0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Nice design
Cons: Disc eater, don't play w/o a spotter and still plan on loosing disc on errant throw
Other Thoughts: w/o maintenance just not interested in playing this course, way to much time spotting and looking for discs!
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Confusing at times and flat, but fun
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course plays through a fairly large park, and the course part of it seems to be for disc golf only. I can't imagine it being used for much more unless you just wanted to walk your dog or something. The park is pretty isolated as well, so there are few distractions during your round.
Most of the teepads (with the exception of holes 9 and 10) are concrete, and the baskets were in great condition. They appeared to be a mix of Innova DiscCatchers and Lightning-style baskets.
There is plenty of parking available. I played in the pouring rain so the course was empty, but I'm guessing that parking will be available even if it is packed.
The signs at each teepad are phenomenal, offering many different lines and giving different baskets that you can throw to and the distances to them. All of the teepads have benches as well, and there are several trashcans spread throughout the course.
Now for the course design itself:
The designer of this course did a spectacular job with the land available to them. Although there is zero elevation change on this course, there is plenty of challenge due to the trees, and they did a great job of creating lines and fairways where many would have just seen a large, wooded area. Most of the holes on the course are in the 300-350' range, so this is a great course for the average amateur golfer. A few holes have multiple teepads and/or pins to throw to (hole 13 has two of each), so this course will never get stale. There are enough trees wanting to challenge your drive and approach that this course will never get stale anyway. I would liken it to a flatter (and probably more challenging) White River.
Cons: The biggest con has to be the navigation. While they seem to be working on fixing this problem, it still isn't easy for a first time visitor. Putting signs on the tees is a huge help, and having those signs point you to where the next tee will be is as well, but the baskets need to be marked and they need to add tape to point you in the right direction. The few "next tee" arrows scattered throughout the course aren't quite enough.
I never did find the official teepad for 12. My phone wouldn't load the map either, so I just had to throw backwards from one of the teepads for hole 5. Apparently the real hole 12 is much longer than that though.
The map on here needs to be updated. Most of it is accurate, but hole 11 doesn't match what I saw on the course. Maybe that's why I couldn't find 12?
As has been stated by previous reviewers, the rough can be very unforgiving for errant shots or shots off of trees. I nearly lost a disc on two holes, and without a spotter I would have spent a lot more time slogging through the tall grass in search of my discs. These are some of the narrowest fairways that I've played due to the tall grass/rough, with hole 18 probably being the toughest. I understand that 18 can't be mowed and I'm fine with that, but spending as much time looking for discs and teepads as you do playing does start to wear on you.
The river really only comes into play on one hole, and that's a super easy RHFH mid-range shot. I was hoping for a hole like number 13 at White River that you dread every time that you play it, but then celebrate every time that you survive.
Other Thoughts: Based on the marking on the pavilion, this is in a flood plain. I'll also assume that this is the case because many of the baskets near the river (like 8, 9, and 10) are on stands and chained to trees rather than being cemented into the ground. This isn't a con because I'm sure that flooding is a rare situation, but it needs to be mentioned that it can happen.
Hole 1 is on the far left of the open area you'll see on your right when you pull in. Look for the pavilion and then just look to the left of it. You'll see two benches and tee signs. One of those is hole 1.
A kiosk with a map really needs to be installed somewhere. The pavilion looks like it will have one, but it doesn't. There should also be a "lost discs" box somewhere. Any course with this much lost disc potential should have one.
Pay extra close attention to the tee signs. It helps a lot to memorize where the next tee will be based on the arrows on the signs.
While this course is a good drive from Seattle, it makes for an enjoyable round. I won't necessarily become a regular here, but it is absolutely worth a return trip... With a spotter and bright discs.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: A well done revision from a confusing multi-layout to a straight-forward 18 hole course with decent flow. Despite flat terrain, makes good use of the trees and river hazard without being annoying. Exceptionally challenging pars on 2 (long) and 12 (any time).
Cons: Overgrowth can make finding an errant throw - or even a good one at times - a bit of an adventure. On hole 18, this is just 'par for the course' as wetlands protection prohibits mowing along the stream.
Other Thoughts: This is one of the courses I play regularly due to proximity and it doesn't grow stale as there is always something for me to improve upon. A kiosk with course map/layout, etc.should be put up by the parking area.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Riverside DGC in Sumner
Pros: Good varied length holes - Hole 2 is over 600' while hole 10 is under 200'. Challenging basket placement on most holes. New cement pads laid recently (only 2 holes have rubber matting for tees - holes 9 and 10). Layout used to be a problem here, but the new course layout is much easier to follow.
Cons: Very high grass in some places makes errant throws difficult to find. Hole 11 is a boomerang to the left - I only know this by running into one of the individuals who laid out the course. Abundance of underbrush and blackberries on several holes. Crossing disc paths on holes 7 and 11 can be an issue. Do NOT follow the maps on this website for this course, they are not accurate.
Other Thoughts: Currently there are temporary tee signs, donations are being accepted for permenant signs. A new map of the course would be nice for those who haven't played here before. I've only been playing this sport for under a year and since I've started, this course has improved quite a bit. Overall I would've given the couse a 4 if grass and some underbrush were maintained a little better.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Ready for a Challenge
Pros: This course has been through a lot in the last few months, but it is finally joined the list of must play courses in Western Washington. There are lots of big holes that could be considered par 4's which allow big arm players to pull out the big dog. There are also lots of technical shots which require precises aim and distance control. Riverside is very tricky, and birdies do not come easy, but this course will make you a better player.
Cons: Over growth can make it hard to find discs during spring and summer. Also, the Puyallup River is in play and will eat your disc if you let it. There are multiple tee pads that are no longer in use after the revamping, which is a shame because they are nice and grippy. Navigating the new course is still one of the problem that needs to be addressed. With the new layout Riverside is now aimed for the advanced to professional player, rec players may find it a bit over there head
Other Thoughts: There are some that drag this course through the mud because of over growth of vegetation, and the fact that losing discs is a possibility. But i think it is time to start looking at the good aspects instead of the bad. the locals have worked hard to turn this land into a tournament quality disc golf course, and it is definitely being steered in that direction
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Fun and Challenging!
Not overly crowded
Cons: Some bigger groups don't allow smaller groups to pass through.
THE RIVER LOVES DISCS
Other Thoughts: This is a fun and challenging course, giving way to multiple types of throws. The random layouts, allow plenty of hole variety. The course is spread out enough, that you needn't worry about over crowding...yet compact enough to make for multiple rounds, if desired, BEWARE THE RIVER
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Amazing layout with many options of play, interesting obstacles, and a nice local following.
-Challenging and intriguing around every turn
-Weathered the floods prior to my playing the course and appeared to be rebounding (I missed out playing there this past May, but I WILL be back).
-Fairly good signage given the complexity of the layout
Cons: -It can be difficult to navigate, and if it weren't for locals helping us out, we might not have stayed on the tracks for playing one of the 3 18 hole arrangements
-Lots of treacherous and snaggly rough, watch errant discs carefully!
-Some cross-hole interferance between other groups throwing and your own flight path
-A few points of hazard for pedestrians as well.
-Some parts were clearly hit hard by the floods, I do not know how the current conditions are first hand, but it would appear flooding may be a recurrent problem in the future
Other Thoughts: Might be best served to set a permanent 27 holes here, yet I think that this idea for the multi-option layout, though not unique, is rare and interesting to see. I suppose if I were a local I would love the opportunity to choose a new way to play each time I went out to mix it up!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Less Confusing Now
Pros: Quiet and secluded, challenging course. I think there is a little bit for everyone here. Its shaded pretty well, and is a cool place to play on a hot day.
Cons: Poor signage. Some trash and stuff, needs a little TLC.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Riverside Disc Golf Park
Riverside Disc Golf Park is a beautiful wooded course located near the Puyullap River in Sumner, WA. Although there are 24 baskets on site, there are four 18 hole course layout options. There are a variety of different types of baskets, but all are of quality and in good shape. Tee pads are all cement, and vary depending on the course layout being played. Many of the blue tee pads correlate with the green tees, and the red tee pads I am guessing go along with the orange layout? Tee signs are wooden and painted according to which pad you are playing from, providing hole number, distance, and most major obstacles. They are not the best in clarity, but suffice considering the amount of signs needed to separate the madness.
The general course design is split in to four 18 hole courses, red, blue, green, and orange, and vary in overall length and difficulty in the order mentioned. The red course is the most frequently played, easiest to navigate, and plays fairly tight and technical. The blue course is also played frequently, playing somewhat longer than the red but just as tight and technical. The green and orange layouts are much longer in distance and require the combination of distance and consistency.
Each layout is challenging and will the even the best of players. Fairways are well defined and the maintenance of the foliage is apparent on each hole but if your drive is even slightly off course you disc will be next to impossible to find as the underbrush is very dense. Elevation is hardly apparent, but what is there is utilized. The course has a variety of hole distances, challenge, and tight technical and open bombs. The course is appropriate for all skill levels alike.
Benches are located throughout the course, and trash cans as well as a port o potty can be found on site near the gazebo. Inside the gazebo is where you can find updates regarding the course and upcoming tournaments at and around the area. Parking is aplenty, but is close to hole #2 so watch out for errant drives hitting your car.
The course layout at Riverside Disc Golf Park is an absolute mess. With fairways crossing all over due to the multiple layouts, discs are always being thrown at or near you. Not only is safety an issue, but navigation is horrible with or without a map. Much of the time I was not sure if I was throwing at the right basket until I was close by it. The only way I knew was due to the markings on the baskets that were color coordinated. Also, due to so much growth off of the fairways, tee pads were often difficult to locate and when you thought you had found it, it was to the wrong layout.
Foliage maintenance on the backside of the course was an absolute joke. The fairways were extremely narrow, and any minor deflection could mean spending several minutes if not more looking for your disc. With some clearing of some plants on this course and a few less layouts, navigation and lost discs would be much less of an issue.
Similar to Lake Fenwick, the first thing I noticed besides the friendly locals was how vibrant and beautiful the course appeared. It is just a shame how confusing this course gets for first timers and those who don't play it much. It would be nice to not have to spend so much time searching for the next hole as I am out there to play. I hope to see future progress of this course and the reduction of layouts for everyone's sake.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Reminds me of....
Pros: Reminds me alot of my home course but with some differances. The challenge of the course makes this not a very beginner friendly course but will make you a better golfer if you have time to put up with it. The mix of technical shots along with the other holes will make you think about what you are doing and make you execute your game. Not very busy so you can practice tons of shots. There is just abut every shot that you will need to perfect here so you will get your practice in. I think the different layouts are a positive but can get confusing if you dont want to figure them out. There are many lines making all levels of players fell equal here.
Cons: The navigation can get a little tough here but if you take your time you can figure it out. The river is a disc eater but thts ok everyonce in awhile and makes you think about a bad shot. Adds a little pressure which I think is a good thing.
Other Thoughts: The different layout thing is a kick in the shorts a little bit but it seems like a thing in this area so I got used to it. I put up with it at Fort Steilacoom and learned a great course for my troubles. Another must hit if in the area but not the best.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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