Greatest Park in Richmond
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Wonderful Park...Long and Short Holes...Holes over and around water....elevation...Right and Left Shots...Wonderful group of players...
Cons: It's a public park with people walking around...Tee pads are natural...due to the park rules..but permanent tees are on their way...
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
OK/Good, getting better
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: - WAY COOL: perm pads going in, tee 1 is really nice, can't wait to see the rest, hands-down the best improvement this course needed.
- Plenty of distance, play the blues or whites and you'll figure out just how much arm you have.
- Even if you're embarrassingly bad, like me, it's still a fun course with a couple of shorter throws here and there to make up for it.
- Some really nice views in a nice park
- Some are really fun like 11, 14, 16, 18
Cons: - Non-golfers, and beginners. Small rant, but being from someplace else, I find overall the people on the courses here to be real jerks, not often the disc golfers, but usually the beginners, or massive groups. I just don't understand why it's so hard for people to figure out you can let a single player behind you play through. Not typical, in fact I swear sometimes people gloat they are in front of you and being rude, I swear I've seen more "group conferences" around the baskets at Bryan than anywhere in the world I've played. Normally I'd just assume it's me, but it seems to be a common theme at most of the parks I play around here, and certainly the worst at Bryan. Really takes the fun out of it, and I find about half the time I realize it's futility and just pack up and leave, just not worth dealing with and puts me off about my favorite sport and hobby. Summed, but this is a great course, open, pretty, getting better, but it's the people at the course that just make it suck. Oh, not to mention the bums, there's always some shady bunch of what I can only assume are homeless people hanging out at the building on 7, ALWAYS. I've never been through there were someone wasn't just hanging out smoking and giving you the stink eye. I'm a dude, I can handle myself, and those weirdos still give me the creeps, no wonder you NEVER see girls playing that course.
- Trash, as with most all the courses I've been on around here, and not to say courses all over the world aren't this way, it seems to be a noticeable degree higher amount of trash on Richmond disc golf courses, and Bryan the worst likely because its popularity and sees more traffic. Sadly, I never see any of the disc golfers doing anything about it, if anything making it worst littering with beer cans and cigarette butts. I believe the local club does a walk through a couple times a month, which is awesome, but if everyone that plays would either 1) just remove their own trash, as in not leave any, or 2) pick up ONE piece of trash per round, the whole place would clean up pretty fast and stay that way.
So really, the only "cons" about this park are the people there, oh and some dude that charges you if he finds your disc. NO WHERE ELSE HAVE I BEEN where that's the norm, or even acceptable by anyone that plays the course. I always used to believe that was part of the cool part of the sport, you put your name and number on your disc, someone finds it, they call, you catch up, maybe reward, maybe play a round, maybe make a friend. Apparently, from what I've been told, and experienced (none of the discs I've lost in Richmond, esp Bryan, have I ever, EVER been called found), it's the norm that some dude spends all his time retrieving lost discs, then sits out there selling them, that's just slimy, makes me sick to think that's the caliber of typical disc golfer around here, but seems to be.
Other Thoughts: I'd recommend playing this course, esp if it is close to you, although Richmond has a fair number of courses, they are pretty spaced out. Just be ready to deal with really rude and ignorant people at Bryan, don't expect to ever get a lost disc back, and hope you're not accosted by the homeless. Enjoy your travel along the cigarette-butt-carpet of a trail, watch out for the beer can graveyard, and if it's not winter, bring plenty, PLENTY of bug spray. This course surrounds a lake, and the bugs are very aggressive. If it's just rained, until they finish the perm pads, it's a snot-slick of mud, every tee. Wear your big boy pants, waterproof boots, and you can likely get a round in. At least it's not ALL swap like other courses around which are pretty much unplayable within a few days of a good rain. Again, nice course, shitty people, deserves a try, but it'll never hold a dear spot in my heart, mostly I find it to be one big frustration. Sorry if this reads like a rant on Richmond, which it sort of is, because I think the disc golfers around here need to step up the etiquette part of their game, set a better example to beginners, and be a little more proactive about respecting and keeping clean their courses. If beginners were to all start in Richmond, I think the sport would fade away pretty quick, it's just not fun around here sometimes, and it shouldn't be that way, but it seems too many people are apathetic about it, or just rude or stupid, or all three mixed in one, and it spills over to the course(s). Don't litter, don't be a dick, how hard is that???
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
My home course for years
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Beautiful, well maintained park with large mature trees throughout.
-Good mix of holes, especially in terms of distance. Par 3's are interrupted by longer multi-throw holes.
-The long holes especially are just fun. 9 is a long drive that is less open at the pin than it first appears. 11 is probably the signature hole and plays from elevation, over a creek, and then up the far side through the live oaks.
-Uses trees, water, and sloping greens well to add a little risk to the shorter holes on the property.
Cons: -Signage and tees are terrible. Its really a shame that a course that has the potential to be really a great course is so impacted by these things but they really do lower the rating. The club has been prevented from installing permanent tees by the park and moves the natural tees as often as they can but the tees are just not sufficient for the kinds of power you want to put on the longer throws here. With the tees being blocks in the ground and no signage there are often first timers wandering around looking for tees.
Other Thoughts: This was my home course for several years, right around the corner from my house and i still put in a couple rounds a month here. I think it's the best of the Richmond courses and therefore feel a sense of frustration that the little things that would make this course a 4 or 4.5 can't or haven't been done. That being said the park and holes alone make this a great round of golf and a ton of fun. It requires a different kind of golf than the other courses in the area, in particular it requires an approach game instead of just presenting you with 18 reachable par threes. I encourage anyone in the area to stop in and play here and if improvements ever get made to tees and signage this will be one of the best courses in the state.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Close to and easily accessible from the highway. Pretty park - huge trees, open grassy, hilly fields, a stream, a pond. Two tees on every hole. A nice variety of shots. There are a few trees on just about every hole. They don't force any one line, but they rule out several lines. So you'll need a variety of shots to get through the course. Some very memorable holes - 11 is a long downhill with one tree between the tee and a creek, at the bottom of the hill. Then the hole runs uphill on the other side of the creek, with a few more trees to contend with. Very long hole. 16 was a water carry, but a very do-able carry. Unlike a course like Fountain Hills in AZ that requires a long toss to keep your disc, this may be about 175 or 200 flat feet of water. Lots of birdie opportunities and a few ace runs.
Easy access back to the highway.
Cons: Navigation. The directions get you to the park, but not to the first tee. Tees are dirt, some of them are hard to see. They're only marked by wooden blocks on the ground. The maps on this site are helpful, but you need the maps for just about every hole (and they still require some searching). You don't often see the basket you're aiming for. Sometimes you see a different basket, which can be confusing. There are also holes with crossed streams - you're sharing fairway space with another hole. And there was at least one hole where the basket is very close to another hole's narrow fairway. I can't remember which holes are involved, but I heard a disc whiz by me as I was putting out. No benches or trash cans, though that doesn't really affect my rating. The dirt/rocky tee pads caused me to slip a few times.
Other Thoughts: Half the time I liked this course and half the time I hated it. That seemed to warrant a 2.5 but I bumped it up thinking I'd like the course more if I lived here and knew my way around. It wasn't in great shape, but I might have just caught it at a bad time. Grass was growing up, patches of weeds made obstacles where they didn't really need to be. A little TLC and some amenities would have really helped. Just up 195 from Carytown, which is a cool place to drop off your roadtrip guests if they're not into disc golf. A good place for a beer afterward, as well.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
A Pleasant Surprise
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The scenery at this course is second to none. The park is filled the old oak trees that provide a tranquile feel throughout the entire course. The layout uses the unique characteristics of each tree to pose a challenge on each hole even when the fairway is predominately wide open.
This course is a Birdiefest! The par 4s are short in overall distance and you will have a birdie putt on nearly every hole. That being said, the architects did a nice job of putting slopes running away from you behind many of the baskets causing a risk/reward style of putting throughout the round.
Cons: Signage!! This course desperately needs hole signs at each tee. If not for having my smart phone on me and using a course map from the PDGA website, I would not have found a few of these tees. Since the park is mostly open, there are times you may see 3 or 4 baskets from a tee box so the map is key to navigation.
Other Thoughts: I was impressed by how well the course flowed once you knew where to find the next hole. You realize you are weaving back and forth within a park and are seeing much of the same surroundings multiple times, but the character in the trees and lakes makes you feel as though you are going for an endless stroll with plenty to look at.
Hole #14 is truly incredible. It is a downhill par 4 with a slight dogleg left, but with a neighborhood street far right and water to the left, it really gives you all you can handle. Forcing you to throw your drive on a rope to avoid a line of trees and allow for an open shot to the basket, the tee shot requires full concentration. Although the hole is not long, the basket is well guarded by water and wasteland so a birdie is not a guarantee even after a perfect drive. Definitely a signature hole!
I look forward to playing this course again soon.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - Located in a great city park.
- I interacted with several local players on my round, and they had so much pride in this course. Played the back nine with a local player recommend doing the same if you visit the course.
- The trees on the course are majestic. It is a real joy to play so many holes with all of the towering oaks.
- Nice mix of long and short holes
- I also love the use of the hills and of course the two water holes.
- Some courses are much more memorable to me than others, I instantly loved this one and would strongly recommend anyone to check it out. Can't wait til my next round there myself.
Cons: - Would be nice if they invested in tee signs. You would be able to gauge the outline of each hole and more easily navigate from one hole to the next.
- I saw a few other posts commenting on the natural tee pads. I have never minded natural tee pads myself and found virtually all of them to be level and in good shape. So no problem at all for me.
Other Thoughts: - Great location off of I-95
- I pass through Richmond fairly regularly and I have struggled to figure out a go to course. Can't believe Bryan park has been off my radar. Definitely the best course to go to in the Richmond area in terms of convenience and quality.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Beautiful landscape
-Variety of distances
-Fun to play
-Some challenges, such as throwing across the large pond
Cons: -Natural tees
-Almost too open; it would be nice for variety's sake if one or two holes were a little more heavily forested
Other Thoughts: Every single time I throw across the pond/lake I get so scared that I will lose a disc, but I never have
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Great, but missing a little
Pros: Pretty much wide open, feel free to unload your best shots.
Extremely well kept, people normally hunt for lost discs so don't give up hope just because you lose a few discs.
Technical in the sense that it pushes your creativity, ability, and your arm depending on what you decide (i.e., multiple different options, some easier than others)
Wide variety of holes requiring different shots at different distances with different angles and different ceilings
Cons: Natural tee pads - You most likely won't twist your ankle, but you have to be careful. The course would widely benefit even just rubber ones, but preferably concrete. The park is mainly used for soccer, and disc golf so park needs to pander to their market.
Signage is very necessary for players who don't know the course. There are wooden blocks marking the tees, but you have to know where they are. Veterans could go from hole to hole from their eyes closed, but that doesn't help the guy from who knows where visiting his family or something.
Other Thoughts: Great course for all playing styles and experience levels. A must play if you're in the area
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Lots of space
Variety of hole types
short and long holes
Other Thoughts: This is one of my favorite courses. Its got a good mixture of long holes that really concentrate on distance, and others that involve more precision and accuracy. A great course to play at for people of all all skill levels.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Pros: - a variety of holes: short and long holes, placement of pins, over water etc
- beautiful setting, especially so close to a major city
- very open: I'm sure the pros and pro-wanna-be's would prefer a more technically challenging course but for those like me who like to be able to air it out, awesome.
Cons: - tee pads (or lack thereof)
- not well marked: the map from the website only get's you within a few miles
Other Thoughts: - my perception going in was that it might not be a good course since it is in Richomd proper; however, I was very pleasantly surprised
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