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.
5 Helpful / 7 Not
Heads up on construction
Pros: Consistently good and a mile from my house.
Cons: Can be crowded.
Other Thoughts: I hope this is a good place to post this. There is construction going on for the next 2 months which completely blocks the 18th hole and partially blocks 1. The city is replacing the retaining wall around the pond.
Update: Looks like a temporary 18 is going up in the woods between 14 and 15.
5 of 12 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 9 Not
Richmond Disc Golf Oasis
Pros: Every hole provides a unique challenge. The baskets are pretty awesome, especially with the painted markings on top to direct players to the following tee pads. Tee pads are well marked with distance/par info. Good for people watching, lots of other things going on. Tuesday markets, soccer games, picnics, dogs etc. The ice cream man rules! Nice mix of short and long holes with big tree obstacles. Course is constantly evolving with 3 pro tees to complement the short yellows and long blues.
Cons: Sometimes the tee pads get run over by lawn mowers. Hole 16 floods after big rain. Could have some more woods challenges.
Other Thoughts: Beautiful walk through the park, fun in the winter, great course for beginners and pros alike!
6 of 15 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: This park is very nicely groomed. The trimmed grass, nicely pruned trees (for the most part), and well-marked tees make this a pretty course. The hills and water in play on several of the holes add a nice element to the round, including a deceptively long, downhill drive.
Cons: There's not much variety to the layout of the holes. They are all basically straight. A slight hyzer or anhyzer from time to time is helpful, and elevation adds a bit to the course, but for the most part, it's extremely straight. The natural tees are less than desirable, as some of them have exposed roots, and none are even. Teeing off is always somewhat of an ankle-risk.
Other Thoughts: Not a bad course, overall, but to be painfully honest, I wasn't overly thrilled. Granted, from what I have been told, it's the best course in the Richmond area, so I will play it again out of proximity, but it makes me miss Bayville in Virginia Beach.
6 of 15 people found this review helpful.
16 Helpful / 0 Not
Great City Course in old park
Pros: -dual tees, and three tees on 3 of the holes (1, 16, 18)
-great par 58 layout
-practice basket near billboard
-lots of benches on course
-short technical holes & hole you can rip and let it fly on (like 4 & 11)
-everyone you meet in the park is super nice, disc golfers & otherwise and many people may ask you what you're doing because they've never seen it before
Cons: -no tee signs (just distance markings on tee blocks)
-no cement tees. Bryan would easily be a dream with cement pads and one more pin position per hole.
-no bathrooms close to the course, nearest ones are port-a-pottys near the soccer fields
Other Thoughts: Bryan is a great course, and by far the best of the three major courses in the Richmond area. Very close to I-95 for quick access for those from out of town and just passing through.
It calls for every type and distance of shot, has some great water hazards, up hill, down hill winding through trees and rolling hills. The park itself offers a scenic walk.
There is room for a second spectacular course on the other side of Bryan Park in the woods, and I think that would be a great addition to have two great and vastly different courses in the same park.
Bryan Park is a must if you're in Richmond and care about disc golf to any degree. It is a challenging course, but not so challenging that you can't shoot under par if you're playing well. Fun for all skill levels and definitely worth hitting on a road trip. Stop in to Roy's Big Burger, north (left) out of the Park on Lakeside, 1/4 mile for some great local food.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 1 Not
Living Long and Large
Very well-maintained large public park with long, gently-flowing hills and very large hardwoods scattered about. Bathrooms, water fountains, other activities available. Close to I95.
Practice basket. Two nine-hole loops. Easy-to-see baskets. Near water on several holes. Probably a good course for glo.
Dirt tees. Very few turning shots. Holes four and eleven cross fairways - maybe simply switching their tee positions would avoid this, and still leave long/interesting holes.
Many opportunities to let it rip, as several of the fairways and baskets were fairly open, and long. From the blues, about 1/3rd of the holes were 450'+, topping out at #11 at 700'. Most holes will have some change of elevation - up, down, up-down, and down-up. Large trees will also come into play on every hole, but only #15 would be classified as a bit tight.
Online map made the course fairly easy to navigate - and necessary, too, as the tee markers are very low. Distance also available at tees.
Two throw-across-pond holes, but only need to clear 175'~200', so not too far. Couldn't find non-across-water options as suggested by the map.
Favourite hole: #14, 520'. Small woods to the left, scattered trees with long branches narrowing the fairway from the right. Up a small rise the first 1/3rd of the distance, then down a moderate slope the remainder of the way.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Bryan Park is Great for Visitors
Pros: Well marked, easy to find and navigate. Beautiful setting, long tees, open fairways that are great for all levels of play.
Cons: Lacks the challenge of wooded holes. Hole 16 is tough for those with short drives since the only two options are over a pond (with no elevation to the tee I lose discs, so I avoid this option) or a drive so ridiculously short you can use your putter.
Other Thoughts: I love this course. I've played for four years and found this course when visiting Richmond for a week. It is a stunningly beautiful and well maintained course. I play in the early hours of the morning (6 am) and there are very few people in the park at that time - mostly friendly dog walkers.
The course is very well marked and I was able to navigate it alone the first time I played - even without a map. Great for visitors to Richmond!
This is a great course for beginners or intermediate players who want to work on thier drives. Wide open tees give you the opportunity to let loose and see how far you can throw without much fear of trees. A gorgeous hole 11 is 700 feet and a very reasonable par 5 that can be regularly birdied by players who can drive for distance.
The only drawback is the lack of wooded areas. Most of the courses I've played weave in and out of the woods and trees create the greatest challenge. The lack of trees makes this a friendly course for beginners and kids, even though it is fairly long.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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