5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is one of my three "home courses" since I live in the Tidewater area. There is a mini tourney on Monday evenings Spring-Fall which is very well run. $5 with a $1 ace pot, Rec, Adv, and Open divisions. If you come when the weather is decent there are lots of people here, but I have yet to see it packed like ball golf courses. Usually there's no trouble playing through. On a weekday morning, in the winter, or when the weather is bad you'll have the place to yourself. There are 20 holes rather than just 18 like most courses in the area. The two additions (labeled 13b and 13c) add some variety and challenge. Just watch out for the leaf ditch. I kid you not there are 2 or 3 feet of leaves in that ditch. It's a disc eater. The biggest pro of this course is that over half the holes have two tees and two separate baskets, giving you four combinations to play: short-short (pitch and putt, 200-300 foot holes with main obstacles being 5 or 10 large trees on each hole), short-long, long-short, and long-long (easy to double-bogey some of these, birdies are nearly impossible.) This really helps with the variety. It's free. Tee pads are longer than the other courses in the area and every single one of them is paved. Lots of bag posts, benches, trash cans, parking etc.
Cons: Can get muddy due to lack of grass. Small area for 20 holes so you hear a lot more "Fore" than at the other courses in the area. No big wide open "huck it" holes. Even the long holes favor the "Roc down the middle" style of play due to the plethora of trees. Just a few true fairways, just trees every 15 feet throughout the park with baskets strategically placed. On the other hand, you can often throw multiple lines on every hole-anhyzer or hyzer for instance. Despite what other reviews say, there aren't a lot of straight shots. I can only think of 6 holes that you can throw straight at the basket, and that's just in the short-short configuration. Usually you've got to have at least a little hyzer or anhyzer to really park it.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Great play if your looking to squize in a quick game. Lots of good people to b.s. with. Good short game with lots of precision shots. Also maintained really well. Plenty of benches trash cans signs and concrete tees. With 2 tee's and 2 baskets at virtually every hole you can get a lot of variety out of this course.
Cons: A bit small and crowded. I often have to wait at holes to continue playing.
Other Thoughts: This is my home course and I love it. It's a great place to spend the afternoon. It's a small course, so playing 2 games doesn't take up the whole day. Got my only ACE here at hole 7!!!
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 2 Not
A nice change of pace
Pros: Most people who play this course will be locals or people who are vacationing nearby. This course is a nice change of pace when you are sunburnt and want to stay out of the sun for a bit.
Bayville Park is a relatively straight forward course, and is a typical pitch and putt course. The layout uses the available trees quite well, with several possible routes on most of the holes.
This is not a tournament caliber course, but is good for a relaxed round. It is a place people can come to work on their game. Although not extremely challenging, this course requires a good mix of shots from the teepad and will reward players with accuracy.
Cons: The course is short, and floods easily. It is a mix of dirt and sand which can get pretty messy when you add water to the mix.
Course is probably too easy for most advanced players.
Other Thoughts: Not a bad course at all. It is in a neighborhood and gets a decent amount of traffic. If you are vacationing at Virginia Beach, this place is worth checking out.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: WELL MARKED
EASY TO SEE NEXT HOLE/BASKET
IN TREES (MOSTLY) SO SHADED DURING SUMMER
TRASH CAN & BENCH AT EVERY TEE
2 TEES AND 2 BASKETS FOR MOST HOLES
Cons: USUALLY CROWDED
FAIRWAYS TOO CLOSE TOGETHER
SOME BIG GROUPS DON'T LET PLAY-THRU
NO SCORECARD / MAP
Other Thoughts: GOOD FAMILY PARK
IF YOU ARE BY YOURSELF WITH THE KIDS, NOT TOO HARD TO PUSH THE STROLLER
3 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 8 Not
Great Local Course.
Pros: Great fun playing here. Technical shots are a must on some holes which makes this course what it is. Great people and fun holes. Play this course for a while and your putting will be tops.
Cons: No real crusher holes.
Other Thoughts: It's my home course and i love it. Great place just to chill with other golfers. Paul is usually there selling discs out of his van and has a great inventory for a mobile disc golf supplier.
1 of 9 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: - Benches and Tee Signs on most holes
- Cool community of golfers
Cons: - Very poor design
- There really aren't fairways here, holes are seemingly just placed in random spots
- No grass, discs get filthy and discs skip REALLY far
- Serious danger of getting hit by someone else due to poor design, "fairways" criss cross or border each other.
- Just a pitch and putt, only 1 or 2 holes of 300+ feet.
- Seems like it was designed to be played with 80's technology.
Other Thoughts: I guess they did the best they could with the land here. I bet this course was a bear in the 80's but today you can throw your putter or midrange and all but 1 or 2 holes. Seemingly just rewards good putting.
6 of 13 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Friendly Neighborhood Community DGC
Pros: Easy to get to. Good Concrete tees, benches at many of the tees. Nice pratice tee area. Good use of available space. Shaded for most of course.
Cons: No grass to speak of, mostly sand. Very close tight course. Not technical, but if you throw badly you can very easily end up in your neighbors fairway. Not cool.
Other Thoughts: Wooded for most of the course, it seems like a nice local course. It's very active, even during the day. Could use some better signage, got confused between a couple of holes. Shorter course than can be played fairly quickly, even for me.
Favorite holes 16 - Shoot over a small canal with OB hazard to a basket bordered by canal and small hill behind, and the 17 shooting over canal again to back in the woods.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 1 Not
A Bit More Than A Neighborhood Pitch & Putt
Pros: It's in a nice little neighborhood park, it's well marked with benches, it's mostly shady on those hot Virginia days, you can play a round in an hour or less, it's easy to find and it utilizes the natural setting about as well as one could ask for. There are cement tee pads to throw from. It's just a step ahead of a little pitch and putt course but that's OK. It's a fun little course that won't be holding any major tournaments but it's great for sharpening your game or bringing out the new players. Accurate throwers can rack up some nice scores here.
Cons: Nothing major. What you get here is just your basic little neighborhood park disc golf experience.
Other Thoughts: If you're looking for a 4 or 5 star course, you'll have to drive a distance. If you live in Virginia Beach, you'll probably throw here.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Suburban DG Near the Ocean
Pros: Amenities, nice setting
Other Thoughts: Like the course in Newport News, Bayville Park benefits from nice amenities, with good tee pads, good signs, and benches at I think every hole. And this course is set among a nice grove of trees - not real thick, but thick enough to make this a woods course for 16 of its 18 holes.
But set on less land than most of the 18-hole courses I've played, the Bayville course is a little tight, and is also one of the shorter courses I've played. Most every hole is a straight shot and the challenge is restricted to avoiding the trees. From the amateur tees it was easy to overthrow the baskets, but the length was more reasonable from the pro tees. In fact, both this course and Newport News reminded me of some of the Florida layouts, with am tees being a little easier than what I'm used too, and pro tees being just a little longer than what I'm used to. So I suggest the pro tees for all but beginners.
Overall, this course was a mixture, with no hole as tight as some of the woods holes found at Dorey Park or Newport News, but no hole open either. Since my game favors precision over power, this course suited me real well, but I bet a lot of players leave their long range drivers in the bag for most holes here. Also, the course does a good job squeezing 18 holes into the space available, although that only leaves one hole requiring anything other than a mostly straight path to the basket. And I did enjoy the quiet, arboreal air of the place. If you're in the area, check it out.
Favorite Hole - #17 - Longer hole over small canal, starting out in the open but throwing to basket back among the trees.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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