4 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Bathrooms across from the parking lot, variety in distance and elevation, painted directions on baskets to the next tee, multiple tees, good use of water hazards, benches throughout the course
Cons: Not many trash cans, no tee signs, crowded at times, dirt tees
Other Thoughts: Bryan Park is an open course with no tightly wooded holes, but enough trees and vegetation to make each hole unique. The holes range from about 150' to 700' and can vary greatly in elevation depending on which one of the dual tee locations you play from. There are plenty of chances to air out your drivers and a few holes allow for more technical shots. Each basket has yellow and blue painted rungs to lead you to the following tee location. The tees themselves are marked by painted wood blocks and a dirt tee pad, however the tee locations are moved occasionally when they become overly worn (most recently hole number 6). There are no signs at each tee, but distances are painted on the blocks and, with the exception of the longer holes, the baskets are pretty well visible. The park is hilly with a few streams running to and from a pond that all come into play at some point in the course. Holes 16 (pro tee) and 18 are actually across the pond. And of course around the the pond there are plenty of geese to add even more obstacles (If you see one with a limp tell him I'm sorry).
Holes 9 and 18 both end around the first tee and parking lot for the course which has a practice basket as well as bathroom facilities across the street (though they aren't open year-round). The park can be crowded at times, which not only means waiting at tees, but also avoiding other park users. From my experience, metal baskets and wooden blocks seem to make great picnic locations. If you do wind up having to wait for other groups, there are benches and picnic tables placed around the course. Unfortunately there are not enough trash cans for the amount of usage the park gets as it can become littered from (hopefully) non disc golfers.
Overall, Bryan Park has a great disc golf course, but it does have room for some improvement.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Great Open Course
Pros: This is a great open course. The people are pretty friendly. Not too crowded during the day. Not that you would really notice because the holes are so spread out. Although open, huge trees provide some nice shade and a little bit of challenge.
The markings on the top of the basket are an AWESOME touch, that i have rarely seen of course, but LOVE when they are present.
Overall a great course with good length holes and great variety.
Cons: It's Virginia, it gets hot in the summer and sometimes there is not enough shade. Be sure to bring a water bottle; as you will be out there for a while as well.
RIGHT on I-95, pretty loud, but not that it really matters, but could be annoying for some.
Other Thoughts: Hole 18 is a laugh, throwing 200+ feet uphill over water is a gas. Over all a great park with an awesome course.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Coming from Florida, I enjoyed the challenge of lateral slopes on many of the holes. There is good variety in the holes, and some will be tough for even the best pros.
Cons: Several holes had huge elevation drops that cancelled out their length. On several holes the hills provided more assistance than challenge. The course could also use better pads and garbage cans.
Other Thoughts: A really good design for the piece of land. The course uses elevation well for the most part, and it provides some challenges for great golfers while offering some easy holes for beginners. Some are too easy from the pro tees.
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Excellent shots from the top of a hill, not much opportunity to lose a disc, decent hole distances, paint markers on each set of chains are good indicators to find the next tee, plenty of wide open shots.
Cons: Holes over water (especially 18) that might not work for some beginners, a few other places to toss a disc into a stream
Other Thoughts: After playing it again a few more times, it's easily become one of my favorite courses close to where I live... good opportunities for some grip n rip.
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Nice use of the park
Pros: Uses a whole lot of area. No real overlapping of holes. Lots of wide open area covered. Great water holes.
Cons: Not enough precision shots through the trees. Would like to have a few more shots with some obstacles Long shot over the water. Be ready to swim if you don't have an arm..
Other Thoughts: Just went recently and there were park renovations going on which messed up a couple of the holes, including the closing of the bridge to get over the water on 18.
Course had been repaired. All holes are open!
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Massive sweeping lawns under beautiful old growth oak and poplar trees.
Water comes into play on several holes.
Extremely long holes will challenge even the strongest arm.
Cons: Few technical shots required as most holes are wide open.
Other park patrons are often picnicking or sunbathing in the fairways oblivious to the disc golfers.
Other Thoughts: This is my favorite course in Richmond.
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 3 Not
One of Richmond's finest.
Pros: Lots of friendly locals at various levels from competitive guys with Gorilla bags to little girls with Barbie bags.
I loved the arrows on the top of the basket guiding you to the next tee. The online map ensured that navigation was a breeze.
Multiple tee locations (gold and blue) The tees really do change the way you play instead of just adding 60 feet. For example; hole 16's far tee has you down by a stream throwing through some tight woods, while the closer tee is up away from the water and far more open.
Some elevation changes come into play, like hole 11 (700ft.) where you get to attempt a nice downhill drive over a tiny creek, then have to go back up hill to the basket. Hole 12 was downhill with not much room to over throw.
In it's current state (during construction) possibility for disc loss is minimal. Don't worry about packing the floater discs and your swim suit.
Practice basket available by the kiosk.
Nice variety of distances, 9 baskets under 300 feet while the other 9 range from 300-700 ft.
Cons: Lots of friendly locals also means course was very crowded. there were college kids playing with old frisbees, groups of advanced regulars, families with children playing, dog walkers, picnincers (some of whom chose to picninc right on the course).
I would like more visible tee pads or tee signs. While many baskets are visable, some holes have you throwing blind only knowing the distance, but not basket location.
No Bathrooms nearby.
13 has you throwing across the road.
This course covers over a mile from tee pad to basket, so prepare for a walk in the park (very possibly a muddy walk)
It appears the construction will be going on throughout March so be prepared for the final tees and baskets to be different. I liked hole 17, It was like throwing over the water hazard, but with less chance of losing your disc since the lake bed was empty.
Hole 18 gives the illusion that there is a steep drop off behind the basket, but it is not really steep, so don't worry about playing it safe. Knowing this may just give you that 1 stroke advantage.
Lakeside Decks less than ½ mile away (5522-B Lakeside Ave) has a limited selection of Innovas for sale. There is also Play It Again less than 10 minutes away for a wider variety of discs. YeRen outdoor adventures (a former disc seller 6 miles north) is no longer in business.
15 of 18 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This course gives you a nice variety to use all your disc golf skills. Beautiful setting with friendly locals. Practice baskets and bathrooms near the first hole is nice. The course can be fun for any level player. Not hard to navigate if you're patient. Park is clean and safe.
Cons: While I was there the park was under construction so I wasn't able to throw over the water which I was looking forward to. Better tee pads would make this course even better. It can also get fairly crowded.
Other Thoughts: The park is not hard to find from the highway. The variety of holes keeps things interesting the whole way. There are not too many trees as obstacles which allows you to let a big shot go on those longer holes. Definetely worth stopping by if you are nearby!
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: I played this course with a mixed group of people, some who had never played and some who have played 10+ years and everyone had a great time. It was challenging enough for experienced players but not impossible for beginners.I really liked the multiple water hazards, the convenient location, and the well maintained park. Also kudos to whoever brought out the multiple bamboo poles for retrieving disks from the ponds.
Cons: Dirt tees are never good to see, the park is very popular and very crowded.
Other Thoughts: This course is ideal for someone visiting richmond for a few days. It's very close to the Interstate, VCU, and downtown .I'll go every time I visit.
3 of 11 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 10 Not
The Best Course in Richmond
Pros: Nice mix of open and wooded holes. Some wide open holes you can just crank on.
Cons: Needs concrete pads and maybe some bag posts.
Other Thoughts: Love this place, I live a mile away. And it just looks beautiful out there every time I go.
1 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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