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Quick little course if you have an hour or so to kill. Has a few holes you can air it out, but mostly technical, controlled shots here. Not crowded at all with the general public. Even with the lack of trash cans it was mostly clean. Good use of what elevation changes were available. Hole 1 starts out nicely.
Cons: Lack of tee signs, distances (some distances are written on yellow posts in sharpie) and pads - has 5 or 6 concrete pads from the original 9 hole course it used to be. Difficult to navigate....you see 3 tee markers from basket 3, but none of those are for hole 4 (it's across the road by a guy wire and throws down the hill).
Other Thoughts: It was freshly mowed and that helped a little in the navigation. Was recently converted to 18 holes from 9 (sign at hole 1 still says 9 holes). Most of the shots are the same....225-275 ft dogleg left (I used my Drone ALOT) either up or down hill. Even the open holes fade to the left making it very friendly for RHBH with a stable disc (1 and 13 being the exception...very straight to slight anny needed). Would probably give it a 2.5 or 3 when the pads and signs are in.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


1    3/12/2013   3/25/2013
Review By: tkmcdougal
Played: 153  Reviewed: 62  Exp: 6.6 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The is a short course that has some fun shots. I appreciate how the course designers make the most out of the elevation and trees throughout the park. Some of the baskets were DISCatchers; however not all of them were.
Cons: The tee pads are dirt and a little rough. Also, the navigation can be a little tricky thought out the course. 3 shoots long across the field, and 4 is down the hill on the other side of the basket. 5 is on the slope of the hill shooting back right by hole 2's baskets( this can be confusing hole 2 and 5's basket are literally 20 ft. away from each other. Then, 6 you throw back down the hill. 9 is back up the hill.On many of the holes you shoot over a road(2 and 5) or blind shots( hole 5). I'm pretty sure 9 and 18 share a basket which really doesn't make this an 18er.
Other Thoughts: This is a quick stop if you are driving threw. It is right off the highway. Stop by and experience this course for yourself there are a few fun holes out there.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.


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